Like you need yet another excuse to Ride the Highlands. There are the baked goods and smoked meat quests, the Polish cuisine cruises, the twisty road rides, sweeping vista views, historical settlement stories and now we are bringing you the Perfect Patios. Nothing says a summer ride like rewarding yourself with that perfect patio pleasure.
Ontario’s Highlands is dotted with outdoor dining opportunities as unique as the landscapes that surround them. From traditional lakeside lodges to historic inns to personality-driven hidden gems, riders will rejoice as they settle in under an umbrella and simply sit back and chill.
Of course, we don’t condone drinking and riding, so it’s best to plan your patio once the kickstand is down for the night, especially if you plan on indulging in some locally crafted spirited beverages. If iced tea and near beer are your pleasure let’s see how many patios you can peruse before the sun goes down.
Here’s a taste of some of Ride the Highlands’ finest patios:
We’ve dubbed Bonnie View the Party Patio. It’s the closest to a Caribbean all-inclusive resort style vibe we’ve found in Ontario. It has the massive BBQ and cabana-style bar, all right on the water. Cottagers, boaters and bikers all flock to Bonnie View to celebrate summer each season. Andrea the owner is a firecracker and will ensure Bonnie View becomes an annual tradition for you and your riding crew.
Size: 18 tables
Number of People: 70
Theme: Casual on the water’s edge, Daisy’s Dockside Patio
View: Beautiful lake southern exposure
Recommended Patio Food: Chicken Panini
Recommended Patio Drink: Green Bikini, Steam Whistle on tap
Perched on the edge of Algonquin Park, Spectacle Lake Lodge is an oasis after the stunning ride along the legendary highway 60. The Lodge is as historic as Algonquin itself and has been providing for tourists since the 60’s. To continue their tradition of hospitality, they built a stunning new patio overlooking Spectacle Lake and serve incredible lodge fair. Sharon, the owner loves anything with a motor and will treat you right.
Size: 8 tables
Number of People: 50
Theme: Quiet and Peaceful
View: Spectacle Lake and Hilltops
Recommended Patio Food: Lodge Clubhouse
Recommended Patio Drink: Lodge Caesar/Draft Beer
If historic inns where you can feel the history are your thing then this place is the perfect patio to park the bike at. As soon as you walk up the front steps, you are transported back to the days of the miners, road builders and loggers looking for refreshment after a long day in the bush. Located right in downtown Westport, you can tell this place is in the heart of the action. Instead of scruffy bar room brawlers, it’s now full of polite tourists sucking back the view and enjoying their favourite local beverages.
Size: 25 tables
Number of People: 100 plus
Theme: Waterside and Rustic with Music
View: Westport Pond and Foley Mountain Conservation Area
Recommended Patio Food: Beef Brisket and Hot Turkey
Recommended Patio Drink: Perth Brewery Draft Beer
Set in a historic home, the patio is a prominent feature of the restaurant and is truly its pride and joy. You can park the bikes right out front and kick back in this smallest of small towns. The kitchen serves up creative cuisine that is 100% patio approved, right down to the smoked meats. On weekends this place fills up fast as the word is out that they do it up right.
Number of People: 40
View: The small town of Coe Hill
Recommended Patio Food: Smokey Butter Bacon Burger
Recommended Patio Drink: Harvey Walleye and Lug Tread Beer
Located along the bank of the Tay River downtown Perth, you will swear you are on the canals of Italy …only the culinary theme for this place is straight out of Mexico. Patios were made for real authentic Mexican fair. The menu is wonderfully traditional and of course, has a rich mix of rock-solid beefy burgers. Park your steed along the historic Main Street and go for an ice cream wander after your patio feast.
Size: 10 tables
Number of People: 45
Theme: Mexican meets the canals of Italy
View: Overlooking the Tay River
Recommended Patio Food: Guacamole served with freshly baked corn tortilla chips
Recommended Patio Drink: Margaritas, Dos Equis XX and Sol