Campbellford, Ontario is located in Northumberland County in the municipality of Trent Hills. It sits at about the halfway mark between Toronto and Ottawa, to put it into a general perspective.
It can be accessed from the 401 at Brighton, Highway 7 at Havelock, and County Road 30.
Although it's history can be traced back as far as 1834, it didn't become the Village of Campbellford until 1876.
It officially became a town in 1906.
The Trent-Severn Waterway is a canal that runs through Campbellford which also connects Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay.
Campbellford is also proudly situated on part of the Trans Canada Trail which stretches across the country from the Atlantic, to the Pacific, and Arctic oceans. It is a system of roadways, greenways, and waterways that extends over 24,000km!
Nestled in rolling hills and farmlands, Campbellford is full of Victorian era homes and architecture which give it a quaint elegance and charming feel.
So you might be wondering what there is to do in Campbellford if you happen to find yourself nearby!
It is home to a few things that are definitely worth checking out.
Let's start with one of my favourite things to talk about - food and drinks!
If you're looking for some fresh baked goods, you'll definitely want to stop in at Doohers Bakeryon Bridge Street East. Be sure to check this one out as early as you can! It is not uncommon for it to be lined up out the door. With 60 years experience under their belts, let's just say they have the whole baked goods thing PERFECTED and it is worth the visit.
If you're in search of a spot for lunch or dinner with the option of a patio, you've got a couple of amazing places to choose from.
For those of you who don't know me well, I have a crazy love for pizza. I have to admit, one of my top 3 favourite pizza places is located in Campbellford. I can't even begin to explain the level of deliciousness inside the 'za from Apollo'son Bridge Street East.
They have a beautiful restaurant with a patio, and they also do takeout if you would rather take your pizza and sit down by the water or at Ferris Park.
Another hot spot in Campbellford, also located on Bridge Street is Caper's Tap House.
Step inside their 1890's heritage home, or find a spot on the always popular patio, and enjoy a pint and a meal.
As for a spot to enjoy a local brew? Campbellford is home to
The brewery was the first microbrewery in Northumberland County and was founded in 2000. It is housed inside an 1878 Methodist Church on the outskirts of town.
FUN FACT: a Church Key is actually the name for a type of bottle opener!
Stop by the brewery for a flight tasting, stay for a pint on their front lawn perched in a beautiful red Muskoka chair, and then pick up a growler to enjoy at home!
Or head down to their pub on Bridge Street for some pub fare, live music, and a pint. Church-Key Pub is always a happening place with a fun atmosphere.
If you have a little more time to spend, visit locks 11 & 12 on the canal and take a walk over the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge! Part of the Trans Canada Trail, the bridge stretches 300 feet in length, and hangs 30 feet over the river below. The best part is, it's free to visit! You can continue past the bridge onto a pretty little trail and take in the outdoors.
The Trent River and Ranney Falls below are absolutely beautiful, while the trek may be a little nerve-racking, the view is worth it.
In addition to the restaurants and pubs on the main street, Campbellford has many shops, views of the water, parks, a local cinema, and even a giant Toonie!
The Aron Theatre is a volunteer-operated community cinema where you can go to enjoy a current, first run movie and special performances including a TIFF series.
The giant Toonie is located in Old Mill Park and is a fun photo spot on the water!
If you get a chance to visit Campbellford, be sure to comment, share some photos, and let me know what your favourite part was!