New York Wanderings: Bolt Castle the grounds and the view!

October 7, 2014

Apparently, Louise Boldt found the Thousand Islands to be a place where she could relax from the stress of living in New York City and her husband’s career as a hotel man.   He managed the Philadelphia Club and later the Bellevue, and later the Bellevue Stratford Hotel.  Astor built the Waldorf Astoria and Boldt was its proprietor.  I guess George had to mediate a hotel war with the Astor brothers.  The Empire State building now occupies the site of this hotel.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Boldt

Boldt Castle rises out of the island and is surrounded by lovely landscaping and great views.  You can get right down to the water.  The pictures will show the Castle and the other structures on the island:  The Power House at the east end of the island, the Italian Garden, Alster Tower the whimsical tower, the archway, the Tower and the gazebo, views of Alexandria Bay, the Boathouse across from Heart Island.  I spent a happy 3 hours on the island.

This is a slide show so click on one of the photos and it will open, then go to the upper left corner find the x and click that to close otherwise you will close it all out and have to come back.

 


Quebec Wanderings: Lancaster to Pointe-Claire, Quebec…

October 1, 2014

There is a gas station, store and Denny’s on the north side of 401 at Lancaster, Ontario. One stop shopping.  This time they didn’t have any good Canadian T-shirts for me to buy, grrrr….  I did ask for help in checking the oil in my rental car and they had an attendant.  It was good.

The Truck Stop in Lancaster

The Truck Stop in Lancaster

On my last trip I had planned to go into Montreal but I was too tired and decided instead to concentrate on Glengarry and visit as many of the churches and cemeteries as I could.  So I cancelled my reservations in Quebec and found the Monte Carlo Motel on Hwy 2 in Cornwall and luckily they had a room.  So I stayed there for one night and was able to tour around the Glengarry area before I headed back to Ottawa to return the car and fly home.

I had dinner one of the evenings at the Blue Anchor Bar and Grill and this big ship came chugging by.  They don’t mess around for it was gone in about 20 minutes.

Big Tanker on the St. Lawrence

Big Tanker on the St. Lawrence

View from the Blue Anchor Bar & Grill

View from the Blue Anchor Bar & Grill

This time I was determined to make it to Quebec and Montreal.  So on Sunday, September 21 I headed to Pointe-Claire, Quebec.  After breakfast at the Denny’s I filled up the tank with gas and I headed east on Hwy 2 and immediately ran into a barricade.  I then had to find the detour which took me to the south side of 401 and the Service Road.  I followed that out and was back on Hwy 2 soon.  It was not great traveling weather as you can see from the photo below.

Morning on the St. Lawrence

Morning on the St. Lawrence at the Monte Carlo

I entered Quebec and the sign changed from Hwy 2 to Hwy 338.  I passed through several towns Les Coteaux and Coteau-du-Lac.  The name of the road changed to Chemin du Canal. It is called the Soulange Canal which flows along this area. It is very straight and it was raining as I drove by.

I was soon in Pointe-des-Cascades and I wandered around that little town for a while.  People were out walking their dogs or should I say…le chien.  I saw this cat, la chat, running across this park and it looked like it was pursuing the man and his dog.  Cats do like to go for walks too, my Puffer often followed me.

The road curves north at Pointe-des-Cascades and I found a little side road that took me where I could take pictures of the Ottawa River (Outaouais).  This is where the Ottawa meets the St. Lawrence. There were many lovely homes along this road.  It was very dark, dreary and rainy.

The Ottawa River off of Hwy 338

The Ottawa River off of Hwy 338 – Quebec

Hwy 338 took me up to Hwy 20 and I crossed over the Outaouais River to Perrot Island. Sainte-Anne de Bellevue came up very quick and I turned off to follow the Chemin Lakeshore road.

What a kick! This was a small two lane road that stopped about every 2 blocks (Arret) with a stop sign.  There were houses and some where like little castles, small green parks and views of the St. Lawrence or Lac St. Louis, small towns areas like Baie d’Urte. I kept following this road till it brought me to Beaconsfield.  The road from there became the Beaconsfield Blvd.  I stopped to get some supplies and found this wonderful cream for my coffee.  It was labeled in French so I had to figure out if it was whipping cream by the little drawings on it and I picked the other offer.

A glimpse of the St. Lawrence River

A glimpse of the St. Lawrence River

Unfortunately, I ran into another barricade and had to do a detour which took me around restaurants like the Ye Old Orchard that I had wanted to visit.  The detour finally brought me back to Blvd. St. Jean.  This is where I needed to turn north and head for the Comfort Inn.  Boy was I was really early.  The clock said 11:30 am much earlier than I had anticipated I would get there but then the weather was so bad I didn’t stop to take more photos.

I continued up Blvd. St. Jean and it changed from two lanes to four lanes and things got real busy.  I turned on Holiday St. into the Comfort Inn parking lot just below Hwy 40 near Blvd. Hymus.  The room was ready so I settled in and did the laundry and worked on my blog posts and rested. The next day would be a big day at the Quebec Family History Society and then I would drive into Montreal.

Remember to breath kiddo…yeah I was a little intimidated.  Here is the view from my hotel window.  I had fun watching the traffic and the day end and then checking the street in the wee hours to see it empty.

The area around the Comfort Inn in Pointe-Claire, Quebec

The area around the Comfort Inn in Pointe-Claire, Quebec


Touring Glengarry: Cornwall to South Lancaster

June 29, 2012

It was Thursday, June 7, 2012 and I had just three days left on my trip to Ontario and Quebec.  I had to be in Ottawa in the evening so I wanted to make the most of my tour from Cornwall to Glengarry to Ottawa.

As usual I was up early and had the car packed.  I gave the key to the owner and realized she had a nice pot of coffee in the lobby so I took advantage and poured myself a cup.  I said my goodbyes to her, a very nice lady, and started to explore the area where the Monte Carlo Motel is located.

The St. Lawrence River is right there across Hwy #2 and there isn’t much land between Hwy #2 and the river.  As I crossed over being careful to watch out for the morning commuters, I was surprised to find a dock area.  Apparently you can dock your boat at the Monte Carlo Motel and stay the night.

The St. Lawrence River across from the Monte Carlo Motel

Here is a website with history and interesting information about this great river:  http://www.vsr.cape.com/~powens/riverhistory.htm

An of course, Wikipedia has this to say and it does have pictures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lawrence_River

Cruising the St. Lawrence wouldn’t that be nice:  http://www.stlawrencerivercruise.com/index.cfm?page=cruise_ktq

I didn’t wish to disturb the man who was on the docks enjoying the sunny morning air and view.  I love mornings especially this kind of morning.  It was so peaceful and lovely.

A lone man on the dock

The St. Lawrence to the east.

The St. Lawrence to the east.

The St. Lawrence to the west sort of…

The St. Lawrence to the west, sort of

Just before I arrived at South Lancaster you will find the Cooper Marsh Conservation Area http://www.rrca.on.ca/view.php?id=52  Try using Google Images to take a look at some really great pictures of this area.  I would have loved to explore it with my sister a docent at the Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle.

The park of the Cooper Marsh area

I had been by South Lancaster earlier in the week but this time I didn’t just follow Hwy #2 which curves up leading you into Lancaster and then east paralleling Hwy #401 MacDonald-Cartier Freeway, I stopped at the sign announcing South Lancaster and proceeded along the Old Montreal Rd.

The sign to South Lancaster

I turned south on Cairn View Rd. and came to the South Lancaster Wharf.

The Wharf in South Lancaster

The wharf juts out into Lake St. Francis.  http://www.cruiserswiki.org/wiki/Lake_st_francis

The Wharf is very long

There were two men walking their dogs and we visited briefly while I introduced myself to their companions a beautiful Collie and a cute little white dog.

South Lancaster’s Wharf

About this location near the wharf, Ms. Dumbrille writes  in her book Up and Down the Glens on page 8:

“It was in the midst of these hard times that two ships bearing a body of emigrants from Scotland set out for Upper Canada (or Canada West as it was now called). One of these, the Macdonald, it carried 560 passengers –the entire parish of Knoydart, in Glengarry — in charge of their priest, Father Alexander Macdonell.  Brought up the St. Lawrence from Quebec in military bateaux, they landed at a sport near Lancaster, and were piped ashore and welcomed by their kinsmen amid scenes of rejoicing.”

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onglenga/ShipMcdonaldSettlers.pdf

Lake St. Francis, South Lancaster

So far I have not found a plaque or anything indicating where in the area of South Lancaster they actually landed.  The descriptions are vague as to the actual events.

I left the area of the wharf and proceeded along Water Street and on my left was a stone wall and fence surrounding a cemetery.  I believe this to be the Old Cemetery in South Lancaster on Waters Street.

The Old Cemetery, South Lancaster

On Church St. I found the church and graveyard. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church founded in 1787 by Rev. Bethune, this is not the original church:  http://pccweb.ca/standrews-southlancaster/

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, South Lancaster

A little humor. (Click and the photo will get larger, use your back button to return to this blog.)

Notice the sign!

The cemetery next to the St. Andrews Church is surrounded by a white metal fence. I have more photos which I will upload when I finish posting for this trip.

The cemetery next to St. Andrews, South Lancaster

A memorial plaque 1787 to 1855 to 1987 :

In Honor of the Church

Update 7/8/2012:  Here is a link of all the photographs I took of these two cemeteries in South Lancaster which were a few blocks apart.  These are overview photographs to give an idea of the location of these cemeteries.

Old Burial Ground & St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church & Cemetery

My tummy was calling so I continued on my journey, saying Good Bye to the St. Lawrence River, for now.  I headed north up Hwy #2 across the big freeway #401 and over to the right was a very shiny new Travel Plaza that housed a Denny’s? It also had a store called “Flying F,”  which had just about anything in it that you might want.  Exit #814 on the north side of the freeway. I found my T-Shirts that had just “Canada” on them.  It was a good thing, I needed clean shirts.  They have a whole line of Shell gasoline pumps.  So I stopped had breakfast and filled up the Caliber.  The Denny’s has WiFi.  They also have showers in the other part of this complex.

The Flying J, Exit 814 of 401

I was now content.  I could continue on my tour of Glengarry.


At Last! Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry!

June 22, 2012

About the time I spotted the big tanker on the St. Lawrence I arrived at the sign announcing:  Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.  I had to walk back to the sign from where I stopped the car.  Look to the left and you can see it parked by the road…way down there.  It was a good moment. 

At Last, Stormont Dundas and Glengarry the sign!

Hwy 2 follows right along the St. Lawrence River.  Time was running out and my plan to have dinner at the Upper Canada Village was fast disappearing.  It was on the other side of Morrisburg past Crysler Park. It was now 4 pm and they are only open to 5 pm.  Oh Dear!

Not meant to be!

Well I made it by 4:20 pm and the sky opened up.  I turned right by the sign and followed the other signs to the parking lot which required a fee.  That was when the rain came down in torrents and I could barely see.  I decided it was not worth it because of the storm, the parking fee, the entrance fee of $15.00  and the lack of time to enjoy the village.  There were cars parked in the distance in the lot.  So I headed back to the highway. I have visited pioneer villages like this Upper Canada Village so I was not too sad but it would have been pleasant and I would have enjoyed it. 

Note:  I was informed by a person at a genealogical society I had visited earlier, that the archives at the Upper Canada Village have been closed.  Some of the holdings were photographed by a person who lives in Morrisburg. What happened to the collection is unknown to me? I have yet to investigate this, so please do your own investigating before you assume this is true.  

It was not long after I arrived in Cornwall where I found the Econo Lodge on Brookdale Ave.  It was another motel where I could park my car right outside  the door and also have access to the inside door to the hallway.  Much to my disappointment there was no coffee pot and grounds.  AUGH!  The idea of complimentary coffee in the lobby was really at breakfast with a pot of coffee on a warming plate and they closed the lobby till 6:30 am.  I have been known to get up by 4 or 5.  Their breakfast was terrible.  It was the oddest Econo Lodge yet. I did mention that they are not all created equal, well?  I have now purchased a beverage heater and will include that in my luggage.  Other than these few odd things it was okay. 

Brookdale Avenue – the Econo Lodge with the red roof

Down the block was the Aux Vieux of Duluth restaurant.  It was tasty with lovely decor but they kept interrupting me during dinner and it became very annoying.  My waitress was very nice. It was some others that were causing some problems.  It was convenient and a nice idea being only a block away from my lodging.  Hmmm…me thinks I was tired.

The next four days were going to be packed with visiting archives, museums, libraries and touring Glengarry and a part of Stormont.  So I retired to my room and relaxed.  I really had enjoyed my drive from Kingston to Cornwall.  I love rivers and the St. Lawrence didn’t disappoint me.  There are more joys to discover about this amazing river.


The St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Island Parkway!

June 22, 2012

When I was in high school, awhile back, I had a project that I was to do for history class.  I choose to do my project on the Great Lakes.  I used the flour and water to make a relief map on a piece of wood which did require much.  I then traced a pattern of the lakes and painted the whole map.  This relief map was placed in the lobby case for display at my high school for several weeks.  That was unfortunately the last I saw of it.  I didn’t think to take a picture.  Sigh!

Since then I have viewed Lake Superior at Chicago and from the south side of the lake when visiting my husband’s cousin’s home.   I now add Lake Ontario to the list.  I believe I have flow over the lakes many times on the way to Washington D.C. 

The Great Lakes http://www.yellowmaps.com/map/great-lakes-basin-regional-map-655.htm

Kingston is where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River.  It is the furthest east of the lakes.  This website is from the USA side but it is a lot more informative:  http://byways.org/explore/byways/2488/travel.html?map=St_Lawrence_River_Section

The St. Lawrence River 1000 Island Parkway

My goodness, trying to find a detailed map online of the area I was traveling has taken a good five minutes.  This should help.  It is from the Ontario Yours to Discover website.  This is their home page:  http://ontariooutdoor.com/index.aspx?language=en

This is the map:  http://ontariooutdoor.com/html/en/map_landscapes.html?id=1000

The St. Lawrence River and its many facets

I had a very nice brochure of the 1000 Islands which was very fat.  After traveling this parkway I have come to realize that you need to drive the Canadian side and also the New York side to really enjoy it all.   They featured in Sackets Harbor, NY the Old McDonald’s Farm.  I used to be teased with the song.  Boldt Castle is near Alexandria Bay, NY so I did not see it as I drove east for it was hidden behind the bigger islands in the St. Lawrence.  Boy do I love a castle.  Ever since my hubby and I visited Biltmore in Ashville, NC, I have been intrigued. 

One of many islands in the St. Lawrence

It was amazing.  I spotted mini island, middle-sized islands and very large islands. 

Another island with house in the St. Lawrence

Some of the islands were just tiny, even smaller than the one above, yet they had homes built on them and docks.  On the main land there were docks all along the road.  I was wondering how the real estate agents showed one of these many islands:  Speed boat and helicopter?

Looking east along the St. Lawrence River

This website has a great deal of information and pictures to enjoy. http://www.visit1000islands.com/visitorinfo/

What do you think, shall my hubby and I renew or wedding vows at Boldt Castle for our 10th in 2015? It can’t be anymore expensive than Biltmore  http://www.biltmore.com/  Of course there is the matter of water to cross.

Yes, those are storm clouds.  I am heading into them rather than running away.


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