It’s Haley and it’s my turn to share with you the best parts of my first summer working at Tourism Sarnia Lambton, I can confidently say there is so much more to this county than we know. I have made many new memories with the places and people in Sarnia Lambton that I will cherish forever. Since my summer with TSL is ending, I thought this would be the perfect time to show you some of the hidden gems in our county so your next summer can be filled with just as much Lambton County pride as mine has been.
The top on my list of the places we travelled was The Rock Glen Conservation Area. The highlight of my visit was exploring the picturesque Rock Glen Falls. The sight of the cascading water was simply mesmerizing. I couldn’t resist taking countless photos to capture the magic of the moment. The sound of the rushing water was so soothing, creating a serene atmosphere that instantly put me at ease. But that’s not all! Rock Glen Conservation Area is also home to an impressive fossil bed. As a history enthusiast, I was thrilled to discover the ancient treasures hidden within the rocks. I spent hours exploring and marvelling at the fossils, imagining the stories they held from millions of years ago. It was like taking a journey through time.
My visit to Rock Glen Conservation Area was nothing short of extraordinary. It’s a hidden gem that showcases the beauty of nature and offers a unique glimpse into the past. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, this place has it all.
During Cheers week I met so many passionate people and was able to have conversations with multiple owners about their businesses and the history behind them. The passion behind every business is what kept us intrigued while travelling the trail. I enjoyed our stop at Two Water Brewery the most. It is just so welcoming and electric. Everyone that visited our table had a smile on their face and the workers were always confirming we had everything we needed. The atmosphere in this brewery was just different, it felt like home and that may be because I am a Corunna girl, but the people this brewery attracts are also a factor in the energy it radiates. The interior had a cozy and rustic feel, with plenty of seating options to choose from. I loved sitting at the bar, chatting with the staff and other patrons, and soaking in the lively atmosphere. It was the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some great company. The highlight of my visit was the wide selection of delicious craft beers. Two Water Brewing had an impressive variety of brews, each with its unique flavour profile. I enjoyed learning about their different offerings, from hoppy IPAs to smooth and rich stouts. I could tell that the beers were crafted with passion and expertise.
I had the most amazing time when I visited Canatara Park! It was like stepping into a nature paradise! The beach was stunning, with its soft sand and crystal-clear water. I couldn’t resist taking a dip and soaking up the sun. The park had these awesome trails that meandered through the lush greenery, providing the perfect opportunity for a stroll. But wait, it gets even better! I got to hang out with the cutest animals ever! From fluffy bunnies to friendly goats, it was like a dream come true for an animal lover like me. I couldn’t stop smiling as I interacted with these adorable creatures. Aside from the natural beauty and the animal encounters, Canatara Park also has picnic areas where you can enjoy a delicious outdoor feast with your friends and family. It’s the perfect spot for a fun day out, whether you’re having a picnic, playing frisbee, or just enjoying the fresh air. I highly recommend visiting Canatara Park if you’re ever in Lambton County. It’s a hidden gem that offers a little bit of everything for nature enthusiasts, beach lovers, and animal admirers.
An experience I will share for the rest of my life was the visit to Stag Island to see Chris Hadfield. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have shaken his hand. It reminded me of the lesson he gave me on a firm handshake when I was younger, it prepared me for the recent interaction. A handshake can tell you a lot about someone and although we knew plenty about him before this visit, his handshake showed his confidence and his appreciation towards our company. Visiting Chris went better than I could have imagined because although we turned the cameras on eventually, we also had a one-on-one conversation about me which made me feel special. While the camera was on Chris I wish we would have had a camera facing the other way to show the pure amazement that spread across our faces listening to Chris speak. He taught us many things about the development needed to be done before life visits Mars, which is something I never recognized before. My favourite part of the interview was when we gave Chris the time to talk about his next steps. This segment was four minutes long, which just shows how busy and hardworking this man is. It was truly an honour meeting him.
Another fun summer in Lambton County for the books. It is almost as if the county is the reason my summers have been so fun. I recommend taking a trip through this county, you won’t regret learning about what it has to offer. I have had an amazing summer with my co-workers who became friends as we went through the literal ins and outs of Sarnia-Lambton. It has also been great interacting with the people of this county through booth days and our social media, The people we met were definitely what made this summer memorable. So cheers to you and your future travels!