We just happened to stumble upon this region, and what it has to offer. We booked a few nights at an RV park on the shores of Lake Ontario. While in the office checking in, we found a tourism pamphlet titled “The Cheddar and Ale Trail”. This document included local cheese producer’s, craft breweries and a few Cider / Wineries. Well this is right up our alley, so we set off to explore as many of these places as 2 days would allow. We found some other attractions during our stay here, so read on, its not all food and beverages…….
Gateway Brewing in Trenton, Ontario. Try the Stout- its a winner!
You may be thinking, big deal a cheese factory- well we are about two hours from the Quebec border. Poutine and amazing Cheese Curds were invented here! These Cheese Curds are out of the park.
The beauty of this region makes for a nice drive thru the country. Rolling greens fields, dairy cows, small barns and lots of interesting stops.
Next up: Church Key Brewing. The brewery is built inside a late 1800 church. We are not religious people, but are you allowed to drink beer in a church?
Also in nearby Trenton is Canadian Forces Base Trenton, next door is an Air Force Museum, with free admission.
We did not know what to expect walking in the front doors, other than we can see old airplanes. The greeter, explained that the most famous plane here is the last Halifax Bomber in existence. This plane was shot down over Norway at the end of the second world war, spent 50 years at the bottom of a lake, was brought to the surface, salvaged, taken apart, shipped to Canada and completely restored.
A big part of travelling, especially in Canada is seeing the History of this great land. Unfortunately that history includes the loss of many brave Men and Women. We must never forget the sacrifices others made to shape Canada, and the World. This museum included many memorials to those lost during the wars. My favorite was this, written on a large piece of granite. (it feels wrong to take photo’s of memorials, so we try not to)
A Memorial to all those who so gallantly gave their lives in Canadian Naval Aviation:
They shall grow not old, As we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. -Laurence Binyon
Yes its only a simulator, we will see a real Hercules in a few minutes.
This plane was retired for larger, more powerful Hercules’. It was in active duty until about 5 years ago, and lucky for us, they allow you to check out the interior.
From Trenton, we drove south into Prince Edward County, stopped at a few cheese shops along the way, and then up towards Ottawa.
If you make it out this way, check out Mackinnon Bros Brewing. Very interesting to see the farm based set up.