As you leave Sarnia heading east, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail continues through Plympton-Wyoming on Lakeshore Rd, part of Lambton County’s Trail network. Just south of Lakeshore Rd. you can enjoy access to over 17 kilometres of dedicated path on the Howard Watson Trail, running from Sarnia to the Town of Camlachie. This is signed as the Waterfront Trail and gives cyclists the choice of using Lakeshore or staying off-road.
Farming and railways settled the area. By 1850s the township led the county in wool production and cattle, and had four cheese factories thanks to a robust diarying practice. Today soybeans and corn have replace wheat as the chief crop. Dairying continues but not as strongly as cattle raising. The Village of Wyoming took shape around the construction of a rail station in the 1880s and became a shipping hub transporting agricultural and petroleum goods to and from the region.
Today most of the waterfront in Plympton-Wyoming is curtained behind private homes. Charles M. McEwan and Highland Glen Conservation Areas, managed by the St Clair Region Conservation Authority, provide the best access to the lake. Residents access the lakeshore through local parks that have staircases to descend the bluff. In 2015 the Town gained ownership of Lamrecton Camp on Ergremont Rd, which was gifted to the Town by the United Church, and which may become another waterfront park and beach for the area.
Lakeshore Rd. gets progressively busier, but the road itself is well paved and there is ample room on the shoulder. Remember to ride predictably and signal when necessary.
Camping is available at a few private campgrounds off County Rd 7/Lakeshore Rd.
Provisions can be picked up at the Camlachie Food Market on CR 7/Lakeshore. For meal, the Sawmill Creek Golf Course is open to the public. One of the area’s only wineries, Aberarder Vineyard, is located several kilometres off the Trail on Aberarder Line.
For a fascinating day trip, ride to the Oil Museum of Canada, one kilometre south of the village of Oil Springs, the site of North America’s first oil rush and commercial oil well in the late 1800s.
Plympton-Wyoming Trail comprises:
Regional Roads with shoulders (18 km)
Rail Trail (5 km running parallel to Lakeshore Rd/CR 7)