Friday Two Cents: Visiting Local Communities in Ontario Part 1


    Many people have asked me what I will be doing over the summer when school is out. They would ask, “Are you going away on vacation?” I would answer mostly resting, working on some home renovations and traveling around Ontario. They would say, “What you are not going away on vacation?” I say yes, camping, visiting local communities in Ontario such as Stratford, Niagara on the Lake, Wine country, and other places on overnight trips. But many of the responses I got were, “Oh that’s not going away.”

    But I would beg to differ. Going to different places around your home like Niagara or camping in a campground is going away on vacation. If going away means leaving your home for a day or more to visit a different community than your own, then what is the difference between going to Florida, Europe or just an hour and a half drive out-of-town?

    There is so much to see and experience within driving distance from home (Toronto), many people fail to see it. This past week I went with friends to their trailer up north near Lafontaine, that is near the Midland area. The scenery and experience are very different from camping in a tent, yet it was very enjoyable. We still got to cook outside, go for walks and enjoy each other’s company around the fire. But we also went on an excursion to Port McNicoll outside of Midland Ontario. There we went for a tour of a grand old ship called the S.S. Keewatin. It is a steamship built-in Scotland in 1907 and then sailed the great lakes from 1907 until 1965. She was build 5 years before the launch of the Titanic yet she has the same design style as many passenger ships of her day similar to the Titanic. She carried passengers and freight during this time and she is now the last steam ship float and a great piece of Canadian history.

    Today she is a floating testament to those days a century ago. Volunteers are slowly restoring Keewatin to her former glory and I have to admit they are doing a great job. They are restoring the passenger accommodations to the time periods the ship would have sailed. They have the turn of the century, World War One, the 1920s, 30s, World War II, post war, 1950s and 60s.    Many may recognize the Keewatin in a Murdock Mysteries episode where she played herself. They still have a lot of work ahead of them but what they have done so far is truly inspirational.

    I took quite a number of photos of the Keewatin and there is a website , where you can get further information.


2 Responses to Friday Two Cents: Visiting Local Communities in Ontario Part 1

  1. Mama Cormier says:

    You were very close to my cottage. I go through Lafontaine to get to the dock to board the ferry. We love taking day trips to check out museums, markets and wineries. Cherry picking is on now and peaches start this weekend in Niagara if you’re interested.

    • Paul Gauchi says:

      Yes thank you. I love to go around the area and I love going to the Peach Celebration at Niagara on the Lake.

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