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Brockville, Canadá

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2006
Datas para as trocas Duração
May 24, 2018 - October 13, 2018

We would consider any and all offers from French and Italian members.

3 weeks

In the heart of Canada's Thousand Islands

Our house is located on a quiet 'cul-de-sac' in the “Gateway to the Thousand Islands”, one of the most beautiful regions of Upper Canada. With a population of 20,000 people, Brockville sits astride the Trans-Canada highway, the East-West rail-line that connects Canada’s two largest cities and the mighty St. Lawrence River and Seaway. It offers easy, central access to virtually all of Central and Eastern Ontario as well as Western Quebec and New England. A centre for local agriculture and tourism, the town as all the amenities of larger cities, but not so densely urbanized that the pace of life is uncomfortably stressful.

Our home mirrors its milieu. It offers all the convenience of modern technology, but is designed for relaxation and the quiet enjoyment of our many interests and pastimes. Because we both share a passion for cooking, for example, the kitchen appliances are all ‘top-of-the-line’ (purchased when we bought the property in 2014) and include a gas range, dishwasher, microwave oven, and over-sized café-style refrigerator.

Day-to-day life centres on the kitchen and adjoining “family room” which opens onto a sunny terrace with a large propane BBQ and outdoor dining area. In the sun-room , a large-screen plasma TV and entertainment system offers satellite programming in both of our “Official Languages” over several hundred channels. Internet streaming service (Netflix, HBO, Crave TV and The Movie Network) and a large library of DVDs (many with French and Spanish soundtracks) are also available for those evenings when nothing catches your eye.

Technically, the house has 4 bedrooms but we use one as a dressing room and another as Mary-Anne’s “home office”. The master and guest bedroom both have queen-sized beds and share the main bathroom. In a pinch, we can also install a single bed in the dressing room, making it possible to sleep 5 people. A second washroom is located on the main floor.

Our exchange partners have access to two vehicles, a somewhat elderly Mercedes-Benz convertible I refuse to part with, and a late-model KIA SUV with all-wheel drive. Both are air-conditioned (as is the house) and have automatic transmissions.

When we can tear ourselves away from the comforts of home, there are virtually endless attractions on all four points of the comfort.

Within an hour’s drive from our front door, we can explore the Thousand Islands National Park; cruise the St. Lawrence on any of a dozen different “tour boats”; visit fairy-tale Boldt Castle and Alexandria Bay on the US side, (make sure you have passport and visa in hand); or take a step back in time at Upper Canada Village, a heritage park depicting 19th-century pioneer life.

• Drive north about the same distance to Ottawa, with its galleries, museums, and the beautiful Gatineau Hills.

• Head South for Lake Placid and the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

• Go West and iexplore historic Kingston, the site of Fort Henry and its re-enactments of 19th century garrison life.

• Montreal and Toronto are a little further, but both are easily reached by a fast “autoroute” in a little over two hours.

These, however, are just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much to see and explore that space doesn’t allow me to describe them all. Once we begin negotiating an exchange, of course, we will be happy to assemble a complete package of maps, recommendations, tourist brochures, and adventure routes around the region.

Unless you love winter sports, Eastern Ontario is not a place to vacation from December to April, but between the end of May and the middle of October the weather is generally wonderful. Our favorite season is early autumn and it’s a great time for a home exchange. We heartily recommend the period from mid-August to mid-October. Towards the end of September, Ontario is famous for its autumn foliage and, since we are on one of the major flyways for migratory species, the bird-watching can be fascinating. It’s the time when ‘sugaring off’ takes place for Maple syrup producers and many local producers offer tours of their Maple camps. September is also time for country fairs across Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec Northern New York. The NY State Fair in Syracuse is well worth an overnight trip for the free concerts alone, as is the Kingston Exhibition and Rodeo, and the Ottawa "SuperEX".

Our favorite exchange destinations include France, Italy, Greece, Belgium and Great Britain but we are open to any and all possibilities. Wise travelers often choose Eastern Ontario to learn more about Canada's diverse people and twin cultures. After living in 6 countries and twice as many towns and cities our lives, that's exactly what we did !

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A nossa família

  • 2 Adultos
  • 0 Crianças
  • 12 Trocas efetuadas

Profissões

  • Peter: Retired Communications Consultant
  • Mary-Anne: Retired Marketing Consultant

O nosso imóvel

  • Tipo: Casa
  • Localização: Numa pequena localidade
  • Quartos: 3
  • W.C.: 2
  • N.º de pessoas que podem dormir: 4
  • Área útil: 2200 sq ft
  • Área Total: 3000 sq ft

Na minha casa

  • Animais de estimação - Permitido
  • Crianças pequenas - Não permitido

Tipos de troca

  • Alojamento e pequeno almoço (Bed & Breakfast)
  • Troca de longa duração
  • Troca de casa

Interior

  • Acesso à internet sem custos
  • Computador disponível
  • Ar condicionado
  • Aquecimento central
  • Lareira
  • Brinquedos e jogos
  • Máquina de lavar roupa
  • Máquina de lavar louça
  • Máquina de secar roupa
  • Televisão
  • Guitarra
  • Outros instrumentos

Exterior

  • Jardim
  • Terraço
  • Churrasqueira
  • Estacionamento privativo / garagem
  • Bicicletas: 2

Características

  • Carro necessário
  • Uso/troca de carro
  • Zona isolada e privada

Destinos pretendidos

  • Midi-Pyrénées, France

Línguas

  • Inglês
  • Francês

Onde estamos e o que há por perto

Aeroporto mais próximo: Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, Montreal - 2 hours by car (190 kms)

Canada's history is comparatively short, but Brockville (named for the British General killed while repelling the American invasion in 1812) has more than its share in it. After his death, the old general's remains were shipped from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Elizabethtown from which they were sent by land to Quebec. To commemorate his sacrifice, the town has been known as Brockville ever since.

For more information on Brockville's history, visit https://brockvillehistoryhandbook.wordpress.com/a-short-history-of-brockville/

Profissões

  • Peter: Retired Communications Consultant
  • Mary-Anne: Retired Marketing Consultant

Crianças

  • Não temos crianças.

Animais de estimação

  • Não temos animais de estimação

Estilo de vida

Since we are both retired, we tend not to be quite as ambitious in our travels as we once were. We much prefer the calm of the countryside to the hustle of big cities. Mary-Anne is a needlewoman of great skill and embroiders in a wide range of techniques for which she has won many prizes and awards. She is also the family gardener and is in the process of re-landscaping a garden that had been more or less ignored for many years before we bought the property in 2014.

My hobbies aren't quite as exciting. I build and paint military miniatures, armored vehicles, and dioramas; play guitar and have been known to sing when absolutely certain no-one can hear me. For many years I was active in community theatre and performed improv comedy.

We both love books. movies and music and have large collections of DVDs, books and music in a variety of media; enjoy TV dramas and subscribe to a number of satellite and Internet streaming services (HBO, Crave, the Movie Network, YouTube,. and Facebook for example).

Needless to say, we both love to travel -- especially to France. We have made 23 exchanges since 1985, 12 of them through Intervac. We let out membership lapse in 2007 so that we could spend more time at our apartment in Sarasota, Florida.

Photography is a hobby we both share... along with cooking... and home improvement. All of the photos in the Lifestyle Photo collection were taken on home exchanges through Intervac and other travel groups.

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