Waterford is a quaint town located in Norfolk County. Once the centre of economic prosperity with its railway connecting Buffalo and Detroit, Waterford is now a gem for many outdoor adventures!
Last weekend, my husband and I loaded up the kids and headed to Waterford for a fun day.
First stop, Rowen Farms Saskatoon Berrys on Robinson Road, just off Mechanic St. This is a little piece of heaven where you can pick your own or buy some pre-picked Saskatoon berries. The season to get them is now! (end of June to mid-July). These berries grow in bushes and are quite easy to pick. They are packed full of nutrients and fiber and are delicious fresh or in any dessert recipe!
I love teaching my kids where their food comes from. When they get to meet the farmers and pick their own food, it’s an even better experience for them. Rowen Farms Saskatoon Berrys was definitely worth the stop!
Up next, was Waterford North Conservation area. We headed back to Mechanic Street and drove a short distance over the water to the park. There we were able to find plenty of parking, lots of picnic tables to set up for the day, great water to swim in and more! We paid a small entrance fee ($12.00 for a day pass for our vehicle and occupants) and we settled into a nice shady spot for the afternoon. The beach style access to the pond made it really easy and fun for the kids to go swimming. The swimming area is shallow and cordoned off so it was easy for us to keep a watch on the kids while we relaxed and they enjoyed the water. It’s a great place for inflatables too! The conservation area also offers kayak and canoe rentals for a fee and camping is available with advanced booking.
A yummy picnic lunch for the gang, some splashing around, sun tanning and relaxing made for a fun summer afternoon! There were lots of people fishing around there too so if you have an angler in your family, this might just be the perfect spot for you to spend enjoyable time together.
While in Waterford, make sure to save some time to walk around the downtown area where you can find many unique retail shops and a few restaurants. Stop by the jam-packed artisan studio, The Waterford Soap Girl on Alice Street. The smell itself it a treat! While still on Alice Street, you can also stop at Ritzy Cakes and Eatery for an ice cream, a handmade Park Street Pops Popsicle or other delicious treats which are guaranteed to put a smile on your kid’s faces.
Still have some energy? How about spending the last part of the day at the Lions Park for the kids to play and check out Deer Park across the street. Or, you can tackle the Heritage Trail and capture the amazing views from the Black Bridge. If you want to cool off, you can take a walk through the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum to see and get a feel for Waterford’s interesting past.
Waterford has lots of fun activities and history to offer, so plan to head out and discover this quaint little village!
Meet Lara, a passionate business owner, mother, wife and community leader.
I met Lara in the spring of 2018 and from our first conversation I was immediately drawn to her personality and drive.
Lara owns Blue Harvest Hair Design and Spa just east of Simcoe, in Norfolk County. This stylist extraordinaire creates a high quality and elevated salon experience for each of her clients which makes every visit to her beautiful space so special!
Her salon offers breathtaking views of her family farm where Lara is also invested in the family business, which offers plant trials for various breeders. Every summer, this farm is home to hundreds of beautiful, colorful and unique flowers. We first connected about hosting some self-care events in her outdoor space and eventually we started working together in other ways. In the summer of 2018, I had the privilege of hosting 2 yoga events on this amazing family farm.
What truly impresses me about Lara is her willingness to continually invest in herself. Being a mother to 2 small children is not an easy task, especially when you are self-employed and married to a farmer! Long hours for her husband during his busy season means that she also has to manage the household as well, however none of this stops her from working on being the best version of herself!
In order to pursue her dreams of being an innovative salon owner and to help her manage her physical and emotional health as well as other aspects of her life, Lara is willing to align herself with professionals (like me!) to guide her and help her reach her goals.
Over the last year, Lara committed to my 3-month wellness program and my 60 Mindset Reset program to continue leveling up her life. She is interested in fitness and nutrition for her whole family as well as learning, meditation and mindfulness. These techniques are helping her stay focused on what is most important to her.
Lara is a community minded person who loves to connect people. She has a strong faith and often gets involved in various groups and fundraisers. The family business donates to the local hospital each year and her salon offers various incentives to help local people in need. Lara is truly a salon owner with a big heart!
It wasn’t a hard decision for me to decide to become one of her clients also. I love going to see her, she makes me feel so comfortable and I trust her suggestions regarding my hair. Each time I enter her salon, I feel confident that I will leave feeling amazing! She cares about my experience and is always willing to elevate it!
Congratulations Lara on being an inspiration for many other entrepreneurs, you rock!