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A Nature Excursion at Hecla Grindstone Provincial Park

 

 

My first stop was: Integrity Foods

On my drive north to Hecla, I stopped by for lunch at Integrity Foods. Owned by Dora and Cornelius Friesen, they’re one of the most delightful couples you’ll ever meet. Endearingly sweet, humble, and hard workers, they’re also exactly the kind of family-run business you’d go out of your way to support.

When I showed up that afternoon, Dora had admitted that she wrote down my tour on her calendar, but she had completely forgot about it, and so apologized for not being prepared upon my arrival, which I assured her was totally unnecessary. It just so happened that I arrived at the same time two other local couples did, and so all got a tour around the bakery together.

Unlike traditional bakeries, Cornelius and Dora use organic ancient grains like spelt and KAMUT. They do all the grinding in house using a stone grinder, and then they bake all their products in a wood-fired brick oven. Their products are then sold in stores around Manitoba, and also right there at their bakery.

After the tour, I took a stroll through the garden and said hello to their chickens while lunch was being prepared. It was wonderful being out there on the farm.

When lunch was ready, I joined Dora, Cornelius, their son, and Adrianne – a culinary student who was on a work placement from France – out at the garden picnic table. Adrianne had made us personal pizzas, inspired by a French recipe, and Dora had prepared fresh vegetables with broccoli from the garden. Sitting there with everyone, I was humbled by their kindness and generosity, and it was an honour to share lunch with them.

Although you can drop by and purchase fresh baked bread, cinnamon buns (incredible!) and cookies (the spelt chocolate chip are divine!), and more, Integrity Foods also hosts their famous Pizza Nights on Fridays and Saturdays. If you happen to be in Hecla or Gimli and you’re looking for something delicious, Integrity Foods is worth the drive!

Hecla Provincial Park

The first thing I did when I arrived at Hecla was to Lakeview Hecla Resort, located in the heart of Hecla Island. For some reason I was expecting something rustic but instead discovered a stunning, luxury resort.

Go to http://www.bcrobyn.com/2013/11/hecla/#comment-4418 for the full blog story and pictures that show the beauty of the Hecla Island area.

 

Robyn Hanson
BCRobyn is the personal travel blog of Robyn Hanson, fourth generation Vancouverite, and senior community manager at Think! Social Media.

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