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Favourite memories from Summer 2012

Today is the last day of summer. With a nip in the air each morning, the sight of trees beginning to change colour and the need to wear a sweater more often, I’m preparing for the coming Fall season and thinking of memories from Summer 2012.

Before we officially welcome autumn, I’m taking a moment to reflect on some of our summer experiences. Although we didn’t have too many opportunities to travel this year, we did have some mini-road trips that expanded our knowledge of Ontario’s best attractions.

In no particular order, here are the top five memories from Summer 2012.

Explored Eramosa Karst Conservation Area:

memories from Summer 2012

Frank explored some of the caves at Eramosa Karst

Saw the Albion Falls in Hamilton, Ontario after a major rainfall:

memories from Summer 2012

During one of the few summer storms this year, we did a quick drive to Albion Falls and saw this awesome sight

Climbed up the hills of Kelso Conservation Area for the first time:

memories from Summer 2012

Frank standing on top of the Niagara Escarpment at Kelso Conservation Area, checking out the view

Visited Long Point Provincial Park and the beach for the first time in the summer:

memories from Summer 2012

We received a His and Hers coffee from a sweet, older lady working at our local Tim Horton’s, before we headed our for an early morning road trip:

memories from Summer 2012

The bonus to this was the “Enjoy” and her great personality, despite it being 5:30 a.m. in the morning

The bonus to this was the “Enjoy” and her great personality, despite it being 5:30 a.m. in the morning

What were your most memorable moments this summer? If you have a link to a blog post about your awesome experience, share it!


  1. Now that the heat and humidity is gone, I’m looking forward to getting out again.

  2. I’m with Tee; so glad the cool Fall air has arrived, along with the perfect excuse for wooly sweaters & chai tea lattes….

    But I had the summer of my life this year enjoying the fantastic weather & the outdoors. Your site definitely often inspires new adventures ahead!

    But in the spirit of remembrance of the summer that was, here’s my entry.

    Keep up on inspiring me,…who knows where it will take me next. :)

    Btw, I am so “in” with your colour photo challenge & can’t wait to see what you come up with.


  3. I hope I’m not too late to reminisce about summer and ‘best experiences’. We live in the Toronto Beaches and we’re crazy about being in, on or around the water, so we’re missing the summer already.

    Our best summer experience was volunteering at Aloha Toronto’s first annual fundraising Beach Party and surf camp in support of Surfer’s Healing Foundation and Sick Kids Hospital/Autism.

    Surfer’s Healing Foundation provides free surfing day camps for autistic kids in coastal cities in the U.S and now in Toronto. The founder, Izzy Paskowitz was a pro surfer. One day he noticed that his autistic son became more calm and responsive after spending time with him on his surfboard. Before long other parents of autistic kids were asking Izzy to take their kids surfing too. The results were pretty consistent and extremely positive. Before long Surfers Healing Foundation was created to bring this experience to all families with autistic children. Oprah even featured a documentary about the camp on her show.

    So for one weekend in August we helped out as Izzy and his crew of (mostly) Hawaiian surfers brought their camp to Toronto. The waves were small but the smiles were HUGE. There were even a few tears as parents saw their kids engaged & responsive for the first time – ever. One mom even said to me “this is the best day of our entire summer”.

    That sort of clinched it for me too.

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