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Durham: Rural Spirit

Brockville: Always Fresh
Poised between Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston, the city of
Brockville was once a playground for the ultra-rich who came to
party on their yachts amidst the lovely Thousand Islands. Today,
everyone can enjoy its riverside charm, plus a few new attractions.
■ Tunnel Vision: Railway aficionados have long known about
Brockville's Railway Tunnel, the oldest in Canada. Built in the
1850s, but disused since the 1970s, it's suddenly Instagram-worthy
since last year's installation of brilliant programmable lighting
that illuminates the antique stone archway.
■ River Adventures: In 2016, Brockville unveiled its Aquatarium
at Tall Ships Landing, a multifaceted exhibit complex with its
own theatre. The Aquaria displays the underwater life of the St.
Lawrence River region with tanks that simulate lake, river and
shore habitats. A salt-water touch tank, green-screen activities and
chances to explore and even "pilot" replica ships are among the
many hands-on activities, but the most popular exhibit features a
frolicsome family of three wild river otters.

Just east of the Greater Toronto Area lies Durham Region, where
urban areas like Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax and Bowmanville are
nourished (literally) by their region's rural heritage.
■ Feast from the Fields: One of the area's most memorable dining
locales is Bistro '67 at Durham College, where the food on the plates
is grown on the doorstep through the W. Galen Weston Centre for
Food. Led by experienced chefs, culinary students from the college
prepare dishes inspired by the fresh produce available to them.
■ For Anne Fans: Changes are ongoing at St. Paul's Presbyterian
Church and its garden and manse (the home for the presiding
minister) in Leaskdale, where Anne of Green Gables author
Lucy Maud Montgomery lived and wrote for several years,
beginning in 1911. The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario
is developing the church as an interpretive centre; meanwhile,
it houses a tea room and gift shop, and a series of tours, teas and
musical performances held from May to October.
■ Ride the Rails: The York-Durham Heritage Railway is a charming
piece of preserved local history: an antique train that runs through
the natural beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine from Uxbridge
to Stouffville. Its annual Santa Train operates on Saturdays and
Sundays from November 24 to December 16, 2018. It's specially
decorated for the arrival of Saint Nick, and no child goes home
without their own bag of goodies.
■ Water Works: In 2019, Durham residents are looking forward to
the opening of a luxurious year-round Nordik Spa at Cullen Central
Park in Whitby. It will take over the land formerly occupied by
Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village, which closed in 2006, and is
expected to have the capacity for 700 guests when it opens its doors
to thermal baths and saunas, two restaurants, a retail boutique and
a conference area.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2018

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Regulatory Update
Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Less Taken
Southern Exposure
2018 OMCA Marketplace
UC Coach Lines
Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Intro
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover2
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 4
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Industry Voice
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 8
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Issues Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Regulatory Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 11
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 13
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - The Road Less Taken
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 16
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Southern Exposure
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 2018 OMCA Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - UC Coach Lines
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Port Stanley Festival Theatre
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Travel Highlights Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Classifieds
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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