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Getaways: Fall in the Heart of Bruce County

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Enjoy the fall colors in the Interior region of Bruce County. Bring your camera along for a weekend of sightseeing you won’t forget! Spend Saturday shopping and walking in the quaint village of Paisley. Spend the night in the nearby Chepstow Inn, a short drive outside of town. This beautifully restored hotel is full of natural charm. Sunday, spend the day in Walkerton, make sure to grab lunch at 519 Table and Pour, a new restaurant that uses fresh, local ingredients to have your tastebuds dancing. The farmers’ fields are taken to the next level when the surrounding trees take on the beautiful colours of fall that just beg to become a memory captured on your camera. The Saugeen River becomes particularly gorgeous in the fall, so make sure to snap a few shots!

Saturday- Paisley

Arrive in Paisley late Saturday morning and plan to spend the day here. Start by strolling the downtown streets and popping into the unique variety of shops, including Pasttime Goldmine, Thompson’s furniture, Alicia’s clothing store and the Elora Soap Company to name a few. To satisfy your appetite, Back Eddie's is a great spot to pick up a warm cup of fair trade coffee, grab a homemade lunch at the Big Dipper Bakery, and stock up on all the essentials at the neighbourhood grocery store, Paisley Freshmart. Once you have finished shopping, take a walk on the dyke along the river. This dyke was created many years ago, so that when the river floods in the spring, the whole town isn’t covered in water! The pathway along the top is a popular place to walk along the river. Another popular place to walk and view the fall leaves, is the old railway path. Park your car on Highway 1 on the way out of town, just before the mill. Walk over 2 long bridges, which take your overtop of the Saugeen River. Travelers Tip: This is a popular place to take engagement, wedding, children’s or family photos, especially in the autumn!

Once you have finished your walk, head just down the street to Natures Millworks, a gift/artesian shop located on the bottom floor of an old flour mill, which  made a name for itself as the flour made there was shipped worldwide!

Saturday Evening- Chepstow

Once you have finished shopping and walking for the day, head to Marty’s Bar and Grill. This restaurant is an extremely popular Saturday night spot for locals and visitors, so book a reservation ahead and you won’t be sorry! The portion sizes will fill your belly and then some! Once you have finished your delicious dinner, take the short drive to the community of Chepstow. The bright red,  beautifully restored inn is where you will hang your hat for the night! It offers wonderfully comfortable accommodations and bright, decorated rooms in period furnishings. Relax in an oversized rocking chair on the front porch to end off your busy day!

Sunday- Walkerton

Wake up and start your morning off right with a delicious breakfast at the Inn. Make the short drive into Walkerton to spend the rest of your day. When you arrive in Walkerton, head to Lobbie’s Park and take a walk along the Saugeen River. This Riverside Trail is a popular place to walk on a Sunday morning. Drive to Riverbend Park and climb the hill up the Lookout Tower for a great view of the town. This is a spectacular place to see the autumn leaves from a birds-eye view. Enjoy! Head to nearby 519 Table and Pour for a creatively and carefully designed late lunch in a chic, modern setting. This restaurant is new to Walkerton, and has quickly become a local favourite! End off your time in Walkerton with a walk of the downtown streets. Walkerton boasts many unique shops, ranging from men’s and ladies fashions, baby and kids clothing, home furnishings, salons and spas, sporting goods and gift ware. Enjoy the vibrant downtown and pick up a few souvenirs to take home! Shopping not really your thing? Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle the Saugeen. It’s the perfect spot to get a stunning view of the traditional fall colours from an untraditional place!

Thanks for visiting the interior region of Bruce County this autumn! Return next spring to see the trees and flowers starting to bloom, or for a paddle down the Mighty Saugeen River. See you on your next getaway!