So I recently promoted through my channels the beautiful and picturesque heart of Ontario’s cottage country – Midland, Ontario. I boasted about 15 glorious things to do/places to visit and gastronomic eats to try while visiting this scenic town that will truly shape your summer holiday. And through this personal reflection on a town important and significant in my family, was informed of so many other incredible things to do there warranting a second list. Here are my additional 10 musts for this beautiful town with charm, scenery, and passionate community.

1 – Dino’s Deli

I cannot believe that Dino’s didn’t make my initial list. I seriously think I was an ostrich for a day with my head in the sand. Rated the #1 restaurant in the town of Midland, Dino’s brings delicious stacked sandwiches, salads, and fresh meals to locals and visitors alike. Your visit will not be complete without a fresh sandwich or two. Be sure to arrive early! Lines stretch outside and around the corner quite quickly!

Dino's Deli
Dino’s Deli

 

Dino Prepping his famous Sandwiches
Dino Prepping his famous Sandwiches

 

Dino's Menu
Dino’s Menu

 

Dino's Mile-high Famous Sandwiches
Dino’s Mile-high Famous Sandwiches

2- Take the Guided Midland Mural Walking Tour

So Midland has murals. 30 I might add! You can do a self-guided tour and find each one right in the heart of town. All the murals are within the downtown area so not too far. Plan for a couple of hours to find all the murals and read the significance of each one. Each has history attached along with the artist’s credits and other works. Here are some of our favourites.

One of the Midland Murals
One of the Murals

 

One of the Midland Murals
One of the Murals

 

One of the Midland Murals
One of the Murals

 

One of the Midland Murals
One of the Murals

 

One of the Midland Murals
One of the Murals

 

One of the Midland Murals
One of the Murals

3 – Enjoy a Spa Treatment at Panache

I love this spa! It has everything you could want for a much-deserved de-stressing retreat. Enjoy a massage, manicure, pedicure, facial, wrap, or even a haircut in their swanky new salon. The facilities are beautiful and the decor exceptional. Contact them right in the main drag of Midland for the R & R you need.

Panache Spa, Midland
Panache Spa, Midland

 

Panache Spa, Midland
Panache Spa

 

Panache Spa, Midland
Panache Spa

 

Panache Spa, Midland
Panache Spa

 

Panache Spa, Midland
Panache Spa

4 – Have a Coffee at Grounded, Midland

I love this cafe. The coffee is free trade and organic, bringing top quality roasts to guests. The lattes are exceptional here with great frothy milk on top. There is also a wonderful assortment of pastries and sandwiches to go with your barista-crafted beverage. I highly recommend this independent cafe over the usual and plentiful Tim Hortons. (But make no mistake! I love Tim Hortons too…I’m Canadian, what do you expect haha!)

Grounded
Grounded

 

Grounded
Grounded

 

Grounded
Grounded

 

Grounded
Grounded

 

Variety of Organic Coffee
Variety of Organic Coffee

 

Grounded
Grounded

 

Grounded
Grounded

 

The Coffee was so good at Grounded
The Coffee was so good at Grounded

5- Attend Fun Events at the Town Dock

The Town Dock is a wonderful venue for seasonal events! Concerts, fairs, carnivals, and other fun events have all taken place here for the town folk to get together for a fun time. For example, in 2017 for the Canada 150 festivities, the giant Rubber Duck made an appearance on its way around the country! It really was an exciting site and brought thousands of visitors from the province to see him up close and personal. While the duck was in town, Honeywood Suite, one of Canada’s successful musical bands performed two free concerts for the occasion. Rides and midways frequently stop in at the Town Dock and entertain the locals. As well, whenever large cruises port at Midland, they come in here to dock for the evening.

The Giant Rubber Ducky
The Giant Rubber Ducky

 

The Giant Rubber Ducky
The Giant Rubber Ducky with Momo the Mascot

 

The Giant Rubber Ducky
The Giant Rubber Ducky

 

A Carnival at the Town Dock
A Carnival at the Town Dock

 

Honymoon Suite Performs
Honeymoon Suite Performs

 

Honymoon Suite Performs
Honeymoon Suite Performs

6- Grab some Chocolate Butter Tarts at Elegant Gourmet

Chocoholics, this is your dream boutique. Elegant Gourmet has homemade chocolate, incredible fudge made in-house and world famous Chocolate Butter Tarts. This little chocolatier also serves bespoke coffee beverages and offers a variety of special decor pieces for any home. We loved the butter tarts and were grateful as we sadly missed the annual Butter Tart Festival held a month before our visit. Give these guys a try for the most delicious sweet fix you could want.

Elegant Gourmet Chocolates
Elegant Gourmet Chocolates

 

Element Gourmet
Element Gourmet

 

Element Gourmet fudge
Element Gourmet fudge

 

Element Gourmet fudge
Element Gourmet fudge

 

World Famous Chocolate Butter Tarts
World Famous Chocolate Butter Tarts

7 – Enjoy a Round of Golf at Brooklea

Do you enjoy a heading to the putting green? Brooklea Golf Club is a wonderful spot to play 18 holes and enjoy a buffet brunch (Sundays) afterward. Green fees vary, but the club is open all summer and select days in the Spring and summer. The club closes during the winter months, but does have great facilities for office parties, receptions, and other indoor activities.

Brooklea Golf Club
Brooklea Golf Club

 

Brooklea Golf Club
Brooklea Golf Club

8- Check out the Midland Drive-in

Opening in 1953, this theatre has withstood the test of time. I love drive-in movies as it reminds me of the vintage trends I never got to experience when they were hot. Instead, I enjoyed them vicariously through the screen of such movies as Grease, American Graffiti, and other teen heartthrob flicks of the era. Midland takes you back to the time of outdoor movie viewing in the comfort of your car, with fresh popcorn, and the reliance on good weather to make the experience all the more incredible. The drive-in is open in the summer months and offers incredible movie watching experiences for such reasonable prices. I mean, on some nights you can see 4 features for $10 bucks! That is less than admission to ONE MOVIE at the city theatres.

Midland drive-in
Midland drive-in
Credit: cinematreasures

9- Saint Marie Among the Hurons – First Light

How would you like to see 5000 illuminated candles in the dark skies of this gorgeous historic area of Midland? Head here for select weekends in November and December and get into the spirit with such a gorgeous glow promoting health, hope, joy, and love.

Celebrate the 18th year on the marked lit paths throughout this significant piece of Midland’s history. Each First Light weekend includes family fun activities, delicious baked goods, a gorgeous nativity scene, and demonstrations from back in the day including blacksmithing and doll making using the husks of corn. This truly isn’t an event to be missed if travelling through Midland over the holidays.

nativity
nativity

10 – Hike the Tay Trail

This gorgeous trail on the outskirts or Midland, starting near Waubaushene, is a snowshoer, cyclist’s and hiker’s dream. It is nearly 17 km of mostly flat terrain surrounded by lush forests and park areas perfect for picnics. The best time to enjoy the trail is in the spring and summer from May-October. What is great about this trail is its convenience with stops at the Huronia museum and Wye Marsh along the path. Spend good quality time here delving back into nature birding, photographing squirrels and frogs, and at the same time, getting a good workout in while on holiday.

One of Midland's incredible trails
One of Midland’s incredible trails

These additional 10 things affirm even more that Midland Ontario is a must-visit destination in Ontario no matter what the season. Spend some time and brush up on history, relax at the spa, enjoy an organic coffee with a chocolate butter tart, then burn it off on the Tay Trail. The choice is yours. Midland’s beautiful sites and delicious cuisine made our Heavenly Centenary bucket lists. Follow along with us and enjoy every hidden gem and hot spot Ontario has to offer.

 

Explore Midland Ontario
Explore Midland Ontario

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