I’m really stoked about today’s blog post because I get to share some of the fun things you can do right here in YQG… as if everything isn’t fun. I wanted to make a post about some of the best summer activities that Windsor-Essex has to offer and I’ve come up with a few you’ll want to try. But before that…
This week I want to talk about some of the most fun things I’ve experienced (or plan on experiencing!) in Windsor-Essex County. Summer is on its way and there’s no question whether or not we have things we can do here in the warmer weather.
I am going to start with my favourite place on Earth – Urban Surf. Urban Surf is your one-stop shop for experiencing Lake St. Clair. With a wide variety of activities – Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board, Single Kayaks, Double Kayaks, Canoes, Sunset & Sunrise Paddles, Adventure Paddles, Water & Land Fitness Classes you’ll be sure to fall in love with the lake. This is their first year offering e-bike rentals and twilight bootcamps too! This chill, relaxing and community driven space is the perfect spot for anyone of all ages. Stay for a little or stay for awhile, Urban Surf will become your home away from home. On top of all of that, Sketch Art Workshop is now giving you the ability to do pottery right at Urban Surf. If you didn’t know Urban Surf and Sketch Art Workshop are both owned by Chris & Dani… aka some of the coolest humans I know. Just being around them makes you feel like you’re part of their family. While you’re stopping by to grab a paddle, you can also grab something to eat or drink from Maverick’s Cold Bar – a super-food smoothie bowl, smoothie and iced drink shop. They have this smoothie called chocolate muscle up and it is TO DIE FOR. I’ve been dreaming about it since last summer, no joke. Urban Surf is officially opening up on Friday, June 5th, 2020 by appointment only! You can call or text 519-790-8017 to book and fill out the waiver online. I’ve already booked mine, now it’s your turn to book yours too!
Another thing to keep on your radar this summer is the Downtown Windsor Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately a lot of the festivals and events that were planned for this summer have been cancelled… but not the farmer’s market. This market is the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy the sunshine and nice weather while also supporting some of our local businesses. Some vendors booked in for this year? We’ve got Wolf & Rebel for all of your hand stamped keychains and other goodies, Veg Out Windsor for all of your plant based meal prep needs, The Vegan Gardiners for some delicious cheeses, The Magical Mushroom Hub, No Bad Days Stamp Co, Little Foot Foods, Cookie Bar and our friends at Greener Bins Composting. PLUS so so so many more. Whatever you’re looking for, I guarantee you’ll be able to find it here! The market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm on Pelissier Street. Mark this one on your calendars.
For the past few weeks, golf courses have been open! If you’re looking to test your hand at a hole in one, make sure to check out Kingsville Golf and Country Club… which just so happened to be voted Best of Windsor Essex for Golf Courses. Kingsville Golf is a championship golf course with 27 holes at your fingertips… making sure you’re guaranteed a fantastic round of golf. They also have a dining room with delicious food that is currently offering take-out. This is definitely a course to add to your list if you’re looking to get some golf in. Not to mention, I heard BK Cornerstone is building some beautiful homes right around there.
Another fun place to add to your #YQGBucketList is Clip N Climb Windsor – where you can, uh… climb. Clip N Climb is located in Central Park Athetics and offers 36 climbing adventures as well as two super challenges – the leap of faith and the vertical drop slide. Their location is currently closed due to COVID19 and there hasn’t been any announcement about re-opening. With that being said this is not something you want to miss out on when they do re-open. They also have a restaurant and catering business called tortoise + hair! Sounds like a fun afternoon to me!
Annnnnd lastly, if you’re looking for a place where you can take your anger out over COVID19 ruining your prom, job or summer… you might want to check out Bad Axe Windsor. Your one and only chance to *safely* throw an axe!
Before I sign off, I want to talk about what’s come up in the news over the last week or so because being silent about it just isn’t my jam. Without getting too political, we’ve lost far too many black lives for errors made by white people. We’ve sat for far too long expecting this situation to just “go away”. I’m sending you a reminder if you are a white individual to check your privilege, use your voice to amplify the voices of those who are marginalized, stand up for those who struggle to stand up for themselves and have the hard conversations with family, friends and strangers. There is either racist or anti-racist and no in-between. Silence is no longer an option. If you choose to do nothing, you lean on the side of racism. That’s not OK.
With that being said, I’m wrapping up this episode of Only in YQG. We have finally been blessed with some beautiful weather so get out and enjoy it. Stay safe, speak up and make change. Together we challenge racism and end it once and for all.
Written by: Kierstyn Pare, Host
Photos by: Kierstyn Pare & Mackenzie Kelly