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!