Staying Active Together

Photos and Story submitted by Linsey De Ruysscher

Our family likes staying active. The hubby and I are regular walkers, our boys stay active playing hockey in the winter, baseball in the summer, and let’s not forget about our family backyard badminton tournaments and football games. We enjoy being active and healthy…and we enjoy doing it together!

So, since we are a family of Fall lovers, we planned a fun family day being active and eating delicious food! (Another one of our favourite things!) The plan for our day trip was to head to Callaghan’s Rapids Conservation Area in Marmora to explore the trails and check out the river and the waterfalls.

But before we hit the trails for our morning of exploration, we needed to fill our bellies! On our way to Marmora, we stopped at the Springbrook Diner right on highway 14 between Stirling and Marmora. We pulled in, and the parking lot was pretty full – always a good sign of delicious food! We saw quite a few quads lined up in the parking lot too. The boys were a little bit jealous that we didn’t ride in on quads. (They continue to ask for their own on a regular basis.)

We walked into the Springbrook Diner, took a seat, and we instantly loved the place. It’s cozy, friendly and the food? Well, I could describe it all in detail, but I think a couple of pictures would do a much better job!

Delicious, right? While we were there, we chatted with the people beside us – who happened to be the owners of the quads parked outside – and they told us they rode in from the other side of Madoc just to have breakfast at the Springbrook Diner. Clearly, it’s a place you MUST try!

After our bellies were full, we headed towards Marmora to Callaghan’s Rapids Conservation Area. If you’re not familiar, it’s actually quite easy to find. Once you hit the main lights in Marmora, head west on highway 7 until you come to Tiffen Road. Turn left and take it all the way to Callaghan Rapids Road. Turn left and go to the end. Park your vehicle and pick a trail!

If you’d like to check out the water and the falls, pick the trail to the right. We did, and it took us right to the falls. The boys ran ahead up the trail a bit and our youngest excitedly yelled back to us when he could hear the water.  There’s a great open space that would be perfect for a picnic in the summer or early fall. And the view?

Another great thing about this conservation area is that the trails aren’t overly long, so if you have really little ones who love exploring, but not for an extended period, this place is perfect! We checked out all the trails, the boys skipped rocks, climbed logs, and got dirty.

In fact, our oldest got REALLY dirty! With it being Fall, parts of the trails can get a little muddy. He found this out the hard way and ended up with a shoe covered in mud. We had to take it off and clean it in the river. He didn’t want to wear a soaked shoe after that, so since we were on our last trail…he scored a piggy-back ride back to the parking lot!

After our exploring, we headed east on highway 7 and went into Madoc for a little treat at Hidden Goldmine Bakery. I fell in love with this bakery as soon as we walked in. Not only are there delicious treats and hot drinks, but the whole place has a such warm, welcoming feel and plenty of home décor items to purchase as well. First things first…the treats!

I had the enormous chai latte, (soooo good!) the hubby had a pumpkin spice latte, and the boys went with the brownies – which got two messy thumbs up from both of them! 

As for the rest of the place? Absolutely gorgeous! 

I have a feeling we’ll be making a trip back to Hidden Goldmine Bakery soon. Most likely during the holiday season when it’s all decked out in Christmas décor!

Speaking of the holidays, our next family adventure in Hastings County will be Christmas related. With all the awesome events and parades in the area, it’ll be hard to guess what we’re doing, but here’s a hint…think Christmas trees!

Stay tuned to the Hastings County blog and Facebook page for all the festive details!


Story and photographs by Linsey De Ruysscher

As one of our six Local Wanderers exploring Hastings County, Linsey enjoys making memories with her family hiking on new trails and discovering new hidden attractions along the way. If there is a river to be paddled, they'll be there!

Learn more about Linsey through her bio, as well as for a link to the other adventures she has shared with us. You can also read about our other five Local Wanderers and the excursions they've experienced across the County.