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DISCOVER NORFOLK 2018

Every weekend from May 19 to September 30, 2018, Ride Norfolk operates the South Coast Shuttle Bus service connecting Port Dover, Simcoe, Normandale, Turkey Point, Port Rowan and Long Point. Three buses operate on three routes with transfers at Burning Kiln Winery. South Coast Shuttle 2018 fares: Adults: Day Pass $8 allows unlimited rides and stops in one day. In-town one way – $2.50; Children 5 & under free. Ride Norfolk is wheelchair accessible and can carry bicycles. Full details at www.ridenorfolk.ca

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Bus times which are highlighted on this schedule show a connection between two routes, allowing passengers to directly transfer from one bus route onto another.

u  1 BURNING KILN WINERY 1709 Front Rd., St. Williams Burning Kiln Winery is the hub of the 2018 South Coast Shuttle. All buses stop here giving riders time to enjoy the locally produced Burning Kiln VQA wines and tour this beautiful site. You can also dine on fresh, seasonal, wine-inspired menu items prepared by David’s on Tour on the patio. Enjoy award-winning VQA wines year round in the tasting bar, on the patio, or during a winery experience tour. Details at burningkilnwinery.ca

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2 TURKEY POINT u  Originally settled in 1973, Turkey Point was later named for the abundance of wild turkeys that nested there. Today, two miles of wide open sandy beach offers swimming for all ages. Fishing, hiking, water sports and golfing are all readily available for visitors in Turkey Point. The beach hamlet, which is home to few year round residents, has a variety of restaurants and businesses, as well as parks to enjoy.

u  3 NORMANDALE CENTURY INN 2326 Front Rd, Normandale Built in 1875 by John Dey Post, the Normandale Century Inn remained a general store until 1996 when current owners Hans and Brenda expanded the business to include an inn and restaurant. The licensed dining room and patio are open daily in summer. The restaurant serves delicious local country cuisine. The inn also has five rooms and include a nice continental breakfast with all bookings.


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574 Radical Rd., Port Dover 42 Shore Acres 59Park is a private RV and Trailer .on 25 acres Park that sits! Long Point of beautifully landscaped grounds with mature trees and boasts a private sandy beach on the shore of Lake Erie. They offer fully-serviced trailer sites (30 AMP) with municipal water and sewer. There are 191 seasonal sites and 23 overnight sites.

u  5 DOWNTOWN PORT DOVER Check out all the shops and restaurants in downtown Port Dover and along Walker Street. A unique shopping experience with much to see and do, Port Dover has many restaurants in all price ranges from take-out foods to fine dining with each offering its own specialty. Lighthouse Festival Theatre offers live, professional entertainment all summer long. Port Dover is complete with a Summer Festival of artisans that takes place the third weekend every August.

u  6 PIER IN PORT DOVER The Port Dover waterfront offers more summer fun. Go shopping at many one-of-akind boutiques. The sandy beach and romantic pier offer great places to watch the boats pass by and enjoy the summer weather. The safe beach provides a great place for swimmers of all ages. Port Dover is known for their world famous perch, available at the many waterfront restaurants.

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7 DAVID’S RESTAURANT u  168 New Lakeshore Road Your most easterly point on the shuttle will bring you to David’s Restaurant and Elements Day Spa immediately on the shore of Lake Erie. A great spot for a casual lunch, afternoon cocktail, wonderful dinner or an evening of entertainment in the lounge. The full service day spa on location can pamper you through a lovely afternoon. Immediately across the street The Links at Dover Coast offers pickleball and a newly construction 9 hole Links style course. David’s/ Element 519-583-0706; Links at Dover Coast 519-583-2118. 6  Discover Norfolk | 2018

8 FRISKY & GAMBLE u  138 Tisdale Rd., Port Dover Frisky Beaver | Smoke & Gamble Winery is home to great wines and great friends... with two fantastic wines under one roof. You’ll be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable hosts who will introduce you to delicious wines and the beautiful winery. Frisky Beaver -- magnificent wines you’ll be proud to share and enjoy with friends. What makes Smoke&Gamble one of Norfolk’s most exciting wines? Age... barrel aging contributes structure, body and tannin, softening the wine to form a richer, more complex flavour.

u  9 DOWNTOWN SIMCOE Downtown Simcoe offers more than 200 shops, services, restaurants and activities, all members of the Simcoe BIA. Residents and visitors will find premier and superior services in the downtown. They are all within a convenient walking distance. The beautiful Lynn River flows through extensive parks right in the heart of downtown. A great place to enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or do some shopping.


u NEW LIMBURG BREWERY 10 2353 Nixon Road, Simcoe They have transformed an old school into a microbrewery looking to bring the best Belgian style ales to Norfolk County. Stop by and enjoy ‘The Tap Room’ -- fashioned after European beer cafes with a comfortable homey feel in the tasting room. Set up like a bar they provide the full experience for enjoying Belgian beers. Stop by today for a nice cold beer in the cozy atmosphere. Information at www.newlimburg.com or call 519-426-2323.

u MyFM 98.9FM or Oldies 99.7FM MyFM is Norfolk County’s local radio station. Playing great hits along with local news and weather, you’ll stay informed and be entertained as you travel throughout Norfolk County. MyFM is Norfolk’s radio station at 98.9 FM or on Oldies 99.7 FM radio. MyFM puts community news first, and provide a three day weather forecast for Norfolk and surrounding area on the radio and on their website, norfolktoday.ca

u NORFOLK COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Delhi, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Simcoe, Waterford The Norfolk County Public Library is pleased to serve as the ticket outlet for RIDE Norfolk. Tickets can be purchased with cash or debit at all five Branches -- in Delhi, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Simcoe and Waterford. While you are at the library check out the countless collections available for loan. There are books, magazines, audio books, and lots of DVDs. With a library card you can have access to hundreds of digital online resources, WiFi and public access computers. All services are free with a valid library card. Also on the bus, check out the free lending library. Norfolk County Public Library … More Than Books!

u SUMMER FESTIVAL Downtown Port Dover Port Dover Summer Festival “Art in the Park” features quality craftspeople, artists and antique vendors along with the popular book tables. Held the third weekend of August, Powell Park offers something for all. Browse through the many displays. Along the street, Port Dover merchants hold their annual Sidewalk Sale for even more bargains.

u ONTARIO WEST INSURANCE 67 Robinson St., Simcoe Ontario West Insurance Brokers is a Family Protection Company selling all types of insurance: commercial, auto, property, cottages, rent and more. Their great customer service and affordable low rates makes them stand out from other brokers. Ontario West supports their community by participating in many local events and causes. Learn more at www.ontariowest.ca Discover Norfolk | 2018  7


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PROVINCIAL PARK 350 Erie Boulevard Located within a designated World Biosphere Reserve, Long Point Provincial Park has over 1.5 km of sandy Lake Erie beach. Excellent fishing and boating opportunities await! A great “get back to nature” spot! The “Old Park” is located at the original site of Long Point Provincial Park and founded in 1921. The Old Park, also known as Cottonwood campground, offers 81 camp sites and beach access and is at the west end stop for the South Coast Shuttle.

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12 u UDDERLEE KOOL 134 Erie Blvd., Long Point Ice cream, fast food, arcade, variety store right in Long Point. A summer tradition that families return to every year. Udderlee Kool is famous for the ‘sample scoop’ -- when you purchase an ice-cream you are given a sample scoop of another flavour for free! When you’re in Long Point, make a point of stopping at Udderlee Kool and trying for yourself their selection of summer treats.

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Stop and enjoy a coffee or meal and you will soon discover the unique vibe that is Port Rowan. With plenty of unique and interesting shops, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along Bay Street. Walk along the waterfront and look out towards Long Point. Friendly Port Rowan is rich with history and is always worth a visit. The community holds the popular Bayfest each year on the Labour Day weekend.


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PORT DOVER LIFT BRIDGE The lift bridge over the Lynn River is bridge number five in about 150 years. The spans are raised by an operator on the hour and half hour for pleasure boats and on demand for commercial boats.

PORT DOVER HARBOUR MUSEUM 44 Harbour St., Port Dover Commercial fishing, tall ships, rum-runners and Lake Erie shipwrecks. Part of the museum is an original fisherman’s net shanty. Galleries present exhibits on the days of commercial sail as well as Lake Erie shipwrecks including The Atlantic, ship building, rum running, and other aspects of lakeside life. The 1932 fish tug Almidart can be seen outside the museum along with the new engine display.

The intersection of Walker and Main Streets marks Port Dover waterfront area. Although busy all year, it attracts crowds of visitors during the summer months. Within the area is the popular sandy beach. It also is the centre for commercial fishing, maritime services and pleasure boaters. Walker Street is one of two main shopping streets in Port Dover. Along with Main Street, you’ll find great shopping and eating along Port Dover’s Walker Street which is only a few blocks long and ends right at the beach.

BRANT HILL INN 30 John Street Just above the lift bridge, the Brant Hill Inn is a modern inn with large, comfortable rooms with individual heating and a/c, in-room coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, fridges and microwaves. Near shopping, beach and marina. Discover Norfolk | 2018  11

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PORT DOVER CLOCK TOWER

PORT DOVER MARINA Passmore Ave. Located east of the pier, Port Dover Harbour Marina is a hive of activity from May to October. Offering over 450 seasonal dockage slips and transient slips, electricity, showers and gas dock, boaters are able to enjoy beautiful Long Point Bay and Lake Erie.

246 Main St. Built in 1902, the clock tower is the most distinguishing feature of the Main Street building which houses Lighthouse Festival Theatre. The clock chimes at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

THE ARBOR 101 Main St., Port Dover

THE WATERFRONT Lake Erie’s Long Point Bay provides a beautiful backdrop for Port Dover. Generation after generation has been drawn back to the sand and surf each year. Accommodations are located close enough that the waves can be heard rolling in on the beach. The beach area shops and restaurants are sure to please every visitor.

DOWNTOWN PORT DOVER

The shops of downtown Port Dover offer a wide range of stores and restaurants that can fill your needs. Walk and explore the unique stores and boutiques offering one-ofa-kind shopping experiences. Enjoy dining at one of the many restaurants or enjoy a picnic in the shade of Powell Park.

The Arbor is a Port Dover tradition. Footlong Ritz Red Hots dressed with assorted relishes, fresh cut French fries, Golden Glow drinks and ice cream attract thousands of visitors for a quick and tasty meal.

POWELL PARK Downtown Port Dover Powell Park is a shady place to rest, have a picnic or meet up with friends before visiting stores and restaurants. The park has two stone cairns to commemorate the visit of Sir Isaac Brock during the War of 1812-14 and a memorial to local fallen military people.

On your real estate journey, we will be there "Guiding You Home" Office: 519-426-4197

Keith and Melissa Mummery Sales Representatives Cell: (K) 519-718-0878 (M) 519-718-2628

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PORT DOVER LIGHTHOUSE

On the West Pier The lighthouse on the west pier is a recognized Heritage Building now owned by Norfolk County. The lighthouse is one of the oldest examples in Ontario of the square wooden lighthouse buildings from preConfederation. A walk along the pier to the lighthouse is a ‘must do’ while in Port Dover. The lighthouse is Port Dover’s most photographed building.

LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL THEATRE Main Street, Port Dover “There’s nothing quite like jumping in your car and heading off to a small town to enjoy some professional summer theatre!” says Lighthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Derek Ritschel. One of Ontario’s most successful professional summer theatres, this year between May and September Lighthouse presents The Birds & the Bees, Screwball Comedy, Stage Fright, Fair & Square, Educating Rita, and Dean & Jerry What Might Have Been. This year the theatre has a grand new entrance off Main Street and new theatre seating. For tickets visit the box office or www.lighthousetheatre.com

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KNECHTELS

FISHERMAN’S CATCH

Walker Street Knechtel’s on the Beach caters to just about everybody. The menu offers a wide selection and features the famous deep fried perch and salad bar. Outside, orders are taken for a quick meal... all just steps from the beach.

Walker Street Fisherman’s Catch is a family style restaurant located just down the street from the beach in Port Dover. A good spot for groups and families.

BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT 2 Walker St., Port Dover The Beach House Restaurant offers an appetizing and complete menu with cool beverages and a beautiful panoramic view of Lake Erie right at the beach and beside real palm trees. The patio is very popular.

CROSS OF 1669 EXPLORERS Brown St., Port Dover The granite cross on its lofty site overlooks the bascule bridge. Unveiled in 1922, its bronze plaques tell the story of two Jesuits, Dollier and Galinee with seven voyageurs, who set out from Quebec on an attempt to find the Mississippi River. The first Europeans to visit this area claimed the land for King Louis XIV of France. The group wintered along the creek. A cairn and small park on DonJon Blvd marks their wintering site.

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[NEW HOME COMMUNITIES]

FLATS AT BLACK CREEK Where style and nature unite

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COMFORT-INSPIRED QUALITY This newest development is cradled on 21 acres of oldgrowth Carolinian forest. The river is outside your back door, and provides access to the crystal clear waters of Lake Erie. Imagine quiet paddles through tranquil waters – there really isn’t a better way to unwind and enjoy the incredible beauty of the Black Creek Valley. The exterior facades of the Flats at Black Creek are intended to blend in with the beauty of the surroundings, while the inside spaces offer up all the modern conveniences in well-designed, energy efficient layouts. The homes at the Flats at Black Creek combine insulation techniques that far exceed the Ontario Building Code standards, and help to improve the comfort and efficiency during heating and cooling periods. Upgrades include spray foam-insulated basement floors, continuous air barriers, R-60 ceilings and more. ONTARIO'S PLAYGROUND There's plenty of time to enjoy all that this area has to offer, as lawn maintenance and snow removal are included in the low monthly fees. Future planning includes a docking facility on the river, so that residents of the Flats at Black Creek can dock their boat right in the own backyard. 16  A C TNorfolk I V E L I |F2018 E M AY / J U N E 56 Discover

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Port Dover is located in Norfolk County, which is often referred to as Ontario’s Garden due to it’s rich soil. Some of the province's best produce is grown here. A budding winery business is attracting new attention, and is being recognized for their wide range of products. Residents and visitors come from all over to check out the farmers’ markets held in Simcoe and Port Dover. Perched on the tranquil shores of Lake Erie, the town of Port Dover is one of the true gems of Southern Ontario. It’s located on the north shore of Long Pont Bay, which was named as one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in 1986. Port Dover has just the right blend of small-town relaxation and big-city bustle. The Lighthouse Festival Theatre draws thousands of attendees to a wide variety of plays and musical performances throughout the year. And when Friday falls on the 13th of the month, a wave of fun descends on the area when motorcycle enthusiasts converge on the town, along with street bands and vendors. Port Dover’s July 1st parade is one of the oldest, and biggest, in Canada. Events include the Calithumpian parade, the boat parade and the Tatoo marching band. Black Creek Developments is committed to building extraordinary houses. Combined with inspiring designs and an unwavering dedication to quality, they work closely with their clients to ensure that all the details that go into making a house a home are included. n

CONTACT INFORMATION The Sales Centre is located at 55 Blue Nose Drive in Port Dover. 519.583.9009 myhomepage.ca/activelife


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THE FLATS AT BLACK CREEK

STONEY’S HOME HARDWARE 322 Main St., Port Dover People often say “if you can’t get it at Stoney’s Hardware you don’t need it!” and “browsing at Stoney’s is really fun.” The store offers items for the home and garden, sporting goods, paint department … big stuff and small stuff is all there. Stoney’s has been serving the community for over 60 years. The helpful staff can assist with all needs.

BIKE RENTALS North Shore Athletics, Main & Chapman, Port Dover Explore Norfolk County by bike with bike rentals available 7 days/week. Bicycles are professionally maintained and fitted to you and your riding style. Rates are $30 for 4 hours, $50 for 8 hours or $75 for 24 hours. Free local delivery is available and reservations are encouraged by calling 519-583-3100

HOUSING IN NORFOLK If you’ve discovered Norfolk and now want to live here, you will find that living in Norfolk is special. Whether you’ve lived here for many years or are just considering a relocation, there are many communities throughout Norfolk and each has its own charms.

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53 Blue Nose Drive, Port Dover The Flats at Black Creek are nestled on 21 acres overlooking Black Creek. This 39 unit freehold project offers eight modern craftsman style models. All are built with luxurious appointments and large covered porches to ensure full enjoyment both inside and out. Unique designs offer energy efficient living and meet the needs and desires of today’s families. With a variety of properties that offer walk out basements along with wooded privacy, you are steps from the river and all its natural beauty. The property is complimented by 14 acres of walking trails through Carolinian Forests right at your doorstep. More information www.theflatsatblackcreek.com

RE/MAX ERIE SHORES 227 Main St., Port Dover To find out more about houses in the area contact one of the professionals at Re/Max Erie Shores Realty Inc. Their office at 227 Main Street in Port Dover, 519-583-3555 has listings for homes in Port Dover as well as Delhi, Waterford, Turkey Point, Port Rowan and elsewhere throughout the area. The professionals at Re/Max Erie Shores can give current information on homes, farms, cottages, commercial, industrial and investment properties.


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DISCOVER PORT DOVER

VAN LONDERSELE REAL ESTATE

Keith and Melissa Mummery represent Van Londersele Real Estate Brokerage. They are based in Port Dover and say “if you need to know something about Port Dover or anywhere in Norfolk, give us a call and we would be happy to chat about it with you.”

ERIE BEACH HOTEL 19 Walker Street, Port Dover

WILLIE’S

6 St. George Street, Port Dover The popular Willie Burger features a quarterpound charbroiled beef burger topped with peameal bacon, cheese, Famous Willie’s Homemade BBQ Sauce and condiments of your choice. Other Willie’s favourites include chicken-on-a-bun, homestyle BBQ chicken and ribs and Lake Erie yellow perch. Willie’s has an outdoor patio and indoor seating. For many people a stroll on the pier includes a stop at Willie’s for an ice-cream cone.

BURNING OF DOVER - WAR OF 1812 Main at Prospect Street

Stop in at the popular Erie Beach Hotel -- a Port Dover tradition -- for great food and hospitality from the Schneider family. Enjoy the delicious fresh Lake Erie perch and pickerel dishes, their famous celery bread and salads or any of the items on the menu. Stop in at The Cove Room or upstairs at the Terrace Room for casual family dining. In an exciting new development, construction started this spring on a rooftop patio scheduled to open this summer with some of the best views across Port Dover’s waterfront area. This summer, enjoy a meal or a drink from the rooftop of the Erie Beach Hotel.

On May 14, 1814, about 800 American regulars and militia disembarked at the mouth of the Lynn River. The following day, meeting no opposition, they burnt the settlement of Dover and ravaged the surrounding countryside. Private dwellings were destroyed and livestock slaughtered. Local folklore says one house was spared that fed the soldiers.

LYNN VALLEY TRAIL Port Dover to Simcoe

The Lynn Valley Trail goes from Port Dover to Simcoe. This May marked the 25th anniversary of the Trail located on a former CNR rail line. Before the CNR, the Lake Huron and Port Dover Railway followed a pioneer river trail. The rail line was abandoned in 1988 and purchased as a potential utilities corridor in 1991. The Lynn Valley Trail Association was formed to promote hiking and cycling. In May 1993, Lynn Valley Trail was officially opened. The trail is owned by Norfolk County. 20  Discover Norfolk | 2018


DISCOVER... SIMCOE built, and Simcoe was made the seat of the new Talbot District in 1837. Shown at left is the present Norfolk County Administration Building in downtown Simcoe.

NORFOLK CARILLON TOWER

SIMCOE HISTORY

Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe’s visit in 1795 led to a grant to Aaron Culver. By 1812 a hamlet had formed. In 1819-23 Culver laid out a village which he named “Simcoe” and a post office opened in 1829. Streets were surveyed in 1835-36, a court-house and gaol

Norfolk St. North The Carillon Tower is Norfolk’s war memorial and offers concerts during the summer. Located in Simcoe’s beautiful downtown park system along the Lynn River, the carillon was dedicated in 1925. The stone tower is 60 feet high and contains 23 bells from 1,568 lbs. to 60 lbs. The total bells’ weight is 8,561 pounds.

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NORFOLK COUNTY FAIR & HORSE SHOW

JENSEN CHEESE

37 Evergreen Hill Road, Simcoe Jensen Cheese is an award winning cheddar cheese manufacturer with its head office and storage facility located in Simcoe and its factory located in Wilton, Ontario. The third generation family run business specializes in artisan crafted fine cheddar that is aged in underground storages. Cheddar is held up to five years, and sometimes longer. The no nonsense approach to manufacturing laid out by patriarch and master cheese maker Arne Jensen in 1925 carries on to today. Jensen Cheese manufactures a variety of cheese that includes Colby, marble, specialty Brick, Cheddar and have recently introduced a three year aged smoked cheddar.

South Drive, Simcoe Make plans to visit the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show from October 2nd to 8th. In its 178th year and one of the largest fairs in Ontario, Norfolk County Fair features agricultural displays, craft exhibits, food vendors, art shows, talent competitions, midway rides, and celebrity chefs. Each year, star performers entertain at the grandstand. You will see horses and ponies, sheep, cattle, poultry and much more. Norfolk County Fair in Simcoe is ranked among the province’s top events to visit.

THE BARREL PIZZA & PASTA

131 Queensway W, Simcoe Celebrate the flavour of Old Italy at The Barrel restaurant in Simcoe, open daily for dine-in, take-out, patio, delivery and catering services. People leave comments like “the food was so tasty and fresh. Loved the variety of the menu :) it was hard to choose what dish to enjoy. Thanks for a great experience and service!” The menu is familiar, yet unexpected. Timeless flavours that get better every time.

SHOPPING IN SIMCOE The park system is filled with lights for the annual Christmas Panorama. In the summer, enjoy the paths and vistas.

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Simcoe Little Theatre at 33 Talbot St. is a community-based organization of volunteers creating a quality theatre experience.

Downtown Simcoe offers a wide range of retail stores and services with unique and interesting shops. As well, a large number of restaurants can be found throughout Simcoe. The Queensway (Hwy. 3) in Simcoe offers shoppers many of the national brand stores and restaurants.


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DISCOVER VITTORIA & NORMANDALE

THE GOOD BREAD COMPANY

VITTORIA: THE DISTRICT CAPITAL 1815-1825 Lamport Street In 1800 the London District was formed and justices of the peace with administrative and judicial powers were appointed. In 1815 the courts, then held at Charlotteville (Turkey Point) were moved to Tisdale’s Mills (Vittoria). Here a committee consisting of John Backhouse, Thomas Talbot and Robert Nichol was named to supervise the construction of a court-house and jail. This building was used both by the courts and for occasional religious services until destroyed by fire in 1825. In the following year the district capital was moved to London. The tranquil village of Vittoria has a long heritage. In the early 1800s it was an important settlement and the hub of the Long Point Settlement. Visit the 19th century Vittoria Town Hall. Christ Anglican Church’s cornerstone was laid in 1844 and cleverly built of Norfolk County pine to resemble stone. Former Vittoria Baptist Church dates to 1803 and St. Andrew’s United Church dates to 1818.

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1550 Old Brock Street, Vittoria The Good Bread Company is an artisan bakery specializing in quality breads with attention to flours, grains and other ingredients. Always freshly baked, owner Rick Posavad offers breads from the popular buttermilk sandwich loaf and raisin walnut to various rye breads, sourdoughs and ancient grain loaves.


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CIDER KEG FARM MARKET

1231 Highway 24 South, Vittoria The Cider Keg has a farm market retail store for produce from its hundreds of acres of farmland. There are six sparkling cider choices, farm produce, gourmet foods that include cheeses and maple products, gift shop, smiles and fresh country air! Tours by appointment.

WAGON WHEEL PRODUCE & CORN MAZE

1371 Charlotteville Road 7, Simcoe Wagon Wheel Produce & Corn Maze is a great place to stop. The pick-your-own garden lets you walk through and pick your own fresh vegetables in season. Fill a basket or pick just a few things. Also, get your canned goods. Everything is made with ingredients

grown on the farm. Wagon Wheel Produce also offers a variety of activities for a day of fun for ages. Come and challenge our 12 acre Corn Maze which hosts a new pattern every year. Try your skills on our full size sling shot or navigate through mini mazes, stop and feed the animals or simply find a seat in our shade shelters and relax in the fresh country air.

KERNAL PEANUTS

393 Fisher’s Glen Road, Vittoria Kernal Peanuts Ltd. is the largest peanut grower in Canada. About a half mile south of Vittoria is the farm with a peanut manufacturing, wholesale and retail operation. The store, located in a vine-covered outbuilding, is a nut lover’s paradise, selling salted and unsalted nuts and flavoured nuts--garlic, barbecue, sour cream, onion, mild and hot cajun. Peanut butter, peanut brittle and fudge are just a few of the other delectable delights and worth a stop.

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DISCOVER... PORT ROWAN & LONG POINT CANADA’S FIRST FORESTRY STATION 885 Highway #24

MILES OF SANDY BEACHES

There are miles of sandy beaches in Norfolk County from Port Dover to Turkey Point to Long Point. Take time to discover them along with the communities and businesses nearby. Shown above is Long Point beach.

Our pioneer forefathers were faced with deeply forested bush land when they arrived in this area. By law they had to clear their free land and farm it. The sandy topsoil of this region blew away in the wind without plant or forest cover. Within 50 years, parts of Norfolk County were desert. Under the leadership of Frank Newman, the St. Williams Forestry Station became the model reforestation and tree seedling production site in the province. It became a showcase and teaching facility as well as a 4,000 acre demonstration forest. Today, a private company leases the land that was once Canada’s First Forestry Station but you can still visit and see the history of the site at 885 Hwy. 24 South.

BACKUS MILL 1267 Second Concession Rd., Port Rowan Step back in time to the pioneer past at Backus Heritage Village. Step inside the 1798 Backhouse Mill National Historic Site and see how stone ground flour was produced more than 200 years ago. It’s a short walk over the bridge to the rest of the Heritage Village including a rare octagonal school house and a country church. The Backus family homestead, garage and playhouse are original buildings to the site. The Education Centre at Backus is also worth a visit.

Visit Us

Canada’s First Forestry Station 885 Hwy. 24 S.

Sawmills of Yesteryear Exhibit www.canadasfirstforestry.org

Victoria Weekend to Labour Day 10:30 am to 4:30 pm except Tuesdays

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DISCOVER PORT ROWAN & LONG POINT

DOERKSEN COUNTRY STORE 1086 Bay Street, Port Rowan Doerksen’s Country Store has been a fixture in Port Rowan for 41 years. A little bit country and a little bit urban, the store has everything for the backyard farmer and the small town enthusiast. Stop in for our line of home and gardening supplies, bird feeders, baths and food plus animal feeds, hardware and interesting and useful odds & ends!

LONG POINT ECO ADVENTURES 1730 Front Rd., St. Williams Forget the hotels and experience luxury glamping accommodations in the heart of the wilderness! Unique to the Long Point area, it’s an unforgettable stay in Norfolk County.

During your stay also try ziplining during the day and at night. Renowned for dark skies free from light pollution, Long Point provides optimum conditions for astronomical viewing. The possibilities are endless at Long Point Eco-Adventures. Come for an afternoon of outdoor adventure, or stay longer and enjoy the best of the outdoors with many of the comforts and amenities you’re used to at home. At Burning Kiln Winery you can enjoy fresh local foods paired with award-winning wines! To learn more about Long Point EcoAdventures, visit lpfun.ca and burningkilnwinery.ca

ST. WILLIAMS

St. Williams is a pleasant community along the South Coast with a popular Community Centre that has entertainment and events throughout the year. There are several shops in St. Williams to explore. Along the waterfront, marinas welcome boaters and visitors to stop and enjoy.

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LONG POINT

BIRD STUDIES CANADA 115 Front Road, Port Rowan Bird Studies Canada is Canada’s leading charitable organization dedicated to bird science and conservation. Its headquarters and National Research Centre is located in Port Rowan. Bird Studies Canada’s educational programs combine research, Citizen Science, mentoring, school programs, public events and workshops to provide engaging experiences that foster awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of birds and nature. Its proximity to Long Point, a major bird flight-path, and World Biosphere Reserve, makes Port Rowan a popular destination for bird-watchers.

TURKEY POINT HISTORY As early as 1798, Lieutenant Governor Simcoe planned to fortify Turkey Point. By 1813 nothing had yet been done, and following Procter’s retreat from Amherstburg the British decided to construct a navy yard and covering fort here. Difficulties in supplying the post, together with what was considered the unsuitability of the location led to abandonment of the project after only a blockhouse and part of a palisade had been built. Today, Turkey Point is a popular destination in the summer for boaters, campers, cottagers, beach-goers and daytrippers. Everyone enjoys a day at Turkey Point.

Long Point is about 40 kilometres long and a kilometre across at its widest point. Lake Erie lies to the south and Long Point Bay lies on the north side. Most of Long Point remains in its natural state and is noted worldwide as a place of ecological importance. Long Point has large tracts of Carolinian forests and is home to many unique plants and animals. Hundreds of thousands of migrating birds pass through Long Point each fall and spring, and many bird species nest on the point. With large provincial campgrounds and a beautiful beach, Long Point is a perfect destination for any summer visitor.

POTTAHAWK PARTY What has become ‘Canada’s biggest boat party’ takes place every year on the second Sunday of July when over 2,000 boats and some 10,000 people head to Pottahawk Point -- located in an isolated spot of Long Point Bay. The event can be described as a day long “mardi-gras” style party on the water. It is free to attend and has no formal organization. It’s all about enjoying the summer, boating, getting wet and living life to the fullest! But do so responsibly... the OPP, Canada Coast Guard and other authorities patrol on the water and on land.

SPOOKY HOLLOW Spooky Hollow Road Turning off Highway 24 towards Normandale, the scenery changes from pleasant farms to a dramatic kilometre stretch winding through forest where the road dips and turns. There are several local legends about Spooky Hollow that involve mysterious deaths. Still, it is an enchanting drive on a summer day.

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DISCOVER WATERFORD

WATERFORD HISTORY Settlement of Townsend Township began in 1794 and within six years Paul Averill was operating saw and grist-mills on Nanticoke Creek. The community was called Waterford when a post-office opened around 1826. Located in a rich agricultural and lumbering region, the opening of a Canada Southern Railway station in 1871 facilitated its growth and the village was incorporated in 1878. Today, Waterford is home to tree-lined streets, stately heritage homes, welcoming shops, restaurants and businesses. The Spruce Row Museum provides exhibits highlighting the agricultural heritage. Waterford Lakes are popular for swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking. The Waterford Deer Park is also a popular spot for families. There are events throughout the year.

MMMAPLE SHOP 235 Villa Nova Road, Waterford

WATERFORD OLD TOWN HALL 76 Main St. South, Waterford The Old Town Hall has been in the centre of Waterford since 1902. It is an integral part of the community’s heritage and identity. The historic building is used for concerts, art exhibitions, acting classes, day camps, yoga and many other activities. As was reported when the building opened “the second floor consists of one large hall and is entered from a spacious stairway of three landings starting near the main entrance. At the back of the hall the seats are raised.”

The Mmmaple Shop is unique -- offering an eclectic blend of maple products and local artisanal giftware, including arts, jewellery, pottery, woodworks and more. Of course, there are lots of maple products of every kind. Something for everyone to enjoy including a miniature village.

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DISCOVER THE AREA

TILLSONBURG FLYING SCHOOL 244411 Airport Rd., Tillsonburg Take a one hour flight over the Long Point ecosystem from Tillsonburg to Port Rowan and out over Long Point Inner Bay, then back along the shore of Lake Erie over the Lake Erie Wind Farm to Port Burwell around the sub over to Aylmer then returning back to Tillsonburg. This flight is a one hour long adventure that will be remembered for years.

WINERIES IN NORFOLK History says that wine was first made in this area in the late 1600s when French missionaries visited. Today, a growing number of wineries are open to the public for tastings, tours and exciting events. Plan a tour and discover the local wineries’ distinctive wines, wander the vineyards and indulge in the splendor of fine food and wine pairings. For more details, visit www.ontariosouthcoastwine.com

DISCOVER NORFOLK Discover Norfolk magazine is published by Port Dover Maple Leaf Limited, 351 Main St, Port Dover N0A 1N0; 519-583-0112; info@portdovermapleleaf.com. Compensation has been received for some listings in this book. Many photos in this magazine, including the cover photos, are courtesy of Earl Hartlen... www.earlhartlen.com

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NORFOLK IS ONTARIO’S GARDEN

Norfolk County is “Ontario’s Garden.” This area is the leading grower of many crops. According to statistics, Norfolk is the #1 growing region in Ontario or Canada for… Peanuts, Sweet Potatoes, Ginseng, Asparagus, Blueberries, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Peppers, Pumpkins, Squash & Zucchini, Rye, Sour Cherries, Strawberries, Sweet Corn and the #2 growing region for Apples and Raspberries. In season, residents and visitors can enjoy these products fresh from the farm at market stands throughout Norfolk or at Farmers’ Markets. Restaurants also have Norfolk grown products on their menus.


Discover Norfolk 2018  

Your guide to exploring Norfolk County, Ontario. Visit the shops, see the sights, savour the flavours, dip your toes in the water. A perfect...

Discover Norfolk 2018  

Your guide to exploring Norfolk County, Ontario. Visit the shops, see the sights, savour the flavours, dip your toes in the water. A perfect...

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