Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Land between the Lakes (Canada)

We just returned from a delightful trip to Ontario, Canada. We went for the Canadian Henley boat races (sculling) and were lucky enough to land in a bed and breakfast right on the water where the races were held. 

This is the view from the balcony.

We were in St. Catharines, which is on the land between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Our B & B
was within walking distance of Lake Ontario.

The countryside was absolutely beautiful. Lots of orchards, vineyards and farms.

There were wonderful restaurants that specialized in very fresh and delicious "Farm-to-Table" foods. We also had very fresh local fish, and sampled the local wines, too.

This barn was the most beautiful I've ever seen. It reminded me of the architecture on Prince Edward Island, where I bicycled about 10 years ago; virtually all the buildings on PEI are of
 wood, and that is true of many in the countryside we visited on this trip as well.

There were fruit markets everywhere, and the variety and quality of fruit served at our B & B were outstanding!

Because of the moderate climate in the land between the two lakes, there were flowers everywhere. The picturesque little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake had hanging baskets that were the biggest and fullest I've ever seen.

These coneflowers (echinacea) were everywhere. This photo, along with Bob's  photo of the wooden barn, are what I call "quilts waiting to happen."  They may have to wait a while, but they're going into my "to-do file." 

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