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Calling all artists, art lovers and art aficionados to enjoy artistic spirit, small town charm, outdoor fun and decidedly delicious cider.

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Combine art appreciation with fall colour at its finest in Ontario’s artisan communities. With an abundance of studio tours, fascinating local museums, and inspiring galleries, there’s more art and culture packed into these charming towns and villages than you could shake a paint brush at.
Meet local artisans and crafts-people during the Caledon Hills Studio Tour or the Elora Fergus Studio Tour. Browse the Guelph Farmers Market for crafts and handmade jewellery.

DAY ONE
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is devoted to historical and contemporary Canadian and Indigenous art, including the ‘Picasso of the North’, Norval Morrisseau, and the renowned Group of Seven (check out the Group of Seven Guitar Project).  
Stop for lunch
Caledon invites you to celebrate its burgeoning craft cider industry. Visit Spirit Tree Estate Cider; their Ciderhouse Bistro serves wood oven pizzas, artisan cheese and cured meats and of course, cider.
Take in a view
Head north, then east on Caledon Mountain Drive to the cliff lookout along the Bruce Trail (be mindful of private property vs park trails). The climb is steep, the terrain challenging, but the view at the top is well worth it.
Tour the Alton Mills Arts Centre, a gem of a gallery that offers a unique blend of working studios and gallery showings.
Stay, dine and unwind
Stay at The Millcroft Inn and Spa in Alton, an upscale country hotel in a converted historic mill; the spa includes outdoor hot springs!

DAY TWO
Grand culture
Sample a wee bit of Scotland at the Fergus Scottish Corner Shop, followed by craft beer and farm-to-table food at the Elora Brewing Company. Explore Elora Gorge, part of the Grand River.
Where to stay
Detour for a selfie stop at the West Montrose (Kissing) Bridge, the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario, before checking in to Western Hotel and Suites in downtown Guelph. Visit The Bookshelf on Quebec Street, Guelph’s arts and entertainment hub for carefully curated books, films and gifts.
Dinner and drinks
The eclectic menu at Miijidaa Café + Bistro is inspired by First Nations cuisine; in fact the name is the Ojibway word for ‘let’s eat’.
The Albion Hotel is local favourite pub that hosts live music and art events, with a lot of history. It proudly holds the second-oldest liquor license in Ontario with rumoured connections to gangster Al Capone.

DAY THREE
Grab a bagel and coffee from With the Grain Café and visit the Art Gallery of Guelph, a public gallery and sculpture garden on Gordon Street. You’ll feel good about what you eat at the fresh and seasonally inspired Earth to Table Breadbar.
Admire the view
Spend your afternoon paddling on the Eramosa River in Rockwood Conservation Area just east of Guelph on highway 7. Rent a canoe from the kiosk on the beach and paddle out past the gigantic rocky cliffs to Harris Mill Ruins. The scenery will stir the artist in you.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
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McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Avenue,
Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers its visitors a unique and truly Canadian experience. From the art within the gallery to the surrounding landscape, the McMichael is the perfect gallery for an introduction to Canada's art and culture. The McMichael permanent collection consists of almost 6,000 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations,... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (905) 893-1121
Toll Free: (888) 213-1121
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
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Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
1137 Boston Mills Road,
Caledon, ON L7C 0N1
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery is located on 46 acres of rolling hills in the town of Caledon, just above the village of Cheltenham, on a ridge of the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, overlooking Toronto. The clay soil is a natural habitat for wild apple trees and the perfect location for a cidery. We produce hand crafted artisan hard ciders, wood fired stone oven breads, pies and pastries. Our... More Info
Open: Feb 5 to Jan 18
Phone: (905) 838-2530
Exterior view of the Alton Mill Arts Centre
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Alton Mill Arts Centre
1402 Queen St.,
Caledon, ON L7K 0C3
This national award-winning heritage building has been called "a jewel in the crown of the GTA arts scene." Discover two dozen artists in working studios, five art galleries, a heritage museum, and sensational outdoor sculptures. This is the place to find one-of-a-kind paintings, jewellery and gifts, and you'll likely meet the artisan who created the piece! The industrial chic ambiance makes... More Info
Open: Jan 2 to Dec 31
Phone: (519) 941-9300
The Millcroft Inn & Spa
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The Millcroft Inn & Spa
55 John Street,
Alton, ON L7K 0C4
Escape to country comfort just 45 minutes from Toronto at The Millcroft Inn & Spa, an elegant, historic, four-diamond establishment in Alton. Savour breathtaking views of our 100-acre wooded estate. Enjoy dining in Headwaters Restaurant overlooking the Shaw's Creek Falls. Relax in one of our 52 uniquely decorated guestrooms and soothe your soul in the Millcroft Spa, Centre for Well-Being.... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 941-9192
Toll Free: (800) 383-3976
Elora & Fergus Tourism
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Elora & Fergus Tourism
400 Tower Street South,
Fergus, ON N1M 2P7
Experience a wee bit of natural in Elora & Fergus. Come share the warmth and flavour of life that is characteristic of small town Ontario. Nestled on the banks of the Grand River, we welcome you to explore the natural limestone buildings, unique gardens, shops and parks. Celebrate Scottish heritage in the town of Fergus. Enjoy some of our great events such as the Elora Fergus Studio Tour,... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 843-5140
Toll Free: (877) 242-6353
Elora Brewing Company
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Elora Brewing Company
107 Geddes Street,
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Surrounded by century old heritage, The Elora Brewing Company provides a true craft beer experience, accompanied by some of the best 'farm-to-table' food in the heart of downtown Elora. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 805-2829
The West Montrose Covered Bridge spanning across the Grand River
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West Montrose Covered Bridge
1232 Rivers Edge Drive,
West Montrose, ON N0B 2V0
The West Montrose Covered Bridge was built in 1881 and is recognized as a historic site by Ontario's Archeological and Historic Sites Board. It is Ontario's last remaining covered bridge and has a 198' span across the Grand River. Visitors come from all over the world to see, walk across, and photograph this picturesque and unique bridge. The roof over the bridge protects the large timbers and ... More Info
Phone: (519) 669-1647
Exterior view of Western Hotel & Executive Suites
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Western Hotel & Executive Suites
72 Macdonell Street,
Guelph, ON N1H 2Z6
Our European-style boutique hotel has been fully restored and offers 19 one-of-a-kind, modern suites. We have veered away from the standard hotel experience to offer you a place of calming elegance in a desirable location. Guests enjoy a comfortable and luxurious stay centrally located in the heart of downtown Guelph. Whether you're in Guelph for a meeting or simply to relax and take in the... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (844) 937-8123
Miijidaa Cafe and Bistro
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Miijidaa Cafe and Bistro
37 Quebec Street,
Guelph, ON N1H 2T1
The word Miijidaa means 'let's eat' in the Ojibway language. For us it's an inspiration to celebrate the cuisine and foods around us. A chance to show off our northern bounty. There are many influences in what has come to define Canadian cuisine. Starting with the First Nations, followed by the influences of the French, English, there are many ideas and traditions that have motivated us to... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 821-9271
The Bookshelf
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The Bookshelf
41 Quebec Street,
Guelph, ON N1H 2T1
Comfy venue offering an indie movie theatre and bookshop, with light fare, cocktails and regular events in downtown Guelph. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 821-3311
Albion Hotel
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The Albion Hotel
49 Norfolk Street,
Guelph, ON N1H 4J1
The Albion Hotel is a hub of social activity for the City of Guelph, and its surrounding community. The rich history of the Albion has catered to a long list of diverse clientele. The Albion, Reborn, is proud to maintain strong roots and support for the local Arts, Music and Culture. Our dining menu offers a variety of both healthy and modern Cuisine served in our warm and hospitable... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 821-7125
Art Gallery of Guelph
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Art Gallery of Guelph
358 Gordon Street,
Guelph, ON N1G 1Y1
The Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) is one of Canada’s premier public art spaces, engaging audiences with innovative artists and ideas from around the world. Committed to shaping contemporary art histories, AGG is recognized internationally for its collection of over 9,000 Canadian and international works. Extending the social space of the gallery beyond its walls, AGG’s Sculpture Park is the most ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 837-0010
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Earth to Table: Bread Bar
105 Gordon Street,
Guelph, ON N1H 4H7
Embrace the earth to table philosophy and eat authentic food that’s in season at Guelph’s Earth to Table: Bread Bar. Check out the daily special for fresh and delicious food cooked with locally sourced ingredients. Whether it’s a sit down meal with your family or friends or picking up a ‘grab-and-go’ meal, you’ll discover plenty of delicious new options on the menu. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 767-2999
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Rockwood Conservation Area
161 Fall Street,
Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0
Towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes, including one of the world's largest, are a few of the natural wonders at the Rockwood Conservation Area. You can view them from hiking trails on both sides of the Eramosa River or in a rented canoe. The conservation area has over 65,000 visitors a year from near and far and offers excellent recreational opportunities only a short distance ... More Info