COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into our plans for over a year now, and March Break 2021 is no exception… or should I say April Break! Have you seen every piece of every puzzle in your home more times in the last year than you can count? Have you played every board game you own and feel like you have seen everything on Netflix?
It’s time to shake it up! Leave the living room behind and adventure into the outdoors! Here in Hastings County, we are so lucky to be surrounded by nature and unique local businesses. While we are currently under restrictions, that doesn’t mean we can’t have an exciting April Break!
If you’re stuck on what to do, check out some ideas below!
Declaration of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order
As COVID-19covid 19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a declaration of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order are in effect as of Thursday, April 8, at 12:01 a.m.
For details regarding provincial restrictions, please visit Ontario.ca. In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order. Please follow the guidelines. This blog post is intended for locals’ inspiration only.
For a beautiful bird’s eye view of the town of Bancroft, take the kids to Eagles Nest Park The park is located at 79 Eagles Nest Park Rd, Bancroft, ON and is home to several short trails, with the highlight, of course, being the lookout. The Hawkwatch Trail (leading to the lookout) has been upgraded to an accessible trail making this an exceptional experience for everyone!
Up for a scavenger hunt? Check out this scavenger hunt bingo card made by the park!
After all that exploring take a 5-minute drive south of Bancroft to Kawartha Dairy! Everyone can enjoy a scoop… or scoops of their delicious ice cream, including those looking for non-dairy options. Kawartha Dairy’s Cotton Candy ice cream is a favourite among the kids and the young at heart!
O’Hara Mill Homestead is home to seven trails both long and short. It is a beautiful walk through the forest and allows you to experience creeks, marshes, and old stone fences. It is located at 638 Mill Rd, Madoc, ON. All buildings are closed due to COVID-19, but O’Hara’s trails remain open as they believe fresh air and time in nature is good for the mind, body, and soul. We agree!
All trails at O’Hara Mill connect to each other creating many possibilities to explore! Did you go left last time? Take a right and explore some more! The kids and the dogs are sure to love this one.
Exploring all the different paths can you leave you and your family ready for a treat! Pop on over to the Hidden Goldmine Bakery located at 59 Durham St. S, Madoc, ON. Make sure you plan ahead as this sweet stop is open Wednesday-Saturdays 9-4 for the month of April. With restrictions in place, you are able to go into the store to purchase your goods but there is no indoor dining. If you are not comfortable entering the store, a pick-up window is available! The Hidden Goldmine Bakery asks all pick-up customers to order online and ring the bell when they arrive.
If you are looking for lunch, please order by phone (613-473-5310) or online 24 hours in advance.
Vanderwater Conservation Area is located just south of Tweed at 512 Vanderwater Road, Thomasburg, ON. Enjoy walking along the banks of the Moira River and experiencing up to 15km of trails!
How many kilometres in do you think you can get before you hear the words “I’m hungry!” or “what’s for dinner?”? Don’t worry, we got you. When you’re done exploring head north into Tweed and check out By the Way Café! They are open for takeaway dinners Wednesday- Saturday from 5-6. Call (613-478-6336) after 2 pm to place an order! Be sure to check out the menu ahead of time as each day has a different special. Feeling pizza instead? Head to Vito’s Pizza for take-out!
Rainy Day Adventures
So, what do you do if you wake up, look out the window and see rain? Check out your local library’s website of course! Many libraries in Hastings County are offering different services and pick ups during this time.
Madoc Public Library is offering a Children’s Take-Home Bundle! All you have to do is go onto their website and fill out the form! You can choose if you would like books, DVDs, or both. They even include a DIY craft page. When your bundle is ready, you then proceed to the library for porch pick up! Who knew a rainy day could be so easy? Be sure to follow them on social media to be the first in line for their Boredom Busters coming soon!
Thanks to the Grain Farmers of Ontario, Stirling-Rawdon Public Library is now offering Grab ‘n’ Grow Kits! The kits include a cup and lid, wheat and soybean seeds, soil wafer, information on growing wheat and soy, a ruler, and a colouring page. With these kits, you will be able to teach your children how to plant seeds and watch them grow. The kits were developed to complement a Grade 3 curriculum but can be enjoyed at any age. These kits are part of the Good in Every Grain campaign by the Grain Farmers of Ontario and we think this is a great way to spend time with the family!
The past year has challenged us in many ways. No matter what you decide to do this week, make sure you take the time to slow down, breathe in some fresh air and spend some quality time with your family.