Canada Revisited

For my second trip to Canada in 2014, I am very happy to say I had a co-travelling companion (Paul).

So to summarise with some highs and lows:

  • Best reason to come home – Lauren and Andre’s wedding!
  • Most fun – Dancing at Lauren and Andre’s wedding.
  • Highlight – Seeing and spending time with friends and family.  Some of whom I hadn’t seen for a very long time.
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  • Biggest disappointment – Missing seeing all the people I wanted to see and only having limited time to see the people I did see.
  • Best sunset – Looking out from the beach of our resort over Manitowaning Bay, Manitoulin Island.
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  • Best view – From 10 Mile Point, Manitoulin on a misty morning.
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  • Best waterfall – Bridal Veil Falls in Kagawong, Manitoulin.
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  • Best form of transport – The ferry from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island.
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  • Favourite meal out – The all you can eat buffet at the Mandarin with friends.  Oh my.
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  • Best takeaway – Fish and chips from Judy’s chip van in Alliston.  No mushy peas but it still gets two thumbs up.
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  • Best taste of home – A Dairy Queen Blizzard.  That wins every time.
  • Best beer – Steam Whistle.  As judged by Paul – he is more qualified than me. 😉
  • Best walk – Wandering around the streets of Toronto exploring familiar places.
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  • Best colours – Just catching the leaves turning colours.  I had forgotten how spectacular that can be.  P1090136
  • Best new discovery – The native Canadian artist from Manitoulin Island Leland Bell.  I will have to save up my pennies to have one of his paintings….
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  • Biggest surprise – The weather.  Mid 20s and sunny at the end of September.  Yes please. 🙂P1090057-2
  • Best purchase – Hawberry Jelly from a shop in Kagawong, Manitoulin.  There was no one in the shop so I left the money on the counter with a note.  We later heard the shop was actually closed.  I promise you that the door was open!
  • Best score line – 14-4 for the Toronto Blue Jays at Paul’s first baseball game.P1080947-2
  • Best acting – Paul playing the role of the English tourist perfectly in order to get special access to the Hudson Bay Christmas decorations so we could get one while we were there and before they went on sale officially.
  • Biggest pain – mosquitos