Addington Highlands is bustling with activity during the warm weather months. The municipality’s population balloons in the summer when cottagers and seasonal campers trek to the plethora of locations available. There are so many choices for water recreation, and Bon Echo Provincial Park is Lennox & Addington’s top tourist attraction, and rightly so. It’s a truly incredible place to visit.
But it’s December. Most cottages are closed up for the season, Bon Echo won’t re-open their gates until May, and if you want to go for a polar bear dip in Weslemkoon Lake, please be my guest… but I’m out.
Most of the hard-working entrepreneurs that service this wonderful area during the peak season stay open year round. While they may not enjoy the sheer number of visitors that enter their small businesses during the summer months, they still offer all the great products to local residents and visitors to the area at this time of year.
Seeing that we’re in the midst of holiday gift-buying season, below we’ve highlighted some amazing Addington Highlands businesses where you can buy unique and interesting items that everyone on your list will love to unwrap. We’ve also included some great dining options because we know it’s much less fun shopping on an empty stomach.
Whether you live in Addington Highlands or are visiting this lovely area, as you take a drive on Highway 41 we hope you’ll take some time to stop in and explore some of these fantastic small businesses.
Kaladar General Store
10201 Highway 41, Kaladar
The intersection of Highway 41 & 7 in Addington Highlands has been home to the Kaladar General Store for generations. It’s always been a go-to stop for residents and visitors for so many things, from gasoline, grocery and confectionary items, camping essentials and much more. There’s also a LCBO, The Beer Store, Pizza Pizza and Subway on the property.
11893 Highway 41, Northbrook
For an amazing meal, be sure to stop at Addison’s Restaurant in Northbrook. Owner Melissa Evans and the team offer up an mouth-watering mix of lunch and dinner items. We know you’ll love everything on the menu. Your friends and family would love a gift certificate in their stocking from here too!
CarQuest Auto Parts
11948 Highway 41, Cloyne
Do you have a garage tinkerer on your list? If they’re in need of replacement parts for their vehicle, snowmobile, ATV or tractor, be sure to check out Carquest Auto Parts in Northbrook. They’ve supplied area customers with a wide array of replacement and performance parts and accessories for decades.
Explorer’s Eco Emporium 41
12047 Highway 41, Cloyne
There’s so much to explore at Explorer’s Eco-Emporium 41 in Northbrook! Owner Christine Johnston has a little bit of everything on display. Browse jewelry, figurines, vinyl records, cassette tapes, board games… and so many Christmas decorations she needed a whole other trailer to display them all! They also offer customized apparel, custom decals & signage and do wood carvings on their CNC machine.
12258 Highway 41, Northbrook
This great grocery store has what you need to keep your holiday guest’s hunger satisfied. Northbrook Foodland everything you’d expect from a grocery store… and staff is happy to help you find whatever you need to make your party festive.
The Kuriosity Shop
12293 Highway 41, Northbrook
If you’re looking for unique, hand-made items created locally, be sure to make a visit to The Kuriosity Shop in Northbrook. Owner Karen Anderson has the works of more than 45 artists and artisans from the region on display. Find paintings, carvings & woodworking pieces, knitted & crocheted items, repurposed materials, as well as a selection of homemade cards.
This & That Collectables, Antiques & Things
12293 Highway 41, Northbrook
There are many so unique finds available at This & That Collectables, Antiques & Things in Northbrook. Owner Andy Anderson (Karen’s dad from next door at The Kuriosity Shop) has plenty of hard-to-find items, including many Christmas-themed ornaments and decorations.
Gifts by the Pines
12337 Highway 41, Northbrook
You’ll love what’s available at Gifts by the Pines, a fun online shop. Owner Marina Tsedik has arranged a wonderful selection of baskets perfect for any occasion. Find scented candles, socks, sweets, signs and so much more in her online store. You can also choose individual items to create your very-own basket. Shop online or stop by their display area at the Pine Grove Motel.
Northbrook Studio is an online business that designs and creates quality wooden home goods and kitchenwares. You’ll love their selection of boards, trays and utensils. They can also personalize items with their CNC machine. They don’t have a storefront, but you can choose from a great selection on their website and they can ship it right to your door.
Birch Babe Naturals
3-14 Bosley Road, Northbrook
You may not have known this… The wildly popular Birch Babe Naturals is made right here in Lennox & Addington! Owner Debbie Alger and her crew carefully craft and environmentally package their products from their shop in the village of Northbrook. Shop online or find their skincare products on shelves at over 300 stores nationwide.
Northbrook Gas & Variety
12428 Highway 41, Northbrook
You can get so much more than a full tank at Northbrook Gas & Variety. They offer an assortment of gift items, including fishing tackle, clothing and more! You can cross off more people off your list than you think you will with a visit to this store.
Yourway Home Hardware, Northbrook
12767 Highway 41, Cloyne
Need something for the handy-person on your list? Yourway Home Hardware has what you’re looking for. They have a great assortment of power tools and other items that will help complete your home workshop.
Hook’s Building Centre
13586 Highway 41, Cloyne
More great gift ideas are available at Hook’s Building Centre. Serving the community since 1970, their amazing staff can help you find the perfect item for under the tree. They offer complete line of hardware, housewares, electrical, plumbing, paint and much more.
Finnegan’s General Store
14222 Highway 41, Cloyne
Finnegan’s General Store & Greco Pizza Express in Cloyne will draw you in with its charm, and Stephanie & her crew’s enthusiasm will keep you coming back time and time again! Finnegan’s is a one-stop shop for all the essentials and then some. You’ll find grocery items, local art, pizza, tourist info and so much more!
Holden’s Hearth at Home
14226 Highway 41, Cloyne
Is your house cold? Chat with Roger at Holden’s Hearth at Home in Cloyne… his products will warm it right up! He sells, installs and services wood and propane stoves & fireplaces in households across the region. He also carries wood-fired, pellet and propane barbecues that take your grilling experience to a whole other level. He also sells some very impressive wood carvings.
Lakeside Inn Restaurant & Bar
14276 Highway 41, Cloyne
Take a break from your road trip at Lakeside Inn Restaurant & Bar. They offer delicious pub fare that we know you will enjoy. Extend your visit and spend the night at the inn in one of their newly-renovated rooms.
14312 Highway 41, Cloyne
Need some food for a holiday gathering? Whether you’re craving juicy steaks, kabobs, pork shops or chicken, you’ll love the cuts at Milligan Meats in Cloyne. They’re the go-to spot for residents and visitors in search of delicious meats perfect for the grill. Oh, and don’t forget a bottle of Milligan’s Original Barbecue Sauce… it’s a great stocking stuffer for the carnivore on your list!
Mazinaw Lakeside Resort & Eatery
17370 Highway 41, Cloyne
Mazinaw Lakeside Resort & Eatery offers cabins, trailers, and campsites at their wonderful location overlooking the mighty Mazinaw. They also have a great little restaurant that is a hit with area cottagers and snowmobilers! Stop in for a great bite to eat.
Rosie’s General Store
22353 Highway 41, Denbigh
Rosie’s General Store is a family-owned and operated café & general store in Denbigh. They offer their customers a wide variety of goods including bait & tackle, groceries, produce, baking supplies, local souvenirs and much more! They also carry mouth-watering baked goods so be sure to stop in for their famous pies, donuts and butter tarts.
Glaeser’s Country Store
156 Bridge Street, Denbigh
And last but certainly not least, Glaeser’s Country Store in Denbigh offers a little bit of almost everything! Peter & Karen have an assortment of grocery & confectionary items, essential hardware supplies, fishing gear, giftware and more! Their popular ‘Bakery Saturdays’ and ‘Souper Sundays’ provide area residents with tasty treats and amazing lunches every weekend. They also house the Post Office and are a bottle return depot.
More to Explore…
These are just a few of the amazing businesses here in Lennox & Addington. Browse our online directory and find other shops where owners and staff go above & beyond to provide their customers with a personal shopping experience.