The Book Drunkard


People are eager to get outside and explore all the great things to do in YDH. But don't forget, it's still important to stay close to home while taking the opportunity to explore all the wonderful things to do in your own backyard. Don't know what's in your own backyard? Visit to re-discover some pretty cool activities all over the province while supporting your local businesses and communities.

If you are lucky enough to live in YDH (we are biased), we've got some great ideas for you to get active outside, explore your inner artist, learn something new and celebrate this awesome season...virtually or in-person. Please note that many conservation parks and trails are over capacity, so ensure you pre-book your visit or even better...step off the beaten path and find discover a new terrain to enjoy.

Remember safety is a choice you make and we look forward to seeing all visitors again soon.

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Former Durham resident, Lucy Maud Montgomery once quipped, “I am simply a book drunkard” — relatable words for readers and writers.

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The Lucy Maud Montgomery Trail follows the footsteps of the renowned author of “Anne of Green Gables”, as you listen on your mobile device to a podcast about her life in the Uxbridge area from 1911 to 1926, through WWI and the first flu pandemic. Take a two hour drive through the fall countryside to some of her known haunts and make a detour to some local businesses along the way.

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There are 15 points of interest including a drive to Leaskdale Manse, We’ve also included suggested detours like Greenmantle Pottery and the Concession 6 Studio to find some artistic treasures. Book an appointment or drop-in to the Uxbridge Historical Centre where you can tour buildings relevant to Maud and learn about her family’s war-time connection. We all know Maud (and Anne) had a taste for the Raspberry Cordial, and if you share that love, you too can satisfy your thirst at Banjo Cider or The Second Wedge Brewing Co. with a specially crafted raspberry cider or ‘High Razz’ beer, or head downtown to enjoy a glass of raspberry cordial at The Bridge Social.

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Take your time in downtown Uxbridge where our beloved Blue Heron Books twice named Canadian independent bookseller of the year, the store is long accustomed to bringing first-class literary talent to Durham Region. This fall, The Book Drunkard Festival captures the wonderment of the written word and its ability to intoxicate, transport and transform; it is meant for all ages and myriad tastes.

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Be sure to take time for a break along the Beer & Cider Trail, or re-fuel at one of our local eateries along the Culinary Trail.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and other indicia of ANNE are trademarks and Canadian official marks of the Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc. L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc. and is used under licence by the L.M. Montgomery Society of Ontario.