With the temperature rising, more folks are making their way to swimming holes around Southern Ontario — and they’re undoubtedly getting hungry along the way. We’ve gathered up our favorite spots to swim and paired them some top notch grub… just make sure to wait that suggested hour!
1 | Sauble Beach, South Bruce Peninsula
PAIR IT WITH: Casero Taco Truck (450 m – 4 min walk)
If all the sun and sand is working up on appetite on the beach, look no further than the Casero Food Truck operating right on site. Using locally sourced produce and meat (Kilannan Altbier battered Georgian Bay whitefish tacos, anyone?), this Mexican-style food truck will have you coming back for seconds. And make sure to try one of their fresh, made from scratch paletas!
2 | Rice Lake, Peterborough
PAIR IT WITH: Crosswind Farm (19.2 km – 17 min drive)
If you’re in the mood for something to snack on lakeside or to barbecue for dinner, make a visit to this lovely goat farm a short drive away from Rice Lake which offers site-made cheeses and yogurts, along with fresh goat meat. Crosswind Farm has been given several awards over the years for outstanding milk quality, and their Cranberry Orange Chevre took 1st place Grand Champion at the 2013 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair!
3 | Cobourg Beach, Cobourg
PAIR IT WITH: The Mill Restaurant And Pub (4.5 km – 9 min drive)
The Mill Restaurant and Pub is just a short drive away from Cobourg Beach and it’s bound to satisfy your local food cravings. Overlooking the Cobourg Creek that shares its name, their menu focuses on showcasing local Ontario ingredients. No surprise then that these guys are Feast On Certified! Try the pecan crusted brie with a Burnham Farm blueberry gastrique and golden beet puree.
4 | Van Wagner’s Beach, Hamilton
PAIR IT WITH: Bread Bar (24.2 km – 19 min drive)
Hamilton’s food scene has exploded over the past few years, and Earth to Table’s Bread Bar is a prime example of what the ever changing city has to offer. This spot focuses on creating an authentic connection between suppliers, staff, and guests, with an awesome menu to match. The seasonally inspired stone baked MVP-izza is definitely worth the drive over.
5 | Elora Quarry, Elora
PAIR IT WITH: Woolwhich Arrow (22.7 km – 23 min drive)
“The Wooly” specializes in locally sourced food, with a pretty impressive local beer menu. If you’re looking for a place that has good quality comfort food and a local brew to go with it, this is where to go after a long day swimming. Try the fresh pickerel & chips with a pint of Wellington County Ale to cap off the evening.
6 | Marmora Mine, Marmora
PAIR IT WITH: Marmora Farmers Market (6.1 km – 8 min drive)
It wouldn’t be a real Ontario summer without spending some time at the farmers market. Before diving into the Marmora Mine, make a stop at the Marmora farmers, taking place every Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. With 20 – 30 vendors attending each week, you’re bound to find locally grown fruit, honey, and cheese to snack on at the mine.
7 | Christie Pitts, Toronto
PAIR IT WITH: All the tall cans.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a shout out to one of Toronto’s most well known swimming spots. If you’re in the mood for some late night pool hopping (you didn’t hear it from us…), make sure bring a couple of tall cans for when you’re drying off. Our current favourites are the Great Lakes Brewery Sunnyside Session IPA, Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance, and Muskoka Brewery Legendary Oddity.
All the restaurants on this list are Feast On™ Certified. That means that by choosing them, you can be sure you’re supporting Ontario farmers and artisans.