Well, my next GenTraveling excursion is coming up shortly! It is currently snowing here in my neck of the woods, so this chilly-looking photo of Lake Ontario seemed appropriate. However, I’m hoping for MUCH warmer weather in a few weeks. The plane tickets are purchased, the itinerary is sketched out, my list of repositories that I want to visit is….well, long and getting longer!
We (my hubby and I) will be GenTraveling to Upper Canada. You know, I remember being confused when I initially came across that term – it seemed so backwards that “Upper” was being referred to that area of the map – anyone else??? If so, here’s an explanation (per Wikipedia HERE):
The “upper” prefix in the name reflects its geographic position along the Great Lakes, mostly above the headwaters of the Saint Lawrence River, contrasted with Lower Canada (present-day Quebec) to the northeast.
But…back to my GenTraveling plans – the plan is to to circumnavigate Lake Ontario! Fun eh? We’ll start our journey in Toronto, then travel King’s Highway 33 (aka Loyalist Parkway):
In 1784, following the American Revolution, the United Empire Loyalists began to arrive in Upper Canada, hoping to settle the frontier near Cataraqui (now Kingston). With the help of the military, the loyalists blazed a trail west from Cataraqui to Bath, a distance of 25 kilometres (16 mi). This trail would become a section of Highway 33 nearly 150 years later. [source]
I have loyalist ancestors that I need to research, so we’ll stop in at The Lennox and Addington Historical Society.
We’ll continue on and hopefully hit some waterfalls:
We’ll explore the Thousand Islands region, then head down to New York (where I have MAJOR research to conduct – wish me luck and much success!), we’ll head west and hopefully hit some lighthouses. I LOVE photographing lighthouses. By the way, did you know there is a Lighthouse Society? Who knew! (I might have to join). Plus, they are nice enough to keep a list of Lake Ontario lighthouses up on their website. Thanks Lighthouse Society! [Link HERE] This is Sodus Point lighthouse and I even had a distant cousin live in Sodus Point for a while. Possible research there too!
Next up is Niagara Falls and then back up to Toronto. We’ll have gone full circle! I’m totally excited! We’re going to pack A LOT into those 8 days!
Now, excuse me – I have a TON of prep-research to do! Have a great day and good luck climbing those family trees!
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