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Sarnia "Tastefully Artistic"

Sarnia, with its twin Bluewater Bridges spanning the St. Clair River, is an international gateway to Ontario. Sarnia’s hospitality industry is well developed with numerous excellent dining and entertainment choices for visitors. The city has many parks that beautify the waterfront: Canatara Park, at the end of Christina St. North, has nature trails and one kilometre of Lake Huron beach supervised by lifeguards. Giant oaks create a shady picnic area around Lake Chipican. A Children’s Farm has a petting zoo, duck pond and miniature buildings. The adjacent BMX Bike Track features berms, ramps and jumps for all levels of riders. Bayshore Park, on Front St., sports an antique steam locomotive, a sculpture fountain and promenade lined with park lamps and beautiful flower gardens that connect with other parks along the river. The Duc d’Orleans cruise ship departs the park for daily river tours during summer. Point Edward Waterfront Park has a lovely playground and picnic area directly under the Bluewater Bridges. It is the best spot to watch boats sail by. These sights can also be viewed by hiking, cycling or roller-skating along the St. Clair River Trail that hugs 16 kilometers of shoreline south from Corunna. The Point Edward Casino sports over 450 slot machines and 30 tables for gaming fun overlooking the river.

Mike Weir Park is a beautiful picnic area with a beach, shelter, washrooms and playground, located west of Bright’s Grove on Lakeshore Drive.

The Stones ‘n Bones Museum is located downtown, at 223 N. Christina St. This unusual museum displays a fantastic collection of fluorescent minerals, rare fossils, shark jaws, butterflies, giant insects, shells, coral, antlers and horns. Visitors can see a preserved, 24-pound lobster named Clawd and entire dioramas of mounted animal wildlife.A replica skeleton of a 27-foot, Lambeosaur duck-billed dinosaur fills one room where formidable Tyrannosaurus-Rex and Ichthyosaur skulls are also displayed. Its owner gives fascinating tours of his exhibits, which are a labour of love. It opens Wed.- Sun. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Feb.- Dec.

The new Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery of Lambton County has been restored behind its historic façade in downtown Sarnia. The world-class gallery houses some of Canada’s most significant historical and contemporary art treasures as well as a program of art lectures, holiday art events, classes, a research library and touring exhibits. It opens 11 a.m. Wed.- Sun. and admission is free. On the first Friday of each month the gallery, along with other downtown art venues stay open late until 9 p.m. for the start of the weekend. Guided tours can be arranged in advance of visits.

The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts features exhibits of local artwork and workshops for anyone interested in developing art skills. The beautiful, Victorian style building is located at 127 South Christina Street at the south end of the downtown core.

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