The good news is that we’re all going on a field trip. YAY! Everyone loves field trips, don’t they? Hey...who said no? Well, for those of you that do, bring along a bottle of water, a hat and some sunscreen. Oh, and make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Because we are going to do a lot of walking. Bring your camera, too, if you’re a photo buff like me.
Alright, now climb onto the ‘Plowing Through Life’ touring bus and away we go to beautiful and quaint Gananoque, a town in Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario with a population of about 5,200 year-round residents. It is approximately 20 minutes east of Kingston.
The name Gananoque (pronounced GAN-ə-NOK-way) is an aboriginal name which means "town on two rivers". One way to remember the pronunciation is "The right way, the wrong way, and the Gananoque".
Gananoque is referred to as the "Gateway to the Thousand Islands," which lie next to it in the St. Lawrence River, and which is the town’s most important tourist attraction.
Local attractions include boat cruises. One of the destinations is to Boldt Castle, a monument of love on Heart Island of George C. Boldt for his wife Louise. I am eager to visit this place soon, hopefully this summer, so I can take dozens of photos. Unfortunately, we can’t visit until we renew our passports, which expired a few weeks ago, because Heart Island is in the United States.
On our spontaneous and fleeting trip we discover Joel Stone Heritage Park, named after the founder of Gananoque, who was also a local hero of the War of 1812. Colonel Joel Stone, who served with Loyalist militia during the American Revolutionary War, established a settlement on this site in 1789.
The park is located on Water Street where you have an excellent view of the St. Lawrence and some of its famous islands.
The park includes a children’s splash pad, which looks extremely inviting, especially on a day where it is sunny, hot and humid, and you’re certain your head will catch on fire at any moment.
Right near the splash pad you can enjoy a dip in the river at the Joel Stone Beach if you’ve brought along a bathing suit. And if you’ve packed a picnic lunch, you can spend a few hours near the water. Isn’t that a great way to spend a warm summer day?
If you don’t feel like swimming, you can simply walk around the park, take lots of photos, kick back, relax and enjoy the view.
And just like in Kingston, the Gananoque residents and visitors enjoy being on the water.
Down the street from the park are shops to browse. Don’t you just love these quaint buildings?
We venture a little further and discover these beautiful old homes...
...some of which have been converted into inns, and bed and breakfasts.
Of course, not everything is picturesque in Gananoque. The ‘Link Plant’ lies abandoned on the banks of the Gananoque River near its confluence with the St. Lawrence. It once employed over 200 people and was one of the town’s most important businesses.
This small factory once played a significant role during the Second World War. If you are curious to learn more, head over here.
|You just know there's an axe murderer behind there|
There will be another field trip to Gananoque in the future. I’ll let you know when it’s happening in case you care to tag along on another great Canadian tour.
Wishing you all a lovely Sunday.