It’s difficult to talk about a Canada road trip without falling into the trap of using all the clichéd comments that are used to describe this beautiful country. Canada’s countryside is as stunning as imagined, if not more. The numerous lakes are so still and deep that they are almost black and reflect the surrounding trees with mirror-like perfection.
THE FARMS have deep rich colours, bright red barns, mustard coloured crops and shiny green grass all set against the “big sky” blue of summer. Actually, even the suburb’s lawns are so perfectly green and manicured that we wondered if each town had a competition for the best kept lawn.
COTTAGE COUNTRY, an area just above Toronto. Even though a 2-hour drive is considered by Canadians as “close by”, for us island folk it is a big trip out. Cottage Country is sprinkled with lakes surrounded by cottages, from the cutest little wooden structures to magnificent grand houses. People from Toronto come to spend their summer holidays and long weekends here. The change of light across the water as the day heats up and then cools down again is hypnotic to watch.
One of the things on my “Canadian bucket list” was to go to a barn dance, to see a local band and to watch some line dancing. (Even if that is not necessarily a true Canadian activity) . Passing through a teeny tiny town we came across a band practising for that night in the prettiest old barn set on the edge of an apple orchard. How more perfect could it be? We found accommodation near by and waited for the sun to set. What they had failed to tell us, was that the event was for the local old age pensioners. Not quite the party we were expecting, even if it was in a beautiful setting.
Over the following week I will gather up my photos of the towns and cities we popped into while on our Canada road trip, for my next blog posts.
With thanks and love to my Canadian family who showered us with love and showed us around their country.