Our daughter had given us a two night stay at the
Stone Maiden Inn in Stratford Ontario, Canada for a Christmas gift.
For some odd reason she thought we needed to get away from it all.
After finally being able to go and coming home, I realized she was right.
I feel much more relaxed and energized and ready to work!
We had a great time.
We drove to Stratford and it took us about 3 hours.
Here is the Inn we stayed at.
We stayed in The Secret Garden room.
Our towels were folded like swans!
We walked everywhere and had beautiful weather.
We went into some amazing chocolate shops.
This one was the BEST.
That bunny was gigantic!
A different chocolate shop had these amazing apples!
We walked along Lake Victoria (the locals call it Avon Lake)
There were free carriage rides this weekend so we did that too.
Sammy the Swan was there to hug the kids!
The city hall was pretty spectacular too
Stopped in at the local pub one night and had a beer.
This was the weekend of the Swan Festival.
On August 23, 1918, a pair of Mute swans was released onto the Avon River in Stratford. They were a gift to the city from Mr. J. C. Garden. The population of Mute swans has grown considerably since 1918. Over the years, swans from other bloodlines have been introduced and the resulting
offspring have firmly established Stratford’s herd as healthy and diverse.
Several of the swans on the river today are descendants of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal herd. In 1967,
Her Majesty gave six pairs of Mute swans to Ottawa in honour of Canada’s Centennial anniversary. Subsequently, one of the pairs was then given to Stratford. The female lived more than 20 years on the Avon and had several mates and numerous offspring.
So every year they release the swans by having a parade and marching the swans to the Avon.
It all begins with the pipers followed by the parade of the swans to the Avon.
They are beautiful birds! And HUGE!!
Little known fact, when I was a little girl my grandparents took me to feed the ducks and there was a swan there. I guess I was not fast enough and one of the swan's bit me! I have been a little nervous around them ever since. I also had a gigantic blow up swan with a weighted bottom that I used to "ride" in the water when I was little too.
Have fun in the Avon swans!!
We had a great time visiting your city!