Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Back in Canada

The last few weeks have been filled with catching up with friends and family. We spent some time at Bronte Provincial Park in the west end of Toronto.We made doctors’ and dentists’ appointments, got back into the routine of going to the gym and getting an organized work-out, and visited our nephew, his wife and darling daughter, Abby. She was sitting and bouncing in her jumper the last time we saw her. Now, she is running around the house with a mischievous glint in her eye, when she is not sitting reading her books! 

Then Run-Around-Sue had to have her yearly check-up, so we headed for London and spent a wonderful few days with my brother and sister-in-law in London. The Spring up here has been cool. Folks are delighted there is no more snow, but we had to get out the long-sleeves and sweaters once again.

Then it was back to Toronto to the East side of the City, at Glen Rouge. 

Glen Rouge, backing right onto the river

We had checked this park when we first arrived and there were trees down, and broken branches everywhere.

However, when we arrived, the campground was in great shape. The Park Elves had been hard at work, cleaning up. We had a beautiful site backing onto the Rouge River. Visiting family and friends in the East side of the city, and the first of many appointments, occupied most of our time. 

Montreal came next. We left the RV there for a couple of days as we went off to Ottawa for a cousin’s wedding. This was a wonderful occasion, held on a very windy, cool day at the Britannia Yacht Club. The happy couple took off for Hawaii, and we headed back for some time with John’s Mum in Montreal.

Thousand Islands Parkway east of Gananoque- not our style!

On the way back to Toronto, we spent a few days at Victoria Park Campground in Cobourg.

A beautiful site, but a bit cool!
It is right downtown, by the marina along the beach. We chose to be in the middle part of the Campground, as there was a cool breeze off the lake most of the time. This whole park is grass, so not all sites are level. We had a lovely large site right on the corner, near the gate, but needed 50ft of hose to reach the water tap. Washrooms are clean and easily accessible from all sites. We walked around the downtown, found a super new Fish and Chip restaurant, and our favourite, Human Bean coffee shop. We ate bread, breakfast and treats from the wonderful bakery by the Marina, and shopped at the Saturday market. We had to get a new space heater for the living room area of the RV. We found a good one at Home Hardware, the only store which hadn’t put all heaters away, and had a decent selection. 

We returned to Glen Rouge for final eye and doctors’ appointments, and more visits with friends and family while we wait for our extended OHIP cards to come. 
Across from the first site, but much larger, and on a corner

The view of the park from our doorstep
Once they arrive, we will be able to avoid the 153 day mandatory stay in Ontario for 2 years. This gives us more flexibility to travel out of the Province for longer periods of time.

Our second year begins with a trip to Newfoundland.  We sail from Sydney on July 4, with a short stop in Montreal first, then several days wending our way east, and exploring Louisbourg. 

More to come...

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