Elginsider: The Inside Scoop

Welcome to the "Elginsider: The Inside Scoop", where each week a staff member from Elgin County Economic Development will share the inside scoop on life in Elgin County!

Go Big or Gourd Home - By Kate Burns Gallagher

On Thanksgiving Monday, my son Louis and I joined forces with Jenny and Lucy Harper to get in some fresh fall air and activity at Clovermead Adventure Farm for their annual Pumpkin Festival.  This is starting to become a tradition for our families, to shed the turkey coma and see what new weird and wonderful ways have been dreamed up to destroy a pumpkin. Click here to read more.


Bushels of Fun - By Jessica Silcox

For my husband and I, fall isn't complete without a stop at our favourite apple orchard, Great Lakes Farms. It has become a Thanksgiving tradition for us to spend a morning strolling through the sea of red and green, finding the juiciest and crunchiest apples to stock our fridge for the season.
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Oh My Gourd I Love Fall - By Kate Burns Gallagher

There are two seasons in the year that are a home decorators dream, the first we will get to in a few months, the second is fall y’all. Fall kicked off in style this past weekend with many of our local businesses hosting fall open houses. Click here to read more.


Celebrating Your Bday in Elgin - By Jessica Silcox

Today I have come to the realization that I am officially closer to 30 than 25 and I don’t know what to think of that... To help ease this thought, I will celebrate my 27th year with friends, family, and of course, FOOD! Now enough about me and my week-long birthday festivities and more about what you can do in Elgin County to celebrate this time of year. Click here to read more.




Cruise the Coast in Elgin - By Alan Smith

Well fellow bikers, it’s nearly that time of year again! Friday the 13th at Port Dover (PD 13) will be here in just a couple of days; and, if you ride, like I do, or you are just a motorcycle enthusiast, you will be heading to PD 13 to check out the cool bikes, sounds, and interesting sights  that make for a great experience. Click here to read more.


Home Decor - By Kate Burns Gallagher

With the excitement of a new home, comes decorating the space.  Home decorating is a passion and hobby of mine, and it is made even easier when we have some of the best spots to pick up unique and one of a kind home décor items right here in our County. Click here to read more.



Patio Season - By Megan Shannon

The end of patio season is quickly approaching. Labour Day is on the horizon, so get out there and enjoy the sunshine while it’s still here in Elgin County! Did you know Elgin County is full of beautiful, unique patios that offer exceptional farm to table fare? Well, you’re about to find out! I’ve decided to highlight some of the patios located along Lake Erie’s north shore. Click here to read more.

Meet Me at the Market - By Jessica Silcox

Although August means that the fall weather is upon us, the bounty that its balmy summer days and crisp summer nights ensues, in front of our eyes, is nothing short of spectacular. 

With heaps of succulent yellow sweet corn and sprawling acres of prismatic-like fields of fruits and vegetables that make up each colour of the rainbow, some days I wonder if the County of Elgin should be renamed as the Bounty of Elgin. Click here to read more.

A Photographer's Paradise - By Jessica DeBackere

With only 10 days until I say the big "I do", I wanted to share the inside scoop on where to take engagement photos, or any photos for that matter, with picturesque backdrops, right here in Elgin County! Last June, my Fiancé and I decided we would like to take our engagement photos in Elgin County, the place that we have both been fortunate enough to grow up in and grow our relationship together in. Click here to read more.

Elgin's A-List Coffee Connoisseur - By Abby Heddle

As a recent university graduate (this makes me an A-list coffee connoisseur right?) and new resident of the Village of Port Stanley, I am so very happy to share one of Port Stanley’s gems (and my saving grace during my last semester of study), the Harbour Merchant Coffee Company. Click here to read more!



Fresh Local Asparagus - By Jessica DeBackere

As a lifelong resident of Elgin County, I am pleased to share my rural roots with you. It's only fitting that I dedicate my first post to local produce. Nothing makes me more excited than being able to shop locally and indulge in local food. Click here to read more!