If you're looking for a fun, family outing this fall, there are plenty of apple-related adventures you can take in L&A County.
The views from the water this time of year are amazing. The brilliant colours of fall reflecting off still lakes and rivers are spectacular, and the cool autumn air makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
Autumn is my favourite time of year to hike a trail. The air is crisp, the views are spectacular, and if you're lucky you could see an abundance of wildlife along the way.
Autumn is my favourite season. The humidity of the summer is mostly gone, the nights are cool, and the days are still warm enough to keep the heavy jacket in the back of the closet.
With the exception of raking the lawn - and raking again, and again - there's nothing not to like about this time of year. Despite the work that goes along with keeping the yard in order, seeing the colours that Mother Nature unveils every fall is well worth it.
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When I talk to folks about kayaking I've had a few people mention to me how great a spot Deerock Lake is to paddle. I added it to my bucket list of places to visit and I finally made the trip on a sunny morning in early-October of 2019.
They weren't exaggerating - Deerock Lake Conservation Area may be the absolute most beautiful place I've ever been to. I can hardly wait to go back again this year.
When the calendar turns to September, prime cycling season arrives here in South Eastern Ontario. The days are usually a bit cooler and there is less humidity than earlier in the summer, making conditions just right to hop on your bike and enjoy a ride.
Lennox & Addington offers some of the best road cycling routes in the province. Our County roads are in terrific shape, and many are equipped with extended paved shoulders that provide added safety to riders.
Beaver Lake could very well be my favourite place to visit in all of Lennox & Addington County. My grandparents lived on North Beaver and I spent a lot of my childhood there. I have many fond memories of my brother and I catching frogs, searching for crayfish, going canoeing, and taking rides in my Pop's old boat.
It had been a while since I had made the trip back to the lake so I took advantage of a sunny afternoon to spend some time out on the water. I loaded my kayak and fishing rod in the truck and off I went.
Although I was born and raised here in Lennox & Addington, I've never really been exposed to the ins and outs of farming, despite all the great agricultural operations in our area.
I've done hay once in my life (which was plenty) and other than help my childhood neighbour get his cows back on the right side of the fence every now and then, I haven't had much exposure to that way of life.
Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to call Lennox & Addington my home.
Given the nature of my job with the County, it's in my best interest to shout from the rooftops about how great life is here. Don't get me wrong, I really do think that we live in a special place. But recently I had a chance to take a step back and experience our County from a visitor's perspective.
It re-affirmed my belief about how good we've got it here in L&A.
For the next stop on my memorable tour of Lennox & Addington County, I headed off to chase smallmouth bass on Mazinaw Lake with my significant other and our pup. I hadn't been to this area since I was a kid so it was wonderful to revisit this location, which is even more beautiful than I remembered.