It was a superb
weekend and we took full advantage of the weather on Saturday when we went
east - to Smith Falls and Kingston, then along the St Lawrence River. We
had wanted to tour the Hershey
Chocolate Factory located in Smith Falls - but we had missed it last
time, so this time we set out at 4 in the morning! Joe rented a van so
we could all fit and the kids would fought a little less because of the
The factory will
be closed sometime in 2008 and, to our disappointment, the chocolate lines
weren't up and running on the weekend.
We drove around
Smith Falls, where my younger brother was born, and later went into Kingston.
We lived in both of these towns as my dad was in the Canadian army and
these places were close to, or in CFB Kingston. The area is also home of
the historic Rideau Canal and the many locks in the system.
In Smith Falls
there is an old railway lift bridge that has been abandoned - the bridge
is up so that ships can pass through the canal. It reminded me of one of
the Star Wars walking fighters due to it's size and shape.
picture shows one of the empty locks with the bridge open in the background.
After Smith Falls
and Kingston we followed the St Lawrence River and the Loyalist
Parkway to the west and explored the area including Quinte's
Island (reached by ferry) and the mysterious Lake
on the Mountain.