One of the great things about being a “Festival Nomad” is being able to visit unique rural communities! Over the years, we have had the privilege of visiting a 100’s of such communities. Our first festival took us to Elmvale. This is a small town located northwest of
. They host a
wonderful Maple Syrup Festival each spring and attract thousands of
people to it! Colborne was our next rural experience. Colborne, located just
east of Cobourg, is the home of the Old Tyme Apple Blossom Festival.
Judi was able to find a few “treasured”
books in the book sale that was held in their town park! Other great rural
communities followed, Frankford (located on the
Trent-Severn Waterway), Gravenhurst (in the heart of
Muskoka), Warkworth (where we discover that Cowboys and Cowgirls do exist
in Barrie Ontario!), Smith’s Falls (where
chocolate filled the air), Buckhorn many times!), Wellington
(a great retirement community), Bala (where the street on a fall
weekend are lined with Cranberry products) and Waterford (where the
pumpkins glow in the dark and people’s homes are decorated to match the theme
of their festival).
There were, of course, more, many more, but I think you understand what I am trying to convey. While big cities may be the engine of our economy, rural communities and their residents are the “heart and soul” of our province. They represent what most of us would like to achieve in life, “peace, quiet and a sense of community”!
My own town, Thornbury, gives Judi and I this sense of well-being. I hope you find or have found your own “heart and soul”!