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Winterlicious at the Black Dog in Bayfield

5 Mar

By Travel Diva Jenna Ujiye

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Before I tell you about my most recent Winterlicious I wanted to make sure that you all know that there are only 4 days left to try out these amazing 3 course meals for $29.00. To find menus and information visit: www.tasteofhuron.ca

Last Friday I headed out to the Black Dog Pub in Bayfield to try out their Winterlicious menu. My three friends Ang, Nisa and Nat joined me and it turned out to be a wonderful evening! I was the only person to order the specific Winterlicious meal and it was yummy!

One of the great things about this facility is the bar offereings, many choices in liquors, beers and wines. Now there was a confusion with the first course, I read the cheddar and ale portion of the menu and thought it was soup. Well I think I need a lesson in reading, cause the first course was actually Traditional Potted Cheddar with Mill Street Organic Tankhouse Ale and Toasted Olive Bread. So it turned out to be cheese and bread. The cheese was very strong and had a unique flavor and the olive bread was nice.

Cheese and Bread

Traditional Potted Cheddar with Mill Street Organic Tankhouse Ale and Toasted Olive Bread

Best Beet Salad

Best Beet Salad

Village Salad

Village Salad

Nat ordered the village salad and Ang got the beet salad, both of which I have had and I must say that the beet salad is one of my favourite courses at the Black Dog.

The second course that I had was Pan-Seared Metzger Smoked Pork Chop with Herbed Stuffing, Mustard-Cider Cream, Braised Red Cabbage and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. The mashed potatoes where so creamy and even with all of the food on the plate I wanted more!

Metzger's Pork Chop

Metzger’s Pork Chop

We joked about having favourites and Nat and Ang both got what they normally get. It’s great to try something new, but if you love something it is sometimes what you have to go with. Nat got the curry, which is a favourite of many and Ang got the weth’s mushrooms on toast with brie, which looked super scrumptious. Nisa tried something she had never had before the pasta e verdure, which comes in a lovely cream sauce and has weth’s mushrooms in it as well!

Weth’s Mushrooms on toast with brie

Weth’s Mushrooms on toast with brie

Vegetable Curry

Vegetable Curry

Pasta E Verdure

Pasta E Verdure

For the final course my mouth was exploding with love for the Apple Fritter with Vanilla Ice Cream and Butterscotch Sauce. My friends Selena and Meighan were both trying out the Winterlicious the same night and both stopped by the table before leaving to pump me up about the Apple Fritter. It really was a treat. Nat and Nisa both got the sticky toffee pudding, we’ve had it before and it is amazing! Overall we had a wonderful evening with superb food!

Apple Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream and Butterscotch Sauce

Apple Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream and Butterscotch Sauce

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro

5 MAIN STREET N., BAYFIELD ONTARIO – PHONE (519) 565-2326

http://blackdogpubbistro.ca

Winterlicious Getaway at Brentwood on the Beach – Part 1

2 Mar

by Diva Trista Russell

Lovely sunset over Lake Huron (photo courtesy of Anthony Sitko)

Lovely sunset over Lake Huron (photo courtesy of Anthony Sitko)

I’m excited to tell you about my relaxing little holiday on Ontario’s West Coast as part of the Taste of Huron program! I was lucky enough to stay overnight at Brentwood on the Beach, which is a luxury bed and breakfast on the shores of Lake Huron at St. Joesph’s (between Grand Bend and Bayfield). The special Winterlicious package I booked included a traditional German dinner, four star accommodations, and brunch the next day.

I had heard about Brentwood before, but I had never had the opportunity to stay overnight before. I had no idea that it was such a large and beautiful property! Peter and Joan Karstens own and operate Brentwood, which is a 10,000 square feet house with 9 guest rooms, a salt water pool, hot tub, sauna, guest kitchen, and common areas with books and games for guests to enjoy. When I arrived, two other guests were curled up on the couch reading a book by the fireplace.

The traditional German dinner included rouladen, which was made out of a Metzger's beef roll made with dijon mustard, pickles, and bacon. Very tender!

The traditional German dinner included rouladen, which was made out of a Metzger’s beef roll made with dijon mustard, pickles, and bacon. Very tender!

There were over 15 guests for dinner, and with the floor to ceiling windows in the dining room, many of us watched the beautiful sunset go down over Lake Huron before our meal. Peter is originally from Germany, so we enjoyed an authentic German dinner made by Peter and the Brentwood staff including garden salad, red cabbage, turnip, roasted potatoes, green beans, rouladen, pickle tray, and various breads. Dessert was German black forest cake, which was delicious!

Homemade Black Forest cake (photo courtesy of Anthony Sitko)

Homemade Black Forest cake (photo courtesy of Anthony Sitko)

I had a chance to chat with Pat and Betty, two ladies from Harriston, during dinner and discovered that these ladies discovered Brentwood on the internet and decided to come for a break from life at home. They also indulged in some in-house pedicures and massages while they were there!

The morning after I enjoyed a mini spa-like experience: a dip in the pool and hot tub and a quick visit to the sauna before brunch! Brunch included Peter’s famous German apple pancakes with homemade mulberry sauce, poached eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, yogurt, cheese and cold meat platter. All I can say is that if you come to Brentwood, make sure you try the pancakes as they are scrumptious!

The salt water pool was very warm and with the humidity it felt like the tropics!

The salt water pool was very warm and with the humidity it felt like the tropics!

Beach Room with lake view and fireplace

Beach Room with lake view and fireplace

What I discovered during my stay was that most of the guests were repeat guests. They loved staying there and decided to come back, which speaks volumes about the quality of Brentwood. Stay tuned for another post with some stories about the interesting guests I met during my stay!

Brentwood on the Beach
33937 Moore Court, RR #2,
St. Joseph Shores
Zurich, Ontario
www.brentwoodonthebeach.com
Email: info@brentwoodonthebeach.com
Phone: 519-236-7137

Ensuite bathroom with whirlpool tub

Ensuite bathroom with whirlpool tub

Common area with books and games for guests

Common area with books and games for guests

Breakfast is served!

Breakfast is served!

Peter's famous German apple pancakes (yes, a full one is the size of a dinner plate!)

Peter’s famous German apple pancakes (yes, a full one is the size of a dinner plate!)

Olympic Fever at the Albion

26 Feb
The Albion is a popular spot for snowmobilers.

The Albion is a popular spot for snowmobilers.

by Diva Trista Russell
February has been a great month for getting cozy on the couch and watching some television…especially when the Winter Olympics were on! While I was in Bayfield staying at the Little Inn during the Family Day long weekend, I headed down the street to watch the Canada vs. Finland hockey game in the pub at The Albion Hotel.

Not surprisingly, there were lots of hockey fans cheering on the Canadian team, and servers were even dressed in red and white jerseys. It was a sunny winter’s day, so of course there were lots of snowmobilers stopped there too. Every Tuesday, they have great specials and prizes for snowmobilers, which includes $2 tacos or sliders and chili dogs for $5.95!

The Albion has huge murals painted on the walls along with some displays of sports memorabilia. The interior looked different from the last time I was last there, but I love how the decor provides a relaxed and cozy vibe.

Olympic fever has hit the Albion!

Olympic fever has hit the Albion!

For those that enjoy fish and chips, when I went they had a $12 two-piece fish and chips special. I enjoyed the “Nachos Supreme” and a beverage, which definitely hit the spot!

The Albion has a great atmosphere for watching sports, especially the Olympics. You can see how proud everyone is of the Canadian team when the pub erupts with cheers. Go Canada Go!

The Albion Hotel
1 Main Street, Bayfield
Phone: 519-565-2641 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: albion@tcc.on.ca
The Albion is on Facebook!

My hockey watching menu: “Nachos Supreme” with ground beef

My hockey watching menu: “Nachos Supreme” with ground beef

Watching the Olympic hockey game at the Albion

Watching the Olympic hockey game at the Albion

Murals and sports memorabilia adorn the walls

Murals and sports memorabilia adorn the walls

The 182 Year Old Inn

24 Feb

IMG_4549 (Large)by Diva Trista Russell

I subscribe to the Little Inn of Bayfield’s e-newsletter, and this past January I saw that the Inn was offering a great winter deal as part of their 182nd anniversary: stay in the room of your choice, $50 dining voucher and full country breakfast for $182 for two people!

Since February 14th was coming up, I treated my Valentine to a great getaway that wasn’t far away from home, but was a nice change of scenery. We both had never stayed at the Little Inn before, so it was a new experience for us. The Little Inn of Bayfield has a CAA Four Diamond Award for lodging and dining and it’s Ontario’s longest continually operating inn. Wow!

The Little Inn of Bayfield

The Little Inn of Bayfield

IMG_4534We arrived early for the snowshoe adventure (see my last post for details), and the reception staff was very friendly and welcoming. There were guests milling about, some enjoying coffee and a good book in the front parlour by the fireplace, and others enjoying a late lunch in the dining room. Innkeper Darren Erb led us to one of the Carriage House rooms which is a bit more spacious than the Original Rooms. Room 31 featured a queen size Tempurpedic bed, small sitting area (complete with mohair throw from the Old Mill in Blyth), ensuite bathroom with standup shower, and view to the historic Main Street. The bed with custom made duvet was very comfy, although it was so high you literally had to climb up into bed (there were actually stools provided!). Two heart-shaped sugar cookies were waiting on the bed upon arrival, which was a nice treat after snowshoeing.

Lake Huron fish and chips and mushroom risotto

Lake Huron fish and chips and mushroom risotto

For dinner we enjoyed Lake Huron fish and chips and mushroom risotto, as well as a warm apple tart with chocolate ice cream for dessert in the Carriage House dining room. Nearby in the Original Inn dining room guests were enjoying an Around the World Wine and Dine event featuring food and wine pairings from all over the world. If we weren’t so stuffed, we would have tried the Hayter’s Turkey Poutine which was made with gnocchi fries, devils rock blue cheese, chive seedlings, turkey veloute…sounds yummy and interesting! I especially enjoyed their speciality tea after dinner, which was a decaf vanilla blend. The Inn also shares some of their favourite dining room recipes on their website.

Diva Trista at The Little Inn of Bayfield

Diva Trista at The Little Inn of Bayfield

There were couples young and old, and even families with small children (they have a children’s menu) enjoying dinner in the dining room. The little girl next to us so well behaved and was quite entertaining: at the end of dinner she put her utensils “to bed” under her napkin! What was nice was that throughout the meal our server explained the ingredients and how the food was prepared, and we didn’t feel rushed even though we spent over 2 hours enjoying a candlelight dinner.

Breakfast was a continental buffet of cereals, fruit, yogurt, breads, jams, and juices as well as an item off the hot breakfast menu. We enjoyed the French toast and Spanish omelet and we were quite full by the end! I especially enjoyed the homemade banana bread and local coffee from the Coastal Coffee Company. The Little Inn features locally grown and raised products from Huron County, as their breakfast featured sides of Exeter tomatoes and Metzger’s bacon and sausage.

The LittleInn is quite charming with its antique furniture, traditional decor, and friendly service, so it’s nice to see that it is still operating since 1832! Every January they close for their annual “winter’s rest” where they give the Inn a facelift such as refinishing the original wood plank floors in the dining room. While it is a historic Inn, it still offers much of the same modern amenities as other inns and hotels (such as free wireless internet), and it’s evident that they maintain the Inn without sacrificing its original character. I thought with the older plumbing, the shower would be just lukewarm, but it was the hottest water I’ve ever experienced!

This package was a great deal and it shows that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to stay in a beautiful historic Inn. Considering that the cost for the room was slightly over $100 with the breakfast and dinner amounts removed, I think most would find it difficult to get quality accommodations elsewhere at that price. Along with the great price, parking was nearby and free, shopping was literally down the street, and the service and charm was much greater than what you’d find in the city!

The Little Inn of Bayfield
26 Main Street North, Bayfield, Ontario
Telephone: 1-800-565-1832 or (519) 565-2611
Email: frontdesk@littleinn.com
Web: www.littleinn.com
Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for deals and specials!

parlour at the Little Inn

parlour at the Little Inn

Diva Trista is snuggled in during a winter retreat at the Little Inn of Bayfield

Diva Trista is snuggled in during a winter retreat at the Little Inn of Bayfield

Cabin Fever? Get Outside!

18 Feb

 

Heidi Martin from Outside Projects leads us on a snowshoeing adventure!

Heidi Martin from Outside Projects leads us on a snowshoeing adventure!

by Diva Trista Russell

A long time ago I tried snowshoeing during a class trip to Quebec. It involved large hefty wooden snowshoes that made you waddle back and forth like a penguin in the snow. Thankfully, when I booked a guided snowshoeing tour during my stay at the Little Inn in Bayfield (more on my Little Inn experience in a later post!), the snowshoes were nothing like I remembered. The were much smaller and made of light weight metal…so no more waddling and tripping over my own feet!

Outside Projects offers guests at the Little Inn an opportunity to book guided snowshoeing tours ($20 per person) including snowshoe rentals ($15 per person). Heidi Martin from Outside Projects led a group of 10 of us “snowshoers” through a 2 kilometre hike on the Sawmill Trail just outside Bayfield. The entrance to this Bayfield River Valley Trail was about 2 kilometres from the Little Inn, just a short drive over the bridge on Bluewater Highway (No. 21) to Old River Road and Sawmill Road. Tyler Hessel from Outside Projects greeted the group at the trail entrance and provided an overview of what to expect and also helped those who needed some assistance (yes, that would be me) with putting on our new shoes.

Enjoying my new winter shoes!

Enjoying my new winter shoes!

The trail started with a lookout point donated by private owners where you can overlook Lake Huron. Then we proceeded with a descent down what Tyler called “Heartbreak Hill”, which I realized why it was named so when going back up the never ending hill! There is no doubt that snowshoeing is a great form of winter exercise. The trail is rated as moderate difficulty, but even with the snowshoes on, I never felt wobbly or unsure on my feet. As long as you walk sure-footed, snowshoes are very safe and an easy way to walk in the snow.

The tour lasted a little over an hour and was very peaceful as we hiked through the clearly marked trail along the Bayfield River. There were interpretive signs throughout about local plants (such as ferns) and animals (such as wild turkeys). Bridges and benches also lined the trail, and Heidi said that about 1,200 volunteer hours were involved in constructing this specific trail, which was opened in 2009. The Sawmill Trail was made available with the permission of various landowners, so it was great to see the results of a community coming together to make this trail happen. Snowshoeing was more fun than I expected, and I would definitely do this again!

Sawmill Trail leads to the Bayfield River, where you can see the remnants of the old mill dam and bridge at the river's edge.

Sawmill Trail leads to the Bayfield River, where you can see the remnants of the old mill dam and bridge at the river’s edge.

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European ambiance at the ArtSee Café

27 Sep

by Diva Susan Pye

One recent Friday evening I was standing under the porch of the new public library in Bayfied (a great community resource and meeting place!), watching a very loud  thunderstorm blowing down Main Street and wondering why I had ventured out at all.  I had my answer as soon as I dashed across the road and entered the ArtSee Café to be greeted by the wonderful aroma of various tasty dinners being prepared by Chef (and owner) Guy Spence and the other kitchen wizards at work.

ArtSee is a little restaurant/café tucked into a European, or perhaps New Orleans style, alley and courtyard midway down Main Street on the south side of the street. Small trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers around the alley and little courtyard add to the Euro ambiance.

Friday night is French Bistro night, as is Saturday on long weekends, with the last Friday night French Bistro occurring October 11 (please see the ArtSee Café web site for details on schedule, reservations, and menus; the Café continues to be open on weekends through to November 10 with various special menus planned).  The friendly wait staff (including Guy’s daughter Anita who moonlights as a teacher in London during the week) helped make our dinner decisions, which was tough because everything sounded delicious and looked amazing as the various dishes passed our table to other diners.  We were fortunate enough to benefit from the usual Friday night bistro dinner as well as Lobster Fest option. While I dined on lobster salad and a exceptionally tasty pasta  (little pockets of black truffles with pieces of lobster in sauce), my husband enjoyed the French onion soup (traditional and delicious, not too  gooey as so often can be the case) and a  tender beef filet with béarnaise sauce (who doesn’t love béarnaise sauce?).  While we probably shouldn’t have, we shared a home made cheesecake for dessert, which was exactly what a cheesecake should be (again, not too gooey).

When we rolled out of the Café into the warm autumn evening on the charming Main Street of Bayfield, we were very, very happy. A wonderful way to start the weekend! Thank you Guy and kitchen wizards, and of course Anita and wait staff!

ArtSee Café & Bistro
19 Main Street
Bayfield Ontario Canada

enjoy@artseecafe.ca
519.565.2200

Yorkshire Mice show up in Bayfield

22 Jul
Lake Huron from Pioneer Park in Bayfield

Lake Huron from Pioneer Park in Bayfield

A visit to Bayfield on this beautiful summer day was full of fun surprises.  Although my reason for going there was to participate in the Bicycle Opera ride and concert, I realized immediately something was amiss.  I had arrived a day early.

Never one to mind time in Bayfield, I set out on a quick ride around town and ended up at Pioneer Park where we had a wonderful view of Lake Huron.  A storm the night before helped to break the humidity and extreme heat of the past few days so the breezes off the lake were fresh and welcome.  Everyone we met commented on the beauty of the day.

I had read Huron News Now’s report this week about a unique exhibit at Jonny’s Antiques.  We decided to drop in for a visit and were delighted by what we found.  Our host, David, was quite passionate about the gallery, the collection and The Gordon House – home to Jonny’s Antiques.

Robert "Mouseman" Thompson furniture - featuring the trademarked carved mouse on each piece ... Collection has been imported from the United Kingdom

Robert “Mouseman” Thompson furniture – featuring the trademarked carved mouse on each piece … Collection has been imported from the United Kingdom

The collection we were looking for was furniture from a British artist Robert “Mouseman” Thompson.  This beautiful oak furniture features Thompson’s trademark mouse on every piece – starting from the smallest napkin ring to tables and sideboards.  .  Thompson’s hand-made furniture is carved from naturally-seasoned English oak.  David described how the materials would be dried outdoors, one year for each 1/2” of thickness.  So a two-inch table would be aged 4 years.  For this reason, the wood doesn’t crack during carving.

“How do you tell if it is a genuine Mouseman item”, you ask? The trademarked mouse is very distinctive and always has carved whiskers, and no front legs.

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David hold the Adze ... an ancient type of edge tool dating back to the stone age that are used for smoothing or carving wood in hand woodworking.  Some of the furniture has a waved finish due to this tool.

David holding an Adze … an ancient type of edge tool dating back to the stone age that are used for smoothing or carving wood in hand woodworking. Some of the furniture has a waved finish due to this tool.

a closer look at the mouse on the chair leg

a closer look at the mouse on the chair leg

napkin ring, the smallest piece in the collection that includes a wide array of items.

napkin ring, the smallest piece in the collection that includes a wide array of items.

Jonnys Antiques
Research on the internet says Jonny Kalisch first opened Jonnys Antiques in a modest storefront property on Wellesley Street in Toronto in 1964.  Several years later it moved to a permanent location in a Victorian home in Shakespeare where the popularity of Canadian antiques enabled the shop to expand into increasingly higher-end markets.  By the early 1980s pieces were being brought in from around the world and Jonnys was becoming recognized as one of the few shops in Canada that regularly purchased from the world’s top auctions and real estate.  As the business grew, new properties in Shakespeare were acquired until expansion into the international market required a return to Toronto in 1995 when a new location opened.  This location opened up a variety of opportunities for Jonny including a rapid expansion into the Asian antique market.  Successful expansions followed, including opening the contemporary gallery in The Gordon House in Bayfield in 2009.  Part store, part museum, part residence Jonnys provides something one-of-a-kind.

latch on the garden gate, a  feature from the past on the historical Gordon House

latch on the garden gate, a feature from the past on the historical Gordon House

The charming Gordon House itself integrates modern design with past aesthetics.  The house has been restored with much care and attention to detail.   And an outdoor garden is beautifully fashioned to fit the home.  One interesting feature is the latch on the garden gate.  Notice the cat in the photo?  … the ears flop down to latch the gate.

Jonnys Antiques
The Gordon House
17 The Square
Bayfield, ON  N0M 1H0
519-565-2633

Bicycle Opera in Bayfield

22 Jul
35-40 bikers joined the group as they toured the Village of Bayfield

35-40 bikers joined the group as they toured the Village of Bayfield

It was a beautiful Sunday morning to take a ride around Bayfield and get a glimpse of a special concert playing tonight.

The Bicycle Opera Projects consists of a group of young professional singers who bike around southwestern Ontario to bring contemporary Canadian opera to communities across Ontario while working to demythologize the idea of an opera singer, break operatic tradition and provide a car-free alternative to touring.  I recognized one familiar face in this group – Geoffrey Sirett was a guest artist here last summer during the 2012 Bayfield Festival of Song.

Today (July 21, 2013) they stopped in Bayfield, Ontario.

We met at Outside Projects – a great little shop on main street – where owner Tyler Hessel greeted the group of singers and community supporters.  A passionate interest in his community, it’s volunteer corps, and heritage made Tyler the perfect guide for the bicycle tour which was followed by an impromptu concert in the park.   The main event was a concert at Bayfield Village Hall this evening.

Bicycle Opera Project
www.bicycleopera.ca

 

sportswear

sportswear

sports bags and backpacks

sports bags and backpacks

Skateboards ...

Skateboards …

OUTSIDE PROJECTS:  Owned and operated by outdoor enthusiast Tyler Hessel, Outside Projects is located on Bayfield’s historic Main Street and offers services and equipment for outdoor activities. Their services include bike sales and rentals, custom bike building and fitting, skateboard and longboard building and sales, snowshoe sales and rentals, guided hikes and bike tours, bike and skateboard summer camps, apparel sales for outdoor activities, and many more!

OUTSIDE PROJECTS
6 Main Street
Bayfield, ON  N0M 1G0
519-565-4034

Fresh Red Berries at Bayfield Berry Farm

21 Jul
Fresh red currants

Fresh red currants – $4.50/quart at the Bayfield Berry Farm

by Diva Karen

Red Currants are small bright red berries with a juicy pulp.  I haven’t enjoyed them for a number of years so when I found them at the Bayfield Berry Farm on Saturday I got to thinking about my grandmother as she always had currants in her garden.  (Bayfield Berry Farm also had fresh gooseberries for sale and my grandmother made gooseberry pie too).

I find red currants to have quite a tart flavour, so don’t care so much for them fresh although many people enjoy them in salads.  I decided to try a new recipe – a chutney with apples and raisins.  I’m sure this will be delicious with fresh fish or pork.

red currants, apple, onion, sugar and vinegar

red currants, apple, onion, sugar and vinegar

RED CURRENT CHUTNEY

3lbs red currants (cleaning them was not a fast task!  reminds me of cleaning elderberries)
1 small onion – chopped small
2 cooking apples – chopped small
1.5 cups of sugar
2 cups red wine (or distilled) vinegar
Cook the above slowly until it comes to a boil and thickens … it took well over an hour.

Add 1 cup of raisins 5 minutes before end of cooking.
Bottle in sterilized jars.

Store in a cool place.  Best after 1 – 3 months.  “Shelf” life of 1 year.

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Raisins were added just before bottling ... Nice red colour of this Currant Chutney will look great on the plate.

Raisins were added just before bottling … Nice red colour of this Currant Chutney will look great on the plate.

Fresh raspberries have a hollow centre and a slightly seedy texture ... delicious raw with whipped cream, or ice cream, cooked in jams, jellies or pies.  A great summer treat!

Fresh raspberries have a hollow centre and a slightly seedy texture … delicious raw with whipped cream, or ice cream, cooked in jams, jellies or pies. A great summer treat!

Red Raspberries are my favourite berry, and today at the Bayfield Berry Farm they were ready for picking.  The vines were laden with bright red large berries and picking was much easier than I remember as the vines didn’t seem to be as prickly as they used to be.  I’ve already enjoyed a bowl of berries with whipped cream and chocolate cake, made a batch of freezer jam to enjoy on fresh tea biscuits or toast for breakfast, and tomorrow I’m making a raspberry custard pie to share with my parents at dinner  … so easy and delicious!

Raspberries are available for $4.50 a pint or approximately 1/2 that if you pick your own.

Bayfield Berry Farm
77697 Orchard Line, Clinton, ON (Near Bayfield)
(519) 482-1666

Naftels Creek Family Hike

18 Jul
hiking

Hiking at Naftels Creek

By Diva Jenna Ujiye

At almost mid-point between Bayfield and Goderich Ontario there is a wonderful hiking trail called Naftels Creek ( http://www.hikehuron.ca/site/?page_id=53 ). I had been discussing an outdoor fun photo shoot with my friend Dana for a month or so and we finally decided on Naftels Creek trail.

Dana, her husband Dave, their son Cullen and I had a great hike and so much fun searching for lady bugs, fish and other animals! I hadn’t been out to the trail in a while and it seemed a bit different than in the past. Of course, I forgot my hiking guide so I tried to take note of the trail markers along the trail. Well, within about 1 kilometer I totally forgot what colour we were following, so we ended up hiking the whole trail… plus some!

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

The trail meanders through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. It is a great length for young families and even strollers would make it through the majority of the trail.

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

Naftels Creek Hiking

This trail is only one of the 28 that exist in Huron County, so if you are interested in Hiking, make sure to pick up copy of the Ontario’s West Coast hiking guide or visit it online: www.hikehuron.ca

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Information about the Trail:

Distance
3.2 km loop

Difficulty Level
Level 2 – moderate, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes

Trail Use
Walking, Skiing, Pets on leash

Trail Hazards
Poison ivy in wet areas, steep hill on blue trail

Trail Surface
Natural surface, some boardwalks

Cost for Using Trail
None

Driving Directions
Located about 7 km south of Goderich on Hwy. #21. Parking is available just off Hwy. #21 at the trail access point – # 79152. Between Union Rd. and Kitchigami Rd.

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