Visitor Itinerary Ideas from Whistling Gardens
Listed below are several suggestions to help with your day tripping or overnight visit to Norfolk County "Ontario's Garden". All venues are located within 30 minutes of Whistling Gardens and most cater to groups, but please call ahead.

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Visit Norfolk Tourism:
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Whistling Gardens visitors receive a Preferred Reservation Rate Discount at the Comfort Inn Simcoe.
Visit Comfort Inn Simcoe - Preferred Rate Reservation

Cedar Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Private, spacious, fully wheel chair accessible cottage room.

The Country Doll House Bed & Breakfast
Victorian vintage country retreat!

Maple Court Cottages
Port Dover cozy waterfront cottages!

Rowan Nights
Port Rowan 5 Star Bed & Breakfast

The Butter Barn Bed & Breakfast
"Charming completely refinished Century Home offers choice of 3 bedrooms, plus a fully stocked kitchen & bathroom, sitting room with fireplace, satellite tv, free wifi, continental breakfast (included) or hot cooked brunch (extra), outdoor spaces, lots of parking, 15 minutes from the beach. Located about 1-2 hours from Toronto, Niagara Falls, London, and Kitchener-Waterloo, you will find friendly people, picturesque vistas, and lots to see & do locally in our beautiful area!"
Just 10 minutes from Whistling Gardens.

Ontario's South Coast Bed and Breakfast Association
Southern Ontario Bed & Breakfast Listings



Barrel Pizza & Spaghetti House
31 Queensway West, Simcoe, ON N3Y 2M8
P: (519) 426-0068
Personal, Group Dining & Catering
Located just 20 minutes from Whistling Gardens

Bell Homestead - Cafe
94 Tutela Heights Rd, Brantford, ON N3T 1A1
P: (519) 756-6220
Personal & Group Dining
Located just 15 minutes from Whistling Gardens

The Blue Elephant - Pub and Upscale Dining
96 Norfolk Street South, Simcoe, ON N3Y 2W2
P: (519) 428-2886
Personal & Group Dining
Located 20 minutes from Whistling Gardens

The Combine
352 Norfolk St South, Simcoe,
Norfolk County, Ontario N3Y 2W9
P: 226 440-3369
Personal & Group Dining, Reservations Recommended
Located just 15 minutes from Whistling Gardens

Erie Beach Hotel and Restaurant – Famous Seafood
19 Walker Street, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
P: (519) 583-1391
Personal & Group Dining
Located 30 minutes from Whistling Gardens

Ritzy Cakes & Eatery
20 Alice, Waterford, ON N0E 1Y0
P: (519) 443-0964
Casual cafe and desserts. Special order celebrations - custom artistic wedding cakes and desserts!
Located just 7 minutes from Whistling Gardens

St. James Eatery
c/o Kerry Bockenholt
10 St. James St. S., Waterford, ON N0E 1Y0
P: (519) 443-4000 F: (519) 443-0910
Personal and large group dining.
Seperate group room available.
Pleasant bistro setting.
Located just 7 minutes from Whistling Gardens

Yin's Restaurant - Famous Chinese Food
40 Main S, Waterford, ON N0E 1Y0
P: (519) 443-8678
Personal & Group Dining
Located just 10 minutes from Whistling Gardens


Places to Visit

Visit Local Norfolk Wineries:

Apple Hill Lavender
1795 Windham Rd. 11, Windham Centre, On, N0E2A0
Lavender tours, distilling demos, lavender boutique. Groups welcome
Located just 10 mins from Whistling Gardens
P: (519)410-2267

Raging Bowl Pottery
1795 Windham Rd. 11, Windham Centre, ON, N0e2A0
Handmade porcelain celebrating the art of fine craft.
Located just 10 mins from Whistling Gardens
P: (519)909-9204

Bonnieheath Lavender Farm:
"Group Tours Welcomes, Retail Shopping & Guest Speaking"

Downtown Simcoe BIA:
"Our downtown is steeped in history with unique boutiques, shops and outstanding restaurants specializing in local produce. You can find it all in Downtown Simcoe!"

Glenhyrst Art Gallery and Gardens:

Health & Wellness: "Every day our body is continually exposed to positive ions from cell phones, microwaves, computers, TV's, the air we breathe, the water we drink. Salt contains negative ions that are absorbed through the skin and inhaled into our lungs during a 45 minute salt room session-thus creating a mind and body balance. Benefits include: Clearing of Sinuses, Improved Allergies & Hay fever, Better Immunity, Uplifted mood, Faster recovery from common cold, Improved lung function for people with Asthma, Emphysema, CPOD, Cystic Fibrosis, Less mucus and congestion from respiratory system and sinuses, Detoxifying & cleansing effect through the skin, Improved Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis & other skin conditions, Helps with Snoring, Reduced stress & cortisol levels." Just 20 minutes from Whistling Gardens.

Long Point Eco-Adventures:

Long Point Tours:
A variety of 24ft Zodiac Boat Tours comfortably seat 11 passengers to the UNESCO Long Point World Biosphere Reserve, the world’s largest freshwater sand-spit featuring more endangered species per-capita than the rest of Canada. Tours include: Spring Birding, The "Trip to the Tip" of Long Point, Pottahawk Weekend Shuttles and special event tours! Located just 25 minutes from Whistling Gardens.

Ramblin' Road Brewery Farm:
"Group Brewery Tours Welcomed, Retail Shopping"

Picards Peanuts:

Port Dover Lighthouse Festival Theatre:

Springview Farm & Golf Club:

Villa Nova Estate Winery:

Waterford Antique Market:

Y U Ranch:
"Enjoy our 100% grass-fed Texas Longhorn Beef & Guest Speaker" Please call to inquire.

The Old Town Hall Association is a charitable organization that serves the community, Norfolk County and the surrounding area. Nestled in the heart of Waterford ON, the Old Town Hall is a designated heritage building dedicated to cultivating an appreciation of the arts through live theatre and concert performances, children's programming, and gallery exhibitions. The Old Town Hall provides accessibility and opportunities for learning in the arts for all ages.


South Coast Jazz & Blues Festival
A world-class summer of music, wine, food & fun events!


Whistling Gardens members receive 10% discount in the McMillan Arts Centre Artisan Gift Shop
133 McMillan Road, PO Box 1662
Parksville, BC, V9P 2H5
Phone: 250-248-8185
Courtesy of Oceanside Community Arts Council (OCAC)

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