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Family Fun and Fierce Falls

We top off our Canadian tour by visiting relatives in Chatham, Ontario, and of course the famous Niagara Falls.

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The flight from Calgary to Toronto with Air Canada was an easy three hours. Both boys travelled well even though we had Alec on our lap. Of course I say "our lap", but what I mean is Matt's lap. Alec has been settling better with him lately, and Matt seems to cope better when the eyes of everyone on board is on you and your screaming infant. Both Alec and Lewis kept their cool too when the airline temporarily misplaced one of our bags for about two hours on arrival. Those luggage trolleys became the best ever rocket ships and racing cars.

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For years we'd been wanting to visit our family in Chatham, Ontario, and finally we made it. Matt's Uncle Dave and Aunt Judith emigrated to Canada from England with their two sons, Chris and Tom, I'm guessing about 15-20 years ago. Dave and Judith very kindly put us up for several nights, which gave us plenty of time to catch up and explore the area. Now with their own grandchildren at times it was a full house with seven adults and five kids under five at the dinner table. It actually felt like a lot like Christmas with all the fabulous food, laughter and everyone pitching in to help. Thank you so much to the Pages for your very welcoming and warm hospitality. We hope to repay the favour one day when you visit us in Brisbane.

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Following a relaxing time with family, we topped off our Canadian tour with four nights at Niagara Falls. We enjoyed the soaking experience and the thunder of the falls up close on Hornblower Cruises. Well, Lewis and Alec didn't enjoy getting wet as you can see from their grimaces. Lewis and I also snuck out for some mother/son time of bowling, arcade games and pizza. I'm finding that Lewis is better behaved on the days he has some one-on-one time away from Alec.

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As we hopped on our plane bound for England, I couldn't help but peer out the window and say a silent thank you to Canada. We'd spent about 40 days touring seeing only a fraction of the country but getting such a warm feeling about the people and the places we did visit. We will be back.

Posted by netandmatt 05:47 Archived in Canada

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