Over the Victoria long weekend, we decided to visit my boyfriend’s grandmother out in Marmora. I’ve been to Marmora in the summer, fall and winter, but this was the first time I would see Marmora in the spring. I was really looking forward to a relaxing weekend out of the city, and was also curious about the Marmora Mines that my boyfriend said we were going to check out.
On the way, we stopped by Pitcher’s Place, a restaurant just north of Cobourg in Gores Landing that had received rave reviews for their brunch. Pitcher’s Place did not disappoint and we were treated to an incredible, home-style, totally indulgent, utterly comforting breakfast. I had the poached eggs on homemade toast, with a potato and squash hash (brilliant!), plus some charsiu (new word! It’s pork belly…) and a side of house braut (spiced pork sausage, oh my!) and house made pickled cauliflower, brussel sprouts and beets. Everything was exceptional and the owner was also super friendly and helpful. I wish they were in Toronto, I would go here every weekend! Although…the good thing about brunch in Gores Landing is that you don’t have to wait an hour in line.
The highlight of our day trip to Marmora was a visit to the Marmora Mine, an abandoned open pit iron mine just on the outskirts of town. From the years 1955 to 1979 the mine supplied iron ore pellets to the steel mills of Buffalo, New York and the size of the mine is truly impressive. Underground streams have since filled the enormous pit with water, turning it into a peaceful lake more than 656 feet deep and covering 85 acres across.
We spent over an hour walking along the edge of the mine and exploring down below. A really cool site and exceptionally scenic on this gorgeous spring day!