The Higginson Tower is open 5 days a week (Wednesday through Sunday), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. right through the summer, until August 31. During September, the Higginson Tower was open Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are part of a group which would like to visit the tower, call 1-877-678-3327 and ask for Louise Sproule. The tower is accessible from Highway 34 (across from Martin’s Tire Shop), or on Home Avenue, where the entrance to the tower is right next door to the entrance to Arbor Gallery.
If you visit the Higginson Tower, you can park in the St. John’s Anglican Church parking lot, and from the tower, walk right over to Arbor Gallery, where local artists and innovative shows are always on. Arbor Gallery is located in one of Vankleek Hill’s historic homes, built by William Higginson. We are open from 12 noon to 4 pm, Thursday through Sunday.
Vankleek Hill Museum
The Vankleek Hill Museum, located in the shopping district, operates out of an 1834 building and interprets local history through the prism of a general store. Open June to end of August; and weekends September & October.
If you like art, don’t miss a visit to the unique Three Owls Gallery, located at 151 Main Street East in Vankleek Hill. This gallery is also located in one of Vankleek Hill’s historic brick tower homes. Artist Susan Jepchott is happy to greet visitors. It is best to call ahead to this busy artist to make an appointment. Call 613-678-3049. Jephcott was the artist responsible for coordinating “The Bestiary” mural, located on the side of the Home Hardware location, not far from the town’s only set of traffic lights.
No visit to Vankleek Hill is complete without a stop at the famous Garden Path Homemade Soap Company, located at 284 Pleasant Corner Road East, where owner Tara MacWhirter will welcome you to tour established perennial gardens, an orchard, herb beds, rows of lavender and two ponds! In the peaceful shop, which is a delight for the senses, find more than 40 varieties of bar soap, and all-natural bath, beauty and cleaning products. The surrounding gardens provide many of the ingredients that go into these all-natural products. While you are in the store, you will find other local treasures by local artists and artisans for sale, too. Buses are welcome. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the shade of an old apple tree!
Visit the Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market, open Saturdays year-round from 9am to 1pm.
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Open to the public every Sunday during the summer season (May 23 through to the end of August), visit Scherer Gardening at 1535 Dalkeith Road. Take a leisurely stroll through the peaceful Rock Fountain Garden, enjoy the outdoor pavilion, visit the deer (they are enjoying a summer holiday after a busy time when Santa’s Village is open during December). Bring a picnic lunch. You never know what projects owner Andy Scherer has in the works. Visit the fountain on Vankleek Hill’s Main Street, right beside the post office! Open Sundays from 10 to 4 p.m.
You MUST visit Beau’s All-Natural Brewery to pick up some of this award-winning beers! Take a taste-tour of this family-run craft brewery. Take home some “merch” from the newly-expanded souvenir shop. The Beauchesne family will be happy to tell you their success story!
If you are a cycling enthusiast, Vankleek Hill is right at the crossroads of the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail. It’s just a short cycle from the trail into Vankleek Hill. Champlain Township has made special arrangements with the Ontario government to add an extra paved strip from the trail kiosk leading into Vankleek Hill. Many activities, such as yoga, hockey, figure skating, ball hockey, softball and more take place at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre, located at 36 Mill Street in Vankleek Hill.
Vankleek Cottage is located on the ground floor of a Victorian apartment building (circa 1890s). There are over 10 rooms full of wonderful ideas to inspire! Vankleek Cottage Gift Shop was originally established in 1982 as VanKleek Krafts and Tea Room. Over the years, the store has grown in both popularity and size. For a small-town store, “The Cottage” offers an incredible selection, while maintaining its country charm. It prides itself on its customer service and gifts, home decor items and antiques which are enticing to all.
Sunny Side Alpaca Ranch is a breeder of Top Quality Huacaya Alpacas, with Champion Fiber and excellent conformation. It is owned and operated by Isabel and Ron Matschkal and visitors are welcome by appointment. Sunny Side Alpaca Ranch also offers unique gifts & high-quality, hand-made products available in 22 colors.
Pink Bow Tie is located at 10 High Street in a beautiful heritage building. The boutique features a beautiful brick wall and grand window displays that are truly enticing. You will find many local artists’ work among the store’s product lines along with a wide selection of trending home decor pieces and fashion accessories. You will be sure to find exactly what you need to brighten up your day!
Ferme Bonne Mine on Fitzpatrick Rd offers a variety of fresh garden produce as well as beautiful products made from their animals’ fleeces. They also have kits to make your own sumptuous knits or to offer as gifts.
If you are looking for a beautiful arrangements of flowers or a gift for that someone special, visit Jardin Jade Garden Florist on Main Street. Soaps, gourmet food products, home decor items and much more! Owner Kerri Albright has new inventory arriving every week! And of course, Jade Garden is where you can buy Higginson Tower socks!
We know we listed Vert Fourchette with the restaurants, but want to remind you that in “The Decadent Market” you can find beautiful kitchen accessories and foods to take home — all prepared by the experts in Vert Fourchette’s kitchen, pastries and desserts and a gourmet food products, too! Pick up a bag of coffee, specialty teas, olives or olive oil and all the fixings to prepare a delicious meal at home. Vert Fourchette is located at 117 Main Street.
With all this talk about food, we should tell you where you can pick up what you need to cook or bake up a storm! Visit Home Hardware (on the corner of Main and High Street at the traffic lights) and you will find a healthy selection of cookware, bakeware, table linens, porcelain, serving dishes and much more! Of course in a small town like Vankleek Hill, you just know that the hardware store has just about everything. From garden tools to electrical supplies, from pet food to birdseed, you will find it all here. Owners Raymond and Carole Aubin are always happy to meet with customers whether it is to discuss a new paint colour for your home or a new snowblower (brrr!). Vankleek Hill Home Hardware is located at 17 Main Street. Home Hardware is open until 6 on weekdays, 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
For unusual and nifty vintage finds, visit Flipping Good Designs at 160 Main Street East! Meet artist/designer Cynthia Mitchell, who loves to find home decor items and furniture with good designs and take them to a new level. Or sometimes, items just need a “refresh” and they stand on their own! Her shop is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stop in and curl up with a book at the Champlain Public Library. Located at 94 Main Street the library is open to visitors 35 hours a week,check their website for hours and activities and offers free Internet to everyone.
Looking for some action, fresh air and fun with your children? Visit Ouimet Farms Adventure on Main Street West (across from the fairgrounds). Outdoor activities for children. Enjoy Vankleek Hill’s very own corn maze! (The 2015 edition featured Beau’s own vintage tractor in the design.) Practice your shot on the green, too! Snack bar on the premises. Open seasonally.