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Thornbury/Clarksburg in the Beautiful Beaver Valley

Thornbury has a tidy downtown with traditional architecture, boutiques and restaurants for discriminating gourmands. It is the heart of apple country where many merchants are part of the culinary award-winning Apple Pie Trail that gives visitors a taste of many apple related products in the region. Pastries, cider, apple recipes and markets all have delicious offerings of the “forbidden fruit”.

The Beaver River is designated a Heritage River due to its beautiful scenery and important wetland habitat. A 25-km., 5-hour canoe trip is possible from Kimberley to the Slabtown dam north of Heathcote where kayak and canoe rentals are available. The river is also a busy spot for anglers during spring and fall Rainbow trout and salmon runs. A fish ladder allows fish to bypass the Thornbury dam when they swim upstream and a viewing platform enables visitors to witness the spectacle.

Thornbury’s harbour has a fish cleaning station, sheltered dockage, boat launch, playground and washrooms beside Little River Beach. A scenic path leads over a bridge to the Bayview Park beach and gazebo at Mill & Bay St. The Cedar Grove Labyrinth is an intriguing park with a maze, picnic shelter and washrooms located beside the Georgian Trail just south of Bayview Park. The Riverwalk and lookout in Thornbury is part of the Georgian Trail recreation corridor, a smooth path for hiking, biking and skiing between Collingwood and Meaford. Peasmarsh Beach, at 208525 Hwy 26 and Christie Beach Conservation Area, west of Thornbury, also both have swimming and picnic areas.

Visitors can discover cultural gems such as Jazz by the Bay Sunday night concerts at Bayview Park in summer. Clarksburg has earned the nickname “Artsburg”, with its vibrant collection of art studios and galleries. Fireman’s Park, on Clark St., has a nice picnic spot at the river.

Farmer’s Pantry is a delightful farm market that combines U-pick produce and fresh, local food with petting animals and a children’s adventure area to complete a wholesome package. The farm is located south of Clarksburg.

Sheffield Park Black History Museum exhibits the heritage of black pioneers in its gardens and building at 241 Clark Street in Clarksburg.

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