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North Buxton and Area

North Buxton has a long and important history to explore. Visit the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum to learn about the Underground Railroad through interactive exhibits in the site's log cabin, barn, schoolhouse, and church. You can even ring the Buxton Liberty Bell! The site's cemetery dates back to the community's establishment in 1849. As one of the last stops along the Underground Railroad, a day spent in North Buxton offers you rich and important history of Chatham-Kent's heritage and the African-American slaves who escaped to Canada to gain freedom. On Labour Day weekend the town comes alive with the annual North Buxton Homecoming; a weekend-long celebration of friends, family and heritage, with a parade and family activities. Complete the day by bringing a picnic to relax in the North Buxton Park, located behind the museum. Due to Covid-19, this years' event will be virtual.

In neighbouring South Buxton, visit the South Ontario Motor Speedway to see races with a range of car models, every Saturday from May to September. You and your friends will have a blast cheering on your favourite driver.

Travel a bit further south to Merlin, hometown of country music star Michelle Wright and the Summer's Gold Honey Company. Enjoy a tasty meal on the patio at The Garage Restaurant, or grab take-out for a picnic and afternoon of fun at the Merlin Kinsmen Park. Here, you'll find a playground, splash pad, shelters and baseball diamonds. End your afternoon with one of Flame and Frostbite's famous sundaes after taking a hike through Merlin Conservation Area Trail.