Situated between London and Goderich and Stratford and Grand Bend you will find the Historic Town of Exeter, the Southern Gateway to Ontario’s West Coast. Within the town limits you will find, what is widely accepted as, the largest population of white squirrels, giving the town the prestigious title of “Home of the White Squirrel.”
While visiting Exeter, we recommend that you start in our historic downtown core where you can take in the architecture that makes the area unique through a self guided heritage tour. While taking in the sites, visit some of our unique and charming shops including Bakelaar Jewellers, where you can treat yourself to stunning custom jewelry and watches from experts in the field. Just steps down the street you will find LUVU Naturally, a shop for the eco-minded shopper looking for make-up with no secrets and household care items that won’t hurt your family. Stroll further down the street and find the newest trends sourced by the owners of The European Addition, Designers for Him and Her and Thomas H Fine Mens Clothing and Brigittes Fashion. Finish off any outfit with a pair of Clark’s Reikers or Blundstones, to create an unforgettable look from Wuerth’s Shoes – which has been a staple of the community since 1938! Don’t forget to add a pair of earrings or a new purse from The Jewellery Box! No visit to downtown Exeter would be complete without finding the perfect sweet treat or beautiful gift from Sugar & Spice Chocolates – known for their decadent Mint Smoothies, chocolate bars, and fudge. This store is truly an experience for all of the senses.
For experiential casual fine dining, known far and wide, stop in at Eddington’s of Exeter. Chef and owner James Eddington has traveled the world and integrated beautiful flavours to create locally sources culinary treats, that will leave you booking your next reservation before leaving the restaurant. For a wonderful, highly coveted international dining experience stop in to Exeter Thai Cuisine, for what many consider to be the best Thai cuisine in the county. The international experiences in Exeter continue with sumptuous sashimi rolls from Sushi 2002. Through out town you will find wonderful Chinese food from Golden City or Canton House or huge portions of fish and chips from William’s Fish and Chips!
Bring your purchases and your take-out to the McNaughton Park Scenic Gardens or the McNaughton Park Pavillion and enjoy the well manicured parks. While there you can step on to the trail system with a short and long loop. The trail is easily walkable by most levels of ability. The kids will enjoy the Storytime Trail that takes the children through the pages of a story book, while taking in the beauty of nature.
If it’s home décor or a gift for your home that you have your sights set on, make Custom Covers for Home & Office, Inner Urban Home and Willow Valley on Main a part of your trip. With hand selected, often locally made items available for purchase, these shops are filled with that next piece that has everyone asking, “Where did you get that”. Need help? The experts at our shops have the knowledge and the years of experience to help put together a unique gift by pulling together pieces that match or by creating a gift that tells a story.
Enjoy the evening under the stars at the Starlite Drive-In, one of only 16 remaining drive in theatres in all of Ontario. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, head to the Grand Bend Motorplex and feel the rev of the engines in the stands while the drag racers put on an incredible show. End the night by camping overnight at Elliott Park in Exeter or head to the Oakwood Resort for a restful night.
From outdoor recreation to incredible shopping in the Historic Downtown you will enjoy your time in the Gateway to Ontario’s West Coast and the Home of the White Squirrel, Exeter Ontario!
Courtesy of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority
Courtesy of Eddingtons of Exeter