Perfect Weekends: Halton

Weaving your way through Halton, in the shadow of The Escarpment, you’d never guess you were less than 30 minutes away from Toronto. Family-run farms and orchards are strung together by winding roads — perfect for avid cyclists — leading you from town to town.

At it’s heart is Burlington, the lakeside downtown feels more like a town than a city; charming and alive with its thriving arts scene. It’s home to restaurants and cafes led by passionate, locally inspired chefs.

From there, it’s just a short trip north to some of the most fertile land in the province. Don’t believe us? Well, you’ll just have to see it for yourself then.

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Make our perfect weekend yours — stop in at any or all of our favorites local spots in Halton region:

  1.  Jelly and jam heads like us bee line for Springridge Farm in Milton, open April to October. They’ve been preserving and pickling for over 30 years based on Grandma Hughes original recipes — including some royally delicious varieties!
  2. Once we’ve stocked up, we head to Andrew’s Scenic Acres for some corn on the cob, a sausage and a big helping of frozen yogurt. Made on-site with fruit from their farm, they let you pick any number of berry-licious combos. Our favorite? Black Currant & Sour Cherry.
  3. Before leaving the farm, we’d definitely stop into Scotch Block Winery for a taster of Regal Black Currant wine or Strawberry Fields, a light and fruit wine made from Ontario strawberries at their peak. There are over 2 dozen varieties to choose from, so don’t stop there!
  4. Panniers full, we’d hit the pavement on two wheels. Smooth, paved shoulders make Halton Region perfect for cyclists. Plan to stop by a yard sale or two enroute as theirs always a treasure or two to uncover.
  5. All that peddling works up an appetite! Head south into Burlington and treat yourself to dinner at Spencers On The Waterfront. Chef Ryan Gallagher has cooked alongside chefs like Jonathan Gushue and Lynn Crawford. Last year he was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. His locally inspired menus are definitely worth the peddling for– and the views are amazing!


For more information of Halton Region, visit Halton.ca — and make sure to save the date for their annual Harvest Halton Festival! 

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