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Photo Post: Pickering

From Ottawa, Chele and I backtracked towards the Greater Toronto Area, so that she could fly home and that I could pick up Jules. First, though, we stopped for a visit and an overnight at our friend Sarah’s in Pickering, Ontario. She brought us to a couple of scenic waterfront areas for a lovely summer evening stroll and some photo ops. I also made some geese friends.

Stop #1 was a path with a bridge that overlooked Lake Ontario and had a scenic view of the power plant. It also had a scenic view of this fallen tree.

Tree, right-side up, at magic hour

More Magic Hour at Pickering’s recreational waterfront area

Sunset in Pickering

Boat docks in Pickering at sunset


August 25, 2010 at 8:53 pm 1 comment

Photo Post: Ottawa

Thanks for your patience, those of you who are still with me! I’m finally back home and caught up from the first skating events of the season, so the next goal is to get caught up with this blog. I have plenty of motivation, since I’m also officially starting work on my thesis this semester.

So last time I posted, I was on my way to Ottawa. Here’s Ottawa!

Provincial flags along the Rideau Canal downtown, and plenty of Maple Leaf flags—I was there just a week before Canada Day.

The Rideau Canal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and in the winter, it’s the world’s longest ice rink.

The Peace Tower, standing tall from the middle of the main Parliament Building

Ottawa’s ByWard Market (or Marché By, for les francophones) is its most picturesque district. Just a few blocks from Parliament.

Entrance to the main market building and a beautiful day for sightseeing

Here’s an intersection of Canada and the U.S. After President Obama was elected, he visited Ottawa and stopped at a few places in the market. There are still photos of him hung in a bunch of the stalls in the market, and at the end, he bought a couple of these cookies for his girls. The cookies were immediately christened “Obama cookies” and the bakery went from selling a couple hundred of these each week to a couple thousand. Of course, I had to be a good American, and Chele and I both bought Obama cookies. They’re not really that tasty, but they sure are pretty.

August 24, 2010 at 11:36 pm Leave a comment

Photo Post: Central Ontario

When we left Parry Sound on the morning of June 23, the road closures in Huntsville in preparation for the G8 summit were beginning, forcing us to take a pleasant detour around Ontario’s lake country.

We stopped in Port Carling for a bit of walking, an unforgettable smoothie, and photos of a picturesque church, as shown here. This is Knox Presbyterian Church in downtown Port Carling.

Port Carling is home to the world’s largest photomosaic!

Close-up of the photomosaic, which is made up of family photographs donated by Port Carling’s residents.

Our detour took us around Lake of Bays, one of the largest lakes in the region. We stopped at a little picnic spot in a town I can no longer remember for a few photos.

And when Lee, the GPS, rebelled, we ended up on an extended detour on mostly isolated roads. It was a little creepy, but we did find this lovely 150-year-old church, Our Lady of the Angels, in Brudenell. So it wasn’t a complete waste of a trip.

July 26, 2010 at 12:46 am Leave a comment

Photo Post: Parry Sound

On the way to Parry Sound, we stopped at Manitoulin Island. It was raining, but I wanted proof that I went. Here’s proof.

The pride of Parry Sound is Bobby Orr #4. Here’s his Hall of Fame.

Georgian Bay at Parry Sound

Georgian bay at Parry Sound, panoramic-style.

Parry Sound

July 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment

Photo Post: A Superior Shore

When Chele and I left Thunder Bay, I knew the drive around Lake Superior to Sault Ste. Marie would be gorgeous. The first thing that I wanted to see, though, was the Terry Fox Memorial & Lookout. For those reading who might not be familiar with him: Terry Fox had one of his legs amputated due to cancer and 3 years later, he began a journey across Canada—the Marathon of Hope—to raise awareness and money for cancer research. Starting at Cape Spear in Newfoundland (Canada’s easternmost point), he ran for 143 days until the cancer spread and he had to give up his quest east of Thunder Bay. He died the following year, and is remembered across Canada as one of its most inspirational heroes. The Memorial near Thunder Bay stands close to the spot where he ended his journey.

View of The Sleeping Giant from the Terry Fox Memorial & Lookout

Another waterfall fail: our view of Aguasabon Falls from the “lookout.”

Lake Superior at Old Woman Bay in Lake Superior Provincial Park: gorgeous view!

Me at Old Woman Bay

Munuscong Lake, behind the B&B where we stayed on St. Joseph Island (east of Sault Ste. Marie)

The beginning stages of sunset at the Sunset Bay B&B

One more view of Munuscong Lake at twilight

July 22, 2010 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

Photo Post: Thunder Bay

Chele and I didn’t spend too much time in Thunder Bay, but we were treated to lovely weather and the best Finnish pancakes I’ve ever had.

Arrival in Thunder Bay: take scenic photos of Lake Superior

Thunder Bay’s very own Sleeping Giant looms over the city

The Finlandia Club, where we had the best Finnish pancake breakfast ever in the restaurant in the basement, The Hoito.

Part of the Finnish neighbourhood in Thunder Bay

July 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

Photo Post: Kenora, ON

Chele and I had such a nice time in Erin’s hometown, so we took an extended lunch break there. Here are some snaps.

Kenora is on the north shore of Lake of the Woods, a large lake that is shared by both Canada and the U.S. I’ve always been kind of fascinated by it, true story.

City Hall in picturesque downtown Kenora

A pretty downtown pharmacy

Fly Kenora’s friendly skies!

Waterfront downtown

July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

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