New Brunswick

Cambridge-Narrows hosts 'Life at the Lakes' weekend

'Life at the Lakes' is running in ten venues around Cambridge-Narrows and organizers hopes to draw cottagers, locals and visitors to 10 venues around the shores of Washademoak Lake.

Annual festival spans 10 venues, including a winery, library and conservation park

Visitors enjoy Mott's Landing Winery as part of Cambridge-Narrows 'Life at the Lakes' on Saturday. (Submitted by Ines von Waldow)

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Cambridge-Narrows, N.B., this weekend for the 'Life at the Lakes' festival that aims to help people discover activities in their own backyard. 

'Life at the Lakes' is running in ten venues around the village on the shores of Washademoak Lake and is expecting cottagers, locals and people out for a drive.

The stops, which span about 15 kilometres, range from a vineyard, to a lavender and hops shop, to the library, to galleries and activities include a First Nations ceremony, a corn boil, a beer garden, art demonstrations, interpreted nature walks and a dinner at the village's municipal building. 

'Life at the Lakes' committee co-chair Ines von Waldow stands with Don Rigley of Frantically Atlantic at Norwood on the Washademoak Bed and Breakfast. (Submitted by Ines von Waldow)

New local destinations

"For those who may be venturing out looking for a day trip and not knowing where they might be able to go, this is a great destination point," said Inés von Waldow, one of the organizers. 

Von Waldow says locals don't always realize what — or who — is in their backyard.

"You find there is just so much talent and individuals who have so much to offer," she said. "It's just a great way to even share with those in the community who may not know what's going on."

Planning year-round

This year, a few locals stepped-up to create a year-round committee focused on planning the festival. 

The group is taking ownership of the event after about a decade of leadership by organizations such as the local chamber of commerce and heritage society. 

A local artisan shows her wares at the Norwood on the Washademoak Bed and Breakfast (Submitted by Ines von Waldow)

Von Waldow, a local business woman who co-chairs the committee, says past organizers have their plates full with other activities but a group decided to carry on working on the festival. 

The committee started meeting in January this year and is seeing the fruits of its labour this weekend.

'Life at the Lakes' continues until Sunday evening.