A little farther south down the highway from Durham, right at the southern edge of Grey County, is Mount Forest. The town’s motto is “High, Happy, Healthy”, the first adjective referring to its altitude above sea level. Nevertheless, there are some groovy points of interest here.
First, check out the lite-brite mural on the north side of the happenin’ Old Roxy Theatre, the area’s venue for concerts. The photo above shows only part of the mural; it’s really eye-catching.
Next is this little gem of eclectic merchandise, Le Coffee Nog. In case you can’t read through our grimy windshield, the sign reads: “Jewelry, Home Decor, Frozen Yogurt, Cameras, Lunch, Electronics, Butter tarts, Phones, Parking –>, Keeping You Wired.” Surrounding this are three silhouettes: one of a cheerleader using shopping bags in lieu of pompoms, one of a footy-playing couple and the word “cafe” added, and one of a bell-bottomed granny with her hair in a bun bent over a computer and the word “TVs” added. Parked beside the store is an Ontario Provincial Police cruiser. The officers are inside, investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding this store’s founding — or, more likely, enjoying a couple of butter tarts.
The sober veterinarian, on the other hand, has reacted against this free lifestyle. He is very precise and methodical, going so far as to book each day’s patients by order of their size.