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Before we get to the Lake of the Woods, I must talk about how much we enjoyed the Mennonite farm shops and stalls that peppered our journey through Ontario. Once we had discovered how delicious the corn, fruit and veggies were, and such amazing value, we made stops at as many of the road side stalls as we could. Theodore and Monty are both huge fans of fruit and made short work of gigantic tubs of organic blueberries, raspberries and juicy peaches.
There are many different strands of the Canadian Mennonite community. Each have varying views and beliefs around the roles of technology and other aspects of modern life. All are based around Christian teaching and share a strong belief in the importance of community and a life lived in love and peace.
On arriving in the small town of Kenora, we immediately felt at home. Mike made a beeline for the excellent local craft brewery, Lake of The Woods Brewing Company and acquired a good beer selection to celebrate our arrival. We booked into Anicinabe Park on the outskirts of town and set up camp in a beautiful spot by the lake.
As we unloaded and the boys started to explore our new lakeside home, we enjoyed some classic 1970’s tunes from the trailer on the site behind us. Later, to Theodore and Monty’s delight, two young boys emerged playing ‘golf’ down the slope behind us. Very soon Theodore had acquired his own golf ball and was busy playing his own version of the game with the boys. We then met Kerry and his wife Laurie, who introduced us to their two grandsons. Later when the boys were tucked up safely in bed, we shared beers and stories around the campfire, and Kerry invited us to join him on his boat to visit Coney Island. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their tour of the Kenora area of the Lake of the Woods, ending in a swim and ice-cream on the beach with ‘Captain Kerry’. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together and I’m so glad to say that we are still in touch. As locals, Laurie had even popped back to the site – sadly after our departure – to see if we wanted a hot bath at their home, such kindness that we will never forget. Theodore also continues to treasure the two golf balls Captain Kerry gave him!
We made our way into town to the weekly farmers market, which was an epic space filled with local food and crafts. The town has a relaxed and easy vibe which we all really loved.
During our stay we were blessed with absolutely beautiful weather, which allowed wonderful lake swims and lazy afternoons toddling with the boys. We enjoyed all our meals and evenings under the sky and the stars – and felt in absolute no hurry to leave.
We decided that if British Columbia didn’t work out for us, Kenora would be a wonderful place to live if the opportunity arose.
Which places have you been to and instantly felt a connection to?