Gingerbread Capital of Ontario

Hello everyone!

It is mid-September but as I write this, it is balmy and hot here in Vankleek Hill!
And maybe Main Street doesn't look quite the same as the picture at the top, but we will make sure the sidewalks are swept and clean, just like the good old days!
Today at Scotiabank on Main Street, Cheri Barton organized a bake sale to raise funds to help find a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease. It just goes to show you: there is ALWAYS something happening in Vankleek Hill.
Tomorrow, there is a fundraiser sale of vintage and used jewellery sale taking place at The Review offices on Main Street. The sale is in memory of Paulette Guenet and is being held to raise funds to beat cancer! Come visit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Review. But remember: the earlybird gets the brightest gems!

On September 23, Vankleek Hill's popular Festival of Flavours returns, along with the 320-foot lunch table that runs right down the middle of Vankleek Hill's Main Street. Come for tastings, food, drinks and more! And check out the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association table at the museum -- 100 HOME-MADE PIES will be for sale!

Plus on that weekend, take in the Sylmar Auto CAR SHOW right here in Vankleek Hill! Visit the events page on to find out more! See the cars at 6500 Highway 34 (at the south end of town) and make a stop at Pottery Lane, where there is an amazing sale going on all this month!

On September 28, 29 and 30, Vankleek Hill goes Bavarian for the popular Beau's Oktoooooooberfest!
Tickets are about 75 per cent sold out; catch a bus from Ottawa and come join the fun! Or drive to town and sprint out to Vankleek Hill Vineyard, Garden Path Home-made Soaps and Sunnyside Alpaca Farm! Lots to see and do!

Arbor Gallery, our not-for-profit local art gallery, is offering courses starting in October, ranging from art and Photoshop to jewellery-making, bead-making leatherwork, cyanotypes and framing! Visit or email [email protected] to find out course dates and costs.

Julia Beaudoin was the winner of Vankleek Hill's Gingerbread Makeover Contest; she won a $1,000 Makeover, courtesy of Victorian Woodworks (owned by Brendan Frauzel) and the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association! Congrats to Julia!

Okay, so there is a little bit of road construction going on. Never mind! Turn up the radio and enjoy some music or find out what is happening in Vankleek Hill: Tune in to 88.7 FM to hear local announcements and interviews with local business owners!

See you at the Festival of Flavours . . . or the Paul Emile Seguin Memorial Car Show . . . or Oktoberfest . . . or the Higginson Tower . . .

Louise Sproule
Writing from busy downtown Vankleek Hill!