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Vankleek Hill | Ontario

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Higginson Tower

Experience a panoramic view of Vankleek Hill from the town’s highest structure – the Higginson Tower! This watchtower was initially a gristmill built in 1830 by Lieutenant Thomas Higginson to help grind wheat and corn. Then from the works of his son, William Higginson, it became Eastern Ontario’s first private observatory.

Present day, there is free admission for visitors to climb up the tower. You can learn of the local history from storyboards and workers, look at the artifacts displayed, and have a picnic on the site!

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Arbor Gallery Cultural Center

Spark your artistic side by visiting Arbor Gallery Cultural Center! A non-profit organization with the dedication to provide space for all forms of artistic expression by musicians, filmmakers, writers, and artists! This gallery supports the promotions, exhibitions, performances, and teachings of arts and cultures.

It is located in a Victorian home once the Higginson’s house was built by William Higginson in 1856. You will feel a nice, warm ambiance here.

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Vankleek Hill Museum

Explore and uncover the town’s local history at the Vankleek Hill Museum. You can also learn about the museum’s summer projects. The non-profit Vankleek Hill Historical Society operates the site.

The museum is in an 1834 general store building in the town’s shopping district. Inside, you will find a collection of artifacts dating from 1797 to the present, focusing on the 1797 to 1920 period.

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Home Town of James B. Harkin

James Bernard Harkin (‘Bunny’ Harkin) was the first commissioner of the National Parks of Canada. He established the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

James B. Harkin was a Vankleek Hill-born journalist turned bureaucrat with a passion for conserving the Canadian landscape. During his career, he oversaw the establishment of national parks, including Elk Island, Mount Revelstoke, Point Pelee, Kootenay, Wood Buffalo, Prince Albert, Riding Mountain, Georgian Bay Islands and Cape Breton Highlands.

His parks’ promotion strategy, favourable motor vehicle regulations, and improvements in accessibility notably increased tourism to Canada’s national parks from 100,000 in 1921 to 550,000 in 1928.

Harkin also founded the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 1919.

 

Read more about James B. Harkin | People of Small Towns

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Ouimet Farms Adventure

If you are in town from mid-July to October, visit the Ouimet Farms Adventure for some fun adventure time! There is much to see and play with – a giant corn maze, pumpkin patch, jumping pillows, zip lines, pedal karts, slides, games, and more.

A great family trip where you can have fun with your kids. It is also great for large groups of all ages to experience the 7-acre corn maze. When hungry, you can have a picnic and have some food and drinks from the on-site shacks.

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Beau’s All Natural Brewery

Do you like drinking beer? Come to Beau’s All Natural Brewery, where you can try locally crafted beer. The family-run business has been open since 2006, and they have won more than 100 awards for brewing, package design, and business practices.

The beers are made with high-quality ingredients, creating a variety of unique and fascinating tastes! The Beau families have the environment and local community in mind, giving customers the quality they like. The packaging is environmentally friendly, and it is important to build genuine relationships with people who drink their beer and be involved in philanthropic outreaches.

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Vankleek Hill Vineyard

For wine lovers and the ones interested in wine tasting, come to Vankleek Hill Vineyard to sip on locally made wine. Since 1860, the site has taken place in a lovely country setting with a 55-acre vineyard with about 4500 plants!

Frontenac (red) and Frontenac Gris (white) are grown, and there are a wide variety of tasty wines to sample and take home. Plus, the service is great, and a tour by the winemaker is available. Vankleek Hill Vineyard is a family-owned business that is also about bringing family and friends together.

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Garden Path Homemade Soap

Go local and all-natural for your soaps with Garden Path Homemade Soap’s products! The business started in 2009 and has an on-site garden on a 5-acre heritage farm. The soaps are free of harsh chemicals, dyes and preservatives and are made in a traditional way called the cold process method. Garden Path Homemade Soap’s collection also has a selection for customers that include lip balms, creams, candles, and more! The products are created with quality, using only natural ingredients and pure essential oils or phalate-free fragrance oils. Many of the ingredients were harvested from their wonderful herb and flower gardens.

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Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market

Vankleek Hill holds the tradition of having a farmer’s market for farmers to bring their products for urban citizens to buy. This is Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market, and it’s a space for farmers, processors, and crafters to get what they have to offer to the market.

The products are local, producer based, and of quality! You can grab produce, meat, and baked goods. The farmers market is held outdoors until the winter months. It is then moved indoors. It is also one of the few year-round markets in Ontario.

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The Broken Kettle Bakery & Barkery

Drop by The Broken Kettle Bakery & Barkery if you are looking to visit a cafe in town. At The Broken Kettle Bakery & Barkery, you can enjoy a wide selection from their menu. They even have their dog treat line, Barkery’s Treats, which is made with fresh, all-natural ingredients!

For us humans, we get to try baked goods, wraps, sandwiches, soups, coffee and tea, smoothies, and Kawartha ice cream! Whether you are feeling a light breakfast/lunch or want to grab a snack, this small yet wonderful cafe is the go-to.

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