Fishing in Kempenfelt Bay
I had always thought that you needed a fishing license to fish in Ontario, but evidently it is possible to sport fish in some places with nothing more than your gear. Plenty of families come to Kempenfelt Bay to fish near the marina. I'm not sure if you should eat what you catch, but it seems clear that you should think twice about consuming anything you bait near a marina filled with motorboats. Bring your own rods and bait, and probably a small hamper with some snacks.
A little reading perhaps?
Sometimes you need an escape and the old fashioned library is the place you want to be. Of course the library is not so old-fashioned anymore, with activities for the children, speakers, computers, and help for research.
Just in case you were going to spend some time in the Barrie area, I thought I'd show a picture of the new library - the old one at the corner of Collier and Mulcaster Streets is now the MacLaren Art Gallery.
Checking out Tottenham & South Simcoe Railway.
We traveled in restored 1920's coaches, with an authentic, coal-burning steam engine at the head for an exciting journey through the scenic Beeton Creek valley aboard South Simcoe Railway's historic steam train. The return trip from downtown Tottenham to Beeton takes an hour and is exciting because of the Conductor's friendly and informative commentary.
Tottenham itself is worth exploring with a conservation park that offers swimmimg, picnic areas and camping, and friendly shops and restaurants just a walk down the street.
Upscale Food that is Excellent
This was my first visit, but my parents and their friends have been there frequently. I was more than pleasantly surprised by the food, the quality, quantity, variety and the prices. There were some interesting combinations of food, and the service was excellent. We were looked after by Christian, the owner, and he made us feel welcome and had a great sense of humour.
My father is using a walker, and it was easily accessible for him. There was a lovely bread basket served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. One of the other ladies and I had the chicken which was lovely, properly cooked, with a marvellous sauce, and good flavours. It came with lovely lemon flavoured rice, and a nice selection of vegetables - carrots, green beans and broccoli. My parents both had the maple brushed salmon along with "forbidden rice", which apparently was excellent, and the other gentleman had the veal chops which he enjoyed. My father had the lemon blueberry cheesecake which looked delicious, and the ladies and I had the creme brule with "dragon berries" - and it was absolutely wonderful.
Collier United Church
The sign by this church was quite new, but it was very obvious to me, just from looking down the street, that this was quite an old structure, probably dating from the first expansion of the town. I wasn't let down. Although much of the church has been restored, its look is quite typical of southern Ontario town churches and originally dates from 1864, when it was a Wesleyan (Methodist) church.