Beautiful Westport

IMG_5412Driving home today from the cottage, we decided to take the old Perth Road rather than Hwy 15 down to the 401. The Perth Road has an extra bit of charm to it. Being geographers, we enjoy the leap-frogging of limestone-then-granite-then-limestone-then-granite-then-(finally)-limestone of the Fontenac Arch. But then there are the stone cottages built around the time the Rideau Canal was put through almost 200 years ago. There are even some log cabins that look near-original.

The rollings hills of granite and white pines through the Frontenac Arch area, some lovely farms and dozens of lakes and you have a combination seems to work its charm on us. Then, there’s Westport, a lovely village below Foley Mountain at the head of Upper Rideau Lake. A perfect place to stop for ice cream.

IMG_5411The Vanilla Bean Café & Creamery has Kawartha Dairy ice cream is right on the main drag and has over a dozen flavours. Its café side offers espressos, cappuccinos and cinnamon. You can eat in at the café tables or outside on the sunny patio. A lovely spot!

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Paris in the Summer

On our way home from Canada’s “Deep South” (the north shore of Lake Erie – see GeoPhotographica for details of great nature spots), we passed through Paris just at the right time for ice cream or a bakery. Coasting downhill to where the Nith River converges with the Grand, we scanned Grand River Street for either. “There’s a bakery”, I shout out just before Laurie exclaims, “Ice cream – and it’s Kawartha Dairy” (her favourite).

Well, what to do – ice cream or bakery? Easy – I went to the Paris Bakery and Laurie entered the wonderful envelope of aromas at Chocolate Sensations to get her ice cream.

I must admit, the Paris Bakery was a bit disappointing in that it had no where to sit down, had mostly desserts and had only coffee (I could have used a cuppa tea at 4 o’clock in the afternoon). However, I surprised myself by ordering a Blueberry-Nut Bread Pudding which was in a large muffin case. I despise even the thought of bread pudding. While I love leftovers, I just don’t think of a dessert as leftover bread and eggs – that’s french toast! Well wasn’t I surprised by this – it was delicious.

Laurie had a scoop of Key lime on top of Moose Tracks. The Key lime was much more limey than the Key lime pie ice cream from London Dairy at Broderick’s Ice Cream Parlour in Port Stanley earlier in the week. Anyway, we both walked away satisfied and strolled down to the Nith-Grand confluence. Being geo-geeks, we had to see it. It was rather underwhelming with a green Nith joining a very shallow Grand. The Nith valley is beautifully forested at the that point and with the careful removal of unsightly wires (via Lightroom), it would make for a beautiful autumn photograph. However, the river itself needs a good flushing!

Soon we were on our way home having enjoyed downtown Paris in the summer.