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Historical Sites & Modern Hotspots in Kawarthas Northumberland

As the colder weather hits and patio season nears the end of its run, many Kawarthas Northumberland residents find themselves wondering how they’ll spice up their fall. There may be fewer indoor seating options available due to Covid-19 precautions, but fortunately the region still offers up a bounty of unique experiences that can add some variety to a weekend spent close to home.

The itinerary below includes a little something for every taste – make a day of it visiting each location and you can bring home, dinner, a drink, and dessert from local producers at the top of their game.

Church-Key Brewing Company

1678 County Rd 38, Campbellford


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Beer lovers will find a local brewery exciting in its own right, but a visit to Church-Key is particularly appealing thanks to its unique location. The brewery is situated in a converted 1878 Methodist Church, maintaining as much of the original structure as possible. Their brews show a similar commitment to keeping the ingredients local. The selection runs the gamut from easy drinking lagers to the rich and peaty Holy Smokes Scotch Ale.

Church-Key is actually located in the tiny hamlet of Pethericks Corners, just outside of Campbellford. While you’re in the area, take a little tour through the latter. Campbellford has the offbeat distinction of being home to a giant toonie monument, commemorating local artist Brent Townsend iconic polar bear design. The nearby walking trails at Ferris Park make for a gorgeous walk in fall when the leaves are turning.

Ste. Anne’s Bakery

152 Academy Hill Rd. Grafton


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You may be familiar with Ste. Anne’s spa – its 1800s country castle is one of the most luxurious destinations in Kawarthas Northumberland. You don’t have to book a stay, though, to enjoy the gluten-free delicacies from Ste. Anne’s Bakery. High quality breads, sweets, scones, and chocolates are staples of their menu, but you’ll also find organic locally roasted coffee, specialty teas, and pre-prepared freezer meals. Foodies with dietary restrictions or who are simply trying to limit their intake of processed foods can rest assured that Ste. Anne’s will provide knowledgeable answers about their recipes, which often incorporate products grown directly on the property.

The bakery is located just one kilometre south of the main inn. In addition to prepared foods, they also offer a selection of artisanal products like soap, cheese, and cutting boards.

The Mill Restaurant & Pub

900 Ontario St., Cobourg


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Speaking of businesses in historic properties, the Mill Restaurant and Pub rounds out this list of notable spots. The Mill is a modern foodie’s dream inside a renovated 1836 grist mill.

The stone foundation and vintage touches enrich the atmosphere, but the menu has kept pace with the times. You may not even be aware that quinoa grows in Ontario, but when available the Mill makes a lovely quinoa salad. A Feast On-certified restaurant, the chef sources many ingredients locally. The Silver Creek Farm Burger, for instance, is made with beef from nearby Millbrook.

At the time of writing, the Mill’s patio remained open and takeout options were available.

After roaming the hills of Kawarthas Northumberland in search of culinary delights, bring home a dinner to pair with your Church-Key and Ste. Anne’s purchases, or wind up the evening in the shade of a beautiful Ontario building.