When I was a kid growing up in Southern Ontario, one of my favourite activities was to visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Back then, the park had a full working farm complete with horses, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens. If you were lucky, the retired farmer who ran the place would let you bottle-feed the lambs and operate the old-fashioned rutabaga peeler to feed the young bull. It was a magical place that helped inspire my interest in agritourism.
I began this agritourism project in 2010 when I took a break from working full-time in the software industry (you can see my LinkedIn profile here). I continued to work part-time, but also spent 20-30 hours per week visiting agritourism destinations in the Ottawa area and writing about them on this blog.
During that time, I rediscovered my passion for connecting businesses with consumers. It’s given me great satisfaction to assist in promoting small businesses and the rural side of Ottawa. Along the way, I have also learned a great deal about agriculture, tourism, social media, and this wonderful part of Eastern Ontario that I call home.
I’ve now returned to a regular job in high-tech, so I don’t have the same amount of time to devote to this project. However, I intend to keep the website running and to write the occasional article when I visit a new agritourism destination in the area. If you have any ideas for future articles, please contact me through the Contact page.