We're planning a big Ontario Shield road trip this week, in honour of Father's Day. Dad's been gone a long time, but we plan to take my Mom north for a nice nostalgic, WEEKDAY day-trip with some cheesy and/or quaint, touristy stops along the way.
It's been almost 15 years since I sold my Gull Lake cottage so I may be a little out-of-date, and I'm looking for recommendations for interesting scenic drives, chip trucks, baked goods, markets, campy attractions, touristy shopping for mom, and a chow foodie treat or two
- Mom's a chip-truck addict, but a lunch or tea by the water might be nice, too.
Our proposed route is Hwy 7. across to Hwy 35 north to Dorset, then across to Muskoka and then south, back to T.O.
On my list of features at the moment is:
- Anina's Goodwood Bakery (formerly Mrs. Wideman's)
- Lindsay, ON.
- Moore Falls & Miner's Bay
- Minden - Fruit Market & Kawartha Dairy
- Buttermilk Falls, etc.
- I remember a Trading-Post type of spot on 35 south of Dorset?
- Dorset General Store
- Scenic Drive west to Muskoka region then south to T.O.
What do you suggest?
1. Hwy 117 or Hwy 60 west?
2. Huntsville, Bracebridge or Gravenhurst? Pick one and give rec's.
3. Best bakeries, chip trucks & foodie stops?
4. Best scenic drives
5. Best touristy mom-friendly shopping?
...Any other suggestions?
Yes, I know this will be a long drive and a full day, but we are all experienced road-warriors :-)