SUMMER DAY TRIPS BY CAR FROM BARRIE
As we welcome summer amid reopenings, we can all indulge in notions of traditional summer fare like patios, barbecues…and road trips!
Barrie’s central location makes us a prime hub to launch car voyages through the warm weather months. Every Thursday through September, we’ll bring a new Ontario destination you can reach in a reasonable travel time. And if you’ve got some suggestions, we want to hear them!
Road Trippin’ – Part 10
This trip is a bit further afield than usual, but well worth the extra gas. Equally important is the connection to Canadian history.
Zip along the St Lawrence River and spend some time exploring the Thousand Islands! The archipelago sits on the border between Canada and the United States.
Beautiful scenery, quirky museums, tons of fishing and some fantastic restaurants are nestled into the area, as well as the massive National park. In like manner, there are a number of picturesque towns, and even a few castles to visit.
With Covid restrictions in place, it’s a good idea to stay on the Canadian side of the river. Luckily, the largest of the islands, Wolfe Island is entirely in Ontario. Moreover, most of the smaller islands are privately owned and inaccessible, including Deer Island which is owned by the Skull and Bones secret society.
Boldt Castle is a must see. Originally commissioned by the millionaire George Boldt, the castle was never finished with construction abandoned in 1904. It has sat half done ever since.
Most of the islands have beautiful shallow sand beaches, making for a perfect day relaxing and swimming. Furthermore, anglers will find lots of options as well, as Pike are abundant off the shores.