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10 Things To Do in Norfolk Before Summer is Over

Anyone who has visited Ontario’s Southwest Coast during the summer months would agree that they were lucky to enjoy the breeze from the lake, the locally sourced dining experiences, the sandy beaches, and the abundance of available outdoor activities. Summer is nearing an end and it’s time to squeeze in every last bit of fun that Norfolk County has to offer. This is our list of 10 things to do in Norfolk County before the summer is over!


Head out to Lakeside Vista to take in the epic views over-looking Lake Erie and join in the 3 day Music & Arts Festival. This years Saturday headliner? THE TREWS!  This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids and 18 awesome concerts. Camping, beer tent and food vendors are all available on site. Start packing up the truck, this event is taking place this weekend, August 25-27, 2017! As an added bonus, founders of the festival and Lakeside Vista owners Ryan and Lisa VandenBussche announced that all proceeds from the event will be donated to Six ’N’ Pix!

Wine Down Wednesday

blog5Through to the last Wednesday in August, you can enjoy a mid-week “wine down” at Burning Kiln Winery. Wind-down on the picturesque patio with a glass of your favourite wine, live music, bonfire, lawn games, and David’s On Tour food truck specials. Burning Kiln hosts a relaxing atmosphere perched above the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve escarpment with views of the flourishing vineyards and surrounding countryside.  The perfect setting to sip away the summer evenings.

Yoga in the…

Yoga in the serene lavender fields at Apple Hill Lavender Farm, Yoga (and berries and wine) in the blueberry patch at Blueberry Hill Estates, Yoga (and live music and beer) in the hops at Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm! Paige Logan, AKA the Yoga Paige, has been hosting a number of yoga inspired events around Norfolk County and offering amazing blog7opportunities to experience Norfolk in a more relaxing and mindful manner. If you’re ready to unwind outdoors and flow with Paige then follow her on Facebook to find her classes at The Yoga Paige.

Turkey Point Mountain Biking Trails

A casual roadside bike ride is nice, but it can’t quite compare to the excitement of mountain biking through the Turkey Point trails.  Thanks to the Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club, Turkey Point boasts over 50km of well maintained and clearly mapped trails.  The trails can be tackled by riders of all skill levels. Take it from a beginner, the ride was exhilarating and a ton of fun. Of course, I mostly stuck to the beginner trails with the exception of bravely attempting two intermediate runs. For the experts riders, Turkey Point is known for offering some of the best trail riding in Ontario! If you’re just getting started, you can sign up for a guided tour with Long Point Eco-Tours. So, strap on your helmet and spin up some dirt this summer.

Normandale Century Inn

We recently discovered this hidden Norfolk Treasure while out for a Sunday drive. The live music on the packed patio undoubtedly caught our attention. We hadn’t visited the Normandale Century Inn before so naturally we were curious what was drawing the crowd.  To describe our visit, pleasantly surprised would be understatement. The menu was packed with items created with local ingredients and the drink selections showcased local wineries and breweries. It was a fantastic tribute to Norfolk County and surrounding area.  If you have yet to visit the serene hamlet of Normandale be sure to do so before September 3 on a Sunday afternoon when The Normandale Century Inn is featuring live music!

Long Point Country Bayfest

September long weekend is widely celebrated as the last long weekend of summer, before the leaves start to turn and the days get shorter. In Port Rowan, we celebrate Labour Day long weekend with an epic Annual Festival! Originally known as Tomato Fest, Bayfest takes place on the water front and in the streets of Port Rowan just a short drive North of Long Point Beach. There are many activities to take part in including the soap-box derby, casting competition, and midway rides. In true festival fashion you’ll find vendors, food, entertainment and of course a parade. The festival kicks off with Friday night’s Fire Up Festival and hosts a finale of fireworks on Sunday. Celebrate another summer in the books with the family at Long Point Country Bayfest September 1-3, 2017.


blog3At Waterford Ponds or in Lake Erie off the Port Dover beach, South Coast Watersports hosts a ton of awesome paddle board activities! Who knew you could do so much on a paddle board? Sure, you can rent a board and go for a paddle. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can paddle in to a game of SUP Polo, undergo some race training, or work on your balance with SUP yoga.  Check out their rentals and events calendar and get paddling.

Norfolk County Beerstock

Get hoppin’ on Sblog2eptember 30th in Powell Park with the Crepe House. Beerstock, sounds epic right? Sipping on samples of craft beer, and tasting wines and ciders from local wineries. All while listening to live music and joining in lawn games in the midst of the bustling tourist town of Port Dover. Of course, you’ll be able to try out some inspiring menu items from local food vendor as well.  It doesn’t get too much better than this, or does it? Actually, you can purchase the VIP package and also enjoy breakfast at the Crepe House followed by a trip to the ropes course at Radical Lines Aerial Adventure Park escorted by Ride the Bine.  Cheers!

Backus Woods’ Trails

blog4The enchanting trails that wind through the Carolinian Backus Woods’ forest located just North of Port Rowan offer breathtaking hiking trails. The trails are accessible year round but they are fantastic to experience at summers end and in to the fall. We typically depart from the trail head on the 3rd concession surrounding ourselves in Norfolk’s wildlife and work our way North on the trails sheltered by the canopy of towering trees. The trails are maintained by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and there are a number of access points and routes to explore. Pick up a trail map and lace up your hiking shoes.

Ride the Bine

If you haven’t already heard then I guess it’s time someone filled you in, Ontario’s ridetehbineSouthwest is becoming a sought after winery and craft brewery destination! Ride the Bine is in their first season and is providing guided tours to some of Norfolk’s wineries and breweries for both locals and tourists. They are inspired by their industry experience and passion for Norfolk County and that passion truly shows through their memorable tours. Gather a group and join the team at Ride the Bine for a cruise through Norfolk’s countryside.

With only a few weeks left and so much to do, how will you be spending the final weeks of summer in Norfolk County?

View From the Top | Inasphere Wines

We spent the beginning hours of another hot summer Saturday evening sipping on local wine and looking out over 105 acres of thriving farmland only ending at the vivid bank of Lake Erie.

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It’s not hard to believe that this view is found in the heart of Norfolk’s increasingly popular tourist scene between Turkey Point and Long Point at Norfolk’s newest winery to open their retail doors, Inasphere Wines. Southwestern Ontario is quickly becoming a destination known for offering incredible wines and unforgettable experiences and a stop at Inasphere Wines on Front Road lives up to the claim.

We rolled up the driveway shortly before closing time, taking note as we passed the fully stocked produce stand not wanting to forget to stock up on farm fresh veggies on our way out. The aforementioned stunning views are the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the charming winery set visibly in a colourful barn. The warm breeze dressed in floral from the surrounding greenery and inviting patio didn’t go unnoticed.

“Inasphere Wines is making an outstanding contribution to the growing wine and brew scene in Norfolk County with their authentic flavours and genuine character”

Making our way into the amiable retail shop, it was time to enjoy some wine! I usually shy away from Rieslings but the heat of this July day was calling for one. The Riesling was crisp and light and perfectly sweet, I knew instantly I would be coming back for another. My fiancé chose the rustic Cabernet Franc.  He enjoyed the dry red wine’s earthy notes, we were off to a great start with this visit.

The staff was sincere and down to earth, we certainly felt that local, small-town vibe. The winery is set on the owner’s 3rd generation family farm.  Husband and wife, Ryan & Shantel Bosgoed, own and operate the vegetable farm and vineyard where the retail shop and sipping area is established. It’s clear by the well-kept farm and shop and the flourishing fields that the pair take great pride in their families work.

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After a chat with the staff about all things Norfolk and wine, we made our way outside to enjoy our wine, and the view. The patio already had a few seats full so we made our way over the adirondack chairs which were set up over-looking the fields derived from reclaimed Long Point marshlands with Lake Erie waters in the distance, perfection.

It goes without saying that we popped back inside to purchase a few bottles to take home with us before departing. We also made sure we filled up on some tomatoes and sweet corn from their produce stand. Inasphere Wines offered us an exceptional experience and we cannot wait to go back for another tasting.

Small but mighty, Inasphere Wines is making an outstanding contribution to the growing wine and brew scene in Norfolk County with their authentic flavours and genuine character. I would highly suggest you stop by and visit Ryan & Shantel at 1454 Front Rd, St. Williams.