*Okay, let’s take a moment and acknowledge how cool this is. Margaret “Mag” Ruffman is a Canadian comedian and actress. You may remember her from some quintessential Canadian television like Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea.
We started our day at the Uxbridge Historical Centre where, with the secret password, we were let in to explore Joe’s Barbershop, a speak-easy slash museum depicting the temperance movement in the area. After a few rounds of cards and a game or two of dice, we moved on the heritage railway where we were greeted by banjo players for our train car lunch of Ontario cheeses and beers from The Second Wedge Brewery in Uxbridge.
Each tour features different stops and stories, focusing on the local history of each region. In Durham, we then moved on to explore Old Flame Brewery and Brock Street Brewing Company, before checking into our hotel. All along the way, we’re followed by Mag, a fierce temperance lady on the hunt for bootleggers. In the morning, we’re carted off to explore a winery and distillery in York.
The guided experiences start at $399 per person and include everything – your food, drink, hotel and transportation. It’s one of the few fully loaded, all-inclusive tours in the province. If guided is not your style, there’s also self-guided experiences in all three regions. They’re all a little different and don’t necessarily overlap with the guided experience, so you could do both!