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ONTARIO AND QUEBEC JUNE 14-JULY 14, 2012

Oakville,Toronto, Pt Weller, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Stratford, Rice Lake, Peterborough and Montreal with a stop in Kingston too.

sunny -33 °C

First stop on this trip was Oakville......a reasonable thing considering the only reason for going was to spend time with Heather. I bought a bike to leave there and joined the Y so I could have my regular swim and work out. So we cycled, walked and ate out and in. There were many highlights including dinner with The International Wine and Food Association and hors d'oeuvres or canapes while listening to The Oakville Chamber Orchestra. Both these events were in the backyards (only what magnificent yards they are) of splendid homes. I cycled with granddaughter Shannon, her husband Kyle and their son and daughter, Spencer and Riley then we met Heather who had volunteered to work at the Rotary Ribfest where we all had our share.

In Toronto Heather and I went to a Picasso exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, attended the annual Pride Parade including a bar-be-cue in Cabbagetown with friends of a couple who were staying at Heather's bed and breakfast and who came to Toronto especially for the parade. I took the GO train from Oakville to take in a Bluejays game with son Doug and his grandsons Justin and Ethan. And what a dinner we had before the game! Heather and I went to a family bar-be-cue at Linda and Doug's place with most of their family. Doug and I went up to Muskoka one day to take grandson Cameron to join his brothers at a camp and saw Chris and Geoff who couldn't get down for the bar-be-cue. Then on another day Doug and I had lunch on the top floor of the TD tower.

This was a trip for refreshing old memories too and we went to the Port Weller lighthouse which my parents ran for 25 years. I hadn't seen it since they retired in 1970. It's now a Coast Guard station and we were made very welcome. Then we went on to Niagara-on-the Lake to the Shaw Festival theatre to see a Noel Coward play. Another day we drove to Stratford to see Shakespeare's Henry The Fifth. Both of these plays were terrific .

We next spent three days at Heather's friend Jan's cottage on an island in Rice Lake. She is a relaxed and great hostess and we thoroughly enjoyed the company, food and swimming. I even took the kayak out. Then we stayed in Peterborough with another of Heather's friends and saw the famous lift lock. Also we had dinner in Fenelon Falls where I had vacationed with my Mom and her parents when I was 10. Next it was off to Montreal where we rented bikes and visited both Westmount and Dollard Des Ormeaux where we had lived (but not together) many long years ago. We also joined in a student march protesting increased tuition. But perhaps the highlight of our visit was two extraordinary dinners in Old Montreal where we attended the Cirque du Soleil whose tents were on one of the piers. On the way back to Oakville we stopped in Kingston to visit one of Heather's oldest friends. They have been close since grade one. So it was time for me to return to Vancouver where I am looking forward to Heather's arrival in August.

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Posted by douglasw 17:56 Archived in Canada

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