So when Ruth's dad said that he needed to go in to the nearby town of Carleton Place for an appointment, we didn't hesitate to go along for the ride.
It's only about 42 kms (25 miles) from his house to Carleton Place.
We are just west of the city of Ottawa, Canada's capital.
About 100 kms (60 miles) north of the New York border.
Did you know that 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the U.S. border? Yep, we tend to huddle as far south as we can get!
Carleton Place is a nice little town. It's around 9,000 people, and it's only really within the last ten years that it's started to become "busy", and especially with the recent building of a four lane highway to Ottawa, only 30 miles away. Now it's becoming more popular with commuters.
While Tony was at his appointment, Ruth and I walked around downtown.
Walking along the main street.
Ruth, and the Town Hall, built in 1897.
A beautiful home on the river, now a law office.
The (Canadian) Mississippi River in Carleton Place.
Looking back at the town hall.
They do a pretty good job of clearing snow downtown.
Good to get outside. Temperature a little above freezing yesterday, so perhaps spring is in the air. Today, we're going to do what is a very popular outing here in eastern Ontario at this time of year...we're going to the maple sugar bush! Yes, with daytime temperatures now above freezing, the maple tree sap is running, and they're boiling it to make the 2015 batch of maple syrup. Yummy!
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