Now that I seem to have
caught up on all my paperwork and got settled and got my immigration
application form sent in I kind of caught my breath for a wee while
wondering what to do next.
I decided that to get to
know the area better I'd contact the local tourism and economic
development office and today I met with Joy Sim of the tourism department.
She kindly provided me with a new resident pack which contains a general
guide to the area and a listing of all the doctors, dentists, clubs,
shopping malls, etc. Also with it was a map of the area together
with street maps of the various larger towns. Also got a travel guide
telling all the things you could see in the area. There was also a
brochure on the Community Profile.
Joy also told me they had a
special bus tour for the students and councilors to help them get to know
what is all available in the Chatham-Kent area. This tour leaves at
8.00am and gets back at 6.00pm but you go all over the area from south to
north and east to west. She's invited me to come on the next one
which is due on the 28th or 29th of June which I've accepted. This
will certainly be a great way to understand what is all available in the
Today I also headed to
Walpole Island which is North West of the area and Indian lands.
Well actually I'd heard they had cheap cigarettes so figured it would be
worth a trip :-)
Here are a few photos I
I noticed this memorial just as I got over the
bridge onto Walpole Island and thought I'd take a few photos.
As I was just on the river I thought it would
be good to try the side road to see if I could get some interesting
That was a jet ski heading down river
This is where you can get a ferry across to
Michigan in the USA.
And here you are looking into the USA
And here we are at the Ferry and Border Post
And here is the Ferry arriving from the USA
And here they are checking through Canadian
I was actually told by an American couple that
it is faster for them to come across to the Canadian side and motor up the
river to Lake Huron than to do that on the American side as apparently
they have a lot of traffic congestion on their side.
And yes I did find my cheap
cigarettes which were CAN$30.00 a carton although there were also some no
name brands for CAN$28.00. I was also told by a couple of women that if I
had cash I could have got some for CAN$25.00 so clearly other options to
explore on my next visit :-) And just for info the more usual cost of
cigarettes is around CAN$58.00 a carton so almost half price.