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  1. #11
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    So the next day we do a slow meandering drive from Huntsville to Wasaga Beach which is on a bay on Lake Huron. Drove a bunch of secondary roads through small lake towns taking our time. A couple of hour drive turned into a 4-5 tour, most of it spend driving around Lake Muskoka. Went around the top of it from Bracebridge to the bottom area and off to Wasaga Beach.

    Leaving the Huntsville area.

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    Not the cottage on the lake but the boat house for the cottage.

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    Golf course with a few unique hazards.

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    Rest stop and a look see.

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    Welcome to Wasaga Beach. Cloudy but warm. The sand was very hard packed sand. You would be able to drive on it with no issue at all. The water was warm as well.

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    After the beach our friend toured us around and we stopped for supper in a town called Collingwood. Sat on the patio and I got a view of a house across the road.
    This guy would show up to the second story window every now and then looking for somebody to come home.

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  2. #12
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    We spent the next two days visiting a couple of different friends so these pictures are from our travels going to and from visiting them. Had a mix of weather. The temperatures remained 20 ish to 30 ish degrees celsius. The low temperatures came with rain and the higher wth sunshine.

    So here we go.

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    Tim Hortons. That great Canadian icon. It was in nearly to every town that we went through. Other than our first day driving (lunch and supper) we managed to avoid it.

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    Done touring about and visiting. Off to our next stop. We have a choice of destinations; Toronto or Niagara. Where do we go?

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  3. #13
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    Shame that house was 'SOLD' I was going to throw in an offer!!!
    Can you ship some of that BLUE Sky and 20C Temperature over here PLEASE?

    We are freezing our 'xxts' off over here in Scandinavia!

  4. #14
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    Annnd the winner is

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    Yes Niagara. Specifically Niagara Falls. This is of course the ugly touristy side of the place. Interesting to wander through though.

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    On the recommendation of a friend stopped for lunch here.

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    Heading down the hill to the water part of Niagara Falls.

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    Down by the falls. Will need to look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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    View down the 20$ a car parking lot.

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    A shot of the local wildlife.

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    On the track of the pot.

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    It may be a harder than first thought.

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    Hotels on top of the bluff looking over the falls.

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    The American side

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    Well found the end of the rainbow. Who wants to go get the pot?

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    Oh no. Another one! Right by the Falls. We did stop for coffee and dounuts though.

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    This is a wonderful shot. It shows a row full if idiots. All of the cars are parked by signs saying no stopping or parking. In addition to the signs the road is painted say no parking. You can't see those though because the cars are parked on top of them.

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    Funicular to the hotels on the bluff

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    Now the Falls at night

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  6. #16
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    Sadly it looks a bit like another Disneyland (With the prices to match!!!) and completely different from when we went there a long time ago!

    Still at least the water is still flowing, and 'Hornblower' is still bobbing up and down and getting everyone soaked as the water runs down your neck!
    Arrrrgh!!!........

  7. #17
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    Yes the areas on the upper part of Niagara Falls is very touristy. Luckily the area right at the Falls is controlled by a Parks Commission so that area is protected.

    Our one night spent in Niagara Falls over and our very expensive IHOP breakfast finished. About 20$ per body plus a tourist tax added to the bill. We start to head to the next destination. Hamilton. Long way taken as Hamilton is not that far.

    Drove back into the tourist trap and then down to the Falls to follow the river upstream to.

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    End of the road at Fort Erie and Lake number four.
    Lake Erie

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    Looking downstream

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    A bit of the river and the lake

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    A walk around Fort Erie

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    Nice view across to Buffalo

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    Now the final lake taken in the Hamilton area.
    Lake Ontario.

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    Across the Lake is the skyline of Toronto

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    We are staying in Hamilton for several nights to visit and celebrate a birthday. So a few days of exploring.

    First day we went to have a look at the Welland Canal. Didn't immediately find the top of the canal but had several trips under it.

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    Finally found the top side and found something actually going through.

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    Barge and tug through, gates closed and the water begins to drop in the lock for the next one to come through from the lower level.

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    Gates opening at the other end of the lock.

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    Another set of locks.

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    Heading to Niagara on the Lake along the canal.

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    The bridge in the distance is the main highway from Hamilton to and through Niagara Falls.

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    Looking down the canal to Lake Ontario

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    Niagara on the Lake area

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    Heading back to the hotel and the light rain got a bit heavier and then it went to a downpour.

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    Then it went away

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    Very interesting Lock pictures
    cheers
    Hank

  10. #20
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    Much larger canal than we have in the UK, but not far from where we live is a section in the canal that has 19 sets of lock gates to take the boats from one section to the next! I believe it takes quite some time to pass through them all!

    Great pictures!

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