We asked local Realtor Daniella Quattrociocchi to help us highlight the "must-visits" across various Oakville neighbourhoods. In this first edition, Daniella provides us with her Fast Five for Bronte Village.
1. The Waterfront: Here I am specifically talking about Bronte’s Waterfront Heritage Park and Fisherman’s Warf, but the Bronte Beach Park and the Bluffs are also lovely. Beautiful all year round, this area really comes to life in the summer. I remember the first time I watched the sailboats come in off the lake it was something out of a movie. I couldn’t believe it was a real scene, let alone that it happens almost nightly in the warmer months. My kids love having an ice cream as we walk along the boardwalk waving to the sailors as they come in. This is also the site of the hugely popular Bronte Canada Day Festival, a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150 this July!
2. Plank Restobar: Part of the Catch Hospitality Group, Plank is a great spot for gathering with friends or an impromptu date night. With its open kitchen, wood bars, and small shared plates, it really does feel like the “American Tapas Bar” it promotes itself as. The Cauliflower Fritters are a personal favorite. If you’re looking for something more casual and a place to bring the kiddies I suggest Catch’s other dining option The Firehall in Bronte Village Mall; my kids ask for it by name.
3. Simply Green Baby: This boutique baby shop “exclusively offers products that are healthy for children and the plant”. Whether you are looking for green houseware products, or a unique gift for a baby or child in your life, I would highly recommend this shop.
4. Sobey’s: I like to imagine the Sobey’s at Bronte Village Mall, as the Empire Records of supermarkets. In all seriousness, this store is open on most major holidays, including Thanksgiving and Good Friday (due to the fact Bronte Village is a tourist district), and is open late so I can always pop in for a panicked run for milk (or popcorn my family’s collective vice).
5. Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre: As long-time residents tell me, QEPCCC is a former high school converted to a community centre. Unlike a traditional community centre, QEPCCC offers a recording studio, fine arts studios, a black box theatre, art gallery and museum space, in addition to full service gym, rock climbing wall, and large pool. With drop-in programs offered year-round, QEPCCC is a great place to spend the day with the family.