Park Grocery Deli & Bar, Guelph, Ontario
Jul16

Park Grocery Deli & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Park Grocery opened in 1890 on what was then the northern extremities of the City of Guelph on the southern edge of Wellington County.  Located on the main road north towards Owen Sound (now Highway 6), the wise merchants, Abraham and Emma Waters, had a ready market for their wares.  Over the century that ensued, the building was home to a variety of butcher stores, a tremendous small bakery and now the reincarnated grocery which...

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Miijidaa café + bistro, Guelph, Ontario
Jul15

Miijidaa café + bistro, Guelph, Ontario

Few restaurateurs have been so far ahead of the curve as Bob Desautels.  He began sourcing local ingredients ages before it was sexy.  It wasn’t easy but all along he knew it was right. His restaurants, The Neighbourhood Group, have supported farmers and fishers; brewers and winemakers for literally decades.  Now son Court Desautels has taken the reins to move the ideals of his family to the next level and with Miijidaa’s...

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Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Jul12

Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

One of the jewels in the Vintage Hotels crown, Queen’s Landing is on the waterfront in this history-rich community. Much of the story of modern Canada was solidified here with the battle of Queenston Heights where the British battalions triumphed over the invading forces from the south. Queen’s Landing was only recently build in 1990 on the property of the Old Niagara Harbour and Dock Company incorporated in 1831. Its...

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Borealis Grille & Bar, Guelph, Ontario
Jul11

Borealis Grille & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Bringing local home! Borealis Grille and Bar is a restaurant making a difference and setting a new standard for Ontario, and possibly Canada. The Desautel family just get it.  Bob Desautel’s wee granddaughter, Ava, holds a sign at the left that sums up their entire raison d’etre. Not only is the interior built from local stone and wood, with tables made from a black walnut tree felled in downtown Guelph, the food and...

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The Wooly, Guelph, Ontario
Jul10

The Wooly, Guelph, Ontario

Until recently the word ‘local’ meant a pub where beer drinkers gathered to quaff frosty (or sometimes room temp) beverages and solve the problems of the world.  In Guelph, Local = The Woolwich Arms, a pub/restaurant located in a 115 year old, beautifully restored Victorian home. Known far and wide as the ‘Wooly’, the pub has been selling locally crafted beers and foods since 1990. The Wooly is a city landmark and it was...

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