A Day Out: What To Do In Kleinburg Village

McMichael Gallery Entrance | © Gary J. Wood/Flickr
McMichael Gallery Entrance | © Gary J. Wood/Flickr
Photo of Dr. Oishimaya Sen Nag
9 February 2017

A quaint Canadian town nestled between the two branches of the Humber River, Kleinburg Village is an ideal day trip destination or a weekend getaway from Toronto’s bustling vibes. The picturesque homes and restaurants, boutique stores and wellness spas, stunning art galleries, and surrounding forested landscape all make this tiny hamlet the perfect place to spend a quality day trip with friends and family. Follow our guide for how to spend a perfect day in Kleinburg Village.

A Quick History

Founded in 1848 by the GermanCanadian settler John Nicholas Kline, the village, in its nascent years, depended on its flour and wheat mills for a source of income. The beauty and serenity of the village life in Kleinburg soon started drawing tourists to this spot. Soon, the village also witnessed the establishment of the Cinespace Film Studios. Scenes from famous movies and television shows, like the Canadian TV series The Forest Rangers and Dr. Simon Locke, the 1967 movie The Fox and the 2006 movie The Sentinel, were shot throughout the village.


McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Art lovers can treat their eyes to some of the stunning contemporary and traditional artwork exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The First Nations and Inuit Art collection, as well as the unique quintessentially Canadian paintings by the early 20th century’s ‘Group of Seven’, adorn the majestic gallery walls. Looking to delve further into Canada’s world of art and national identity? Head to The McMichael as a source of inspiration and knowledge.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave, Vaughn, ON, Canada, +1 905 893 1121


Humber River Trails

Just as it is beautiful inside, the grounds outside the McMichael, surrounded by 100 acres of conservation land, are extremely scenic. It features a maze of narrow, winding paths and hiking trails through a verdurous landscape of forests, meadows and farmland along the Humber River valley. So put on your walking shoes, and spend some serene time with nature.


Kortright Centre for Conservation

A short distance away from the village of Kleinburg – 3.5 kilometres – the Kortright Centre for Conservation is a paradise for nature lovers and conservationists. Vast expanses of pine and maple forests populate this nature conservation site. Various education programs, illuminating the youth about the urgency of nature conservation, are held at the Earth Rangers Centre facility at the Kortright Centre. Keep your eyes peeled for their springtime maple syrup festivities.

Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr, Vaughn, ON, Canada, +1 905 832 2289


Kleinburg for the Foodies

There are plenty of options for great dining in Kleinburg Village. Mediterranean Italian cuisine can be enjoyed in the sophisticated settings and warm ambience of the Villaggio Ristorante. The quaint, cottage-styled restaurant, The Doctor’s House, complete with cobblestone pathways leading up to a white wedding chapel in the midst of lush green gardens, can be reserved for large parties and gala wedding celebrations. The Avlyn Gardens is another unique boutique restaurant in the village of Kleinburg; surrounded by greenery, this charming Victorian house gives a whole new meaning to restaurant dining. The rustic Italian dishes served at Avlyn, complete with the delectable desserts, make dining in this restaurant a memorable experience. For those with a sweet tooth, confectionaries at Dolcini by Joseph serve mouth-watering artisan desserts, warm beverages and gelatos, while Cookie Crumble Cafe serves homemade pies, desserts and gourmet coffee. Any and all of these Kleinburg spots are well worth the visit.


Specialty Shops, Beauty Salons and Spas

Kleinburg Village will never leave the shopaholics disappointed. Shop for giftware, jewellery, bombonieres at Ambiance, or look for custom engagement rings, wedding bands and exquisite designer jewellery at Cache Fine Jewellery & Giftware. Kleinburg Village is also home to unique home décor stores and florists like the Bout Terracotta Home & Garden and Violets and Dahlias; eyes will pop with their stunning beauty and highly creative designs. Looking for a bit of pampering? Visitors will find luxury beauty salons and spas – the ideal spot to idly while away the afternoon; treat yourself to mind and body relaxing massages, stylish haircuts, and restorative skin treatments during your day out. Luxe Hair Lounge Medi Spa, Nu Age Med Spa, Studio Salon E, Amado Salon are must-visits.


Binder Twine Festival

On the first Saturday after Labour Day, the village of Kleinburg celebrates the annual Binder Twine Festival with great pomp and glory. The origin of the festival dates back to the late 19th century when Charlie Shaw, a resident of Kleinburg, would treat farmers visiting the village to collect binder twine to food and entertainment. While this tradition stopped after his death in the 1930s, it was again revived in 1967 when it became an annual community event in Kleinburg, drawing tourists to the village for the festival.

In addition to the Blinder Twine Festival, Canada Day Celebrations and the Kleinburg Christmas Tree Lightning are the other major events celebrated in the picturesque Kleinburg Village.


The Upcoming UnGala Event

On April 29, 2016, head to Kleinburg’s UnGala Event, at the Cornerstone Community Church. The event encompasses a day full of fun, complete with evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a sumptuous Marché dinner, the announcement of the Chili Cookoff winners and wraps up the day with live music and entertainment.

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