Rural Ontario is a truly spectacular site to behold, so it only makes sense that one of our favourite things to do is enjoy an adventure on our back roads. This itinerary brings you through the heart of Southwest Oxford to four stops under five minutes apart from one another. Drive from one to the other for a wonderful rural day of food, farm and creativity. Don't have time to read right now? No worries. Download our PDF and print it off for later.
1. The Skyway Cafe
Where: 244411 Airport Rd, Tillsonburg, ON (View Map)
Open: 8am-2pm daily
Drive Time to Next Stop: 2 mins
Enjoy your morning eggs or your lunch with a view of airplanes hitting the sky! The Skyway Cafe in Tillsonburg is located right inside the Tillsonburg Municipal Airport and has a great view of the runway. Sit inside where a full wall of viewing windows lets you watch the action or on warmer days, grab a seat out on their sun-soaked deck and eat those eggs el fresco. You'll see everything from small private planes to commercial planes and the famous Harvard aircraft- a WWII training aircraft painted bright yellow so other pilots could see the newbies coming. If you're visiting on a Tuesday or Saturday, consider popping in next door to the Candian Harvard Aircraft Association where you can see a selection of heritage planes and meet some of the people who work hard to restore them!
2. Coyle's Country Store
Where: Corner of Highway 19 and Airport Road, TiIlsonburg, ON. (View Map)
Open: Monday-Thursday, Saturday 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
Drive Time to Next Stop: 1 min
Coyle's Country Store is an iconic stop in Oxford County and has been for years! A baker's dream, this country store is full of confectionary items that will take any recipe from "yum" to "WOAH". Also in house? Freshly made fudge (drool), a great selection of home decor and furniture and enough candy to make any sweet tooth fall in love. Coyle's even has their own line of delicious preserves! Pop in, spend some time wandering the aisles and go home with something new and exciting.
3. Bre's Fresh Market
Where: 224276 Ostrander Rd, Tillsonburg, ON (View Map)
Open: Jun - Oct: Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm; Sat 9am - 5pm, unstaffed roadside stand only
Drive Time to Next Stop: 2 mins
Shop for locally grown fruits and veggies, amazing meats, tasty baked goods, preserves and more at Bre's Fresh Market. Known for their delicious sweet corn, Bre's Fresh Market has all the local versions of your foodie favs. Pop into this home market and right away you'll see a big chalkboard noting what farms and bakeries all their products come from (including their own farm)! If you have kids along, check out the goat pen beside the market, feed the goats or just hangout and enjoy the season's tastiest goodies at a picnic table.
4. Urban Wheel at Sundown
Where: 412569 Cranberry Line, Tillsonburg, ON (View Map)
Open: Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 8:30am-5pm, Sunday closed
Drive Time to Next Stop: 4 mins
Urban Wheel at Sundown is an artisan boutique and market filled with locally sourced goods. Shop Ontario cheese, jewelry, Dutch specialty items and more. Seriously- you'll find everything from hand made waste-free items like utensil pouches and wipes to a variety of Dutch licorice and candy and award-winning cheddars. It's a great spot to grab a few groceries or a gift for someone special. Spoiler alert: someone special can be you!
5. Makkink's Flower Farm
Where: 164604 Kellett Rd, Tillsonburg, ON (View Map)
Open: June-Thanksgiving, Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-7pm; Pick-Your-Own Flowers July-end of September, Wednesday-Saturday 9am-7pm
Also at Tillsonburg Farmers' Market every Saturday morning 8am - 12 noon; August - Thanksgiving
Step into the peacefulness of Makkink's Flower Farm where you can head out into the field and cut a bouquet by hand to bring home! Only a few minutes away by car, Makkink's can also be accessed by bike or foot off of The Great Trail (aka The Trans-Canada Trail) which has been newly-extended. Spend some time in the garden or select a pre-made bouquet, arrangement or succulent planter from their adorable on-farm shop. If you do plan to cut-your-own, be sure to book in advance.
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