Being on this trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Truthfully, if I had 5 weeks to travel, I would never have thought about traveling so close to home. It has helped me gather a deep appreciation for regions in South Eastern Ontario and especially for the ones we’ve already visited on our trip; such as Prince Edward County and Bay of Quinte. I can’t wait to see what the other regions that we’ll be visiting have in store for us. The best part is that they’re all so close to home (Kingston), that I can take day-trips, bring friends with me and show off my new found knowledge!
Land O’ Lakes was our third destination, but weather was not on our side. We had plans to travel to Frontenac Provincial Park by canoe, camp overnight, eat lunch at the Waterfront River Pub and Terrace in Napanee and enjoy the Dark Sky Viewing Area. Unfortunately, due to the rain and lacklustre conditions, this portion of our trip had to be postponed.
This is the reality of production. It is especially important to have blue skies with big white fluffy clouds for a tourism video. Also, we shouldn’t look completely miserable on camera! If we were camping in the pouring rain and trying to set up all of our gear, this probably wouldn’t look the best on camera. Here are some things that we were able to do:
Experiencing Wolfe Island
Before this, I had only been to Wolfe Island to experience the Corn Maze around Halloween, so I was excited to visit the island during summer. We took the 20-minute ferry to the island and ate an early lunch at The Wolfe Island Grill. The view was beautiful, with the patio right on the water. They also had some pretty good curry! If you’re visiting Kingston, I highly recommend taking the (free!) ferry over to Wolfe Island to eat a meal at The Wolfe Island Grill and explore.
Bon Eco Suites
I honestly didn’t realize that there was anything in Tamworth, Ontario, so I was pleasantly surprised by the shops, antique stores, and cafes located in this quaint town. Bon Eco Suites, where we stayed during our trip to Land O’ Lakes, was absolutely beautiful. Located in a historic building, there were 3 separate apartments. The apartments are furnished with many reclaimed materials; such as tires, old trim, hubcaps and more. It’s very easy to be inspired here, so close to the wilderness.
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co.
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. has a special place in my heart. When I first moved to Kingston, I wasn’t a huge fan of beer. One day while visiting Red House Kingston, I had some of the MacKinnon Brother’s Brothers House Ale and I fell in love with their beer. It is very lightweight and a bit too easy to drink. Since then, Crosscut (Canadian Ale) and Red Fox (Summer Ale) have become my favourites. I was extremely excited to visit their farm in Bath, Ontario.
Both Ivan and Dan MacKinnon showed us around the farm, and we were able to taste some of their beer. Unsurprisingly, they were all fantastic. If you’d like to visit them, they’re hosting an event called “Back To The Farm” on August 20th, from noon to 10 pm. There will be a bunch of really great bands playing; such as The Mahones, Lost Cousins and more.
Our next stop is Kingston! I’m excited to see what my home city has in store for us. Make sure you’re following South Eastern Ontario’s Instagram @greatwaterway!