Neustadt Ontario Visited
by Judi “Scoop” McWilliams
The “Nomad” and have driven many serendipitous routes through Ontario.
It always excites me when we discover a new and interesting community!
This happened one day when we were exploring the “roads” of Grey County!
We were driving through this small community’s downtown when I asked the Nomad to stop.
We had stopped in front of this interesting antique shop.
I had to get out to take a closer look.
I wanted to look inside. The sign on the door said “OPEN“. I tired to go in, but the store was “CLOSED“!
What a disappointment! In fact, the whole downtown was “closed“!
I suggested to Gary that we should try coming back another day when the shops would be open.
A few weeks later we tried our luck again.
You won’t believe this, but the antique shop was “closed“!
Fortunately the rest of the downtown was open, so we decided to take a look around.
Neustadt is an historic village that was founded in 1856.
In 2000, Harrowsmith Magazine “named Neustadt one of Canada’s ten prettiest villages“.
One fact that the “Nomad” found interesting (he’s older than me!), was that our 13th Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker, was born in Neustadt.
All that being said, we decided to explore the downtown shops.
The first shop we went into was the “Neustadt Vendors Mini Market“. Inside we were greeted by a couple of friendly vendors who were displaying their goods. They gave us a “run down” of what they were selling.
Across the street was Granny’s General Store.
Outside the store there were displays of plants and vegetables.
Inside the store the “aroma” of baked “goodies” filled the air!
After purchasing some “goodies“for the trip home, we decided to go “uphill” to see what was there.
On the “hill” we found the Neustadt Springs Brewery.
Who knew that Neustadt would have an “award winning” brewery!
Further up the “hill” was the Neustadt Lions Community Park.
A beautiful spring ran beside the park.
After all this, we decided, with our bag of “goodies“, to take the long journey back home.
Who knows, we might find another “One of Canada’s Pretties Little Towns” along the way!