I’d always been pretty content with my west coast way of life, and I never really thought I’d ever set foot in Ontario, much less Northern Ontario. But life has a way of shaking things up when you least expect, which is why I celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend with Adam and his family in Thunder Bay. I had been to the city a few times prior and have always enjoyed it, but it is particularly beautiful in the fall. The air breathes that much more crisp and clean, and the leaves are distinctly golden.
We had Finnish pancakes, the sweetest strawberries and a plateful of bacon for breakfast before heading out to the pumpkin patch and corn maze. We met the tiniest kitten, and after resisting the temptation to tuck her into my scarf and take her home (we brought home a perfect white pumpkin and pumpkin cheesecake instead), successfully made our way through the corn maze.
Dinner at the Caribou Restaurant & Wine Bar was wonderful, and I particularly loved the mushroom risotto balls and piri piri chicken. I wish I’d been able to have dessert, but I only have myself to blame for that – no one asked me to eat that massive cinnamon bun just before dinner.
I got to see Kakabeka Falls which was absolutely beautiful, especially surrounded by all the golden leaves. And during the haunted tour at Old Fort William, in the midst of all the terrifying clowns (it was carnival-themed), I couldn’t help but stop to look up at the stars. It sounds totally cheesy, but you just don’t get to look up at the night sky and see every single star living in Vancouver and Toronto.
Thanksgiving dinner was amazing – all the turkey, perogies and candied yams you could ever want, followed by two kinds of pumpkin dessert. And even more for breakfast the next morning.
I could definitely get used to Northern Ontario Thanksgivings.