Ah - Spring has almost sprung!
Looking past the layers of freezing rain and permafrost, you’ll be sure to see the buds on the trees resume their annual sprout and feel the sun shining down on your skin as it resides in the sky for a longer duration of the day.
If you’re wondering how you and your family can make the most of this lovely season, you’ve found just the place!
Visit a Farmers' Market
If there’s one thing that Spring’s known for, especially here in St. Thomas, it’s Market Season!
We have an abundance of fresh produce in Elgin County and plenty of markets for you to go to and absorb the full sensory experience
From regional legends such as the Horton Market, to the open fields at Wildflowers, and even somewhere new for your bucket list like Alymer’s Old Imperial Market, bask in the smell of the freshly- baked bread, the beautiful live music, vibrant colours and artwork, and the sight of so many familiar faces!
Not only that, but it’s an amazing way to support our local farmers and small businesses alike.
What’s not to love?
Tennis & Pickleball
The courts are back in session!
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the sport, playing either tennis or pickleball is a great way to stay active, socialize, and have fun.
No matter if you’re looking for a competitive, or more casual experience, the courts - located in Pinafore Park, are a great place to meet some new people.
It’s a win-win for everyone - even if you lose!
Start your Garden
Get out there and get your hands dirty!
On second thought, we’d probably advise to wait a bit - that storm was certainly something, but you know, it’s never too early to prepare!
With loads of family run garden shops all around town, you’ll be sure to find plenty of variety. Or find inspiration at the upcoming St. Thomas Home Show or Seedy Saturday taking place at the Library..
Not to mention the St. Thomas Public Library’s Seed program - try your hand at cultivating some heirloom, open-pollinated plants, just be sure to let some of your harvest seed and bring them back to the library so that the cycle can continue!
Whether it’s fruits, vegetables, flowers - all of the above, growing your own produce is a great way to save money and honestly, there’s nothing sweeter than the fruits of your own labour.
What are you planning on growing this year?
As the weather starts to warm up and the ice begins to evaporate, bring your kayak and explore our bedazzling bodies of water and the nature within!
For advanced paddlers, the long, winding waters of Dalewood is the perfect spot for a challenge
With an estimated distance of 2.8 kilometers, it’s guarenteed to be a tiring, but rewarding feat!
For those newer to the sport, I’d suggest traversing Lake Margaret or even Springwater, which although being a longer distance has far fewer rough patches - if you’ve never been kayaking before, what better time to get into something new?
Hit the Trail
If you’re more of a land person though, we’ve got good news for you!
Spring is not only Market Season but Biking Season - and lucky for you we’ve compiled a list of trails right here.
From Angus MacKenzie to Whistlestop, Elgin County is bountiful when it comes to good trails and good times!
Admittedly, I’m an awful angler but I still find fishing to be both relaxing and enjoyable.
The glistening water, the red and white bobber on the end of the line gently submerging from the slight ripples, the nice airy breeze blowing through your hair - it’s all about the experience!
Well, we can say assuredly that no matter what you end up doing this early Spring, you and your family will have the time of your life right here in the Railway City - Hook, Line, and Sinker! Find some great spots at Dalewood and Lake Margaret.
3/14/2023 03:29:03 pm
This is great information. This is well written personable and witty. I'm thrilled that your a young person and know so much about they city and all it has to offer.
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