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Exploring Ontario’s cheese county in a 2022 Toyota Sienna Photo by Stephanie Wallcraft

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My best friend of nearly four decades is getting married, which means I find myself with one of the most solemn duties a woman can be tasked with in her lifetime: I’m to be a maid of honour.

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And let me tell you, being a maid of honour for the first time in your mid-40s is a trip. Lovingly packaging bridal shower favours hits different when you’re fitting it in between board of directors duties and bedtime routines. But I adore my best friend, I’d do anything for her, and I wouldn’t want one second of this to be any other way, and so here I mostly just digress.

Anyway, one of the most important duties of the position is planning the perfect bachelorette party. For this, there are a few unspoken rules. For example, it should be something designed solely around the bride’s preferences yet approachable for those she’s selected to come along.

We’re well past the drinks-all-day stage of our lives, so extended wine tours and late nights at the club are out of the question. Being that it’s an autumn wedding and we already live in one of the most beautiful places in the world to be when the weather gets cooler, it seems a shame not to take advantage of it.

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Exploring Ontario’s cheese county in a 2022 Toyota Sienna Photo by Stephanie Wallcraft

And more than anyone else I know, my bestie is a really, really big fan of cheese.

Thus, an idea is hatched: load up a vehicle with bestie, a driver, and five more of her closest friends, and enjoy a cheese tour in…

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