Read: Adventures in Grey Bruce! By: Norma Grafe...
Lots of wide open spaces make this area of southwestern Ontario a popular place for golfing and hiking in the summer, and for snowmobiling in the winter!
Let’s start with golfing in the summer! Fore!
Bring your clubs and head to Mount Forest Golf Club, located 9 km north of Mount Forest on Highway 6. This 9 hole course offers a great learning experience for beginners with a few mid length par 3’s, but will challenge even the most seasoned players with a 525 yard par 5. After your round, don’t forget to stop in to the Clubhouse Restaurant for some great homemade food! Even if you’re not golfing, this restaurant is a great place to stop year-round. Usually open at 8 am, you can enjoy breakfast and lunch until 2 pm Mondays to Wednesdays, and from Thursdays to Sundays they’re open ‘til 7:30 pm!
The 2nd of the two courses in Southgate is located just off Highway 6, alongside beautiful tree lines and Wilder Lake! Homestead Resort is an 18 hole golf course that will let you relax and enjoy yourself. It’s a short, par 69 golf course that offers many birdie opportunities for the average golfer and those looking for a challenge can play off of the new blue tees to test themselves! After your round, stop in at the Bogey and the Blonde Restaurant for some excellent food from their extensive menu. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, Homestead offers Stay and Play packages that include golf with cart, accommodations and a full breakfast and dinner menu!
The fun is not only in the summer! Homestead offers snowmobile rentals and accommodations in the winter too! Many packages are available for a winter getaway!
Or if you’re looking only for a relaxing get-away, look into renting a cottage at Homestead and spend your day relaxing along the shores of Wilder Lake!
For you action fans and motorheads, check out Full Throttle Motor Speedway just south of Varney at 312853 Highway 6! It’s the only speedway in Ontario to feature a 33° high-bank asphalt racing surface! Enjoy Saturday night racing from May to September on Canada’s fastest 1/4 mile high banked paved oval!
For more summer fun, head over to Holstein! Driving Directions: Take Hwy. 6 to Southgate Rd. 12 and follow the signs to Holstein. Go east for 3 km. Turn left into Holstein on Grey Rd. 109. Go ½ km to the Holstein Park and turn right. (From Hwy. 10 turn onto Main St. (Grey Rd. 9) to Dundalk. Go 33 km. and turn left onto Grey Rd. 109. Go 3 km south on Grey Rd. 9 to Holstein Park and turn left into the Park).
In Holstein Park you’ll find the newest addition to the Grey County Waterfall Tour: Holstein Dam Falls flows over the dam from the mill pond on Norman Reeves Creek. The falls are located in Downtown Holstein in Holstein Jubilee Park. The Park has viewing areas for the waterfall, dam and mill pond. Facilities in the Park include picnic areas, a pavilion, a ball diamond, playground equipment and walking trails. The best view of the waterfalls is from just downstream of the falls at the entrance to the Park. You can also peer down on the waterfall from the old railway trail that runs along the top of the dam. You can look straight down at the falls from the old railway bridge. Bring your cameras! Horse & buggy rides by the local Mennonite farmers are available about a km away. Butter Tarts and Buggies is a new tourist attraction in Southgate, which features many of the Mennonite businesses in the Holstein area. A special feature of the Butter Tarts and Buggies is an authentic Mennonite horse drawn buggy ride through 2 Mennonite working farms and scenic backroads just outside Holstein. (Buggy rides need to be booked in advance).
If you’re just a little ahead of the season, be sure to check out Holstein’s Maplefest at Love’s Sugarbush the second weekend in April! You’ll find displays of pioneer activities, modern production of maple syrup, games, booths from local merchants, artists and local community groups and live shows and children’s entertainment!
For places to stay, as well as the cottage rentals mentioned above at the Homestead, you could take your RV or tent to Highpoint Campground at 250 Owen Sound Street in Dundalk.
Or if you prefer a straightforward motel, you could check out Forest Plaza Motel in Mount Forest, at 284 Main Street North, or the Skyview Motel, 8 km from Dundalk at 158032 Highway 10.
If you’re looking for some great home cooking (and buffet, too!), you can’t go wrong at Pebble’s Family Restaurant on Highway 6 right in the middle of Varney! (The restaurant is closed for renovations at the moment, but will re-open in April of 2019) Enjoy their Mennonite cooking from either the menu or their famous buffet!
Whew! So much fresh air! Where to for our next adventure?