Day 113 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The Town of Picton and area, Ontario

Crushed Ice From the Glenora Ferry 


We took the Ferry across the Bay of Quinte to The County and drove from there to Picton


Trajectory of the Glenora Ferry – it made a great scraping sound on the ice as it ran into chunks of ice while making its way across. 


The Grist Mill and other historic buildings at Glenora. Someone told us that John A. MacDonald lived down there (as he practiced law in Picton) but we never had a chance to confirm this for sure. 


The Regent Theatre is a rare example of an Edwardian opera house. Its stage is equal in size to that of The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. The Regent opened its doors in 1922 with the Canadian war comedy Mademoiselle from Armentiers. It has presented both film and live shows through the years. 


We met this lovely family while walking through downtown Picton. They are both local musicians, and they introduced us to their sweet daughter, Anna Sophia. 


Johnny, who has been a firefighter for 30 years, was kind enough to give us a tour of the Picton Fire Hall. Someone is always there 24-7 to respond to emergencies, and there are others on call if necessary. 



Eleanor At the Local Thrift Store 


Terry The Artist With His Birdhouse




David, Mary and Nicholas 

We met David at the Loaf and Ale Pub in Napanee where he was setting up for an evening of wine-tasting. A few years ago he started Bergeron Estate Wineries with his brother, and they have won best wine in the region their red wine. David was kind enough to invite us over and we shared a lovely evening with his family. 


War Memorial in Picton and  the Top of a Church Steeple


Fosterholm Farms

Cliff Foster’s father started making maple syrup in 1924 at Home Farm near Sandbanks. He spent everything he had to buy 75 acres, and at first he lived in the barn because the farm had no house. But it had a sugarbush, and he used to tap the trees and hang 375 sap buckets. He worked hard, built a house and eventually bought Outlet Farm that had another good sugarbush. So he bought another 325 buckets.

Now Cliff runs Fosterholm Farms with his son Dean and with help from his two grandsons. Each year they tap 7,000 trees. But Cliff and Dean don’t hang buckets – they collect sap by running lines to each tree. Taps and lines go in in January and come out in April.



2 Responses to “Day 113 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The Town of Picton and area, Ontario”

  1. 1 Susan de Courcy
    October 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I have spent an hour looking at your photos. I love them! Must get back to work.
    Point of interest. Sir John A. lived and practiced law in Kingston. The villa on Centre Street in which he lived in with his wife is now a museum operated by Parks Canada. I used to live next door!

  2. 2 Suzanne
    January 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Almost 2 years since you were here and we’re in another deep freeze. Great to look back at your pictures of your year.

    MacDonald did live at Glenora with his parents and defended his first case at the Picton Court House. New statue of him being designed to commemorate his involvement with Prince Edward County.

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