Well, to the best of my knowledge, it’s still there. Growing up, it was a destination point for the weekends. Who can forget The Gables. Well, I guess a lot of people. These days, it’s just another place to visit on the web. I don’t miss the long traffic backups though!
A holiday destination, there are so many places to recall – the beach of course, golfing, restaurants, beach stores, and of course Sea Jewels for my daughters.
In normal times, Grand Bend is a twice a year destination as we would head north to visit our home town and lay flowers in the cemetery. Not to slight them, but Bayfield and Goderich were always on that trip as we swing through Lambton and Huron Counties.
Growing up, it was a day (or night) trip for us or a camping trip to the Pinery. My aunt and uncle often rented a cottage there on the beach and we’d go and visit. There really are some of the best beaches in Ontario located there.
This Max Webster song always reminds me of Grand Bend.
Of course, these days trips like this are out of the question as we’re forced to stay at home. The biggest deterrent, of course, isn’t some edict coming from Trawna but the lack of washrooms on the routes.
My heart goes out to the store owners and holiday businesses who have a short summer time window to earn business from us holidayers. It’s not uncommon, usually from the Haliburton area to read of locals asking people not to come for a vacation until we get all this behind us.
In the meantime, beach cams showing lonely beaches can be found here.
Around here, it’s a regular tradition that has had to be put on hold.
Maybe there will be a time when we can have a Million Vacations.
For a Sunday, your thoughts?
- do you have fond memories of Grand Bend to share?
- is there a favourite holiday destination that you visit that has had to be put on hold the past year?
- if the travel ban is lifted on June 2, do you have pack up and visit plans or will you wait a bit longer?
- what would you nominate as the best beach in Ontario?
- are you a Max Webster fan?
- the word staycation has taken on increased meaning this past year. What does it look like in your world?
As always, I’d be most interested in your thoughts. Please share them below.
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