On Wednesday, we left our B&B at Miller Lake on the Bruce Peninsula to drive back to Toronto for our flight home. However, we had loads of time, as our flight wasn’t until 22.40.
We stopped in Owen Sound, where we sat by the river for a coffee and a bit of cake, brought from our B&B. We spotted a turtle swimming in the river. We had called her on the way out three days before and picked up a leaflet about waterfalls in the area, three of which we had already visited. Two more were fairly close to our route.
We first visited Hoggs Falls, which were only a short way from the car parking area. The waterfall was quite nice, if not particularly dramatic. Then we drove to Eugenia Falls, which were a bit further from the car and a bit bigger. Both were worth the diversion. However, there was a charge for the car park, which could only be paid by phone. As I only had my UK phone, this would also have cost significant call charges in addition to the $6 parking fee, which was too much for a short visit, so we parked at the top of the road for nothing and walked down! This was the second time in a few days we had done this.
From there we decided to go to Eugenia Lake, (where the parking was free despite being a much more popular place!). We had our picnic overlooking the lake, where various boats were coming and going, and kids we’re enjoying playing in a roped off area with a floating dock for them to climb out and dive in, whilst moms and dads sat on the grass!
Our onward journey to the airport was fairly uneventful, calling in a roadside Tim Hortons for a coffee (sadly we didn’t manage to get enough visits on our reward card for a second free coffee of the holiday, but maybe next time!). However, we had to take the beast (our rented Jeep) back full of petrol. We spent the last 20 minutes of the journey looking for a garage, but didn’t pass any, and before w knew it we had passed the point of no return in the airport, so returned it with the tank only 3/4 full. This is where we discovered the extortionate prices charged by Hertz. The cost was three times higher than the pump price! Thanks Hertz! Perhaps your paperwork could include information about where the nearest garage is – or is that going to affect your profits too much?
We were still at the airport very early, so we strolled through the duty free area, picking up a couple of bottles of gin at a ‘bargain price’, having a pizza and coffee before boarding our overnight flight back to Manchester.
The flight itself was very ‘bumpy’ – probably one of the most uncomfortable flights I’ve ever had. It made Chris feel ill, and she didn’t have the in flight meal – not that she missed much! Neither of us got much sleep. In fact we probably slept more on the train home from Manchester than on the flight. Never mind, we are home now and have made some great memories on our trip around Ontario (plus Montreal!).
It must be time to start planning our next holiday! Until next time, goodbye!