The Best Local Spots in New Keswick

Every city or town has its gems – the best and brightest spots that give communities colour and personality. In the last 20 years, Keswick has expanded exponentially, becoming home to so many unique local businesses, attractions and outdoor destinations., Keswick is a veritable haven for style, taste and entertainment, with a small-town, intimate feel that honours its charming history, making it the perfect place to live and explore. .

As a new and integral part of the Simcoe community, living at Simcoe Landing offers new homebuyers so many opportunities to discover the best local venues and fall in love with Keswick’s unique charm. Come along on a journey with us as we explore New Keswick! Learn more about some of the local spots you’ll want to explore when you make the move to Simcoe Landing.

Food

Elpida Café and Roastery

Where do we begin? In recent years, Keswick’s gastro-culture has begun to take shape, with trendy cafes in Keswick’s downtown, such as Elpida Café and Roastery offering free-trade coffee and delicious baked goods. Local dining hotspots like Corner House Bistro and CJ Barley’s have also laid the foundation for exceptional food and service in the area; where residents don’t need to drive southward to Newmarket for an incredible dining experience. Keswick also provides residents with their local LCBO and Beer Stores options, but for the adventurous, budding sommeliers, Fellini Fine Wines allows patrons to make their own vintages for a fraction of the cost. Cheers everyone!

Riveredge Restaurant

Bridging old and new in Keswick, Riveredge Restaurant – a local landmark since the 1930’s – offers diners a varied menu of delights for any time of day. Located at the edge of the Maskinonge River, customers pair incredible flavours with local history for an attractive price. Add in superior service, experienced chefs, a stunning view and a welcoming ambience, Riveredge Restaurant will likely always be known for its many attributes and its unofficial title as Keswick’s “favourite restaurant destination.”

The Corner House Bistro

“Fine dining with a causal feel” is the cornerstone of The Corner House Bistro. With Mediterranean influenced cuisine and a commitment to food and service, Vee and Alan Palenchuk’s local restaurant gem is a comforting and delicious experience. Cozy and warm with an ambience that feels like home, it’s no wonder this is one of our most-loved dining spots in Keswick.

Shopping

Wipple Tree Country Store

With locally made home goods, clothing and accessories, gifts, garden décor and just about everything you could imagine, Wipple Tree Country Store is a beloved shop and one of our favourite spots to peruse on any given afternoon. Whether you’re furnishing your home or your backyard fairy garden, you’ll always find something unique and beautiful. And did you know: Wipple Tree Country Store is the proud winner of a Diamond Georgina Advocate Reader’s Choice Award. This honour is given to local Georgina businesses that contribute to the overall greatness of the community.

Room to Bloom

With locally made home goods, clothing and accessories, gifts, garden décor and just about everything you could imagine, Room to Bloom Passionate about all things botanical, Room to Bloom is ourwill be your go-to destination for gorgeous floral arrangements and quality house plants. They provide custom arrangements, consultations for weddings/events and offer DIY workshops for their patrons. But that’s not all.—you’ll also find one-of-a-kind, artisan gifts for your unique, hard-to-buy-for pals or something special to treat yourself with.

Connor’s Music

First opened in 1978, Connor’s Music is a family-owned music store, offering music instruction and quality instruments to two generations of residents in Keswick and the surrounding area. With over 40 years of experience, this local store has grown and fostered a reputation for incredible service and expertise in every genre of music from classical piano and guitar to rock and pop, folk and bluegrass. Our favourite thing about Connor’s? Their involvement in Music in the Streets Festival – an annual, free community event that began as an unconventional recital for students at Connor’s Music and has grown to become an exciting staple in the Georgina community.

Attractions

Georgina Pioneer Village

One of the area’s most well known historical attractions, Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives is a 10-acre site, home to numerous heritage buildings and grounds and interpreting the history of the area between 1850 and 1920. Visit the apothecary or blacksmith or stroll through the general store upon your visit, discover the annual Harvest Festival in September or experience an Old-Fashioned Christmas in the village. This attraction offers both self-guided and guided tours, heritage camps for kids, school visits, workshops, wedding/event venue rentals as well as an archive centre for the surrounding townships, making this the perfect place to create lifelong memories.

Artistic Approach Studio

Looking to indulge your artistic desires? Look no further than Artistic Approach Studio in Keswick. Offering fine and practical art classes to all ages, it’s a great spot to learn something new or involve kids in the art-making process. With after school classes, paint nights, knitting nights, birthday parties and more, this local art space is a fun, creative way to express yourself. Artistic Approach Studio

Stephen Leacock Theatre

A long-held local institution and beloved theatre venue, the Stephen Leacock Theatrecelebrates over 30 years of providing Keswick and surrounding townships quality entertainment at affordable prices. Named after the legendary humourist, the theatre is famous for its intimate ambience and renowned offerings of musical guests, comedy acts and stage productions. Home to the local Queensville Players, it’s a must-see experience for local residents and the perfect night out on the town.

Parks

Orchard Beach and Country Club

Overlooking Lake Simcoe,Orchard Beach and Country Club is a stunning nine-hole golf course with a long and storied history. Dating back to 1926, it has retained its charm through the years and offers local and visiting golfers stunning lakeside views as well as a lively dining/patio area and scenic walks—the view of Cook’s Bay at the ninth hole is particularly incredible.

Claredon Beach Park

One of many parks in the Keswick community, Claredon Beach Park is a mix of stunning lakeside vistas, comfortable resting spots, extensive landscaping and a place for kids to run and play. Perfect for both young and old, the park’s beautiful footbridge and stunning views of the waterfront make this outdoor space a favourite local spot for a weekend picnic or an evening sunset walk.

Young’s Harbour Park

A long-held local institution and beloved theatre venue, the Another of our favourite parks, Young’s Harbour Parkis a great place to enjoy Lake Simcoe. It’s a quieter park than some of Keswick’s larger outdoor areas and offers visitors a small and easy boat launch point and an opportunity to cool one’s heels in the shallow shores. Serenity in a local park – now that’s something we can get behind.

Go out and enjoy some of our favourite local spots and tell us what you think! Did any of your favourites make our list? Do you support a local business in Keswick we should know about? Let us know on social – Instagram and Facebook – and we’ll shout them out!

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