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I am retired and exploring the world on foot, by canoe and kayak. You see and experience much more this way. No luxury resorts on some tropical beach for me.
Old Fort Henry, Wolfe Island Ferry, Tundra and Mute Swans seen from Wolfe Island. The Tundra swans often have a yellow patch in front of the eye. Trumpter swans never have it. Mute swans with orange beaks are an invasive species from Europe.
Keep historic and quaint Amherst Island the way it is. The view of Wolfe Island behind Simcoe Island light house. Seen from 15 km. away.
The "Frontenac II" also known as the Amherst Island Ferry in the winter. Year round ferry service did no begin until 1972. Until then, the islanders used ice roads to get to the main land.
Fishing village at Prince Edward Point. It is now being dismantled (March 2013) by the government to preserve wild life. This village never interferred with wild life, it was always abundant around these houses.
The ship Royal George, played by the Niagara in the re-enactment of the war of 1812 sails in front of the condo tower, the Royal George. June 30 2012. This ship spent the night beside the Holiday Inn, where the original ship was pounded by 6 American gun boats sailing into this narrow body of water on Nov. 10, 1812. Several houses were damaged too. Only 2 Americans were killed, one when his canon blew up, one drowned.
Out of the mists of time. The British ship, the Royal George rounds the west end of Amherst Island in the re-enactment of the war of 1812. It was 7 km. away at this time. This actual event occurred on November 9, 1812 while it was being chased by 6 American gun boats. It sailed into Kingston along the north shore in the middle of the night. On November 10 1812, American gun boats pounded it in what is now down town Kingston, inflicting substantial damage to it and some houses.
Americans invade Bath harbour and are met by the British red coats in the re-enactment of the war of 1812. June 30 2012. This picture represents a pivitol point in Canadian history that took place on November 10 1812.
Kingston harbour and ferry seen from Fort Henry
Very old split cedar rail snake fence, perhaps 100 to 150 years old. Stone barn.
Ice can pile up on the south shore of Amherst Island.
The Wolfe Island Ferry passes the Royal Military College in the winter ice. The ride is free for people and cars.
Loading the Algowood with cement.
The ship Royal George sails past Fort Frederick to the re-enactment of the war of 1812 in Bath Ontario. The original Royal George was built in 1812 in Navy Bay, between Fort Henry and R.M.C.. Dock yards were established there in 1789 and a navy base in 1794. It was the largest war ship on the lake, the Americans had the most ships. Had they captured or destroyed it here, the whole war may have ended very differently.
Re-enactment of the American invasion of Bath in 1812, played by 2 Canadian ships. June 30 2012. Seven boats and ships participated in the event. The actual invasion was on November 10 1812. The Americans threatened to destroy the village of Bath if they were not given the ship "Two Brothers" They were given the ship, they burned it, and the original houses still stand.
American ships fire on Bath Ontario, in the re-enactment of the war of 1812, June 30 2012
Wolfe Island ferry passes Royal Military College
Amherst Island ferry unloading. You are in for a time warp with old stone houses, Scottish stone fences, and sheep farms. The island is world famous for it's spectular bird watching. Snowy owls are abundant in the winter, and other northern species. The ferry leaves the main land on the half hour, and the island on the hour for the 15 minute ride. The cost is $9 per car, return, you will probably need a car wash too.
The ice looks like a fat dragon, South shore, 2009
Open house at the bird banding station. Come in mid May when there are light winds from the south the night before, not when the winds are out of the north. Song birds migrate at night, and won't migrate against head winds.
The flag on the left is NOT the Union Jack, it is the Royal Union Flag, designed in 1607, used by the United Empire Loyalists in 1775 as they fled the American Revolution and settled here.
The British ship, Royal George makes it's escape from 6 American ships at Bath Ontario, in the re-enactment of the war of 1812. Played by the American ship, Niagara. June 30 2012. It sailed past here in very light winds and made it to Kinsgton in the darkness of night. The next day, the Americans pounded it while tied up. Several houses were also damaged.
Sunrise, Bath harbour, during the re-enactment of the war of 1812.
Kingston harbour. This is the exact site of an American invasion by 6 gun boats on November 10 1812 attempting to capture or destroy the Royal George. If they captured it, they would have gained control of Lake Ontario, and the war of 1812 probably would have ended in British defeat. They sailed past in single file, firing at the RG which was docked on the far shore, and back out along this shore. They destroyed 2 other ships near by.
Black and White
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Celtic stone fences
Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Frontenac Provincial Park
houses of interest
Inca Trail Peru
K P Hiking Trail
Little Cat Con Area
Menzel Nature Reserve
Mile stones Hwy # 2
Opinicon Lake - Rideau Trails
Prince Edward Cty.
Sheffield Con. Area.
Stellar Sea Lions
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