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  • Canadian Holiday – Part deux

    Posted on by rob

    We’ve now been in Fredericton, NB for nearly a week now.  Only one more day before we pull out and head back to Ontario again.  It’s been a good week here and Nana Shirley has had a great time with the kids.  The kids have been staying with her in her condo while Yuki and I stayed in the guest suite they have in the building.  It’s been so nice for us not to have to wake up to the kids each morning hahah not sure Nana Shirley can say the same thing though 🙂  Mind you, she does have “Minnie” her little dog that needs to get up every morning about 5 for a walk outside.


    I must get some more pics of the girls with Minnie as well.. but she’s pretty skittish of the kids (and adults too really).

    Continue reading to see about the trip to St Andrews…. (photos from the day are in Canada – 2010 – Group 3.

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  • Canadian Holiday

    Posted on by rob

    Well here we are, just about one week on in our holiday back in Canada.  It’s the first time in 6 years that I’ve been back home, and the first time ever for Emma to get over here.  We’ve had a pretty good first week.  Done a lot of shopping and a lot of driving.   We arrived on Saturday May 29th and were met at the airport by my father, from there we went back to his place just outside of Kingston



    On the Sunday we went for a 90 min boat cruise around Kingston and Wolfe Island.  Here’s a couple of photos from the boat with Emma and Lisa taking turns at the helm (before leaving port haha)


    We’d stayed until Monday morning when we packed up the van and headed out for Burlington VT.  We planned to stop here and shop, but clearly we made some wrong shopping choices as we didn’t find much in the way of bargains or much of any thing really.   Here we are crossing the bridges at Cornwall Ontario heading for the US.


    Here we are taking the ferry across Lake Champlain that separates New York state and Vermont.


    After a good nights sleep, but a stupid early wake up for some reason (still a bit jet lagged I guess), we got an early start on the second leg of the journey to New Brunswick to see Nana Shirley and the family in that part of the country.  We’re pretty well shopped out now I think 🙂  The girls have been spending money getting all kitted out for the wedding back in Kingston on the 14th of June.  I still need a shirt and tie but other then that we’re all set haha

    When we arrived in New Brunswick it was starting to rain, and it rained for the next couple days.  Today we’ve had dry weather but it’s threatening to rain again for the next couple of days.   Saturday (June 5th, our wedding anniversary) we’re hoping to get an early start to the day and get down to St Andrews for sights and seafood, Yuki is a seafood-a-holic if ever there was one.  However, the weather forecast isn’t looking good for Saturday, so that might get pushed off until Monday.

    Tonight we took the kids around to my cousin Gregg’s house to play with their 3 kids (Chanse, Dakota and Kendall), they were great and our girls had an awesome time playing with them.  That Kendall is a real cutie.  The kids had a great time running around and playing games.  I hope their kids sleep as well as I hope ours sleep haha.

    Like usual, all the photos from our trip will be on Flickr.  They’ll all be in the Canada 2010 collection.

    I’ll try to blog more as the trip goes, I’ve been time sharing the computer with Yuki so I don’t get to use it as much as I’d like 😉

  • Highway of Heroes – HWY 401

    Posted on by rob

    It was announced on Sept 7, 2007 that a section of Hwy 401 would be renamed the “Highway of Heroes”. This is mostly to do with the fact that every Canadian soldier that is returned to Canada from places abroad is first flown to CFB Trenton, then driven to Toronto for their autopsy and other official processing before being released back to their families.

    The pictures are quite moving, to see such patriotism in Canada, in my opinion, a rare thing. We are all use to seeing Americans going full out to support their troops, dead and alive, but Canada has always been quite reserved to put it mildly.

    To quote a press release from Premier of Ontario‘s website:

    For Immediate Release
    September 7, 2007


    Ontario Government Honours Canada’s Fallen Soldiers

    QUEEN’S PARK — The Ontario government has formally dedicated the “Highway of Heroes” by unveiling signs along a stretch of Highway 401 that commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of Canadian soldiers, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.

    “The road that links Ontario and Quebec is named in honour of the two leaders who gave life to our young nation more than 140 years ago,” said Premier McGuinty. “It is enormously fitting, then, that we dedicate a portion of this very road in honour of those who gave their lives for our nation.”

    New “Highway of Heroes” signs have been installed along the route, commemorating Canadian soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. This dedication pays tribute to the solemn journey fallen soldiers take once they return to Canada and are formally transported from Trenton to Toronto. The 172-kilometre stretch of Highway 401 between Toronto and Trenton will keep its official name — the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway….

    You can download the Highway of Heroes in PDF format