Blogs from Ontario, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » Ontario » Port Elgin April 19th 2019

Dear All Hello again from London. I have just arrived back from a family visit to Ontario, Canada. I thought I’d write a travel blog entry on a wonderful three-day trip I took from my family’s country farmstead not far from Toronto, up north and west towards the stunning shores of Lake Huron. It was a lovely little trip, and seemed also to be a positive test-case for potential future short, ten-day trips to North America over future Easter holidays. This is very exciting, as although I have been to both the USA and Canada, I’ve only seen very small parts of each, and there are so many other areas in these two huge countries that I would like to explore. Perhaps an annual mini-trip there every year for the foreseeable future may enable me to ... read more
Lake Huron
Red Squirrel
Inglis Falls

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto February 19th 2019

Toronto – A Multicultural Treasure, Canada February 2019 Welcome to Toronto, the most multiculturally diverse city on the planet, where more than 180 languages are spoken on a daily basis. A popular adage describes the city as "New York City run by the Swiss," and it's true—you can find world-class theater, underground tunnels, shopping and restaurants, the sidewalks are clean and the people are friendly. It's estimated that over half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada and despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along extremely well. When the weather is fine, Toronto is a blast: a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world's finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals. Yes, winter in Toronto can be a real drag, with things getting messy on ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto February 2nd 2019

Long filled day catching up on work and organizing the family for our departure. Said our goodbyes to the baby, Cleo that is, and took a final trip to Boston Pizza to visit Julia at work before we left. Going to miss her :) We arrived safely at the airport, had a quick check-in but realized once thru security that I had Sean's phone in my bag. OMG, panic set in.... knew it was too good to be true. Kids waited for me as I returned to the departures and hoped Sean didn't drive too far before he realized he didn't have his phone. Thankfully, he was there waiting, hoping I too had made the discovery! Reunited again, and I got another quick goodbye :) (Lucky me) before setting off to the gate again. Well, almost ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ajax October 28th 2018

Our JAL 777 has WiFi and we just flew over Ajax, which is near Toronto. Never heard of it. Assuming JFK is OK and the traffic is not bad, yeah, right, Fran and I should be at our apartment in a couple of hours. Our day was long but relatively uneventful. I enjoyed writing this travel blog. Next bloggable trip, ????????? David... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Kingston October 4th 2018

Nous voici au point final de la route que nous prenons dans l'Ontario. Nous n'avons pas cherché à faire des kilomètres dans cette région... Nous passions seulement le temps... C'est ainsi que nous continuons à longer le Saint Laurent, de temps en temps de belles maisons... Puis viendra Gananoque, mais nous ne nous y arrêtons pas car ce sera pour notre dernière nuit de ce petit périple. Le but d'aller à Kingston est de faire une petite croisière sur le Saint Laurent... Nous avons aimé, mais pas tout à fait... 3 heures dont on ne retirera qu'une bonne demie-heure intéressante ou sympa ! Cette ville est peuplée de touristes... notre hôtel est un peu excentré mais on trouve facilement un parking dans la ville... cela ne pose donc pas problème de venir y dîner ou se ... read more
avec un lever agréable...
passage dans certains villages...
toujours l'habitat

North America » Canada » Ontario » Kingston October 4th 2018

Aujourd'hui, on se promène sur l'eau... plus précisément sur le Saint Laurent... Mais avant d'arriver à l'embarquement, un petit tour obligé sur la place du City Hall où se tient le marché... produits habituels mais aux belles couleurs... Nous prenons un bâteau sympa pour trois heures... afin de tourner autour des 1000 îles... nous sommes heureusement bien installés tout en haut... le soleil tape... on va bronzer ! mais un petit vent souffle et c'est tout bon... Par contre à nouveau les commentaires sont fait pour les sourds... ça crie énormément !!!! et les gens qui n'écoutent pas n'en font pas moins... Le début de la croisière est très monotonne car longe une très grande île... Ce ne sera qu'après presque deux heures que cela deviendra un peu amusant... On découvrira des maisons de tous gabarits... ... read more
bientôt Halloween...
des pommes aux couleurs rarement vues

North America » Canada » Ontario » Kingston September 29th 2018

Nous voici au Canada ! où nous retrouverons d'ici quelques jours Yvette, la soeur de JJ. Ce ne sera pas dès notre arrivée car nous ne pouvons être accueillis que si nous arrivons en voiture de location... Il sera 20h quand nous sortirons de l'aéroport... Nous avons fait pas mal de km cette dernière semaine et marché beaucoup lors de nos visites... la fatigue se fait un peu sentir, il n'est donc pas question à cette heure et dans le noir de nous aventurer à trouver son appartement en voiture de location. Nous avons alors pris la décision de passer la nuit dans un hôtel proche de l'aéroport et de prendre en charge notre voiture de location le lendemain à une heure où nous serons reposés pour reprendre la route ! On commencera par se promener ... read more
cadeau anniversaire Icelandair !

North America » Canada » Ontario » Huntsville September 15th 2018

September 15th 2018 Canada - Creating some new Memories Our lives are full to the brim with memories aren’t they? Memories of special people and wonderful places, delights and disasters, the exciting, the good - and just now and again, the not quite so good. But all memories have first to be created. Come, join us here by the fire pit beside our cabin in the woods in the Blue Rocks Campground, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, and we’ll tell you a little of what we have been up to for the past two weeks. We’re here to catch up with some very special friends in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, and Upper New York State, USA, to revisit a few old haunts and discover more of Canada and North America’s delights. But first, let me introduce you to Jon and ... read more
The grey haired nomads at Lions Lookout, Huntsville
The Boathouse Cabin
The mural in the G8 Centre, Huntsville

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa August 16th 2018

This post has the same title as the one just before our Australia trip last Fall. Tomorrow morning early we fly to Vancouver to meet up with Ken & Jan who have kindly offered to put us up for the night and entertain us. And get us to Vancouver Canada Place to board our Star Princess ship on Saturday August 18. Great to be able to put in a family visit on this next adventure! We also look forward to meeting up with Geoff and Joy, and Mark and Kathy, our Australian friends with whom we have talked about this Alaska cruise for several years. That day is here now! The very long-standing friendship between Marion, Joy and Kathy predates any of them having met their current husbands, before kids, before middle age, before senior privileges. ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 1st 2018

Those of you, like me, who like to take the train once in a while, should be pleased to hear about this: From The Points Guy: Amtrak’s Great Dome Car will soon be back on the track. The already amazing views of Amtrak’s rail routes are just getting better. This fall, Amtrak is temporarily bringing back its 1955 Great Dome Car. Its top deck is enveloped by windows that peel up to the roof of the car for an airy, scenic ride that’s perfect for viewing the season’s change. The car will only run on certain routes between August 11 through November 2, so if you plan to travel on Amtrak to one of the destinations it will be attached to, you might want to snag a seat on the upper deck of the car. Keep ... read more
Vistadome on the way to Machu
Amtrak dome car

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