With Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaching, we reflect on all the little joys that make Ontario so special. From the food we eat, the theatre we watch, to the historical gems tucked away, Ontario is steeped in history and full of ‘must see’ surprises. And who better to ask then those who know our communities inside and out: our MPPs and candidates!
Each of them was asked a list of questions on what makes Ontario unique and the special. Every day leading up to our country’s 150th we reveal their favourites – from eateries, to icons, to the best haunted houses, we’ve got you covered. Feel free to add your recommendation on what you believe makes your community so special.
It’s that time of the year again! Farmer's Market season! A time to finally enjoy vegetables and fruits that are now in season. And we all know nothing tops good old fashioned Ontario produce, and our hardworking Ontario farmers.
Ancaster Farmers’ Market ~ Ancaster.
Ben Levitt (Candidate for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas)
“Great fresh local produce.”
St. Lawrence Market Saturdays ~ Toronto.
Michael Parsa (Candidate for Aurora-Oak Ridges- Richmond Hill)
York Farmers' Market ~ Thornhill.
Gila Martow (MPP for Thornhill)
Brickworks Farmers’ Market ~ Toronto.
Cyma Musarat (Candidate for Humber River – Black Creek)
“Best produce from local farmers, great vibe, summer or winter.”
Little known fact ~ operating for nearly 100 years, the Brickworks provided bricks used to construct many well-known Toronto landmarks, such as Casa Loma, Osgoode Hall, Massey Hall, and the Ontario Legislature. Today it is an ecological gem with turtle ponds, trails, farmers market, restaurants and learning centres.
Streetsville Lion’s Friends and Farmers' Market ~ Mississauga.
Nina Tangri (Candidate for Mississauga Streetsville)
“Lots of parking and great fresh produce.”
Brampton Farmers' Market ~ Brampton.
Prabmeet Sarkaria (Candidate for Brampton South)
Unionville Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market ~ Unionville.
Paul Calandra (Candidate for Markham-Stouffville)
“Great selection and beautiful setting.”
Little known fact ~ Built in 1916, this historic landmark symbolizes Markham’s agricultural heritage. Run down and headed for development in the 60’s Unionville residents rallied around this historic mill and a $1.8-million restoration got underway.
Grimsby Farmers’ Market ~ Grimsby.
Sam Oosterhoff (MPP for Niagara West-Glanbrook)
“Local & vicinity merchants, variety, home town flavor.”
St. Jacob’s Farmers’ Market ~ Woolwich.
Michael Harris (MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga)
“Features a variety of fresh local foods and so much more.”
Little known fact ~ This is the largest year-round farmer's market in Canada. In 2013, the main building of the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market was destroyed by a fire. Forty-five firefighters were required to extinguish the fire. $2 million in damage to the main building which is now rebuilt.
Covent Garden Market ~ London.
Susan Truppe (Candidate for London North Centre)
“Best fresh fruits & vegetables, restaurants, and gifts all under one roof.”
In tomorrow’s countdown to Canada Day: The Ontario Progressive Conservative Caucus and Candidates favourite lakes and places to fish.