Thanksgiving came and went (seriously, where is this year going in such a hurry?) and we took full advantage of the three day weekend, heading out of the city to visit with friends. We have friends living in Toronto and decided that meeting halfway between Montreal and Toronto would be a great way to catch up. We ended up on Amherst Island, a place accessible only by ferry, about 10km outside Kingston, Ontario. It was such a great weekend and just what I needed to relax and recharge. The cottage we rented had the most beautiful lake front property and we really truly felt like we were a million miles away from the rest of the world!
Jesse was in complete Duck Toller heaven.
The leaves were changing color and everything smelled like fall. Ah, happy times.
The island is pretty quiet, with lots of farmland, wildlife, and a tiny little general store with nothing in it. If you visit the island, be prepared with all your food and drinking water in advance. We learned this the hard way and had to take a not-so-quick ferry trip to the nearest grocery store.
On the ferry…
He could swim for days on end…
So great catching up with Geoff and Ange again!
Of course, there was a campfire. We had the most amazing weather, it was so warm and just perfect for hanging outside. There were also very loud and scrappy coyotes a little too close for comfort, that may have scared the poop out of us and sent us inside to hang out too.
The graveyard on the island dates back to the 1800s. Pretty cool to explore.
And, it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving weekend without Thanksgiving dinner and pie. We definitely did not go hungry while we were there. Oof!
On the way home, we drove through Kingston and stopped for coffee. It’s a cute little place. I’d like to go back and see it when we have more time to explore. I have a feeling we’ll most definitely be going back to Amherst Island again. A new yearly tradition, perhaps?
Some of these pics were taken by the lovely, Angela.
This weekend was a long one here in Canada. Canada celebrated it’s 146th birthday! It’s always a bit more quiet in Quebec, with festivities happening at the Old Port, but not much more. I miss seeing lots of Canada Day decorations in shops and all around the city, at this time of year. We went to the Old Port last year, and had a great time, but decided to just chill out this year at home. It was a super relaxed weekend, complete with bike rides, corn on the cob and chilled white wine on the back deck. We even had a donut from Tim Horton’s just because it was Canada Day. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than Tim’s, eh?
Whether or not your Canada Day weekend was busy or quiet, I hope you had a good one! Happy Birthday, Canada!
PS. I knew Canada was pretty awesome, but who knew we were this great?
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, well, even if you’ve only been reading this blog for a little while, you most likely know we’re a little obsessed with coffee. Not just any old coffee though. After living in Australia, we’re pretty picky about the coffee we drink. Some might say we are, well, Steve is a bit of a coffee snob. Australia does coffee really, really, well. Canada, um…not so much. There are a few great places that do it up right, but sadly, it’s not the norm. A good latte is hard to come by. Luckily, my hubby makes a delicious coffee at home, but sometimes, you just want to go out and enjoy the atmosphere of a charming cafe with a nice tasty latte. A few places we’ve found that we like in Montreal; this place, this place, this place, and a place called SF in Mile End, just near Ubisoft, where Steve works. It’s better than nothin’!
But! I’ve just heard about the Indie Coffee Passport! I’m definitely going to pick myself up one. What a fabulous way to try new cafes (and coffee!) all over the city, at a great price. I think I know how Steve and I will be spending our Saturday mornings this summer!
Stay tuned for how it all goes…