Friday, 15 May 2015

Victoria Day Weekend in Elgin County

After months of dreaming about it, the first long weekend of the summer is finally here and after such a long winter we all have a bit of a spring in our step! The weather is warming and the whole summer is stretched out before us with endless possibilities. Check out these great activities in Elgin to keep you occupied! 

Victoria Day Gardening Extravaganza

May 14 -17
Canadale Nurseries
269 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas 

It is time to plan your garden! Come to Canadale for everything you need and bring the kids along for free gardening crafts!

Elgin County Museum Exhibit: Waist Management: A History of Unmentionables
May 11 - Aug 29

Elgin County Museum
450 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas (4th floor)

Undergarments have been worn since the dawn of fashion to protect outer clothing from perspiration and soiling, while providing warmth, modesty and support for the body. However, undergarments have also been usd to pad the bind the figure into exaggerated fashionable silhouettes. This exhibition is a visual journey through the sensational corsets, crinolines, bustles, and bras that have been used to idealize the femal form since the 18th century. Organized and circulated by the Fashion History Museum.  

"The Road to Culloden" 
May 16 & 17
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Tickets $6 12 and under FREE
Backus-Page House Museum
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 

This living history event invites you to step back in time to 1745, and follow  ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and his loyal Jacobite supporters as they march across Britain to reclaim the throne for the House of Stuart. Great kilted highlanders, French noblemen, English dukes and Redcoats too! Skirmishes, music, camp life displays, storytellers and more!

Scenic Train Rides on the PSTR 
May 16 & 17
Train Departs at 11 a.m., 1p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 
Adults $15, Children $9
Port Stanley Terminal Rail
309 Bridge St., Port Stanley 

Enjoy a scenic ride on the Port Stanley Terminal Railway. Reservations are not required, but please arrive at the station 30 minutes in advance for easy access. Regular rides are one hour in duration and run rain or shine.

Tours of HMCS Ojibwa - May 
May 16-18
12 - 5 p.m. 
Adults/children 6-12 - Interior $19.75/$12, exterior $10/$5 (under 6 free)
HMCS Ojibwa
3 Pitt St., Port Burwell 

297.5 feet long, 5 stories high, elegant, imposing - hiding secrets of the Cold War. Such is HMCS Ojibwa, Canada’s first Oberon Class submarine as she sits in Port Burwell, the first artifact of the Museum of Naval History. Experience the Submariners Tour of the interior or Fish Eye Tour of the exterior. 

The Elgin Historical Society Presents: The Talbot Toast
May 18
2:00 p.m. 
St. Peter's Cemetery
29596 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown 

The Society will gather at Thomas Talbot's graveside for its annual toast to the anniversary of Col. Talbot's arrival at Port Talbot in May 1803. The Backus-Page House Museum across the road from the graveyard will be open for visitors after the toast.

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