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Oct 18, 2010 - Point Pelee National Park

We headed to Point Pelee National Park on Lake Erie. The park protects a peninsula of land, mainly of marsh and woodland habitats, that tapers to a sharp point as it extends into Lake Erie. The spit of land is slightly more than 7 kilometers long by 4.5 kilometers wide at its northern base. The spit of land was named “Pointe-Pelee” or “bare point” by French explorers because the eastern side was rocky and had no trees. The point is the southernmost point in mainland Canada and is part of a bird and butterfly migration corridor. We headed up...

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Jun 29, 2004 - First Day exploring Ottawa

We spent our first day in Ottawa wandering around Parliament Hill and the city center. Before Ottawa became the beautiful city it is today it used to be a rough lumber town with roads of mud. In 1857, after years of indecision by ’colonial’ politicians, Queen Victoria chose this ‘little lumber-town as the capital of the Province of Canada( consisting at that time of what is today Quebec and Ontario). Her choice of an unpresuming, yet militarily strategic city was an attempt to ease the political tension of the day. Ten years later, she...

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