Recently we had a series of appointments in the beautiful lake-side city of Oakville. Though it’s never that much fun going to appointments, it sure was a great deal of fun exploring the quaint downtown for a number of days.
Our mornings were spent at the local library with our school books, but we made sure we enjoyed the great outdoors interspersed throughout our days, particularly down by the waterfront of lake Ontario.
The cormorants were found sunning themselves on rocks by the pier. They dry themselves out after eating. Apparently they don’t have oil in their skin to protect their feathers as ducks do, from getting wet. So they find somewhere to stretch out their wings until dry again.
They’re not liked very much in these parts as they are destroying a good deal of vegetation, and killing trees they nest in. They will strip branches for their nests, and eventually, over time, kill the tree. They are found in great quantities around Lake Ontario, and viewed as a real nuisance to the survival of the natural areas.To learn more on migratory birds of our area go to this RBG file. And in case anyone is wondering, yes, this is the bird from the famous children’s book, The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack.
While heading back from dropping one of the children off at their appointment, we discovered this beautiful garden, open to the public, and most importantly, FREE of charge. It was like a little oases for us to meander along the gorgeous, manicured flower beds, leading us to the vast spans of lake Ontario at the end of the trail.
Some galleries sat along the same property. Several tourists (a couple from Pennsylvania), were wandering with cameras in hand taking all the same photos, sharing somewhat of the same vacation day we were having.
Walking some of the back streets we discovered an underground railroad museum I had not heard of, and will most definitely be including in our history lesson come spring time. Will fit perfectly with our reading of Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker.
Along this row of houses leading to the lake, we spotted many plaques identifying the original owners of the homes, of which many were mariners, Captains, and even the local shipbuilder’s house. What a great step back in time it was as we strolled this historical and picturesque neighbourhood.
On the main strip, where the shops and restaurants stretched for a good few blocks, I discovered 10,000 Villages, a Fair Trade store. I have been telling myself for a long time now that if I just added a scarf or threw on a necklace or bracelet, I could dress up my stay-at-home-mom look. So I picked myself a long green necklace, and am proud to say I’ve actually remembered to wear it 3 times now. That’s a lot, for me.
Have I managed to sell tourism Ontario yet to any of y’all? Ontario, as the saying goes is, YOURS TO DISCOVER.