A short jaunt from Toronto, Grey County has plenty to offer
Years ago, tea held sway, powerful enough to change a name of a town. During the late 1800s mail was confused between Flesherton rail station and Flesherton town. In 1899, it was decided the station
Within a short one and half hour drive from Toronto, (even closer if you live in Brampton), you can explore Grey County and enjoy all the trappings of life in a friendly and scenic environment.
The laid back atmosphere is refreshing from Toronto, as you drive through farms, residents mowing their lawns will wave at you. One farmer sitting on his tractor alongside his pet dog was a memorable scene.
“No one asks you what you do for a living here,” says renowned artist Beverley Smith who moved into the county during the 1980s.
She runs Holy Crow Beads and is renowned for her work in Uganda, where she helped train hundreds of people in the art of beading. Many of these Ugandans suffered years of conflict and HIV. Smith says she was shocked when one woman named her child after her as sign of gratitude.
Traveling through the county, you can experience up to eight waterfalls, some are more family friendly while a few are oriented towards able bodied hikers. Grey County is also home to world class biking trails for all levels of cyclists.
Driving itself is a treat for the eyes, as you wind through the Beaver Valley, and you can stop by the Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery. Inside the 1870s post and beam barn, you can try their new refreshing ginger flavoured cider paired with a tray of artisan cheeses.
Closer to the town of Ceylon in Flesherton, it is recommended you pick up a sandwich at the Leslieville Cheese Market famed for their authentic grilled cheese sandwiches. Incidentally Ceylon had a fervor to launch female politicians, the small hamlet of Ceylon, Ontario was home to Canada’s first female Member of Parliament,Agnes Campbell Macphail elected in 1935. In 1960, Ceylon, the country, elected Sirimavo Bandaranike as the
worlds’ first female Prime Minister. She went on to change the name of the country from Ceylon to the Republic of Sri Lanka.
Where to Stay: Eugenia Falling Waters Bed and Breakfast
Where to Eat: The BruceWine Bar, Thornbury