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Our 2018 Vacation – Part 5: Day 4 In Gananoque

Posted in Commentary on August 3, 2018 by itnerd

The rain played havoc with our plans again today. So we spent the morning camped in Seaway Manor watching Stage 17 of the Tour De France after we had breakfast. The hosts here were more than willing to put it on the big TV in their living room and soon other guests joined us to watch the stage. Because I follow the sport closely, I was able to provide context about what was going on and the strategy being used by the different riders, as well as explain who the riders were and why people should care. That was kind of interesting to do. Then once the rain cleared up in the afternoon, we headed out to Fort Henry which is a fort that was built to defend Canada in general, and specifically the St. Laurence Seaway and Rideau Canal against the US from 1812 onwards. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here’s a shot of the fort from the outside as we were walking up from the parking lot:


And here’s the front entrance:


Once you go through that, you have to buy your wristband which gives you the run of the place for the day, Here’s what that will cost you:


Now we arrived just after 1:30 PM which means that we had to wait around for 30 minutes for the guided tour. Which is included in the wristband price. I highly suggest that you take it as it gives you a context for everything that is inside the fort. Speaking of which, here’s a sampling of what you’ll see inside the fort:

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And from the outside:

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But the real reason why you want to spend some time here are the military drills that are period accurate. I took some videos on my iPhone 7 Plus that show what I am talking about. Starting with the firing of a gun:

Then some military drills:

After seeing the fort, my wife and went back to relax at the Seaway Manor. And then we went out to dinner which was unremarkable. The place was called Anthony’s and we went there because we were in search of pasta for our bike ride tomorrow. We were underwhelmed by the quality of the food which was merely average. It was truly nothing to write home about.

Tomorrow we’re going out to ride our bikes along the waterfront trail as a means to train for the PWC Epic Tour 80K event. Tune in to see what happens.