What's in Wilton and Our Area
Wilton is in the heart of Loyalist country with several beautiful, historic stone homes and churches. A short walk from Tree Lane is Wilton Pottery, where Diane Creber and Tim de Rose produce artistic marvels. The Wilton Cheese factory, busy every day, makes the best cheddar in the province. (On occasion, other factories have taken Wilton's curd, packaged it and sold it as their own!). The Feed Mill's operations date back to when Henry Simmons started it in the 18th century. It still sells feed, but is now also a tack shop (where Elna got her cowboy hat). There are several riding stables nearby and little-used old township and concession line roads offer unlimited opportunities for quiet, romantic country walks.
For serious (or even more leisurely-inclined) cyclists, Wilton is an ideal starting location, with routes available in all directions. The Cataraqui Trail (along the old Canadian National/Napanee, Tamworth and Quebec-Bay of Quinte Railway roadbed) is a little to the North. The Loyalist Parkway and Amherst island are both a little to the South. You can set out to explore the country roads and trails, and return without having to retrace any of your route.
Within a few minutes drive or (slightly longer) bicycle ride through picturesque countryside are antique shops in Harrowsmith, Camden East, Yarker and Sydenham and the historic Babcock Mill in Odessa. Every August, the Odessa Antique Fair is one of the largest gatherings of sellers from across the province and Quebec, offering a stupendous selection and occasionally very good buys. A few minutes farther South is Lake Ontario with several public beaches along old Highway 33 and picturesque Amherst Island.
A short drive to the East is history-steeped Kingston, the first capital of Canada. There, days can be spent exploring Old Fort Henry, Queen's University, Royal Military College, Bellvue House (home of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister) and the city's countless examples of unique stone architecture. Sailing is great from the Olympic Yacht Basin at Portsmouth, as well as from the marinas downtown and in Collins Bay.
Shopping is more than just the Mall experience: Cooke's Fine Foods has been providing gourmet and out of the ordinary foods since forever; the Farmers' Market behind City Hall; A couple of high quality outlet stores downtown, where great bargains can be found.
And, there are many terrific restaurants which have received the highest ratings of Where to Eat in Canada and which we recommend unhesitatingly, e.g., Chez Piggy, La Casa Domenico, Le Chien Noir and Curry Original. A BIG change from when we went to school in Kingston ages ago!
Finally, a plug for John's workshop:
Tree Lane's Annex is a boutique hobby shop, like no other.
It offers superb custom made and/or finished models of trains and related prototype items, as well as (on occasion) Napoleonic military figures, and historic aircraft and other vehicles.
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