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It Came from Warkworth


Sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but a Warkworth inventor turned Silicon Valley superstar is poised to unleash his brainchild on the buying public. You heard it…read more

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author: Tom Cruickshank  

Christmas Fiction: Milestone


A holiday season dedicated to good cheer often brings out tensions between family members. Then there are those unexpected moments, when the clouds open and magic descends…read more

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author: Marianne Ackerman 
illustration: Bill Slavin


In Four Bar Measure


Now in his 80s, composer Michael Pepa orchestrates a lifetime of worldly experience from his Cobourg doorstep.…read more

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author: Conrad Beaubien   
photography: Matthew Botha

Farm 911: The Emily Project


Farm 911: The Emily Project was launched to improve emergency services in our rural communities…read more

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author: Kelly S. Thompson 



author: Jeff Bray

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Nestled into a wee space at the corner of George and Orange (see what they did there?) in Cobourg, new owner, Jenna, has the best cocktail menu in Northumberland. Grab a spot on the front patio and hear the faint bustle of Cobourg’s downtown in the distance. You’ll be treated well and want to go back for more.

George & Orange
67 Orange St., Cobourg

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Set your waypoints (Latitude (N) 43 59 21, Longitude (W) 77 08 21) for a fly-in breakfast at the Prince Edward County Flying Club. If you’re airborne in the County, drop down for an $8 breakfast served up on the second Sunday of the month from April to October, between 8am and 10:30 am.

Prince Edward County Flying Club

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Get your hands dirty at Headwaters Farm on Saturdays throughout the summer as a part of the Feet on Farms experience. Tony and Linda Armstrong invite you to their peaceful farmstead set in the Northumberland Hills, where you can wander the fields, harvest veggies (organic of course), pick up your weekly groceries or sample some of the best bagels you’ve ever had out of a wood-fired oven. You can even try your hand at pizza-making.

Headwaters Community Farm
and Education Centre
3517 Rowe Rd., Cobourg

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Opening up in June this summer, Signal Brewing sits on the old Corby Distillery site, just north of the City of Belleville. Sip all of the new brews on the patio overlooking the Moira River. Old traditions are strong in Corbyville and you can taste the history, not to mention the future.

The Signal Brewing Company
86 River Rd., Corbyville

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On July 8th, head up the Trent Severn to Campbellford and find this amazing food festival. Over 4,000 people hit the shores of the waterway and sample everything from bison burgers to kimchi. Grab a bench and take in the boats as they travel through this pretty little town filled with big ideas. If you’ve got a boat, get in there! The lockage fees are waived this year for Canada 150.

Incredible Edibles Festival
Saskatoon Ave., Campbellford

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Ray Vosburgh opened Rey Ray’s on his family’s property in the east end of Port Hope. He serves up his spin on traditional Mexican street food, which is wise being that Rey Ray’s is a food truck. Grab a seat at a picnic table and feel the nostalgia kick in from that time you spent a week in Tulum. Long live King Ray!

Rey Ray’s
145 Rose Glen Road S., Port Hope

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The makers of some of Ontario’s best sparkling wine (Hinterland) started a brewery next door last year. The beers are stunning and the space is electric. The interior spills out onto the back patio where you feel hidden from the world while you eat house-made charcuterie and bang back a few fresh oysters.

County Road Beer Company
1258 Closson Rd., Hillier, Prince Edward County


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FENCE POSTS: Finding Traction on the Backroads

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

When my mother came to the country in the 1950s, she brought a Ford station wagon that would carry five children and a lot of dogs. The starter had a flat spot…

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MUST, MUST, MUST: What’s New and What’s To Do

Our Must, Must, Must section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region…

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BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE: Identifying Conifers

author: Micol Marotti 

Is there anything more idyllic than travelling down a country road after a fresh snowfall when the evergreens, boughs laden with glistening snow caps, gently give…

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Watershed Magazine has partnered with two of our region’s most valuable cultural assets – The John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville and the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg…

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author: Stephanie Campbell

Although you may prefer to curl up by the fire and stay put for most of the winter – why not bundle up in your best cold-weather gear and head outside into the cold and feel the crisp…

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CULTURAL CURRENTS: Elizabeth Hutchinson

author: Kathryn Macdonald

On any given day, Elizabeth Hutchinson can be found sitting at her easel in her Belleville studio, dabbing at the oil colours squeezed on her palette or moving her conté across…

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INNOVATION: Connecting Classrooms With CLEVR

author: Meghan Sheffield   

Entrepreneurialism is something few us are drawn to, and even fewer of us have the nerve to pursue. Belleville’s Darryl Denyes had the draw and the nerve – and after 12 years…

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GEORGE'S POND: In Search of my Inner Venus

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

If, as John Gray postulates, men are from Mars and women from Venus, it’s surprising that we get along as well as we do. After all, even the Roman deities who lent…

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HABITAT: Lasting Stewardship of our Living Legacies

author: Norm Wagenaar  

As European settlers chopped the trees, drained the marshes, farmed the land, built communities, developed economies and connected it all with roads, canals and railway…

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FIELD NOTES: The Eastern Chipmunk

author: Terry Sprague

Chipmunks started preparing for winter some weeks ago.  As much as I enjoy watching their antics as they dart around my backyard in their designer coats, I’m happy to see these…

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FOOD & DRINK SCENE Christmas Traditions with Chef Matt DeMille

author: Signe Langford & Jeff Bray   photography: Johnny C.Y. Lam 

Welcome to the local Food & Drink Scene where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs…

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MEANDERINGS: Picton Harbour Early 1900s

photograph:  Courtesy of County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives

Picton harbour was the economic hub of the community throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century. Local products were loaded and unloaded…

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There’s a moment over the holidays when the world stands still and the magic dust of the season descends on our old farmhouse. It’s on Christmas Eve when the boys – and I use the term loosely because... read more


On behalf of Ed’s House, Northumberland Hospice Care Centre thank you for the wonderful article written by Cecilia Nasmith highlighting both Ed’s House, and the Bridge Hospice. The article raised awareness of local...…



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marianne ackerman

marianne ackermanMarianne grew up in Prince Edward County. She began her writing career as the Picton correspondent for the…

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conrad beaubien

Conrad’s love of storytelling has engaged him in a life of the arts. A creator, writer and director of films…

bill slavin

bill slavinBill Slavin has illustrated over one hundred children’s books, fiction and nonfiction. Titles include Stanley’s Party