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Road Trippin’ Part 15

Road Trippin' Part 15

TRIPS BY CAR FROM BARRIE

Barrie’s central location makes us a prime hub to launch car voyages through the warm weather months. Every week through the end of October, we’ll bring a new Ontario destination you can reach in a day by car. And if you’ve got suggestions, we want to hear them!

Road Trippin’ Part 15

  Merrickville

Located about four hours east of Toronto, Merrickville is a village along the Rideau Canal. The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals winding 202 km from Ottawa all the way to the head of Lake Ontario in Kingston. Merrickville in fact predates the Canal. When the Canal was completed in 1832, the town became a larger, industrious villa settled by Irish, Scottish and French builders of the Canal.

Take a morning walk at the Rideau Woodland Ramble. Declared one of Canada’s top garden destinations, the Ramble is home to Japanese maples and a variety of wildlife and pure woodland.

Head closer into Merrickville and you’ll come face to face with history. Home to over 100 historic and heritage properties, it’s also the lcoation for three locks on the Rideau Canal, and to the Blockhouse, a huge structure built in 1832 to guard against potential American invasion. It’s now a museum open during the summer.

Known around the region for its unique boutiques, the stores are filled with one-of-a-kind items from local artists and artisans. Glass blowers, painters, potters, and other creative spirits make for inventive trinkets to take home. One of the most visited is Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food Shop, full of nooks and crannies for just about anyone in your family.

When it comes to meal time, a must visit is the Yellow Canoe Cafe. It’s a quaint 20-seat spot with a fresh menu and homemade treats. Foodies who prefer something quicker have plenty of options.

What did you think of Road Trippin’ Part 15? We want to hear about your road trip destinations! Let us know in the comments or on FB! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint, we want to hear from you too!

Road Trippin’ – Part 14

Road Trippin' - Part 14

TRIPS BY CAR FROM BARRIE

Barrie’s central location makes us a prime hub to launch car voyages through the warm weather months. Every week through the end of October, we’ll bring a new Ontario destination you can reach in a day by car. And if you’ve got suggestions, we want to hear them!

Road Trippin’ – Part 14

 Sault St. Marie

Known better as the Soo, Sault St. Marie is a stay a while, enjoy the sights and flavours type of town. It’s chock full of history, art, and natural beauty.

The city is a quaint and walkable locale. You can enjoy the charms of a boardwalk jaunt along St. Mary’s river, adorned with a plethora of open space art installations and plaques illustrating the city’s history. You’ll find a pavilion dedicated to Roberta Bondar on your stroll.

Among the must-dos in the Soo is the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. The trip heads north, deep into Canadian Shield country and inland to the Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park. The highlight of the train trek is the 130-foot-high Montreal River trestle. When the train reaches the park, you can get out to explore the lookout, with trails leading to picturesque nearby waterfalls.

If you dare to swim post Labour day, there are plenty of diving options. Old Woman Bay and Katherine Cove both feature picturesque cliffs, sandy beaches and crystal clear water.

When the hunger hits, head north of the city to get an authentic taste of the region with a historic slant. The Voyageurs’ Lodge and Cookhouse is an essential stop for everything from gas and gifts to lunch. This unique stopover on Highway 17 celebrates the Voyageurs, Canada’s frontiersmen, while the diner features northern Ontario hospitality and huge portions. The rustic decor of the roadhouse adds to the northern experience.

Whitefish Island

If you are keen on some more nature, check out Whitefish Island. It’s located just below the International Bridge stretching across the St. Marys rapids.

It is a 2000 year old historical site, first used as an Indigenous settlement. In 1997, Whitefish was returned to the Batchawana Band, who maintain the island today.

As you explore the island, you’ll find well kept trails as well as Indigenous artifacts and structures, like wigwams and tepees. It’s a must for animal observers, as the island is rich with migratory birds, water foul, reptiles, eagles, and osprey.

What did you think of Road Trippin’ – Part 14? We want to hear about your road trip destinations! Let us know in the comments or on FB! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint, we want to hear from you too!

Road Trippin’ – Part 11

Road Trippin' - Part 11

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 11

The West Coast

You may not be able to get to the Caribbean this year. But you can get to some very Caribbean-like beaches on Ontario’s west coast. Better known as Huron County, the Blue Flag beaches of Lake Huron are a huge draw for vacationers. The region is packed with 80 kilometres of shoreline spread across a dozen beaches. Among the more popular is Grand Bend.

The west coast is also home to a scattering of charming small towns like Wingham (birthplace of author Alice Munro) Bayfield and Blyth. There is a distinct European feel, complete with a rich history, to many of the locales, particularly Goderich. If you make it a weekend escape, you can visit a load of historical houses and monuments around the region. Hikers will find plenty of trails and paths at Pinery Provincial Park, as well as camping.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a real road trip without a meal. Foodies are encouraged to check out Beach Street Station, located on Goderich’s waterfront. The patio offers stunning views and fabulous food. The eatery was originally built in 1907 as the CPR Train Station. The 150 person patio is a perfect spot to take in the renowned Huron County sunsets.

What did you think of Road Trippin’ – Part 11? Got an idea for our next destination? Let us know in the comments! If you are a Barrie based business, reach out today! We will help you get Uncovered!

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