Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving for Canada usually falls on the second week of October. I was feeling extra extra thankful this weekend because I have an entire week off of school. After a gruelling week of midterms, I was ready to get out of the house and spend some time in the crisp fall air. As always, we made spontaneous plans and decided to check out local Thanksgiving celebrations.

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We went to a craft fair where it seemed like a million families (and their dogs) had made it out to hunt down some good deals. This stall was selling landscaping decorations made out of Niagara grapevines.

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Niagara’s known for its sweet grapes and wine. We’ve got plenty of vineyards and the most delicious local fruit. Fall’s the last run of the wine grapes and peaches and everyone was stocking up.

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No really, how perfect do these look?

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And is it actually October if you’re not taking pictures of pumpkins?

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On the way back we decided to stop and explore the shipwreck. I’ve driven past it on the highway countless times and always wondered how it got there and what its story was. Apparently it was supposed to be a tourist attraction (classic Niagara) that caught fire and was abandoned. No one claimed it, so now it sits in Jordan Harbour rusting away. A bit of a sad story, but a stunning sight.

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Through a secret trail and rocky landing, we found a secluded beach with an amazing view of Lake Ontario. There was no one else on the rocky shore but us and we took our time exploring and taking in the beauty we’re so lucky to live by.

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It must be ladybug mating season or something because they were everywhere. I’m suspicious of bugs that fly no matter how small they are but managed to get close enough for a picture. Yes having a fear of ladybugs is weird. Level with me.

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I always love the days that make me fall in love with where I live. So many of people I went to high school with moved hours away on the sole reason that they hated our town and said they were miserable here. I think that’s total crap. Be happy because of yourself; it shouldn’t matter where you live.

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful to be fortunate enough to have access to clean water, shelter, food, and a supportive family. I’m thankful to be surrounded by beauty. I’m thankful for the chance to get an education and help save lives.

And as always, I’m thankful for you, reading this from wherever you are!

– S.

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