Gananoque is the main town in the proximity of Lake Charleston. We needed to grab a few provisions so we headed into town and thought we would take some time to explore as well as do the practical job of grocery shopping. I had thought we would visit the local museum in order to learn something of the history of the Thousand Islands – Gananoque being the launching point for day cruises around and to the islands – but the kids did their peasant revolt thing and Mr Pict was not feeling it either. They had all really got into the vibe of an inactive vacation whereas I was still in the mindset of needing to fill time with activity.
Gananoque’s main street – King Street – looked like a pleasant place for a wander so we decided to park up the car and get out for a stroll. We had a nose around a few of the stores. The one we spent a lot of time in was a book store. It sold a mixture of new and second hand books and all were arranged on shelves by genre. The usual methods of categorisation were present – such as classics and crime fiction – but there were also fun ways of organising the books such as books that are much better to read than their movie adaptation might suggest. I have a slight addiction to buying second hand books – often leaving our local library with a bargain from their discard shelves – but I managed to resist temptation. Mr Pict bought a couple of history books.
We bought some drinks and ice creams from a lovely little cafe and were super-excited to see that, among the baked goods it had for sale, they had millionaires shortbread. This is just blocks of shortbread with a topping of thick, oozy caramel, and a slab of chocolate as its lid. What we were excited about was the fact they called it millionaires shortbread which is a label we have not seen since we left Scotland. A little taste of home does the soul good so we bought some to have for dessert that night.
Last stop in Gananoque was to see a statue of a fish that sits in the grounds of a motel complex. It celebrates the world’s largest muskie (which I did not even know was a type of fish) that was caught locally. The fish weighed something like 70lbs, which I guess is quite a lot of fish. I don’t fish, have no interest in ever doing so, and clearly know nothing about it since I did not even know a muskie was a thing. I do, however, love random roadside monuments, especially anything carrying the label of “world’s largest”, so I had to go check it out. It was just a massive concrete sculpture of a leaping fish but I was happy to achieve something touristy.
You made me laugh out loud over the muskie. Now I want to visit that statue too. Don’t need to fish for it, just visit. 🙂
It’s such a random statue. And you know how I like my bits of weird tourism. A doctor just asked my youngest son the other day what his favourite thing was that he did on his vacation and he said the ridiculous stack of filing cabinets. Not what I would have anticipated as an answer and not what my answer would have been but I guess he loves weird tourism too.
The apple does not fall far from the tree. It is so wonderful that you make the effort to get your kids out to explore the world around them.
They do not always appreciate it right now but I hope they do in retrospect.
Sometimes it’s definitely going with the flow and finding the quirky little things that is the most pleasing!
Indeed. We love just stumbling upon things. We’ve made many a sudden u turn in the middle of nowhere to go check something out.