Past Industry News

Go Southwest for Ontario’s Best Beaches

OSW BeachesPlan a perfect beach escape this summer


Home to 900 kilometres of fresh-water shoreline, and 13 of the province’s best beaches, Ontario’s Southwest is the perfect place to plan a vacation this summer. The region’s new website,, offers a simple way to choose your best beach and to plan a beach getaway through a collection of beach cheat sheets that highlight restaurants, accommodations, excursions and activities.


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ATO kicks off by supporting Aboriginal communities and businesses first!

Aboriginal Tourism Ontario (ATO) is kicking off by engaging and supporting Aboriginal communities and businesses first, before tackling many of the tasks required to build an Aboriginal tourism organization in Ontario. ATO is a grassroots tourism initiative that aims to collaboratively plan and support the growth and future of Aboriginal tourism in Ontario. Great Spirit Circle Trail (GSCT) has spearheaded the ATO initiatives to date and has now undertaken a provincial wide stakeholder consultation and support process that ignites a collaborative effort in growing Aboriginal tourism across our province.


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International Powerboat Festival arrives August 7th-9th

The 2015, Sarnia/Port Huron International Powerboat Festival arrives August 7th-9th.  The family and community-minded festival is going into its 5th year and will take place exclusively along the waterfront at Bayshore Park. The festival attracts upwards of 30,000 people over the weekend and showcases Sarnia’s beautiful waterfront. The festival kicks off Friday at 4:30PM with an out-of-water display of some of the powerboats racing!  Come down between 4:30PM and 6:30PM to get your picture with the drivers and the powerboats.


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Kim Mitchell’s Homecoming

The Sarnia International Powerboat Festival has some big news! Sarnia native, Kim Mitchell will be joining Tom Cochrane & Red Rider on Saturday August 8th! The former lead singer of Max Webster, Mitchell went solo in 1982 and had big hits “Go For a Soda”, “Patio Lanterns”, and “Rock N’ Roll Duty”!


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Elgin County Awards Funding to Local Festivals

2015 Festival and Events Partnership Program RecipientsElgin County Economic Development is pleased to announce that the Festival and Event Partnership Program grant recipients for 2015 have been chosen. Elgin County has granted a total of $5,000 to local events including Port Stanley Harbour Fest, the Shedden Rosy Rhubarb Festival, the Fred Eaglesmith Charity Festival and Bayham Beachfest (formerly Tub Daze).


“We are very pleased to once again be able to provide financial support to festivals and events in Elgin County,” said Tourism Services Coordinator Lindsey Duncan. “These events are signature experiences in our community, contributing to its cultural vibrancy and attracting visitors from outside the area.”


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Construction Begins on a New Hampton Inn by Hilton Hotel in Sarnia

Vrancor-begins-construction-on-a-new-Hampton-Inn-hotel-in-Sarnia-ONVrancor Group, Owner and operator of 14 branded and independent hotels throughout Ontario is proud to introduce a new, 92 room Hampton Inn by Hilton Sarnia expected completion date is winter, 2015. “We are excited to build a high quality, new hotel in Sarnia” said Darko Vranich, CEO & President, Vrancor Group. “Guests recognize the quality and value that Hilton Worldwide represents across its portfolio. The reputation of Hilton Worldwide and Hampton Inn, combined with our building, design and property management abilities are sure to provide guests with an exceptional hotel experience”, said Vranich. Once opened, Hampton Inn by Hilton Sarnia will provide an estimated 30 new jobs to the Sarnia area.


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Provincial Tourism Week Kicks Off in Windsor on June 2nd

On Tuesday, June 2, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island is pleased to partner in the annual kick-off to Tourism Week at the province of Ontario’s Travel Information Centre (OTIC) in Windsor. The OTICs play an integral role in celebrating Tourism Week with their annual Open Houses, exhibiting what each region has to offer visitors for the upcoming, busy summer season and beyond.  This year we have also extended the boundaries of our region to include our tourism partners from Sarnia Lambton and Chatham-Kent.


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Pan Am Flame to Light up St. Thomas

Pan Am TorchThe TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are happening this summer, but before the games begin, the flame is making the rounds. The flame was lit in Teotihuacan Mexico before coming to Canada to begin its 5000+ kilometre nationwide journey on May 30th. Its final stop will be in Toronto for the Opening Ceremony of the games July 10th.


St. Thomas was selected as one of more than 130 communities on the route, and will accompany its arrival with a celebration. On June 17th, set in the heart of downtown in the historic L&PS Corridor, the torch is scheduled to arrive at 5:07pm. Following its arrival will be time for photo ops and speeches by local dignitaries.


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Vehicles, Vehicles Everywhere at HMCS Ojibwa!



HMCS OJIBWA has an exciting week ahead in Port Burwell. Motorcycles and classic cars will be visiting, so it’s safe to say that OJIBWA will be seeing plenty of traffic (pun intended) on May 27th and 31st. This traffic will include the McLaughlin Buick Club of Canada and the London Motorcycle Ride for Dad charity event.


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South Coast Wines Announces New Administrator

South Coast WinesThe Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association (OSCWGA) welcomed a new face this week. Andrea Kilian, from Port Dover is taking on the role of Administrator for the organization that represents wineries and growers in Haldimand, Norfolk and Elgin counties. Kilian replaces Judy Buck, who recently retired from the association.  Kilian brings with her a passion for Ontario wine. Growing up in Niagara, she has previous experience working in the wine sector.  “I am proud to be part of this budding wine region and am committed to promoting the quality wines we produce in our community,” says Kilian.


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Returns for Leukemia and Bikes & Beers

Dust off your bikes because it’s time for the WindsorEats annual Bikes & Beer Returns for Leukemia Cycling Tour! WindsorEats is hosting their annual Bikes & Beer Returns for Leukemia Cycling Tour on May 16, 2015 with stops at local breweries and pubs in Windsor.


Returns for Leukemia Bottle Drive is part of a month long effort to raise money for Returns for Leukemia, a fundraiser held each May by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 12R24 in partnership with The Beer Store to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC). The Bottle Drive takes place May 23 & 24, 2015. Customers are invited to donate all or a portion of their empty bottles (or cash), with proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Participants are encouraged to bring along their empties on the day of the ride to donate to the Returns For Leukemia Bottle Drive.


“We’re very excited that this fundraiser has become an annual tradition,” says Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner of WindsorEats. “It provides people the opportunity to give to a great cause all while having a good time.” The Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour includes a guide, beer tastings at local breweries and appetizers.

Tickets are $60 each with proceeds going to Returns for Leukemia and can be purchased at Please note, tickets sales end two days prior to the event day.


For media inquiries and additional information on this local event contact:

Adriano Ciotoli