Voici quelques uns des endroits et des activités préférées de Bruce à Gananoque et à Kingston... revenez de temps en temps pour lire les mises à jour.

Stonewater Irish Eatery

15 Mar 10: Paddy's Pub across the street has undergone renovation and has been rechristened Stonewater Irish Eatery. Publican Jeff is still in charge with a greater selection of beers on tap and a new menu featuring Ontario fare. There's still live music from Wednesday to Saturday night and Sunday offers Toast and Jam, a mid-day jam session and all-day breakfast. Another great reason to visit Gananoque!

Trudeau Stories

08 Sep 09: I saw this show just after it opened at the Thousand Islands Playhouse last week and I found the stories touching, very tasteful, and funny. Brooke Johnson does a wonderful job in this one-woman show, retelling the true-life stories of her friendship with Pierre Trudeau in Montreal starting in the 1980s. This is not a political show, but more like reading someone's diaries -- the diaries of an ingenue drifting in and out of the life of a curious, vibrant gentleman. Trudeau Stories is at the Firehall Theatre until September 19th.

Tickets for all shows at the Thousand Islands Playhouse are available at discounted rates from Manse Lane. In September to October our theatre package is $77 pp (double occupancy), which includes accommodation, breakfast and theatre tickets. Taxes extra.

Horseback riding, Lansdowne

16 Jul 09: Spent a few hours at the From Another Time Riding Stables in Lansdowne and took a trail ride led by Catherine, the owner. It was a great couple of hours, learning about the animals, making sure the gear fit, and then getting the basics down before hitting the riding trails. I was on Edmond and my daughter Katie was on CiCi. We were both novices, but it didn't take long for us to get on the trails (and to find muscles that we had never used before!). All together a great time and affordable, too. It's $35 per person per hour in the saddle. 20 minute drive from Gananoque. Happy to recommend. To find out more call 613-659-3771 or see their stables here.

Le chien noir bistro, Kingston

12 Apr 09: Excellent brunch at this favourite Kingston resto. Le chien noir, 69 Brock Street (steps from Kingston's city hall market), offers an excellent wine list and authentic French bistro fare, without the surly waiters! On Sunday I had the curry pork and vegetable soup (to die for) and a duck confit and spinach omlette. Thoroughly enjoyable, even if I did knock over the water. Thank you to Laura for the service (and mopping up my spill...). Brunch $50 for two, including a glass of wine each. Call 613-549-5635 for reservations.

Lots of fun at Paddy's

22 Mar 09: It must be spring, 'cause things were hopping at Paddy's last night (Paddys is the pub across the street from Manse Lane). Gaelic-style fiddle music was on offer with Paddywhack on stage, and then there was the convergence of out-of-town firefighters and girls get-away types. Lots of dancing and riotous behaviour. I escaped unscathed!

Grecos Wine Bar and Grill, Kingston

16 Mar 09: If you are into Greek food, there's fine dining at Grecos Wine Bar and Grill, 167 Princess Street in Kingston (tel 613-542-2229). Tonight I enjoyed tzatziki and taramoslata as appetizers, a lovely village-style Greek salad, and the lamb shank, with meat falling off the bone, which I highly recommend. Extensive wine list, but I reverted to the Retsina. They feature an extensive grill menu, seafood, pasta and pizza. Next time I will try the steaks. Thank you to Patrick for the friendly service. $80-$100 for two, including wine.

Thousand Islands releases its 2009 playbill

25 Jan 09: Our friends at the Thousand Islands Playhouse have just announced their shows for the 2009 season. Check out their website here. The Festival theatre will feature the Drowsy Chaperone; Forever Plaid; Norm Foster's Old Love and the first three installments of the Winfield Trilogy. The smaller Firehall Theatre features Summer of My Amazing Luck; the Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead; and Trudeau Stories. Click our Getaway page to see our special theatre package rates. We offer accommodation and theatre packages from as low as $77 per person.

Paddy's Pub is open (thank heavens)

9 Jan 09: The good news is that Paddy´s Pub across the street from Manse Lane is open for business. The bad news is that it is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Proprietor Jeff is chief cook and bottle washer, so the food is great, the beer is cold and the company is friendly. Patrons are mostly local residents this time of year, but don't let that scare you off...call 613-382-2116 to find out what local talent is on stage.

Winter Ramblings 1

15 Dec 08: Winter is a special time in Gananoque. The air is crisp, the evening walks have a squeaky sound - and the town looks wonderful after a new snowfall. In fact the town reminds me of Bedford Falls, the imaginary town in Frank Capra's movie It's a Wonderful Life. Although many of the seasonal tourist attractions are not available during the winter months, Gananoque still has that special charm, ideal for adult getaways, a refreshing break on the long drive from Toronto to Montreal (or Ottawa or the Laurentians). Local residents are consumed with hockey and curling when they are not disappearing to Florida! Great local restaurants like Trinity House Inn and the Athlone Inn are still open in the off season on reduced hours, its best to call ahegfield Trilogy. The smaller Firead for reservations...

Favourite links:

Here are some local links that will help to make your stay in Gananoque more enjoyable...

Gananoque Chamber of Commerce

1000 Island Playhouse (two blocks from Manse Lane)

Stonewater Irish Eatery entertainment listing (1/2 block from Manse Lane)

Grecos Wine Bar and Grill, Kingston (167 Princess Street in Kingston)

Le chien noir bistro, Kingston (69 Brock Street)