Two appealing events — Amherst Island on Sep 27 and the County on Oct 7
Saturday, September 27, 10 am to 4 pm — Amherst Island Heritage Tour
Take a tranquil ferry ride to visit old stone houses, restored farms and quaint village cottages, and enjoy a homemade farm lunch at the Lodge on Amherst Island The self-drive tour runs from 10 am to 4 pm and costs $40.00 (lunch included). The starting point and information centre is at the Lodge, minutes from the the Island ferry dock, which will be open throughout the day.
From Picton, it’s a 90 minute drive, following the scenic route: Travel east on Loyalist Pkwy / Hwy 33 to the Glenora Ferry (free, every 15 minutes). Follow Loyalist Pkwy / Hwy 33 through the historic village of Bath, to Millhaven, where you will see the Amherst Island ferry on your right ($9 round trip, leaving Millhaven on the half hour).
This is a fundraiser for Amherst Island’s fight against Windlectric’s plan to install 36 industrial wind turbine on the island. More information can be found at www.protectamherstisland.ca .
Tuesday, October 7 — 9 am to 4 pm — County History, Colours and Critters Tour with Terry Sprague
Terry Sprague and Sandbanks Vacations have donated a special Fall Bus Tour to help raise much needed funds for the Ostrander Point Appeal Fund. An opportunity to see all the wonderful fall colours. There are only 12 places at $100 each for this full-day tour, which will sell out for sure. A quick visit to www.saveostranderpoint.org is all it takes to reserve your spot. The complete itinerary is listed below.
- 9:00 a.m. Leave Bloomfield and head for Sandbanks Park. We stop at Lakeshore Lodge and travel back in time to 1870-1972 when this famous destination drew over a million visitors during its 102-year history. From this vantage point, we can see the famous West Lake sand bar, the largest sand dune baymouth bar separating fresh water in the world.
- 10:30 am. Arrive at Lake on the Mountain. We will explore the myths and legends of this famous lake and learn about its origin.
- 11:30 am. Arrive at Black River Cheese Company. Our route will take us through `Grimmon`s Woods`on C.R 13, which should be a cascade of colour by then. A brief stop at the cheese factory, the only remaining original cheese factory location in the County.
- Noon. Arrive at Jackson`s Falls B & B for lunch.
- 1:15 pm. Brief stop at Mariner’s Museum & Park (stay on bus); marine history; shipwrecks.
- 1:30 pm. Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, learn about bird banding; history of the area; lighthouse; and commercial fishing. The entire peninsula from this location to Point Petre has been designated as an Important Bird Area.
- 3:00 pm. Little Bluff Conservation Area. View from the bluff and the site’s history during the Barley Days, and the current location of a seismic station.
- 4:00 pm. Arrive back at Bloomfield.