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Creating The Perfect May 2-4 Backyard Party

By Chloe, Marketing Manager on May 20, 2021 9:39:21 AM

May 2-4 weekend will have a much different tone this year. Annual traditions that involve celebrating, barbecuing and gathering with friends & family are no longer viable options. In knowing the Victoria Day weekend festivities cannot proceed as usual, we have prepared a few ways that you can still enjoy the holiday without breaking social distancing rules.

Below are some helpful tips & tricks that you can use to transform your backyard space into a May 2-4 glamping vacation. We have also included a local drink recipe, meal ideas and fun activities that you can do with your family to complete the experience. 

Please stay safe, and remember...the forest is awaiting your return.

1. Grab Yourself a Tent & Decorate

The first step in creating the ultimate glamping space is to start with a tent. All you need is two trees, some rope and a sheet, and you've got yourself a DIY glamping tent. If you're not feeling crafty, you can always opt to purchase something online. 

Now it's time to decorate. Grab throw pillows & blankets, rugs, side tables and fun furnishings like fairy lights to create a cozy atmosphere; the more plush cushions and blankets the better. You might even catch yourself using your tent as a fun reading nook after your May 2-4 camping adventure is complete.

2. Build a Campfire

No camping experience is complete without an authentic, wood-burning campfire. Load up on dry logs and old newspaper for kindling, and don't forget to grab marshmallows, chocolate & graham crackers for s'mores. Spend some time on google looking up fun campfire stories you can share with your family or housemates to make it a memorable experience.

If you're a true adventurist, consider cooking your dinner over the campfire, too. There's plenty of local meat suppliers who have specialty BBQ packs that are perfect for your May 2-4 weekend. 

3. Get Local Beverages

There are several local wineries & breweries offering beer & wine delivery for this weekend, including: Burning Kiln Winery, Hometown Brew Co. & Frisky Beaver Wines. 

If you're looking for a fun frozen drink recipe to liven up the drink menu this weekend, here's a fun recipe for the 'Hometown' Margarita.
All you need is:
-12 oz of Hometown Brew Co. Wild Wheat beer

-12 oz of your favourite tequila
-12 oz water
-1-2 cups of ice (start with one)
-1 12oz can of frozen limeade 
-lime wedges

Mix all of the above ingredients in a blender. Pour your mixed drink into a fancy glass, and add some salt & a few limes to the rim to make it pretty.

Topics: Ontario Staycations Local Tips Sustainable Travel
5 min read

The Best Kayaking Routes in Norfolk County

By Chloe, Marketing Manager on May 19, 2021 2:46:18 PM

Who's ready to add kayaking in Norfolk County to their adventure bucket list?! It's going to be the summer of the staycation, and it's important that we offer you plenty of local kayaking hotspots to explore this upcoming season. Maybe you've always wanted to try something like kayaking, but you aren't sure where to begin? We're here to help!

Whether you're a first time paddler or a seasoned pro, there's plenty of waterways, creeks & open water adventures to tackle in Norfolk County. Our diverse landscape offers kayak enthusiasts a taste of nature that's worth exploring. Summer is just around the corner, and we want to make sure we keep helping you find safe, fun adventures to keep your inner traveller alive. Keep reading to learn about the top four spots to kayak in Norfolk County!

Keep adventuring,
The Long Point Eco-Adventures Team

Photo Credit: Conservation Ontario website, Photographer Kevin Babbey. 

1. Deer Creek Conservation Area 

Address: 1267 Norfolk County Rd. 45, Langton N0E 1G0

Deer Creek Conservation area is best known for its 80 acre reservoir at the centre of a conservation area, just North of Long Point. This beautiful & scenic landscape captures a Northern lakeside feel without having to leave Norfolk County. The reservoir is easily accessible to kayakers, includes a boat launch, fishing docks and a small swimming beach. There's also campsites available on site (if you wanted to consider staying overnight (post-lockdown pending, of course). Enjoy a day paddling and exploring the reservoir and its many inlets with your family; make a romantic day of it and bring along a picnic lunch & a few lawn games.

For more information on launch points, rentals & campground openings, visit their website here!

2. Big Creek Paddle 

Launch point: 42°35'43.2"N 80°29'06.9"W, Lakeshore Rd / Norfolk 42, Port Rowan, N0E 1M0

Looking to book a tour with the pros? Join Brian Craig for a serene paddle up and down Big Creek National Wildlife Area this summer! This internationally recognized marsh and wetland boasts towering Sycamore and Black Walnut trees,  covered with grape and Virginia Creeper vines that lend Big Creek its nick-name, the “Canadian Amazon". You just may catch a glimpse of a soaring Bald Eagle, one of the rivers resident beavers or white-tailed deer.

This 9 km, 3.5 to 4 hour excursion is perfect for first time paddlers, and includes a few challenges to hold the interest of those with more kayaking experience. You will be paddling like an expert by time you reach your destination in historic Port Royal. Brian's team of veteran guides look forward to sharing with you the most unique, interesting, and beautiful paddle southwestern Ontario has to offer.

To book a Big Creek Kayak tour for this upcoming summer season, follow this link. It's an adventure the whole family can enjoy! 

Topics: Ontario Staycations Local Tips Sustainable Travel Kayak Adventures