Last week my friend A. had some time off and we decided to undertake a roadtrip together. Because of my training sessions for teaching dance this fall and other appointments on the Friday, we had to pack everything into three days. It wasn’t nearly long enough!
A. wanted to visit Ontario and take advantage of the fact that I’m a native English speaker. We decided to head towards Kingston and the 1000 islands region.
View of the St.Lawrence along the way
Tuesday morning we set off for Ontario, just missing out on all the Montreal traffic and we crossed the border in good time. We stopped at the first rest stop which had a tourist office to get some recommendations. And we weren’t disappointed. Our route took us down the Long-Sault parkway – which is a series of islands, past the Iroquois locks – which after the Panama canal were a little less exciting – and the bridge to the USA, and down the 1000 islands parkway. Honestly a much more interesting route than sticking to the 401 :P
Long Sault Parkway view
and another :)
Iroquois Locks – Unfortunately I didn’t catch a big boat passing
Bridge to the USA
Once we arrived in Kingston we headed up to a lake near Perth Road to visit my Mom’s cousin (B.) and her husband. Last year B. retired and she likes to travel. When I called before the trip, I wasn’t sure if I would just get the answering machine but we were in luck because they were home. So that’s where we stayed – and where we were so warmly welcomed and spoiled! For starters, the view from their house – which was all made by B,’s husband(!) – is amazingly beautiful, not to mention how hospitable our hosts were. And the delicious crepes that we enjoyed each morning!
In front of the lake
with cousin B :)
Roasting marshmallows in a rather epic fire-pit – I confess to have eaten at least 15 marshmallows that night :p
Quest for the perfectly roasted marshmallow accomplished!
Wednesday we got a whirlwind tour of Kingston from cousin B. – we saw many, many sights! Starting with the Kingston town hall, followed by lunch with my second cousin, a visit to the Penitentiary museum and Olympic sailing site on Lake Ontario, visit to Sir John A. McDonald’s home – which unfortunately was closed on Wednesdays! – a tour of Queen’s University complete with students during Frosh week -haha – drive-by of RMC (Royal Military College) and a guided tour (by B.) of Fort Henry.
Kingston Town Hall – built when they expected Kingston to be the capital of Canada
Trolley Bus – so happy! If we had been there on our own, these buses would have taken us to many of the popular sites!
B. and her son with flowers gifted by A.
Sir John A. McDonald’s house “Bellevue House”
Nicol Hall, my parent’s favourite haunts during their PH.D. days
View of Kingston from Fort Henry
with A. in Fort Henry
And to finish off the evening, we started watching Downtown Abbey. B. owns the first three seasons on DVD and we began watching 3 or 4 episodes of season one. Which got me slightly addicted and more than a bit curious. So I borrowed the DVDs to bring home and now, one week later, have devoured the episodes to find myself somewhat lacking for sleep but starting season three. Good thing dance classes are starting up soon, so I will have something to occupy my time as I wait for season 4 to appear ;)
Lake view from the house
Thursday we woke up to a beautiful sunny day, and definitely with torn sentiments we had to say our goodbyes. Fortunately, there was enough time for us to spend a short moment on the lake in a kayak :)
Exploring in the kayak
on the lake
view down the lake
From there we proceeded to Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg to enjoy a quick jump into the past around 1866. A. was quite fascinated by all the different exhibits and the knowledge of the people who worked there/the know-how of the earlier pioneers. I even got to milk a cow(!) for the first time since kindergarten or thereabouts when we took our fieldtrip to a farm.
Funny poster from the olden days
Proof that I milked that cow :P
It was time to head back to Joliette after our stop in Morrisburg. We got back fairly late at night, tired but in good spirits. We enjoyed our short visit down to Kingston area so much that we just might have to go back. And I shall because I have some DVDs to return ;)
Now it’s back the busy routine of Fall, but surely more adventures are to come!
Thanks for reading. A la prochaine!