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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 …

Visit Dahlia May Flower Farm in the Bay of Quinte for local farm grown flowers.

lost among the blossoms: a trip to dahlia may flower farm

I have never really thought of myself as a ‘flower person’. I used to wonder why giving them was a gesture of adoration, sympathy, friendship, or welcome. They are, by their very nature, only temporary, their beauty fleeting from the moment they are cut. Fresh cut flowers just didn’t really make sense to me as being symbolic of anything long-lasting. I’m not really sure what changed, but I have recently become enamoured with them:┬átheir delicate aromas gently floating through a breeze, the preciousness, holding them firm but gentle as though you were cradling a newborn baby. My recent obsession (and my new job) led to my discovery of Dahlia May Flower Farm, just north of Trenton on a gravel road in the gently rolling hills of the Quinte countryside. As we walked up, my eyes were immediately drawn to the quaint farm stand, enveloped in stacks of florals, herbs and ferns. Stepping inside revealed beautifully arranged pots lining the small walls of the stand, an intimate space made comfortable by the welcoming smiles of the …