Day five with our American visitors brought us to Crawford Lake Indian Village, a reconstructed Iroquois village on Guelph Line in Milton, Ontario. I’m feeling a special attachment to this outing as it was the scene of my very first blogging post.
It was fun to re-visit this site with tourists, exploring the long houses built right over top of the original ones, and having a fire demonstration inside one of them. Did you know that mixing birch bark with milkweed floss will give you just what you need to start a flame as your fire starter? Our demonstrator used a modern version of flint to strike it with, which one is able to purchase at the visitor centre (and most likely Canadian Tire as well).
After the fire talk, we explored the longhouse artifacts, animal furs, and one longhouse museum. We walked over to the visitor centre where there is small gift shop as well as a 15 minute film on the discovery of the site with historical information on the Iroquois nation who lived in this area.
There are 19 km of hiking trails at Crawford, and one very easily accessed boardwalk trail that strollers and wheelchairs can manoeuvre through well. We have one child with a physical disability and we found this 1.4 km trail around the meromictic lake very easy and do-able for walking.
Anyone aware of what meromictic means? It’s when the lake depth is deeper than the surface area, which means there’s not a lot of oxygen at the bottom and therefore it remains very still and undisturbed. Researchers came across corn pollen, thus discovering this was the site of an Iroquois village.
During our walk we came across a few exciting finds. One being a group of snapping turtles at the surface of the lake (I believe there were six of them in total).
Another being a gorgeous butterfly. I’ve been looking online and through my Ontario Butterfly Conservatory Guide, and the closest I can find to this butterfly looks like a Northern Crescent (phyciodes cacyta). Anyone out there an expert on butterflies in southern Ontario and can confirm my guess, or identify the real name if I’m incorrect?
And the last fun find being birch trees, one of our guest’s favourite, there hence the hug.
From here we hurrahed the possibility of continuing our coffee house mission in downtown Burlington, along the shore of Lake Ontario. Coffee Culture was our decision, and again, the girls weren’t disappointed.
From here we walked to the pier for a good view of the lake.
And view back at the city.
They chose just the best colours to photograph against the blue lake and blue sky.
Again, this was another easily accessible walking trip for those with strollers and wheelchairs. A year after surgery, our lovely lady is amazing us with her strength and ability to trek good measures of distance with us without the assistance of a wheelchair. Doctors orders were “movement is the key.” And she has certainly taken his advice.
We had perfect weather for our outing (as was most of our two weeks together) and perfect company! Missing you, friends!