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Weekend Outdoor Adventures in Eastern Ontario

chasing waterfalls: a sunday drive in ontario’s highlands

The problem of Luke and I feeling restless on a quiet weekend morning is usually remedied with that classic old routine of a Sunday drive. Often without a particular destination in mind, we roll along country roads outside Kingston while admiring the limestone farmhouses and casually grazing animals to the soundtrack of the CBC’s ‘Choral Concert.’ Are you shaking your head at us yet? There is such a thing as TOO much whimsy. One of these drives a couple weeks ago continued past Wilton’s famous cheese factory until we cruised into a neighbouring community–the type of hamlet to which the ‘blink and you miss it’ adage usually applies. In the case of Yarker, a quick peripheral glance to one side reveals a cascading waterfall and incredible rock face. This dot on the map, which is home to about 800 people, is hushed on the Sunday afternoon that we drive through it. There isn’t a soul in sight as we make our way up a sloping hill towards this pedestrian path, a section of the Cataraqui …

Back To The Farm at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co - Courtney Klumper

out for a sip: mackinnon brothers brewing co.

  The revival of the craft beer industry has been warmly welcomed by beer drinkers, from the casual to the connoisseur. It is marked by the surge in micro-breweries and festivals, the ever-expanding lists on restaurant drink menus, and the growth of craft sections in the liquor and beer stores, the colourful array of cans as unique as the story behind each of them. This renaissance comes at a time when beer drinkers buy in to the branding and storytelling as much (if not more than) the drink itself. Visiting a local brasserie becomes a souvenir of its own, with store bought cans offering a reminder of a time and place. It comes at a time when the the local food movement is at its peak and shows no signs of slowing. For the folks behind MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co., who have been farming the same land for seven generations, it doesn’t get much more local than growing your hops and grains. The annual beer festival at their farm just north of the village of …

diy homemade hair conditioner

DIY natural hair conditioner

Yes, it is possible to cut your bill at the drug store and make your own conditioner at home! This alternative is way cheaper, is better for your body and the environment, and it actually works. I know people are often skeptical of hippy-dippy alternatives, but I wouldn’t have made the switch if it left my hair a rat’s nest. The greatest thing about this homemade hair conditioner is that it only has two ingredients, one of which flows from your tap… Water + apple cider vinegar = the dreamiest hair conditioner! I imagine you could play around with the ratios if your hair is particularly thick or wild, but I have found that this recipe works great for us. Yes, while you are in the shower, your hair is going to smell like vinegar. Once you rinse it out, your hair isn’t going to feel like you just used conventional conditioner with all the extra stuff in it that coats your hair. But once you start brushing, your hair will be tangle-free and super smooth. It also …