Scenery, heart-to-hearts, nearly missed turns, missed turns, loud ’80s music singalongs.
We found a great weekend road trip itinerary put together by The Grid TO, outlining three two-day adventures out of Toronto; one west, one east, and one north. We picked the North route, as it was the most budget-friendly and it also included a couple other list items.
We followed the itinerary laid out fairly closely, though we didn’t go to either restaurant suggestion on the Sunday (they weren’t kidding about Wendy’s butter tarts).
We started early on Saturday; our first stop was Rock Gardens Farms for some food for the weekend (and some cuddles with their seriously adorable cat). Then we were off for Mono Cliffs Provincial Park to hike on the escarpment; stopped by Creemore Brewery to grab some beer for Saturday; flew kites on Balm Beach (recently renamed to Tiny Beach); played arcade games at the 80-year-old Georgian Grill; then on to Awenda Provincial Park for a night of camping (and making s’moreos!).
Sunday morning we baked bannock for breakfast and then explored the camp ground’s glacier lake. Once back on the road, we stopped for Wendy’s butter tarts; played a little frisbee golf in Penetanguishene; wandered around the Roadshow’s 400 Antique Market; and walked through Holland Marsh’s board walks before heading home.
Details: The Grid Escape Clause itinerary can be found here. Balm Beach seems to have been renamed, so if you are counting on a GPS, you’ll have trouble finding it.