Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Northern Ontario Ablaze!

Northern Ontario Ablaze!
September 24th, 2014

I had originally planned to immigrate to Vancouver, but there were no openings for teachers there in 1989. So I came to Ontario with the idea of staying for one year and then tranferring to B.C. 

What Ontario had in store for me was nothing but astounding!  Apart from the wonderful people who embraced me with friendship in those first few weeks, and apart from being ridiculously happy with the students with whom I had been gifted, it fell to Mother Nature to seduce me into staying here with the splendour of her display that very first Fall - and I've been hooked ever since. 

It's not that we didn't have colour back in the U.K. - there were yellows and browns, and the occasional reddish leaf. But I had never seen such a vibrant array of reds, oranges, golds, and maroons against the vivid green background when Fall hits Ontario. 

Knowing that it signals farewell to the summer - and takes us closer to the transition to winter (which has its own charm), the Fall has to be my favourite season. Pleasant hikes along trails studded with fallen leaves that look like a mosaic, the gentle breeze kissing the trees, and no bugs with which we have to share the experience! What could be better? 

There are many reasons we love living in Elliot Lake. It's a given that people, here, are an amazing example of resilience - friendly and welcoming - and quick to lend a helping hand or share information about hiking trails and hidden lakes known only to the locals. 

But it is at this time of year that we find our hearts full of appreciation fir the abundance of foliage just outside our door - and even to be enjoyed from looking out of our window or from our balcony. 

Northern Ontario has to be experienced - and to live here is, indeed, a dream come true for us. 


Please enjoy the slide show we have put together so that you can experience it with us. All pictures were taken within 20 minutes drive from where we live. 

Here's the link for the slideshow:       Northern Ontario on Fire!                                      

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