by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)
We discovered the Village of Coldwater “by chance“, and explored it “by choice“!
We had just finished our visited the Town of Orillia and were heading back home.
We decided to take the “long” way back, through Midland to Wasaga Beach and on.
It was along this route that we saw the sign pointing the way to downtown Coldwater.
That’s when we “discovered” the Village of Coldwater and “fell in love” with it!
It was such a “unique” and “charming” community.
After parking our car, we started to walk and explore.
It seemed that each store offered something uniquely different.
Although the Village is not large, it offers visitors and resident a lot to see.
The Coldwater Ontario Business website describes the downtown ~ “Downtown Coldwater has it all! Coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops, antiques and funky vintage shops, and so many neat little places to pop into, and find something cool.”
The website was right!
We decided to explore as many of the shops as possible.
And then there was the ice-cream parlour!
It was a “hot” day, so a “cold” ice-cream “treat” was in order!
After our “treat“, we got back to the “serious” job of exploring!
That’s when we discovered the “world” of “Steampunk“.
In case you don’t know what “Steampunk” is (we didn’t), Wikipedia describes it like this ~ “Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.”
In addition to “Steampunk“, the Village had a museum store devoted to “Harry Potter“.
I think that the store might have been temporary (they were hosting a Harry Potter event”), but they (Steampunk and Harry Potter) demonstrated the Village’s uniqueness and vibrancy!
As we ended our Coldwater Downtown tour, we came to the restored “Jersey Lily Flour Mill” (Coldwater Heritage Mill).
The mill is a combined “heritage” attraction that includes an interesting “historical” park.
Judi and I plan on coming back to Coldwater and its “Mill” for an afternoon picnic.
It’s great to “DISCOVER” and “EXPLORE“!