Winter comes alive!
With the grey overcast and bone-chilling temperatures, it’s not easy to keep your spirits high. Here’s a list of things to do in Lennox & Addington to turn you into a fan of the winter!
Experience stargazing at the Lennox-Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area. An awe-inspiring place where blankets of stars seem at your fingertips. The area is well known as the most southerly dark sky viewing area in Ontario, for providing an unobstructed view of the sky. There’s no charge for admission, interpretive signage, and includes a large concrete pad for your camera or telescope setup.
Over 200 kilometres of snowy tundra is waiting for you to explore! With a ton of conservation areas and parks too, throw on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and trek across the wintery landscape. Choose from one of the many beautiful established trails including Owl Woods on Amherst Island and Springside Park Trail and Falls in Napanee.
Spend the day browsing through this antique store located in the Town Deseronto. Inside this converted warehouse space is a literal treasure trove of items and rare collectibles.
Discover some of the best beverages Lennox & Addington has to offer by taking your own tour wineries and breweries.
Feel classy as you enter this family-owned winery and cider company located in Adolphustown. You won’t be disappointed by their tart Riesling or dry, cold ciders. Pair your meal with one of their freshly made pizzas made by Nonnas Pizzeria!
Instantly feel an overwhelming sense of rural comfort! Find your way over to this farm-based brewery in Bath, where you will step into a 100-year-old, family-owned barn-turned-brewery. Have a sample of a craft brew and don’t be afraid to ask where they get their ingredients, because you guessed it – they grow them right on the farm!
This quaint brewery in Napanee has grown from a kitchen in Toronto to an award-winning brewery due to the love and dedication put into every beer it produces. This brewery provides nothing but five-star brews from their “Devilish Spicy” to their “Blacklist Black German Lager” – so give it a try and let us know your favourite!
5. Explore Bird Watching in L&A
Whether or not you have tried birdwatching in the past, you will want to grab the ferry over to Amherst Island. Scour the snowy fields and dense trees for the snow owls as they are known to perch and hunt in these areas throughout the colder months. We’ve listed in our Google Map below, the best spots to view glimpses of the Red-Tailed Hawk, Snowy Owl and Northern Harrier.
While you’re visiting Amherst Island, stopover at Topsy Farms for their groomed trail and to hang out with the highland cows!
This historic museum and archive carries a collection of roughly 10,000 items within its walls. Learn through sight as you see the story of how the county came to be by viewing artifacts from the early 1900s including tools, furniture and art. If you are from the Lennox and Addington area, stop into the archives to fill your family tree branches with ancestors who will make you beam with pride.
Want that authentic cozy cafe experience? Ellena’s is a lovely little cafe and kitchen shop situated in the heart of beautiful downtown Napanee. You can visit them for daily lunch specials which include hearty soups, fresh sandwiches, and delicious desserts. Look to Ellena’s for other tempting treats like carrot cake, French Canadian sugar Cream Fudge, pecan tarts – and so many more!
8. Where To Stay
Stay at Bon Eco Suites, located in a historic building in the quaint town of Tamworth. The suites are furnished with reclaimed materials; such as tires, old trim, and hubcaps.
Check-in with your significant other at the Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast out in Odessa. Upgrade your stay and get the romance package, which includes chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine.
Edited & Updated By Rosanne Lake and Lindsay Medeiros