In Canada, August 1 is designated as Emancipation Day. Events marking the day occurred today, and we visited what is now called the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History. There were speakers, musical performances, remarks by a descendant of Mr. Henson. The museum has exhibits depicting Mr. Henson, his life, the lives of former slaves who came to Canada, how slaves in the US lived, the inhuman conditions in which they were transported from Africa to the Americas.

I am an avid learner about things historical. I learned a lot today and look forward to learning more about this aspect of Canadian history.

A quick getaway.

Faye and I took a quick trip to the Hamilton/southwestern GTA horseshoe, the first time in COVID time that we have felt pretty safe doing so.

We viewed the Canadian Warplane Heritage’ (CWP) collection of aircraft which includes a C-47 Dakota, the type my dad flew in WWII. And an Avro Lancaster, which Faye visited as a youngster when it was mounted on a pylon at the Goderich airport, and is now one of only two flyable examples in existence.

We visited MEC for a couple purchases and Lee Valley Tools which is always a great place to browse. The River Trading Company was well worth browsing and I look forward to returning. Faye bought a cookbook; I bought a book about Sir Francis Drakes’ circumnavigation of the world.

Instead of bombing the 401/403 expressways up and back, we largely kept to two lane provincial and county highways and roads. We made good time with the emphasis being on ‘good’ driving on roads where you have time to look around and enjoy the scenery, as opposed to ‘time’ as in minimising time spent getting from A to B.

The weather was a bit dreary so we decided to leave hiking and waterfall viewing for our next visit.

I have no photos from this trip – these two are from a visit to the CWP several years ago.

It was good to go away. It’s good to be home.


We visited the Oil Museum of Canada today. It was a very enjoyable, educational outing to a little-known gem a very short ride from home. Our guides on a carriage ride around the site were two locals and their magnificent Belgians.

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