32 Grenville Street M4Y 1A3
To get there: Take Dufferin street, north, from its intersection with highway 9; or drive down Dufferin street from the eastern end of the main street of Bradford, where Bridge street crosses Canal Road.
Here we are, not one hour from Toronto, in a little bit of Holland.
Dandelions are in bloom (on the ground to the right of the sign) and the yellow-flagged steel spikes are pushing their way to heaven (in the ditch, to the left of the sign)
There is a parking lot, with a gate, open, on the east side of the road by the welcome sign.
(There is another welcome sign on the north side of town).
No camping, no this, no that. I took a photo and ran away before they caught me.
Joking aside, this ought to be a good place for a nature ramble on a sunny day.
I love the early-spring blankets of yellow dandelions against the new grass.
Here's a close-up view of those yellow flags; they are strangely attractive. Mechanical dandelions, I suppose.
For the GPS-addicted, here's a clue.
Our book lists about 50 "main streets" in Ontario. We pick a page number between 8 and 205, and that's where we go. Except for a couple on the far side of Thunder or James bays, accessible only by air.
Who knew that there was a Dutch settlement way before you get to Barrie.
The photo in our book shows the original cabins; by now practically every cabin has been augmented, but the basic shape remains visible under the enhancements.
I could live here, I think. Close enough to cadge a grocery trip to Barrie with a neighbour, close enough to Toronto to take in a show. Not that I go to shows, but you know what I mean.
Vegetable garden out back, ...
A fine example of the original cabin at the front, family extension at the back.
Toronto, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:05 PM
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