Summer Picnics

Join us for a day in the country

Starting June 25, we will be welcoming guests to enjoy our beautiful grounds! We have private picnic areas set up for you around the property with plenty of outdoor green space. Each one is equipped with 2 picnic tables, shelter from sun/rain, and access to a clean bathroom for your exclusive use. A number of sites have an outdoor fire pit with free firewood provided, some include a hike into the woods, and there are two barrier-free locations, too. All guests must be registered with name and contact information at the time of arrival. Please reserve your picnic spot and your lunch 24 hours in advance.

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Cost: The registration fee is $10 per person, and will give you access to a large, clean, well-equipped space for the whole day, from 10 am to 3pm. Lunch is an additional cost (see below).

Ordering and Payment: Click on the Order Now button below. The safest method of payment is sending an e-transfer to [email protected] (mark it 'Picnic') If this is not possible for you, please indicate this in your order and we can arrange credit card payment. Email is the best way to reach us.

How many guests are allowed? The number of guests in each group is determined by the provincial health authorities. Right now this means one household, or ten people who properly practice social distancing.

What should I bring with me? You may wish to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, sunscreen and bug spray, a frisbee, ball or outdoor games, a good book to read or a first aid kit/hand sanitizer.

Barrier free locations: Two drive-in spaces are available with access to a barrier free restroom (Maclean Hall and Pines).

Can I use the trails? Orange, yellow or green trails may be reserved ahead of time at no extra cost. The red trail remains closed at all times due to tree safety concerns.

Can I use the labyrinth? Yes. As a shared space, please keep the area quiet and maintain social distancing.

Picnic Menu

Chef Damien is offering two delicious lunch options for takeout, available from Thursday to Saturday. Each lunch serves one adult, and a children’s option is available as well. Ingredients will vary slightly throughout the summer as we serve the freshest produce from our gardens. A clean and contactless payment and pickup will be set up at Maclean Hall. Lunches must be reserved 24 hours before arrival.

Your picnic lunch will have everything you need packed in an insulated bag: utensils, napkins, plates, and glasses. Reusable items should be dropped off on the porch at Maclean Hall when you leave.

Menu A $18 per person
Charcuterie board selection of local meats and artisanal cheeses
In-house French loaf
Condiments include compound butter, fleur de Dijon, local savory preserves
Heirloom tomato bocconcini salad with Genovese basil
Palmiers, fresh fruit
Lemonade with mint and raspberries
Fresh fruit water

 

Menu B  (vegetarian and gluten free) $18 per person

Nicoise salad (garden lettuce, potatoes, French beans, heirloom tomatoes, poached egg, chive & tarragon dressing) Watermelon, feta and mint salad
Quinoa cucumber salad with feta, onion, parsley
In-house pickled garden vegetables
Gluten-friendly brownies, fresh fruit
Lemonade with mint and raspberries
Fresh fruit water

Children’s Menu $5 per child
Kids crudité, fresh herb dip
Sandwich (ham)
Fresh fruit skewer
Chocolate chunk cookie

Once your order is confirmed, plan to arrive between 10am and 11am at the schoolhouse/Maclean Hall where staff will meet you outside. All guest names and contact information will be required when you arrive. (This information will be retained in confidence for 30 days, and is for contact tracing purposes only.)

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