I've long been intrigued by a small church that we always passed on our way to Newmarket. Its one of those buildings that you see so often you forget to ask what it is, till one day when you're at a red light and you look over and start to wonder why someone built anything in the middle of nowhere. The Temperanceville United Church is a reminder of the by-gone days when King City was truly rural Canada and farmers and their families had few social activities that didn't revolve around church-organized gatherings and meetings. It is small, red brick building, so typical of rural Ontario, with an attached cemetary and no steeple. Even the name of the church (Temperanceville) brings memories of lessons about the dour and severe settlers who laid the foundations of this Province.
I won't lie, there isn't a whole lot to do in King City, but it is a great place to see the rural settings that so many people associate with Ontario and true Canadian landscapes. The urban bits of King City are located along King Side Road, but if you take one of the concessions (the north-south streets, according to the urban planning lingo of Ontario's founders) from King Side Road, you can still get some great views of large farms and some of the older traditional barns and houses. One of the best streets to do this on is Bathurst, although there are lots more along Dufferin and other streets. The driveways and roads off of the concessions into the farms are generally private roads or laneways, so don't start parking them up and expect the owners to graciously allow you to block their driveways - but there are still wide shoulders along many parts of Bathurst or Duffering if you feel the need to stop and take a few snapshots. Watch out during the summer for signs of any farmers' produce - many of the farms like to sell fresh fruits and vegetables or "farmers' products" like pies and fudge from roadside stalls.
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This is actually in Nobleton which is about 10 minutes west of King City.
Daniel's is one of the hidden jems of town of King, north of Toronto. Just a 20 minute drive north of Toronto (well it depends upon where in Toronto you're coming from, which highway route, and how the traffic is).
The food is, I suppose, "continental"... with a gourmet twist, but yet very reasonable compared to its big city counterparts. You can always be certain of some great lamb, pork, beef and chicken in recognizable servings... but be prepared for the unexpected. They have wonderful soups and salads as well... and well, the deserts are terrific if you save room for them.
I have always been there with my cousins who are regulars and friends of the staff, so have found it to be a very friendly and relaxed, never rushed, service.
There are a number of Jazz concert evenings in the summer, held in the "back yard", under tents, and with reasonably priced summertime food. Throughout the year there are wine tastings evenings, mixing wines of the world with gourmet foods. Other special events and musical evenings take place throughout the year as well.
Favorite Dish: I have always enjoyed the lamb or pork dishes. Lovely sauces, and properly cooked vegetables with them. I've actually never encountered anything I didn't like.