A Visit to Southern Ontario

At the beach

Along the shores of Lake Huron with my cousins (left to right) Esther, Katherine, Susan, Dawn, me, Linda & Jenny

I grew up in Canada, and the majority of my family still live there, so I always enjoy visiting. It’s an incredibly beautiful part of the world. The more I see of further-flung places, the more I appreciate the wonderful place I called home for the first twenty years of my life.

The best part of any visit is the chance to catch up with family and friends, and we have been doing a lot of that over the last week. It’s been great to spend time together too.

Guy & April

We’ve also visited Kitchener, where I grew up. One of my favourite places there is the gorgeous Victoria Park. My late Mom taught me to skate there, and I always loved going to the playground. In the latter years of their lives, my parents lived in a lovely apartment opposite the park. My son fondly remembers long walks and talks with his Grandpa as they fed the squirrels who make the park their home.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park, Kitchener

Some of my family live in the Toronto, the capital city of the province of Ontario. (Some folks mistakenly believe that Toronto is the capital of Canada; however Canada’s capital city is actually Ottawa.) Toronto is an amazing city, and the few visits I made there as a child were huge treats. Now I have more time to spend there as an adult, I am enjoying discovering this beautiful city anew.

The Flat Iron Building

A view of Wellington Street, with the red brick Flatiron Building in the foreground and the CN Tower in the background

There is so much to see and do in Toronto, from visiting Yorkville for café society and shopping to The Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario for culture. We’ve only barely scratched the surface in terms of getting to know this wonderful city, but there’s also a thriving theatre scene, and some absolutely amazing restaurants.

We visited the St Lawrence Market for the first time last week.


I love visiting local markets and the St Lawrence Market really is special. Don’t miss the Peameal Bacon Sandwiches at the Carousel Bakery – this a classic Canadian sandwich is done exceptionally well there.

We are heading back to Kitchener and Toronto over the next couple days, getting ready to fly to New York City on Wednesday. We are looking forward to another family visit to the wonderful Big Apple, and I am very excited to be attending BlogHer ’12!

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April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.

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