I watched the local wildlife (raccoons and deer) and my Grandpa fished for dinner. Grandpa and I also picked berries for my Grandma to make jam.
Our evening activity was to walk to the general store to get the mail my grandmother had redirected as well as the daily papers.
Before bed we played a rousing game of gin rummy and had toasted cheese sandwiches.
When I was a bit older I started visiting Tobermory on the weekends with my best friend and her family. We would play tricks on the other kids to see if we could get them to jump into the cold waters of Georgian Bay.
We rode different boats everywhere even to get groceries. We boated to Snake Island, Doctor Island and Flower Pot Island before it was part of Fathom Five National Park.
Finally my family started to cottage in Southampton when I was 16 for the last two weeks in August when the lake was the warmest. After renting my parents bought their cottage which is now their home in 1974.
My parents place soon became too small once there were 6 adults and 4 kids so it was time to look for a cottage of our own.
My daughter and son spent their summers playing tennis at the Southampton Tennis Club and spent their teen years working at the local bakery, as a waiter at the hotel and as tennis instructors.
Now there are four generations of us cottaging in Southampton and my granddaughter has been cottaging since before she was born.
I hope you enjoy my stories about my cottage country holidays and they inspire you to visit the beaches and cottages along the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay in Ontario Canada.