Canada, the neighbors to the north, is jokingly portrayed as a vast and cold land by Americans. On the contrary though, Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and despite its cold weather, is home to some very warm people.
Emily VanCamp, or as some know her Emily Thorne/ Amanda Clarke on ABC’s hit drama Revenge, is one of Canada’s warm natives. Emily hails from a small town called Port Perry in Canada’s province of Ontario. Port Perry has a population of about 9,000 people and is an attractive town with Victorian style charm that is well worth a visit.
When we interviewed VanCamp about her hometown for AStarWasBorn.com she stated, “Canada is such a beautiful place, I feel like it’s often overlooked, which may not be a bad thing, because we don’t have that many people in Canada and it’s still very quiet and pristine and gorgeous.” Click the photo of Emily to see our full interview.
Born to Play
Port Perry is located on a water way, Lake Scugog, which makes for some fun activities in both the winter and the summer. Lake Scugog is known in Port Perry for its cruise around the lake aboard The Woodman. The Woodman is a special events cruise, equipped with a bar and restaurant, that has both indoor and outdoor seating. It holds up to 100 passengers and runs for about two hours. Taking a ride aboard The Woodman is a romantic way to see the town from the water while dining and enjoying the views.
The Port Perry Marina also allows visitors to rent boats, kayaks, and canoes for some fun during the day. Tourists are able to fish in both the summer as well as winter as the lake is a great place for ice fishing. In the winter, tourists will also enjoy impromptu hockey games and ice skating. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are also activities people from Port Perry love to take part in. Lake Scugog is surely a center piece in such a small town.
Water fun isn’t the only fun Port Perry has to offer. The Ocala Wineries are also a main attraction in the area. The wineries are located in a 100 year old renovated barn house that is comfortable for a day of wine tasting. The orchard contains over 3,000 fruit trees that help to produce the Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and other varieties of wines for visitors.
Various festivals and fairs visit Port Perry as well. In August, an old car show converts the town into a scene from the past. In September, a Chili festival, called the Harvest Chili Cook Off”, arrives in Port Perry to show case all different types of home-made chili. People are welcomed to sample chili at vendors set up along the main street. Christmas time is a sight to see as the people of Port Perry come together for all different types of festivities like the Candle Light Walk, Tree Lighting, and Santa Claus Parade.
If the old town feel isn’t enough to bring a person to Port Perry, the town is just one hour outside of the city of Toronto. In addition to Port Perry’s rustic feel, visitors can take a day to explore a larger city. Niagara Falls is also just 2.5 hours outside of Port Perry as a popular tourist attraction to see.
Born to Eat
Port Perry is filled with small, family owned restaurants. Queen Street is in downtown Port Perry, and is a fantastic place for visitors to eat. Port Perry has everything to offer from Irish Pubs, to Italian Restaurants, to coffee houses for its guests. The Antrim House Pub, which is a traditional, cozy Irish pub. Patrons are welcome to stop in for dinner or to enjoy a brew from one of the eighteen taps. Since Port Perry is a town on the water, it would only be fitting to have a Fish and Chips place. Captain George’s Fish and Chips is a not only a wonderful restaurant for fish and chips, but also a place to get some traditional Greek food. Salvatore’s Trattoria and Cafe serves the town’s favorite Italian cuisines. Queen Beans Coffee House is a relaxing place to stop for a nice hot cup of coffee. The Front Porch is a fabulous place for a good meal and even better home-baked desserts. Port Perry is filled with quaint and delicious places to eat with seasonal favorites like hot chocolate in the winter and ice cream in the summer.
Born to Shop
Port Perry’s downtown on Queen Street is also a great place for shops. Port Perry is the traditional mom and pop shop town that has tons of small shops for the shopping fanatic. The town has all types of stores to offer from boutiques to book shops. db silversmith designs is a great place for visitors to buy hand crafted jewelry. Everlasting Memories has been making brides dreams come true with their wedding dress designs for over 30 years. Handymen will love the Home traditional hardware store. The best store in town though is Brock’s, a store that has been in the same building for over 124 years. For over a century Brock’s has been trusted to sell mens wear, women’s wear, and footwear to the town of Port Perry and its visitors. Shopping in Port Perry is a relaxing and fun experience for all who spend the day in downtown.
Port Perry is a fantastic place to visit for a low-key, rustic, and fun vacation. From the water to the downtown, Port Perry has something to offer for all ages. For more information on Port Perry visit: http://www.discoverportperry.ca