You’d think that this stretch of Highway 11 would be a bit more populated being in cottage country, but it’s not. I guess once you get north of Huntsville, northern Ontario beckons.
Scotia is another hamlet that I know I have driven past, and maybe even through, but haven’t stopped long enough to take out the camera and the notebook and make a stop of it. I couldn’t find anything on the web since searching “Scotia” or “Scotia Ontario” just brings up the province or the bank of the same name. In October of 2008 I veered off Highway 11 to check out Emsdale, Scotia, and Novar. I didn’t end up seeing a sign for Scotia, although I did pass a dirt road named “Scotia Road” which had a barn and a couple of houses on it.
Novar is a collection of three or four little streets north of Melissa founded in the late 1800s. Novar has walking and hiking trails to the local rapids. There is also snowmobiling, canoeing, and kayaking as well, just preferably not in the rapids. There is also access to the Seguin Park to Park trail. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is also a sight as it was built in 1895. There is a historical cemetery as well.
Novar has a little grocery store with an LCBO outlet, a gas station, the Tea Kettle Campground, and a bed and breakfast called the Country Colonial.
I’ve driven through the area a number of times, and recently I went off Highway 11 to explore Novar. It was pretty small though, and being mostly houses, I didn’t feel totally comfy taking photos, so I don’t have any photos.
Melissa is a bit confusing as there are two Melissas in Ontario – one near southern Georgian Bay, and one in the Muskokas. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything on the internet about Muskoka Melissa (Doesn’t that sound like the title of a bad April Wine song?). I didn’t remember driving through it or seeing any signs for it past Huntsville.
I drove through the area recently, and there is a sign on Highway 11 for the town. The town is to the west of the highway. I didn’t take a detour, since I had made stops in Sundridge, Emsdale, Burk’s Falls, and North Bay on the same trip.