Only 20km north of Ontario’s Sturgeon Falls is the small town of Field, which features everything you need for a quiet weekend in the country – a grocery store, a tavern, a library, and a restaurant famous for its bacon and eggs breakfast.
Logging is the primary industry in this town, which has been running steadily since 1886. The town was built around a log church, built in 1879, and a post office was added a few years later. Field has been ravaged by several natural disasters since that time, including a tornado and a flood in the 1970s that led to most of the residents relocating to a nearby town called Val Des Arbres.
However, the town of Field is still thriving – rebuilding after the destruction of those two major disasters. Hotels and hostels are available for visitors, and a hostel stay during the summer months means tourists can sample a seasonal staple – locally made poutine. This traditional Franco-Canadian dish features cheese curds and gravy on French fries, and is not to be missed during your stay at a hostel in Field.
Other landmarks in Field include the Thistle Fire Tower, which is expected to be dismantled and re-erected here as a tourist attraction. Most visitors here enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, and biking in the landscapes surrounding this town. Outdoor recreation opportunities are plentiful here.
Field is located along Highway 64 in Ontario, about four hours from the airport in Toronto. Shuttles will be hard to find, as will other forms of public transportation, so tourists coming to spend a holiday in Field will need to rent a car after arriving at the Toronto Airport. A car rental will also give tourists the freedom to explore more of this part of Ontario, including the nearby Lake Nipissing and Crystal Falls.
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