Our 2018 Vacation – Part 4: Day 3 In Gananoque

The weather in the form of rain got in the way of our plans for today. But we did get out and get in a hike. Though that didn’t exactly go as planned. But let me start at the beginning. I had some work to do after breakfast, so while I was doing that in our room. Meanwhile, my wife took a walk along Gananoque’s waterfront and took these photos with her iPhone 6:

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According to her it was a good walk as it was cool given it was first thing in the morning.

Next up was a hike. My wife and I when we were planning this trip were trying to figure out where we could hike in the area. She found a few places via Google, but I took the recommendation of a Boy Scout troop leader to use an app called All Trails which lists not only areas to hike in your vicinity, but provides ratings in terms of difficulty, as well as driving directions to get to the trail head. That led us to Rock Dunder which is a 3.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Seeleys Bay, Ontario that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The property which is run by the Rideau Waterway Land Trust is open sunrise to sunset from May 15 – Nov 15 of each year. Use of the property outside of these times or without a Day Pass is trespassing. A day pass is $10. Getting there is challenging as there’s a very narrow gravel road that leads up to the trail head. I’ll show you how narrow it is later in this post.

Once we arrived and got ready, we headed out onto the trail. The good news is that the views are amazing. Here’s a sampling:

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Now while we did complete the hike, we were pretty much eaten alive by insects. Largely because we didn’t bring any bug spray. I got bitten twice while my wife got about 8 bites. And because it had just rained, the insects were out in force.


Getting out of the trail via car was problematic. The road if you want to call it that in and out of this trail was very difficult to drive. Thus I had to put our Hyundai Tucson into ECO mode to take some of the edge off the throttle and turn on hill decent control to make sure I didn’t lose control. It’s the first time that I’ve used hill decent control and it worked abruptly, in the sense that the brakes would just come on suddenly, but well. Here’s a video of the decent that my wife took with her iPhone 6. I’ve deleted the audio as we were still kind of cursing about not having bug spray on hand. But you want to pay attention to the left side which falls off sharply in places and the right side which has nothing but trees. Either way, one mistake and things will get expensive:

So we returned to Seaway Manor to patch ourselves up and take a break. Then we headed out to dinner. Instead of driving to Kingston, we decided to try something local. So we walked up to King St. which is the main drag for the town. Along the way we saw this:


A bed and breakfast up the street had a fish pond. That was kind of cool

Now once we were on King St., we went to The Old English Pub. Now the name fit the decor perfectly as it had the feel of an old English pub. The food was pretty good but the beer flights that they offered up were pretty impressive. In Toronto, you’re lucky to get a few ounces of beer in each glass that comes with the flight. But around these parts you easily get at least a pint of beer combined. And the beer options were plentiful. The only negative was kind of slow service, but that shouldn’t stop you from eating here.

After Dinner, we went to an ice cream shop that was just 0.5KM from our hotel:

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The ice cream is great and they do have a lot of variety from a couple different brands. The prices are reasonable as well. Though I will warn any American readers out there who plan to visit this place that they take American money at par. Which means that your ice cream is 30% more expensive. Thus bring Canadian money. Another warning that I have for you is that this place is cash only.

On the way back to the bed and breakfast we discovered this clock tower. The reason why I am pointing it out is that we’ve been hearing it since we’ve been here on the hour every hour and figured that it was coming from one of the churches in the area. But we were wrong on that front.

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Tomorrow is another day were the weather may affect our plans. Thus we’ll see what we come up with to keep us occupied.


2 Responses to “Our 2018 Vacation – Part 4: Day 3 In Gananoque”

  1. Richard Pearce Says:

    Some help please‽
    On February 23 2017 you advised against using Oracle Java (or Adobe Flash) on my Mac.

    However, I’ve noticed that the slideshows on your trip email say:
    “This slideshow requires JavaScript.”
    Have I missed something and now it’s ok to put Java back on my Mac?

    • JavaScript and Java are two different things. But some questions:

      – Are you able to see other slide shows from other posts that I have written about my trip?

      – What browser are you using?

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