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Campbellford | Ontario

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Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge

Open year-round, the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge in Campbellford is part of the “The Great Trail” and is the longest recreational trail in the world.

The structure spans about 91 metres across the high-banked walls of the Ranney Gorge. At the west entrance to the bridge, you’ll be greeted with interpretive signage showing how it was built in 2003. From here, you can look down 9 metres through the open metalwork of the bridge to the Trent River below and Ranney Falls to the north.

Look closely at the river’s edge in the summer months as there are sure to be turtles basking in the sun. For those who love turtles, “Turtle Day” at the nearby park in July is a good time for a visit.

On the east side of the bridge is Ferris Provincial Park. The Ranney Falls Trail offers an easy and shaded hike at the river’s edge, southbound to a picturesque boat launch where you can rent kayaks (pay at Ferris gate entrance open May-Oct), get your feet wet and picnic.

If you head north from the suspension bridge on that same trail, the hike is a little more challenging with some stone outcroppings and an elevated view of the river. You can walk down some rocks to a scenic lookout at the river’s edge and the top of the falls.

Another entry point (no fee) to access the bridge from the north is at 199 Saskatoon Avenue, Campbellford. There’s limited parking at this dead-end street, but this entry to Ferris Park has a lovely forested and tranquil 1km trail that leads you to the suspension bridge.

Photo: Robert Taylor from Stirling, ON, CC-BY-2.0

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Westben

From June to August

For 22 years, Westben has been about bringing people together through music, experiencing it in a natural setting. Westben is where the best of music and where nature springs to life.

The custom-built 400-seat timber-frame Barn in Northumberland County is the main summer venue, and from June to August, the walls and doors roll away, allowing music to waft over the surrounding meadow. The Barn combines state-of-the-art acoustics with a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. Westben presents a season of wide-ranging musical fare from Bach to Broadway, opera, choral, jazz, folk and world music.

In 2018 Westben began to focus on changing from a 6-week summer festival to a year-round Centre of Connection and Creativity through Music. Westben’s Digital programs include concerts, podcasts, musical moments and more, available on their official YouTube channel.

Photo: facebook.com/westbenconcerts

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Canada’s Giant Toonie

The two-dollar coin – or Toonie – is located in Old Mill Park with a majestic view of Trent River. The Toonie was built in 2001 to recognize Campbellford artist Brent Townsend who created the polar bear image used on the Two Dollar Coin.

The $2 Coin stands 8.2 metres high and 5.5 metres in diameter.

The most famous bear in Canada, stamped on toonies, has a name. After adding up 166,635 ballots cast during the Royal Canadian Mint’s “Name Our Polar Bear” contest, the winning moniker, with 34% of the vote, is Churchill.

Visit the monument, and admire the details of the Toonie on a much larger scale.

Photo: Kazuha1029, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Church-Key Brewing Company

Church-Key Brewing is situated in a unique setting. It transformed an old church into a local craft brewery.

Beers are mainly ambers or beers with an earthy tone. They brew their beer here in the church and provide a great outdoor spot for people to enjoy beer. Outdoors offer a fire pit to keep people toasty. Flights are highly recommended to be able to try all the beers, but beers can be purchased individually as well. A small store also sells beer, glasses, and some apparel. Purchases can also be made online, and for those in the area, the brewery offers free local delivery when you order online.

At Church-Key Brewing, the company takes pride in producing authentic ales while supporting the local communities. The owners are amiable, the staff is accommodating, and samples are occasionally offered to visitors. It is the go-to spot for those looking to support a local brewery.

Photo: facebook.com/churchkeybrewing

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Aron Theatre Co-op

“The Aron” first opened as a purpose-built cinema on November 15, 1947. Over the decades, people have enjoyed films, concerts and other social events at the theatre.

On June 30, 2010, the Aron Theatre Co-operative was incorporated, and a year later, it purchased the business. The building is very dated but provides a fantastic small-town movie theatre feel.

Enjoy state-of-the-art digital cinema in a charming, refurbished, small-town movie theatre with freshly popped popcorn and your favourite goodies right at hand. Volunteers operate the theatre as a community co-operative with current, first-run movies and special performances such as the TIFF series and events that feature a variety of local performers.

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Hastings Pisces Park

Located in the neighbouring town of Hastings, Hastings Pisces Park is about 14 minutes away from Campbellford and is an exciting place to visit to admire the views of Pisces Pete.

Pisces Pete is a giant fish sculpture representing the significance of fishing in Hastings. Pisces Pete is a Walleye that measures 12 feet long and stands 12 feet tall, crafted in stainless steel.

The designer, Canadian artist Bill Lishman, chose the species as it represents the most popular for local fishers and is considered by many to be the best game fish in Ontario. The name “Pisces Pete” was chosen through community submissions.

Photo: facebook.com/HastingsPiscesPark

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World’s Finest Chocolate Outlet

If you love chocolate, then this is the place for you. Grown-ups become kids after entering the site.

Since 1999, this outlet store has been a must-visit destination. The store is elegant and tidy, with beautiful displays to gawk at. The store offers a delicious selection of premium, factory seconds and bulk chocolate.

They accept both debit and credit while also offering touchless payment. The store also offers its products online that can be shipped Canada-wide. Parking is limited as the store is usually quite busy, so it is best to top go as early as possible. If you have a sweet tooth, you must visit.

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Sideways Bar and Grill

Sideways Bar and Grill is located in Downtown Campbellford. This excellent restaurant offers a great variety of delicious food that appeals to all palates.

On the menu, you will find classic bar favourites, some Greek specialty items, pasta and more. The restaurants had excellent customer service and atmosphere and good food prepared with the utmost care and ingredients.

For a delicious meal and a chance to mingle with locals at the weekly events, stop by this gem! Selections include Saganaki Opa (pan-seared Greek cheese flambeed at your table), chicken wings offered with a variety of flavours to choose from, salads, soup, dips with pita bread, specialty fries and poutine, gyros, souvlaki, steaks, pasta and much more. For those looking for easy eating, there are also burgers and hot dogs (the Megabite Burger on a triple bun is a favourite). Platters are enormous, and fantastic daily specials and promotions exist on the restaurant’s website.

Photo: facebook.com/SidewaysBarandGrill/

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Antonia’s Bistro

Antonia’s Bistro has become the destination of choice for people who enjoy a perfect harmony of a warm ambience and food that delivers intense pleasure.

The restaurant prides itself on creating a welcoming environment for all its patrons. As you walk in, colours, smells and sounds are designed to startle the senses for a lasting memory.

The 32-seat restaurant offers both casual brunch dining and dinner service with a high level of sophistication. Chef Ravi Anandappa has gained a reputation for creating signature flavours in his dishes.

For an authentic and delicious experience, visit Antonia’s Bistro. Favourites here are the Belgian waffles, buttermilk pancakes or Texas-thick French toast (for breakfast), the Maryland crab cakes and muffaleta sandwich (for lunch) and seafood linguine and roasted lemon chicken (for dinner). Don’t forget to ask your server for dessert, as the deserts change daily.

Photo: facebook.com/Antonias-Bistro-847210162024831/

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Capers Tap House

Hidden along the Trent River, Capers Tap House has proudly served the community for over 20 years. It started as an 1890s heritage home before being renovated into a restaurant providing casual dining to locals and tourists at unbeatable prices and quality. The restaurant offers casual dining, a front outdoor patio, an indoor dining area, and an upstairs dining room great for booking private parties and events.

The restaurant prides itself on only serving quality food created from scratch using fresh, local ingredients. Favourite dishes at this restaurant include the Thai coconut basic stir fry, classic liver and onions, fried chicken sandwich, bison burger, and a delicious smoked duck breast poutine. The restaurant also offers an excellent wine list and an assortment of the region’s best selection of craft beer on tap.

Photo: facebook.com/capersrestaurant/

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Dooher’s Bakery

It opened in 1949 from a dream that the Dooher’s had to bring the best in home-baked, nutritious goods to their community. Known as one of the finest home bakeries in Southern Ontario and is one of the pillars of the community.

From donating baked goods to support local charities and fundraisers within the region to ensuring the freezers at the food bank are filled with bread and baked goods for those in need – the community is always top of mind.

Photo: doohers.com

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Ferris Provincial Park

Ferris Provincial Park is a provincial park in Northumberland County in Ontario, Canada. The park occupies an area of 1.98 km² next to the Trent River in Campbellford, Ontario.

The park has 10km of hiking and mountain biking trails and a suspension bridge over Ranney Gorge.

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Empire Cheese Factory

The first Empire Cheese Factory was built in the late 1870s on the farm of John Haig, who was the first cheesemaker. Today at Empire, our cheese is made traditionally in open-style vats, which gives the cheese and curd a better flavour.

A true mix of tradition and modern technology gives our customers the best product possible. Empire Cheese Factory offers a wide selection of gift baskets suitable for friends, relatives and that after-dinner speaker at your club.

Photo: empirecheese.ca

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