Sarnia experiences very cold winters and hot summers, and each season has its own charms. Most families will prefer to visit when the lakefront beaches are accessible and outdoor activities like cycling are at their best. Try June or July for cheaper accommodation, outside festival season. Alternatively, a festive break over Christmas might be a unique way to enjoy the season.
Located on the shores of Lake Huron, Sarnia offers easy access to cities like Toronto and Detroit, as well as being a superb place to enjoy boating and water sports in the pleasant local climate.
The major attraction of the city is its beautiful lakefront setting. Despite being in land, Sarnia has plenty of beaches to explore, as well as marinas and fishing grounds. Drive to nearby sites like Mike Weir Park, with its sandy beach, picnic area, tennis courts and playground, where the whole family can enjoy long summer days in the sun.
The area around the town is also criss-crossed by 373 miles (600 km) of hiking and cycling trails, and is home to a lively schedule of festivals which take place all-year round. From the Bayfest – which brings major rock artists to the city in September to the more sedate Festival of Good Things which takes place in August, the town offers a constant source of entertainment to tourists.
Sarnia is also conveniently located for visiting Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Climb the spectacular CN Tower, enjoy the rides at Canada’s Wonderland or catch a show at the Harbourfront Centre in one of North America’s most vibrant cities.
The town is also a great place to unwind with outdoor activities. Enjoy a round of golf at the Forest Hotel, see the birdlife at the Wawanosh Conservation Area or test your fitness at the Beyond Gravity Climbing Gym.
Come winter, the area is also a superb place to strap on your skis and take to the trails to experience cross-country treks, snow-shoeing and snow-mobiling in stunning surroundings.
Sarnia offers outdoor appeal, the chance to enjoy rural solitude and cultural excitement that all families will enjoy.
Sarnia is a great place to rent a car, as the roads will generally see little traffic and even out into the countryside you can rely on them being of a high quality. Renting is also the best way to access Detroit or Toronto, although long distance bus services do operate. The city centre area is compact and walkable, while cycling is extremely popular and safe as well, and there are plenty of off-road trails to explore.
Major car rental outlets are represented in the main terminal building, making it convenient to pick up your vehicle and whizz into town. Taxis are another popular alternative, but there are no scheduled bus services. For those who want to travel in style, airport limousine services are also available.