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“ON THE ROAD AGAIN”, with Moyra O’Pallie “This life is a magnificent journey you are on. Don’t be afraid to explore unfamiliar territory. If you happen to get lost, you will stumble across some of the most interesting discoveries you will ever make. Wander down some roads you have never taken before, or ones you’ll never chance upon again. Life is not a guide to follow....it is an adventure to undertake!” (anonymous)    With this challenge in mind, plus Canada’s 150th coming up, and Ontario reminding us “It’s Ours To Discover”, my sister Kathleen and I set out on # 17 East during July. Our first stop was Waubauschene where my two nieces have cottages. We enjoyed two days of quiet relaxation while the owners were at work in the city. Waubauschene is a hidden gem; a waterfront village on the shore of Sturgeon Bay, just off  # 400 near Barrie. The Bruce Trail  runs through it, so it is a popular spot for fitness gurus---swimming, hiking, and enjoying radiant sunsets. On the weekend, a special celebration took place. A neighbour, who was celebrating his 50th birthday, invited 50 guests to come in masquerade, attired in white! What an evening it was—fun, food and dancing to a local deejay. Kathleen was hired as the papparazzi, and I deflected from being a party crasher by telling all the RTO folks I met, that I was an invited guest from District 3 Algoma. It worked!  What a novel way to celebrate those decaded (not decadent) birthdays that come every so often.    The following morning, we headed out westward along the Sturgeon Bay coastline, and northward along Bruce Peninsula. Central Ontario was very picturesque and in full bloom with  Collingwood, Owen Sound, Wiarton along our route to Tobermory, where we boarded the Chee-Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island. What an amazing ferry it is: four storeys tall, with a capacity of 200 vehicles and 450 passengers. It makes four return trips daily during the tourist season and its ability to load and unload in 15 minutes is unbelievable!! It is feather shaped, white, brightly adorned with Indigenous art and “Travel in Good Spirits“ printed on its sides. Beautiful!   The northward two hour trip through the channel took us to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island where everyone dispersed in all directions. Our Air B’N’B  at a ranch in Tehkummah was a genuine tepee (deluxe with a floor and a bed) and an interesting experience.. The following morning, after petting all the animals, we drove to Kagawong (lots of phonics to practise) to view the Bridal Veil Falls, Manitoulin’s top tourist attraction. It was splendid, with a hundred winding steps reach a river at the bottom where swimming was allowed. There were plenty of photographers everywhere.   Our last stop was my favourite: Little Current. It sits on the curved coastline of Georgian Bay and welcomes visitors with a long wonderfully artistic mural of its history-Circa 1860, upon entering the town. We dined and shopped there, while watching the tourists and the luxurious boats sail in and out.    It was soon time to turn homeward as we drove across the historic swinging bridge, passing beautiful group of seven scenery, through Espanola and west to Algoma. We both agreed that we had zoomed past this way on so many journeys and didn’t realize what we were missing.    Manitoulin Island is certainly a unique spot: rich in its cultural history, art, golf courses, trail riding etc and exquisite scenery. Many powows and homecomings are held there annually.  Purchasing a “Manitoulin Passport” is a great way to enjoy the activities. Go there!      So we enjoyed another adventure closeby. Canada is a magnificent country, Ontario is a spectacular province; and of course, Algoma, as we know, is “Naturally Gifted”.  We are blest!!!
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice       Human Rights Statement  

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“ON THE ROAD AGAIN”, with Moyra O’Pallie “This life is a magnificent journey you are on. Don’t be afraid to explore unfamiliar territory. If you happen to get lost, you will stumble across some of the most interesting discoveries you will ever make. Wander down some roads you have never taken before, or ones you’ll never chance upon again. Life is not a guide to follow....it is an adventure to undertake!” (anonymous)    With this challenge in mind, plus Canada’s 150th coming up, and Ontario reminding us “It’s Ours To Discover”, my sister Kathleen and I set out on # 17 East during July. Our first stop was Waubauschene where my two nieces have cottages. We enjoyed two days of quiet relaxation while the owners were at work in the city. Waubauschene is a hidden gem; a waterfront village on the shore of Sturgeon Bay, just off  # 400 near Barrie. The Bruce Trail runs through it, so it is a popular spot for fitness gurus---swimming, hiking, and enjoying radiant sunsets. On the weekend, a special celebration took place. A neighbour, who was celebrating his 50th birthday, invited 50 guests to come in masquerade, attired in white! What an evening it was—fun, food and dancing to a local deejay. Kathleen was hired as the papparazzi, and I deflected from being a party crasher by telling all the RTO folks I met, that I was an invited guest from District 3 Algoma. It worked!  What a novel way to celebrate those decaded (not decadent) birthdays that come every so often.    The following morning, we headed out westward along the Sturgeon Bay coastline, and northward along Bruce Peninsula. Central Ontario was very picturesque and in full bloom with  Collingwood, Owen Sound, Wiarton along our route to Tobermory, where we boarded the Chee-Cheemaun  ferry to Manitoulin Island. What an amazing ferry it is: four storeys tall, with a capacity of 200 vehicles and 450 passengers. It makes four return trips daily during the tourist season and its ability to load and unload in 15 minutes is unbelievable!! It is feather shaped, white, brightly adorned with Indigenous art and “Travel in Good Spirits“ printed on its sides. Beautiful!   The northward two hour trip through the channel took us to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island where everyone dispersed in all directions. Our Air B’N’B  at a ranch in Tehkummah was a genuine tepee (deluxe with a floor and a bed) and an interesting experience.. The following morning, after petting all the animals, we drove to Kagawong (lots of phonics to practise) to view the Bridal Veil Falls, Manitoulin’s top tourist attraction. It was splendid, with a hundred winding steps reach a river at the bottom where swimming was allowed. There were plenty of photographers everywhere.   Our last stop was my favourite: Little Current. It sits on the curved coastline of Georgian Bay and welcomes visitors with a long wonderfully artistic mural of its history-Circa 1860, upon entering the town. We dined and shopped there, while watching the tourists and the luxurious boats sail in and out.    It was soon time to turn homeward as we drove across the historic swinging bridge, passing beautiful group of seven scenery, through Espanola and west to Algoma. We both agreed that we had zoomed past this way on so many journeys and didn’t realize what we were missing.    Manitoulin Island is certainly a unique spot: rich in its cultural history, art, golf courses, trail riding etc and exquisite scenery. Many powows and homecomings are held there annually.  Purchasing a “Manitoulin Passport” is a great way to enjoy the activities. Go there!      So we enjoyed another adventure closeby. Canada is a magnificent country, Ontario is a spectacular province; and of course, Algoma, as we know, is “Naturally Gifted”.  We are blest!!!