Wednesday, August 12, 2009

1824 islands and not even one is mine :))

Couple of weeks ago, there was a long weekend thus Nima and I planned a two-day trip to the city of Gananoque. We stayed at a cosy motel for a night. Our trip started with little excitement when right before getting on a cruise, we realized that I left my purse in a Tim Horton 100 km back in BellviLle. I called three possible Tim at Bellville and none of them could find my purse. There was no way to stay, we had to go back. All of my credit cards, driving license, student cards, insurance cards, my cellphone, camera and house key was in there. I called my cellphone several times and there was no answer.
We changed our cruise ticket from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and headed back to Bellville. I was sure someone stole my bag. In my mind I started reviewing what I should do next: cancel my cards, make requests for driving license, insurance, student card again, change the house lock, cancel the motel reservation for the night and go back home...
When we finally got there, I couldn't believe my eyes. My bag was hanged from the chair, just the way I left it. Apparently everyone who came in thought this seat is taken and the owner of the bag is ordering coffee or something. It was such a relief.
We return to Gananoque and took two-hour cruise along the 1000 island (actually 1824 island). Every piece of land surrounded by water and has at least one three is considered as an island.
the first photo shows two islands, one belong to Canada and another to US, the bridge between the two is the shortest international bridge between the two country.
You can also see the beautiful Boldt castle. Apparently a rich man (George C. Boldt) built this castle for his wife. There was a small island very close to Blodt castle island with a cosy house on it, our tour guide told us that George Boldt built this just-enough cottage for his mother-in-law.
There is a SkyDeck in Gananoque , 130m (400') long, which gives you a fabulous overview of the area. You can see more photos from our trip in the next post.


Nava said...

Wow! This post brought back so many nice memories for me. I took this trip the very first summer I had moved to Canada, and I enjoyed it a lot. Yes, we stayed in Gananaque in a small clean motel, and took the cruise as well.
The story about that castle, you know that while he was building it, the wife died and never made it to the castle? Such a shame...
This place is one of the many beauties of ontario. Glad you enjoyed it too, and I'm so glad you found your purse :)
BTW, if you get a chance, take a trip to "UpperCanada Village". ('s located in Morrisburg, about 4hours from Toronto. I also visited there during the same trip as 1000 islands, and it was very interesting. Life as it was in 1860s and lots of subjects for photography.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer :)

Hiva said...

Hi Navaaaaa
Thanks for the tip, I'll visit the place as soon as I can. I heard about it though. Ontario really is "yours to discover" :)))
Take care hone

Georg said...

Hallo Hiva,

Your special protection angel was working overtime, down there in Belleville/Canada. If that had happened in Belleville/Paris/France even a squadron of angels would not have achieved that.


Hiva said...

:D hahahaha, I was really lucky