After a rocky start with two delegates flights being cancelled and a lost suitcase, our first week flew in. We were hosted by the University of Guelph club. We experienced our first (of many) Tim Horton experiences with Celie and Sophie, as well as trying some barrel racing.
We finally all met as a group and headed to Orillia for a few days to stay with Sarah And Mike. We did some hiking where we saw some amazing scenery around Lake Simcoe and the bright lights of Casino Rama, where the Luck of the Irish seem to work with JR winning $113. We also headed into the big city of Toronto for a Blue Jays game and of course a visit to the CN Tower. A visit to the Flying Monkey Brewery in Barrie, attending our First baseball game, visiting an asparagus farm, The Ranch, a couple dairy farms, sheep farms and a lot of bbqs, we had a packed first week. It was great!
The second week we were hosted by Wellington JF. This week started off with a tour of the beautiful town of Elora. Following that we had two brewery tours and a night at the race way. The night at the races included a guided tour round the stable block, which was a great hospitality, a sponsored race and a picture with the winning horse. With glass blowing, a compost plant, slaughter house, and dairy goat tours, it was a very varied week indeed. The week ended with a great farewell night at The Ranch. After going for wings (for the first time for some of us) we headed off to Leadership Camp in Orillia.
This weekend was a great opportunity for us all to catch up with past hosts and meet with hosts that we will be staying with further on in the trip. We also did some team building activities, lake swimming, canoeing, giant scrabble, and debating as well we fit in time for campfires and sunbathing. The weekend was a great success we all had a great time despite the questionable tan/burn lines and plenty of mosquito bites.
We’ve been having a great time so far and can’t believe how quick the time is passing!