The sky is the limit for natural experiences in the Lennox & Addington.
Surround yourself with nature and be rewarded with the serenity that only immersion in a natural paradise can bring. From going underground to gazing at the sky, Lennox & Addington’s natural experiences are beyond expectation. Read on to discover the 10 best ways to explore this area this summer!
1. Do You Dare Go Underground?
A narrow ladder disappearing below ground between several rocks seems unassuming – but it’s what lies beneath where adventure begins. Hell Holes Nature Trails, Caves and Ravines let visitors explore more than seven metres underground, into the Devil’s Horsestable Cave. As if that name wasn’t cool enough, there are also opportunities to explore a cavern along the trail and experience walking along a natural stone bridge that takes visitors through a gorge with overhanging ledges, grottos, sinkholes and more. It all showcases rock formations that were created during the glacial period as well as a rare rainforest-like area that is home to diverse plants. Be sure to bring your flashlight to venture underground into another world!
2. View The Most Enchanting Spot For Stargazing
Starring towards the sky may seem ordinary, but this is anything but. Night sky viewing in the region brings escaping the city to a new level. Experience stargazing at the Lennox-Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area, an awe-inspiring place where blankets of stars seem at your fingertips. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and your sense of wonder – no special equipment is needed here although you might want binoculars and your camera, of course. The area is well known in astronomy circles, as the most southerly dark sky viewing area in Ontario, for providing an unobstructed view of the sky with no artificial light sources.
3. Nature’s Thirst Quenchers
History is brewing in Lennox & Addington! Local vineyards and breweries share taste and tradition in an area that has been known for its agriculture for centuries. The MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company does exactly that – using hops, wheat and barley grown on the family farm near Bath, Ontario that has more than 200 years of farming heritage under its belt. A renovated chicken coop provides a unique site for a retail store – or pre-book a guided tour and tasting! Be sure to stop by Hard Way Cider, where hard work and innovation is reflected in every cider they produce.
The Napanee Beer Company is another must-taste in the Lennox & Addington area. Stop by this trendy microbrewery to sample award-winning craft beer and chat with brewmaster, Geordan Saunders. Which will be your new favourite – Complicated, Sour Cherry Black Belgian Ale; Mayday, Belgian Pale Ale; Blacklist, German Black Lager; or, Deadline, their Premium Lager?
Bergeron Estate Winery on the Loyalist Parkway is another stop to enjoy award-winning wines that use its own grapes and locally-sourced apples for its wines and cider. Bring your appetite to Bergeron because Nonna’s Pizzeria on site is beyond delicious with crusts made from scratch and local-ingredient toppings.
4. Cycle the County
Ride into summer and experience nature by pedal power in Lennox & Addington! The L&A County Trails have 12 looping cycling routes with 600 km of paved roadway. Ideal for road cyclists, the trails amble north from Lake Ontario revealing charming countryside, unique history and nature at its best. The icing on the cake is that the County of Lennox & Addington will even create free custom itineraries for cycling visitors who are keen to stay, sightsee and cycle. Discover laid-back beauty while riding routes through communities in the heart of South Eastern Ontario; the planning is done for you – just enjoy the ride!
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5. History Revealed
Witness a window into Lennox & Addington’s past, by exploring items found here from prehistoric times to the first tire produced at the Goodyear plant in 1990 and beyond. The Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives is home to incredible collections from the Lennox and Addington Historical Society – its artifact inventory tops 10,000 items! The rich local history in unveiled through furniture, textiles, clothing and toys, ceramics, household collectables and more. Check in here for special events that welcome children for crafting and adults for workshops.
6. Summer Splendor At SpindleTree Gardens
Get immersed in nature and marvel at the spectacular SpindleTree Gardens just south of Tamworth in Lennox & Addington. Wander through this 20-acre peaceful haven in an English park setting along well-kept paths. With thousands of spring bulbs, perennial walks, rose gardens and even an enchanting arched iron bridge the gardens provide a serene escape from May to October.
7. Get Your Paddle On
Dip your paddle and be awestruck by the unique natural elements on the water in Lennox & Addington. Spend summer on the water with nine paddle routes featuring some of the incredible rivers and lakes that are begging to be explored. With dozens of lakes and rivers in Lennox & Addington, there are also more than 30 boat launch locations where you can hit the water and paddle for hours along the rich shoreline.
Try your hand at agriculture at the most adorable island farm you can find in SEO. There are plenty of workshops to attend including dyeing yarn, planting for bees and butterflies, and shearing. If you are an animal lover, you only need one reason to go – lots and lots of sheep and goats! Sponsor your very own for $75 and make it a habit to go for visits to this calm and serene landscape.
Stay in a Mongolian Yurt! What is a yurt, you ask? It is a round tent covered with skins or felts that is the perfect space to unplug and unwind! Nicely tucked into the Topsy Farm landscape, you can enjoy up to 4 people for a private stay in this rustic and comfy sphere. Enjoy the outdoor lifestyle with an outdoor shower, private fire pit and the simple farm life.
Whether you are an avid hiker, or just someone who wants to get some fresh air, the Sheffield Conservation Area is the perfect place to challenge yourself this Spring. With 4.5 kilometers of trail that offers easy to difficult terrain depending on the hikers needs, you can bring those old and young to enjoy. What’s more – the wildlife around this area is amazing, so keep an eye out for some amazing animals including beaver, skunk and muskrat.
You and yours deserve to be pampered, and there isn’t anything that says “pamper me” like a visit to a spa! Check out A Touch of Wellness Spa in Napanee, where every appointment is the full experience, you can enjoy a number of exceptional treatments from skincare to nails and esthetics, while taking in the calming smell of essential oils and nibbling on cheese and sipping on wine.