Visiting Ireland House in Burlington
Travel

“Burlington is a great place to explore, experience and enjoy.” Recently, I had an opportunity to take part in a Tour of Burlington with Tourism Burlington. The days activities included a visit with a guided tour to Ireland House in Burlington. Ireland House is part of the Museums of Burlington which also includes Joseph Brant Museum. Over the last 150 years, Burlington has evolved from a rural community to a city with over 170,000 people. Ireland House allows you to take a look into the past and see how people lived. The house was constructed by Joseph Ireland from 1835 to 1837. The four-acre property would have been rural back in the 1800s, but today is surrounded by modern subdivisions. The house was occupied by descendants of Joseph until 1985. The museum has been structured to focus on three distinct time periods – 1850s, 1890s and 1920s. Many of the

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Things to do on Labour Day weekend
Travel

Kids either dread or love this phrase – Labour Day Weekend. For some, it’s summer’s last hurrah and for others it’s a sign they’ll soon reunite with friends at school. For adults it’s much the same. Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer and indulgent days lounging by the pool, at the beach or on a patio. Back to work! To finish off the summer season on a high note, there are many things to do on Labour Day weekend that are fun and memorable. Camping With 42 national parks and numerous provincial parks, Canada has many places to camp. Despite some locations being booked up for Labour Day weekend, there are some further away from major city centres that may have spots available. You may also want to consider conservation areas that have camp sites – these places tend to be closer to major urban areas offering a

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Collingwood Scenic Caves & Nature Preserve
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Blue Mountain is know in Ontario as a great place to go skiing, mountain biking or simply as a getaway. It is also known for the Collingwood Scenic Caves & Nature Preserve. Blue Mountain is technically not a mountain, it is part of the Niagara Escarpment, which runs from Niagara Falls to Tobermory Ontario. Rising more than 300 metres in elevation above Georgian Bay, it is one of the highest points in southern Ontario.     Less than two hours north of Toronto, it is worth the drive north. The views and the unique surroundings make for a worthwhile opportunity to explore. The suspension footbridge at Scenic Caves is one of Ontario’s feature attractions. Take a walk across the 126-metre suspension bridge, which crosses 25 metres above the valley. This location gives fantastic views of Collingwood and Nottawasaga Bay.   The bridge holds the title of being the longest suspension

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Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Travel

A road trip is to Midland Ontario is not complete without a visit to Discovery Harbour. This original British naval and military base located near Penetanguishene, was built to provide protection to Upper Canada after the War of 1812. The British naval presence on Georgian Bay was to provide ships to supply British outposts westward. By the 1800s, it was home to sailors, officers, shipwrights and soldiers. In total, five large ships, 15 smaller vessels and numerous workshops and dwellings were built.   As a teenager, my family and I would travel around Ontario, exploring the rich history that Ontario has to offer and Discovery Harbour was overflowing in stories from the past. Take your time and stop at the Base Commander’s house or examine the cartographers quarters, it is truly a great way to learn the history of Upper Canada.         Visitors will enjoy informative and

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Hiking at Belfountain Conservation Area
Conservation Areas

One of the most beautiful places just north of Mississauga is the Hills and Headwaters area, which includes Belfountain Conservation Area and the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. We’ve gone hiking at Belfountain Conservation Area several times,  and I have blogged about our drive through the town of Belfountain that inspired a summer visit. Our first visit was on a wintery day, with frozen roads and hiking trails. Our summer visit was completely different. If you’ve ever driven through Belfountain, you know how lovely it is, and how much fun it is to drive on the winding roads. It feel like are in a mountainous region of Europe. The Credit River sometimes accompanies you along on your route, and you drive and up and down steep, curvy roads. Belfountain Conservation Area is right in the village. During the spring, summer and fall seasons it is open to visitors with

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Port Severn Cottage Weekend
Travel

Getting away from the city during a spring or summer weekend can change your whole perspective. A chance to recharge your batteries and spend some time outside instead of sitting in front of a computer in the office. This particular weekend was spent at a cottage just east of Port Severn Ontario. Port Severn is the gateway to Georgian Bay. The locks at Port Severn are the very end of the Trent Severn Waterway. This water route begins at the Bay of Quinte and finishes at Georgian Bay with a total distance of 386 kilometers through locks, lakes and channels. Attached are some of my images that I think capture the some of the Severn region well. I hope you enjoy them.                 Check out some of the links below for more information about this area of Ontario: 400 Eleven – Travel Information

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