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Soybean Harvest Time in Southwestern Ontario

On a hot, dry, dusty day in October, the soybeans are ready. The delicate plants are brown and brittle. Over two million acres of soybeans are grown annually in Ontario. Farmers spend hours on their combines, the monster machines that cut off the entire plant and separate the cherry-pit size beans from the stalks and pods. […]

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All You Could Ask For In A Homecoming Parade, And More

Ten good reasons to attend the Labour Day parade in North Buxton, Ontario. One: A location with a history. The 2016 annual Labour Day parade celebrated the 93rd Homecoming in the southwestern Ontario rural community established by fugitive slaves and free persons of colour in 1849. Two: Down home camaraderie. Park in a designated farmer’s […]

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The Retro Suites Hotel is more than a place to spend the night

Wander the halls and the lobby and even the parking lot of  the Retro Suites Hotel in Chatham, Ontario, to discover renovation, restoration, a warm and fuzzy and, at the same time, fresh and bright museum experience along with contemporary artwork from the area and around the world. Catch yourself singing along to oldies music […]

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Contemporary Cuisine in Historic Old Quebec City

We arrived in Quebec City along the St. Laurence River, just as the French and British did prior to Canada becoming a country. Cruising the narrow stretch of the river with high bluffs, distant church spires and a small ferry crossing from one side to the other it was easy to understand how early settlers […]

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We drive into people's lives
Share the hour
And drive out again
If we will ever see them again
And, if we stayed longer
Would the withdrawal be as intense
Would the sweetness be diluted
We meet by chance
At a moment in time
At a particular place on earth
We leave
Glad to have been there
Because after all
For that moment in time
It was our favorite place on earth