Did you know that Canada has awesome beaches?
Toronto, where we live, is built on the shores of Lake Ontario, a lake so big you can’t see the other side. The American border runs through the middle of the lake so they share half the lake with us Canadians. 🙂
I’ll give you a reference just how big Lake Ontario is:
We live walking distance from Lake Ontario in the western part of Toronto (called Etobicoke), Canada’s largest city. We have some family who live in Prince Edward County which is located 200 km east of Toronto (near Belleville, or Trenton).
We decided to spend the last summer weekend before school starts up again in Prince Edward County with family. The entire trip took just shy of 3 hours and we were never far from the shores of Lake Ontario.
Here’s how to get to Bloomfield, the town where our family lives in PEC, from our house in Toronto:
We took a highway called Gardiner Expressway along the shores east toward the Don Valley Parkway, a highway that runs north up to the 401, the biggest and busiest and most congested highway which runs east/west across what used to be the top of the city. (The city has expanded north so now the 401 intersects the city.)
We drove east on the 401 with the view of Lake Ontario on our right on and off for the duration of the trip which, according to Google, measures 218 km (135 miles). We stopped for gas once (but not for food or coffee or a pee break, it’s a miracle!).
We only had one minor incident with some bickering children, the rest of the time was relaxing and fun. But, back to the beach…
We spent Saturday at Sandbanks beach which is, you guessed it, still on Lake Ontario.
The weather was perfect, hot but not humid, and yes, I wore my bikini. 🙂
I’ll write a post on that topic another time, but the short version is I really liked wearing it, and not only that, I walked the entire beach with a kid not caring who saw what. This is a new experience for me and to be quite honest, it was liberating to be free of worry what other people thought of my body. Funny how it took me decades to feel confident enough to wear a bikini on a beach… 🙂