It’s been such a beautiful fall so far! As much as I enjoyed being in Spain during October last year, I definitely felt like I missed out on my favourite time of year back home. But luckily this year seems to be making up for that – the colours are awesomely vibrant and the weather has been *suspiciously* nice.
Eric and I recently headed to Temiskaming Shores for a fall/anniversary/Thanksgiving/ work getaway 🙂 The working part wasn’t in the initial plan, but we (oh btw, I work with Eric now) picked up some appraisals in North Bay, New Liskeard, and Timmins along the way. It ended up being quite the whirlwind tour of Northeastern Ontario.
Temiskaming Shores (created in 2004 by the amalgamation of New Liskeard, Haileybury, and Dymond) was never really on my travel radar until I did a bit of research on the area for a Northeastern Ontario Tourism guest blog post. And I’m glad I looked into it because it’s really pretty up there! And it’s crazy how much the topography changes so quickly as you enter the “little clay belt”. Rocks turn into farmland and it suddenly looks like we’re back in my neck of the woods in Southern Ontario. If you get a chance, I recommend checking out it out… here are some ideas for things to do when you do go 😉
We stayed at Les Suites des Presidents and this unique accommodation was perfect for our getaway! The Suites are located in beautiful historical homes along Lake Temiskaming in Haileybury, in an area known as “Millionaire’s Row”. I spoke with one of the owners, Nicole Guertin, for the blog article and I could tell that she was very enthusiastic and passionate about the Suites and the area in general. Nicole is super friendly, accommodating, an advocate for local businesses and aims to bring something unique to Haileybury tourism.
We stayed in the Guertin Suite, which is on the third floor of the Villa. Included in the cost of our stay were: breakfast (kitchen was stocked with coffee, tea, eggs, yogurt, pancake mix, cereal, jams, etc.), use of recreation equipment like bikes and kayaks, board games and books, and a hot tub. OH and we received a freshly baked good at our door every morning = the BEST. I wish that happened every day. Here are some pics:
We took advantage of our kitchen so didn’t eat at too many restaurants. We went to Ali’s and Rooster’s in New Liskeard and La Gauferie in Ville-Marie. Ali’s was recommended by a client and offered a mix of things. They had a seasonal menu (Eric got the lambshank stew), pretty good food and very friendly service. Rooster’s had delicious cheesecake (but can there be bad cheesecake?? Also, where does cheesecake stand in the pie vs. cake debate??? Is it really a cake… it has a crust. Discuss). La Gauferie was OK, but I wouldn’t rush back there… maybe I should have gotten the waffles.
Things to Do
Devil’s Rock Hike
This is one of the more popular hikes in the area and the scenery is pretty spectacular. The “Devil’s Rock” reminded us of the view from the Cup and Saucer trail on Manitoulin Island. There were two options for trails – A (shorter) and B (longer). We took the longer trail which was accessed from Bucke Park Campground. It was approximately a 6 km roundtrip and moderately difficult with rocky terrain – you should wear hiking boots if you choose this route. Definitely recommend.
Temagami Fire Tower
The Temagami tower is one of the only fire towers in Ontario that you are allowed to climb and you are rewarded with a pretty great view when you reach the top. The tower is located in the White Bear Forest which has tons of other trails that looked pretty awesome, but we unfortunately didn’t have time to hike them 😦 There was only a short trail to get to the base of the tower and then a climb up a spiral staircase to get to the top. If you’re not a fan of heights, there were also a few lookout platforms from the trail below.
Drive to Quebec
We popped on over to Quebec on the rainy Saturday for lunch and chocolate. There is a national historic site (Fort Temiskaming, an important fur-trading post) in Ville-Marie, but it closes in September so we couldn’t visit this time. Ville-Marie was pretty cute and it DID have a chocolate shop (Les Chocolats Martine) so it was worth the trip 😉
Sunrise Over the Lake
I hurried down to the dock with my camera when I spotted the sun coming up through that fantastic window in our suite. It. Was. Awesome.
So many curds. And we got 1kg of honey for $10 (yes, I realize that isn’t cheese but it was a good deal and is delicious). They also had little “snack size” curd packets so got a couple of those for the road, a bigger bag of cheddar curds, and the “Devil’s Rock” blue cheese. This is a must-stop place in my cheese-loving opinion.
Cobalt Silver Trail
Cobalt is one of only three mining camps in Canada to be designated a National Historic Site and you can learn all about it by walking or driving along the Heritage Silver Trail, which includes a mining museum, heritage park and other mining sites.
Temagami Train Station
Adorable. Near the turn-off for the fire tower.
This paved multi-use trail between Haileybury and New Liskeard is along a fairly busy road, but you get to enjoy the lake views along the way. And there are reflective sticks at regular intervals separating the trail from the road so it felt pretty safe to run along here. There’s an annual “Haunted Hustle” run along here that includes a marathon… hmmm, maybe next year?
Yes we went bowling. And it was fun.
We popped into one of the many roadside antique shops to snoop around a bit. If you’re in the market for a giant Texaco sign, we know just the place.
World’s Shortest Covered Bridge
#Goals. You can see this little gem in Latchford.
That pretty much sums it up! We ended the weekend back at camp for Thanksgiving dinner (I told you it was a whirlwind) and I snapped a few more fall pics. I’ll leave you with this one:
Thanks for reading, enjoy the fall foliage!