Oh yes, my friends! Time for another Instagram photo challenge post! This has to be one of my favourite things about this job. Every two weeks I put out a new #PhotoChallenge to our amazing community via Instagram – and each time I am absolutely blown away by the response. [Read more…]
As summer comes into full swing, South Eastern Ontario becomes a hotbed of fun outdoor activities. Whether it’s on dry land, or out on the water there is a nearly endless list of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Last week, I asked the fine folks within our amazing Instagram community to tag us in their outdoor adventures. As always, the result was fantastic. All across the board, people were tagging us in a series of breathtaking images of the natural splendour that surrounds us in South Eastern Ontario.
Thanks again for sharing your adventures with us! Here are our ten favourite Instagram posts from our last photo challenge!
All built in the 1800’s. Sort of hits you as you paddle along that you are looking a some pretty cool history. 1846. 1896. 1896 left to right. Oh and the #cruisersup board is 2017! #standuppaddleboard #paddleboarddirect #sup #suplifestyle #waterfront #greatwaterway #findygk #kingston_on #ig_photooftheday #teamygk #weekendvibes #godiscover #canada150 #historicbuilding #discoverontario #ig_great_shots_canada #paddleboarding #paddlecanada
Exploring our local assets today with some cross country explorers! Everywhere we went with our @greatwaterway film crew location scouts from @makehaymedia we kept running into the amazing members of the C3 (coast to coast to coast) ship on a similar tour. Crew members got tours of the Aquatarium, the railway tunnel, and even got to take a quick discovery scuba lesson. Unfortunately our schedule didn’t leave us time for a deck tour, but I did run off in between locations to snap a few quick pics of their ship. @canadac3 #ExploreBrockville #C3 #1000islands #greatwaterway #brockville
As the rains of spring give way to the welcome warmth of summer, there is a beautiful phenomenon that takes hold of South Eastern Ontario. There is an overall sense of joy, as countless people open up their sheds, roll up their sleeves and tend their beloved gardens for another season. [Read more…]
Here at the Great Waterway we’ve explored some amazing locations together and told countless stories about the variety of things to do and places to see on dry land. However, it’s beneath the surface of the St. Lawrence River, that we discover an entirely different story. One that began as far back as when the Earth was forged, and still continues to unfold today. [Read more…]
South Eastern Ontario is a beloved destination, made famous for a seemingly endless list of reasons. Iconic among them is a rich and vibrant artistic community of talented makers and artists. [Read more…]
I think I can speak for us all when I bid the winter of 2016/2017 a fond farewell, and look to the arrival of spring with warm anticipation. Gone for another year, are the days of slush and ice – and now we find ourselves in a visual menagerie of colour, as signs of life after winter sprout up at every turn.
Last week, I wanted to try something new with our awesome Instagram community. Inspired by all the gorgeous flowers starting to emerge, I asked our followers to get outdoors and snap some photos of flowers, or blossoms throughout South Eastern Ontario. I put the challenge out there and tagged some fantastic and talented folks from the region.
The response was simply put: gorgeous.
Without further delay, here’s a collection of our favourite Instagram posts from the #GreatWaterway community! Thank you all so much for participating, and keep tagging us in your amazing photo-adventures!
Spring Has Sprung in South Eastern Ontario!
There’s nothing more cult-classic, and carnivorously comforting than sinking your teeth into the juicy bliss of an epic hamburger. I’m not talking about fast food here, but rather the experience of enjoying a master crafted burger from a wide range of fantastic pubs and unique restaurants, right here in South Eastern Ontario. [Read more…]
As we roll into March, there is a resounding sigh of relief in South Eastern Ontario as yet another winter ends up in our collective rear-view. The vanishing snow reveals the once buried grass, and soon enough, the iconic images of shamrocks and other green things mark the approach of Saint Patrick’s Day. [Read more…]
The warm late winter temperatures brings our favourite time of year – maple syrup season. Headlining maple season in The Great Waterway are three family-friendly events: Maple in the County in Prince Edward County, Maple Madness in Kingston and an open house at Gibbons Maple Sugar House in Frankville. Consider these 9 amazing and authentically Canadian experiences for your maple “bucket” list this March.
1. Eat pancakes (with syrup!) in a sugar shack
Piping hot pancakes piled high, slathered with butter and drizzled (or drenched) in freshly made maple syrup. It’s the ultimate maple season experience, made better when enjoyed in the company of friends and family. Whether your chosen side dish is bacon, sausages or more pancakes, this maple syrup experience is not to be missed.
- Where to try it: Sweetwater Cabin/Hubb’s Sugar Bush (Rednersville, PEC), Gibbons Maple Sugar House and Museum (Frankville), Strictly Maple (Consecon, PEC), Sugarbush Vineyards (Hilliar, PEC), Fosterholm Farms (Picton, PEC), Waupoos Estate Winery and Sugar Bush (Waupoos, PEC), Walt’s Sugar Shack (Consecon, PEC), Three Dog Winery (Demorestville, PEC)
2. Hike through a sugar bush
With the crunch of snow under your boots and the refreshingly crisp smell of spring in the air works up an appetite for piping hot pancakes!
- Where to try it: Sugarbush Vineyards (Hillier, PEC), Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (Kingston),
3. Dash through the snow on a horse-drawn wagon ride
The clip-clop of hooves and the jingle of sleigh bells is a familiar sound during maple season. On a horse-drawn wagon ride, take in the bustle of a busy maple forest and look for signs that spring is right around the corner.
- Where to try it: Sweetwater Cabin/Hubb’s Sugar Bush (Rednersville, PEC)
4. Snowshoe in a vineyard
A winery tour during the off-season is a winter wonderland delight (you may not have snow in your backyard, but we do!). Rent or bring your snowshoes for a peaceful walk through a lakeside vineyard. And just like hiking, you’ll be hankering for breakfast when you’re done! Weather permitting.
- Where to try it: Sugarbush Vineyards (Hilliar, PEC), and the Fido-friendly Three Dog Winery (Demorestville, PEC), Sandbanks Estate Winery (Wellington, PEC), Trail Estate Winery (on the nearby Millennium Trail, Hillier, PEC)
5. Eat maple taffy off of fresh snow
Nature’s favourite candy – maple taffy – is a sweet treat that is best enjoyed in the warm spring sunshine. Dipping thickened maple syrup into fresh white snow is a delicious and timeless syrup season tradition.
- Where to try it: Vader’s Maple Syrup (Cherry Valley, PEC), Walt’s Sugar Shack (Consecon, PEC), Norman Hardie Winery (Wellington, PEC), Gibbons Maple Sugar House (Frankville)
6. Visit baby farm animals
A sure sign of spring is the arrival of the most adorable baby animals in farms throughout the region. Cuddling with fluffy chicks, peeping ducklings and woolly lambs is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Children can enjoy pony rides at selected farms. Have your cameras ready for this cute photo op!
- Where to see them: Nyman Farms (Picton, PEC), Gibbons Family Farm (Frankville), Heal with Horses (Hillier, PEC), Waupoos Estate Winery and Sugar Bush (Waupoos, PEC)
7. See how maple syrup is made (from start to finish!)
Did you know that it takes 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup? When you visit a sugar bush, you will hear the fascinating history of maple syrup, see sap dripping into pails (or modern tap lines that zigzag through the forest) and peek at the giant evaporators where the magic of maple syrup happens! You’ll appreciate syrup so much more after hearing about the effort that goes into making this sweet treat.
- Where to see it: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (Kingston), Gibbons Maple Sugar House and Museum (Frankville), Strictly Maple (Consecon, PEC), Sugarbush Vineyards (Hilliar, PEC), Nyman Farms (Picton, PEC), Vader’s Maple Syrup (Cherry Valley, PEC), Fosterholm Farms (Picton, PEC)
8. Indulge in delightful and unexpected maple syrup and local food pairings
The ideal experience for sophisticated palates! The spring season inspires farmers, artisan food producers and chefs to create flavourful maple themed meals. Caramel apples, haute mac and cheese, sausages, crepes, desserts, aged cheese, ribs, pulled pork, French toast and more tempt your taste buds with every stop along the self-guided Maple in the County route. Reservations required at some locations.
- Where to try it: The Drake Devonshire Inn (Wellington, PEC), Campbell’s Orchards (Rednersville, PEC), Clossen Chase Vineyards (Hillier, PEC), The Grange (Hillier, PEC), Harwood Estate Vineyards (Hillier, PEC), Sandbanks Estate Winery (Wellington, PEC), Keint-he Winery and Vineyards (Wellington, PEC), Trail Estate Winery (Hillier, PEC), Huff Estates (Bloomfield, PEC), 66 Gilliead Distillery (Bloomfield, PEC), Macaulay House (Picton, PEC), Jackson Falls Country Inn (Milford, PEC), The Country Canteen (Picton, PEC), County Cider (Picton, PEC), Black River Cheese Company (Milford, PEC)
9. Sip maple inspired wine, cider and craft beer around a cozy bonfire or tasting room
With a nod to the mighty maple, local wine and cider makers and brewers infuse this seasonal staple into their beverages for a delightful sipping experience. Some wineries and breweries, like Barley Days, Trail Estate and The Grange have seasonal wines, waters and brews to you to enjoy, whereas our other wineries welcome you into their tasting rooms for you to enjoy your favourite red, white or ale.
- Where to try it: Clossen Chase Vineyards (Hillier, PEC), The Grange (Hillier, PEC), Harwood Estate Vineyards (Hillier, PEC), Sandbanks Estate Winery (Wellington, PEC), Keint-he Winery and Vineyards (Wellington, PEC), Trail Estate Winery (Hillier, PEC), Huff Estates (Bloomfield, PEC), 66 Gilliead Distillery (Bloomfield, PEC), County Cider (Picton, PEC), Black River Cheese Company (Milford, PEC), Barley Days Brewery (Picton, PEC), Norman Hardie Winery (Wellington, PEC)