When you think of Hastings County, you might think of paddling a pristine lake or sipping a craft beer on a smalltown patio. But as the locals and winter revelers will tell you, Hastings is just as good when the temperatures drop and everything is covered in a blanket of snow. Don’t believe us? Bundle up and check off these bucket list winter adventures.
Where to dine after ice time in Hastings County If there are two things we know in Hastings County in the winter, it’s cold rinks and cozy food and drinks. So when you can pair the two, you’re always getting some of the best of what’s on offer here. Keep reading for a rundown of …
The days are long, the nights are warm, and the mosquitoes are finally getting less annoying. It’s patio time. Whether you’re looking for river views, a more urban oasis, or craft beers under the stars, Hastings County has you covered. From north to south, here are a dozen of the best patios in the area. …
If you’re like most parents, you have one goal this summer: keep the kids happy and cool! I mean, let’s be honest, if you want to have a fun and enjoyable summer, happy kids are a MUST! So, what keeps kids happy and cool during these hot and sunny summer months in Hastings County?
Parks, splash pads, beaches, snacks, and ice cream!
Escape the Indoors on our Monthly Hastings Networking Hikes Join together with local business owners to network and foster creative discussions during a peaceful hike on the beautiful trails of Hastings County. Meet like-minded individuals Discover collaboration opportunities Give your eyes a screen break Generate new business ideas Last week of each month: Mondays @ 10:00am …
Is there anything more refreshing than a crisp, cold beer after a healthy hike? Lucky for us, Hastings County has plenty of craft breweries just down the road from stunning nature trails. From Stirling to Madoc to Bancroft, here are some of the top spots to pair a walk in the woods with a post-hike …
10 Spring Adventures to Have in Hastings County Coronavirus cases are receding, pandemic mandates are lifting, and little green shoots are finally poking through the soil. It’s been a long winter — a long two years, in fact — but we seem to be emerging into a “new normal”. If you need some encouragement to …
It’s that sweet time of the year! Local maple syrup producers have been prepping for weeks, and now, the sap is running. Hitting the sugar bush is the first harbinger of spring, and after a long, cold, COVID winter, it’s a lot of fun to visit a local ‘sugar shack’, take in an Ontario Maple …
We’ve been celebrating Family Day in Ontario for 14 years now. It’s a day to experience whole family activities and have some fun amid warming February temperatures. This year, given the recent loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, we can eat in or get take-out at local restaurants, take in a movie, or simply get outside and …
It’s hard to beat the scenery of Hastings County in any season, but if you’ve been here in the fall, you’ll know these months are magical. A sense of calm sets in as the air starts to cool, and any outdoors-enthusiast will excitedly remind you that there are fewer mosquitoes to contend with come mid-September.
Geocaching is a great outdoor activity that can be done absolutely anywhere, and is free to do aside from a GPS device (which most of us can use our cellphones for). If you haven’t heard of geocaching, it’s basically a worldwide treasure hunt. That’s right, geocaching is happening all around the world. How cool is …
Last week, we had the chance to catch up with two of Hastings County’s avid birdwatchers, Kyle Blaney and Tom Wheatley. They’ve both been birding in the area for several years, and in turn, have created their own unique and unforgettable experiences. Despite their separate paths, they both say the same thing: The birds of Hastings County are extremely diverse, and the next great birding location is here, just waiting to be discovered.
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 shared in this post…
If you’ve never gardened before, growing your own vegetables can feel overwhelming, and you may not know where to start. However, with a bit of guidance, you can easily grow your own food. Three years ago, when I started my first garden, I started small. I picked four things to grow that year – tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and lettuce. The following year I added a few more vegetables, and the third year I had a full-fledged garden happening!
Family Day is fast approaching (on February 15th) and I think we can all agree that this Family Day is going to look like no other Family Day that we’ve celebrated in the past. Despite whatever current restrictions will be in place on that day, you can still enjoy it by spending quality time with your family. There are plenty of things you can do that are fun for everyone while socially distancing and staying close to home.
Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government issued a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for permitted purposes or activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely. This order and other …
Three years ago my partner, Eric, and I visited Limerick Lake for the first time. We had a memorable experience and had been talking about planning another trip there ever since. Our time finally came to head back to Limerick Lake last weekend.
Not only did we experience some great fishing on this trip but the timing was perfect to witness the incredibly vibrant autumn colours as well!
No matter how busy the day gets we can also make time for ourselves. There are so many physical and mental benefits to yoga and meditation and the yoga retreat really helps you see that. I returned to lots of deadlines and in a normal week, I would have overworked and tired myself out. Instead, I found myself listening to my body, and tuning in to what I learned from the retreat, whether that was a short meditation, a walk, or yoga.
If you’ve got a hankering to crush some gravel and sip some cider, check out the Apples to Apples v.3 route here on Ride with GPS. This route is shorter in length, with just over 10% elevation gain over the course of the ride. Be prepared with a comfortable bike, a water bottle, a couple of friends, and a method to carry home the fruits of your labour. I’d love to know how you make it your own (and which King’s Mill Cider you choose at the end!)
There’s no better way to witness the true beauty of nature’s vibrant fall colours than a road trip through the countryside. With 13 routes to choose from you will find yourself meandering the countryside through large and untouched forests, and along river banks and water falls, while valley vistas and historic homesteads speckle the area.
If you are looking for a family excursion that is both fun and educational, you will want to spend an afternoon at Farmtown Park. There are 9 different buildings to explore, like Heritage Village, the old schoolhouse, and learn about cheese and butter making. Farmtown Park is a great way to get the kids out to do something that they will not only have fun doing, but will also learn a lot of history. You’ll want to be sure to visit soon though, as they are only open during the warmer months, from May to the end of September.
No matter which way you’re coming from, the road to Bancroft is long and calm. Big trees and clear lakes flank the roads towards this North Hasting County town. On the surface, it’s cottage country; a place people live in or visit because they love ripple of the water and a breath of fresh air.
But what lies under the surface makes the region even better. Several mineral species, such as graphite, mica, sodalite and even marble, can be found in the soil. Bancroft was once a town that lured workers to toil in small mines. From the past, to the present, there has been great value in this land. It offers an opportunity to discover – or experience – something unique.
I think it’s safe to say that 2020 hasn’t exactly gone the way any of us had planned. None of us could have ever predicted what these last few months have thrown at us. So, if you’re trying to squeeze in a few more family days before summer ends, I think a day trip close to home is just what you need!
Take a day to explore the little village in the heart of Centre Hastings, that you are sure to love exploring with your family.
We were all seated comfortably in the yoga pavilion – a simple wooden structure with screens for walls where light and fresh air enter freely. The wind in the trees and the sound of the river hushed any unnecessary mind chatter and the retreat began with the simple sharing of how we found ourselves seated here in the woods. One participant said it well when she shared: “I came to see what the yogis in the forest could teach me”. Learn more about Yoga & The River Retreat at Madawaska Kanu Centre with yogis, Jessica & Nathan Rogers of Creekside Yoga.
I found myself in the saddle, too far in to turn around on a Friday afternoon in October 2018. We had planned a cycling route that would push our limits, but that was still close enough to civilization that we could call for backup if we needed it. That’s how the route – which we dubbed “Hella Hastings” was born. Right in our own back yard.
I’m Laura, part of the team at The Brake Room in Belleville, and I’m sharing the story of my first bikepacking trip, some tips I learned, and our Ride With GPS route.
Find a quaint cabin; invite good company; pack a cozy sweater; power down. Outside all weekend? YES. Off-grid cabin? COOL! Lake swimming? Sign me up! This spur-of-the-moment plan my husband, Andrew, and I decided on was shaping up to be the perfect getaway.”
The beginning of Paige Wentworth’s off-the-grid cottage getaway in northern Hastings County, in the summer of 2019. Be inspired to have a cottage getaway of your own!
Much of our world has changed dramatically over the past six months, but our vividly green outdoors have not. One activity that remains similar to its pre-pandemic existence, is travelling along our outdoor trails. If anything, thanks to social distancing guidelines, there is simply more room to explore and experience. As we emerge from months of lock down, natural outdoor spaces will play a larger role than ever in boosting both mental and physical health, providing an opportunity to get outside with minimal risk.
Hastings County is known for its excellent fishing. Visitors come to fish year-round in one of our 180 lakes and countless streams, smaller ponds and bogs, as well as marinas and fishing outlets. We’re home to four major rivers: the Moira, Crowe, Black and York Rivers, as well as an abundance of forests and wetlands for a great fishing backdrop.