Toronto! Ontario! Several months ago my dad told my sisters and me that my grandparents would be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this summer at my uncle’s lake house in Ontario, Canada. I knew it would be quite the undertaking to take the girls up there for a week but I also realize that it might be the last chance we get to visit as we average a visit every 5-7 years. In case you don’t know, I’m half Canadian and lived in a Toronto suburb when I was a child. It’s always such a breath of fresh air to return.
And this trip we were lucky enough to not only stay at my grandparent’s fantastic farm just north of Toronto but also stay the weekend at my uncle’s lakehouse in the Haliburton Highlands.
It was stunning.
Absolutely breathtaking. And peaceful. And relaxing. And with all the eager helping hands of my family, Scott and I were able to escape on kayaks twice during the weekend. I told Scott that the only thing that could have made it better is if I had brought my Nook with me. Of course he gave me an exaggerated eyeroll.
It was so much fun to see my grandparents (the cutest Swiss couple you ever did see…below right with Evie who isn’t thrilled). And of course time with my dad and stepmom (and sister and fiance from California) plus aunts and uncles was such a treat. Elle even caught a fish with her poppop (my dad). Nevermind that she left him with the pole to get a treat and 2 seconds after she left he caught the fish…
Back in the Toronto “suburbs” we spent most of the rest of our time cruising around my grandparent’s farm on ATVs. They have acres of gorgeous gorgeous landscape (my grandpa has the greenest green thumb), and we ate raspberries off the bushes, snapped off peas, pulled carrots, and had fun scaring the Canadian Geese.
Evie loooooved driving the gator and golf cart. And I love how Elle is laughing so hard that she’s a blur.
A tiny snapshot of my grandpa’s gardens. Sadly I waited until the morning we left to take my pictures and it was too soggy to take a tour of the grounds. Next time.
On our final full day in Canada we decided to take the girls to downtown Toronto to take the ferry to Centre Island and a little amusement park called Centreville. It was amazingly perfect. Minus the hotter than expected weather.
The park is aimed at younger kids and there was only one ride that Elle wasn’t tall enough to go on. Evie could only ride a few of the rides but she was content hanging out in her stroller, snoozing in the Ergo carrier, or crawling around on the grass and eating dirt. You know, the usual.
Elle had a blast.
Maybe that’s an understatement…
And the great thing about the park is that it was free to roam–we only had to pay for the ferry over to the Islands and then the price to ride the rides. Perfect.
And as you can see, no sugar at all was consumed…
Ahhhh Toronto. I’m so glad I was able to take my children to my childhood city. I know they won’t remember this trip and I certainly hope that we’ll be back. My only regret is that I didn’t have extra time to meet some of the awesome Toronto/Canadian bloggers I know.