Lennox & Addington is a nature lover’s dream – especially as the region ushers in autumn. Appreciating the outdoors is a no-brainer in a place with lakes in abundance, lush forests, beautiful trails and natural family memory-makers. Here’s a guide to the top 8 ways to go wild this fall in Lennox & Addington.
1. Discover Fall By Pedal Power
2. Do You Dare Go Underground?
A narrow ladder disappearing below ground between several rocks seems unassuming – but it’s what lies beneath where adventure begins. Hell Holes Nature Trails, Caves and Ravines let visitors explore more than seven metres underground, into the Devil’s Horsestable Cave. As if that name wasn’t cool enough, there are also opportunities to explore a cavern along the trail and experience walking along a natural stone bridge that takes visitors through a gorge with overhanging ledges, grottos, sinkholes and more.
3. Nature’s Thirst Quenchers
History is brewing in Lennox & Addington! Local vineyards and breweries share taste and tradition in an area that has been known for its agriculture for centuries. The MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company does exactly that – using hops, wheat and barley grown on the family farm near Bath, Ontario that has more than 200 years of farming heritage under its belt. A renovated chicken coop provides a unique site for a retail store – or pre-book a guided tour and tasting! Be sure to stop by Hard Way Cider, where hard work and innovation is reflected in every cider they produce.
The Napanee Beer Company is another must-taste in the Lennox & Addington area. Stop by this trendy microbrewery to sample award-winning craft beer and chat with brewmaster, Geordan Saunders. Which will be your new favourite – Complicated, Sour Cherry Black Belgian Ale; Mayday, Belgian Pale Ale; Blacklist, German Black Lager; or, Deadline, their Premium Lager?
Bergeron Estate Winery on the Loyalist Parkway is another stop to enjoy award-winning wines that use its own grapes and locally-sourced apples for its wines and cider. Bring your appetite to Bergeron because Nonna’s Pizzeria on site is beyond delicious with crusts made from scratch and local-ingredient toppings.
4. Look Up, Way Up
The fall night sky comes alive in Land O Lakes. Experience stargazing at the Lennox-Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area, an awe-inspiring place where blankets of stars seem at your fingertips. Bundle up and bring a lawn chair – no special equipment is needed here. The area is well known in astronomy circles, as the most southerly dark sky viewing area in Ontario, for providing an unobstructed view of the sky with no artificial light sources.
5. Step Back In Time This Fall
Fall is a busy time at the Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives – from mask-making to music events and even a Tuesday night speaker series, the museum provides a window to Land O’Lakes past, while also celebrating local culture. Explore items found here from prehistoric times to the first tire produced at the Goodyear plant in 1990 and beyond. The Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives is home to incredible collections from the Lennox and Addington Historical Society – its artifact inventory tops 10,000 items! The rich local history in unveiled through furniture, textiles, clothing and toys, ceramics, household collectables and more.
6. Real-Life Treasure Hunting This Fall
Discover what’s hiding in Lennox & Addington County this fall! With about 1500 geocaches waiting to be discovered, this is one of the premiere geocaching destinations in all of Canada. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game, played by adventure seekers using GPS devices or smart phones. Geocaches can be found anywhere and take many different forms – as small as a dime and as big as a toolbox. Thousands of geocachers descend on L&A County every year from around the world to find the unique caches and discover places they’ve never been before! What an intriguing way to enjoy fall outdoors.
7. Go Golfing
Golf courses in Lennox & Addington are worthy of a hole in one! With meticulously maintained greens and fairways, stunning scenic views and course designs that cater to all skill levels, hitting the links has never been so enjoyable. Try out Loyalist Golf and Country Club offering the best-conditioned course in the region with five sets of tee blocks offering challenging play to beginners or pros.
There’s always time for nine at the Napanee Golf and Country Club, which has the designation of being the second oldest nine-hole course in Canada. It has continued to be beautifully manicured and remains both challenging and beautiful with mature trees, rolling hills and water hazards.
Camden Braes Golf & Country Club boasts gorgeous sculpted greens along a challenging 18-hole course in Loyalist Township – with a panoramic view from the on-site restaurant or balcony! Amherstview Golf Club offers 18 holes of golf on this par 72 course. The gentle terrain at Amherstview is walking-friendly for golfers of all ages.
Do you love wooly sheep? So do we! Topsy Farms is a picturesque multi-generational farm that prides itself on their beautiful wool blankets sourced right at the farm from their herd of 600 sheep. Enjoy fresh produce while you enjoy spending time with sweet and loveable sheep and cows (aww)! Why not expand your stay and rent out their Yurt for the night!
Edited & Updated By Lindsay Medeiros