Beeton Honey and Garden Festival

In 1875, you could no longer take the last train to Claksville in central Ontario. Clarksville was renamed ‘Bee Town’ in honour David Allanson Jones who moved there in the 1860s and became the first commercial bee keeper in Canada. … Continue reading

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Farming

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Fields of gold dot the landscape of Simcoe County; fields of green, yellow, blue, and, in the fall, fields of burnt orange. You can pick asparagus in the spring, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in the summer and apples and pumpkins … Continue reading

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Sunsets in South Simcoe

Late summer and fall brings some spectacular sunsets.

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Simcoe County Forests

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The first European settlers arrived in what is now Simcoe County to find lush forests of both hardwood and softwood species. The logging that followed for the next hundred years left the county quite bare. E.C. Drury, a resident of … Continue reading

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Voice of the Barrie Colts

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This is Darryl Mabley, a radio broadcaster and the voice of the Barrie Colts. Darryl grew up in Innisfil and attended Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie. He moved away to North Bay to attend Canadore College for radio broadcasting. Since … Continue reading

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Matthew’s House Hospice

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The red bungalow on Highway 89 in Alliston, across from the Nottawasaga Inn and Resort, has a sign on the front lawn that lets passers-by know it is no ordinary house. While, to many, a “hospice” is a place where … Continue reading

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Le Petit Chapeau

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If you don’t know where to look, you may miss the little hat shop in Barrie where you can find a unique selection of locally made hats. Le Petit Chapeau can be found on Lakeshore Mews just off of Mulcaster … Continue reading

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South Simcoe Railway

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The South Simcoe Railway runs from Tottenham to Beeton. A 14 minute round trip by car, the journey on this vintage train is about one hour through the rolling hills of South Simcoe.  The train runs weekends from Victoria Day … Continue reading

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Spirit Catcher

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The Spirit Catcher in downtown Barrie is pretty hard to miss. It towers over the waterfront at the base of Maple Avenue. Its image can also be found on most promotional material about Barrie. Originally made for Expo ’86 and … Continue reading

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Christmas Craft Shows

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As it probably does across the country, November marks the beginning of Christmas craft show season in Simcoe County. You can find one or two almost every weekend. The Sugar Plum Fair in Alliston has, by far, the best name … Continue reading

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