Where Is Norfolk & Why Is It Worth A Visit?
Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Norfolk is a breezy 2-hour drive from Toronto. The county’s mild climate makes it an ideal destination for anyone looking to get out of the city and enjoy the adventures offered by this Ontario gem.
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Make Norfolk a destination this year by taking in incredible live music at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds Festival, sampling the region’s beer and wine offerings, glamping, outdoor adventures, and so much more the local municipalities offer. These towns include Port Dover, Turkey Point, Long Point, Simcoe, Delhi, Waterford, and Port Rowan.
What’s Happening in Norfolk This Summer?
Norfolk County Fairgrounds Festival
This year features The Fairgrounds Festival, showcasing live music from the likes of The Beaches, Sloan, Bif Naked, and Finger Eleven over two days beginning June 9.
Tickets for the Fairgrounds Festival start at just $25 and are available online at fairgroundsfestival.ca
In addition to the Fairgrounds Festival, this season also features live performances from Arkells, DJ Vekked, Barenaked Ladies, and the 10th Anniversary of the South Coast Jazz Festival. There’s also weekly offerings of local live music, food trucks, vendors, events for kids, and a beer and wine patio at the Downtown Simcoe Friday Nights street party series.
Glamping and Outdoor Adventure
Spend a night under the stars at one of Norfolk’s beautiful glamping locations. Long Point Eco Adventures offers glamping options, so to do Homegrown Hideaway, and Hide Away Hills presents a private glamping location for couples.
For the outdoor adventurist, Long Point Eco Adventures has got you covered. This eco-adventure destination offers a range of exhilarating activities amidst the stunning backdrop of Long Point Bay and the surrounding Carolinian forest. Visitors can embark on thrilling zipline tours that take them soaring through the treetops, offering breathtaking views of the landscape below. For those seeking a more serene adventure, guided kayak tours allow exploration of the pristine waters, providing an up-close encounter with the abundant wildlife and diverse ecosystem.
Norfolk County is home to an array of stunning beaches that offer a delightful escape for both locals and visitors. One of the most popular destinations is Turkey Point Beach, situated along the shores of Lake Erie. Long Point Beach beckons with its serene beauty and pristine shores stretching for kilometers along Lake Erie’s coast.
Food and Drink
Norfolk, Ontario, is home to a vibrant and growing brewery scene that attracts beer enthusiasts from near and far. Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Norfolk County, this region boasts a rich agricultural heritage that influences the exceptional quality of the local brews. Norfolk’s breweries showcase a wide range of styles and flavors, from traditional ales and lagers to innovative craft creations.
Some of the highlights worthy of a stop to whet your whistle include Ramblin’ Road Brewery (located a short drive from Long Point and Port Dover), Wishbone Brewery (located in Waterford), Charlotteville Brewery, and Meuse Brewery (located on a 25-acre rural property).
Those clamoring for a late-summer beer garden experience will be happy to know that Port Dover Beerstock is set to return to the region on September 23, showcasing an array of breweries for sampling and good time.
For those looking to expand their palate, Norfolk’s renowned dining scene offers Lounge 33/Capitol 33, a fine dining seafood experience. 211 Main features an eclectic menu showcasing pub-style favourites and pizza. Marshview Patio offers a unique waterfront dining experience, where guests can relish delicious meals while enjoying panoramic views of Norfolk’s stunning marshlands.
For more information and the latest news on what’s happening around Norfolk County, download the Visit Norfolk County app in the Google Play Store or the App Store on iOS.