Month: June 2020

Woman wearing a helmet on a bicycle travelling down a country road.

Marmora By Bike: Three Ways to Explore

On any given summer day, the trails snaking through Marmora and Lake are populated by ATV enthusiasts. In winter, the snowmobiles take over. The uninitiated might think that the local trails are designated for motorized traffic, but in fact, these multi-use trail are cyclist, hiker and even horseback-rider friendly.

Lately we’ve had the chance to cycle around Marmora more than ever before, and thanks to the trails, each time we return, it’s easy to find a new route to explore. Here, we’re sharing a few route options to provide a starting point for cycling in Hastings County.

Image of canoes adjacent a river, Riverside Campground

Riverside Campground

Riverside is Ontario’s newest, members only, adult male gay camping destination. Celebrating their 10th season! This campground & RV park is situated on 96 beautiful and wooded acres, and is conveniently located halfway between Ottawa and Toronto in the Municipality of Tweed. riversidervcampground.com

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Explore our trails

The Eastern Ontario Trail Alliance (EOTA) offers a trail network spreading from the Bay of Quinte to Algonquin Park. The trails wander past scenic villages, historic ghost towns and clear lakes and streams. They’re ideal for ATVs, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, cycling, and birding. You can visit for the day, or stay …

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Crowd of people on Mill Street in downtown Stirling for the Water Buffalo Food Festival

Stirling Water Buffalo Food Festival

Back in 2017, Local Wanderers Britt and Jeff visited the Stirling Water Buffalo Food Festival that September. It’s unfortunate that this year (2020) it’s cancelled. But we thought we’d share this overview of Britt and Jeff’s experience as we “Dream On” for the hopeful next edition of this Festival in 2021. According to Britt and …

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Tim Porter – Tweed & Company Theatre

Andrew Redden, Economic and Tourism Development Manager for Hastings County, recently interviewed Tim Porter, Canadian Musical Theatre Performer, writer, director and producer. Tim founded Tweed and Company Theatre and recently chose to make Tweed and Hastings County his permanent home where he’s also restoring a historic house. I Left The City Show · I left …

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Portrait of a women, photo of Dr. Sandy Musclow

Dr. Sandy Musclow

Andrew Redden, Economic and Tourism Development Manager for Hastings County, recently interviewed Dr. Sandy Musclow, a naturopathic physician offering services in North Hastings through Foundation Stone Medicine. After living and studying in different communities across North America, Dr. Musclow chose to return to her home community of Hastings. I Left The City Show · I …

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Road trips with a history lesson: Historical Sites Across Hastings

Summer is here, the weather is warmer and it’s a great time now to plan a road trip to get out and explore Hastings’ backyard.

How about turn it into a fun family outing with a history lesson for your kids! For instance, did you know the small village of Ivanhoe is connected to the Northwest Passage? Or how about Ontario’s First Gold Mine? Even Tweed and Company Theatre created a musical retelling the history of Hastings.

A boy and a girl looking at gems on display behind a glass case on shelves

Get Close to Nature by Rockhounding for Minerals

Bancroft and the northern region of Hastings is one of the most unique areas geologically in the entire world! With almost 90% of all types of minerals found on earth located in North Hastings, Bancroft is a major destination for recreational rock hounding enthusiasts and is known as the “Mineral Capital of Canada”. For over fifty years, tens of thousands of mineral enthusiasts have traveled to Bancroft to experience the annual Rockhound Gemboree.


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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

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228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)