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Scottish heritage is certainly something to celebrate! From festivals to food and fashion, whether you’re a proud Scottish decendant or simply a fan, rural Ontario has something to offer you. We’ve found some of the most well-known places to shop for Scottish goods and festivals to take in the many Scottish traditions. So get out there this summer […]

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  • Sheila Sloetjes - Just thought you would like just a little more info on Kincardine.
    Not only do we have a fantastic Scottish Festival but every Saturday night in summer the main st, Queen Street, is closed down and our pipers march to pipe down the Sun.
    Sheila SloetjesReplyCancel

    • Sarah Koopmans - Thanks, Sheila! We are hoping to do a feature on Kincardine sometime this year, so we’ll keep that in mind!ReplyCancel

We celebrate Canada one day a year, but these Ruralist vendors and artisans feature items that keep our home and native land in mind all year round! 1. Canada map throw pillow by Nicole Tarasick Bonus: Use coupon code CANADA30 for 30% off until July 1st. 2. Canoe on a lake dip set by Maxwell […]

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Get Summer Goods from these Rural Retailers 1. This sparkly ocean blue eco-resin bracelet is made by Rosella Resin in Seaforth. I warn you when selecting just one, choosing between their gorgeous inventory may be quite difficult – they are all that beautiful. 2. Somewhere in France, the debut novel by Toronto based Jennifer Robson is on my […]

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Just in Time for Father’s Day If you haven’t picked up your Father’s Day gift yet don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered! This year give dad what he really wants – beer! Made right here in rural Ontario, these ten brews are guaranteed to impress dad. It just so happens that Father’s Day weekend […]

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  • Vanessa Elizabeth - Ramblin’ Road Brewery in La Salette, ON is also a good one :) boyfriend and Dad approved!

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  • Gary Killops - For Dad’s southwest of London (yes Ontario extends beyond London) I suggest Walkerville Brewery in Windsor, Ontario. They have been brewing up a lot of small lot craft beers this past year that is this Dad approved. :)ReplyCancel

  • Raymond Brassard - Barley Days recently released a beer called “A Sensitive Man,” in honour of the late, great poet Al Purdy, who celebrated rural Ontario in his work. Some of the proceeds of this beer go to supporting the restored Purdy A-frame in Ameliasburg in Prince Edward County. It now serves as a writers’ retreat. There’s a good story for you folks here.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Koopmans - Thanks, Raymond! We’ll look into it!ReplyCancel

The “Diva” Mom  1. Imm Living Crown Jewel wall hooks – Gold painted porcelain, Designed by ImmLiving, Canada $39.95 – $42.95  2. HandBag Butler “Mighty Purses” Charge on the go and never get stuck when your cell phone runs out of battery power by simply recharging your phone in this amazing purse! A vast selections […]

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Introducing Hive 2.0 The pretty yellow cottage on Main Street Bayfield is a fitting location for the new home of Hive. This ruralist lifestyle boutique is literally “buzzing” with an abundance of eclectic blend of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, jewellery and home fashions. Owner Jenny Wallace has a keen eye for style and her inventory is […]

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This spring, I’ve been so inspired by everything nautical and anchors. I even had a necklace with an anchor on it custom-made for me by Katie Wilken of EvaRose Couture. What better place to fan the flame of anchor lust than with an Etsy treasury? So here’s one filled with anchor-themed jewellery, porcelain, prints, and […]

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  • Colleen - Thanks so much for featuring my sterling silver nautical earrings! I’m proudly from Ontario and have found a new favorite all things ‘Rural” source!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Koopmans - You’re welcome and thanks so much for following and commenting! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shawne Bennett - Thank you soooo much for including my cottage themed embroidery hoops :) All of my designs are hand drawn & hand stitched and created in Waterdown, Ontario!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Koopmans - You’re very welcome, Shawne! Thanks for commenting and following!ReplyCancel

Theatre Season is Almost Here! Summer theatre in rural Ontario is truly a magical experience. Visiting a playhouse in an idyllic small town setting is a treat. For me it’s all about the whole experience – the pre-show dinner reservations, the awesome stage performance and the after-show cocktails. All I have to decide is who I’ll […]

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  • Nancy Payne - Great suggestions, all, but the list could easily have been expanded–the Lakeview Arts Barn near Bobcaygeon is always worth the trip!ReplyCancel