Ontario full circle

Trip Start Apr 11, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

hi everbody (as doctor nick would say)

Well we have been pretty active the last four or five days travelling around ontario. We hired a car from a company called "Rent a Wreck" which as the name might suggest is a wreck. Hey it starts, goes and stops and it has quite a lot of umph in it for an automatic, the drivers window doesn't work and if we ever do breakdown i can't actually get under the bonnet as I found out the other day when I tried to put more windscreen wash in. I'm now getting used to turning right on a red light (which those of you who have driven in the states will understand what i mean). The old state troopers have been on the game over the weekend (bank holiday here) with over a 1000 on the spot fines on one road alone, and I thought the UK was bad!!!

Anyway we first set of to Orillia which is a 100k or so north of Toronto. We had booked into a HI Hostel that was run by a bloke called Gunter. He and his wife had an old shack which they let out to travellers, it was basic but clean. The one thing that stood out for this place that it was right in the woods so you got to see a lot of wild life ie squirrels, beavers and a skunk (my first sighting).

Orillia has a lovely waterfront which in the summer would be very inviting to swim in and although temperatures were in the 20's I didn't fancy taking the plung just yet! a short walk from the waterfront is the main street, filled with little boutiques etc. We couldn't resist the temptation to gorge ourselves on the locally made cakes and fudge and felt very sick after the event. The day passed very quickly and it was soon time to retire to Gunters palace of 70's memorabilia.

The next day we set of in search of some Kyaking. We had heard from the locals in Orillia that there was a lot to be found just West of where we were so of we went. Looking at the map a place called 6 mile lake had a national park so we thought that would be a good start. On arrival we were told that the weather would be good for the day and they did in deed have kayaks but only hired them out for 24hr periods. Well KT and I haven't kyaked for some time so were a bit unsure of weather 24hrs would be a bit to long or not, there was also the problem of accomodation as the park only offered camping, so accomodation was first on the list if we were going to have boats for 24hrs. we drove along a side road running north of the park for about 5miles when we stumbled across a bed sign pointing down a small dirt track and being the adventures sort decided to take a chance and boy are we glad we did. A couple of minutes down the track the trees parted and there before us was a slice of paradise. Now not wanting to be to emotional about this i will try and keep it brief. It would be fair to say that no less than a lifetime was taken staring at the lake before we could muster up the guts to even approach what appeared to be a 5* lodging. We debated the fact that it would be way out of our budget just looking at the money that was parked in the car park alone. After getting back into the car and nearly driving away I thought what the hell we have nothing to lose and if it is out of our budget we can drive else where "He who dares wins rodders" so chests puffed out we strode in with confidence looking like this was the sort of place we always stay at and marched upto the front desk where we were greated by a lovely girl. I asked if they had any availability and what the rates were. Now bearing in mind that it was there Victoria weekend and that our budget for accomodation that evening was only $50ca we were a bit dissapointed to find out that we would not be able to meet the $600ca price tag. We explained that unfortuately we would not be able to stay and turned on our heels to leave, just as we did she then stated that they have a walk in rate which was a lot less but only included the room, this was to be $125ca a night. Now this again was more than double our budget but we convinced ourselves taht because we got free use of their Kayaks it would be worth while as the N.Park charged $40ca each for a Kayak. Sold. We got our waterfront view and a day on the lake. The problem was leaving the next day!!!

Final thought for the day.
For those of you that have been to Canada before might have noticed stone men on the side of the freeways, we certainly have. It turns out that the Indian natives build these at the side of the roads to ensure safe passage. they are great to look at, but can be a bit destracting at the same time. Any way, hope everyone is ok and looking forward to your bank holiday.
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