The Hundred Mile Holiday

It’s official. The summer is drawing to a close. The nights are getting downright cold and the leaves are already starting to turn. Looking back at Summer 2010, I had a great time doing some amazing things including big trips to the Yukon and Kentucky. Besides that though, my summer was peppered with a ton of great activities much closer to home. 

Things like the World Crokinole Championship in Tavistock, the Brooklin and Blackstock fairs, the Waterloo Busker Festival and trips back home to the beaches of Huron County all made it a memorable summer. This summer has really made me realize how much great stuff we have going on in our own backyard. 

Beach volleyball on the shores of Lake Huron. Close to home and spectacular.


Staying close to home is a great way to save money on accommodations and food. It supports your local economy and reduces your ecological footprint by not traveling great distances by plane. Every community has its own special reason to visit. It’s simply a matter of looking for them. 

You’ve probably heard of the Hundred Mile Diet–the idea of eating food produced closer to home as a way of reducing your ecological footprint. So why not the Hundred Mile Holiday? (Or, since this is Canada, the One Hundred and Sixty Kilometre Diet.) 

Here’s how it works: Get out a map of where you live, a compass and a pencil. Using your hometown as the center, draw a circle around it with a one hundred mile radius. From here start doing some research on all the hidden treasures in your area and start planning a staycation. Adventure awaits! 

To whet your appetite, here’s a list of festivals and events coming up in Ontario over the next couple months. Let me know of other ones I’ve surely missed. 

  • Cinéfest – Sudbury’s International Film Festival
    Sudbury, September 2010
  • Toronto International Film Festival
    Toronto, September 2010 
  • Akwesasne International Powwow
    Cornwall Island, September 11-12, 2010 
  • St. George Applefest & Craft Show
    St. George, 3rd week in September 
  • Canadian Show Jumping Tournament (equestrian)
    Palgrave, September Sept 22-26, 2010 
  • The Port Hope & District Agricultural Society Annual Fall Fair
    Port Hope, September 17-19, 2010 
  • Milton Fall Craft Show
    Country Heritage Park, September 18th & 19th 2010 
  • Lambeth Harvest Festival
    London, September 2010 
  • Port Hope All Canadian Jazz Festival
    September, 2010 
  • Niagara Wine Festival
    Niagara Falls, September 17-26, 2010 
  • Fall Rhapsody
    Gatineau Park, Ottawa, October 2010 
  • Sensational Elora
    Elora, October 1-11, 2010 
  • Apple Harvest Festival
    Meaford, October 2-3, 2010 
  • Pumpkinfest,
    Port Elgin, October 2-3, 2010
  • Rockton World’s Fair
    Rockton, October 8-11, 2010
  • One World Film Festival
    Ottawa, October 2010 
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
    Kitchener-Waterloo, October 8-16, 2010 
  • Bala Cranberry Festival
    Bala, October 15 – 17, 2010 
  • International Festival of Authors
    Toronto, October 2010 
  • Waterford Pumpkin Festival
    Waterford, October, 2010 
  • Planet in Focus
    (Environmental films and videos created by Canadian and international filmmakers)
    Toronto, October 2010 


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