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Discovering Seasonal Routes

Enjoying the Flavours of Summer

Please note: This itinerary was created in 2021 Be sure to verify the information of every location you’re planning on visiting before heading out.

The short story:

The summer season is often a time for sunshine, vacations and drinks on the patio. It’s also the perfect time to venture out into the unknown, discover local producers, visit outdoor markets, and taste new flavours.

Take a bite out of summer; it’s only just getting started! A multitude of places, each as unique as the next, await you. From harvesting blueberries to tasting local products in a market, as well as visiting a zero-waste store, there are plenty of choices to make this getaway a memorable one.

This route is as much for families as for couples looking to make some discoveries. Those who appreciate life’s little pleasures and want to take full advantage of every moment will be delighted by the stops that await them.

Recommended travel dates: the months of June, July, and August.

Travel area: This route starts in Avonmore and will take you to Cornwall, in Eastern Ontario.

Directions to Avonmore:

  • From Ottawa: Take the 417 East and exit on St-Albert East Road.
  • From Toronto
  • From Montreal: Take Autoroute 40 West then take exit 778 to Moulinette Road. Follow Route 15 to your destination.

Download the itinerary right into your Maps application before leaving. The itinerary does not include a stop for accommodations because we provided several options below.

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Blueberries

One of the pleasures of summer is visiting a farm and enjoying picking your own fruits. At Rubicon Farms, blueberries are in abundance as early as the end of July. Although the blueberry season only lasts a few weeks, you can also purchase pre-picked blackberries, raspberries or haskaps, or homemade products such as blueberry and blackberry jam and Ontario honey.

As soon as the blueberries are ready to be picked, around the last week of July, the opening date is announced on social media, so stay tuned! To ensure availability, it is recommended that you call ahead, especially late in the season. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the farm welcomes you when the weather permits, allowing you to taste the freshly picked berries. This venue is available from approximately the last week of July to mid-August.

The next stop, about 30 minutes from the farm, will appeal to the eco-friendly and buy-local enthusiast. The Local Fill, in Cornwall, is a zero waste market on a mission to help the planet, one fill at a time. For Julie, the founder, every action counts.

Bring your containers and stock up on bulk foods (spices, dried fruits, pasta, rice, etc.) or take the opportunity to discover a beautiful selection of natural products made in Canada: fruit and vegetable bags, beeswax food packaging, bamboo utensils, household products, body products and much more await you in this store, where sustainability and accessibility go hand in hand. They are open from Tuesday to Saturday and it is also possible to shop online and pick up your order on the premises once it’s ready.

Store interior
Carrots and Dates dessert

The next destination is a gourmet discovery that is sure to please. After winning over the hearts of the Tecumseh population in 2012, Carrots n’ Dates opened a second location in Cornwall in May 2022. Both a restaurant and a bakery, this location offers a great selection of tasty and healthy dishes, with a dedication to cooking with as much local food as possible.

On the menu: breakfast, soups, salads, smoothies, wraps, burgers, nachos, coffee and beer, not to forget the desserts, including their carrot cake and cupcakes.

Food is served on the spot or to go from Monday to Sunday. You’ll love this place for their colourful plates, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for every taste.

Every Sunday during the summer, the Cornwall Kinsmen Farmers’ Market welcomes you from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where 30 local producers gather to offer you the best of their products: seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, meats, jams, maple syrup, baked goods, honey, beer and wine, in addition to soaps, bath bombs and handcrafted wood creations.

It is the ideal place to meet the farmers and artisans who share their passion and pride for local products.

Moreover, a small food court area allows you to savor your finds on the spot, so why not take advantage of it to have a picnic in the sun!

Farmers market
Fish platter

For 30 years, Thai Khmer Cuisine has celebrated the fusion of Thai and Cambodian cuisine in all its authenticity. This family-run restaurant offers a welcoming atmosphere, with a selection of nearly 50 dishes that will have you drooling from the moment you step foot in.

Their specialties: Pad Thai, Satay Kai and Pa Naeng Curry, all dishes with unique flavors that will open your culinary horizons and make you want to come back.

They are open daily and also offer on-site pickup and delivery via Skip the Dishes.

Where to Stay:

After a day full of exploring, shopping and enjoying great food, we invite you to extend your time in Cornwall with an overnight stay at Chesley’s Inn, a charming bed and breakfast that has been open since 1814.

Recently renovated while keeping its historic feel, this inn offers 4 rooms with unique character, with access to the back gardens and proximity to Cornwall’s main attractions.

Their breakfast is served in the dining room at your convenience and features local and seasonal foods, which is why the menu changes daily. You’ll love the warmth and decor of this place, inside and out.

Chelsey's Inn room
Cucumber picking

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