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Vacations in a cottage - what to do?
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Vacations in a cottage means total relaxation for us and are not comparable to camping in a tent, trailer or a motor home. I don't like to tow those!
Most cottage resorts do not offer a restaurant and you can only buy the most essential things.
From experience we knew that we need lots of peanuts in a shell, some meat for barbequing and other fresh basic groceries needed for breakfast and easy to prepare meals. We always bought everything including pop shortly before we arrived.
We are only two people and always loved to try the local cuisine.
We normally arrived in the late afternoon.
Naturally, the first thing we had to do after we arrived was to unload the most important things from our car and Elizabeth, my wife, always greeted first our little friends - the chipmunks.
She always reminds me to buy peanuts for them, but we never got enough.
Usually, after that was done we put our swim wear on and went to the beach and to recovered in the clean water during our summer trips. Most the time Elizabeth claimed that the water is too cold for her.
We wanted to be outside as much as possible. Do not forget to bring some repellant against all the mosquitoes and black flies which want to eat you alive when you come during their season.
When sleeping we kept all the windows open. Screens protected us against these bloodthirsty flying beasts. Be careful when opening the door to the cottage, they know their way to the feeding places.

Elizabeth and her little friend "Stumpy"

We always had the same small but fully equipped cottage. in the middle of nature, can cook or grill ourselves if we feel like it, wear only casual clothes and have no additional restrictions when driving.
We love to enjoy nature, breathe fresh air and do what we feel like doing. In case you share our view you should
Go for a swim, rent a boat, hike, rent bikes, watch the wildlife, read, take lots of photos of sunsets, invite your neighbors to a BBQ.
Go dining. There is so much that can make a cottage vacation a good memory.
Certainly your children and you will also spend hours with the cute chipmunks.

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Sunset at Lake Nipissing

We always loved to stay in the Rockview Camp. No noise, only the rippling water and occasionally some birds.
When Elizabeth's parents came wit us they also loved the peaceful atmosphere.
The water was clear and buoys protected the swimming area from other boats. It was absolutely save.
During an earlier trip we rented a small boat with a small engine. We had a great time, landed somewhere without damaging the boat and went swimming. We even made it safely back, but we did not go too far because none of us had any navigation skills.
Find out whether you need any licence now to do that.
If you do not want to rent a motorized boat, there were also kayaks, canoes and pedal boats available.
Never take any risk to damage a boat, you have to pay for that!
Don't forget to take your camera with you.

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Following the advice given to us, we drove to the near by village of Nipissing to do some sightseeing and to explore the museum.
When we arrived the doors were open and we entered.
Immediately we were greeted very friendly by Joe Steele. He was busy to pack away al the pieces of the exhibition.
I believe, if we would have asked him, he would have unpacked the most precious items.
Before retirement Joe worked for "Ontario Hydro", the largest supplier of electrical power in Ontario. He is part of the generation which built up our country.
We realized that he loves his new work and that he was very knowledgeable.
He even spoke a few words of German after he found out that I came from this country.
He told us that the museum used to be a church built of wooden logs in the 19th century and that Nipissing once had every opportunity to become a larger city and take the place of North Bay.
The reasons that led to the rejection of the necessary investments are unfortunately unknown to me.
I loved little Nipissing and thanks to Joe our visit was not wasted time.
Unfortunately, this visit was also a proof that many of these often attractive offers are no longer available in the late season.
The local tourism industry has fully focused on the behavior of the North Americans and this means that after Labor Day (early September), the schools start again and therefore no one goes on vacation.
I do not like that and know from my own experience that the offers should be extended to the end of October

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Joe and Elizabeth

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In the small museum

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I think that stove would still be perfect in a remote cottage in the wilderness

Occasionally we had to go shopping, although certain things are sold in the camp.
But the little store in the camp offers only the most essential things.
If you want enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with your meal, you will not get it there. The laws in Ontario are very restrictive. You must go to a licensed liqueur or beer store.
The best selection of meats and other groceries you will find in North Bay.
You should also visit the tourist office there to get the most actual information. They are very friendly and helpful.
You should do that too, because nothing is more annoying than to find out at home what you have missed.
Elizabeth also got two T-shirts in the tourist office, one of them with the imprint "North Bay Swat Team" to scare the mosquito.
We always had beautiful weather and the high season of the black flies was already over, but we both loved the T-shirt.
We would have loved to explore North Bay, but whenever we drove to this city we experienced heavy rain - not only when we came with Elizabeth's parents - always. During our ice fishing trip we stayed away. May be we would have faced a blizzard.
There are so many little attractions that you usually miss unless you know about them.

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Elizabeth became a member of the "Swat Team"

Besides maple syrup, honey is another well know Canadian product.
AndrĂ©é and Susanne, our friendly hosts recommended to visit a speciality store for honey products.
They offer not only different kinds of honey, but also products for which honey was used and articles made from bee's wax.
We were the only customers and everything was explained in detail. I never knew before that honey can be sued for furniture polish, for soap, for lip sticks, hand cream, to treat leather, to prepare chutney with honey and green tomatoes etc.
We were allowed to try lots of samples before we did our purchases.
We discovered little craft stores. Just keep your eyes open. It is fun to talk to the people and select some little gifts made by the local artists or craftsmen.

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Buying local honey

You can go out for dining. We found a very good restaurant in Callander. It is now for sale!
The food was really excellent and I learned that many guests from the cottage resort come to this place when they do not want to do home cooking.
We only prepared breakfast or used the barbeque.
But it may become mandatory to go shopping. The little store in the camp offers only the most essential things.
If you want enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with your meal, you will not get it there. The laws in Ontario are very restrictive. You must go to a licensed liqueur or beer store.
The best selection of meats and other groceries you will find in North Bay.
You should also visit the tourist office there to get the most actual information. They are very friendly and helpful.
You would feel sorry, when you find out at home that you missed a certain event or a place to visit.

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We also found a good restaurant in nearby Callander

There is always something to discover. We drove around just following our instinct with no specific task.
We stopped and enjoyed being here.
Elizabeth was happy picking berries

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Make trips in the blue

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Elizabeth picking berries

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Sun sets

No wonder that we decided to come back for a short visit even when Elizabeth cannot stand the cold.
She knows that a few layers of clothing make her look like a sausage but she feels OK for a certain time.
Not all cottage resorts are open in winter. We were lucky and could come back to our favorite place.
Use the link in the right column to see how it was.

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Im Winter machten wir einen Kurzurlaub zum Eisfischen


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