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Edible Adventures

In partnership with The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance

With parks all over the province, there’s sure to be an edible adventure waiting for you upon arrival! When we visit the parks, we love exploring the area, winding our way down back country roads and popping into farm stands to stock our coolers along the way.

Here are six itineraries to inspire your next trip to one of Ontario’s amazing parks:

Wine Lovers Weekend: Sandbanks Provincial Park

Before the Park:

Welcome to Prince Edward County! Home of over 35 wineries, a brewery and even a handful of cideries -- this is the destination for drinks lovers. Plan to stop into a handful of wineries enroute to the park to pick up a bottle or two of pinot noir. May we suggest Rosehall Run, Hinterland or Sandbanks Winery?

With your cooler almost full, it’s time to stop in for fresh veggies, county cheeses and come August, sweet corn, at the Fosterholm Farm Market located at the entrance to the park.

Make sure to set aside an afternoon to head to The County Cider Company for lunch and some County grown cider. Ask for the Peach Cider -- a limited run in late summer months, but totally worth the wait.

After the Park:

After a weekend on the beach, nothing is more civilized than a picnic at The Grange of Prince Edward Winery. Pick up your basket of locally-sourced edibles, bottle in tow, and head into the vines. It’s the perfect end to a County weekend!

What You'll Need

Beach umbrella, cooler, plastic wine glasses

Sandanks Provincial Park at Sunset Picnic with wine at at vineyard

Boys Club: Silver Lake Provincial Park

Before the Park:
You’re in the heart of Lanark County, so why not stop in Perth on your way to Silver Lake? If you’re passing through on a Saturday, visit the Perth Brewing Company for a tour and a pint before hitting the Perth Farmer’s Market to fill up that camp cooler. If you’re looking for free, family-friendly activities, be sure to check in with The Table Community Food Centre, who often have events open to the public.
After the Park:
Return to Perth for a meal at The Masonry Restaurant and Market, and sample the best local produce, wine and craft beer from the surrounding area.
What You'll Need
Cooler bag, pint glasses, and ice, lots of ice.
silver lake sunset dinner at the masonry

Couples Weekend: Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Before the Park:

Before heading into the park, stop in at the Aspley Farmer’s Market behind Hunter's General Store to stock up on provisions. In season you’ll find honey, fruit, veggies, meats and amazing local cheeses.

Buckle up folks, you’re in butter tart country now. Home of the award winning Butter Tart Tour, there’s sure to be more than one tart to your liking in the region. You’ll find them at bakeries, grocers, gas stations and of course, the Aspley Farmer’s Market.

After the Park:
Refresh and rejuvenate yourselves after your wilderness adventures at Viamede Resort. Set on a 165-acre site, this elegant, lakefront hotel overlooks Stoney Lake and serves ‘forest to table’ food foraged from the property and local farmer’s market. Start your meal with a home-infused spruce gin martini.
What You'll Need
Canoe, cooler bag, bug spray
waterfall at Kawartha Highlands the main course at Viamede

Food Lovers Rejoice: Craigleith Provincial Park

Before the Park:

Located just north of Collingwood, Craigleith Provincial Park offers visitors the opportunity to explore the city before heading into the park. Enjoy a meal at Azzurra, where you’ll be able to sample local fare, and wine grown in the area. If you’re a craft beer person, Collingwood will make you feel right at home. Check out the Collingwood Brewery Tap Room for brews made with hops grown right there in the Blue Mountains, and take a tour of the brewery.

Passing through on a Saturday? Visit the Downtown Farmer’s Market to pick up some local produce and last minute supplies before heading up to the park.

After the Park:
Welcome back! Before heading home, enjoy some quality craft beer and local eats at Northwinds Brewhouse and Eatery in downtown Collingwood. Leave yourself some extra time on the way home, so you can pop up to Thornbury for a meal at Bruce Kitchen and Wine Bar or over to Kimberley for a tasting and tour of Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery. We love their wild ginger cider!
What You'll Need
Shopping bag, appetite, good company
sitting on the beach at Craigleith local fare from Azzura

Walk on the Wild Side: Frontenac Provincial Park

Before the Park:

On your way to Frontenac Provincial Park, consider a stop-over in Kingston, just on the other side of the 401. If you’re there on a weekend, the Kingston Public Market in Springer Square is a must. On a Saturday, meet local farmers and producers and stock up on those last few food items to take with you into the park.

Stop in for a burger at Harper’s Burger Bar -- it’s the perfect fuel for trekking! We love The Big Easy: blue cheese, andouille sausage, caramelized onion and remoulade.

After the Park:

Coming back from the park? Celebrate your return to civilization with a hand tossed pasta and VQA wines at Olivea. On a Sunday, visit the same Springer Square for their weekly antique sale, and round out the afternoon with a brewery tour and pint at Ontario’s oldest brewpub, The Kingston Brewing Company, just across the street.

What can you do with 5,355 hectares of Canadian Shield? A whole lot!

The Friends of Frontenac offer wilderness skills training programs in winter camping, kayaking, wilderness first aid, map and compass use, canoeing, fishing and backcountry camping!

What You'll Need
Your favourite bird ID guide
a couple standing on a rock face enjoying the view a Harper's sandwich

Weekend with Friends: Algonquin Provincial Park

Before the Park:

On the northern most tip of the park, you’ll find Northern Edge Algonquin. Visitors headed to the Edge can expect a completely off-grid experience with the luxury of a soft, warm bed in one of their wood cabins. The Edge team will take you into the park on guided experiences -- what’s more, they’ll cook you a locally sourced, Feast ON Certified meal after it’s all done.

On the way to the park, step up your S’mores game by swapping out the traditional grahams for some fresh cookies. Pick some up at Henrietta’s Pine Bakery — and perhaps a slice of strawberry-rhubarb coffee cake! You’ll need at least a dozen cookies, as it takes two cookies per S'more and you’re sure to indulge once you get to your campsite.

After the Park:
Depending on which way you’re headed, we recommend a stop over in South River -- home of Highlander Brewing Company. Highlander’s Liongrass Ale, made with lemongrass and foraged dandelions, pairs perfectly with Thornloe Cheese, another gem of the region.
What You'll Need
BBQ skewers, marshmallows, milk chocolate bars
moose walking by a canoe on the bank pastry by Henrietta's
feastON, certified taste of Ontario