Where to Go Canoeing in South Western Ontario

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There are many great places to go canoeing or kayaking in South Western Ontario. Here are three excellent paddling spots that the locals don’t want you to know about. First is Big Creek finishing at Long Point on Lake Erie, the second is Black Creek out of Port Dover, and my personal favorite The Nith River ending in Paris.

The best section of Big Creek to paddle is from county rd. 60 down to hwy. 59 at Long Point. There are however two portages between county rd.60 and the second concession, so I prefer to start at the second con session if I’m using two vehicles and park at the ramp on Front rd. at Port Royal if I’m in one vehicle.

Big Creek should not be run until after the spring run off. Because the creek is so narrow with many twist and turns, plus log jams it can make running this creek in fast water very dangerous.

If you access the creek at Front rd. you can paddle up stream or down stream, there is very little current after the spring run off, but is still plenty deep enough that you may see the odd small fishing boat or sea-doo in the lower part of the creek.

As you paddle upstream from the Front rd. access point or downstream from the second concession you will be surrounded by thick Carolinian Forest and small marshs off to the side for you to explore.

Downstream from Front rd. the creek gets wider as it heads into Big Creek Marsh. Cross straight across the marsh to hwy.59 at Long Point you can park a second vehicle here. From the second concession to hwy. 59 takes about 2-3 hours.

Black Creek can also be paddled upstream against the slow current, after the spring run-off.

I like to access the creek just below the lift bridge in Port Dover. There is a public parking lot on the west side of the creek.If you go down stream from here it will take you into the harbor and out into lake Erie. Water in the harbor can be very choppy from the boats coming and going.

As you go upstream under the lift bridge you will go past the Port Dover Yacht Club where you will see many beautiful yachts and sail boats. Also there are some old fishing trawlers wrecks sitting along the side of the creek.After the Yacht Club you go past some beautiful homes backing onto the creek.

As you past the last home the creek turns to the left, and opens up to a large marsh area.Past the marsh the creek narrows again, and carries on past Black Creek Conservation Area. This can also be used as your access point.

If water levels are low you may only be able to go a little farther after the bridge, but when they are up you can still go for a while. In the fall of 2008 I was able to go about an other half hour past the conservation area.

This is an excellent route to take for novice paddlers, we even took our two year old granddaughter on this trip. From the lift bridge in Port Dover to the conservation area and back takes about two hours. And last but not least my favorite paddling spot is the Nith River. The Nith is tributary of the Grand River running from New Hamburg to Paris.

If you are into white water paddling then this river is excellent to run with the spring run-off. Just after the run off there is still a good flow of water with some grade lll rapids.

Once the river drops to its normal level it can be run by novice paddlers. The river can be access at most bridges between New Hamberg and Paris. Most bridges are about two to three hours apart. This river can not be run upstream, as the water flow is to fast. You will need to plan your put ins and take outs.

My usual trip is from the put in just upstream from the bridge in Canning down into the Grand finishing at Optimist Park in the south end of Paris. There are some very nice sections of this river up stream too.All you need to do is pick a put out spot, park a vehicle and go back up stream a few bridges and put in.

The reason this is my favorite river is because it does not get a lot of traffic on it. Many times I have gone down the Nith and not see another person from put in to put out. Plus there is a lot of wild-life along the river. It is not unusual to see deer, muskrat, and beaver

You can get canoe and kayak rentals at Grand Experiences in Paris. So you have three great spots to go canoeing or kayaking if you are planning to visit South Western Ontario, or you live in S.W.O. and don’t want to travel a long distance to go for a paddle. I hope this is helpful to you.

I spend much of my spare time Kayaking and Canoeing. I’ve paddled many of the rivers and lakes in Ontario. If you would like to learn the basics and beyond of kayaking follow this link http://www.squidoo.com/learntokayak

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Once you have made the decision to buy a single pearl necklace, you will need to take into consideration the amount of money you would be willing to spend for such an elegant piece of jewelry.

A south sea pearl necklace is just one example of the type of pearls that you can invest in and you will see that once you start to do a little research in the prices, there will be a lot of variations.

There are many reasons why the cost of a pearl necklace will vary. The factors that will influence these differences include:

– The origin of the pearls
– The size of the pearls

The Origin Of The Pearls

There are quite a few types of pearls that you can choose to invest in and the choice will be dependent on whether you are working with a limited budget or if you are one the lucky people who can afford to be extremely extravagant. The cheaper types of pearls that you can buy are the costume jewelry variety. These are in essence fake pearls but they can look extremely stunning depending on the outfit that they are worn with.

If you would prefer to buy South Sea pearls then you will have to spend a little bit more money. You will certainly find very good quality on offer especially if you are happy to do a little bit of work to compare and contrast your options.

The Size Of The Pearls

The size of the jewels will most certainly make a difference to the price range that you will be looking at. However when you are looking at the different measurements you should try to think about who will be wearing the necklace that you are looking to buy. The larger pearls may look too bulky for some women so you may find that the smaller types are much better suited to the delicate neckline.

The decision to buy a South Sea pearl necklace may ultimately come down to the price that you are prepared to pay. Check out what is available to buy online and you may find the perfect piece of jewelry for a gift that is suitable for any occasion.

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Recipe for South African Buttermilk Rusks

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Rusks in South Africa are part of the cultural identity – one of the things that exiles in a foreign land long for. Children are brought up on Rooibos tea (a herbal bush tea) and rusks. These aren’t the pallid soggy affairs that pass for rusks in the UK – Farleys rusks given to teething infants and guaranteed to coat your entire house with a paste of gooey gloop. South African rusks are of a texture somewhere between bread and cake, with extra bits of raisin or nuts, baked hard so that they must be dunked in tea or else gnawed slowly. They last a long time in an airtight tin, so are baked in big batches but even so they don’t last long in our house.

As an Englishwoman married to a South African living in London, I came across rusks on our visits to his family and was instantly converted. ‘Ouma’s Rusks’ are the famous ones that come in several varieties and we always came home with a few packs in our suitcase. On a longer visit in a cottage in Philadelphia, near Cape Town, I found a recipe to bake my own rusks, tried it and have been baking them every two weeks pretty much ever since.

When our son was a toddler waking at 5.30 every morning, the only thing that made the morning bearable was the thought of tea and rusks. Our son started off on them early and our sofa became a nest of cushions and crumbs. The first thing he ever helped bake was rusks and I always had my patience tried, as the mix became the scene of excavations with diggers or a castle with a moat. The girls also joined in when they were old enough, so for a time I had three children all wrestling to get their hands in the dough. Now the youngest is adept at making balls the right size and I have a band of useful helpers. So rusks have become part of our family culture too, my children may have missed out on the rooibos tea tradition – (I love it, they hate it) but at least they were brought up properly as regards rusks!

Several friends in London were smitten, asked for the recipe and started baking and it has since been dispersed as far afield as Pakistan and the USA.

The recipe:

South African Buttermilk Rusks

1.240kg / 2lb12oz flour (I use 1kg wholemeal and the rest white)

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 teaspoons of salt

250g / 9oz butter

½ cup raisins (optional)

2 eggs

1 ½ cups brown sugar

2 cups buttermilk

1 cup oil

(1 cup=250ml)

Preheat the oven to 190C/380F

Grease three loaf tins of base measurement 20cmx10cm / 8″x 4″ approx or any combination of deep baking dish that adds up to about the same.

In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and salt. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the flour. Add the raisins if you are using them. You can experiment with various nuts and seeds as well, though the rusks are equally good plain.

In another bowl mix together the buttermilk, sugar, eggs and oil and beat until well combined. Stir liquid into dry ingredients and mix then knead to a firm dough.

Form the dough into balls about the size of a ping-pong ball and pack them tightly in one layer into the loaf tins. I usually get six rows of three into each of my tins. Bake for 45 minutes.

Turn out onto a rack and leave to cool for 30 minutes before breaking up into individual rusks along the joins of the balls. Dry in a low oven 100C/200F for 4-5 hours until the centre is completely dry. These can be kept for ages in an airtight container.

Warning: crumbs guaranteed on the sofa, in the bed, over the carpet and the car seats!

Copyright 2006 Kit Heathcock

About Kit Heathcock – worked and travelled in Italy for many years, is passionate about food and loves being a fulltime mother. Co-creator of A Flower Gallery [http://www.aflowergallery.com] home of original flower pictures and Food and Family!

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An impressive 18% of the population of the state of South Carolina sees the value in the purchase of a mobile home. That is how many people live in manufactured homes in this charming state. This means that all of these individuals and everyone else planning on making the move to this increasingly popular housing alternative, are all looking for a great deal on homeowner’s insurance for a mobile home in South Carolina.

There are a few simple techniques that anyone can employ to help them lower the bottom price on their mobile homeowner’s insurance. An easy one is to install smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in the home. Along the same line is for smokers to stop smoking. Insurance companies in the United States pay out claims on approximately 200,000 house fires each year. Therefore these same companies are more than happy to offer rate reductions to clients who take steps to lessen the risk of fire in their mobile home.

Another easy and effective way to save on home insurance costs is to raise the deductible. If you ask your manufactured home insurance agent how much of a deductible is written into your policy you may be surprised by how low it is. The industry standard is typically either $100 or $250. If the insured asks for the deductible to be raised to $500 or $1,000, they will see a significant drop in their annual premiums.

It’s also a good idea to look over your home insurance policy every year as the renewal date approaches. You should evaluate if you need to make changes to any coverage amounts and also inquire about any renewal discounts that your mobile home insurance company may offer. Even if there is a discount for loyalty, check out quotes from some of their competitors. You may actually be able to secure an even lower rate.

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Fishing for Bass in BC: South Okanagan – It’s All About Size

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Fishing for bass in BC is synonymous with the South Okanagan. A string of warm water lakes connected by the Okanagan River provides a quality fishery for both small and largemouth bass with fish taken in the 8lb + range on an annual basis.

The sunny Okanagan is the interior playground for British Columbia. The valley is literally lined with recreational lakes from Vernon to Osoyoos. It’s just been recently that the BC Fish and Wildlife have started paying closer attention to the bass fishery in the valley. Believe me, it has paid dividends. If there is a record largemouth to be caught in BC, it’s likely to come from this valley.

Skaha Lake

Skaha Lake is a fairly large lake on the south side of Penticton, mostly known for it’s recreational activities like boating, beaches and other watersports. Don’t let that fool you. This lake has big fish and the bass fishing is just getting better. Skaha Lake can be accessed from a number of areas, depending where you want to fish. The most popular area for fishing seems to be at the south end near the outlet of the lake. I’ve seen smallies as large as 5 lb taken fishing from the banks with bobber and worm. Other areas of the lake worth a try include the weed beds that stretch almost the entire length of the lake on the east side. There are a couple of accesses on Eastside Road as well as on the west side of the lake at Kaleden. Skaha Lake can also be trolled for large rainbows and kokanee to 11 lbs. Accommodation and services are available in Penticton, Kaleden and Okanagan Falls.

Vaseux Lake

If there is a record to be had it should be had at Vaseux. Vaseux Lake is situated along Hwy 97, between Okanagan Falls and Oliver. The lake is bordered by Vaseux Lake Provincial Park, Vaseux Bighorn Wildlife Area and Vaseux Bird Sanctuary. Arguably the best bass lake in BC, Vaseux has been producing 9 lb+ bass for over 20 years (that I know of). If you stop at the Provincial Fish and Wildlife offices in Penticton you could ask to see the 9 lb largemouth bass mounted on their wall (they give good information too). Different from Duck Lake (Kootenays-Creston) in structure, the bass here are more likely to respond to underwater minnow type lures or flies. Don’t discount the other baits and techniques because like any lake, it can be finicky. Fish near the weed beds at the north end and west side of the lake all the way down to the island. Large rainbow trout, kokanee and perch are also residents of Vaseux. Spring and fall are best. NO POWER BOATS including electric motors of any kind are allowed on the lake so be prepared to row or paddle your way around. The lake is accessible from the provincial park or through the resort at the south end of the lake. If you are tired of fishing, take advantage of hiking and wildlife viewing areas that surround the lake. Fantastic bird watching and California Bighorn Sheep are nearby. One word of caution. There is a healthy rattlesnake population along the dam at the Ducks Unlimited project, located at the north end or the lake and along the old Kettle Valley railway bed on the west side of the lake. If you want to hike around, wear proper clothing and use a hiking pole, it could come in handy. Accommodations and services can be had at the provincial park, the resort, or any of the nearby towns of Okanagan Falls, Penticton or Oliver.

Osoyoos Lake

Located in the most Southern Okanagan, Osoyoos Lake is a large warm lake (reputed to be the warmest freshwater lake in Canada) that stretches across the Canada – US border. Mostly a recreational lake with growing residential and agricultural development, Osoyoos Lake rivals Vaseux for large bass and is reported to hold the provincial record. Fishing is best in the spring but can be productive throughout the year for largemouth, smallmouth, black crappie and perch. The Osoyoos Oxbows that border the north end of the lake where the river runs in can also be very productive for large bass.

Osoyoos offers all services and with its warm desert climate (yes, it does get winter… sometimes snow), it is fast becoming a retirement haven. The Osoyoos area is home to a unique diversity of plants, birds and animals. Oliver – Osoyoos is also the wine capital of BC, producing award winning wines. If the fishing is slow, you can always take a wine tour. While in the Okanagan Area, take advantage of the other recreational opportunities available or simply just take the time to enjoy the spectacular scenic drives. The Okanagan is famous for it’s vineyards, fruit growing orchards, beaches, watersports, hiking, biking, golfing and much, much more. With it’s generally moderate climate and stimulating scenery, the Okanagan is one of the most desirable places to live or visit in all of BC and Canada. Kelowna is equipped with an international airport that is serviced by major Canadian airlines and their subsiduaries.

Other Okanagan Bass Fisheries

Gardum Lake – Vernon Area, Shannon Lake – Kelowna Area, Christina Lake – Grand Forks Area, Tuc-el-nuit Lake – Oliver Area, Osoyoos Oxbows – north Osoyoos Lake

More about Bass Fishing in BCLocation Map

Dave has been fly fishing the BC lakes in the Kootenays, Cariboo / Chilcotin, and Thompson-Okanagan for over 30 years. As an Engineering Tech and Construction Supervisor with Ducks Unlimited Canada during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, he designed and constructed over 200 wetland segments for DU Canada (BC) throughout the Interior, many of which are productive trout lakes today. His travels have taken him to well over 150 lakes in the region.

Dave’s website, Best-in-British-Columbia.com [http://www.best-in-british-columbia.com] is an informative site highlighting fly fishing vacation opportunities in the southern interior portion of the province. He also covers houseboating and wildlife conservation projects involving DU Canada BC. Dave can be contacted at bigfishsmallhook@best-in-british-columbia.com

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I was so pleasantly delighted to watch a romance movie without people taking off their clothes. The movie, ‘South Side With Me’ was about when our current president and his wife met. Barack and Michelle Obama were portrayed gracefully as two intelligent, caring people of color.

So many movies portray people as not being capable of manners or restraint. This one had real thought put into it. The topics discussed had substance.

Regardless of political views, I believe Mr. And Mrs. Obama are good people. I believe most politicians initially began with a passion for their communities and wanting to make a difference. It’s never too late to give back to the place you came from.

One scene was set at a housing community disgruntled about being rejected on a proposal. The character gave a speech that I loved. He helped them understand how to turn a disappointment into a possibility. The actor had Mr. Obama’s mannerisms and way of talking perfected. It sounded just like the man himself.

Michelle has always been a very classy woman. The movie only focused on their first date and did not go into the years that followed. This was actually a nice effect because it held my attention for a full hour and a half. I didn’t have to see trash thrown in for lack of good writing as in most movies we see today.

I didn’t vote for Mr. Obama as President and didn’t like the health care reform but I am glad we had our first colored President and am sure we will see our first woman President soon. I do believe he is a good speaker and role model. I am glad there haven’t been any marital unfaithfulness scandals as we’ve seen with others in the past. It’s good to see a couple who love each other.

The one quality I’d like to see during my lifetime is a true return to Christian values in a President and that person not being mocked for it. I may never see that again.

In spite of any of our country’s shortcomings, we are still blessed to live in a democracy. People died for the liberties we enjoy today. Before we criticize our leaders or government, we must be willing to vote and participate in our local communities. We must show our young people how to contribute to the betterment of society. I do give our President and his wife credit for that. I give this movie a wonderful rating.

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