ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS ON COUNTY ROAD #4
Highway and County Road #4 cuts through the middle of Huron County from South to North providing a perfect opportunity to enjoy the pastoral farming landscapes, towns and villages of rural Huron County. Here’s a sample of some of the things to see and do as you make your way across Huron County.
1. Spot a White Squirrel
Starting at the south entrance to the County make your first stop in Exeter to hike the South Huron Trail. The MacNaughton-Morrison Trail links with the Morrison Dam Conservation Area to create the 8km South Huron Trail. You’ll be sure to spot Willis the White Wonder, Exeter’s famous white squirrel as you walk along the trail.
2. Explore IceCulture
Our next stop is IceCulture in Hensall, the “White Bean Capital of the World”. IceCulture is a world leader in the ice carving industry, having created spectacular ice sculptures and environments for clients around the world. Be sure to book an “Explore Ice” Experience Tour beforehand to see first-hand how they create these amazing works of art in ice – plus it is one of the most refreshing spots to be on a really hot day!
3. Visit the CNR School on Wheels Museum
In the heart of Huron County is the town of Clinton. Here you’ll find the CNR School Car on Wheels. This original railway car was used as a highly successful method of reaching and teaching the isolated children and adults of Northern Ontario early in the last century. The School Car is also a memorial to Clinton native Fred Sloman, the “Dean of School Car Teachers” who lived and taught in this travelling school from 1926 to 1965.
4. See you at the Raceway
Clinton Raceway is a great destination for the entire family. Located in the heart of Huron County Clinton Raceway’s facilities include a 1/2 mile track, stabling for 32 horses, and paddock for 100 horses on race days. Live races take place on Sundays throughout the summer, check website for details. Next to the Raceway is Gateway Casinos, Clinton.
5. It’s For the Birds
Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area (B) can be reached from County Road #4 just north of Clinton via Hydro Line Road or Conservation Road. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Ducks Unlimited Canada, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, developed the man-made marsh. Hullett Marsh is a multi-use, multi-season facility, known best for its waterfowl and pheasant hunting as well as trails for hiking and horseback riding, and routes for canoeing.
Birders will want to make a stop at Nature’s Nest (A) in Londesborough. Nature’s Nest is a family-run small business that blends their own bird seed on the premises to ensure quality, freshness and affordability.
More love for the birds can be found at Extreme Birdhouses (C) in Belgrave. Handmade birdhouses in every size and style, these beautiful structures have been recognized as some of the best birdhouses in the world. Most of the birdhouses are created using reclaimed wood. A lot of this wood is not only decades old but in many cases centuries old!
6. The Literary Gardens
At the north end of County Road #4 is Wingham, Ontario, birthplace of Canada’s Nobel Laureate for literature, Alice Munro. The Alice Munro Literary Garden pays tribute to the literary achievements of this Wingham native and internationally renowned author.
A little north of the Alice Munro Literary Garden is a park dedicated to W.T. “Doc” Cruickshank, the founder of CKNX who built the first radio transmitter in his Wingham shop from an article in Popular Mechanics in February 1926. CKNX-TV signed on as a CBC Television affiliate on November 18, 1955 and along with its sister radio station was the voice of rural southwestern Ontario for over 50 years.