At the start of 2020 we had created bucket list of 20 things to do when you explore North Grenville. Things look a little bit different since we posted that, so here’s an updated version of how to safely explore. If you're a local, start checking items off your list. For those from away, use this list to plan now and explore later!
We encourage everyone to stay safe and follow all provincial and local health unit guidelines when exploring.
1. Head to a park for a nice view
While outdoor swimming facilities remain closed, nearby Rideau River Provincial Park and Baxter Conservation Area have reopened with limited activities. Rideau River Provincial Park is open for backcountry camping, access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails and day-use activities such as picnicking.
At Baxter Conservation Area trails remain open and visitor fees are waived. The gates will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Gates will be closed and locked outside these hours.
2. Hike every season
Trails are a great way to get out in nature and you can check this one off over and over again in NG. With over 150kms of trails, you can take different routes every season! All trails locate din North Grenville are now open. Maintain physical distancing at all times.
3. Stuff your face
Need we say more? Whether you have a sweet tooth or are looking for a fine dining experience there is something for everyone. Check out www.LoveNG.ca for a listing of eateries and to see what is open. Check “Eat” in the filters.
4. Get out on the water
Whether in a boat, kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard, the views along the Rideau River and Kemptville Creek are a must-see. Check out our last post on how to Explore the Rideau.
5. Attend a star-studded music festival
Even though Kemptville Live had to cancel the 2020 edition, be sure to join the fun in 2021! You can also follow them on Facebook to see some great acts.
6. Visit the Farmers’ Market
Another one you will want to cross off multiple times. The Kemptville Farmers’ Market has tentatively scheduled to open on June 12th for Sundays 12pm-4pm. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
7. Get your bike on
Ride along groomed trails or rural routes for a scenic afternoon. You can still do this one!
8. Shop until you drop
Visit a number of unique and eclectic shops and boutiques. Check out www.LoveNG.ca to see who is open. Click “Shop” in the filter.
9. Relax with a beverage, or two
Green Gables Vines may not be able to open just yet, but you can purchase their unique wines online. Some of our restaurants are also now offering wobbly pops with our takeout or delivery!
10. Get up close and personal with wildlife
Trips to Big Sky Ranch, Alpaca Tracks, and Saunders Country Critters are a must! All three are currently closed but check them out online to shop their stores and see how you can support them.
11. Explore history and heritage
With our quaint villages and hamlets, and our Old Town, history is alive and well. Take a step back in time with our Heritage Walking Tours.
12. Fish on the Rideau River
Hook, line, and sinker. Plenty of good fishing spots means this is a must-do over and over again.
13. Go antiquing
Looking for that special piece, or just to get inspired? Be sure to visit Country Side Antiques.
14. Get out for some fun with the pooch
North Grenville isn’t just a great place for humans to visit—dogs love it too! Especially the dog park at Ferguson Forest. The dog park has re-opened for your pup to enjoy.
15. Enjoy arts and culture
There are several places to view local art in North Grenville, including the new Arts Hub. While the Arts Hub is currently closed. You can see local art at Geronimo when you pick up your takeout.
16. Treat yourself
We all need a little TLC! Aphroditi Escape Salon & Spa is offering DIY spa kits and Pure Lotus Wellness Retreat is opening again soon.
17. Get fit while having fun
While many of our recreational activities are on hold, you can check out plenty of online classes, including Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre.
18. Check out classic cars
While the Highway 43 Car Club has had to cancel their 2020 Cruise Nights, you can check out their gallery online.
19. Explore Old Town
Old Town Kemptville is beautiful year-round—whether dusted with snow, budding with flowers, or lined with fall foliage. Many stores and eateries are open with safety measures in place.
20. Book a relaxing getaway
Quarantine got you needing a getaway? Book a room at one of our local accommodations.