Summer brought the heat, so we brought the cool. Here at Railway City (RC) Tourism we want you to have a fun, sweat stain free summer! Watch out summer of 69' summer of 14' is coming for ya. So, we gathered our top four tips for stay nice and chilly in and around the St Thomas & Area for your summer enjoyment.
Tips to beat the heat (rhyme intended):
1) Trek those trails!
Staying in the shaded bliss of the trees is a wonderful way to stay active and cool this summer. Elgin County is abundant in trails and hiking areas so why not use them? Feeling ambitious, try the 35km Elgin Hiking trail that extends from north of St Thomas all the way to sunny Port Stanley. The trek is a challenge and makes for a full day’s activity. Just make sure you pack a lot of water, sunscreen, and a snack...oh and you may want to take a camera with you because the scenery is stunning!
With the majestic Lake Erie just 15 minutes from St Thomas everybody deserves a day away at the beach. The voted World Class beach is located in Port Stanley, Ontario (oh hey, that’s where the hiking trails ends) and is an awesome spot to get away for the day and get your tan on. While at the beach you can head to restaurants like Mackie’s for their trademarked Orangeade/Mackie’s sauce or to GT’s for a pitcher of something a little more grown-up. Just don't forget your sunscreen!
3) Hydration, hydration, and....oh ya, hydration!
The most important way to stay healthy and happy in the summer is to stay hydrated! Your body, being composed of mostly water, needs water to carry out its daily activities appropriately. Your body loses water when you sweat and even when you breathe! Carry a water bottle with you and make sure you are constantly hydrating to stay happy and healthy. Some signs of dehydration include lightheadedness, dry mouth, and the cessation of sweat production (and more). Keeping a water bottle in the freezer overnight gives you a chilly drink all day that slowly melts so you always have ice cold H2O. So, make sure you always carry a water bottle with you and frequently hydrate.
4) Play it cool
If you can, stay somewhere cool (who'd a thought)! An air conditioned building would be ideal but is not always accessible. If that is the case seek out shade from a tree, a building, or anywhere else it is dark and out of the sun’s direct rays (a tour of the Elgin County Railway Museum is out of the sun's rays). If air conditioning is unavailable consider purchasing a rotating fan from a local shop, they are inexpensive and very handy when it comes to circulating air to keep cool. Portable hand fans can be purchased from most dollar stores and are an awesome resource for keeping cold air flowing and relieving some of the heat when on the go! So, play it cool and get out of the heat! If all else fails, the Railway City Tourism office is air conditioned so that gives you all the more reason to stop by and say “hi,” cool down for a couple minutes and get some information on local St T!