Ancaster is a town with deep roots. Dating back to 1793, it’s one of the oldest towns in the province and was once the largest industrial centre in Canada. Its wealth is still visible today with gorgeous historical architecture and a small, but dynamic, downtown.
There are many British pubs around but this one feels more authentic than most. It’s housed in a 200-year-old stone building some believe is haunted. Expect pub grub done well – chicken wings, beef dip sandwiches, meat pies and curries.
Blackbird Brewers offers a one of a kind experience with its location inside a stone house dating back to the 1830s right in the heart of historic downtown Ancaster. Think upscale bar menu items such as crispy eggplant or brisket nachos (with a jackfruit vegetarian substitute!) in addition to their own ales and lagers.
You get a great dinner here, but it’s the Sunday brunch that shines. In a light-filled dining room overlooking a spectacular natural setting (including a waterfall), diners happily fill their plates with raw oysters, eggs benedict, roast turkey, lamb or beef, omelettes, waffles, salads, cheddar biscuits and bottomless mimosas!
Coffee shops and treats
Its fresh, flaky croissants and pain au chocolat sell out quickly, so go before noon. Crusty baguettes will satisfy the cravings of those who long for the authentic baked goods of Europe.
Scoops of premium ice cream flow steadily from this of this cute shop. Decisions are difficult, thanks to a selection of more than 30 flavours. Little ones will demand repeat visits so they can ride on its collection of purple ponies.
Many area Indian cuisine lovers can vouch for the authenticity of this popular spot. The draw is carefully prepared cuisine, made with freshly ground spices. Winning dishes include a perfectly spiced chicken tikka masala and lamb-based saag gosht. (There’s a second location in Dundas.)
SEE AND DO
It’s all about apples – 13 different varieties grown on-site and available at its retail outlet. Pick your own when they’re in season or take home an apple pie from the bakery. There’s also muffins (sour cream streusel!), cookies and meals to go.
With Ancaster’s rich history, it makes sense to showcase it. The small museum celebrates the past with rotating art and history exhibits. Enjoy the lovely gardens or sign up for a hands-on workshop for grownups.
Home to the RBC Canadian Open, the historic course presents a challenge to even experienced golfers. Founded in 1894, it is one of the oldest prestige clubs in Canada. Set among rolling hills, it’s a scenic place to hit the links.
The flow of this tall cascading waterfall changes throughout the year according to the amount of rain. Regardless, it’s always beautiful. It’s a short ten minute walk from your car to get there. Hikers can venture further and hook up with the Bruce Trails or other marked paths.