Hot Summer Guide: Get out of town

Sarah Smellie

If the ever-escalating price of gas hasn’t already inspired you to purchase a bicycle, consider the following: You can bike out to Butterpot Park in about 2 leisurely hours, rent a canoe and spend the day cruising around Big Otter Pond. The road out to the park is pretty flat, save for a few small hills, and the shoulder of the TCH is wide, smooth and pothole-free. Now that certain wineries sell their products in delightfully portable plastic bottles, it’s nearly impossible to have a lousy time.

If you’re hellbent on a roadtrip, this year’s Writers At Woody Point Festival, from August 12th to 17th, features Gordon Pinsent, Des Walsh, and Don McKay, along with music by Sylvia Tyson (yes, that Sylvia Tyson.) Check out their very fancy website at for the answer to every question you could possibly ask about the event.

It’s also Gander’s 50th anniversary this year and on August 2nd they’re having a Great Big Anniversary Concert at Cobb’s Pond Rotary Park featuring Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta!, The Novaks and Ron Hynes. This shindig’s official website is at

Other ideas: The East Coast Trail Association organizes free hikes frequently in summer. If you don’t have a car, you can arrange to carpool. See for more info.