Easter weekend

Well, the long weekend has come and gone. My wife and I really wanted to get out of the city. The weather was atrocious. We had been stuck in a rut for a while. We were bored out of our skulls from socialising and sipping tea with friends and needed a road trip. Thought about going to Montreal. The weather was worse there and for a couple who don’t enjoy partying and going out to clubs, it was a bit futile since walking around the city was out of the question with the weather. Then we thought of driving to Boston. Same scenario. Then we’re like fine, lets go somewhere even warmer than that. And we picked Myrtle Beach. The whole week leading up to the weekend it had been 25C in South Carolina The whole week after the weekend was being forecasted as 25C. Just the entire weekend was going to be below 10C. That really pissed me off. I had been prepared to drive fifteen hours to be in a different environment with my wife where I’d feel like I was away from Toronto and it was just too damn cold. Then I started wondering if other Torontonians were stuck in the same conundrum. Were you guys stuck with the idea of wanting to do something and not having anything to do? My question to you all is, what are my options? Where else could I have gone. Skiing season is over so I couldn’t do that either. It wasn’t just the cold, I knew as long as I was in Ontario it would be cold. So at that point I’d settle for doing even touristy things locally within an hour or two’s worth of drive. Are there any parts of Southern Ontario that are worth visiting in times like this? As a purebred city boy, I pose the question out to you readers. Are there any areas worth visiting at the edges of Georgian Bay for example? Or anywhere else for that matter.

Eventually, I ended up with a generic weekend of going bowling with a few friends, playing some trivial pursuit and ending up at the Ontario Science Center. But all that didn’t solve my solution of getting out of the city. If you guys were stuck in the same situation, where all could you/would you go for a weekend within a few hours drive?

For all who care, this is the forecast for the next 5 days.


7 Comments so far

  1. talk talk talk (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    I’m usually spending Easter feasting, cooking, baking, celebrating, but I know of good places to visit in Ontario. I thought I saw Blue Mountain was still open this past weekend, and Monday was its last day, so you might want to check that next year.

    Point Pelee is great to visit in September to watch the monarchs depart for Mexico; the spring must bring a different sight. It’s the most southern point of Canada so will be warmer. Lake Erie is beautiful to drive along as it’s the tamest of the Great Lakes.

    Small towns like St. Jacobs, Elmira, are good to visit, especially on market day. Kingston is full of history. Sandbanks and the area around it makes for a beautiful drive, and a great day on the beach in warm weather. Our first PM came from near there. Then there’s the wine tour through the Niagara region. I think I did that in cold weather, so it was really nice to get into the warmth at every winery. Anyway, that’s a start. Hope that gives you some ideas!

  2. Alden (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    My wife and I have started a tradition to drive to Dayton, Ohio every Easter to visit family and for the last 3 years it has been considerably warmer there during easter. I’m talking about 5-10 degrees warmer. This year it was colder there then here. I was constantly cursing whenever I had to refill our gas tank. It was cold and snowy the whole weekend.

    As for suggestions: I know the weather always has to play a huge factor in the weekend getaways we pursue, but when you think of it where ever you go and whatever you do make the best of it. Kingston, a great idea! It’s probably going to be next weekend getaway. Quebec City was amazing too. Up north? I usually save those for the sumer and go camping by Parry Sound, Tobermory-ish.

    Good luck with your next weekend getaway!

  3. Stephen (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    Odd.. I am going to Dayton with my wife to visit family in a week.

  4. arv (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

    Ooo! Science Centre! Did you see the Superhero exhibit?

    I would drive to Niagara, plop myself infront of a show. Or… Montreal and visit some friends… Or… Cottage! This is coming from a guy who loves to stay within 40 km of home, where there’s always something to do!

  5. Abbas (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    well the thing is i don’t drink so wineries are out. easter doesn’t hold much religious or cultural significance for me either nor do i have family whom i can go visit anywhere in north america, just a few friends scattered here and there. i have to go to cleveland in the summer for a wedding so didn’t wanna head to ohio. i’ve heard about point pelee. will definitely check that out some time. i went to uni in waterloo, so st. jacobs gets a bit boring after your first dozen visits there. cottage country and anywhere in quebec i figured i wouldn’t enjoy either since it was too cold to walk about for more than an hour. i’ll definitely be making most of the summer. i’ve got a nice secret hide out spot up near parry sound where i love going every year.

  6. beerich (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 3:35 am

    West: Markets in K/W, Elora, Fergus, Elmira. Also, hit Point Pelee. Lotsa birds. Good driving North of K/W. Niagara Falls / Welland Canal, as I did. Actually I drove there at 6 am, I was that bored.

    Northwest: Sauble Beach (more of a destination) up highway 10 from Shelburne. Then return East through Owen Sound to Collingwood. Nice drive.

    North: Barrie, in my mind, is the year long Easter. Bo Ring. Hit Huntsville for some food, or head East to Algonquin. Return South through Minden. Stop in for some ice cream at Kawartha Lake Dairy.

    Northeast: Don’t know much aboot that.

    East: Take a train ride, hit a small town with running water. Drive highway 7 east of Peterborough.

    South: Swim across the lake. Nah, don’t do that. Hit the St. Lawrence Market on Saturday morning, early, and do some long term cooking. Make some chicken stock. Do some shopping for camping stuff at MEC.

    Open up Google Earth. Investigate Holland Marsh. Visit a dairy in Eastern Ontario. Hit Home Depot. Make something. Buy a handheld shortwave receiver, get a textbook on the topic, string a longwire with gator clips around the house, see what you can find on the air. Hit Chapter’s.

    Yes, sometimes Toronto feels like a small town.

  7. talk talk talk (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    I forgot to mention if you go east to Kingston (or Quebec), drive on Highway 2. To get on it, go to Kingston Road in east-end Toronto, it’s #2. There are lots of roadside stands, lovely little towns. It’s a great way to drive east. Forget the 401.

    Great ideas here. One of those reminded me of Winter Carnivale in Quebec City in February. It’s absolutely frigid, but the best time, especially if you can snag a room in the old city.

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