While you’re taking in all the big, impressive things up here—the mills and waterfalls, the landforms and rockfaces, the art on a canvas and the art on your dinner plate—don’t overlook the not so epic things. The streets and houses, the trees and stores, and the people. Because that might just be what you take home.
Shopping in the Headwaters is a breath of fresh, independent, anything but the same-old air. Our shops are filled with creative finds and personal touches, and you’ll almost always meet the owners. Chris and Stephanie run Brighten Up in Erin, an old-fashioned, little-brain-growing toy store. Kathie’s behind the funky footwear at Shoe Kat Shoo in Orangeville, where many styles are made just for them. Any true country visit has to include an authentic farm store, like TSC for lawnmowers and long-johns, or Budson Farm and Feed in Erin, where you’ll find farm gear, feed, and two very tall firefighters, Alf and David Budweth, who run the place.
Our plan, of course, is to keep you here, at least for the night. People love Erin’s Devonshire Guest House for its 1856 Victorian perfection and its
exclusive spa; it feels like its all yours. While it’s a little newer, the beds at the Best Western Plus in Orangeville are raved about. You can even sleep outdoors at Albion Hills Conservation Area and Campground, Caledon, under our incomparable stars. There’s always a place for your head, your trailer, your tent, and your horse somewhere up here.
Just wander. Read our newspapers. Walk our streets, and look for the heritage plaques on our houses. (the Headwaters House Tour is in September, by the way.) Pop into any thrift store, for the oddest odds and ends. Wave at people when you’re driving and when you’re not. Say hello. Slow down. It’s country time.