As someone who has moved more times than she can count (seriously, it’s over 30 times and I’m only 32 years old) – it was always difficult to know where “home” was. Sure – I had my house/apartment…where I would go every night and lay my head – but where was HOME? Well – that was always my great grandparents house in Norfolk County.
No matter where I moved in the city, and eventually across North America – that house, my great grandparents house – was always home base.
Norfolk County’s most popular tourist attractions are the beaches, ports, towns and villages along Lake Erie, known as Ontario’s South Coast. These towns include Port Dover, Turkey Point, Long Point, Simcoe, Delhi, Waterford and Port Rowan.
I would spend every summer here with my grandmother. We would take a bus into Hamilton, Ontario bright and early, have breakfast or lunch at the mall (she’d always treat me to a McDonald’s happy meal) then wander over to the thrift store to browse the bookshelves while we waited for our second bus that would eventually take us right into Simcoe, Ontario.
Here my days would be spent doing a few different things: playing in the massive backyard that backed onto a golf course; we’d head down to either Clifton Park or Lynwood Park and feed the ducks; we would hop in the back of my grandmother’s brothers milk truck (yes, he still delivered milk in glass bottles to houses!) and head to the farmer’s market. And after my great grandfather passed – sometimes we would even head over to the cemetery down the street and pay our respects.
Life in Norfolk County was just simpler.
Eventually, my great grandmother got to a point where she was struggling to take care of herself on her own – so my grandparents packed up and left Toronto to move down to Norfolk County to help her out.
Then when I was older and had a car – I would take my nieces, sister, and mother down as often as I could. Christmas and most holidays in general was spent there annually, and we’d take weekend trips down to visit. It had gotten to the point where I could do that 2.5 hours drive with my eyes closed (I wouldn’t – obviously, I just mean that I knew that route like the back of my hand, LOL).
Those road trips have made for many hilarious memories with my family. Whether it’s belting out Whitney Houston tunes with the windows down, or being the only car heading along Highway 24 so we honk and say hello to the farmers and workers we pass along the way – these trips have always been a source of memories that I cherish deeply.
Now that my nieces are older – we want to create these types of memories with them. While my family may not have the house in Norfolk County anymore – because the County holds such a dear place in my and my sisters heart – we want to carry that love of Norfolk County over to my nieces. And that’s exactly what we did recently when we headed down for a fun-filled 24 hours in Norfolk County.
we be road trippin! 💁🏻 pic.twitter.com/7WXXvEvsgj
— Jenn (@JennAndTheCity) September 17, 2016
Though the three of them were all quite sick and I was on maybe 3 or 4 hours sleep – we met up bright and early to make our way to Norfolk County. My nieces both have this indescribable energy about them. They’re silly and fun and always up for my ridiculous shenanigans. No matter what kind of mood I am in, being around them instantly makes me feel better. They’re like my own personal human version of anti-depressants. LOL
For this trip to Norfolk County, we were staying in a new (to us) part. We had spent the majority of our time in Norfolk County in the town of Simcoe, where my great grandparents house was. This trip though – brought us to Long Point, Norfolk County.
Long Point is located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Ontario, about 2.5 hours south west of Toronto. Situated in Norfolk County, Long Point and the surrounding watershed is an area rich with natural and cultural heritage in the heart of Carolinian Canada; home to a wide array of species, biodiverse ecosystems, and incredible scenery.
As I was chatting with Ted, from Norfolk Tourism, he mentioned that the owners of Long Point BeachClub, where we were staying for this trip, were a long-time Norfolk family. They had roots developed in Norfolk County and wanted to invest their time and energy into growing the county. Not only did the family own the Long Point Beach Club, but they also own the The Causeway Restaurant & Marketplace across the street and their daughter even came back into town because she wanted to contribute too – so she opened Bella’s Bakery.
There’s that sense of family, of home, again.
Over the next couple of days, I am going to share some of the highlights from our trip with you guys. My blog is a diary, of sorts, and I love being able to chronicle all of the fun adventures I get up to and I hope you enjoy reading about them!