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Wednesday, Apr 16 2003
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A Breath of Fresh Ayr

If the thought of spending a few quiet hours relaxing under an elm tree in the midst of a scenic park appeals to you, then consider a day trip to the lovely village of Ayr. Lovely is probably the best word I can use to describe Ayr. Officially still a village with only 3500 permanent residents (but growing), many of the local area heritage homes have either been restored, or better still, never let go.

Celebrate New Hamburg's Heritage

On this lightly over-cast Sunday afternoon, driving west along Hwy 8 towards Stratford, we decide to stop in the little town of New Hamburg for a short while. Well, a short while turned into an afternoon. Though today the weather is brisk, the New Hamburg atmosphere is warm and inviting. The Nith River twists through the center of town, linking three parklands where residents and visitors stroll, picnic and watch the white and black swans along the river banks.

Point Pelee

Situated along the beautiful Lake Erie, Point Pelee is notable for being the most southern point in mainland Canada. As such, the area benefits greatly from the resulting milder winters and longer growing seasons in summer. Point Pelee National Park, where the tip or point is actually located, has been a protected nature preserve since 1918. At that time, much of the park was inhabited by hunters and farmers, known as The Pointers.

Japan - Yakitori Shacks and Cold Coffee

There's a path that leads around the steam vents going up to a small shack where one can buy black duck eggs cooked in the hot springs. The water appears to be boiling; the fumes here are strong. Warning signs in both Japanese and English caution you to stay away from the fumaroles because of the danger of burns and toxic gas. Legend says these eggs are special and will add seven years to your life for every egg eaten.


Though not part of Ontario, Hawai'i is a beautiful place to visit, as I did for our 25th wedding anniversary. This Hawaiian site was my first web-site and I include it here as a tribute to how this all started. Surf on over. You'll find lots of tips and other useful information about Maui, Kauai and O'ahu.

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