Jeff’s Rice Lake Retreat Guidebook

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Jeff’s Rice Lake Retreat Guidebook

Recreational Activities

A beautiful sand beach with shallow entry for great swimming. * 30 minute drive
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Cobourg Beach
138 Division St
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A beautiful sand beach with shallow entry for great swimming. * 30 minute drive
-2.5 km sandy beach - 16 km of trails and paths along shorelines and through woodlands and meadows - A migration hotspot in spring and fall, 338 bird species recorded with 130 breeding species - 1 km marsh boardwalk trail accessing the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario * 45 minute drive
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Presqu'ile Provincial Park
328 Presqu'Ile Pkwy
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-2.5 km sandy beach - 16 km of trails and paths along shorelines and through woodlands and meadows - A migration hotspot in spring and fall, 338 bird species recorded with 130 breeding species - 1 km marsh boardwalk trail accessing the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario * 45 minute drive
118km of recreational trails in 5500 forested acres to hike or mountainbike with breathtaking scenery. * 10 minute drive
Northumberland County Forest
118km of recreational trails in 5500 forested acres to hike or mountainbike with breathtaking scenery. * 10 minute drive
- Pedestrian suspension bridge over the Trent River Gorge - Over 10 km of trails through forest and riverside settings - Spectacular lookout over Ranney Falls * 30 minute drive
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Ferris Provincial Park
474 County Rd. 8
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- Pedestrian suspension bridge over the Trent River Gorge - Over 10 km of trails through forest and riverside settings - Spectacular lookout over Ranney Falls * 30 minute drive
Set in the beautiful hills of Northumberland County, Salt Creek Golf Links is a scenic 18-hole, par 65 course with beautiful natural topography and a relaxed atmosphere. * 25 minute drive
Saltcreek Golf Links
353 Norham Rd
Set in the beautiful hills of Northumberland County, Salt Creek Golf Links is a scenic 18-hole, par 65 course with beautiful natural topography and a relaxed atmosphere. * 25 minute drive
Located at 5527 Front St, Harwood park features boat docking, a small sand beach, picnic shelter and accessible washrooms. * 15 minute drive
Harwood Waterfront Dock
Located at 5527 Front St, Harwood park features boat docking, a small sand beach, picnic shelter and accessible washrooms. * 15 minute drive
Located at 5073 Rice Lake Dr this park offers a Pirate-themed play structure, green space, accessible washrooms, docking facility and boat launch. *23 minute drive
Bewdley Optimist Park
Located at 5073 Rice Lake Dr this park offers a Pirate-themed play structure, green space, accessible washrooms, docking facility and boat launch. *23 minute drive
Located at 5310 Plank Rd, Gore's Landing park features a gazebo, concrete pier/dock, and boat launch. *20 minute drive
Gores Landing Dock Fishing
5303 Plank Road
Located at 5310 Plank Rd, Gore's Landing park features a gazebo, concrete pier/dock, and boat launch. *20 minute drive
This Nature Reserve is a part of the Rice Lake Plains’ tall grass habitats. Its rolling, sandy hills are covered in meadows and globally rare habitats, such as black oak woodland, black oak savanna and restored tall grass prairie. * 17 minute drive The Hazel Bird Nature Reserve is host to globally rare habitats, including oak savannahs, which are among the most endangered habitats in North America. Grassland birds and other rare species, including eastern hog-nosed snake, depend on this habitat to survive.
Hazel Bird Nature Reserve
4639 Robson Rd
This Nature Reserve is a part of the Rice Lake Plains’ tall grass habitats. Its rolling, sandy hills are covered in meadows and globally rare habitats, such as black oak woodland, black oak savanna and restored tall grass prairie. * 17 minute drive The Hazel Bird Nature Reserve is host to globally rare habitats, including oak savannahs, which are among the most endangered habitats in North America. Grassland birds and other rare species, including eastern hog-nosed snake, depend on this habitat to survive.
Blades of Glory is an internationally renowned Medieval theme-park located in Hastings, Ontario, that features a variety of exciting activities with an authentic historical twist. Throw axes, shoot arrows, loose a REAL medieval trebuchet, and of course, dive into the art of sword fighting. * 17 minute drive
Blades of Glory
100 Dunlay Road
Blades of Glory is an internationally renowned Medieval theme-park located in Hastings, Ontario, that features a variety of exciting activities with an authentic historical twist. Throw axes, shoot arrows, loose a REAL medieval trebuchet, and of course, dive into the art of sword fighting. * 17 minute drive
Sandy Bay Public Beach and Park is only a 10 minute drive away. A new playground was added in 2021.
Sandy Bay Road
Sandy Bay Public Beach and Park is only a 10 minute drive away. A new playground was added in 2021.
Explore the thrilling exhibits of life-sized dinosaurs and hundreds of rescued reptiles and cap off the visit with a round of mini-golf. * 27 minute drive
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Indian River Reptile Zoo
2206 County Rd 38
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Explore the thrilling exhibits of life-sized dinosaurs and hundreds of rescued reptiles and cap off the visit with a round of mini-golf. * 27 minute drive
The local place to go for spa treatments, yoga, cooking classes and more, including a well-renowned restaurant. 22 minute drive.
Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat & Spa
795 Northumberland Heights Road
The local place to go for spa treatments, yoga, cooking classes and more, including a well-renowned restaurant. 22 minute drive.
Open to the public all year round for fishing, tours, pond stocking, fresh trout and much more! They specialize in farming Rainbow and Brook Trout. 28 minute drive.
Linwood Acres Trout Farms Ltd
8382 Gilmour Road
Open to the public all year round for fishing, tours, pond stocking, fresh trout and much more! They specialize in farming Rainbow and Brook Trout. 28 minute drive.
Beautiful and good swimming. * 30 minute drive.
Healey Falls
Beautiful and good swimming. * 30 minute drive.
Adventure park with exciting games on suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, swinging logs, cable traverses, and ziplines. *40 minute drive.
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Treetop Trekking Ganaraska
10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd
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Adventure park with exciting games on suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, swinging logs, cable traverses, and ziplines. *40 minute drive.
Haute Goat Farm is a breathtaking 200 acre farm located just outside Port Hope, Ontario where you can discover the magic of their Nigerian Dwarf goats, alpacas, chickens and horses and take a stroll through the shiitake forest!
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Haute Goat
1166 5th line
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Haute Goat Farm is a breathtaking 200 acre farm located just outside Port Hope, Ontario where you can discover the magic of their Nigerian Dwarf goats, alpacas, chickens and horses and take a stroll through the shiitake forest!
Giddy-up!! If you find yourself with a hankerin' to hit the trail, then Trickle Creek will treat you with a wonderful ride in the scenic beauty of our local area. Book ahead! *25 minutes by car
Stillbrook Riding Stables
570 Woodside Road
Giddy-up!! If you find yourself with a hankerin' to hit the trail, then Trickle Creek will treat you with a wonderful ride in the scenic beauty of our local area. Book ahead! *25 minutes by car

Sightseeing

Personal tours are offered at this refuge for rescued donkeys. * 10 minute drive
PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary
1296 Bowmanton Rd
Personal tours are offered at this refuge for rescued donkeys. * 10 minute drive
Located on Alderville First Nation, the Alderville Black Oak Savanna is the largest intact tract of native grassland in Central Ontario. Guided and unguided tours through the 3.5 km of trails through these rare ecosystems are available. * 2 minute drive
Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna
8467 Northumberland County Road 18
Located on Alderville First Nation, the Alderville Black Oak Savanna is the largest intact tract of native grassland in Central Ontario. Guided and unguided tours through the 3.5 km of trails through these rare ecosystems are available. * 2 minute drive
ZimArt's Rice Lake Gallery is a beautiful outdoor sculpture park specializing in Zimbabwean stone sculpture. They offer a range of events from sculpting workshops to African dance classes. A great destination for art lovers of all ages. Free admission. Picnic facilities. * 36 minute drive
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ZimArt's Rice Lake Gallery
855 Second Line Rd
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ZimArt's Rice Lake Gallery is a beautiful outdoor sculpture park specializing in Zimbabwean stone sculpture. They offer a range of events from sculpting workshops to African dance classes. A great destination for art lovers of all ages. Free admission. Picnic facilities. * 36 minute drive
Enjoy a stroll through 4 acres of landscaped lavender fields, relax as you walk the meditation labyrinth or indulge in a delicious lavender inspired lunch on the terrace overlooking the fields. Shop the lavender boutique and lavender plant nursery. *27 minute drive
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Laveanne
8667 Gilmour Rd
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Enjoy a stroll through 4 acres of landscaped lavender fields, relax as you walk the meditation labyrinth or indulge in a delicious lavender inspired lunch on the terrace overlooking the fields. Shop the lavender boutique and lavender plant nursery. *27 minute drive
Set on a century farm, amidst the rolling hills and hardwood forests of rural Northumberland County, this 1-hour experience will bring you up-close and personal with our rescued farm family. Hands-on play and grooming sessions with our donkey Hummer and mini ponies Polly and Wally, plus any other animal who feels like getting some extra love. *30 minute drive
PROMISED LAND ANIMAL SANCTUARY
1969 Burnbrae Road East
Set on a century farm, amidst the rolling hills and hardwood forests of rural Northumberland County, this 1-hour experience will bring you up-close and personal with our rescued farm family. Hands-on play and grooming sessions with our donkey Hummer and mini ponies Polly and Wally, plus any other animal who feels like getting some extra love. *30 minute drive

Food scene

The World’s Biggest Apple, located north of the town of Colborne, is an ideal stop with an extensive menu and delicious apple pies. Climb to the top deck of the giant apple. * 32 minute drive
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The Big Apple
262 Orchard Rd
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The World’s Biggest Apple, located north of the town of Colborne, is an ideal stop with an extensive menu and delicious apple pies. Climb to the top deck of the giant apple. * 32 minute drive
Visitors to this Baltimore, ON cidery can sample and purchase cider and learn about their cider-making process. * 18 minute drive
Rice Lake Hard Cider
4741 Northumberland 45
Visitors to this Baltimore, ON cidery can sample and purchase cider and learn about their cider-making process. * 18 minute drive
A very popular local bakery that will keep you going back to stock up on their delectable baked good. * 3 minute drive
The Butter Tart Empire Bakery
8611 Northumberland 45
A very popular local bakery that will keep you going back to stock up on their delectable baked good. * 3 minute drive
Nestled in the rolling hills of Northumberland County, Villa Conti this winery and Italian restaurant is situated on a 100-acre property which includes 35 acres of vines and a natural pond. Villa Conti is a Farm-to-Table restaurant, cooking with fresh and locally grown ingredients. Visitors are welcome to stop by the farm and see the cows, sheep, goats, horses, lama, chickens, bunnies, pigs and ducks. * 17 minute drive
Villa Conti Winery
337 Covert Hill Road
Nestled in the rolling hills of Northumberland County, Villa Conti this winery and Italian restaurant is situated on a 100-acre property which includes 35 acres of vines and a natural pond. Villa Conti is a Farm-to-Table restaurant, cooking with fresh and locally grown ingredients. Visitors are welcome to stop by the farm and see the cows, sheep, goats, horses, lama, chickens, bunnies, pigs and ducks. * 17 minute drive
Scenic river views, excellent cuisine, and great service. * 14 minute drive
Banjo's Grill
Scenic river views, excellent cuisine, and great service. * 14 minute drive
Canadian-made premium chocolate at outlet prices. *30 minute drive
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World's Finest Chocolate Outlet
103 Second St
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Canadian-made premium chocolate at outlet prices. *30 minute drive
Scrumptious cuisine with a fabulous lake view. With 2 onsite restaurants, locally sourced or farm raised food and drink is served. Dine-in casual elegance in their Hearthside Dining Room, or a casual family friendly pub atmosphere patio at the Wild Blue Yonder Pub and Patio.
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Elmhirst's Resort
1045 Settlers Line
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Scrumptious cuisine with a fabulous lake view. With 2 onsite restaurants, locally sourced or farm raised food and drink is served. Dine-in casual elegance in their Hearthside Dining Room, or a casual family friendly pub atmosphere patio at the Wild Blue Yonder Pub and Patio.

Entertainment

Westben is a magical blend of world class music, wonderful people and a magnificent setting. * 25 minute drive.
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Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity
6698 County Rd 30
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Westben is a magical blend of world class music, wonderful people and a magnificent setting. * 25 minute drive.
Featuring a year-round program of exhibitions, the AGN is committed to nurturing and promoting Canadian artists. The AGN hosts a variety of community-involved events throughout the year including exhibition opening receptions, artist talks, artist meet-ups, and fundraising initiatives. * 30 minute drive
Art Gallery of Northumberland
55 King St W
Featuring a year-round program of exhibitions, the AGN is committed to nurturing and promoting Canadian artists. The AGN hosts a variety of community-involved events throughout the year including exhibition opening receptions, artist talks, artist meet-ups, and fundraising initiatives. * 30 minute drive
You'll be inspired by this award-winning theatre group. Based out of Second Street Firehall Theatre, the Northumberland Players bring quality theatre to the whole family. *30 minute drive
Northumberland Players
213 Second St
You'll be inspired by this award-winning theatre group. Based out of Second Street Firehall Theatre, the Northumberland Players bring quality theatre to the whole family. *30 minute drive
In Port Hope, see live theatre, films, concerts and more at Ontario's only "atmospheric theatre" in a Nordic Castle Courtyard complete with twinkling stars in a blue evening sky. *30 minute drive
Cameco Capitol Arts Centre
20 Queen St
In Port Hope, see live theatre, films, concerts and more at Ontario's only "atmospheric theatre" in a Nordic Castle Courtyard complete with twinkling stars in a blue evening sky. *30 minute drive
Local history is brought to life as costumed interpreters welcome you into over 30 homes and businesses located in the picturesque village. Costumed interpreters show the settler story of hardship and hope as they demonstrate traditional chores, trades and pastimes. Learn about the history and culture of local First Nations at Aabnaabin Camp, a partnership with Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nation. *30 minute drive.
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Lang Pioneer Village Museum
104 Lang Rd
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Local history is brought to life as costumed interpreters welcome you into over 30 homes and businesses located in the picturesque village. Costumed interpreters show the settler story of hardship and hope as they demonstrate traditional chores, trades and pastimes. Learn about the history and culture of local First Nations at Aabnaabin Camp, a partnership with Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nation. *30 minute drive.

Local Shopping

Very local and very fresh flowers and other gardening supplies. *2 minute drive
Yona's Greenhouse
Very local and very fresh flowers and other gardening supplies. *2 minute drive
Thee only local cheese factory, Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op is a farmer owned cheese factory. They manufacture fresh curd, cheddar cheese and specialty, flavoured cheese. * 30 minutes
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Empire Cheese Co-operative
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Thee only local cheese factory, Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op is a farmer owned cheese factory. They manufacture fresh curd, cheddar cheese and specialty, flavoured cheese. * 30 minutes

City/town information

The largest city in the Kawarthas, Peterborough has many free attractions such as the Zoo, Museum (by donation), and outdoor concerts and festivals. There is an abundance of restaurants and entertainment venues, including the Market Hall Performance Arts Centre, the Peterborough Petes (ON Hockey League), and the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.
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Peterborough
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The largest city in the Kawarthas, Peterborough has many free attractions such as the Zoo, Museum (by donation), and outdoor concerts and festivals. There is an abundance of restaurants and entertainment venues, including the Market Hall Performance Arts Centre, the Peterborough Petes (ON Hockey League), and the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.