Exploring Ontario – the Adventure Awaits!
After a fabulous Global Field Trip night, we started the official tourist part of Ravi and Anju’s holidays. Let’s go Ontario!
Of course, when you are in Ontario, one must go and see the famous Wonder of North America – Niagara Falls. So we packed up our picnic baskets and started our adventure.
Ravi and Anju enjoyed all parts of seeing the Falls, including the “behind the Falls experience and the Canadian Hornblower cruise”. We were all thoroughly soaked – but thankfully we were given a rainbow of raincoats to keep our clothing dry. We also did a quick spin through Niagara on the Lake for a picturesque walk through the town.
Back to Toronto, Anju and Ravi are the adventurous sort and were completely comfortable exploring the city on the Hop on Hop off tours while we were at work. One of their favourite sites was the AGO!
Also, a neat thing happened when we were at the Jays game – they got to see the roof close as the rain started to come down. I wish I could say the Jays won….but no such luck this season!
We didn’t want be too Toronto centric, so off we went for a day trip to Midland, Ontario. Our day started at Sainte Marie among the Huron where our guests learned more about our First Nations people and our history. Afterwards, we made our way to the largest fresh water beach in the world – Wasaga beach! Even though it was late June, the weather was on the cooler side, so no swimming this time!
We didn’t realize that Ravi and Anju would want a camping experience – we Canadians often take it for granted because we have so many amazing national parks. When offered the opportunity – our adventurous duo jumped at the chance as they don’t get to camp in India. So off we went to the Rouge and they experienced how to set up a tent. Ravi really go into the spirit of things and decided to chop wood for the campfire!
Of course a Canadian campfire is always a treat with s’mores, songs, and stories. We had fun listening to the night sounds and the downpour of rain on our tents:)
We capped off a great time of holiday fun with an Indian cooking night! Anju shared her expertise with a group of us. Some of the menu items included pakoras, dahl, butter chicken, paranthas and more! It was a fun night of eating and learning more about Indian cooking techniques in Canadian kitchens. It reminded me a lot of our time in India when Anju gave us cooking lessons!
As our time together came to a close, we gave Ravi and Anju a Canada 150 quilt, made by our quilting friend Nicole, so they would never forget their time with us.
The following day, our friends took the very Canadian Via Rail to Montreal to explore a cool French city, and then to the Nation’s capital in Ottawa, Ontario where they saw the Parliament buildings, Byward Market and more!
Most importantly, it was an opportunity to share our wonderful province of Ontario with friends we made on the other side of the world…We are looking forward to their son’s wedding so we have a legitimate invite to an Indian wedding and we won’t have to crash again!
Till we meet again dear friends!