Uxbridge is a quaint little town surrounded by nature and enveloped in history
Nestled in a beautiful valley in the northern part of Durham Region, Uxbridge is a quaint little town surrounded by nature and enveloped in history. But don’t let its size fool you: Uxbridge is home to a plethora of outdoor adventures, unique shopping, culinary delights and invigorating experiences.
York-Durham Heritage Railway
The York-Durham Heritage Railway provides family-friendly entertainment with unique tourist train experiences on their heritage coaches that date back to the 1950s. On Sundays, these trains take you on a picturesque ride through the Uxbridge-Stouffville corridor via their open-door baggage cars, but the real excitement lies in York-Durham Heritage Railway’s seasonally-themed entertainment trains. The Wizards’ Festival features on-board interactive magic shows, potion classes and workshops. while the North Pole Light UP Express takes you on a magical ride to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate, treats, live entertainment and a visit from Santa. For the youngest passengers, A Day Out With Thomas offers families a unique opportunity to take a ride on a heritage train pulled by a life-sized replica of Thomas the Tank Engine.
19 Railway Street,
WET YOUR WHISTLE
The Second Wedge Brewing Company
Whether you’re looking to sample brewed-on-site beer or want to fill a growler to go, The Second Wedge is a local brewery that offers delicious, handcrafted beer and an ambiance of community. Immediately upon entering the bright tasting room you’re enveloped by live music, local art and lively conversation. You might even find bicycles propped against the walls, hear the laughter of kids or see dogs lying at their owners’ feet. If you prefer to sip your craft ale outdoors, the beer garden’s custom-made picnic tables are surrounded by beautiful edible landscaping like berries, herbs and hops, and its seasonal container kitchen offers wood-fired pizza. You’re also welcome to bring your own food from home or have it delivered by a local restaurant.
14 Victoria Street,
FOR SOME ME TIME
Holistic Salt Therapy & Cave
For a unique, spa-like experience, Holistic Salt Therapy and Cave is a must-try. This man-made replica of an underground natural salt mine uses 12 tons of salt to provide completely natural, drug-free therapy for both your skin and respiratory system. Sit back in a zero-gravity chair, relax and breathe in air that’s saturated with minerals and negative ions, evoking the same feeling you get by sitting oceanside. If that hasn’t sold you, there are a number of other options like a Pink Salt Foot Detoxifier treatment, an infrared sauna (it’s more effective than a traditional sauna with heat penetrating the body to a depth of up to two inches), reflexology, hypnotherapy, yoga and more.
16 Brock St. West,
Uxbridge’s downtown is an eclectic mix of charming galleries, cafes and shops and The Lemonade Stand beckons anyone with an appreciation for all things rustic, vintage and classic. This bright and airy boutique sells vintage and farmhouse décor by Canadian artists, homemade gifts, supplies and artisan paint for DIY projects, and even features a dried flower bar.
26 Brock Street West,
Uxbridge’s Urban Pantry Restaurant brings the best of Ontario right to your table. This farm-to-table restaurant collaborates with local farmers, breweries and cideries to serve seasonally inspired dishes made with local and sustainable ingredients like their Maple Lane-farmed lamb to burgers made of bison from Uxbridge’s Thunder Ridge.
4 Toronto Street North,
Brooks Farms is a lively combination of farmer’s market, playland and pick-your-own produce that’s home to a number of local festivals like the Maple Sugar Festival, Fall Fun Festival and Easter-Fest. At this family-centric farm you can stroll the fields and pick a wide variety of seasonal fare from strawberries, gooseberries and apples, to pumpkins, squash and peas. If picking your own food is not your thing, you can shop the market aisles for fresh produce, meats, baked goods, jams and more, while children can participate in more than 10 acres of farm fun that includes zip lines, jumping pillows, train rides, barnyard animals and a corn maze, to name a few.
122 Ashworth Road,
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Whether you are an avid hiker, mountain biking enthusiast or just looking for a leisurely stroll through verdant terrain, Durham Forest has more than 16 kilometres of scenic trails that wind through lush woods. For mountain bikers, there’s a great selection of trails ranging from flowing to more technical to get get your heart pumping (this writer’s favourites are “Burnt Toast” and “Baby Butter”). Hikers will also enjoy the well-groomed mix of hills, forest and hardwood areas, and for those wanting to cross-country ski in the winter, there are also flat, wide paths surrounded by trees that reach the sky.
Concession Road 7,