Are you looking for some fun activities to do this month? Look no further than your own backyard with these ideas to support your favourite local businesses!

  1. Spread the Love

If you’ve had a great experience with a local business and want to give them a shout out, there’s no better time than right now to leave an amazing review. Head over to the business’ Facebook page or website and tell them how great they are! While you’re there, give their posts a like, share or comment, even tag a friend! This will help get their posts viewed by more people and bring in some new customers.


  1. Treat Your Dad

If you’re still searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the man in your life, be sure to check locally. A gift certificate to his favourite downtown restaurant, brewery or store would make a great gift!


  1. Keep Your Hands Clean

If you’ve run out of your stash of hand soap or hand sanitizer, why not try some homemade local options? You can pick up some Old Soul Soap Co. soap at The General Store, Barefoot Venus products at Surrounding Memories, or a wide range of natural soaps at The Granary. If you’re looking for hand sanitizer, check out the hand sanitizing rub from Dairy Distillery in Almonte.


  1. Have a Picnic in the Park

Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful weather with a classic picnic in the park. You can find some great take out options from Freska, St. James Gate, The Good Food Co., or one of the many other restaurants in town. Enjoy your meal al fresco at your neighbourhood park or your own backyard!


  1. Try Out Some New Moves

Why not take the time to learn some new dance moves in the comfort (and privacy!) of your own home? Total Rhythm Dance Studio is hosting virtual dance lessons and exercise classes so you can get moving and bust a move at home!


  1. Take a Trip Around the World

The best way to experience a new country or culture is through food. Take a trip around the world without leaving town by ordering some take out from Sagar Indian Cuisine, Lakeside Mediterranean Shawarma, a Chinese option or try the Italian Family dinner from The Grand Hotel from June 5-7. Better yet, try out your cooking skills and book an appointment with Carleton Place Public Library to check out some cookbooks from around the world!


  1. Have a Local Drink Tasting

Many of us are sad to be missing out on patio season this year, so why not host your own? Order some beverages to sample online from Ashton Brewing Company, Stalwart and Braumeister and enjoy them on your deck. Take advantage of some of the awesome local trails and make a day of it: walk or bike over to pick up your drinks.


  1. Enjoy a Cool Treat

There’s nothing like an ice cream cone on a hot day! Try some of the delicious flavours or the new Dole Whip at The Cheddar Stop, a milkshake from Under Pressure or some Stella Luna gelato at The General Store.


  1. Start a DIY Project

Get your creative juices flowing with some crafting supplies from The Real Wool Shop. If you aren’t sure what to make be sure to check out their selection of virtual craft lessons!