Canada Day!

Today is a statutory holiday in Canada, this is what it is:
Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st across the country. July 1st marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada – that’s the technical explanation, but Canada Day also means fireworks and the year’s biggest national party. The Canada Day holiday is akin to the U.S. July 4th celebration but on a more Canadian scale.

We went to the Sudbury Arena today for their Canada celebrations, they had loads of different nationalities there to celebrate Canada with dance and food and stuff.

We moved some stuff into the apartment today, we borrowed a truck from Golder to pick up a couple of beds and a sofa last night, first we borrowed a GMC Sierra and then this weekend we have used a Ford F250 Super Duty truck. The Ford is bigger and better, but the suspension is very hard.

We are going to ‘Made In Canada’, a restaurant this evening, then we will return to 92 Hyland Drive and we’ll walk over to bell park..

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Here are the pictures:

Also, Happy Birthday Alan! You know they had the day off here in celebration!

A week in Mississauga (Toronto)

Hi, It has been a little while since our last post.

This last week we have been down in Mississauga as Brendan’s manager has been trying to convince us to move down there. We were willing to give it a try but coming from Cornwall, we had doubts that we would enjoy living so close to the ‘big city’!

We drove down on Saturday and on the way stopped off at a place called French River. We had stopped there when we were last in Canada but it was very different without the snow! There is a visitor center there and then you can walk across the river which provides stunning views. On our way to the visit center we could hear a strange tinny noise. We looked around for the source of the noise but couldn’t see anything so continued walking. It was strange as the area was so peaceful apart from this strange noise. Anyway Hannah spotted a metal parking sign and perched on top was a woodpecker!!!! He would peck away at the sign and then stop and look around and then continue pecking!! A Canadian stopped and seeing that we weren’t local, apologised and said that Canadian birds aren’t normally that stupid!! He said it was embarrassing!

On Sunday we visited Niagara on the Lake and the Falls. It was a stunning day and again very different from our last visit in the snow!! We went out on the Maid of the Mist which was incredible and we got soaked!! But then as it was so hot we dried in minutes! We tried Canadian Sausage Rolls which do not compare to Rowes and we tried Frozen Yogurt which was awesome. We went up the Skylon Tower which was incredible – the views were amazing! We thought we would be gone by 10pm which is the time of the fireworks every Sunday night but surprisingly were still around. We think it is the best fireworks display we have ever seen!

We had dinner on Monday and Tuesday night at different work colleagues of Brendan’s which was really nice and then on Wednesday we discovered a Nando’s which Hannah was very excited about!!

Hannah’s laptop got a virus on Wednesday that was quite destructive which meant she couldn’t phone people from Skype on her birthday. No post and no internet :( Luckily the hotel had computers so she could check facebook for birthday msgs Thursday evening.

And then comes the most important day of the year (!) The 23rd June
We went to Tutti Frutti for breakfast which was lovely – Hannah had a waffle with banana and chocolate and Brendan had a chocolate crepe. We then drove to Toronto Zoo. We bought a CityPass which is good for 9 days and 5 tourist attractions. It saves you quite a bit of money and so we figured we would go into Toronto on Saturday and use it. At the zoo we saw baby toadlings, wild chipmunks, giraffes running, a wild raccoon, meerkats and a group of gorillas with a baby :D It was a brilliant day and the zoo doesn’t close til 7.30 – I think our car was one of only a handful left at the end of the day. We had thought we would go to a restaurant in the evening but we enjoyed the zoo so much we just grabbed a burger there about 6ish – which as we hadn’t eaten since breakfast tasted like the best burger ever lol.

On Friday evening we went to see Cars 2 3D which was good fun – even though we felt we should have taken a child with us as it was almost exclusively families!

On Saturday we planned the day to get the most out of our CityPass. We started at Casa Loma – Toronto’s ‘Castle’. It is basically a big old house but it is well worth the visit – it is beautiful inside and the guy who built it is an inspiration. We then moved on to the Royal Ontario Museum which again was well worth the visit. It is massive and we could have spent much longer there but we were on a schedule!! We got to see the main displays we had wanted – Brendan wanted to see the dinosaurs and Hannah wanted the gems and precious stones! The next stop was the Science Centre which we weren’t so impressed with but we did go to their CSI kids display which was funny. The final stop was the CN Tower but not before we stopped somewhere for tea and saw the Bollywood people who were in Toronto for the Bollywood Oscars.

We drove home on Sunday; stopping off at Ikea on the way.

Seen a wild beaver!!

Monday night we ate out in The Laughing Buddha, which we were recommended. It was good, we ate outside on their deck. Very nice pizza. Tuesday night we went out and saw a film with Mike, in the Rainbow Center, it’s their $2 film night. We saw Limitless, which was good and a nice way to spend an evening. It was about 30deg C that day. Wednesday Mike insisted on doing a ‘Whopper night’, he went and got the stuff, burgers, salad and fruit for desert. It was really good!! We’ll probably do it again! Yves showed us pictures of Diavik mine site when he was working there, he had loads of pictures of moose and bears that he’d seen. Thursday night we went house hunting, looked at two places, both apartments, the first just off Regent street, off York street.. nice but nothing special, then the second place on Lorne Street was about a 1970’s, maybe 60’s don’t know.. but it was quirky, and fun, there is a communal room, off which is the room we liked..

Its about 2.1km up the road from work. A fraction further than 92 Hyland drive, which is about 1.9km.

Friday night we went out and played bowling and pool and had a beer or two. Sat we did a bit of shopping and got around a load of random shops that we’d not normally go into, like Lowe’s and Home Depot.. We bought a Baseball and glove and later that evening we went and played catch. Sunday we went to the Fairbank Provincial Park for a walk and a look around, we did the ‘hike’, it took us ages to find the site because we’d not look too hard where it was, but we found it in the end. We saw the Wood pecker that morning, then the loon on the way back from our hike, then a fox crossed the road in front of us maybe half and hour later on our drive back to the highway, then right before we reached the highway there was a water way and I just spotted something in the water, we had cars behind us so I turned at the next safe spot and raced back, and there it was, a beaver, swimming about diving etc, then it just moved off as we took pictures. Then we went to a park near Science North and played catch again and home.

That’s all for folks! (Been watching a bit of Bugs bunny and friends..)

Two weeks past

Well last weekend (28th 29th May) we made it to Windy Lake where I saw some poison Ivy! I think I walked in it, but I haven’t yet come up in the rash so we hope that I’ve not been got! On Monday we met up with one of Hannah’s relatives who lives in Sudbury. We saw Brides Maids the film on Wednesday. This weekend (4th 5th June) we spent Saturday shopping for small bits and pieces and Sunday we did went to the Farmers Market, where we had some pastries and a fruit smoothy. We viewed a basement apartment on Saturday which was very small but also very cheap, we’ve sort of decided no on that one, unless we get stuck..

Victoria Weekend

Hello everybody :)

Well this weekend was a bank holiday weekend for the Canadians. We decided to be cultural and visit the museums – Science North and Dynamic Earth.

Saturday we went to Science North. It was awesome. We were going to pay for a three day passport which would allow us admission to both museums and to the IMAX and planetarium. But on arrival we found that it was cheaper to get a year admission – which means Jessica, you will be visiting both with us as we get a 50% discount on guests :)

Science North was brilliant – it has three floors; the first floor there are lots of live insects and some dead ones too – and there is a butterfly area. The second floor there is a beaver, porcupine and skunk as well as snakes, turtles, flying squirrels and bats. On the third floor there are science experiments – which are very interactive and mainly aimed at children but we found them fascinating :)

The animals were brilliant – the beaver was busy cleaning himself but at night apparently he wanders out and completely rearranges/ demolishes his enclosure!! We watched him being fed and were told that like a small child he doesn’t like eating his greens! He cannot be released into the wild as he got frostbite on his tail which is why he was rescued by the science center.

The skunk has had her smelly glands removed so she is very pleasant to smell! she slept most of the time we were there but did race up and down her enclosure a little.

The porcupine was fascinating – neither one of us realised they could climb trees, they actually hibernate up in the native evergreens here; they just climb up high and go to sleep, between the porcupines fir and the tree’s foliage they stay warm enough. He was a very amusing character and had been orphaned when he was about 3 months old so the science center rescued him. They take him for two walks a day – not on a lead but outside by the lake – he is very tame.

We also did some rock polishing whilst at the museum – it was great fun and we will be going back to have another go!! Hannah can now see why Ross in Friends was so happy to find his own rock polisher!

On Sunday we went to the Planetarium within Science North and watched Violent Universe. They also talked about the meteor that created this region of Canada and gave it the rich resources that it has today, the meteor was about 10 – 15km across, traveling at 20km per second which would have been the end for any animals on the surface of the earth, had they existed at that time. Hannah now believes we are all going to die in the year 2036 when a meteorite is said to be colliding with Earth – if it happens it would be like a nuclear explosion on every square kilometer of the Earth’s surface. Yet another thing for her to worry about. We had the option of watching ‘Violent Universe’ – more for adults or ‘Earth, sun and Starts’ – more for children – we now think we would have been safer with the second choice.

We also went to see Pirates of the Caribbean in 3D which was brilliant :)

Yesterday we went to Dynamic Earth and took the underground mining tour which was fascinating. They have a short bit of mine under the center which we went down into via a lift, its about 65m under ground, not very deep when you bear in mind that one of the local mines here is 2.3km at its deepest point. They showed us a mine from the first part of the 1900’s, then into the 50’s and up to present day. There are various simulations of mining equipment which are like computer games, but with the proper drivers seat and controls.. Cool! I could have stayed there for ages!

We went for a drive around, down to Lively, then took a right and.. well see the map:…

We saw the railway track on that route at 46.521078,-81.053397 – you can paste that into Google maps and it should go right to where we parked next to the railway track.

Getting keen with the pictures

Fairly random selection of photos from Hannah’s phone

And pictures taken on our trip to Manitoulin Island:

Last night we stayed in and didn’t get up to anything much, short of watching tv. I think I forgot to mention in the last entry that we met a couple (Paul and Karen) up the road towards Winchester Avenue, they had a couple of alcoholic beverages, but where very friendly and proceeded to tell us all about the local area, they do a lot of publicity type stuff for Sudbury, so they know the history etc, fascinating! Apparently since they’ve lived there (about 25 years) they’ve had snowy rabbits, foxes, racoons, coyotes and even a bear in their garden, which is impressive I though! Their property backs onto the hill out to the north of us. They have a lovely view of Sudbury form their stoop. That’s where I took the sunset pictures from!

Social week

Well, this week was interesting. We had two house guests this week – Mike and Neven (who we had met here on our first night in Sudbury)

On Tuesday we had a couple of Mormon missionaries around; Michael had invited them. They were very friendly;one of the guys came from a farming background and his family grow sugar beat. Fascinating! Mike made taco’s for us all and a fruit salad thing.

On Wednesday we decided we’d go and see a film. Neven gave me a lift home from work whilst Mike stayed at work late. We decided we’d go and get some food out, and as I understood it, Mike would be meeting us at the cinema after Neven, Hannah and I had eaten. We went and got a Wendy’s then Neven dropped us at Silver city (The big cinema). We bought tickets and Mike was no where to be seen, the film started and by half way through we’d still not seen Mike. So when it ended we decided we’d get a taxi home and when we got outside of the cinema a car flashed it head lights, and it started… a diesel.. probably the only one for hundred of miles.. it had to be Mike! it was.. Apparently Neven was worried when Mike had come home earlier minus us!!

Thursday Hannah and I had fish and chips in the Swiss Chalet, not as good as Harbour lights I didn’t think! We went shopping on Saturday, I was excited about having been paid in Canadian dollars for the first time!

Hannah was hoping to be discharged on Monday but not to be and she is back to the daily visits. She may also have a minor infection which hopefully she will get antibiotics for tomorrow.

Another week passed…

Hello everyone,

Well another week has gone by.

Hannah made lasagne for us on Tuesday – it was difficult sourcing the same ingredients as we use in England and so many include added salt. Some of the pictures should give you an example of what the difference is in food!! Maple syrup with beans!! Very strange and we’re not even tempted to try them!

We have had Mike staying here again – Tuesday through to Friday which was nice; we spend quite a lot of time talking as he is a fountain of knowledge.

Hannah was offered a job as an event specialist working in Walmart but for an outside company; she ended up turning it down as we decided it wasn’t worth her working weekends. However she is now volunteering at the library to teach IT to seniors one on one.

We went to the IMAX on Thursday to watch Born to be Wild narrated by Morgan Freeman. It was in 3D and about two ladies; one in Borneo and one in Africa, that 30 odd years ago began to adopt orphaned animals – one elephants and the other orangutangs. It was brilliant and so funny, there was a three brilliant clips of this one orangutang – firstly him and a mate where sat on a bench with a bottle each full of milk (like a coke bottle or something) the second clip showed the one orangutang now with both bottles of milk using his hand and foot to drink out of one but then trying to drink out of both and so he tips the second one all down himself with his other hand; the final clip shows him sat holding a bottle that is now empty so he stands up and walks along the bench and then off screen but as he walks off screen he just raises one hand in the air!

Hannah went to Barrie with one of Brendan’s work colleagues and her friend on Saturday – they spent the day shopping. Barrie is three hours away in the direction of Toronto. If you speak to any woman in Sudbury about shopping they will say you need to go to Barrie as it has amazing amounts of shops and outlet stores.

See Google maps for an idea of where Barrie is.

On Sunday we visited a breakfast restaurant called Tutti Frutti which was lovely. Of course we forgot it was Mothers Day here on Sunday so it was pretty busy but we got a table and it was brilliant food. Most of the food is served with massive amounts of fruit served in fancy designs. The serve waffles, crepes and eggs with a variety of other things in a variety of combinations. It was recommended to us by Hannah’s nurse and we are very glad we went! We also travelled out to Hannah Lake on Route 17 which was pretty cool. We finished the day with a two hour walk to our local lake and back.

We are going down to Mississauga on the 17th. Brendan will be working but we will spend a weekend down there as well to have a look around.

From now on we’re going to be putting in slide shows of all of our pics from the past time frame between posts!!

Manitoulin Island

A few pictures from our weekend:

Hannah and I got out and about a bit last weekend, they’ve had a very wet start to the year here, we’ve not noticed it really, but apparently water levels are high, in other parts of Canada there is flooding but nothing that serious here. We went to Manitoulin island on Sunday and saw the Bridal Vail falls:

Wikipidia’s take on the falls

Cornwall UK, has a land mass of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi) and Manitoulin Island has a land mass of 2,766 kmĀ² (1,068 square miles), not that different! However the population of Cornwall is a fraction over half a million but Manitoulin island is about 12.5 thousand!