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Read: Adventures in Grey Bruce! By: Norma Grafe...
Welcome to the Gateway to Bruce County!
For this adventure, bring your walking shoes and mountain bikes!
Let’s break out the walking shoes first and check out 2 self-guided day trips around Mildmay!
Sip & Bite Self Guided Day Trip
Hoity Toity Cellars is located at 1723 Highway 9 Mildmay (5 km North of Mildmay). Come take a tour, hear historic tales and taste their pick of the crop wines and ciders in the cellar! Stroll through the vineyard and crafting production area and hear the latest story in the tasting cellar! The goal is to make your experience at Hoity Toity Cellars a memorable one, leaving with a smile on your face, a story in your back pocket and most likely a bottle in your hand! (Please remember not to drink and drive!)
Harley’s Pub & Perk is located at 87 Elora Street in Mildmay. Come have a tart attack! Since the Perk opened in 1999, over 15,000 butter tarts have been either sold or donated. Their famous butter tarts will always keep you coming back for more! You can enjoy a home cooked breakfast at the Perk! Local craft beer is always cold, on tap and ready to be served! (Remember about drinking and driving?)
Formosa Springs Brewery is located at 1120 Bruce Road 12, Formosa. In 2020, Formosa Springs Brewery will be celebrating 150 years of brewing history – that’s a lot of history, medals won and stories to be told. Check out their tasting room and sample craft beers made with pure spring water, expert quality, and legendary taste! (Remember about – OK I know you get it).
Mildmay Main Street Foot Tour
The Mildmay Cheese Haus is located at 73 Elora Street, Mildmay and is a 3rd generation business that was established in 1972 but was formerly operating as The Mildmay Creamery prior to this. They carry over 200 varieties of local & imported cheeses, specializing in naturally aged cheddars up to 15 years old. But they’re more than just great cheese! Check out their large selection of giftware! Browse local honey, maple syrup, jam, dried meats, candy, crackers, hot sauce and so much more! Feel free to taste before you buy!
Visit in mid August and mid October to check out the area’s Harvest Days:
Hoity Toity Cellars harvest days are mid October, when the dedicated crew will trek into the vineyard to hand pick grapes and hear as many stories as one can bear from the winemaker himself, Gary! Then become part of the crushing process by stomping grapes after having feasted and sampled the fruits of production. A unique experience, only offered in Bruce County!
Sea Buckthorn Golden Orchard harvest days are mid August. Teeswater is home of the first fruit producing Sea Buckthorn orchard in Ontario! This small fruit packs a real punch and has gained the reputation of being a ‘super berry’ with healing powers! Strap on a bucket and start picking your own super berries, only in South Bruce!
Essentially Lavender harvest days are mid August. Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender and the beauty that it displays? Enjoy self guided or guided tours and enjoy the beauty of lavender gardens, shrub and perennial gardens, a labyrinth, an apiary, a xeriscape garden (a what?) and relaxing seating areas throughout the property. A xeriscape garden essentially involves choosing plants that are naturally drought-resistant, and thus reducing or eliminating the need for irrigation. The products of the harvest can then be purchased in the on-site boutique which offers natural, small batch lavender products for personal and home care. Some of their products include sachets, bath salts, lotions, balms, deodorant, essential oil, linen spray, yoga mat spray, hand sanitizer, neck rolls and lavender plants. Relaxation at its finest is harvested from Bruce County soil!
OK, now that you’re all relaxed and zenned out (or zoned in, whatever…) let’s explore some of the area’s parks!
Enjoy the great outdoors in this safe, family friendly park with modern playground equipment. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy it under the pavilion. Home of the famous Formosa Rib Fest (June) & Nativity Scene Celebration (Dec). Come and stay for the day or maybe a little longer at the serviced campground. The Formosa Lions park also has washroom facilities and a pavilion with a full functioning kitchen. Perfect for family reunions!
The Mildmay Rotary Park is conveniently located at the junction of Highway 9 and County Road 3. This picturesque park is famous for the ever-flowing artesian well located under a covered gazebo at the north end of the park! Visitors come from near and far to taste the cold fresh water from four free flowing taps! The park also features washrooms, a children’s playground and a 2 km. winding walking trail adjacent to Otter Creek! M & R Burger Box (seasonal) is a perfect pit stop to satisfy those fast food and ice cream cravings!
Now, folks, you’ll need your mountain bikes! We’re heading for Carrick Tract on Huron Bruce Road in Mildmay! Locals say this is the best single track in Bruce County! The soil and gravel based trails provide excellent riding conditions that are dry virtually all season long. You are able to ride according to personal skill levels, which makes this track great for beginners and seasoned riders. The little trails are small yet mighty. Hard packed, crazy fast. Ride ‘em fast when wet or dry, frontwards and backwards. Please use at your own risk!
It just wouldn’t be right to visit Bruce County and not pick up some maple syrup! Let’s check out Voisin’s Maple Products (Retail Store & Sugar Shack) at 706 Concession 10 in Formosa! Making maple syrup has been a Voisin Family tradition for many years, starting as far back as the 1920’s! Voisin’s Maple Product’s location is out in the country, but worth the drive for a truly unique Canadian tradition!
After all that walking and shopping and mountain biking, I’m pretty sure that the tummy needs refilling. Check out the Redwood Restaurant on Elora Street in Clifford, for casual dining that’s great for kids!
Enjoy your adventure and your stay! We’ll plan another adventure soon!