Beer and Baseball Road Trip

Wednesday 22 April 2015
“That's why I love road trips, dude. It's like doing something without actually doing anything.”
John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

We spend a lot of time trying to get from place to place as quickly as possible. In past years, some of my smallest victories have been mapping shortcuts and shaving minutes from my daily commute, all in an effort to maximize that difficult-to-wrangle concept of free time.

A few weeks ago, on a road trip, we took the less-travelled route between Toronto and Ottawa (and later Ottawa and Toronto), taking the scenic route along Highway 7, and stopping along the way. The trip also took us to Olympic Stadium in Montreal for a pre-season Jays game.

Our soundtrack was favourite albums and favourite songs, among them:

I can't feel you anymore, I can't even touch the books you've read
Every time I crawl past your door, I been wishin' I was somebody else instead.
Down the highway, down the tracks, down the road to ecstasy,
I followed you beneath the stars, hounded by your memory
And all your ragin' glory.

Stop One: The Campbellford Toonie
Old Mill Park, Campbellford
Highlight: A 27-foot toonie, obviously.

Stop Two: Church Key Brewing Company
1678 County Road, Campbellford
Highlight: Church Key's Holy Smoke beer (one of my favourites). This girl is a sucker for smoked beer.

Stop Three: Olympic Stadium, Montreal
4141 Pierre-de Coubertin Avenue, Montreal, Quebec
Highlight: The Jays took the lead early in the game, and ended up winning 9-1.

Stop Four: Dieu Du Ciel
29 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montréal
Highlight: Another smoked beer highlight, this time the Dieu Du Ciel Caserne 30 Weizen Fumee

Stop Five: High Spring Trading Post
RR3, Havelock
Highlight: The High Spring Trading Post is on Highway 7, just outside of the Village of Marmora. The store sells some great bits of Canadiana, but it is wondering around the outside, reading the signs and snapping photos, that is most fun. 

Stop Six: The Oldest Barn in Town
4477 Highway 7, Norwood
Highlight: Everything. You would need days to do this place justice, and we had only about a half hour. The Oldest Barn in Town is worth a road trip in itself.


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    Thanks for sharing your trip.

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