41 Events to Put Joy in your June

June is a magical month – the start of summer, lots of fun in the sun, everything’s open for the season and your summer vacation is just days away. There’s so much to see and do in South Eastern Ontario! Here’s a round-up of 41 great June events to start your summer in style.

Bay of Quinte

  1. Bay of Quinte Art Festival
    Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and community on June 1, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park in Trenton for a day bursting with artistic wonders. Dive into a vibrant showcase of talent with 37+ artist vendors displaying their captivating creations, Indulge your taste buds with delicious offerings, live music, face painting, balloon twisting, and be inspired. Come explore, interact, and be amazed!
  2. The Sound of Music at The Pinnacle Playhouse
    The Belleville Theatre Guild is bringing the Sound of Music to life from June 6 to 21, 2024 at the Pinnacle Playhouse stage. The beloved tale is a glorious treat for the entire family and a joyous masterpiece! Get your tickets now.
  3. Quinte West Summer Pop Ups
    Now in its third year, Quinte West Summer Pop Ups overlooking the Trent River features eight wooden cabins and five food truck stations, to entice visitors with everything from ice cream to street Thai food to fashions. Mini Pop-Ups are also on site, featuring, totes, bows and much more. Look for the Pop Ups  in Centennial Park!
  4. Homestead Adventure Park
    High ropes, mini golf, remote control boats, Beavertails, farmer’s market – wow! This adventure park is newly opened and uniquely themed to transport visitors on an exciting journey through Quinte West’s interesting histories in Trenton. The 18-hole mini golf course is surrounded by 16 high-rope challenges providing scenic views, challenging obstacles, and hours of fun for the whole family.

Prince Edward County

  1. Burlesque at the Barn
    See the best shimmy shakers and burlesque artists from across the country! Come for a simmering, scintillating night of burlesque on June 1, 2024 at The Hayloft Dancehall in Cherry Valley. The Hayloft has been a county institution for about five decades! This rustic 170-year-old barn is a summertime hotspot. Look for more events throughout June, as well, from drag shows to live music and barn parties.
  2. Trail Jam
    Ride the entire trail (or half) with a large group of cyclists of all skill levels! This ride goes end-to-end from the start of the Millennium Trail in Carrying Place all the way to Picton. Taking place Sunday, June 16, 2024 it promises the greatest bike ride in PEC! Everything culminates at Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company for a post-ride celebration meal, games, drinks, prizes, live music and more.
  3. Art in the County
    Be inspired at Art in the County, a signature event of the summer season in Prince Edward County. The show attracts thousands of visitors and showcases the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans. The 31st annual Art in the Couny Juried Exhibition and Sale will be held from June 21 to July 7, 2024 at the upper level of the Armoury building in downtown Picton.
  4. PEC Country Music Festival
    The Pretty Excellent Country Music Festival at Base31 is known as an exciting two-day live music event that will get your boots stomping and make you kick up your heels! From June 28 to June 29, 2024 see headliners The Reklaws and High Valley. Grab your cowboy hat and get ready to party.

 

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The PEC Folk & Irish Festival at The Waring House, June 6 – June 9 is a celebration of Canadian folk and Irish music and the contributions of the Irish in Canada. Enjoy live musical performances, performance instruction, musical workshops, artisanal workshops, and opportunities to purchase and enjoy traditional art forms. Various dining opportunities, including a full Irish breakfast, Irish High Tea, an Irish whiskey-tasting dinner, an evening of Irish humour, and children’s activities in a day of family fun. Highlighting the history of the Waring family who arrived as Quakers seeking religious freedom.

Lennox & Addington

  1. Stoney Steps Art Fest
    Stoney Steps Artfest, Saturday June 15, is a beloved, juried outdoor show featuring a wide range of fine arts and crafts created by more than 55 skilled Canadian makers. Find the show along the beautiful banks of the Napanee River in Newburgh. Celebrate art by spending the day shopping for beautiful handmade goods and fine art from some of the best artisans in the region, watch live educational demonstrations, enjoy delicious lunch fare and homemade pie.
  2. Doors Open Loyalist Township
    Spend the day discovering some local history first-hand and celebrate the community’s heritage on June 15 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Doors Open Ontario is a province-wide celebration that provides a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy interesting places and spaces in communities across Ontario – all free of charge.
  3. Napanee Heritage 5K and Kids 1-miler
    Family fun and run! The Napanee Heritage 5K and Kids 1-miler is a well-organized event that starts and ends at Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives, located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee. Race profits are donated directly back into the Napanee community in support of physical or mental health initiatives.
  4. Lavender Queen Opening Day
    Lavender Queen is reopening June 22, 2024 to welcome back lavender lovers for the season! Join in the beautiful fun treats and photos in the lavender – and even shop the lavender inspired products under our new tent. Be sure to ask about the Afternoon Tea, Fresh lavender wreath making workshops and Lavender Distillation workshops!

Frontenac County

  1. The Frontenac Farmers Market
    Every Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith visit farmers, producers, creators and more – all of your favourite vendors! This year there will also be music and special events each week, as well as educational workshops. From honey to blooms and from mushrooms to wine it’s all found at the Frontenac Farmers Market!
  2. Wolfe Island Hotel
    So much live music, so little time! Hotel Wolfe Island is firing up the music scene with everything from jazz to country to folk and beyond this June. Multiple events every week featuring performers like Fred Eaglesmith, Brownman Electryc Trio, Clear Breeze and Jenny Lap and Co.
  3. MT Adventures Rock the Lock Trail Run
    This 20 km run on the Cataraqui Trail between Chaffey’s Lock and Perth Road Village is an adventure onto itself! Taking place June 8, 2024 the race fee includes a post run meal and souvenir. This daring experience travels through beautifully peaceful countryside!

Kingston

  1. Artfest Kingston
    Where do more than 200 artists meet each year? At Artfest Kingston in City Park! Artists and artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston from June 29 to July 1, 2024. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre, poetry and more!
  2. Spring Reverb
    This four-day festival promotes, develops and showcases the Kingston music scene! Running until June 2, 2024 it sees live music and concerts, panels and special guest talks across the city.
  3. S.S. Keewatin
    An Edwardian-era (think Titanic-era) steamship is now open for tours! It is permanently dry docked at the Great Lakes Museum. This unique and rare experience opens daily for two tours – one featuring the passenger experience and the other exploring below deck in the Engine Room. Register today to be some of the first people aboard!
  4. Movies in the Square
    Thursday nights throughout the summer, starting June 27, 2024, Springer Market Square is transformed into an outdoor movie theatre! Grab a blanket or lawn chair, friends or family and hunker down to enjoy movies on the big screen while munching on popcorn or cotton candy! Find out what’s playing and plan to attend.
  5. YGK Craft Beer Festival
    Unofficial kick off to summer! The YGK Craft Beer Festival invites you to sip on the finest local craft beers and beverages, indulge your taste buds with drool worthy food and snacks, enjoy all-day live music, games and shop the artisan market on June 8, 2024 from noon to 8 p.m. Taking place at Fort Henry, the location is part of the experience, with amazing water views and city views all day adding to the experience.
  6. Skeleton Park Arts Festival
    Did you know this year marks the 19th anniversary of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival? It’s true! SPAF is a non-profit annual summer solstice celebration, taking place June 22 and 23, 2024. This free, family-oriented event will be held in McBurney Park and the surrounding neighbourhood. This year’s festival includes a diverse range of artists including Kobo Town, Status Non Status, Justin Rutledge and the Undertow Brass Band. But wait – there’s more! This year SPAF is partnering with the Fat Goose Craft Fair – which runs on the same weekend at Skeleton Park.

An SEO Shout Out to these attractions opening for the season:
Military Communications and Electronics Museum: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Special programming will be in place this summer.
Bellevue House: Bellevue House is a place for conversation. Visitors Experience, Engage, Reflect at this site. This is a journey of learning. A collection of viewpoints that allow you to engage and reflect in conversation around this complex story. Operating Thursday through Monday each week.
Kingston Pen Tours: Tours daily! Go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison.
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises: Sightseeing and dining cruises along Kingston’s historic waterfront and 1000 Islands.
Fort Henry: Open daily.
Ahoy Rentals: Kayak Lake Ontario open daily.
Kingston Trolley Tours: offering city tours daily in a unique red trolley!
Original Haunted Walks of Kingston: operating Wednesday to Saturday, featuring Ghosts of Queen’s, Ghosts of Fort Henry and many more spine-tingling options.

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W.C. Creatives – JUNE 28 – JULY 2, 2024: The Ancestral Echoes Art Exhibit is an identifiably unique branded indigenous art experience that immerses the art lover into the indigenous art culture, through social messages such as climate change and truth and reconciliation. The exhibit will be featured alongside Artfest in Kingston but will provide space for Indigenous vendors, performances, and teachings.

1000 Islands Gananoque

  1. Textile Festival at Lansdowne Community Centre Enjoy the vision and feel of hand crafted art! On June 1, 2024, see spinners, weavers, rug makers, quilters, needle crafters and more showcase their skills. Feel the softness of the rovings and the colourful hand dyed wool. Finished products, wool, kits, and accessories are waiting to tempt you at the Lansdowne Community Hall.
  1. Holistic Fair at the Recreation Centre
    Come early to reserve your spot for readings! On Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lou Jeffries Gananoque Recreation Centre find what you’re looking for with numerous readers, mediums, psychics, intuitives and healing practitioners offering 20 minutes for $50. Everyone is welcome and admission is free! Also look for crystal suppliers and artisans with treasures.
  2. Gananoque Lions Club Cruise In Car Show
    Motorheads unite on June 15, 2024! See cars, trucks, motorcycles and more alongside drivers prizes, DJ music, vendors and the Gananoque Lions Club will be hosting a barbecue and serving burgers, hot dogs, fries and drink from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with complimentary cake! Proceeds in memory of Brielle Bellemore-Blouin and SickKids Foundation.
  3. 1000 Islands Family Ribfest
    Come and enjoy a great day or stay for the weekend to browse, shop, relax, taste the delicious ribs from June 28 to July 1!

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterway

  1. Red Brick School at Elgin
    This historic schoolhouse is like a step back in time! Active from 1887 to 1964, it has many character defining elements that express the heritage of the red brick gem. The Elgin & Area Heritage Society has an intriguing new exhibit opening this June, showcasing the brilliance of local historical photographer, Clifford Pennock – in large format colour! The exhibit opens on June 29 and runs only on weekends until Sept. 1, featuring an extraordinary collection of photos by Clifford Pennock, an early 20th century photographic pioneer. The society invites people to rediscover how Clifford Pennock viewed this era through his masterful photographic lens and what he saw after he pressed the shutter. To bring this to life, his work has been digitally remastered, in full colour, for a 21st century audience. Look for more than 100 of his best photos, providing a new lens on South Crosby. A truly unique learning atmosphere! Keep an eye on the Facebook page for open dates and events.
  1. Father’s Day Breakfast and Car Show
    Take Dad out for a spin to the Father’s Day Car Show! Start with a breakfast heaping with eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausages and beverages, and stay for a car show! Get your motors running on June 16 at the Drummond Building in Spencerville. Get your best Dad jokes ready and burn out!
  2. Summer Concerts at the Kemptville Street Piano

It’s Kemptville Street Piano Summer Concert Series time again! Taking place rain or shine on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Grenville Public Library, the concerts are all ages, free to attend, dog friendly, and start June 1, continuing weekly until August 31. The lineup this year has something for everyone, including R&B piano great Jeff Rogers, blues guitar queen Jesse Greene, internationally renowned cello monster Raphael Weinroth-Browne and his ensemble Musk Ox, art-folk bilingue trio Moonfruits, heart-breaker chanteuse Tara Holloway, and beloved local acts and events such as our monthly Street Piano Jam (hosted by Bradley Smith). New for 2024 are added workshops, song-writer circles, and happenings made possible by Ontario Presents’ Slow Touring Project, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts! Get in tune with the happenings and come on out!

An SEO shout-out goes to Follow 44 Day Trip Adventures! The Follow 44 route takes you along County Road 44 from Rideau River Provincial Park, through Kemptville, past several country attractions, and into Spencerville. At only 27 kilometres long, you could drive it in half an hour—but that’s no fun! Take time to discover your own favourites along the way from vineyards to paddling and an animal sanctuary to a historic mill.

  1. Red Canoe Fest Seeley’s Bay will be buzzing on June 1 when the Red Canoefest takes over the waterfront! The day starts with breakfast and a free kid’s fishing derby, and continues with a paddling silent poker run, barbecue and more.
  2. Surya Yoga Festival The Kemptville Campus is the venue for this restorative outdoor festival that runs from sunrise to sunset. A ticket for June 22, 2024 grants you full access to more than 10 yoga classes led by authentic, holistic teachers. The festival includes a yogi market, delicious local food and more!
  3. Rideau Lakes Studio Tour
    Discover the art of creative minds at work in Rideau Lakes on Canada Day weekend! Enjoy incredible original art, sculptures, pottery, weaving, beading, and more. The Rideau Lakes Studio Tour celebrates over 25 years, and promises a spectacular showcase of the region’s finest artists. Taking place on Canada Day weekend, June 29 and 30, 2024, the event will feature more than 20 artists opening their studios to the public, allowing visitors to see how these talented creators work their magic.
  4. 1000 Islands Celtic Roots Festival If you love Celtic kitchen party music then you’ll be in your element June 14 and 15, 2024 at Happy Green Aces Campground! An awesome line up kicks off on  June 14th with Turpin’s Trail followed by The Mudmen and finishing off the night with The Fiddleheads! Starting June 15 is Spencer Scharf followed by The Celtic Kitchen Party and ending this awesome weekend of Celtic delights are The Steel City Rovers!
  5. Spencerville Father Daughter Ball Be enchanted at the Father Daughter Ball! This magical evening on June 1, 2024is all about making memories with your little girl – cherish the moments! With lots of activities complementing the dancing, like face painting, making matching bracelets, upping your nail game at the polish station or striking a pose in the photo booth it all adds up to fun.

Brockville

  1. Downtown Brockville Shop the Streets
    Dust off your boots for a night of dancing at the June 27, 2024 Country Western Street Dance! We hear the Ottawa Senators will be making a special guest appearance!
  2. Fairies in the Park
    Calling all fairies, wizards, mermaids and friends! The annual Fairies in the Park event is set to sprinkle magic on June 15 at St. Lawrence Park in Brockville! Meet Tinkerbell, get your face painted, bounce around and take part in kids activities! Admission is free, but donations for Girls Inc. accepted.
  3. 1000 Islands Regatta
    The 15th annual Brockville Hydroplane Festival is right around the corner it’s set to be a splash of fun! Great fun for all ages witnessing Hydroplane Racing, live music and a kid zones with vendors. The 1000 Islands Regatta is taking place from June 28 to 30, 2024. See Canadian icons perform as 54.40 will be playing on Friday night, while on Saturday, June 29 Big Wreck takes the stage!
  4. Rockin’ River Revue Party Cruises
    Cast off with Captain Andy and crew on June 1 and 7, 2024 aboard the Sea Fox II to rock the boat with hometown bands! This is known as the islands’ only regularly scheduled public party cruise. Hope aboard and let loose!

SDG Counties

 38. 1784: The 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown and the Royal Townships It’s not often you can revisit history or see how your ancestors lived and coped, but June 7 to 9, 2024 will provide that unique experience while celebrating the 240th anniversary of Cornwall and the SDG Counties. This year it will be 240 years since John Johnson’s loyalist refugees from the American Revolution brought their boats ashore in a wilderness area that was to be their new homes. Today these names are more familiar to us as Cornwall and the Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. A special event is being planned for June 7 to 9, 2024 seeing Lamoureux Park transformed to what life was like when these new settlers arrived. See a tented village replicating New Johnstown as it was in 1784! Visit the encampment to learn how these early settlers survived their arrival and flourished. For music lovers, concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings presenting French, Celtic and Akwesasne entertainers. The Cornwall Community Museum will be open for tours and will introduce its new exhibit on “1784”. In addition, the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada will be hosting its national conference in Cornwall. This celebration of our past is presented by the SDG Historical Society and is a free event open to all.

Cornwall

  1. Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre This is one of Cornwall’s most popular indoor attractions – and it’s back open for the summer season! Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the centre showcases the rich history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project and the communities and people affected. The facility is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until August 30 and admission is free! The Visitor Centre is part of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) which operates the R.H. Saunders Generating Station. Did you know that with a 1,045-megawatt capacity, it is the second largest hydroelectric station in Ontario? That’s electrifying!

Prescott Russell

  1. Bike Night at Hawkesbury Ride into the weekend! Bike Night at Hawkesbury is back on June 7 from 5 p.m.to 9 p.m. with Judy Ann and her band, Hell on Heels, performing live! Look for food vendors on site. Meet up at Maximum Powersports in Hawkesbury!
  1. Music in the Vines at Vankleek Hill Vineyard
    Live music at a winery every Friday and Sunday! No reservations needed  – first come first serve on the patio. Kids are welcome but pets must be leashed.  Serving artisanal pizza, charcuterie and other surprises. Musicians throughout June include Better Half, Larry Cool, Normand Fullum and Shawna Caspi.

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Les Vergers Villeneuve and Blueberry Farm will be hosting local Feast dinners, 2 per month in June, July and August. These multiple-course meals are prepared by professional Chefs using local products only. Les Vergers Villeneuve and Blueberry Farm will also host its first local producers’ market on June 22, 2024. Expect local products from the region, such as fruit, veggies, different meats, honey, maple syrup, and more delicious offerings.

The dog days of summer are upon us and we’re aching to get out and do all the things! South Eastern Ontario has enough happening to fill your calendar three times over.  So, get your summer go-bag packed, plan to revel in the heat and dive into summer like you’re on permanent vacay.

Summer Loving: Plan the Perfect Summer Getaway in South Eastern Ontario

Summer is finally just around the corner! Have a blast in South Eastern Ontario, with everything from swimming to stunning scenery, paddling to patios and to helicopter rides to adventures in the treetops. Now is the time to plan your summer getaway to South Eastern Ontario! Splash into summer and make your perfect itinerary with these unforgettable options.

Beaches

Grab your towel and get ready to beach! Whether it’s cooling off in the clear water, playing volleyball, building sandcastles or simply reading a book, feeling the sand between your toes is good for the soul. White sand and rolling gentle waves await: read more about Beaches in South Eastern Ontario!

On the Water

The pristine waters of South Eastern Ontario are calling – achieve an authentic experience by getting on the water! From water sports to boating, the water is what ties communities in South Eastern Ontario together. Read more about how to make the most of the lakes and rivers in SEO or discover a water-lovers itinerary!

Cottaging and glamping

Enjoy a camping trip that ranges from the ordinary to the extraordinary in South Eastern Ontario!  No matter where you stay, SEO is full of spectacular spots for a family getaway or a much-needed escape with your besties, with wilderness around every corner. Take a peek at the glamping and cottaging experiences!

Patios

Cold drinks, good company, relaxing outside and enjoying fabulous food – you must be thinking of hitting up a patio in South Eastern Ontario! From streetside to private and from pub fare to elevated food, patios in SEO usually overlook the water and are always the best place to nosh in the sunshine.

Cruises

This summer, hop aboard a cruise line that weaves through the beautiful waterways of South Eastern Ontario! Read more about both daytrip and overnight cruising available, as you can discover historic castles, waterfront villages, lush wildlife and even locks along the Rideau Canal. 

Family Friendly Farms

Start making memories with family-friendly farms in South Eastern Ontario! Get up close to furry friends and learn about farm life. Whether it’s feeding lambs or brushing donkeys, picking apples or helping with the grape harvest at a local winery, South Eastern Ontario has some incredible agricultural experiences waiting for you. Read more to plan a visit!

Grow Your Green Thumb

Spring and summer are full of promise here – get expert advice coupled with unique plants, perennial trees and shrubs to turn your garden into the talk of the town. Just don’t get too excited and wet your plants! Find out more about community spaces to admire public gardens or where to grow your green thumb in South Eastern Ontario.

Paddles Up!

No matter where you start paddling in South Eastern Ontario, you’ll be sure to finish with unforgettable moments of discovering new perspectives and places on the water! Whether in a kayak, canoe or Stand Up Paddleboard, the fabled rivers and lakes in the region are perfect for paddling to experience nature up close and personal. Find out 10 ways to experience this paddler’s dream.

Hiking

Forest and fields are yours to explore in South Eastern Ontario! Lace-up and get walking this summer while spending time surrounded by stunning natural scenery. With trails featuring cliffs, boardwalks, footbridges, high look-outs, lush forests and wildflower fields, it’s a hiker’s paradise. Here’s another list of 11 thrilling places to hike, and guess what? They’re all on-leash dog friendly! So be sure to take Fido along.

Looking for authentic summer experiences? South Eastern Ontario is the place for epic date nights, summer adventures and classic summer experiences. You can’t beat the season of heat here – so slap on some sunscreen and hit the road to SEO for something new!

Unveiling the Gananoque Inn & Spa: A Timeless Haven of Hospitality

Welcome to the enchanting world of the Gananoque Inn & Spa, where history and hospitality intertwine to create an unforgettable experience in the heart of the 1000 Islands.

There is a new generation of caretakers for the inn. Mukesh and Ashwina Patel purchased the Gananoque Inn & Spa in June 2017 and look forward to continuing the tradition of a historic inn while adding some well-deserved upgrades to this property. The purchase of the Gananoque Inn was influenced by various factors, including its historic charm, picturesque location, the potential for hospitality business, and personal passion for the area.

Founded in the 1870s by George and Charles Taylor as the Gananoque Carriage Works, this charming inn has undergone a remarkable transformation over the years. What was once a hub of craftsmanship for wooden carriages is now a cherished retreat for those seeking respite and relaxation.

Step into the lobby and see the fireplace as it casts an embracing glow that beckons you to unwind and enjoy the timeless elegance. In the summer, the grounds come alive with a riot of colors as flowers bloom in meticulously tended gardens, flower boxes, and hanging baskets.

What’s the best room in the inn? The Patels say that’s Room 108. “It holds a special place in our hearts as it sits right on the edge of the dock, offering an unparalleled view of the enchanting 1000 Islands and the majestic St. Lawrence River,” they reveal. “The picturesque scenery from this room is truly breathtaking, immersing guests in the natural beauty of the surroundings. The gentle lapping of the waves against the shore creates a soothing soundtrack, enhancing the overall experience of tranquillity and relaxation.”

It’s no wonder Room 108 is cherished by many for its stunning vistas and serene ambiance.

The Patels have embraced the legacy of the past while ushering in a new era of modern comforts and amenities. With their passion for hospitality and commitment to excellence, they are dedicated to ensuring that every guest feels truly special, whether here for a weekend getaway or a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

In addition to its luxurious accommodations, the Gananoque Inn offers a range of amenities designed to enhance the guest experience. Indulge in a sumptuous meal at Watermark Restaurant, or a hearty bite at Musky Jake’s Tap and Grill, where locally sourced ingredients and innovative culinary techniques come together to create unforgettable dining experiences.

Relax and unwind in the comfortable confines of the lounge, where crackling fires and handcrafted cocktails set the stage for intimate conversations and cherished memories.

The Gananoque Inn provides a unique environment for weddings, business, or family gatherings. There are 52 unique rooms, and staff can provide excellent planning, food, and service for up to 80 people. Throughout its storied history, the Gananoque Inn has remained true to its founding principles of hospitality, excellence, and community. From the warm welcome extended to every guest to the meticulous attention to detail that defines each aspect of the guest experience, the inn continues to uphold its legacy as a cherished destination for those seeking solace, serenity, and sophistication.

As you explore the enchanting Town of Gananoque and the scenic beauty of the 1000 Islands, let the Gananoque Inn serve as your home away from home, a sanctuary where time stands still and every moment is infused with grace and elegance. Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, a family getaway, or a solo adventure, allow yourself to be transported to a world of timeless enchantment.

Visitors to the Gananoque Inn shouldn’t miss exploring the beautiful 1000 Islands region, taking a scenic boat tour, or enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, or simply relaxing by the river and dining in at Muskie Jake’s Tap & Grill or the Watermark Fine Dining restaurant.

The inn is located at 550 Stone St. S., Gananoque. Visit the Gananoque Inn and Spa for more information. For reservations, call toll-free 1-888-565-3101, 613-382-2165, or email info@gananoqueinn.com.

The information provided here is current at the time of publication and is subject to change. Please check website links for availability and spa and restaurant opening times.

Welcoming 2SLGBTQI+ accommodations in Rideau Lakes and Westport

Embracing diversity and inclusivity, these accommodations offer a warm welcome to travellers of all identities. From charming bed and breakfasts to chic urban retreats, each establishment on this list is committed to providing a safe and affirming space for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning), Intersex, and other diverse guests. Here are some standout accommodations, ensuring your stay is not only comfortable but also deeply enriching and welcoming in Rideau Lakes and Westport.

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs): Charming B&Bs dot the countryside, offering cozy retreats and personalized hospitality amidst scenic landscapes.

  1. NEWBORO HOUSE: Nicki Doria and Mark Boulanger have owned this 1800s home with Second Empire architecture, since 2017. The home features a spiral staircase, rubble-stone foundation, wide baseboards and hardwood flooring. Few structural changes have been made to the original building which offers three bedrooms, and all the conveniences of home. For more information, visit the website, or email newborohouse31@gmail.com or call 613-272-9161.
  2. WATER WOOD EXPERIENCE: Nancy Sendell will curate an unforgettable experience in nature and community by allowing guests to learn about the landscape and letting creativity out for a stroll. Get in touch with your senses as you can experience one of three special accommodation packages at Water Wood Experiences. You can “Get Lost in Nature”, “Spoil Yourself”, or “Explore Your Talents” during your stay. Visit the website, call 647-526-5049, or email nancy@waterwoodexperience.ca for more info. It’s located at 44 Concession St., Westport.
  3. HARLEM STONEGATE BED AND BREAKFAST: This charming 1830s two-story stone farmhouse is an out-of-the-way gem. It provides a relaxing country home to unwind and rejuvenate or check out the natural beauty of the area. New this year is the glamping experience. Not only can you have a beautiful guest room in the home, but you can also take in some fun and luxurious glamping in the maple forest and catch some of the wildlife that live in the wetlands nearby. Visit the website, email info@harlemstonegate.com, or call (613) 272-9110 for more information. The Harlem Stonegate BB is located at 2341 Harlem Rd, Elgin.
  4. INDIAN LAKE BED AND BREAKFAST: David and Lloyd have fulfilled their dream of creating a magical lakeside escape, culminating in this extraordinary Bed & Breakfast experience. Nestled on the renowned Rideau Lakes system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, their attention to detail and creative passion promises an unparalleled getaway. Immerse yourself in nature’s embrace while luxuriating in the exceptional hospitality of your hosts—a truly unique experience awaits. Email indianlakebnb@gmail.com to book the all-inclusive culinary retreat weekend. Visit the website for more information.

Boutique: Stylish boutiques provide a blend of luxury and inclusivity for discerning travellers.

  1. THE VICTORIAN LUXURY SUITES: This beautiful place offers a luxurious experience in its suites, seamlessly fusing classic charm with modern city flair. Each room welcomes guests with stylish contemporary decor and all the comforts of modern living. It’s a distinctive blend of urban sophistication and country hospitality. Call (613) 273-6273, email stephanie@thevictoriansuites.com or visit the website. The Victorian is located in Westport at 16 Church St., Westport.
  1. THE SHELDON MANOR: Seeking a royal retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further than The Sheldon Manor, the premier vacation rental in eastern Ontario. With a perfect blend of sophistication and excitement, The Sheldon Manor offers an ideal escape for both families and group getaways. The Sheldon Manor, built in 1865, is a luxury vacation rental located in a heritage home on the shores of Big Rideau. You’ll also love their private cocktail classes (fees apply). Visit the website, email directly from the site for more information. The manor is located at 3901 Sheldon Rd. in Portland.

Inn: This quaint inn extends a warm welcome to all guests, fostering a sense of community and belonging.

  1. THE COVE INN: This revered fixture in Westport was erected in 1876 by the Fredenburgh family, owners of the local sash and door mill. By the late 1920s, it underwent a transformation into the Lexena Hotel under the management of Alex and Lena Brown. In 1932, the Roberts family expanded the establishment, introducing the beverage room (now the Bar/Lounge), establishing The Tweedsmuir Hotel as a must-visit spot on the Rideau. Though ownership shifted over the years, the late Dick Ready’s commitment remains noteworthy. In 1988, the Cowans and the Carvers initiated extensive renovations, reverting the inn to its original splendour.  Today, the Inn is a beloved spot for locals and visitors, offering great food, cozy rooms, and top live entertainment. The Cove hosts various music series and events like Wings ‘n Tunes, Blues at The Cove, Jazz Night with Spencer Evans Trio, and more. Nestled by Upper Rideau Lake and Westport Pond, it boasts 12 guest suites, a 200-seat restaurant, and a 100-seat waterside patio. The Cove Inn is located at 2 Bedford St. Westport. Call 613-273-3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com.

Resort: Locally owned resort offers modern amenities and easy access to the UNESCO heritage site of the Rideau Canal.

  1. HOTEL KENNEY RIDEAU: Jeff and Core are lovingly restoring this old grand dame on the Rideau Canal in Jones Falls with lots of history and charm. Accommodations can be booked directly on the website. Dining, docking, snack bar (Kenney Jr.), NutFree Gourmet Bakeshop on offer. The Hotel Kenney Rideau is an 1870s classic Canadiana waterside resort rich in history located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal’s Lock 42. The address is 59 Kenneys Road in Elgin. Call 613-359-5500 or email info@hotelkenneyrideau.com and visit the website.

Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway or a solo adventure, these 2SLGBTQI+ friendly accommodations ensure that South Eastern Ontario is not just a destination, but a welcoming home away from home.

24 Things for 2-4 May long weekend in South Eastern Ontario

Heads up: long weekend approaching! May 2-4 weekend, also known as the Victoria Day long weekend, is the unofficial kick-off of summer activities in South Eastern Ontario. Whether you’re in the mood to relax or you’re getting together with friends, here is a list of 24 things to do this weekend.

Outdoor Activities

  1. Play a round (or two) of golf: From lush greens at Hammond Golf to luxury fairways like Black Bear Ridge we have a golf course for you. Book your tee time now to avoid disappointment!

READ ALSO: Tee Time in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Go camping: From car camping to backcountry and everything in between, we have the perfect campsite. Mainstays like Charleston Lake Provincial Park are always popular for trails and wildlife viewing, as are sites further east like the Parks of the St. Lawrence campsites, including gorgeous waterfront sites. Hardy campers will appreciate the peaceful backcountry at rugged Frontenac Provincial Park.

READ ALSO: 16 Luxurious Cottaging and Glamping Ideas in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Go star gazing: It’s hard to believe that just a short drive north of the 401 is a place so serene that the skies are very much like they were 100 years ago. The L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is a must-see for night sky photographers and lawn chair astronomers.
  1. Build sandcastles at the beach: If you’re more of a day tripper, grab your kiddos, a sand bucket and shovel and head to Sandbanks Provincial Park. It is the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation with three expansive sandy beaches that some say are among the best in Canada (and we tend to agree with those people).

READ ALSO: 20 Beaches to Spend the Day at in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Paddle the Rideau Canal: Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal offers an unforgettable canoeing or kayaking experience. The locks are opening this weekend! Bring your own boat or rent one from local outfitters like Frontenac Outfitters , Trailhead Kingston, or rental places throughout the Rideau Lakes, like Rideau Tours.

READ ALSO: 10 Ways to Paddle in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Go fishing: For some species, like Northern Pike and walleye, the fishing season opens the third Saturday in May, which means you can head to the water in search of that famous Bay of Quinte gold. Many deem the opening day of the walleye fishing season is the unofficial beginning of the open-water fishing season in Ontario. Remember to follow all fishing regulations according to your zone, including having a valid Outdoors Card and fishing licence.

Sightseeing & Tours

  1. Cruise the 1000 Islands: Cruising the St. Lawrence River is a classic experience in South Eastern Ontario. With a variety of boats to choose from, like the Wildcat high-speed catamaran to the elegant Island Queen, there’s no better way to experience the river. Find cruises in Gananoque, Kingston, Rockport and Brockville as a memorable way to kick off summer!

READ ALSO: 8 Unforgettable Cruising Experiences in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Take a ghost walk…if you dare: Haunted Walks of Kingston is an award-winning and bone-chilling walk through the city’s historic streets. Your guide tells ghost stories during your stroll and we’ve heard of ghost sightings too!
  1. Have a family day at the Aquatarium: The Aquatarium in Brockville offers a full range of interactive exhibits and activities for kids and adults in a comfortable, and accessible environment! Check out the live otters playfully swimming, Justin Beaver’s antics and feeding times, ships to explore, the planetarium, fish to marvel at and even a touch tank with starfish and crabs. Learn about the incredible biodiversity in our region.
  1. Visit a museum: No matter your interests, there is a museum in South Eastern Ontario that will capture your imagination. Learn about the region’s penitentiary history in Kingston or step back into the 1860s at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg.

READ ALSO: Travel Through Time At These 17 Historic Sites In South Eastern Ontario

  1. Go skydiving: Kick off summer by crossing off a bucket list item! Skydive Gananoque is your go-to when visiting South Eastern Ontario.
  2. Trek high through the trees: Take in big views through the towering white pines at TreeTop Trekking in the idyllic 1000 Islands! Whether ziplining across a lake, navigating wooden bridges or tightropes on a discovery course, or playing in the treewalk village, or even on a night trek, this adventure park is a great way to start the season making memories!
  1. Take a helicopter tour: Seeing the 1000 Islands from the air is breathtaking. Soar above the St. Lawrence River, castles, lush islands and brilliant blue water with 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours. A true gem of an experience!

Entertainment, Culture & Heritage

  1. Experience military life: Come visit Fort Henry in Kingston, an award-winning UNESCO Heritage Site! Get an immersive glimpse of life at the Fort in the 1800s with the pomp of the Garrison parade, the boom of firing cannons and a muster drill.
  2. Go to an art gallery: While strolling in the heart of downtown Kingston, check out eclectic Martello Alley. Get inspired on the Art and Culture Tour in Bay of Quinte or the elegant Cline House Gallery in Cornwall.
  3. Indulge in retail therapy: Each town and city in South Eastern Ontario have its own unique collection of shops. Downtown Kingston has boasts upscale retailers and niche boutiques. In The County, expect to find stores full of perfectly curated vintage goods and candy shops. Westport and Newboro have lovely stores with everything from luxe kitchen wares and designer furniture. Have a peek at our 11 destinations to discover your next trip to the shops.
  1. Catch a concert or live theatre: The place to be this long weekend is the region’s pubs, breweries and coffee shops, where local talent takes to the mic! From Kingston’s Grand Theatre to the Brockville Arts Centre and the Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall, live performance is never far, but far from ordinary.
  2. Try an escape room: Test your problem-solving skills at Kingston’s Improbable Escapes, Cornwalls Rush Hour Escape, or Prince Edward County’s Escape Room at Macaulay Heritage Park a collection of escape rooms where you are pitted against the clock to get out of a locked room.

Food & Drink

  1. Go on a wine tour: Prince Edward County’s terroir is recognized throughout the world as being unique and the hospitality of The County’s winemakers will make you feel right at home. Self-guided wine tours or chauffeured options are available. Look here for all the details to experience wine in The County.
  2. Turn those wheels: Rolling hills, iconic landmarks, beautiful countryside, charming villages. Cyclists in South Eastern Ontario witness all this, plus wildlife and friendly locals. Choose from 10 cycling itineraries in destinations across the region. From waterfront paths to urban loops to gripping town and country routes – South Eastern Ontario is a cycling gem!
  3. Pack a picnic of local food: Go to a farmers’ market and pack a picnic lunch of local food, such as bread, cheeses, honey, fruit and vegetables. Kingston’s Springer Market Square is home to the province’s oldest open-air market and Belleville, Prescott, Cornwall, Gananoque , Prescott Russell, and Brockville and more all have markets that are a short walking distance from parks that you can sit down and enjoy the sunshine in.
  1. Tour a craft brewery: Almost each town and city in the region boasts a craft brewery. Check out Rurban Brewing in Cornwall, Mackinnon Brothers in Lennox & Addington, Westport Brewing Company in the Rideau region, 1000 Islands Brewing in Brockville just to name a few. All of these places offer flights and a bottle shop to take home your new favourite brew. Check in with our destinations to find more of what’s brewing in SEO.
  2. Dine out with endless options everywhere: Kingston has more restaurants per capita than anywhere in Canada. The County is a culinary gem. Eateries in SDG Counties focus on delicious local flavours.  Gananoque is known for its eclectic cafes and Belleville and Trenton are home to Italian restaurants boasting fresh pasta made daily. We’re serious about food here, with chefs often sourcing local ingredients paired with local food, ciders and wines from Vankleek Hill to Tamworth.
  3. Go for ice cream In Bloomfield, grab a cone at Slickers, The County’s most popular ice cream shop, featuring fresh homemade flavours. Sundaes and soft-serve are a favourite at Brockville’s Cowan’s Dairy Bar. Kingston’s Reid’s Dairy Company is famous for their cheap shakes and yummy treat-filled hard ice cream. Kemptville’s Dairy Barn is set to make your weekend sweeter with sundaes, smoothies, hurricanes, milkshakes, and soft serve. The Opinicon Ice Cream Shop in Chaffey’s Lock serves up scoops made on the spot with unique flavours like Golden Squirrel!

No matter what you’re doing this weekend, it’s sure to be a treat to kick off the season in South Eastern Ontario. What’s your favourite spot to go in SEO?

Family, Community, Wine at Vankleek Hill Vineyard

Coming into the entrance of the Vankleek Hill Vineyard, visitors are greeted with a massive artistically-painted raven adorning the silo, welcoming all and taking guests under its wing. Part of the Popsilo Route in Prescott Russell, it’s perfectly poised to watch over the vineyard  – but also as a beacon to the community connection that unfolds daily at Vankleek Hill Vineyard.

When Teresa Bressan and Scott Lambert took over the fifty-five-acre property on Dandy Road in 2019, they knew they wanted to live more sustainably and had fallen in love with Eastern Ontario. But what they didn’t know was how the strong connections they were about to forge would help transform the vineyard into a true family space.

“It was like a breath of fresh air coming here,” Bressan said, noting they saw the potential in the property and have worked hard through blood, sweat and tears to get it to where it is now. But the community has been along for the ride and has responded tremendously every step of the way, she said. Bressan notes it’s family, community and wine that gathers people together at the vineyard.

“We basically extended an invitation to our table,” she said. “It is amazing to think where we started to where we are now. This is a direction Covid took for us in the best way possible.” Although she admits that’s a sentiment that isn’t always the case, Bressan pointed out that they worked hard respecting the guidelines and rules during Covid, and were able to still open their outdoor space up to community members. They responded.

Now it’s nothing for Bressan to blink and see the 130-seat patio full in the summer, witnessing families holding reunions there, friends gathering to celebrate and catch-up, couples on date nights – or repeat guests who everyone knows by name that refer to it as “their winery”. “It’s a really special thing to see everyone enjoying the wine while enjoying each other’s company,” she said.

Their winery has become an extension of people’s backyard, where connections are forged and customers become like family. “We’re truly more than a vineyard,” she said. “It’s like a family here. There’s a laid-back, humble vibe. Nothing is pretentious. We’re living the dream; welcoming in the community to come share it with us.”

The Wines

Teresa comes from an Italian background, and she remembers making wine with her Dad and Grandfather as a youngster. Now, Scott is the winemaker, and they grow five acres of cold-climate grapes: Frontenac (red) and Frontenac Gris (white). Some grapes for their wines are sourced from the Niagara region.

Their Frontenac Gris series continuously sells out. In fact, they have waiting lists for it. While Vankleek Hill Vineyard is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Lambert said their Frontenac Gris Estate, which was made in a Ripasso style, recently sold out in weeks. Fumé Blanc and Cabernet Franc also prove popular in summer, Bressan said.

A newly released project is the Frontenac Gris Rosé, a playful cold-climate Rose/Orange. It’s fermented on pinot noir skins, which lends strawberry and herbal notes with a touch of sweetness—and it’s already a hit.

“We release projects not wines,” Bressan said. Each project has been assigned a number since they started producing and they’re looking forward to releasing #41 shortly. “The variety of wine will repeat itself, but the project itself is different,” she said of their small batches. “Our mindset is that the end result is always something slightly different: same characteristics and baseline, but subtle differences because of Mother Nature’s play in the grapes. It’s beautiful that they all have uniqueness to them.”

Guests can purchase by the glass, bottle or tasting flight– with no reservations needed at the beautiful patio and outdoor tasting bar at Vankleek Hill Vineyard. The outdoor areas are a blend of shade and open spaces to lounge, while overlooking the estate vines.

However, to elevate the experience and try out their wines while gaining insider knowledge, Vankleek Hill Vineyard and Tasting Cellar offers a friendly guided tasting of five personally-selected wines. In this hour-long seated tasting experience, the wines chosen are the best representation of the sustainable growing and production methods.

Those methods extend beyond the vines, as well. Aside from the wine, Vankleek Hill Vineyard has 22 bee hives on the property and they produce their own honey. In addition, the clothing sold in the boutique is 90 per cent Ontario or Quebec produced with the shirts even screen-printed right in Vankleek Hill.

Summer lovin

Get into the summer groove and experience the Music in the Vines series, featuring live music four months a year, twice a week at the vineyard. Vankleek Hill Vineyard also has some new offerings on the horizon for the coming year, including unique accommodations in a Mongolian Yurt, and an expansion on food offerings including charcuterie boards and artisanal pizzas on the patio. Keep an eye on their socials for more!

“Come as you are. Bring kids, your pets, all generations,” Bressan said. “People start the weekend and end the weekend here, feeling totally connected, and we’re so fortunate to be a part of that.”

The winery is open on weekends until June, then it opens from Thursdays to Sundays until Labour Day. For more information, find Vankleek Hill Vineyard online at www.vankleekhillvineyard.com or on Facebook @VankleekHillVineyard and Instagram @vignoblevankleekhill. Better yet, stop by and say hi at 3725 Dandy Road (County Road 12) in Vankleek Hill.

Stay It With Pride: South Eastern Ontario Pride Trail

The spring & summer months in South Eastern Ontario are a time for getting together and celebrating warm weather, good vibes, and love in all its forms. So pull out your Pride gear and rainbow accessories and put them to good use this year with a trail through South Eastern Ontario to hit up all the great Pride events happening throughout the region!

Pride Parade #1: Napanee – June 1, 2024 

Greater Napanee Pride is the proud host of the annual Pride parade for the Greater Napanee area and a vendor fair. Both of these events will be taking place on June 1, 2024, with their parade taking place at 11:00 am at the Napanee Conservation Park, located at 20 Pearl Street in Napanee. The parade will conclude back in the Park with the vendor market, featuring local artisans, live music, and activities, until 4:00 pm. Be sure to score tickets to the after-hours “Pride in the Country” event, which features both an all-ages entry for earlier in the evening and a 19+ event that runs later into the evening and showcases a line-up of incredible drag performers.

Before the kick-off of Pride in the Country, be sure to visit the Waterfront River Pub and Terrace for dinner – featuring incredible waterside views, and a proud supporter of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, score a patio table and tuck into their mouthwatering dishes. They have a variety of separate menus available to accommodate a variety of diets including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, and even offer Napanee River Tours. They are also the only location in Napanee currently offering drag brunches with local drag celebrity, Oktavia

Make the most of your time enjoying Napanee Pride by staying locally at the Dowling House Country Inn and Retreat. Robert and his partner run this adorable country stay that boasts the perfect opportunity to travel with your whole crew, as the property can sleep up to 16 guests (plus furry friends!). It is also conveniently located in Napanee, which makes it super easy to score a local taxi or Uber to and from Pride in the Country so you can indulge in some adult beverages and have peace of mind that you have a safe ride back to your accommodation.

The next morning, pack up the car and head an hour-and-a-half east to Kemptville to take part in their annual Pride events!

Pride Parade #2: Kemptville – June 2, 2024

A vibrant and inclusive celebration of love will take place in Kemptville on June 2, 2024, hosted by the folks at North Grenville Pride. Festivities kick off at 10:30 am with the Pride Parade at Riverside Park and will travel down Prescott Street. After the parade, head over to the Kemptville Campus, 40 Campus Drive in Kemptville, to enjoy a day packed with delicious food truck eats, shopping at vendors and artisan stalls in their market, and family-friendly drag performances on the main stage, going until 4:30 pm that afternoon.

After wrapping up at Pride, check in to your accommodation for the evening at the Kemptville Suites, located right downtown Kemptville. These luxurious suites are immaculately designed and curated with local art and exposed stone walls and are conveniently located right around the corner from great dinner spots like Salamanders Restaurant and Hyde Smokehouse & Bar.

The next morning be sure to start off on the right foot with breakfast at Bubba & Bugs Coffee Bar – proudly 2SLGBTQIA+ owned and operated and just a short walk from your suite. Score a handcrafted hot or cold beverage of your choice, and be sure to grab yourself one of their incredible “eggie” sandwiches served on a delicious handmade buttermilk biscuit. You should also consider stopping by the Crusty Bakers on your way back to your car and pick up some treats for later in the day – we highly recommend their bacon butter tarts!

Be sure to schedule some time to explore the Rideau Woodland Ramble to explore their magical gardens. They have a full trail system through their stunning gardens and also offer a full garden centre to take a piece of Kemptville home with you for your own garden. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Stop by Drifters Outdoors Canoe & Kayak Rentals. They offer (you guessed it!) canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals to get you out on the water in the Kemptville Creek and Rideau Canal system.

Pride Parade #3: Brockville – June 8, 2024

Brockville Pride will kick off its Pride celebrations with activities starting on June 3 and continuing throughout the week leading up to their Pride Parade and vendor fair on June 8, 2024. They will have several activities including a comedy night, Lunch and Learns, a paint night, and much more, all culminating into the Pride Parade and volleyball tournament the following day. Follow the parade route down two blocks of King Street, past City Hall, and ending at Hardy Park for the vendor fair. Shop the vendors in the park and be sure to check out the Brockville Railway Tunnel – Canada’s first railway, originally completed in 1860 and now renovated and open to the public for free (though donations are accepted!).

Grab some dinner at 1000 Islands Brewing Co., located right in the middle of downtown Brockville, and home to Brockville’s local craft brews and delicious eats. Enjoy a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich or a warming bowl of jambalaya with a flight of their delicious, handcrafted brews. Another great option would be the Barley Mow – serving up 1000 Islands Brewing beers, boasting a big menu with lots of variety, and a regular venue for local drag queen, Ophelia Upp!

Spend the night at 2SLGBTQIA+ friendly 48 West – a luxurious boutique hotel in downtown Brockville and within walking distance of great dining, attractions, and shopping! The next morning consider a walk down King Street to score some great retail finds, or head over to Skedaddle Escape Rooms to give your brain a workout with one of their three escape rooms. Consider coming for Pride festivities with a group of friends and registering for the Pass for Pride Volleyball Tournament taking place during the day on June 9th!

Other great Pride events for you to consider:

Loud & Proud in Prince Edward County – they’ve curated the ultimate Prince Edward County Pride Month bucket list, packed with fun and inclusive events for everyone to enjoy.

Belleville – June 8th, 2024

The fine folks at Bay of Quinte Pride will be hosting their annual Pride parade Downtown Belleville on June 8th, 2024. The parade will conclude at Zwicks Park with Pride in the Park activities and vendor fair, and kick back after hours with Pride After Dark at the Smokin’ 116 Bistro!

Kingston – June 15th, 2024

Kingston Pride will be hosting their annual Pride festivities from June 8th-June 16th, with their parade cruising along Princess Street in Downtown Kingston on June 15th, 2024. The downtown core will be alive with activity that day, including a community fair and events in Springer Market Square. They will be having many activities taking place the week leading up to their parade, including queer trivia and karaoke nights partnered with local breweries. 

Gananoque – July 13, 2024

The annual festivities in Gananoque will be hosted by the Gananoque Pride Alliance from July 8th-13th. Their Pride parade and festival will be taking place on July 13th with the parade travelling down King Street in downtown Gananoque and ending with a vendor fair and live entertainment in Joel Stone Park, right on the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River.

Cornwall – July 20, 2024

Diversity/Diversité Cornwall will be celebrating their Pride festivities throughout the communities of Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) and Akwesasne from July 12th-July 21, 2024. Their Pride Parade and festival will be their main event, occurring on July 20th from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The parade route will travel from the Aquatic Centre to Lamoureux Park where there will be a day full of free, family friendly activities including live music, drag performances, bouncy castles, a BBQ and beer tent, face painting, petting zoo, carnival games and more!  

The information provided here is current at the time of publication and is subject to change. Please check websites for listings of upcoming events, costs, availability and weather and road conditions that may affect operations.

Discover tranquility, quirkiness at Wolfe Island’s Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast

Guests come for peace and quiet, great food and hospitality, and fall in love with the chickens.

Wolfe Island is a picturesque ferry ride from Kingston, Ont., or Cape Vincent, N.Y., and is home to the Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast, a serene retreat that enchants guests seeking tranquillity and natural beauty. It’s also home to several chickens that lay fresh eggs for breakfast.

This stately lodge was built in 1895 and served as a summer retreat and inn. It’s had a few reincarnations along the way. From the St. Lawrence River Resort to the Villa on the St. Lawrence, it changed to the Woodman House in 1923, owned by the Woodman family. It was then called Dreamcatcher’s Inn which was owned by the Maracle family in 2003.

Over the last century, the place has transformed from outhouses and horse and buggies, to seven guest rooms with private ensuites and modern amenities and a nightly capacity of 17 guests. The ground-floor guest-suite bathroom ensures accessibility and comfort, making it welcoming for everyone.

Since 2018, the Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast has been owned by Katherine Slagle, her husband James Bambury and their children, Wesley and Ella.

Being with family is the most exciting part about owning this former lodge. “Our family is at the heart of everything we do,” Katherine says. “James and I left our hectic jobs to be with our children. At the time of purchase, Ella was three and Wesley was five. We have rebuilt this home together. I absolutely love building, painting, plastering and constantly repairing with our children – we all do our own renovations.”

The connections they make with guests truly make it worthwhile. “When you walk into the home, there is a huge bulletin board of thank-you notes from guests, and it makes my heart truly happy,” Katherine says.

Being a small business owner also has its perks. “Generations of my family are small business owners and I wanted our children to experience an upbringing like I did,” she says. “Our children have become so confident and capable because they are living this life.”

The house is in the heart of Marysville and, over the years, has not only provided guest accommodation but was a central meeting place for Islanders. The home was known for parties, reunions and wakes. It has been a meeting place in times of joy and sorrow.  “When we purchased the property we wanted a name that was quirky and lighthearted,” she says.

“Our goal is to provide a home away from home for our guests,” Katherine says. “When guests stay with us, they truly become part of the family.”

Breakfasts are filled with family recipes and enjoying that morning meal on the enclosed back deck, watching the chickens roam.

“Nearly every guest leaves with a chicken selfie,” Katherine says with a laugh. “Some of our guests are leaving the big cities and staying here is an opportunity to experience country living.”

At dusk, take comfort in watching the sunset from the front porch with a glass of wine while embracing the sights of the City of Kingston across the St. Lawrence River.

“We make a special effort for our guests,” Katherine says, be that with balloons, a bottle of champagne, fresh flowers, baked goods or foods to meet everyone’s preferences (think allergies or intolerances). “My gluten free muffins are pretty spot on at this point.”

Arriving at the Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast, you are greeted by a quaint, blue-trimmed lodge set against a backdrop of lush greenery and the St. Lawrence River. The ambiance is warm and inviting, promising a stay filled with comfort and relaxation. A full-lodge rental is an option if looking for a wedding party adventure (or family fun, or a friends’ get-together), or you can book just one unique room with a view.

Step inside, and you will find meticulously designed rooms exuding rustic charm and modern comfort. Each room is thoughtfully furnished with plush bedding, antique décor, and all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Wake up to the gentle rustling of leaves and the chirping of birds, and start the day refreshed and rejuvenated.

Katherine says her favourite room may be Room 2 – the former parlor of the house and it has all the original moulding, high ceilings, water view and a beautiful four-poster bed.

Early in their mission, Katherine notes, it has been paramount that they make the B&B more accessible. In 2021 they received an Enabling Accessibility Grant and transformed the bathroom in Room 2 into an accessible one. It has a full wet room with roll-in shower. They have also lowered the bed height in the room to help with transfers and have ramps on site for guest use.

Just last year, the family was honoured at a Frontenac County event as the recipients of the Celebration of Accessibility – Access Award. “We are extremely proud to be the first accessible accommodation on the island,” Katherine says.

Wolfe Island is a haven for nature lovers, and the Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast serves as the perfect basecamp for exploring its natural wonders. Lace up the hiking boots and embark on scenic trails that wind through forests and meadows, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Birdwatchers will delight in the island’s diverse avian population, including majestic snowy owls and herons.

“I’m the honourary tour guide of the island,” Katherine says. “The island is a hidden gem and I love talking about all it has to offer. I love telling guests about Big Sandy Bay which is an absolutely stunning horseshoe beach. You can walk two kilometres, through what seems like three different eco-systems, and then you begin to hear the water and see the beautiful secluded beach. We have beach towels, walking sticks and a picnic knapsack for guests to borrow.”

If staying longer than a couple nights, it’s a quick ferry ride to Kingston to explore historic landmarks, immerse in its vibrant culture, or indulge in its culinary delights. Confederation Park offers stunning views of Lake Ontario and the harbour. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fort Henry, the former home of Sir John A. Macdonald at Bellevue House, and the intriguing Murney Tower are worth a day trip visit. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, while history buffs can delve into Kingston’s past at the Pump House Steam Museum and through tours of the Kingston Penitentiary. Downtown Kingston offers charming shops, boutiques, and dining options, while the Kingston market showcases local produce and crafts. Then there are the boat cruises from the docks in Kingston.

Cape Vincent can be visited by ferry (seasonal), located in upper New York State. It boasts the iconic Tibbetts Point Lighthouse and embodies the charm of a quintessential river town. With picturesque vistas of both the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, visitors are treated to a blend of scenic beauty and small-town hospitality. Explore the town’s offerings that stretch from Cedar Point to Snug Harbour.

After a day of exploration, be that on the island or off-site, satisfy your hungry appetite with a culinary journey through Wolfe Island’s local flavours. Back at the Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast, unwind on the charming patio overlooking the garden, or cozy up by the fireplace with a good book and let the day melt away.

What truly sets the Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast apart is the warm hospitality extended by its hosts, who go above and beyond to ensure that every guest feels right at home. Whether you’re looking for insider tips on the best trails or recommendations for local attractions, the hosts are always on hand for a memorable stay.

The Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast has won several awards for Best Hotel, Inns and Bed & Breakfast, Kingston: 2023, platinum; 2022, 2021, 2019; and bronze in 2020.

It is a special place to have an outdoor adventure, enjoy culinary delights, or simply unwind. This charming retreat offers everything needed for a memorable getaway, so book today, and embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the tranquil landscapes of Wolfe Island.

MAKE YOUR TRIP TO THE ISLAND A MEMORABLE ONE

These are a few things that make a trip to Wolfe Island one of the best.

Fargo’s General Store: A quaint general store is full of groceries, odds and ends and an LCBO (400m from the B&B)

Three restaurants all within walking distance: 

The Wolfe Island Pub & Pizzeria – known locally as the WIPP (290m from the B&B)

The Restaurant at The Hotel Wolfe Island (200m from the B&B)

The Island Grill (re-opening summer 2024) (290m from the B&B)

Need a coffee or sweet treat? Check out The Wolfe Island Bakery (350m from the B&B) (Seasonal)

Outdoor Activities:

  • Rent a bike from the BLUE MOOSE and cycle on one of the four mapped cycling paths.
  • Hike and swim at the beautiful Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area.
  • Rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board at the Wolfe Island Boat Club (Typically closes the last week of August).
  • Swim at the Wolfe Island Public Dock.
  • Play a round of golf at the Riverfront Golf Course.
  • Take a cable ferry to Simcoe Island.
  • Experience winter on the Island by renting ice-skates and snowshoes from the BLUE MOOSE.

 Attractions:

  • Enjoy local products and produce at the Wolfe Island Common’s Farmer’s Market (Saturdays).
  • Looking for a once in a lifetime catch?  Visit Speck-Tackle Farm for a private tour and cast into the stocked deep rock trout pond (Advance/private booking required)
  • Sample award winning jams and have tea at Henderson Farms (Advance/private booking required)
  • Pick stunning flowers in the fields of Wolfe Island Blooms (Advance/private booking required)
  • Looking for a true taste of the Island?  Hop along and tour the Wolfe Island Hopyard (tours maybe taking place in 2024)
  • Step back in time and learn about the history of the island at the Old House Museum (Seasonal and/or private bookings required)

Note that many attractions are seasonal and require booking in advance.

Gifts:

The Blue Moose Bed and Breakfast is located at 1277 Highway 96, Wolfe Island. On socials: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bluemoosebandb , Instagram @thebluemoosebandb

To make reservations call 613-530-5228, email bluemoosebandb@gmail.com or visit the website for more information.

38 May Events to Bring on Spring in South Eastern Ontario

Hooray, hooray it’s finally May! South Eastern Ontario is blooming with events and wonderful experiences opening this month for the summer season. From flower farms to castles and from mountain biking to farmers markets it’s all happening in May in South Eastern Ontario! Read on for 38 events plus doors are opening to seasonal attractions!

Bay of Quinte

1. Kiwanis Walleye World Fishing Derby

Reel in some memories on May 4 and 5, 2024 on the Bay of Quinte! The Kiwanis Walleye World is a fundraising effort by the Trenton Kiwanis Club to help raise money supporting youth in the community through sport, sciences, academics and more in support of the goals of Kiwanis International. Register today to get in on the action!

2. Make Your Mother’s Day Market

It’s back! On Saturday, May 4, visit this free community event by Side Hustle Market to Make Your Mothers’ Day. More than 30 artisans will be on site at Venue 1906 in Belleville to help make the special day shine with unique finds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3. New Homestead Farmer’s Vendor’s Market

A visit to Homestead Farmer’s Market promises a unique shopping experience filled with farm-fresh produce, handcrafted good and one-of-a-kind offerings surrounded by community. Coordinated by PEC Markets, this new endeavour will be open seasonally starting Sunday May 12, running until October 27. Look for the market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6 Douglas Road, Trenton and find local farmers, food and beverage producers, artisans, local non-profits and small businesses!

A big welcome back to these seasonal events:
Belleville Pop-Ups: May 17
Quinte West Pop-Ups: May 31

Prince Edward County

4. Think Pink: A Rosé Adventure
Shift your thinking about Rosé! Join the Cellar Sisters for a journey of local Rosé during this casual, sit-down evening. Find your new favourite Thursday May 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 260 Main St. in Wellington.

5. The Pilot’s Lounge Comedy Nights at Base 31
Get ready to laugh! Lighten up spring as Base 31 rolls out comedy nights at the Pilot’s Lounge on Thursdays May 2, May 16 and May 30. Essentially a joke jukebox of improv, stand up, and sketches, these are hosted by Lenny Epstein and Gavin North of Short Attention Spa so you know it’s going to be a hoot and a holler. Pay what you can!

6. Mother’s Day Laughs and Lunch
Laughter is the best way to celebrate the special day for Moms and the wonderful women in your life at Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar. Enjoy a la carte lunch and be entertained by The County Comedy All Stars with a 45-minute improve show – make your resos soon! Cost is $15 per adult for the show and kids are free.

7. Drake Devonshire BBQ Series with Littlejohn Farm
Enjoy an afternoon filled with flavour! On May 18, experience the Garden-to-Grill feast + Succulent Pig Roast for the Drake Devonshire BBQ Series with Littlejohn Farm. The farm’s honey, herbs, and vegetables like wild leek, rapini, and asparagus will all be grilled to perfection, complemented by lively lakeside games and DJs spinning summer sounds. It’s the perfect kick off to grilling season!

8. Dog Day at Sugarbush Vineyards
Furry friends take note! Saturday May 25, 2024 is Dog Day at Sugarbush Vineyards, which means it’s a day dedicated to canine companions. From 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, hike the 2 km trail, enjoy special doggy vendors, wine for the humans and of course, lots of treats! And to get those tails really wagging there are even photo ops in the big chair. Donations will be collected for a rescue organization.

9. Spring Birding Festival
A festival dedicated to our feathered friends… swoon! The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory is hosting the Spring Birding Festival from May 12 to 15 with demonstrations, workshops, guided walks and even a Mother’s Day special program. Check out the free programming for all ages with kids activities and even banding demonstrations. Lots to chirp about!

10. Apple Blossom Festival
Join in some good old fashion family fun on the farm! Saturday May 18 to Sunday May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Creasey’s Apple Dapple Farm in Waupoos is hosting an Apple Blossom Festival to celebrate spring. With Free wagon rides through the orchard, kids crafts and face painting, barbecue and apple pies and much more it’s sure to be the perfect start to the season.

An SEO Shout Out to these ongoing events:
Picton Farmer’s Market opening May 12.
A Path Forward, exploring Truth & Reconciliation efforts in PEC through Indigenous works of art, stories and heritage. This permanent and evolving exhibit at Macaulay Heritage Park, 23 Church Street, Picton is co-curated by the Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na, the Downie Wenjack Fund and The County Museums.
Sensory Garden at Base 31 opening mid-May.
Karlo Estates Events has bubble brunches, live music, tastings as well as lots of fun LGBTQ2+ welcoming Drag events, bingos, trivia and more all year through.

Lennox and Addington

11. Laser Guided Stargazing Tour
Look up – way up! The Dark Sky Viewing Area is hosting another popular laser-guided stargazing tour event on May 10 and 11, 2024! Get an informative guided tour of the night sky and take a peek through a telescope! The tours begin about an hour after dusk and last about 60 minutes.

12. Foster Lamb Visits at Topsy Farms
Starting May 16, get up close with the adorable lambs at Topsy Farms on Amherst Island! Get right in the thick of things, snuggling and interacting with the lambs while learning about spring on the farm and experiencing true farm cuteness overload.

13. Ride for MRI Napanee
Hit the road on two wheels while supporting the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital Foundation MRI campaign! The Ride for MRI is a cycle fundraiser taking place on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Participants can ride solo or with a team and enjoy the 30 km scenic ride through the Town of Greater Napanee and Stone Mills Township. Have a family? Bring them along! A 4 km family route winds through Downtown and is open to all levels of riders.

Frontenac County

14. Summer Kickoff Music Festival
Welcome summer by getting into the groove in Harrowsmith! The Summer Kickoff Music Festival is a true celebration of local talent, with masterful music, food, craft beer and cider and more in South Frontenac. Even a Kid’s Zone for the youngest festival goers! The Festival is set for May 25, 2024 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A big wave and welcome to these Frontenac County recurring events:
Hotel Wolfe Island: Nightly arts and culture events, featuring live music, comedy, DJs, theatre and even a Mother’s Day brunch!
Frontenac Farmer’s Market: Opening day is Friday, May 10 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and running every Friday until October 25, 2024 at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith.
The Market at Wolfe Island Commons: starting for the season in mid-May 

Kingston

15. S.S. Keewatin
This Edwardian-era (think Titanic-era) steamship is opening for tours on May 13! It is permanently dry docks at the Great Lakes Museum. This unique and rare experience opens daily for two tours – one featuring the passenger experience and the other exploring below deck in the Engine Room. Register today to be some of the first people aboard!

16. The Juvenis Festival
Showcasing the artistic side of youth in the region from May 2 to 12, 2024 with a Storefront Art Gallery, Youth Film Night, Battle of the Bands, and theatre performances! Did you know that Juvenis is one of only two youth arts festivals in all of Canada? As such it showcases the talented local youth ages 30 and under.  

17. Queen’s University Science Rendezvous Kingston
Come one come all to the Slush Puppie Place for the incredible Science Rendezvous on May 11! Keep an eye out for a Killer Whale skeleton, display of Leonardo DaVinci’s helicopter and armoured vehicle, a Chemistry Magic Show, bees, an electric jeep and dune buggy, a scale-model 3D printed house, brains, hearts, robots and sooooo much more! The best part? It’s free!

18. Bellevue House
This landmark re-opens May 18. Bellevue House is a place for conversation ready for visitors to experience, engage, and reflect on a journey of learning.  Recognizing a complex story surrounds the house’s ties to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir. John A. Macdonald, Bellevue House offers a collection of viewpoints that allow visitors to engage and think.

An SEO Shout Out to these attractions opening for the season:
Kingston Pen Tours: Tours daily starting May 10. Go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison!
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises: Departing daily from the Crawford wharf! Sightseeing and dining cruises along Kingston’s historic waterfront and 1000 Islands.
K-Pass – Kingston’s All-Inclusive Attractions Pass: It’s back on May 18! More than a dozen of Kingston’s top museums and attractions are included in the K-Pass, with a 24-hour, 48 hour or 72 hour pass available for purchase. There’s even one for residents!
Fort Henry: Open daily starting May 18
Ahoy Rentals: Kayak Lake Ontario open weekends until May 18, then daily.
Kingston Trolley Tours: offering city tours daily in a unique red trolley!
Original Haunted Walks of Kingston: operating Wednesday to Saturday, featuring Ghosts of Queen’s, Ghosts of Fort Henry and many more spine-tingling options.
Creative Kingston Walking Tours: Self-guided, inspiring.

1000 Islands Gananoque

19. Cirque LuzDalia

Witness an incredible performance featuring world-class circus stars from around the globe on May 13, 2024 that is sure to have the entire family on the edge of their seats! Wonder in the magic of the circus at the Lou Jeffries, Gananoque & T.L.T.I Recreation Centre at 4:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Also happening at these locations:

Brockville May 12,  Napanee May 14,  Trenton May 15

20. Kioti Black Creek Rodeo

Enjoy an adrenaline-filled rodeo with saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, team roping, tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and, of course, the bull riding on May 24 and 25, 2024! Live music by Eastbound of Bytown (Friday) and The Derringers (Saturday) will follow the rodeo at 1251 County Road 3, Lansdowne.

What have we here? Another market starting back up for the season!

21. Art/Craft Market: Popping up in Town Hall Park in Gananoque every Saturday from May 25 until October 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s known as one of the best markets in the area – bet you’ll find unique handcrafted treasures from local artisans, live music and plain old fun.

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterways

22. Gather Brewery & Glassworks Grand Opening

Join in the grand opening of the newest brewery in the Rideau region: Gather Brewery – melded with Glassworks! Such a unique combination brews inspired times to be sure. Plan to be in Merrickville on May 14 to experience something brand new in the community.

23. Maple & Rose Rideau Canal Culinary Season Opener
This darling historic gem of accommodation in Merrickville is hosting a five-course culinary longtable dinner and show to celebrate the opening of the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal for another season. On May 18, experience the food, the venue, and 2024 Juno nominee Steph La Rochelle, all welcoming another season on the fabled Rideau.

24. The Spencerville Mill & Museum: Tea Box, Poker Run and Spirits
Get your calendar sorted because the Spencerville Mill & Museum has lots on the go for May! From a Mom & Me Tea Box on May 12 or a Canoe Paddle Poker Run on May 25 to The Spirits of the Grist Mill Paranormal Investigation on May 25, it’s sure to be an exciting spring.

25. Kemptville Buskerfest
Kemptville Buskerfest returns to the streets of downtown Kemptville on May 18, 2024, ready to shock and delight! Prescott Street will be open to pedestrians, letting people of all ages experience Downtown Kemptville in a carnival-like atmosphere with performances, surprises, and live entertainment.

26. Country Flavour Fest at Furnace Falls Farm
Flavourful fun on the farm for everyone! Look here for local food, plants, entertainment and artisans, with demonstrations, animals, greenhouse, and scavenger hunt. Set for May 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring  the kids – they each receive a seedling for free while supplies last!

A warm welcome to seasonal events and places opening up again this month:
The Delta Old Stone Mill National Historic Site: Season opening on May 18 with milling and blacksmithing demonstrations! The Blacksmith shops will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at 1 p.m. the Old Stone Mill will have a milling demo featuring its 200-year-old millstones grinding heritage Red Fife wheat into flour. Free admission (donation appreciated).
Spring Hike Day in North Grenville: Visit Limerick Forest for Spring Hike Day in Ontario, highlighting the recreational benefits of hiking and walking.
Treetop Trekking in the 1000 Islands: Open weekends beginning May 4! Walking among the treetops and discover the beauty of nature in the 1000 Islands.
Kemptville Farmer’s Market: Opening May 12 and running every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. until Oct. 27, 2024, located in the B&H Grocer parking lot.

Featured Business

Daffodil Days: Celebrating Art, Connection, and Spring Renewal

Join Stone Manor Studios for Daffodil Days, beginning May 3 through to May 18, for a series of art and craft gatherings set in a stunning countryside backdrop.

These events go beyond traditional art classes to cultivate creativity and connection in an upscale atmosphere and an inspired setting.  From Stained Glass Daffodils to Indigenous Beading, there’s something for everyone. Located in Newboro, Rideau Lakes, the Daffodil Capital of Ontario, these events draw inspiration from the season’s vibrant colours and rejuvenating essence.

Brockville

27. Shop the Street: Beach Party Edition
On Saturday, May 25 King Street will transform into a marketplace full of local businesses vendors, artists, musicians and more for the DBIA Shop the Street event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Make a Splash at the Beach Party themed memorable day on King Street, where fun meets the sun, shopping, and art in a spectacular beach party atmosphere. Whether you’re shopping, admiring art, checking out cars, or enjoying the kids’ activities, there’s something for everyone.

A big welcome back to these seasonal offerings in Brockville:
The Brockville Farmer’s Market: This historic market opens Saturday, May 4 and runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with more than 30 booths every week featuring food, flowers, art, distilleries and more!
Brockville Island Mooring and Camping: Beginning Friday, May 24, boats can once again dock at islands for day trips or overnight and camping is permitted on designated sites on City islands.
1000 Islands Seaway Cruises: Starting on Saturday, May 4, Brockville’s very own boat tour can be found launching from Blockhouse Island. Join Captain Andy to see the magnificent 1000 Islands!
Fulford Place: Walk through the doors of legendary Fulford Place and enter a world of opulence, tragedy and mystery. Opening for the season on Wednesday, May 22 this is a shining example of living on Millionaire’s Row.

SDG Counties

28. Yoga with Alpacas
Join the folks at Heart of the Willow for an hour-long yoga session on May 18 with instructor Lori Link, surrounded by alpacas! This unforgettable experience culminates with 30 minutes of meeting and learning about the adorable alpacas. Two sessions are offered at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. 

29. Perch and Paddle Comedy Night and Mother’s Day Brunch
Get ready to laugh in Lancaster! Dan Allaire Comedy is set to take on the Perch and Paddle on May 23, 2024 starting at 8 p.m. on the patio. We also hear there is a special Mother’s Day brunch event in the works at Perch and Paddle on May 12, to honour the most important person in your life! Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., accompanied by local harpist and pianist, Rachel Campbell. Every mother will also receive a complimentary Mimosa and flower! Book ahead to treat Mom.

30. Main Street Taylor Swift Tour in Winchester
Are you ready for it? Get your Eras outfits ready, Swifties! Stop in participating businesses in Winchester on Saturday, May 18 to pick up your friendship bracelet and browse Taylor Swift themed merchandise and promotions! There’s even special guest vendors set up at The Old Town Hall with more Taylor merch. The Eras movie will be playing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so feel free to pop in and out. Sing and dance your way down Main Street!

31. Mother’s Day at Upper Canada Village
This historic village is opening again on May 4, but there’s something special to welcome Mom on Sunday, May 12: free admission to Upper Canada Village for all mothers! Upper Canada Village is one of the largest living-history sites in Canada, depicting life in a rural English-Canadian setting during the year 1866. Honour Mom with a cool experience!

A big welcome to the summer season to these SDG offerings:
Stonecrop Acres Vineyard Concert Series: Look for Hadrian’s Wall on May 25 and The Once on May 12, both starting at 7 p.m.
Historic SDG Jail: Opening for tours from Wednesday to Sunday starting on May 22 until Aug. 25!
Camping with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission: booking is open and sites are getting scooped up – reserve your spot now. Camping is available for May!

Cornwall

32. Taco Love
Bet this will make your mouth water: one-of-a-kind tacos at 11 different Cornwall restaurants during Taco Love, from May 1 to 10. Ten days of tacos! Check out participating restaurants and plan your taco tour.

33. Trails of Light
Experience this new exhibition of paintings by celebrated local artist, Pierre Giroux! The Cline House Gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Trails of Light is starts on May 9. Admission is free!

34. Dinosaur World Live
This roar-some show is a must-see for the whole fam jam! Delight in dinos during this matinee interactive show on Sunday, May 12 at the Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall.

35. Paranormal Investigations at the Historic SDG Jail
On May 25 and 26, The Haunted Walk and Phantoms of Yore will explore some ghastly encounters at the SDG Jail in Cornwall! Tickets can be purchased to not only be on site for the paranormal investigations, but to experience being an investigator! Due to the SDG Jail’s dark history and frequent strange stories it has attracted the interest of ghost hunters from across North America.

A big SEO welcome back to the Cornwall Speedway which celebrates its Season Opener on Sunday, May 19.

Prescott Russell

36. Science Magic: Crazy Gadgets
Be amazed by the world of science through tricks that use everyday items. Experiments can be recreated with family at home! See this in action on May 11 at Embrun Arena (Palais des Sports). From potato rocket launchers, to giant smoke cannons, there are gadgets galore in this family fun show!

37. Clarence-Rockland Concert Series
The Optimiste Performance Hall will be buzzing on May 11 when Vaches The Musical hits the stage, followed by Vilain Pingouin and Les Frères a Ch’val on May 31. These shows are part of the winter and spring cultural program through the City of Clarence-Rockland. Be there for a fun evening out!

38, Good times at Hammond Golf and Broken Stick Brewery
Join Devona Coe and guest as they host Drag Bingo at Hammond Golf and Broken Stick Brewery on Sunday, May 19! Be sure to try the rainbow cocktails: proceeds from sales will be donated to LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow offered by Family Services Ottawa. As if that isn’t fun enough, comeback for May 25 for 70s Night with Lady Soul! Rock the night away with this eight-piece band that plays funk, soul and Motown hits of the 1960s and 70s. 

South Eastern Ontario kicks off the season right! With unique events in every region, better get a whole new calendar rocking for the destination tours that are about to make spring 2024 hit different. Be our guest!