Our Summer Vacation in Tay Valley

COTTAGE ON LONG LAKE

It’s so hot in the city! What’s the best way to beat the heat? I think it’s to get away from it to the fresh air of the forest, cool water of the lake and beautiful scenery of farm lands.

We arrive late night when the air is filled with fireflies that sparkle like little starts on the dark background of the trees… I raise my head and… Wow! Who could ever think that there are so many stars, we can even see the Milky Way!

The next day we are just relaxing, spending time enjoying the fresh air and the lake… The evening is quite and the water is like a large mirror!

The quiet evening on Long Lake, Perth, Ontario
The quiet evening on Long Lake, Perth, Ontario

The cottage we are staying in is on the Long Lake, I guess called so for its shape. As we were told the lake is filled with fish – just have your fishing rods ready! We board a boat with all equipment, but… instead of fishing go for a swim! What a pleasure to feel fresh clean lake water on a hot day!

Beat the heat, Long Lake, Perth, Ontario
Beat the heat, Long Lake, Perth, Ontario

Late afternoon, after snack and rest it is a better time to go fishing! So again, we get ready and as soon as we board the boat – Anna got the fish! Just put her bait in…

Fish! Long Lake, Perth, Ontario
Fish! Long Lake, Perth, Ontario

Day in Perth, Ontario

Just about 20 min drive and we are in town. Perth has over 200 years of history, it is a popular tourist destination due to various attractions and places to visit. This weekend there is a Music Festival and The Duck Race in the Stewart Park. Perth has a lot of good restaurants and cafes that offer really good food at any time of the day! Mex & Co is one of the very popular…

Mex & Co, one of the popular spots to meet and eat, Perth, Ontario
Mex & Co, one of the popular spots to meet and eat, Perth, Ontario

Stewart Park Music Festival, Perth, Ontario

In the afternoon we stay in the shade of Stewart Park... listening to the bands, enjoying the casual atmosphere…

Stewart Park Music Festival, Perth, Ontario
Stewart Park Music Festival, Perth, Ontario

A lot of kids are playing in the shallow waters of the river…

Summer time, Stewart Park, Perth, Ontario
Summer time, Stewart Park, Perth, Ontario

The Great Tay Duck Race, Perth, Ontario

Organized annually by YAK Youth Services, Duck Race is a lot of fun to watch! And some stress for those who bought their tickets – this year 2000 tickets were sold out!

The Great Tay Duck Race, Stewart Park Festival, Perth, Ontario
The Great Tay Duck Race, Stewart Park Festival, Perth, Ontario

Later we meet for lunch at the Rocky River Cafe, just a bit off the busy downtown area. They set up a nice patio in a shade of large trees and we enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the place.

Rocky River Cafe, Perth, Ontario
Rocky River Cafe, Perth, Ontario
Lunch at Rocky River Cafe, Perth, Ontario
Lunch at Rocky River Cafe, Perth, Ontario

Shopping in Perth, Ontario

After lunch we stroll the streets in search of things small and wonderful… One of the stops in the antiques shop… The old record player is in great shape!

Shopping for antiques, Perth, Ontario
Shopping for antiques, Perth, Ontario

On the way back to parking we visit the market set up just outside the Stewart Park and browse the tents full of handmade items of all sort – jewelry, dresses, pillows… to all tastes!

Market in Downtown Perth, Ontario
Market in Downtown Perth, Ontario

Perth Citizens’ Band

The Perth Citizens’ Band is the oldest continuously operating band in Canada. It has been an integral part of the musical and cultural heritage of the Town of Perth since 1852! The free concerts in Stewart Park are performed every other Thursday at 7:30 pm starting in the second week of June through the third week of August.

Perth Citizens' Band, Stewart Park, Perth, Ontario
Perth Citizens’ Band, Stewart Park, Perth, Ontario

We really enjoyed this free concert! Fine music and beautiful surrounding of the old park created a great evening atmosphere.

Tea Party at the Mill of Kintail

Organized by Ramsay Women’s Institute Tea on the Lawn at the Mill of Kintail runs during July – August on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 pm till 4 pm every summer since 1958. The tranquil setting of the Indian River, delicious homemade tea breads, several varieties of tea in fancy bone china ​cups and cool glasses of lemonade is a tradition worth saving and sharing.

Tea on the Lawn at the Mill of Kintail
Tea on the Lawn at the Mill of Kintail

Tea time on the lawn at the Mill of Kintail was planned in advance, so we enjoyed the setting vary much! Tea on the Lawn is a great experience for the younger generations, the atmosphere is amazing, tea breads are mouthwatering and the staff is very kind – which makes the guests very happy!

Tea on the Lawn at the Mill of Kintail
Tea on the Lawn at the Mill of Kintail
Tea on the Lawn at the Mill of Kintail
Tea on the Lawn at the Mill of Kintail

Port Elmsley Drive-in Theatre

Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre
Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre

Drive-in movie theatre is just the last thing we visit before going back to the cottage. Port Elmsley Drive-in Theatre is open under the stars since 1953. Located halfway between Perth & Smiths Falls Ontario it is open 7 nights a week for summer, just drive in!

Oksana Kravtchenko| AUGUST 10, 2019 | Photos by Igor Kravtchenko

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