Spring in North Grenville

Spring has sprung! And with the brand-new foliage and flowers comes so many fun activities and adventures to be had! Wake from your winter slumber and get out into the fresh air to experience what this season of new growth has to offer!

maple trail

See the heart-warming baby animals at Saunders Country Critters

There is nothing quite as sweet as little baby critters navigating their world for the first time, or watching hibernating animals wake up for the warm spring sun. 

Saunders Country Critters Animal Sanctuary is dedicated protecting their menagerie of amazing exotic animals. All have been abandoned or need special care. 

To help raise money to care for the animals, Saunders Country Critters operates the Saunders Country Garden Centre with over 1,000 varieties of plants including Annuals, Perennials, Herbs and Vegetables including 33 different varieties of tomatoes! 

The Garden Center opens every year the weekend closest to May 1st and closes once they are sold out (usually mid to late June).


Tee off for some early season golf

Whether you’re a pro or just starting out, there’s no better time to hit the green than when the temperatures are beautiful, and the plants are just starting to sprout!

Rideau Glen is situated on the picturesque Rideau River with fairways separated by magnificent mature trees, for the perfect amount of privacy. 

eQuinelle This award winning golf course features five sets of tees on each hole, strategically-sculpted fairways, large and undulating greens, a number of pristine bunkers, and natural hazards.

Photo Credit: Diane Schmitz

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the season at Rideau Woodland Ramble

From rare and unusual conifers and hostas to colourful flowers, bushes, and flowering trees, the gardens of the Rideau Woodland Ramble are the result of years of evolution, experimentation, and discovery. 

You can pass the afternoon sitting under a willow tree, enjoying the serenity of the koi pond, exploring the labrynth, wandering the gardens, and enjoying the art along the forest trails. 

Once you've found your garden inspiration, wander through the garden centre to find plants for your own home oasis. The Rideau Woodland Ramble Garden Centre never fails to impress! Open April to October, 9am-5pm 7 days a week.  

Images of north tract limerick forest

Go for a nature bike ride through the Limerick Forest

Each year, after the conclusion of winter, dormant plants begin to grow again and new seedlings sprout from the ground. The best way to experience these wonders is with a jaunt on one of North Grenville's many forest trails!

Limerick Forest is a magnificent network of multi-use trails that are host to tall trees, rich foliage, and a mulitiude of wildflowers, which thrive in the lush conditions of spring! Take your bike out of hibernation and onto the trails to enjoy the most fascinating aspects of this transformative season!

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Nail Spa in Kemptville

Get your nails sandal-ready at Kemptville Nails and Spa

As the weather warms up, you’re going to want to be trading in your winter boots for sandals and flip flops!

Head over to Kemptville Nails and Spa to select an elegant design or playful colour that represents your personality and uniqueness! With numerous raving reviews and talented nail technicians, you’re sure to be pleased with your results!

country side antiques

Freshen up your home’s style with new decorations from Country Side Antiques

After being stuck inside all winter, you may be getting tired of seeing your same pictures, vases, or tables. Take a scenic drive to Country Side Antiques and find some new items to refresh the interior design of your house!

Browse the historic stone home and barn, through rustic wooden furniture, antique business signs and posters, adorable figurines, and seasonal decorations. As interesting as a museum, you find so many beautiful and distinctive antiques - ranging from the victorian and edwardian eras, through the art deco of the 1920s and 50s, 60s, & 70s mid century design!

wine glass and grapes
salamanders restaurant sign

Enjoy the start of patio season on the water at Salamanders Restaurant

Isn't wonderful to feel the warm sun on your face after several long, cold months of winter? At Salamanders you can do just that!

Salamanders restaurant is an elegant waterfront destination in downtown Kemptville that boasts a quaint ambience with an outdoor patio for those who like to dine in a picturesque river setting. Specializing in what they call the 5-C’s: Cajun, Creole and Country Cooking with a Canadian Twist, the menu has delicious menu items for every palate!


Kemptville Campus Greenhouses

Did you know that the Kemptville Campus Greenhouse is open the public?

The greenhouses is open to the public on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. once Covid restrictions are lifted.

Lead by master gardener, Claude Smith, this facility offers plant sitting during the winter, plant sales throughout the year, and workshops. Make sure not to miss the large cacti collection and the hydroponic system research project.

Of note, the greenhouses are available for rent on an hourly basis for small gatherings.

Learn more on their Facebook page.



Join the hometown fans in the North Grenville Municipal Centre and cheer on the Kemptville 73's Junior A Hockey Team at home games this season!