|The Road Home, New Brunswick to Trois Rivieres, QC|
|One of the Many Dairies we Passed Along the Saint Laurence|
There is nothing new about the increasing demand for local produce throughout Canada; the big story is the life these markets breathe into Quebec's small farms. Here, the farm-to-table experience is not only alive and well, but thriving. Perhaps one of the most successful examples is market gardener Jean-Martin Fortier who freely shares the tricks of his trade. We can all learn from this gentleman!
|Originally erected in 1739, the Aulnaies Mill was fully restored in 1975.|
|The mill grounds today|
You certainly won't want to miss the gift shop. . . or maybe you will. . . of all the stops we made along the way, this is where I spent the most amount money, coming away with a hand woven cotton coverlet for our bed. Now that winter is upon us, I can't tell you how much we love snuggling in under it!
|Trois Rivieres to Tobermory|
With its main street lined by gift shops, antique stores and boutiques housed in historic sandstone buildings your biggest challenge will be finding enough time to explore every nook and cranny that calls out to you. If you don't feel like shopping, check out the Blockhouse Museum, or wonder across the bridge to the Merrickville Industrial Ruins on Pig Island. The Blockhouse, with it's metre-thick walls, was constructed as part of the canal defense system and is the second largest remaining in Canada.
|Merickville Industrial Ruins|
|Glen Allen Park, Days Gone By|
|The View hasn't Changed Much at Glen Allen Park|
Travelling west on the Highway 7, we were poking around in a wee little shop in Omemee, now park of the City of Kawartha Lakes. At one time a thriving shipping point for timber and grain, Omemee's more recent claim to fame is that it is also singer/songwriter Neil Young's childhood home and the town in North Ontario as it was described in the lyrics of "Helpless". There's even a Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum!
|Neil Young (top row, 3rd from the left) 1951-52 Class Photo|
|Memorabilia Proudly Displayed in a Local Craft Store|
By this time, and after more than 4 weeks on the road, one of us was getting a little antsy to be getting home. While the original plan was to explore Southern Ontario, visit family, experience the Mennonite community of St. Jacobs and check out Stratford and Dashwood (birthplace of my great grandmother and grandmother, respectively) we decided perhaps the area deserved more time than we could give it on this trip. Perhaps it's a destination better flown into where we can spend a week. We skirted around Lake Simcoe and made our way toward Owen Sound and the Tobermory Ferry.
|Wireton, home of Albino Groundhog and Weather Forecaster Wiarton Willie|
|North Manitoulin to Thunder Bay, ON|
|Bruce Mines, ON|
|Wawa, ON Canada Goose|
But that wasn't the only thing in Wawa that caught our attention. We were also pretty impressed by a very Canadian albeit very quaint Canadian Tire!
|Canadian Tire, Wawa, ON|
|Thunder Bay, ON to Deloraine, MB|
|Art is in the Eye of the Beholder|
In case you're wondering just how big Lake Superior is, wrap your head around this: It's 563 km long and 258 km at it's widest point, with depths up to 406 metres. It's watershed includes approximately 200 rivers. Like I said: BIG!
I'll let that last bit of geography sink in and end this as we are soon to enter the last leg of our journey home. Until then. . .