Darlington

Moving day. Ugh, another hot muggy day. We left Fifty Point Conservation Area Campground by Winona, Ontario, and drove a little west and through Toronto and then east along the north shore of the Great Lake Ontario to Darlington Provincial Park near the town of Courtice, Ontario.

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Toronto, Ontario

We stopped for lunch at a McDonalds. They had poutine (McPoutine?). So we had to see how that compared to the poutine we had yesterday at the Peach Festival in Winona. Really, Winona did it better. It was interesting, but I won’t be ordering it from McD’s again.

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McPoutine

Darlington Provincial Park is nice and we have a spot very near the shore of Lake Ontario. No water or sewer hookup, but thank God we have electricity and air conditioning! Gotta get comfortable.

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Darlington Provincial Park, #70

Towards evening we went for a walk along the beach. Here’s a couple of pictures.

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Lake Ontario

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Lake Ontario

  • Distance driven today:  90 miles
  • Gasoline:  none
  • Lodging for two nights:  $104 Canadian  ($81.26 US)
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Peaches!

The Ontario, Canada, Winona Peach Festival is on this weekend just across the highway from where we are camped. So how could we not go check it out?

We went early enough to be one of the first attendees there. So glad we did because it quickly filled up with thousands of people. There was a nice arts & crafts show, a commercial area, pony rides and rock climbing for the kids. And a very nice Midway and a car show.

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Winona Peach Festival

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A Peach of a Car Show

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A Peachy Couple

The tent for the peach sundaes had the longest line of the whole event.

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Peach Sundaes

What would a peach festival be without peach pies!

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Peach Pies

Poutine!  French fries and cheese covered with gravy. It’s a Canadian thing. It’s good!

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Poutine

Can’t leave without having some of that pie.

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mmmmm pie🙂

 

And of course buy your peaches before you leave.

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Tree Ripened Peaches

  • Admission: Free
  • Parking:  $1
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More Niagara Falls

A rainstorm rolled through last night, but nothing serious. However it is still hot and humid today. It should start cooling off soon, don’t you think?

Even though we were just at Niagara Falls recently we wanted to see it again. This time we had just the car, not the RV, so we found the parking lot down by the falls and parked there.

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Niagara Falls

Good to see that it has not changed since the last time we saw it. We had lunch at the restaurant above the Visitor Center with a view of it all.

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Niagara Falls

After lunch we just walked around and took more pictures and went back home. One thing that caught my eye was we walked back to the car was this Falls Incline Plaza. All the hotels, casinos, shopping, and more tourist attractions are up hill from the Falls area. If you don’t want to drive, take a bus, or walk up that way then for $2.75 Canadian you can hitch a ride up there this way.

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Falls Incline Plaza

I checked the exchange rate today and it was $1.30.  You can use American dollars to buy things here, but you won’t necessarily get that exchange rate, if you get it at all. So don’t pay with American cash. There are places you can convert your US$ for a fee. But the best way to pay is with our credit card. My CC company (CapitalOne) makes the conversion with the correct exchange rate and there is no fee.

  • Parking:  $22     ($17.06 US)
  • Lunch:  $58.48  ($45.35 US)
  • Misc:     $22.48  ($17.44 US)
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Niagara on the Lake

Canada’s prettiest town and a National Historic Site, Niagara on the Lake is known for its heritage, culture, and wineries. An historical marker says the town was captured by American forces in May 1813, which burnt it during their withdrawal in December 1813.

If you have allergies you probably don’t want to visit here. There are beautiful blooming flowers everywhere. It smells so sweet. And there are some cool restaurants, candy and ice cream shops, gift shops, and stores too. We had lunch and spent a couple hours exploring there today.

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Prince of Wales Hotel


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Niagara on the Lake


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So Pretty!

The clock tower in the center of the street is dedicated to the memory of Canadians who died in the service of their country.

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Niagara on the Lake

More nice shops. It was hot and humid but that didn’t keep people away.

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Niagara on the Lake

A few Carriage rides tour the town.

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Niagara on the Lake

There were lots of people in the park. The kids are having fun in the wading pool at Simcoe Park.

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Simcoe Park, Niagara on the Lake

A few blocks away is another lovely park, Queen’s Royal Park. Here you can see where Lake Ontario and the Niagara River meet. Across the river, on the American side, is the Old Fort Niagara.

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Old Fort Niagara, USA

A nice walking path along the shore. Lake Ontario

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Queen’s Royal Park

After enjoying the town we drove a little way down the Niagara Parkway in the direction of Niagara Falls. We stopped to view the naturally occurring whirlpool on the Niagara River. An Aero Car is available here if you want to take a ride across and back. We did not do that, maybe the next time we are here. It is a popular attraction.

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Whirlpool Aero Car

Our last stop of the day was to see Brock’s Monument, a memorial to Major General Sir Isac Brock commander of British forces in Upper Canada at the beginning of the War of 1812. He died near here during an engagement between British and American forces where they took back the hill from the Americans, and took 958 prisoners. Some say it’s also Canada’s way of reminding everyone that the US failed to take over Canada during the War of 1812.

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Brock’s Monument

We just realized we have seen all five of the Great Lakes this summer. Cool.

  • Gasoline:   47.523 L @ $0.989/L = $47 CAN    ($36.44 US)
  • Parking:   $2.50 CAN   ($1.94 US)
  • Lunch:     $19.93 CAN  ($15.45 US)
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Fifty Point

We only drove 155 miles east from Sarnia to Fifty Point Conservation Area & Marina on Lake Ontario. We’ll be here until Sunday. We have a spot with 50 amp electric (they call it hydro) but no shade. Currently there are several unoccupied spaces in this area. There is also an older part with lots of shade, but only 30 amp, which was full up. This will do just fine and we’ll be here until Sunday morning.

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Fifty Point Campground

Fifty Point is in the middle of an internationally recognized Important Birding Area as part of it juts out into Lake Ontario making it a good spot to watch for migrating waterfowl and sea birds. We did meet a few birdwatchers on our walk around the park.

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Lake Ontario

The park has two beaches, one that is pet friendly and a separate one where no dogs are allowed.

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A Nice Clean Swimming Beach

A small lighthouse marks the entrance to a big marina.

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Lighthouse

The marina has room for 330 boats and is one of the best marinas on west Lake Ontario.

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Fifty Point Marina

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Fifty Point Marina

Niagara Falls is only about a thirty minute drive from here so we will use this as our base while visiting Niagara Falls and the surrounding area again in the next few days.

  • Distance Driven today:  155 miles
  • Gasoline:  none today
  • Lodging:  $219.22 Canadian   ($170.53 American) total for 4 nights.
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Into Canada

The last three days have been just driving and not doing much of anything else. Today was a bit more interesting. We’ve been sort of re-tracing our route that we took from Niagara Falls to Minnesota two months ago. And now we find ourselves at the US/Canada border at Port Huron Michigan. The St. Clair River runs through here and is the border line between the two countries. This is a 39 mile long river flowing from the Great Lake Huron to a smaller Lake St. Clair. From there another short river connects to the next Great Lake Erie. Don’t think I’ve ever seen water this blue before.

On the US side is a lovely little riverside park on Thomas Edison Parkway. We parked the RV in one of the parking lots and went for a walk and to enjoy the view.

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The Bluewater Bridge from Thomas Edison Parkway

The Huron Lightship, retired from Coast Guard service in 1970 was presented to the city of Port Huron in 1971, and now serves as a museum ship. Since we arrived after 5:00 it was closed and we were unable to go inside.

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Huron Lightship

What timing! We just happened to be here when this huge ship passed by and went under the bridge. It is the Paul R. Tregurtha, a 1,013-foot long ship. According to Wikipedia she is the largest ship operating on the Great Lakes complex and is the current Queen of the Lakes.

I thought she looked familiar so I checked back in my blog postings. Last year around this time we were in Duluth, Minnesota, at Canal Park, on the Great Lake Superior when this very same ship entered the harbor there. Coincidence.

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Paul R. Tregurtha 2016

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Paul R. Tregurtha 2015

After the park walk we drove over that Bluewater Bridge. This is a toll bridge. The toll for us was $9 (or $12 Canadian). RVs keep left.

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The Bluewater Bridge

On the Canadian side we have to stop at the official border crossing. We were only asked a few questions by a very polite female officer. Like did we have any weapons on board? Where are we going? How long will be we in the country? Where are we from? That was about it and she checked our passports and then we were on our way.

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Canada Border Crossing

A view of the Bluewater Bridge from the Canada side:

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The Bluewater Bridge

Last time we were by here we stayed overnight in the parking lot of the OLG Casino Point Edward, Canada. It’s a small casino, but ample parking. We enjoyed a nice dinner on the river side with a view of the bridge.

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OLG Casino Point Edward, Canada

  • Distance Traveled the last 3 days:  About 750 miles
  • Lodging:  West Lake Park Scott Co. Davenport IA,  $20
  • Lodging:  free
  • Gasoline:  $51  @ $2.15  IA
  • Gasoline:  $98 @ $2.09  IA
  • Gasoline:  $91  @ $2.09  IL
  • Gasoline:  $120 @ $2.25 MI
  • Toll: $9
  • $1 US  =  $1.29 CAN  😊
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Year Five!

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Goodbye House, Hello Road 2012

Four years ago we sold our house in Hutchinson MN, moved into the motor home, and hit the road. Now here we go starting our fifth year! We’ve been in our home town for the last few weeks, seeing family and friends and taking care of doctors and dentists visits. All that done now we are headed back to New Hampshire to see our kids before going south for the winter.

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Chief Little Crow overlooking the Crow River in Hutchinson MN

Goodbye for now to the land of 10,000 lakes and the miles and miles of corn and soybean fields in southern Minnesota.

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Corn and soybean fields in Minnesota

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Diamond Joe’s Casino

Well we didn’t get real far. We stopped in Blue Earth and in Albert Lea to see more family. So now we will spend the night in the back lot of Diamond Joe’s Casino which is only about 15 miles south of the Minnestoa/Iowa border. Looks like rain.

  • Distance traveled: 160 miles
  • Gasoline: none
  • Lodging:  free
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