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The top five places I visited in 2012

This past year was one of many changes – getting married, moving in with Frank and buying a house.

With these changes, our regular weekend excursions and hikes were interrupted by all the activities relating to them. Instead of going for a weekend hike on the Bruce Trail, we were hiking around the aisles of the local Home Depot.

However, we did manage to do some travel and the occasional hike and mini-road trip.

Here’s the list, in no particular order of my five places I visited in 2012:

Long Point Provincial Park in the Summer

top five Places I visited in 2012

The last time I visited Long Point Provincial Park with Frank, prior to this summer’s visit, was on a cold May day in 2010. Not the best of conditions to see this beach in all it’s glory. Our quick morning visit this past July during a day trip, included a long walk along the beach.

As we had little wind, the reflections on the water (particularly low this year due to the droughts we experienced) were fun to photograph.

Humber Bay Waterfront Trails in Toronto

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Photo taken in February this year – notice the lack of snow!

It may have been a cold and brisk day when we decided to go for a walk along the Waterfront Trail at Humber Bay, but it was one that brought back many memories. I used to visit this area as a kid with my parents when we lived in the New Toronto area of Etobicoke. Coming here with Frank was like visiting an old friend which had had an extensive face-lift over the past 25 years.

Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area

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Stepping up close to the caves at Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area (northeast of Wiarton, Ontario), you begin to imagine what it would have been like to be an early homo sapiens or Cro Magnon, hiding under the cave roof to keep out of inclement weather. The scene before you looks like something out of the film, Quest for Fire.

Bruce’s Caves are impressive in their size. Rubble on the ground from fallen rock makes it difficult to walk and reminds you of the fragility of the limestone above you. If you’re not careful, you can be killed by a falling stone. Our visit was on a hot day in July, during a day trip exploring the areas of Wiarton, Owen Sound and Colpoys Bay.

Aonach Mor (Nevis Range), Scotland

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The view from Aonach Mor is breath-taking. My photo doesn’t do it justice.

Part of our honeymoon tour through Scotland included a stop at Aonach Mor, an impressive mountain just east of Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK. It’s part of the Grampians range, and is considered a Munro (a Scottish mountain over 3,000 ft).

Taking a gondola up to the top, we were thrilled to experience the views from the near top including that of Fort William and Loch Linnie. Someday, we plan to hike up to the top. Someday…

Bath, UK

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The mist is the steam coming off the warm waters of the historic Roman bath

Full of history, quaint streets and the soothing waters of the Thermae Spa, Bath was on my “must-visit” list during our honeymoon. Frank soon fell in love with the city as well, thoroughly enjoying the hot spring waters of the spa.

For me, Bath is like stepping back in time to the days of Jane Austen. Although I had visited in 2008, it was during this visit that we had a chance to enter the Assembly Rooms, the setting of many a ball in Jane’s books and other Regency period-based novels.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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The view of Edinburgh, early in the morning from Calton Hill

When you read about a place in historical novels, you always wonder what it really looks like today and whether there is still a remnant from days gone by. Edinburgh lives up to my vision, based on books that I’ve read. We only scratched the surface of what this city has to offer in terms of historical buildings, culture and food scene. Key spots we loved: Holyrood Park and Palace, The Whiskey Experience and Calton Hill.

What are you top five places you visited in 2012?


About Margaret Bourne

Margaret Bourne is the Suburban Tourist - a lover of the outdoors, travel and food. With a career in PR, she balances work life with weekends of exploring with her husband Frank and son "Baby B". When not learning how to take pretty pictures with her DSLR, Margaret enjoys sharing her experiences and stories through this blog.


  1. I used to go to Humber Bay fairly often when we had a dog. I’ve got to get over there more often.

  2. New Toronto? Well I grew up right next to you. Long Branch. I don’t like those condos blocking that beautiful view of Humber Bay when you took the streetcar through Mimico and approached the Mimico Creek area. Haven’t lived down there since I was a kid but the Lakeshore is in my blood forever.

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