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... which was in fact the edge of Lake Ontario, then decided to rent out a quadricycle to explore the rest of the island before having our picnic.
What we didn't realise however was the bike office only accepted cash and we had just spent what we had on the taxi. Oh well, that just meant we'd just have to come back the following day - yay!
So with that we found ourselves ...
We landed at Toronto Pearson Airport at about 5:30 pm after a smooth flight across the pond. Our flight landed about 20 minutes early. In Canada, we did not know what to expect for customs being American's flying in from Italy. We found no problems with an easy process... but with long lines! After the passport control, we picked up our luggage from the baggage claim. Then we walked through to customs where we were waved through to the exits. Next step was to call the car park # to ...
... this event, the tourist office invited 28 bloggers from a dozen countries for a series of Canada Discovery train travel (see the map above, I'm the dark blue trace) . I had the pleasure of being selected, with Adeline. A great opportunity to discover this vast country that I do not know yet, and also to broaden my outlook with my blog. I look forward to meeting with bloggers from other cultures and learn from their practices, especially the ...
... bread and wine, we managed to kill a good 90 minutes wandering around. We tasted Ontarian wines from Peller Estate and Thirty Bench, which weren't bad, but none we tried were really to either of our tastes. For lunch we tried a local Toronto specialty in the form of a peameal bacon sandwich (bacon, covered in ground, dried peas and fried) and we bought some ingredients for dinner.
Walking around the city there was clearly a lot of work going on to ...
... first station a man showed us how the early inhabitants would have reduced the sap to make the syrup using hot stones placed in an hollowed out log. This was followed by a lady dressed in period costume who was using cauldrons over fire to reduce the sap and finally we went into the Sugar Shack where the process was much more refined. The resulting syrup is then bottled or canned ready for sale.
We saw the sap dripping ...