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Four self-directed Activities in Callander - Summer 2020

Safely discover Callander's hidden gems this summer!

Four self-directed activities for curious minds.

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Culture and Cuisine in Callander

Culture & Cuisine

Follow the footsteps of Jimmy Stewart, Amelia Earhart and James Cagney! These world-famous Hollywood celebrities from the 1930s and '40s were only some of the over three million tourists who visited Callander to immerse themselves in the remarkable story of the Dionne Quintuplets. You can do that, too! The Callander Museum and Alex Dufresne Art Gallery is located in the downtown historic home of Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe and hosts one of the world’s largest collections of Dionne Quintuplet memorabilia. You can also enjoy Callander’s history by following the self-directed walking tour featuring many of Callander's buildings from the past. Download a map from the Museum website and start the journey. Afterwards, let all the impressions sink in over dinner at one of Callander’s restaurants, serving locally-sourced, Canadian and international cuisine. The local food offerings accommodate options for all palates and preferences; from casual take outs to be enjoyed at the water’s edge, to relaxing sit-down dinners with gorgeous views and access to outdoor patios.

Appropriate for: Families, “girls’ night out”, couples, a group of friends.
Links: Callander Museum & Art Gallery:
Self-guided walking tour:
Callander restaurants:
Sunset image Sunbeam Bungalows
Photo: Sunbeam Bungalows

Spectacular sunsets

This is a must this summer! Callander’s breathtaking sunsets are a true testament to the saying "the best things in life are free". Imagine taking a seat on a park bench or a picnic blanket. A flock of birds setting off nearby. The descending sun quietly wrapping the horizon with a warm and colourful quilt. Discover three favourite Callander locations for making unforgettable memories this summer: Centennial Park, Cranberry Trail and the Main Street South beach.

Appropriate for: Families, couples, a group of friends, and anybody else with a curious mind.
Links: Centennial Parkin downtown Callander; plenty of benches and parking available.,-79.3705965,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4d29aeee302b68ef:0xc0f8198bffdf2df5!8m2!3d46.2263338!4d-79.3684078
Cranberry Trail – the end of the 2.5 kilometers trail offers a spectacular site for watching sunsets off soft rocks.
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Biking to Callander on the Kate Pace Way Credit Discovery Routes
Photo: Discovery Routes Trails Organization

From Waterfront to Waterfront

Hop on your bike in North Bay and pedal some 15 kilometers to Callander’s welcoming waterfront. The route to Callander along Kate Pace Way is flat and flanked by trees, rivers and stunning views of Lake Nipissing. Once in Callander, enjoy lunch or ice cream at a local restaurant, relax at the waterfront or take in some culture at the Callander Museum and Art Gallery. Make sure to save energy for a quick detour along Cranberry Trail on your way back!

Appropriate for: Families, couples, a group of friends and anybody else with an active mind and some biking experience.
Links (maps): North Bay Waterfront to the Kate Pace Way Trailhead in Callander
Kate Pace Way Trailhead to Centennial Park
Centennial Park to Cranberry Trail
Boating in Callander

After-Work Boating

In the summer there is no time to spare! On a sundrenched afternoon after work you still have time for a quick excursion by boat. Leave your workday behind and set the compass for Callander. Enjoy  the freshness of the ride and the breathtaking views of Callander Bay - dotted with islands and wildlife - as you get closer to your destination. Once in Callander, the Municipal Dock at the end of Lansdowne Street greets you with free day-time mooring and easy access to restaurants, stores and culture. Maybe you’ll decide to stretch your legs, go for a stroll, or explore Callander’s retail stores. Or perhaps dinner at one of the local restaurants is in the books. However you decide to spend your time in Callander, you will return to your home harbour with a reset and relaxed mind, happy to have maximized a precious summer day.

Appropriate for: Families, couples, a group of friends and anybody else with a curious mind and access to a boat.
GPS coordinates: 46.221817, -79.368075