Historical Getaway to the Dairy Capital

2 nights in a Queen Anne Revival House, a guided walking experience of the Nith Forest and explore the Dark Side Tour in Oxford County.

Woodstock is the Dairy Capital of Canada. It’s also known for its historic buildings. Fittingly, you would be staying in a Queen Anne Revival House and exploring stops with local makers on the Oxford County Cheese Trail.

Take an interpretive walk in the Nith Forest with your expert guide.  The Nith’s mysterious old Forests, hidden in rural South Central Ontario valleys, are fervent ground for exploring wildlife and folklore from early Canadian settlements lost in the forest, as well as a vanished First Nations Tribe.

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3 Days and 2 Nights - $449.00/couple CAD

Off the Beaten Path
Refundable

Primary Location

Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario

Departures

Valid daily until April 1, 2021 (based on availability)

Included:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Chateau La Motte Guest House on a double/full-size bedroom category.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • A guided hike in the Nith Forest – 4 hours with approx. 6 km hike plus interpretative experiences & campfire lunch included (minimum 6 hikers required).
    • Your guide will be Jamie Kent or one of his team members – Jamie left a suit & tie in 1997, pursuing his passion for providing outdoor adventure for visitors from across the world. As a Paddle Canada Instructor-Trainer, Jamie trains other canoe instructors & specializes in instructional trips for clients. He is also a Certified True Colors Trainer in interpersonal skills and combines 35 years of business, training, and adventure experience to operate corporate team building adventures.

Pricing Details

Add to your cart above - each one is for 2 people.
  • Price listed is per couple.  We are able to customize this package to add or subtract nights and inclusions.
  • Valid for stays up to April 1, 2021. Once purchased, please contact Omega Tours to confirm your dates and availability.

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Explore Woodstock
Stretch your legs on a self-guided heritage walk of Downtown Woodstock or pop into the Woodstock Art Gallery and Museum, a National Historic Site.

Chateau la Motte Guest House
You will find Château la Motte in the most architecturally outstanding area of the town. The house was built in 1895 and is listed on the Provincial Register of Historic Homes. The home is described as Queen Anne Revival style with a circular tower, rare red slate roof, four private balconies, and soaring chimneys. The elegant exterior is of ruby volcanic stone and a grand curved verandah wraps around the front of the home. Check-in for your next 2, wonderful nights.

Recommended experience: Habitual Chocolate
End your evening with a chocolate tasting at Habitual Chocolate, a chocolatier that makes chocolate from scratch celebrating the nuances of the beans and each region’s distinct flavours. Tasting Habitual Chocolate is like sampling fine wines. You may taste notes of mango, cherries, or even olives. Enhance your experience with a tasting of Habitual’s house-made ice cream and hot chocolate.

DAY 2:

Recommended experiences:

Early Bird Coffee
Start your day off at Early Bird Coffee for the Roasting Lab. Learn about the art of roasting coffee from roaster Elio Caporicci. Gain an appreciation of bean varieties and how the roasting process enhances their flavours. Alternative: Coffee roasting flight & specialty coffee to go.

Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese
Take a short drive to the beautiful Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese. Cheesemaker Shep Ysselstein uses milk from his family’s dairy herd to make award-winning washed-rind cheeses that marry his Swiss training with his Dutch heritage. Learn about the cheeses and take a sampling plate to enjoy.

Greener Pastures Eco Farm
Join the VanRooyen family to learn more about sustainable farming practices. Tour their farm learning about the rotational grazing of their heritage pigs, cattle, and chickens. Take a taste of the farm home with you. Many households also know Carl VanRooyen as the Milk Man delivering fresh local milk, cheeses, organic grains, syrups, and other local products. Be sure to bring your cooler!

Stop for a Paddle of Beer
Visit the award-winning Upper Thames Brewing Company for a Dark Side tour flight featuring Gunn’s Hill Cheese, Habitual Chocolate, and their award-winning Dark Side Chocolate Stout, or choose to explore more beers with a traditional paddle of Upper Thames Brews.

DAY 3:

9:00 am Guided walk of The Nith Forest.

After your gourmet breakfast, experience the Nith Forest beginning. Let us guide you on a path less traveled exploring untamed natural areas along the little-known Nith River. Tributary of the Grand River Watershed, the Nith’s part of a designated Canadian Heritage River, home to some of South Ontario’s largest forests & early Canadian culture. Experience hiking rare Carolinian Forest in hidden valleys that feel lost in time with unknown and untouched beauty. Meandering through rural South Central Ontario, the Nith’s Forests feature folklore of abandoned early riverside settlements plus amazing nature with stunning sights unknown even to locals. Picturesque old iron bridges & herds of white-tailed deer cross the river, while Red-tailed Hawks cry out above.

Our immersive interpretative forest experience includes animal tracking plus exploring habitat from animal to historic, uncovering old Trapper’s Lean-to’s & a pioneer’s cabin foundation lost in the forest. Complete with a campfire building for a warm lunch featuring our delicious Maple Chilli, our Nith hike is an authentic explorer’s experience. (4 hours with approx. 6 km hike plus interpretative experiences & campfire lunch included)

On your return home: Wild Comfort Body Care

After a career in mental health, Danielle Paluska made the decision to pour her skills into her own life. The result was Wild Comfort Body Care which specializes in natural body care products including hair care, soaps, serums, creams, deodorants, and more. The minimalist packaging, natural dyes, and ingredients highlight the beauty of nature in her products. She offers to share this passion with visitors through her Soap and Solace
experience. Visitors learn the craft of soap making and formulate their recipe, leaving with a branded wooden box that their bars of soap is curing in.

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