Prince Edward County, Ontario
Sandbanks Provincial Park and Prince Edward County has been on my ‘places to see in Ontario’ list ever since I had taken an interest in Photography. As my interest in Canadian history later developed, the region drew my attention even more as this is where some of the first Upper Canadians came to live.
They came as Loyalists and their purpose was to remain loyal to the British crown, departing the post-revolution United States of America. It should also be stated that they were offered an abundance of free land in exchange for their loyalty.
The region today very bears the likeness of what the region may have looked like a few hundred years ago - many farms and quaint villages. I was tickled pink by the sight of early version of the Royal Union Flag flying at B&B’s throughout the area. This early version omits the Cross of St. Patrick (red bars running diagonally) as seen in this photo set. Of course, the area is still predominantly agricultural as it was back then, although today many wineries exist as the climate is ideal for growing grapes.
What has also changed since the days that the early settlers arrived is the presence of large sand dunes, which emerged as the vegetation that kept the soil intact was cleared away. Sandbanks Provincial Park is the result, a happy accident as far as I am concerned. These are the finest beaches in Ontario.
Old Fort York, Toronto
Q:Are there lots of snakes and bears or moose in Awenda provincial park?
Snakes yes - but I’ve yet to see one myself. It is highly unlikely that you will find bears and moose in those parts - so I’ve been told anyway. You never know!
My wildlife sightings in Awenda have been limited so far to chipmunks, owls, and frogs.