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Fall Colours at Calabogie Lake

Fall Colours at Calabogie Lake

刚过的星期一是加拿大的感恩节公共假期。

去年我忙着写Mount Tremblant, 忘了解释什么是感恩节。今天就先谈一谈吧。

感恩节是北美特有的节庆,约始于16或17世纪,为了感谢上天赐予的好收成。由于加拿大位置偏北,冬天来得早,所以加国的感恩节比美国早一个月左右 (加拿大感恩节在十月的第二个星期一,美国则在十一月的第四个星期四)。依传统,感恩节是一家团聚吃一顿丰富火鸡晚餐的节日。在加拿大,很多人趁这个三天假期到郊外休息和看秋叶。

Last Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Day is unique to North America. It is believed that Thanksgiving started around 16 to 17 century. It is a day to express gratitute for the things one has at the end of the harvest season. Locating more north and with a colder weather, Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving about one month earlier than USA. (Canada’s Thanksgiving is on 2nd Monday of October, and USA on 4th Thursday of November).

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a day for families to get together and enjoy a large meal, usually centred around a large roasted turkey. Often, it is also popular long weekend cottage getaway and to observe the autumn leaves.

Calabogie Lake and Resort

Calabogie Lake and Resort

就如去年的感恩节,今年我们和Ed弟弟的一家人租了一间郊外屋舍(cottage) 来渡感恩节。这次Ed弟弟选了一个人烟稀少的小地方 – Calabogie,它离多伦多约五个小时车程。这个小镇主要依旅游业来维生。镇上有座小山。兴建Mt Tremblant 的发展商在这里也建了个小型的滑雪场(如图)。山小,很适合新手学滑雪。

有趣的是,没下雪的日子,很多脚车手来这里downhill mountain biking (嘻嘻,抱歉,不知道它的中文翻译)。 Downhill mountain biking 就是,坐平时滑雪的缆车上山顶,再坐特别设计的脚车,一路从山顶‘滑’下山脚。做这种运动的都是年轻小伙子,为刺激。这还是我头一次见到这种运动,看他们脚踏车下山坡的速度,真为他们捏一把冷汗。

Like last year, Ed’s brother family and us booked a cottage for this Thanksgiving. Unlike Mount Tremblant, this time we chose a much quieter small town – Calabogie. It is about 4 to 5 hours drive from Toronto. Tourism is the many economy here, and there are also skiing facilities, built by the same company who developed Mount Tremblant. The hill is pretty small, hence it is a good place for skiing beginners.

Interestingly, the ski lifts are used by downhill mountain bikers during summertime. They take the lifts to the top of the hill, then go downhill with their bikes. We saw a group of young bikers, obviously, enjoying the speed and thrills for this possible last sunny weekend before winter arrive.

Sunrise at Calabogie Lake

Sunrise at Calabogie Lake

镇上有个湖,叫Calabogie湖。我们的屋舍就在湖边。每天一早醒来时,可以见到日出,天边湖上都染了粉红色,很是好看。渥太华离这里很近,很多人在这里投资买渡假屋,周末一小时就可到达,有山也有水。我们租的屋舍就是Ed弟弟妻子的同事的。

Ed弟弟一家来过Calabogie好几次,对这里很是熟悉。很幸运的,整个周末的天气都很棒。为捉紧机会享受户外活动,我们将四天的节目排得满满的。早上多到山上小路走走,看落叶,看秋天玩颜色的游戏。中午骑脚踏车,傍晚到屋前的湖划船。晚上晚餐后,就到湖前起火看天上的月亮星星。这种生活好不写意!

我们都很喜欢这里,明年夏天会再到此一游!

The Calabogie Lake and the Calabogie Peak in town make this place a paradise for cottage getaway, especially for people from Ottawa, which is only one hour away. Many of them buy cottages here, like the one we booked is owned by Ed’s sister-in-law’s colleague. Our cottage is located right next to the water. Everyone morning, the beautiful sunrise wakes us up, to see the stunning pink dye at the sky and on the water.

Ed’s brother’s family has been here a few times, they know this area really well. Thanks for the gorgeous weather last weekend, we were able to jam-pack many outdoor activities throughout. In the morning, we would go out for a hike, then a bike ride in the afternoon, then boat rolling during the evening. After dinner, we then set up a camp fire next to lake, and enjoyed full moon in the sky ! It was absolutely a perfect long weekend away !

We love this place so much that we already started talking about another getaway here next year summer !

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(Dear English readers, please scroll down to find the ‘click’ for English translation.)

前几天没有时间写部落,因为去了加拿大首都- 渥太华 (Ottawa) 一游。

Ed的弟弟和他的妻儿住在渥太华。我在圣诞节只见过他们一次,想再见一见他们。而且难得Ed也拿了几天假来陪我。所以,天气虽不太理想,我们还是在雨中架了五小时的车程去跑了一趟。

除了陪Ed的家人,我们也有一些时间在城中走走。Ed起初还以为我不会喜欢这城市,因为觉得它太小太闷。恰好相反,我很喜欢这个只有一百二十万人的城市。 就是喜欢它的宁静,不急躁的脚步。 最吸引我的是它那许多古老,宏伟,以石头为主要材料的欧洲式大型建筑物。可能是我还没去过欧洲旅行吧,总是充满憧憬。加上,那几天都下着毛毛雨和雪片,很有情调。

它是加国首都,是政治和文化的中心。所有主要的政府部门 (如:国议会院,国家最高法院等)和国家美术馆,博物馆都在此城市。

我们参观了国议会院,有专业的政府人员带领和讲解,让我对加拿大的政治历史多了一 份了解。最让我印象深刻的是,原来旧的国议会建筑在第一次世界大战时,被大火烧得只剩下一小栋 (现为国家政治图书馆)。 旧国议会建筑是以木材为主要建筑材料,所以大火发生时, 一发不可收拾到无法重建。 为了重建人民的信心,加国决定重新设计国议会建筑。 为了避免相同的祸难,新的国议会院改用坚固的石头。为了纪念这段黑暗悲痛的历史,新的建筑的室内设计都用暗淡的灯光。

市中心有里多河(Rideau River) 自南向北穿城而过,注入城北的渥太华河。当年为军事目的修建和已有175年历史的里多运河 (Rideau Canal) 是此城市著名的历史性建筑。在冬天,它会转身为溜冰游乐场。

我们没时间参观国家美术馆,倒是馆前拍了几张照片(如下)。

please click here for English translation

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