Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

This is the ultimate road tripping country. Each city, town, village and hamlet in this region has its own unique personality and appeal. 

Discover lakeside, beach-loving communities, the entrepreneurial spirit of ‘The Twin Cities’, renowned thespian towns and rural villages that put farmers’ markets on the map. Celebrate local heritage with food, drink and music. Toe tap to the pipe bands, sample craft beers from century old recipes, and savour the fresh, farm baked pies, tarts and sweet buns. 

Where is Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington?

The four counties that make up this region extend from Ontario’s West Coast along the shore of Lake Huron, through picturesque farm land and charming towns like St. Marys and Stratford to the neighbouring cities of Waterloo and Kitchener, and finally up into the communities of St. Jacobs, Guelph, Elora and Fergus. 

Places to Visit in Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington

Key cities in this region include Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Stratford, Elora, Fergus, Bayfield and Goderich. Waterloo and Kitchener are neighbouring cities with a strong German heritage.  

Consider making the historic village of Bayfield your base from which to explore the local beaches and hiking trails along Lake Huron. Several local beaches, a scenic boardwalk and historic architecture, including the unusual octagonal heritage Gaol make Goderich a popular spot for visitors.  

Looking for ultimate country elegance for your next pampered getaway? Perched above a cascading gorge, commanding views combined with five star luxury has landed the Elora Mill Hotel and Spa on global must-stay bucket lists, while Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa in Cambridge is Ontario’s only Relais & Châteaux standard property.

Things to Do in Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington

From the Bard to the Bieb, celebrate a rich tapestry of theatre, culture and music in Stratford. Maybe you want to catch The Stratford Festival, the continent's largest repertory festival dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare (there are wonderful theatres of all kinds here, as well). Or maybe you want to follow Justin Bieber’s rise to stardom at the Stratford Perth Museum Bieber exhibit. 

Experience the heritage, hospitality and homemade treats in Mennonite country at the famous St. Jacobs Market or during the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. Follow the Discover More Flavour Farm Gate Map to local food and agricultural offerings in Perth County.

Raise a brew or two during the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the largest outside of Germany. Experience the best of bonnie Scotland during the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games, a lively three-day event that’s run for over 70 years. 

Each summer music lovers gravitate to Guelph for the wildly popular Hillside Festival, a three-day, multi-stage extravaganza of live music, art, culture, food and camping.  

Explore the region by bike or on foot along the 132-kilometre Guelph to Goderich (G2G) Rail Trail

Last updated: April 7, 2022

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