Picnic and Pairings

Step outside and experience Wellington County for day trips full of food and scenery. Get inspired by our list of favourite local picnic spots – with all the fixin’s to fill your basket.

goodfellows lunch with utensils and coffeeGuelph Eramosa

Morning hike anyone? Grab yourself a coffee and some wonderful baked goods from Goodfellows Field To Fork. Then take a trek along the trails to one of the many beautiful spots located in the Rockwood Conservation Area.

 

view of stone pillars, river and gardensCentre Wellington

Seek out Templin Gardens in Fergus for a gorgeous view of the Grand River. Enjoy goodies from The Red Door Café (located just steps away) or from Frabert’s Fresh Foods (just across the walking bridge).

 

seasoned lamb chops on marble slabMapleton

Pick up local lamb chops at Circle-R-Livestock or juicy hamburger at Ell-Crest Farms and enjoy a flavourful BBQ at one of many day-use picnic spots at Conestogo Lake Conservation Area.

 

outside the Hillsburgh Library groundsErin

Located on the Elora Cataract Trailway, the grounds of the Hillsburgh Library are a favourite stop for bike tourists. For a lunch or dinner fix try delicious eat-in or take-out options from Jess for You Café or Fan/Joy Restaurant, located right around the corner.

 

pecan butter tarts on a plateCentre Wellington

Lake Belwood Conservation Area is perfect for swimming, boating or fishing but we would argue, no picnic there is complete without one (or many) of Belwood Country Market’s famous, melt-in-your-mouth butter tarts! A staple to any picnic.

 

outside Big John's country farm storeWellington North

Whether or not you are a birder, Luther Marsh is a biological treasure and is definitely worth a visit. For essential picnic supplies, stop in at Misty Meadows Country Market or Big John‘s Country Market.

 

table displays at the Minto Farmers' MarketMinto

A favourite spot to cool off with little ones is the splash pad and pool located in the beautiful Palmerston Lions Heritage Park. Visit on a Saturday and you can pick up goodies from the adjacent Minto Farmers’ Market.

 

corn in front of J and N Produce's farmCentre Wellington

Enjoy a beautiful view of the Grand River and Wilson’s Flats at the Pilkington Overlook. Stop by J and N Produce and Flowers or Middlebrook Farm Market along the way for a wide selection of local foods.

 

girl in blue dress holding ice creamPuslinch

Starkey Hill is one of Puslinch Township’s gorgeous hiking trails with many great spots to take a break. Union Market Square is just down the road to pick up supplies, for a scrumptious lunch or a cool ice cream cone.

 

two apples in a tree

Guelph Eramosa

Picnic in an orchard? Yes please! Cox Creek Cellars invites you to visit, bring your own snacks or order a cheeseboard and flight of fruit wines to be enjoyed outdoors on their balcony overlooking their beautiful vineyard and farm.

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