Road Trip Spots that are worth the stop

Posted by Drake, August 13, 2015
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Driving to/from Toronto along the 401 this summer? Take a detour to break up the trip and escape traffic bottlenecks with some of these great road-trip stopovers. You will probably find yourself saying “I didn’t know that was in Ontario!?” Take advantage of summer + take that mid-way home stop and discover something new!


Below are a few finds we thought were cool + road-trip spots that are worth the stop:

Park

PRESQU’ILE PROVINCAL PARK

How to get here: The Provincial Park lies within the Municipality of Brighton south of junction 509 on highway 401.

What to see/do?: Presqu’ile, French for almost an island, is a boomerang-shaped spit of land and limestone that juts sharply into Lake Ontario. If you have already visited Presqu’ile, then you know how absolutely stunning this area is (and also a little shocked that it’s in Ontario/ located within 2 hours of Toronto). Aside from boasting one of the province’s longest sandy beaches, this park has a TON of cool things to do + check out. From hiking trails that span through wetlands, forests and fields, checking out the historic Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse built in 1840, to discovering a history that includes rumrunners, shipwrecks and pirates (COOL), this park is not short on good nature fun.

Donuts

CAMPBELLFORD, ONTARIO
How to get there: From Highway 401 East, take exit 509 and turn left onto County Road 30. Travel along County Road 30 for about 20 minutes, turn right onto Bridge St. East / County Road 8.

What is there to see/do? Located two hours east of Toronto, Campbellford is a beautiful riverside community nestled along the banks of the Trent Severn Waterway in the rolling hills Northumberland. From mouth-watering eateries, local one-of-kind-shops and hiking along the beautiful Trans Canada Trail, there is something for everyone in this small Ontario town! Before you leave (and we highly recommend you don’t skip this step) stop in at Dooher’s Bakery. Operating for over 60 years, this place knows baked goods. Pick up one of their famous cream filled donuts (#yum) and we promise you won’t be disappointed. Now go grab one + make all your donut dreams come true! (Picture included above so you can understand why we keeping talking about a donut)


PS. Don’t forget the giant TOONIE in Old Mill Park which was designed by local artist Brent Townsend. Snap a couple pics beside the sculpture + show your Canadian pride for our beloved $2 coin.

Toonie

RANNEY GORGE SUSPENSION BRIDGE

How to get there: Highway 401 exit 509 Campbellford/Brighton and follow County Road 30 North for 15 minutes. The bridge, located right beside locks 11 & 12 at the south end of Campbellford, is on the Trans Canada Trail and within walking distance from downtown Campbellford.

What is there to see/do? The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is a great destination for an easy hike + picturesque views. Located within Ferris Provincial Park in Campbellford, the bridge hovers 30 feet over the Ranney Gorge where the Trent River rushes below. As you make your way across the 300 foot long bridge, you’ll feel it sway just enough to make you a little uneasy. Awesome.

Bride

EMPIRE CHEESE & BUTTER CO-OP

How to get there: Located at 1120 County Road # 8, Campbellford, ON. (Check previous instructions on how to get to Campbellford, ON above)

What is there to see/do? First built in the 1870s, this co-op produces award-winning cheddars and a wide range of specialty cheeses including classic curds made in the traditional open-vat method with no additives or preservatives. Just looking at all of their awards won (sweeping a bunch at the famous Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 2014) you know Empire Cheeses are a must try. Even better, you can buy their products from over 350 retailers across Ontario. You can check out those locations here.

Big Apple

THE BIG APPLE

How to get there: Exit 497 off of Highway 401 East near Colborne, Ontario. (Huge apple beside the highway, you can’t miss it)
What is there to see/do? Between taking several pictures of the biggest apple you have ever seen, playing a round of mini-golf, and visiting Sugar and Cinnamon + the rest of the gang in Animal Land, this place bakes the BEST apple pies. You can even watch as your pie gets freshly made! The real challenge, not eating a whole pie by the time you’re exiting + waving goodbye to the Big Apple...

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