We arrived in Toronto Ontario for a visit to relations before setting out on a wonderful 3000 mile journey into the United States of America. But no trip to this part of the World is complete without a visit to the majestic Niagara Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls before crossing over into New York State. Thus we started our two week holiday to see the splendid colours of the Fall. This is our story..................
The trip was carried out during 2 to 23 October 2004. Edith and Jim, the grandparents, traveled out to Toronto from Manchester and stayed the first week in Elora Ontario (which was about an hour’s drive from Toronto Airport) with Edith’s brother and his wife. The town of Elora and Fergus adjoin each other and is a most attractive area of Ontario. Whilst there St Josephs, Orangeville and Guelph were visited.
The rest of the family namely Sherry, David and Liam arrived on the Saturday where they were met by Edith and Jim and taken to a Hotel near Toronto Airport for the first night after their arrival. A Mini Van was hired - a Pontiac Montana 7 seater. It served the party so well for the whole of the 3000 mile journey which started the following morning after breakfast for the short drive to Niagara Falls. The morning was spent in that location before heading over the border for north New York State where the next night was spent at Geneva at the head of the Five Finger Lake area in a Ramada Hotel. The next morning, after a hearty breakfast at “angels” in a small Lake town of Scenica, we pushed on again an made Plymouth by evening using the main Interstate Highway and booked into the “John Carver Inn”. This was a most hospitable establishment serving good food and had excellent facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool with an 80 foot water slide, water fall, water cannon, sauna and whirlpool. It was only a short walk to the harbour where we visited the famous Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims had landed in The Mayflower. The replica of that ship The Mayflower Two was attracting many tourists.
Provincetown, at the top of Cape Cod was our next stopping point. We found a nice Motel right on the sandy beach and very close to the main street where we found another excellent eating place for dinner that night called “Verellies Grille”. From Provincetown we headed back round Cape Cod and and eventually arrived in downtown Boston where we booked into the The Marriot Hotel. This was immediately adjacent to where the Boston Tea Party was held. From this location we hopped on one of the trolly buses which go round an hour and a half circuit of Boston with the driver doing an excellent commentary. We had all the famous sites of Boston pointed out to us which we later explored on foot. A visit to the Aquarium and a harbour boat trip were also included in the trolly bus fare. This was great value for money.
The Pontiac Mini Van (top left), Boston Town Hall (bottom left) and sunset over Provincetown (above)
Although we had been informed that the trip to Bar Harbour, our next stopping point, was only 2 hours 30 minutes, we decided to take the scenic route round the coast and the journey time was extended to six hours which was all very tiring. However we again found a nice Motel with an excellent eating establishment in the Bar Harbour area. A couple of nights were spent in this attractive and interesting location. One highlight was a visit to Arcadia National Park where, with the assistance of a CD obtained at the Visitor’s Centre we accomplished the 56 mile tour of the park. We viewed the “Golden Sand Beach”, the Thunderhole and the many expensive Mansion House used by the rich and famous. The evening was spent at Maggie’s Place for a lobster supper.
Golden Sand Beach (top left), The Thunderhole (bottom left) and a Mansion House all in Arcadia National Park
The final part of the trip was through the various New England States where the highlights were the spectacular Fall colours and a trip up the ski lift adjoining Mount Washington (the highest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States). Thereafter we journeyed back into Canada and stayed in downtown Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City before returning to Elora and Toronto. This wonderful trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the
Liam at Mount Washington(left) Parliament Building,Ottawa (centre) and relaxing on the Grand River in Elora, Ontario.