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Highgate and Area

Highgate and area communities are built on agriculture. Every September, since 1854, the Highgate District Agricultural Society hosts the Highgate Fair. A true agricultural fair with dairy shows, cattle competitions, 4H achievement day events, a parade, live music and children's activities.  

The charm of the art gallery and rich acoustic sounds of a concert at the Mary Webb Centre for the Arts will have you eagerly wanting to see another performance. The centre was repurposed from a very rare central ceiling dome with no supporting columns church. Making it a perfect venue for a concert with stunning stained glass features.  Along the way, stop at Urban Sunset Farms for local produce and microgreens. You can pick your own strawberries at Scott's Strawberry Farm.

Take a short drive to Palmyra to visit the Crazy 8 Barn, a rare octagon barn that was constructed in the late 1890s. It has been transformed into a beautiful boutique with a treasure trove of unique gifts, delicious ice cream and the best butter tarts in the region! Take the family camping at the beautiful Clearville Park. You will enjoy a weekend of playing on the beach, hiking and roasting marshmallows over the campfire. 

You will not want to miss the Bi-ennial Canadian Carv-a-Palooza. The week-long event attracts chainsaw carvers from around world.  You will be amazed at the craftsmanship and skills on display and at how quickly a log turns into a beautiful work of art.  On the Sunday, you can purchase artwork carved during the week. Complete the day with a nature hike through Clear Creek Forest Provincial Park. It is one of the finest parks to soak in the many colours of autumn.

In the winter, you can visit Blacksmith and Tin to pick and cut the perfect Christmas tree. Make sure to visit their Christmas shop, you will find local handmade wood and tin ornaments and other treasures.