Hundreds of kilometres of trails linking its communities with a great expanse of rural forested lands ensures Uxbridge is the trail the capital of Canada. Major trail systems, including the Trans Canada and the Oak Ridges Trails traverse the township. In cooperation with various volunteer organizations and Conservation Authorities the trails stretch across approximately 8000 acres of conservation lands. A love of nature often nurtures a love of the arts and Uxbridge is no exception. It is home to the Celebration of the Arts Festival, the Uxbridge Studio Tour, Springtide Music Festival, five community theatre companies, Uxbridge Chamber Choir and Blue Heron Books, the twice named Canadian independent bookseller of the year.
Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote 11 of her 22 novels in Uxbridge and once claimed she was “simply a book drunkard”. So, as a nod to Maud, and the literary community at large, The Book Drunkard Literary Festival is born. The festival captures the wonderment of the written word and its ability to intoxicate, transport and transform. Meant for all ages and myriad tastes, the festival features literary legends and musical masters in stellar venues, like the century-old Uxbridge Music Hall and the top-notch Wooden Sticks Golf Club. Inspiration starts young with exceptional author events at the Blue Heron Studio as well as local schools. The Second Wedge Brewing Co. opens its doors to an on-tap, toe-tapping music/adventure event. Creativity blossoms in writing workshops in the Blue Heron Studio. Foodie events, featuring a renowned chef/cookbook author and a meal, will be hosted by fabulous Feast-ON restaurant The Urban Pantry Restaurant. There’s even some thought-provoking theatre. In a ‘nod to Maud,’ a panel discussion event and cocktail party celebrate the renowned L.M. Montgomery at her former home in Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site . Check out the extensive list of events for book drunkards including ‘Get Lit on the Trails’ family day takes the written word outside.
Passports are available for $175 +HST (a $200 value) and are transferable for family and friends. If that isn’t enticing enough, be one of the first 100 to purchase your passport and you will receive a number of intoxicating perks!