Something's Brewing In Rural Ontario
Travel Tour all of the unique, local breweries located along the Greenbelt’s Discovery Routes this Spring.
Brewery Discovery Routes offer suggestions for day trips that will satisfy your sense of adventure. Each map is an invitation to visit the amazing breweries, restaurants, and farmers’ markets that are breathing new life into Ontario’s countryside. The project is a partnership between Ontario Craft Brewers, Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Ontario Craft Cider Association, regional tourism organizations, and a number of other culinary and tourism groups.
“We tend to think we need to go somewhere else for those experiences,” says Susan Murray of the Greenbelt Fund. “But what people are able to do here in Ontario is just inspiring.”
Brewery Discovery Routes were designed to promote the food and beverage offerings throughout Ontario’s two million acres of protected farmland and green space. In particular, they highlighted craft breweries, which have become must-visit destinations in 110 communities across Ontario. In response to the popularity of the free, self-guided tour maps, available in print or online, new routes are being designed for other parts of Ontario.
“A lot of hard work goes into the planning of these maps,” says Frances Pairaudeau of the Ontario Nonprofit Network. The carefully curated routes feature only independent businesses that use local ingredients in their products. Whether it’s a craft beer or cider, a multi-course dinner, or a farmers’ market’s diverse wares, the best Ontario has to offer can be found along Brewery Discovery Routes.
Travellers on the routes come face-to-face with the brewers, chefs, and farmers who turn Ontario’s agricultural bounty into an economic engine. There is no better way to understand the impact of eating and drinking locally than meeting the rural entrepreneurs whose crops move from farm to table, growing their businesses and offering an experience of taste and place found nowhere else.
“Brewery Discovery Routes are a way of connecting Ontarians with the bounty and joy of the Greenbelt and Ontario in a way they were not able to before,” says Pairaudeau.