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Adventures during our Perth-Ottawa Road Trip. Summer 2016
We left Toronto early in morning and after about an hour on 401 as usually stopped over at Big Apple. The place is well known for cute cafeteria, large giftshop, children`s outdoor pet zoo, and clean washrooms.
After arriving to Perth, we first stopped over at the Fairgrounds where the place was already prepared for the 200th years celebrations. One could see the rib grillers’ stands from all over Lanark county and the vendors offering foods and drinks to all tastes. There was a mini amusement park for young children with bouncy castles and a climbing tower. The stage was ready for musicians and singers; close by the stone carvers were competing in their art – the winners’ sculptures will become part of the new stone bridge being constructed in Perth and funded mainly by donations.
Late afternoon we headed to the McReary’s beach resort. The resort has beautiful and spacious cottages and we stayed in one of them for the next 3 days. The resort is located on the beach and at the same time not far from the main road; that made it convenient for our local day trips exploring the area. Our cottage had fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, living room and the deck with BBQ. The environment is really family friendly and kids were allowed to go around by themselves.
Once settled we all headed for a boat tour that was so much fun!
We swam in warm lake water, did spectacular jumps from the boat and raced each other. On the way back to the cottage we saw two eagles high up on a pine tree.
Next to the beach there one can find a boat house with many canoes and kayaks to borrow, but we were too tempted to relax in the indoor pool; under same roof there is a sauna and hot tub. After dinner we played for a while and later enjoyed a beautiful sunset and the marshmallows roasted on the campfire right behind the cottage.
The next morning we went to Perth to see the 200th year anniversary parade, which was very well organized and included a lot of various performances. After the parade we stopped by the ice-cream shop before heading to the park.
Not far from the park there was a farmers market where we bought local maple syrup and some homemade jams; the stands were also filled with crafts and flowers. It was a fine place to browse…
In the park the speeches were already underway and we could see the Mayor and other city officials on the stage. At the end of the ceremony the Mayor handed the special capsule with the money collected for the construction of the new stone bridge to the builders.
After the official part everyone headed across the park to the spacious lawn where the dressed up musicians and dancers were getting ready to perform. The Scottish kilts in different colours, traditional musical instruments and actors were all mixed with the arriving public.
For the next hour we all could watch the scenes from the past brought by the musicians and actors to show the history of Perth from 19th century. The show ended by the guns’ salute and marching of the bands.
On the way back to the cottage we stopped again at Fairgrounds to have some ribs, check out the stone carving competition and listen to some music.
The day was almost done, we only had enough time to get back to the cottage for some swim in a pool and dinner.
The next morning we left early for the Blue Heron Golf club. The club house was already busy with the arriving golfers, so we quickly got ready and headed out to the course.
The course has nine holes which makes it suitable for those new to the game or seasoned golfers. The beautiful landscaping adds to the natural surroundings creating pleasant environment – mix of water, forest and green lawns… after golf we all were ready to have good lunch, and decided to go towards Perth.
On the way we stopped by the General store to buy sandwiches. Forget the sandwiches – in the middle of the store there was a small table where a lady was painting the large egg… The painting reminded us some fine antique porcelains, Easter eggs and may be Christmas… the paintings were filled with very fine details such as flowers, birds, butterflies, little bunnies and colourful ornaments. Hard to resist – we bought two beautifully painted eggs and then turned to sandwiches – we were hungry!
After Perth our destination was Ottawa. Instead of staying in the city hotel we stopped at the Generations Inn., which is about thirty minutes away. Even before we open our bags right away kids went to swim in a lake… The Inn has three rooms with private bathrooms located in the old estate. The place is quite well known for the fact that the chief for the Ottawa Senators sometimes cooks his famous dishes for the guests, but you have to call in advance to find out when; we didn’t and so had to visit nearby restaurants.
Next morning we were in Ottawa. First we visited The Museum of History, Children’s Museum and Parliament Hill, later the Airspace Museum and we finished the day watching the amazing Light Show that is projected right on the Parliament building.
In the Museum of History “Napoleon” and “Gold Rush” special exhibits were well worth to visit. Going back in times of Napoleon and learning about his personality and various projects was really like visiting France and Europe of that time. In the halls of “Gold Rush” we were able to wash some golden nuggets and learn about gold mining history. At the exit the special scale displayed the value of your weight as gold equivivalent in $$ – so we all got on! Worth millions!!
Children’s Museum is always full of kids and their parents. It’s a wonderful world of real things scaled to toy size. One can be a banker, another a salesman of Turkish rugs or spices, be a sailor or mechanic or dress up and go on stage!
After lunch on the French side in a small lovely café and some rest we headed to the Airspace museum. And that is where we spent a lot of time learning about airplanes, history of aviation and space exploration.
A bit tired we went back to the city to have dinner. And again we went to the Airspace Museum this time for the conference to meet the real astronauts Jeremy Hansen and Robert Thirsk.
They were presenting the launch of the new recruitment campaign and there were various officials and a lot of fans. We even got a chance to chat with them and get autographs.
After such an exciting evening we were back to the Parliament Hill for the Light Show that presented the history of Canada in projected images accompanied by narration and music.
Tired after such a long day full of events we were ready to go back to Generations Inn for a good night sleep…
Next morning we were on our way back home. We decided to stop over in Peterborough and visit the unique lift locks. Dated back to 1900 the locks operate based on the natural powers created by the weight of the water in the tubs – this is the largest hydraulic lift lock in the world that raises boats up to about 65 feet high! It was a lot of fun to watch the boats go up and down – they looked so small compare to locks’ structure!
Before getting back on the road we stopped over for pizza lunch and then drove all the way home talking about places we liked most…
Day One: Friday, July 22
- Arrive in Perth between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for the BBQ Block Party http://bbqblockparty.com/ at the Perth Fairgrounds (50 Arthur Street)
Directions from Toronto (3hrs 46 mins):
- Lunch at festival food stations
- Canadian Stone Carving Festival http://canadianstonecarvingfestival.com/
- Drive 17 minutes to McCreary’s Beach Resort to check in anytime after 4:00 p.m.
- Relax and enjoy the beach!
Day Two: Saturday, July 23
- Travel for 14 minutes to Perth for Blast from the Past (Opening Ceremonies are at 11:30 a.m.) Full Event Schedule: https://perth200.ca/signature-events/homecoming-weekend/homecoming-weekend-schedule/
- I suggest parking at Café Bean, 1 Sherbrooke Street East, Perth
- Walk about 4 blocks for 8 minutes to Stewart Park (80 Gore Street East) to see the parade. Map: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Stewart+Park+Festivalfirstname.lastname@example.org,-76.250517,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x41185e3fc910fbd2!8m2!3d44.8988287!4d-76.250517
- In the afternoon, you may wish to return to the Perth Fairgrounds. Enjoy the Festival!
Day Three: Sunday, July 24
- Check out
- Travel home
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Totally Tubular on the Grand
We were so excited for our tubing adventure on the Grand River that we all woke up early. We were greeted by the friendly guys from Grand River Rafting company and there was a group of young people laughing and talking about their rafting adventure which made us even more excited. We picked up our tubes, grabbed a bite to eat and then headed out for our adventure on the Grand River.
The tubes are quite comfortable – oval shaped with a seat and a back. You get a paddle, a dry bag to keep your belongings in and a detailed map of the trip.
Only by looking at the trees did I realize how fast we were moving. I could hear whirling water in the distance. Once I got closer I could see the small rapids. I got a bit wet going through them and learned a little later I could use my paddle to avoid the whirling areas.
The current was strong enough and rode us nicely along the green shores and small rocky beaches. We met fishermen along the way and even saw an eagle gliding above. It was really peaceful and relaxing on the tube.
We were told along the way about an old, abandoned mine. The mine can be also seen from the top of the shore and a path will bring you there. There’s also a creek with water so clean and fresh you can drink it on the spot!
Some parts of the river are quiet so one can body surf. I got off of my tube and it was deep enough that I couldn’t touch the bottom. Holding the rope from my tube I decided to try lying down on my back to just float, allowing the river to take me for a ride.
An orange fence marked a picnic area. It took us by surprise that there were BBQs set up and a fire in the middle to warm up. Next time we’ll be sure to bring some food for a BBQ. Our trip took us a bit more than four hours. We were tired from our journey down the river and decided to end our day in downtown Paris with ice cream in hand. It was the perfect Sunday adventure.
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The Pan American Food Festival Returns to Toronto
August 8-10 2014
TORONTO, ON (April 24, 2014) – The second annual Pan American Food Festival – the only festival in the world that celebrates the best food and culture of the Western Hemisphere – returns to Toronto from August 8 to 10, 2014. This year’s festival will be held at Daniels Spectrum, a vibrant new community hub in the heart of downtown Toronto, and will feature an impressive roster of extraordinary chefs, led by renowned chef and culinary genius Norman Van Aken.
The Pan American Food Festival paves the way for the upcoming Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015 with a showcase of flavour and culture from 41 countries across North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. As in its first year, the Festival will be entirely free to the public, presenting food demonstrations by international chefs, music and dance ensembles, kids’ activities, a Pan American vendors market, and a tourism showcase called Discovering Pan American Countries. Events will be held inside Daniels Spectrum and the neighbouring streets, Regent Park Boulevard and St. David’s Walk, creating a large outdoor area for visitors to discover the delicious and diverse cuisine of the region while enjoying its most-loved musical styles. This year’s Feature Country is Peru.
Considered by The New York Times as South Florida’s most gifted chef, Norman Van Aken is the founding father of New World Cuisine, and is known internationally for introducing the concept of “fusion” to the culinary world. Author of six cookbooks and winner of numerous awards, Mr. Van Aken will present two free food demonstrations at the Festival, along with chefs from across the Pan American spectrum. The Festival’s Culinary Curator, is Colombian-born, Canadian raised freelance food/travel journalist, Mary Luz Mejia.
“We are thrilled to bring the Pan American Food Festival back to Toronto for another year of flavor and fun – Pan American style!” says Daniel Garcia-Herreros, Festival Director. “This year’s Festival will showcase even more of the innovative and delicious foods and culture from these 41 countries, and we are thrilled to be working with Daniels Spectrum to bring the events to life for the community.”
The 2014 Pan American Food Festival highlights include:
● A roster of extraordinary chefs led by renowned chef and culinary genius Norman Van Aken
● Jamaican, Canadian, Colombian, Brazilian, Mexican, Venezuelan, American and Peruvian food demonstrations with local and international chefs.
● Musical performances and dance classes
● “Taste the Americas” an exhibition of photographs selected from submissions received from the general public
● Discovering Pan American Countries tourism showcase
● Family activities including kid-friendly food demonstrations
● And much more!
All events are free to the public.
Venue Partner: Artscape
Doors Open Toronto announces full line-up for 2014
Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf introduces its full list of new and returning buildings, an exciting speakers series, city-wide walking tours and special programming for 2014. The details are now available online at http://www.toronto.ca/DoorsOpen.
“Doors Open Toronto is a great example of a community event that has become a city-wide celebration,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “Thanks to the committed partnership from our sponsor Great Gulf, the local community and the buildings for opening their doors, this event continues to be a huge success and attracts more and more residents every year.”
The 15th annual weekend celebration of architecture takes place Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, offering rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. This year’s theme is Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.
“Doors Open Toronto gives residents across the city an opportunity to explore many of the significant architectural sites that collectively shape our city’s identity,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee. “It is a chance to discover some of Toronto’s most distinguished and internationally-recognized landmarks.”
“Great Gulf is delighted to return as presenting sponsor of Doors Open,” said Christopher Wein, President, Great Gulf Residential. “A city’s soul and expression can be seen not only in its history, geography and culture, but also in the buildings most loved by its residents. Now in its 15th year, Doors Open continues to enlighten the community by inviting everyone to discover our city’s hidden treasures and the secrets behind its doors.”
New for this year, Great Gulf presents Utilities by artist Michael Cook at the Great Gulf, Yonge + Rich Presentation Centre. This exhibit features photographs of the tunnels, sewers, drains and waterways that lie beneath the city – the crucial infrastructure that is normally hidden from view.
On May 24 at the new Fort York Toronto Library Branch, audiences can hear six influential architects speak on Redesigning Toronto, a Pecha Kucha-style talk discussing the architectural and urban planning of Toronto. On May 25 at Harbourfront Centre, audiences can hear renowned urban designer Ken Greenberg reflect on Harbourfront Centre: A 40-year Legacy of Transforming the Toronto Waterfront.
Toronto City Hall will be a hotspot during the Doors Open Toronto weekend. Visitors can expect access to key locations such as the 27th floor observation desk, the council chamber and the Mayor’s Office, and special exhibits and activities, including:
– [murmur], the documentary oral history project conveying the emotional attachment citizens have to Toronto
– Exposed Toronto, an exhibition of photographs inspired by this year’s program theme
– My City Hall Mystery, a family-friendly scavenger hunt leading to key locations in City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.
This year’s Doors Open Toronto also presents free walking tours. Sponsored by the University of Toronto, the city-wide tours are aligned with the event theme and focus on secrets, spirits and mysteries. This year’s tours include:
– The Ghosts and Spirits of the Historic Distillery District
– The Spirit of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at Toronto Harbour
– The Spirits of Exhibition Place, including paranormal hotspots
– Communing with the Spirits? Doubt and Belief in Toronto the Good
– Mount Pleasant Cemetery: Where Soldiers Rest in Peace
– The Layers of Leaside Tour
– Village of Islington ARTwalk and Trolley Tour
– Guild Park: Where Art Meets Culture
– The Mysteries of the University of Toronto.
Full program details, including a complete list of new and returning buildings, walking tour registration and information about talks are available at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen.
About Doors Open Toronto
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design. It is sponsored by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.
About Great Gulf Group
Established in 1975, the Great Gulf Group of companies including Great Gulf, Ashton Woods Homes, First Gulf Corporation, Tucker HiRise Construction, Brockport Systems Ltd. and Taboo Resort Golf and Spa, is one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. With major projects in Canada and the United States, the company’s fully-integrated activities span the entire real estate spectrum.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
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