In “Every Summer After,” the hotly anticipated debut novel from Toronto editor-turned-author Carley Fortune, the protagonist, Persephone, races again to her childhood cottage in Barry’s Bay, Ont. — described as “a sleepy, working-class village that transforms right into a bustling vacationer city in the summertime.” Off the pages, Fortune stands by the setting’s accuracy, and he or she would know.
Fortune’s household moved to the lakeside group — a four-hour drive northeast of Toronto — when she was eight years previous. “There have been some adjustments since I used to be rising up right here,” says Fortune, who began writing her e-book (out Might 10) whereas summering within the space in the course of the pandemic. “For instance, there’s a very nice espresso store now.”
However largely, Barry’s Bay gives nostalgia and small-town allure, making it each the proper backdrop for Fortune’s flashback-filled love story and a really perfect summer time getaway for metropolis dwellers on the lookout for a break.
“It’s simply such a gorgeous a part of the province,” says Fortune. For guests trying to soak in its splendour, she recommends driving a bit of exterior city to the much less identified, extra beautiful of the general public seashores, Hinterland; kayaking or whitewater rafting with the Madawaska Kanu Centre; or driving to Algonquin Park, simply 45 minutes away. In between lake plunges, it’s value making time for these native companies, which Fortune at all times hits when she’s on the town.
For hearty pierogies: Wilno Tavern Restaurant (17589 Hwy. 60, Wilno)
A ten-minute drive from Barry’s Bay, neighbouring Wilno is Canada’s first Polish settlement. And so, this 100-year-old restaurant is the place to go for unbeatable pierogies, says Fortune. “It’s an iconic enterprise and a must-visit in the event you’re within the space.” In truth, it’s this historic pub that impressed The Tavern in “Each Summer season After” (although writing a few family-run joint little doubt got here straightforward for Fortune, whose dad and mom ran a now-closed inn and restaurant in Barry’s Bay for years). Order the jumbo pierogies together with cabbage rolls — greatest loved on the sunny patio, recommends Fortune.
For throwback threads: V&S Stedmans Department Store (19559 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay)
“Stedmans is 100 per cent my favorite place to buy,” says Fortune, describing it as a cross between a division retailer and a greenback retailer. It makes an look in “Each Summer season After” when the teenager protagonist goes on the lookout for a brand new bathing swimsuit, but it surely was additionally the place Fortune went to purchase embroidery floss for friendship bracelets as a child. Lately, she has a unique go-to haul: “Within the summers, they get this inventory of sweatshirts with large wolves or bears that say ‘Barry’s Bay’ on them — they’re so kitschy and superb.”
For native artwork: Bayberry Design (19492 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay)
“There’s a vibrant group of artists and craftspeople within the space,” says Fortune. To take a look at their work — from unique prints and beeswax candlesticks to handwoven seagrass footstools — head to this studio, which is a component gallery, half design and print store. “I obtained thank-you playing cards with lake and bush scenes by Ketha Newman to ship to authors who blurbed my e-book,” says Fortune.
For fresh-roasted espresso: Madawaska Coffee Co. (19578 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay)
Each Fortune and her e-book’s foremost character marvel at the truth that now you can get a latte in Barry’s Bay — and the real-life cause for that’s Madawaska Espresso Co. What began as a husband-and-wife duo’s pastime roastery has since planted roots as a hip café on the primary strip (with a brand new second location an hour away in Pembroke). They freshly roast their beans in small batches, accessible in 10 varieties, and serve up tasty baked items and flatbreads, too.
For a bit of little bit of every thing: Grumblin’ Grannys (19478 Hwy. 60, Barry’s Bay)
In 1981, Grumblin’ Grannys opened right here as a small craft retailer. Within the 40 years since, it’s grown in each measurement — there’s now an connected two-storey store and backyard courtyard — and inventory. You could find tie-dyed tees, teak furnishings, wind chimes, out of doors fireplaces, silver jewellery, one-of-a-kind lamps, incense, backyard equipment and extra. “It’s jam-packed with stuff,” says Fortune, who used to purchase their candles when she was rising up. “It’s a really distinctive place.”
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