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Hikes and hops: Where to pair nature treks and craft beers in Hastings County

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 …

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Not Just Surviving, but Thriving

How Tweed & Company Theatre is Turning Flexibility into a Cultural Asset We all know that the past year has been an exceptionally slow time for Arts & Culture Organizations, with our local theatres being no exception.  The pandemic has destroyed live theatre’s ability to open its doors and welcome in the thousands of loyal patrons who would …

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The Hastings County Virtual Art Gallery Tour

There’s a Plethora of Painters & Potters in Hastings County Hastings County is a mecca for painters and potters, especially in the north. Why is this? And, a better question, why is this not well-known? Henri Mattisse said, “Creativity takes courage.” If that’s the case, Hastings County is brimming with courage. When I started researching …

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Creekside Riverside

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.

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Take in the Colours of Fall along the North Hastings Scenic Routes

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.

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Take a Trip to Farmtown Park in Stirling

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.

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Yoga and the River

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.

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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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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.

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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.

Southern Ontario Ice Festival – Icy Cliffs

It takes a special kind of person to strap knives to their feet, tie themselves onto a thin rope, grab two terrifying, pointy axes and decide to ascend an ice-laden cliff. Not to mention that this is all done during the depths of our frigid winter months. This is, in a nutshell, the basics of ice climbing in Hastings County. Every February the Southern Ontario Ice Festival takes over the small community of Maynooth for a weekend of ice climbing festivities.