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Driving Ontario’s Big Chute Marine Railway

Big Chute Marine Railway Drive

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Pack

Bring a stocked picnic basket to lunch outdoors near the Big Chute lift. Pack a camera (there are photo ops at every corner), swimsuit, beach towel, water shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Depending on the activities you plan to partake in, you m might want to bring hiking boots, fishing equipment, a few outdoor games (like badminton) and music.

Eat

The Mill Street Bistro in Coldwater serves lunch and dinner (closed Sunday and Monday) and has an outdoor patio. Meals are a mix of fresh seafood and hearty rib-sticking entrées: find seared scallops and mussels, duck confit and mushroom risotto. Coldwater’s Scoops & Cones ice cream parlour (32 Coldwater Rd.) is the place to go for a colder treat.

Sleep

Check out the Tea Lake Cottages or the Elm Cove Cottages; both are cottage rentals about 30 km north of Coldwater, each with access to a private beach.

Transportation

You’ll need a car for this drive. In total it’s only about 50 km, but the winding roads and the frequent pit stops can take you all day, especially if you take time to rent a boat and explore the Trent-Severn Waterway. The starting point off Highway 400 is about a 2½-hour drive north of Toronto.

Playlist

Blue Rodeo: “Five Days in May”
K’naan: “Wavin’ Flag”
The Tragically Hip: “Ahead By A Century”
Deadmau5: “The Veldt”
Esthero: “Heaven Sent”
Bruce Cockburn: “Lovers In A Dangerous Time”
Sarah Harmer: “Basement Apartment”
K-Os: “Sunday Morning”
Metric: “Gimmie Sympathy”
Drake: “Headlines”
Broken Social Scene: “Cause = Time”

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One response to “Driving Ontario’s Big Chute Marine Railway”

  1. Susan says:

    how do I get a map of marine raiiway road trip? Map not coming up on site.

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