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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Touring Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater along the Maple Syrup Trail - Page 2

Written by Habeeb Salloum
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      After stopping at Concord Candle where some of our group bought handmade candles that emit a maple aroma, we drove on to the Mariposa Market in Orillia. 

      An eye-catching spot in the middle of the quaint town of Orillia, it takes one back to the days of yore.  In this turn of the century building there are 5 historic shops that include Orillia’s most celebrated bakeshop, defusing a tantalizing aroma, a quaint café, fudge and candy shop, featuring maple syrup products and much more. 

      Walking a short distance, we reached the Orillia Museum of Art and History, an ideal learning experience offering programs for families and children, and where we spent an hour, bought some maple syrup-based sweets from the gift shop, then left for lunch at the Era 67 Restaurant & Lounge in the heritage district of Orillia.                                                          

                                                                           

      The inspiration of the name is derived from the Era of 1867 when Canada became a nation.  In this eating place with an aura of history, a maple syrup meal had been prepared for us.  Every course had maple syrup as an ingredient.  It was an unusual meal loved by the majority but barely tolerated by a few. 

Ontario Orillia  Era 67 Res

      Tanked up with maple syrup, we continued on our meandering.  We stopped for a while at the Hewitts Farm Market and Bakery in Coldwater – a family owned and operated business-farm. It features a large selection of fresh Ontario produce, home baked goods, home-made preserves, as well as meat, and dairy products.   A great attraction for families is its Fun Farm, a great adventure for families with activities such as pumpkin picking, climbing haystacks, hay rides, finding a way out of a corn maze and pedal carts.

      From this fine sample of rural Ontario, we drove to the Christmas Villager located on the main street in the neat town of Coldwater. Advertising itself as a year-round one stop shop for Christmas decorations, toys, and crafts, it brings back the beauty of the holiday season that can be captured anytime during the year.  It reminded me of Santa’s workshop - minus the elves!  The store even stocks unique decorations such as maple leaf shaped items.

      A number of our group bought some of these as souvenirs before we departed for Chelsea Chocolates, home, in the region, of ‘melt in your mouth’ chocolates. Made by hand and using fresh cream, butter, high quality flavorings and the finest in Belgian chocolate, the Chelsea stop is a delicious sweet stop on a delicious route of sweetness.  It was the chocolates with maple syrup filling that overwhelmingly won us over. 

Ontario Orillia Chelsea Cho 

 

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