|Ready for the holiday season.|
Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
|Bike ride to Montmorency Falls outside Quebec City.|
A quick summary: Visited the cities and towns of Quebec City, Montreal, the Eastern Townships of Quebec (Magog, North Hatley, and Eastman), Toronto, Stratford, and on the west coast, Victoria and the Gulf Islands (Saltspring, Galiano, South Pender, and Saturna Islands.) Ten of the days were spent hiking in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and on the Gulf Islands off Victoria. We attended 8 plays at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and toured a dozen or so world-class museums. Peddled on 4 half-day bike tours and walked for miles through interesting Canadian cities and neighborhoods. Slept at 12 different B&Bs (most with incredible 3-4 course breakfasts). Had fun exploring two Gay Villages (Montreal, Toronto) and met lots of new friends. Our excursions from one location to the next required travel on planes (prop & jets), trains, buses, ferries, and water taxis.
|A pose in front of a Quebec fountain.|
|A warm day on Mont Royal |
|Gourmet breakfast at the B&B.|
|Gay village on Church St. in Toronto.|
|Stratford Shakespeare Festival.|
|Hiking the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.|
|Lunch at Barb's Place Fish & Chips.|
History: We were in Canada during the bicentennial for the War of 1812. We learned a whole different perspective about this war than we were taught in school. Did you know that many Canadians consider the War of 1812 as a victory because they were able to stop US aggression in taking over Canadian land? Or that the British burned Washington, DC in retaliation for the Americans’ sacking, plundering and burning Toronto (then called York)?
|Poutine: the stable of Canada.|
Final thoughts about Canada: We would definitely go back again. There is still so much to see: We want to hike some of the beautiful trails in the middle of the country. We would also love to return to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and include the Shaw Festival Theatre at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and include some of the many theatres in Toronto. It would also be fun to go back to Toronto and Montreal during one of their pride festivals.
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow.
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western Sea,
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!
--Original poem by Judge, R. Stanley Weir, 1908. It was the basis for the national anthem.