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Journey to Montreal City, Quebec, Markham and Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday, August 23, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 42 – White Electric Wind, keywords: communication, spirit, breath
Tone 3 – connect, activate, service
Planets: Uranus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter


This morning we travelled from Quebec City to Montreal. I have some fond memories here when I was 16 years old travelling with my brother Ben and Gerard to the Worldwide Expo in 1967 which was great fun weekend. Now with daughter Jessica and grandson Diego in August, 2019.

Some photographs of the Expo in 1967

Montreal Outlet Stores
The first stop was Jessica’s favorite thing to do shopping at outlet stores. Amazing how many stores and people where about here. Both Jessica and Diego bought some clothes whilst after the first store I went to sit on a bench just outside the Outlet Stores. Love to see all different families passing by of different cultures and happy smiles on their faces.

Montreal is quite a lively city to be in. It has many kind of cultures and one of them we went to in the late afternoon after we had settled in at our Airbnb. We went by metro which was quite a easy path to follow. One of my wishes was to go to the Oriental Festival at the Old Port of Montreal.

We first had a lovely dinner at one of the restaurants in the area. The whole area was very lively with people from all over and there was a short lineup at the restaurant with its tasty food.


The Orientalys Festival takes you on journey at once real and imaginary through music, dance, and visual arts performances.

For its 8th edition, Orientalys Festival takes you on a journey celebrating the Orient with its thousand and one colours through an array of shows, animations, exhibitions and workshops. Do not miss this rare occasion to immerse yourself body and soul in Oriental treasures while discovering the abundance and wealth of the cultures from North Africa, China or India, not to mention Iran, Lebanon, Vietnam and other parts of the world. Lovers of dance and music, or anyone eager for cultural discovery, will find something to please them, thanks to a rich and varied program. Dare to plunge into the heart of the many Oriental cultures and their little known and atypical traditions, illustrating a diverse Montréal on a global scale!

Whilst walking back to the Metro Station some young lady was calling Diego from the car. This was fun to watch how he responded and reacted. For him it was also quite a new experience as in The Netherlands this is not a custom that we are used too.

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 43 – Akbal, Blue Self Existing Night, keywords: dreams, abundance, intuition – Galactic Activation Portal
Tone 4 – measuring to define the form
Planets: Saturn, Pluto, Mars, Neptune

Today started off to be sunny but later in the morning it started to rain and remained this way during the day. We decided to go once again by metro and bought a day card.

Old Montreal is a part of downtown Montreal that has been preserved in much of its original state, with the oldest buildings dating back to the 1600’s. This historic neighborhood is a safe and vibrant community and tourist attraction, with hotels, restaurants, shops, residences and commercial spaces.

Like Quebec City, Old Montreal is European in character. Cobblestone streets, a café culture and historic 17th- and 18th-century architecture all contribute to the quaint charm that is unique amongst cities in North America.
Old Montreal sits between the St Lawrence River and downtown Montreal. It covers about one square km (or 0.4 square miles). Its boundaries are roughly Rue Saint-Antoine, the St. Lawrence River, Rue Berri, and Rue McGill. The best way to get around once there is most definitely on foot.

The city of Montreal has a history dating back to 1642 when settlers from France landed at the edge of the St. Lawrence River and began to build a model Catholic community. The town became a major trading and military post—at one time surrounded by fortifying walls—and housed Canada’s parliament for a few years in the 1800s. This waterside community is todays Old Montreal.

Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal
Notre Dame Montreal.1

In 1672, the location of a stone church within the axis of Notre-Dame Street was determined. The construction work cost a fortune, and finally after ten years, the church of Notre-Dame was open, which had no bell tower or facade due to lack of means.

Despite the extensions, the church became too small. It was also after the construction of a rival Catholic church, the St-Jacques Cathedral (burnt down in 1852), that the parish priest and the churchwardens of Notre-Dame decided to rebuild their church. The old church of Notre-Dame was demolished in 1830 and its tower, in 1843. Once completed the two towers of the new church would be on opposite sides. The traces of the old church are visible on the ground at the current Place d’Armes and on the square.

The Fabrique Notre-Dame therefore formed a fifteen-member construction committee whose mandate was to organize fundraisers and to select an architect of a church that could accommodate 8,000 faithful and be the most beautiful of its kind in North America. To do this, they choose a New York protestant architect, James O’Donnell.

O’Donnell was inspired by the gothic revival style that was then flourishing in Europe and the United States. The architecture of the new Notre-Dame church is inspired by the two towers of Notre-Dame de Paris and Saint-Sulpice. It became the first church of the Gothic Revival style in Canada.

Despite the meteorological conditions which prevented the workers from working during the winter, construction would only take 35 months, from 1824 to 1829, between April and October, but it took more than ten years for the installation of the steeples. O’Donnell died in 1830 after converting to Catholicism. His crypt is under the Basilica.

The West Tower was completed in 1841, and was named La Persévérance. Since 1848 it has been home to the famous bell, Jean-Baptiste which weighs 10 900 kg, and comes from England. The East Tower, named La Tempérance, was completed in 1843 and houses a carillon (bell tower) of ten bells from the same English manufacturer.

In 1865, the façade of the church was completed with the installation of three large statues of Saint-Joseph (Canada), the Virgin Mary (Montreal) and Saint Jean-Baptiste (Quebec). The interior decor could not be completed during O’Donnell’s lifetime. This attracted much criticism at the time, especially due to the lighting. Indeed, a canopy in place of the present sanctuary blinded the congregation during the masses from a backlit light. As early as 1856, la Fabrique Notre-Dame asked for a review of the plans. Under the direction of the Montreal architect, Victor Bourgeau, the interior decorations was completed in 1880.

Basilica Notre Dame.Montreal
Notre-Dame is rooted in what we now call Old Montréal. This was one of the great events of the 19th and 20th centuries. It was Pope John Paul II who, on April 21, 1982, raised Notre-Dame Church to the rank of a Minor Basilica. This was an opportunity to recognize the religious, historical and artistic significance of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, one of the jewels of Québec’s heritage.

Considered to be a place of history, Notre-Dame was designated as a place of national historic significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, in 1989. Since its foundation, the basilica has been the site of major religious and cultural events.

To name a few:
• The funerals of Sir Georges Étienne Cartier in 1873, Pierre-Elliot Trudeau in October 2000, and Maurice Richard in 2001.
• Pope John Paul II celebrated a mass for children on 11 September 1984.
• Céline Dion and René Angélil were married there on December 17, 1994.

Since 1918, the annual commemorative festivities of the foundation of the city have been celebrated here, under the aegis of the Société historique de Montréal. On May 17, 2017, the Mass commemorating the city’s 375th anniversary was held at the Basilica in the presence of many notable people, including the Prime Ministers of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and of Quebec, Philippe Couillard.
Being a place of culture, the Basilica is often frequented by music lovers who can enjoy concerts, choirs and the famous Casavant organ.

The active and innovative team at the Basilica initiated exhibitions and shows. One of sound and light Et la lumière fût was presented for ten years. Performances that have attracted 300 000 visitors.

Since March 2017, AURA, a Moment Factory production initiated by the Basilica, is presented six evenings a week. This unique luminous experience allows spectators to rediscover the breathtaking interior and architectural wonders of the Basilica.

As a tourism hotspot, the Basilica welcomes close to a million visitors from all over the world annually, unanimously enthralled by the beauty of the location, and who also have the opportunity to explore the religious history of Quebec.

The Origins of the décor
The initial phase of the decoration planned by the architect, O’Donnell attracted much criticism. In fact, the decor during the early years, shows developments that are rather different to ones at present.

The wall of the sanctuary, which was very flat as the tradition of the English Gothic churches dictated, presented a large canopy. This canopy blinded the congregation by causing a back-lit effect…

La Fabrique, under the direction of the parish priest, Victor Rousselot, then decided to redevelop the interior and involved Montreal architect, Victor Bourgeau, in this project.

From 1870 to 1900, Rousselot and Bourgeau worked on a style and symbolism inspired by the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. It is the colours selected, the motifs of the gold leaves in the vault and the columns that especially remind us of the Sainte-Chapelle.
Columns of Basilica.Notre Dame
Blue, gold leaves and the columns are what makes the Basilica so breathtaking.
You will find six paintings in the décor, from the old church (see image below).
Paintings.Notre Dame

Some paintings of the first church are now in the Basilica.
To cut down on costs, the main altar of the old church was placed in the sanctuary; today this altar can be found in the lateral chapel dedicated to Saint Margaret of You Ville.

The Basilica: a work of art
Here are some highlights of the architectural and decorative wonders of the Basilica.

The theme was developed around the sacrificial aspect of the Eucharist, the sacrament that renews the sacrifice of Christ. The Crucifixion is in the center of the altarpiece: Christ is represented dead on the cross, the Virgin and Saint John stand on either side of the cross and Mary Magdalene is kneeling at her feet.
Basilica Notre Dame.Montreal

Around the Crucifixion, we see four scenes from the Old Testament which announce the sacrifice of the Cross and the Mass:
• Bottom right: the sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham.
• Bottom left: the offering of bread and wine made by Melchisedech.
• Top left: Moses gives the rules of worship which will be made by offering animal sacrifices on the altar.
• Top right: the high priest, Aaron immolates a lamb according to tradition.

The central axis of the altarpiece displays Calvary, placed above the high altar. Under this altar, is the Last Supper according to Leonardo da Vinci, carved out of wood: it is the institution of the Eucharist, on the eve of the death of Christ. In the upper part of the altarpiece, is the coronation of Mary. The crowned Christ (Messiah) is the conqueror of death, from whence his resurrection. He crowns his mother. The visual composition directed towards the vault is indicative of the path to heavenly happiness, with its angels and stars on an intense blue background. This path, symbolizing life, is traced in the sacrifice of Christ and the Mass.

Celebration Altar.Notre Dame

Since the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the priest must celebrate Mass in front of the people. In 1998, a new altar was installed. The sculptor-designer Denis Duguay, drew inspiration from the architecture of the high altar, and raised it behind the choir to make it visible. The inauguration took place at Christmas, in 1998.

The Pulpit.Notre Dame
The pulpit is an important showpiece of the basilica. Formerly, the priest went up there to pronounce his sermon. The architect Victor Bourgeau (1809-1888) designed this pulpit during the renovations of the 1870s. Louis-Philippe Hébert (1850-1917), a well-known sculptor, built the ornate piece, and notably, seen on the ground, are the two prophets of the Old Testament, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah. As with the altarpiece, the pulpit signifies that the Old Testament of the Bible is the basis of the Christian faith. Above this, at the level of the guardrail, there is a series of statuettes representing, among others, Christ sitting and teaching Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

The Great Casavant Organs.Notre Dame
It was the Casavant Frères firm of Saint-Hyacinthe who constructed the organ of the basilica in 1891. Since then, the instrument has undergone some restorations. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, its composition was increased to 7,000 pipes: the largest measuring 10 meters (32 feet) and the smallest, 6mm (1/4 in.). Since 2002, the organ has 92 sets arranged on four keyboards, with a pedal board. The current console is from 1962.

This glass chapel allows the faithful to pray in peace and to adore the Blessed Sacrament preserved in the tabernacle of the altar. The latter is dedicated to the Sulpician martyrs of the French Revolution of September 2nd and 3rd, 1792. Beside it is the altar dedicated to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, whose statue is signed by Elzéar Soucy. It is surrounded by paintings by Ozias Leduc.

Stained Glass.Notre Dame
To mark the Notre-Dame centennial celebrations in 1929, the parish priest Olivier Maurault saw the construction of new stained-glass windows in the basilica, for which he raised the necessary funds. He himself decided on the theme of the stained-glass windows on the ground floor, evoking the religious and social life of the time of Ville-Marie. Quebec artist Jean-Baptiste Lagacé would design the cartoons. The stained glass windows would be made at the Francis Chigot workshop in Limoges, France. Stained-glass windows are representations of the history of the founding of Montréal.


In 1889, the priest Léon-Alfred Sentenne entrusted the architects Perreault and Mesnard with the construction of a chapel for ceremonies gathering a limited number of people, such as weddings and funerals. Baptized “Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur”, it is inaugurated on December 8, 1891, the feast day of the Virgin. It showcases a gothic revival style, rich in carved motifs.

The interior design of the chapel before 1978.

Unfortunately, a fire seriously caused damage on December 7, 1978. The reconstruction was entrusted to the architects Jodoin, Lamarre, Pratte and associates who suggested reconstructing the first two levels in the same way, using cabinetmakers, sculptors and carpenters who work according to ancient methods. The vault received a modern treatment that allowed for natural light to come in. The new chapel was inaugurated in 1982. Today, the Chapel is reserved for Adoration and meditation.

This chapel makes a striking impression with its great luminosity and the numerous decorative details. The altarpiece by Quebec sculptor, Charles Daudelin, consists of 32 bronze panels. It weighs 20 tons and measures 5 m in width by 18 meters in height. The organ, of a French style, with mechanical traction, comes from the Guilbault-Thérien firm of Saint-Hyacinthe. It has 1648 pipes. The console has 25 sets on 2 keyboards, with pedal board.

Chapel.The Altar piece.Notre Dame
The Altar Piece

The organ.Chapel.Notre Dame
The Organ

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 44 – Kan, Yellow Overtone Seed, keywords: targets, flowering, awareness
Tone 5: empower the command of radiance
Planets: Jupiter, Earth, Asteroid Belt, Uranus

This morning it was quite sunny and humid. We went first by metro to go to the Mount Royal. The temperature was quite high so we decided not to walk up the mount instead we went by bus all through town every bus stop along the way to go to the Olympic Grounds of Montreal.

Olympic Stadion

Upon arriving we decided to take a tour through this area. Unfortunately for grandson Diego we were unable to go into the soccer stadion because there was a youth tournament at that moment.

Montreal Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Built for Montreal’s 1976 Olympics and designed by architect Roger Taillibert, the impressive, grandiose structure drew controversy in public opinion but remains a Montreal landmark to behold. The building itself may not be of too much interest and paying for a tour should only appeal to architectural or Olympic enthusiasts. We had great fun just poking our heads in and watching the high divers practice (for free!).

Soccer field.Olympic Stadion.Montreal.2019
Plagued by structural and financial problems, the building is greatly under-used but is a popular tourist attraction and does host some sporting and other special events.

Montreal inside Olympic Stadion.2019
The stadium is next to the Montreal Biodome and the Botanical Gardens, which are great family destinations.

To cool off we went by bus to the local Montreal artificial lake for a swim.
Montreal Beach.2019

We went by bus and metro lines. Whilst walking back to our Airbnb once more two young ladies called from their car to Diego. His reaction was to send them a kiss as a token of appreciation.

Monday, August 26, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 45 – Chicchan, Red Rhythmic Serpent, keys: survival, life force, instinct, body wisdom
Tone 6: balance, organise, equality


Today we drove from Montreal City to Markham, a 5,5 hour drive, to celebrate niece Maggie Calle’s birthday. Trevor Harren, Maggie’s husband, plus Leo and Bella their children. Leo and Bella where quite excited to see grandson Diego again. The whole family had visited The Netherlands in July this year. We had some great conversations with Maggie whilst Trevor was preparing some healthy snacks. Great taste especially the guacamole, which is one of my favorite dishes. Than Trevor and Diego ordered some sushi from the take away restaurant in the neighbourhood. Such a variety of good food. Unfortunately we had to leave at 20:00 hours to go to the Airport to deliver the rented car and take
our evening flight to Iceland at 23:45 hours with Iceland Air. It was a smooth flight and we all had a small nap along the way plus watching some movies or listening to great music. Grandson Diego asked if he could look for another seat seeing that the plane had seats leftover. He was able to have 3 seats in a row so he could lie down. Daughter Jessica curled up the 2 seats who were now available for her.

Deep Gratitude to the Mother Nature of Canada and the family for allowing us to be at home in this embrace of Loving Nurturance.

Journey to Lachenaie/Terrebonne and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Journey to Lachenie/Terrabonne, Ontario, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada August 19-22, 2019

A big thank you to Jessica Bakker for the driving and searching for places to go too.

Highway 401

Monday, August 19, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 38 – Etznab, White Crystal Mirror – keywords: reflection, endlessness, order
Tone 12: Universal Order, dedication, working together, cooperation
Planets: Neptune, Mercury, Venus, Saturn

After Breakfast we started our journey to Lachenaie/Terrebonne because it would be to far to Quebec City. Daughter Jessica was the only one driving the car. It certainly was a scenic ride along forest areas, farms, lakes and rivers. The traffic was good fortunately we were on the right path of the highway for we could see on the other side that sometimes there was a yam near major cities.

We arrived at the Super 8 Hotel early in the evening and an open space to do some swimming in the pool along with the jacuzzi. By that time after a nice shower we were all ready for a good night sleep as we wanted to start early in the morning the next day to travel to Quebec City.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 39 – Cauac, Blue Cosmic Storm – keywords: catalyzes, self generation, energy, transformation
Tone 13: to transcend, presence, endurance, ending and new beginnings
Planets: Pluto, Mercury, Uranus

We now travelled on Highway 40 to go to Quebec City. Arriving there after a 3 hour drive and went to the City Beach for a swim and relaxation. After this we went to the Airbnb basement apartment to settle in take a shower.
We than went by metro to the Old Quebec City. Quite a quaint place to be with so many artistic streets and old classic buildings. It started to rain strongly so we had a great dinner in a restaurant in this area.



Hereby some photographs daughter Jessica took and google images.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 40 – Ahau, Yellow Magnetic Sun – keywords: enlightens, Universal Fire, Unconditional Love, Universal Consciousness
Tone 1: unification, attraction, Universal Order, dedication, working together, cooperation, purpose
Planets: Pluto, Saturn, Mercury, Mars

Starting off in the morning to be with Mother Nature. Certainly the surroundings here was a sanctuary to behold. On our way to Sainte Anne we stopped as we were attracted to visit “Sainte Anne de Beaupre”.

Some more information via Wikipedia:


This building is in Romanesque Revival style and built in the shape of a cross.
The Basilica is approximately 100 metres high, from the floor to the top of the bell towers.
It is about 60 metres wide at the transept crossing and 50 metres at the façade.
The building extends about 100 metres in length.

Sainte Anne de Beaupre.

The tympanum: St. Anne in her glory! At her feet and on either side is a long frieze showing important moments in the history of this, our devotion.
Just above the tympanum, the Angel of the Pilgrim watches over the faithful who come to visit Saint Anne each year. Above, the 12 Apostles surround the large rose window.
Finally, several statues decorate the façade including Mary, Joseph, Joachim, John the Baptist, Bishop François de Laval and Mary of the Incarnation, all masterpieces of the Quebec sculptor, Émile Brunet.

Copper doors by the sculptor, Albert Gilles
The main doors of the Basilica are hand-made of copper and they present many scenes of the life of Jesus. This exceptional work of art created by the artist Albert Gilles was originally hanging on the doors of the St. Joseph Church in Quebec City in the 1950’s. The three double doors alone represent 12 months of laborious work. After the closing of this church in 2003, Albert Gille’s masterpiece was given a second chance at life when it was transferred to the Saint Anne de Beaupré Basilica the same year, to the great benefit of pilgrims and visitors.

Saint Anne Church.Quebec.2019.1

Statue from the first Basilica
At the peak, between the two bell towers, you can find the statue of Saint Anne which was saved from the destructive fire of the first Basilica in 1922.

Discover your sacred history
To enter a Basilica is to enter a sacred place where an atmosphere of peace reigns. It’s the House of God. Let us discover this place, whose decoration is like a great history book, a sacred history, our history.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Marius Dubois is the artist who decorated the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
The decor focuses on the Eucharist, from the Mystical Lamb to the abundant harvest foretelling the Eucharist.
Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday, the Eucharist is celebrated every morning at 6:30 a.m.. This mass is televised throughout the Greater Quebec City area, through Télé-Communautaire (Télévision d’ici, Côte de Beaupré) on the MATV Canal 609 network.

Immaculate Conception

We are now in the lower floor of the Basilica, in this beautiful chapel dedicated to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, the daughter of Saint Anne. Another way of glorifying the grandmother of Jesus.

With a typical Romanesque architecture, the chapel is decorated with paintings, some by Frédéric Doyon and others by Marius Dubois.

The capitals
As capitals for the columns, there are 176 small mosaics that can be admired, representing birds, flowers, butterflies, all small things but so pretty, reminding once again of all nature, creation of a generous God who shows us his love through all these beauties.

Ambulatory Chapels
The beautifully decorated Chapels surrounding the Sanctuary were built before the Second Vatican Council, at a time when each Priest would celebrate daily Mass on an individual basis. Above all the Chapels is a large mosaic illustrating the history of the Eucharist in the Church. This mosaic extends around the Sanctuary as a crown above the ten Chapels. Each Chapel is dedicated to a different Saint that has made a significant contribution in the Church.

• Saint Alphonsus, founder of the Congregation of the Redemptorists
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, whose devotion is entrusted to the Redemptorists
• Saint Patrick, in honour of the numerous Irish pilgrims
• Saint Joseph, the son-in-law of Saint Anne
• Saint Benedict, a spiritual leader, founder of the Benedictines, the origin of all religious congregations
• Saint John Baptist de la Salle, educator and founder of Christian schools
• Saint Joachim, husband of Saint Anne
• Saint John the Baptist, patron of French Canadians
• Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Chapel of the Reserve Tabernacle
• Saint Gerard Majella, Redemptorist brother, a remarkable Saint

Saint Anne’s Fountain
Sainte Anne de Beaupre

In front of the basilica, a beautiful fountain welcomes pilgrims.
Installed in 2008, for the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Shrine, this fountain reaches a height of ten meters. Water flows over the scalloped lips of a bronze basin of some 4 meters in diameter. At the summit is a statue representing Ste Anne and her daughter, Mary.
This statue is the work of Canadian sculptor Mr. Émile Brunet. It represents Saint Anne teaching the Virgin Mary, with Mary holding a scroll with the word “Caritas”, Latin for Charity.
Mr. Brunet once shared that the expression on Saint Anne’s face is one of “meekness and kindness” and that “Saint Anne would be about 45 years of age and the Virgin, three”. He didn’t ignore the fact that this statue would stand on Canadian soil: “Since Saint Anne’s statue will be set up in Canada, I thought the Canadian spirit would require a crown of maple leaves to be made as a tribute to Saint Anne and the Holy Virgin”. (Émile Brunet, 1958)


Next stop Sainte Anne Canyon a heartfelt beauty to be in. Good to walk upon on all levels (Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spirit).


Here some extra information via Wikipedia:
Canyon Sainte-Anne is a spectacular, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River., 6 km east of Beaupre, Quebec, Canada. The river drops over a 74 m (243 ft) waterfall within the canyon.

Canyon Sainte-Anne is located 25 to 30 minutes east of Quebec City, at the edge of the Beaupré Coast and Charlevoix regions. It lies on the border between the municipalities of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges and Saint-Joachim. The Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, the ski resort Mont Sainte-Anne, the Montmorency Falls and the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Reserve are in the same area.

The canyon is part of the Canadian Shield, a fundamental rock formation of northern parts of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, all around the Hudson Bay. It all started in the Precambrian Age (1,2 billion years ago) when hard rock formed the canyon’s underlying rock. This metamorphic rock, called granitic gneiss, was formed at high pressure in the extremely hot depths of earth then rose to the surface through erosional uplift. It comprises much of Mount St. Anne. Later, some 450 million years ago, a sedimentary Palaeozoic sediment, a marine mud, was deposited in ancient seas on top of the gneiss, and consolidated into a rock called shale. The shale was metamorphosed into slate during the Acadian orogeny (a mountain building period 375 million years ago). Slate is a hard, resistant rock, able to withstand the erosive power of water.

Much later, two successive ice ages covered North America. The advance and recession of the last ice age helped sculpt the region into what we see now (the St. Lawrence Lowlands area with the St. Lawrence River, Orleans Island, and the Magdalene Islands, as well as all the rivers known today). The weight of the ice depressed the crust so that, when the ice retreated (melted), the Atlantic Ocean waters invaded to form the Champlain Sea (and deposit the most recent sediments of sand, gravel, and clay). The subsequent rebound of the crust and erosion produced the landscape we see today.

Because of its advantageous route, the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River was widely used by loggers at the start of the 20th century. During a camping trip to the area in the summer of 1965, a former logger explained to Jean-Marie McNicoll how to reach the Sainte-Anne River falls. As there was no road to the river, Jean-Marie had to make his way through the woods but was rewarded with the discovery. He returned to his brother Laurent telling him he had discovered a unique place.
Two years later, they leased the immediate shores of the river from Hydro-Quebec and purchased the wooded lots between Route 138 and the leased riverbanks. Slowly but surely, work began to clear a road. All was in place to welcome the first visitors on July 14, 1973.

Onwards to Parc de La Chute Montmorency. Jessica and Diego walked all the stairs downwards and upwards whilst I zoomed in at the top. Some photographs were taken bij Jessica others from Google images.

Some more information via Wikipedia:
The falls are located on the boundary between the borough of Beauport, and Boischatel, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from the heart of old Quebec City. The area surrounding the falls is protected within the Montmorency Falls Park (French: Parc de la Chute-Montmorency). The falls are at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it drops over the cliff shore into the Saint Lawrence River, opposite the western end of the Ille d’Orleans. The waterfalls are 83 m (272′) tall, a full 30 m (99′) higher than Niagara Falls.

After all this splendor we decided to go to a Public Swimming Pool in Quebec.
Baie de Beauport
plage-de-la-baie-de-beauport.City beach Quebec
A beach just 5 minutes from downtown? Yes, it’s possible!
Discover one of the “coolest” places in town on the shores of the St. Lawrence River: Baie de Beauport. Do a little sunbathing on this kilometre-long sandy beach or, if you are more the active type, play soccer, volleyball, or toss a Frisbee. Canoes, kayaks, rabaskas, centre boarders, catamarans, windsurf boards and paddle boards can also be rented on-site. Children will have a great time on their very own playground with water games to keep things cool.

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 41 – Imix, Red Lunar Dragon – keywords: nurtures, birth, being, beginnings, mother of life
Tone 2: stabilise, polarize, challenge, working together
Planets: Neptune, Venus, Pluto

Today we went what later in the morning to go to the National Park de La Jacques Cartier for hiking. Canada is a wonderful country to enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts.

Location of Jacques Cartier National Park

Some more information about the National Park:
Jacques-Cartier National Park (French: Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier) is a provincial park located 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Quebec City. The park aims to protect wildlife in the Laurentian massif. It lies within the Eastern forest-boreal transition ecoregion.

View of Jacques Cartier River Valle
The Montagnais and the Huron peoples used to inhabit lands that currently make up Jacques-Cartier National Park. During the 17th century, Hurons worked as guides for Jesuits who wanted to travel between Quebec City and Lac Saint-Jean without using the St. Lawrence River.

Starting in the mid-19th century, the area was a major producer of lumber. Due to pressure from the American conservationist movement, the Laurentian Wildlife Reserve, whose lands the park was formed from, was created in 1895. The end of World War II, as well as improved road networks, brought in an considerable increase in the number of visitors to the area. In 1972, Hydro-Quebec proposed building a dam on the Jacques-Cartier river, which would have resulted in flooding the valley. Due to public pressure, the project was abandoned in 1975. That same year also saw the end of the lumber industry in the region. In 1981, Jacques-Cartier National Park was created from the southernmost lands of the Laurentian Wildlife Reserve.

Geography and geology
Jacques-Cartier National Park is located in the Laurentian Mountains along the Jacques-Cartier River valley, to the west of Quebec Route 175. Jacques-Cartier is a 30 minutes drive from Quebec City, Grands-Jardins National Park is located to the northeast of the park, while the Laurentian Wildlife RCFB Valcartier.
The park contains several glacial landforms such as drumlins and moraine.. The most prominent glacial landform in Jacques-Cartier National Park is the Jacques-Cartier Valley (French:Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier). The U-shaped valley is 550 metres (1,804 ft) deep and was formed during the last glacial period.

Flora and fauna

The plateau consists mainly of coniferous trees such as the black spruce, while the valley consists mainly of deciduous trees such as sugar maple and yellow birch. The invasive Japanese knotweed has also appeared in the park’s boundaries.

Quebec City National Park.2019.1

The wildlife is typical of a boreal forest. Animals that can be found in the park include moose, caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf, red fox, the Canada lynx, the black bear, river otter, porcupine and the Canadian beaver. Atlantic salmon, brook trout and Arctic char, can be found in the lakes and in the Jacques-Cartier river. The park is also visited by more than 100 species of birds.

Isle d’Orleans
The next stop was the Isle d’Orleans. Quite a different scene with lots of handcrafted places such as a Chocolatery (something to make you smile inwardly and outwardly), Strawberries, Blue Berries, Bakery and Wineries.

More information via Wikipedia:
Island d'Orleans
Île d’Orléans; English: Island of Orleans) is located in the Saint Lawrence River about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of downtown Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The island was one of the first parts of the province to be colonized by the French, and a large percentage of French Canadians can trace ancestry to early residents of the island. The island has been described as the “microcosm of traditional Quebec and as the birthplace of francophones in North America.”
The island is accessible from the mainland via the Ile d’Orleans Bridge from Beauport. Route 368 is the sole provincial route on the island, which crosses the bridge and circles the perimeter of the island. At the village of Sainte Petronille toward the western end of the island, a viewpoint overlooks the impressive Chute Montmorency (Montmorency Falls), as well as a panorama of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City. Île d’Orléans is twinned with Ile de Re in France.


The Island of Orleans is situated between the Laurentian Plateau or Canadian Shield to the north and the Appalachian Mountains to the south. Its north-eastern point marks the boundary between the St. Lawrence River and its estuary (the largest in the world), where fresh water begins to mix with salt water.
Of irregular form with jagged coves and capes, the Island of Orleans is 34 kilometres (21 mi) long and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) wide at the widest point. It is 75 kilometres (47 mi) in circumference, with a total surface area of 190 square kilometres (73 sq mi). It has a hilly relief, small valleys, and gradual crests that reach a maximum height of about 150 metres (490 ft) at Sainte-Pétronille and Saint-Laurent in the south.

Map from 1641 of Île d’Orléans

The island had long been inhabited by the indigenous tribes. The Huron called it Minigo (meaning “Enchantress”, because of its charm). The French explorer Jacques Cartier first set foot on the island in 1535 near the present-day village of Saint-François. He called it Île de Bascuz (from Bacchus) because of the abundance of wild grapes growing on the island. Officials later changed the name to Île d’Orléans in honour of the second son of King Francis I, Henri II, the Duke of Orleans. The island was also known as Grande Île, Sainte-Marie, and Saint-Laurent for certain periods in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Early French settlers, immigrating mostly from the Normandy and Poitou regions in France, were attracted to the island because of its fertile soil. They colonized it according to the seigneurial system of New France, which is still evident in its layout, featuring residences close together, with outlying long, narrow fields and a common.[1] In 1661, the first parish of Sainte-Famille was founded, followed by another four parishes in 1679/1680. By 1685, there were 1205 mostly French inhabitants and 917 livestock.

In 1744, colonists completed the 67 kilometres (42 mi) Chemin Royal (Royal Road), which encircles the entire island. Jean Mauvide, a surgeon for the King of France, built the Manoir Mauvide-Genest in 1734 as his residence. In 1759 it was occupied by British General Wolfe when his forces occupied the island shortly before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham during the Seven Years’ War. Great Britain was victorious.

In the 19th and early 20th century, several boat-building yards operated on the island, especially in Saint-Laurent de I’lle Orleans. Together with the thriving fishing industry of that era, it gave the Island of Orleans a maritime character.

The Island of Orleans retained its traditional rural way of life until 1935, when construction was completed on the Pont de l’Île bridge, allowing much more traffic. The crossing connects to the Chemin Royal, which was set to music in 1975 by francophone singer Felix Leclerc, in his song “Le Tour de L’île.” In spite of this, the island has maintained its pastoral image and historic character, with more than 600 buildings classified or recognized as heritage property. In 1990, the entire island was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

Today the island is a mix of suburban communities and farms. It is a popular destination for day trippers and bicyclists.


Since the days of the first French settlers, agriculture has been the main economic activity. The island, known as the “Garden of Quebec”, is still an essentially rural place famous locally for its produce, especially strawberries, apples, potatoes and wineries. Sugar maple stands produce maple syrup and other products.

While the old trades of fishing and boat building have been abandoned, the island’s rich cultural heritage and pastoral scenery has led to a flourishing tourism industry. It attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year. Numerous bed and breakfast inns, regional cuisine restaurants, roadside fruit stands, art galleries and craft shops also attract visitors.


Journey to London and Port Lambton, Ontario, Canada – August 16-18, 2019

Journey to London, Ontario and Port Lambton, Ontario, Canada
August 16-18, 2019


Friday, 16 August, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 35 – Men, Blue Solar Eagle – keywords: creation, vision, Divine Mind
Tone 9: To realise the pulsation of the intention.

Meredith was so kind to bring us from Go Home Lake cottage to Toronto Airport where we were going to pick up the rental car. Arriving at the rental company there where many misunderstandings due to that my daughter’s name was placed on the Blacklist. Unfortunate for her this took more than an hour to sort this mistake out. At the end we finally were offered the rented car.

We than drove to London, Ontario in about 2,5 hours due to also traffic yam due to construction work and the busy time of day that people come home from work. Brother Ben and Dixie were very worried because we should have arrived at 3 p.m. which by now was 6 p.m. We exchanged hugs and had a drink before we were off to a Turkish Restaurant for dinner. Such a good meal was served there. Thanks to Ben and Dixie for such a great meal together.

We than drove back to Ben and Dixie’s home to watch a soccer match and have some lovely cake to go along with it. Seeing that their driveway was being paved we walked to the back of the house. Dixie and grandson Diego saw a Skunk in the backyard. (See hereunder for more information).Always in for a treat and the suspense of sports. After this we went to our Airbnb apartment in London to have a good sleep.

Skunks are North and South American mammals in the family Mephitidae. While related to polecats and other members of the weasel family, skunks have as their closest Old World relatives the stink badgers. The animals are known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong, unpleasant smell. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown, cream or ginger colored, but all have warning coloration.

Physical description
Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 in (40 to 94 cm) long and in weight from about 1.1 lb (0.50 kg) (spotted skunks) to 18 lb (8.2 kg) (hog-nosed skunks). They have moderately elongated bodies with relatively short, well-muscled legs and long front claws for digging.
Although the most common fur color is black and white, some skunks are brown or grey and a few are cream-colored. All skunks are striped, even from birth. They may have a single thick stripe across back and tail, two thinner stripes, or a series of white spots and broken stripes (in the case of the spotted skunk). Some also have stripes on their legs.

Skunks are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material and changing their diets as the seasons change. They eat insects, larvae, earthworms, grubs, rodents, lizards, salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles, and eggs. They also commonly eat berries, roots, leaves, grasses, fungi and nuts. They are fond of fruit and vegetables, such as peaches, plums, and corn. They will also eat salty snacks like jalapeño Chee-tos and pretzels.
In settled areas, skunks also seek garbage left by humans. Less often, skunks may be found acting as scavengers, eating bird and rodent carcasses left by cats or other animals. Pet owners, particularly those of cats, may experience a skunk finding its way into a garage or basement where pet food is kept. Skunks commonly dig holes in lawns in search of grubs and worms.
Skunks are one of the primary predators of the honeybee, relying on their thick fur to protect them from stings. The skunk scratches at the front of the beehive and eats the guard bees that come out to investigate. Mother skunks are known to teach this behavior to their young. In addition, in California, skunks dig up yellow-jacket (small hornet) nests in summer, after the compacted soil under oak trees dries out and cracks open, which allows the yellow-jackets to build their nests underground.[citation needed]

Skunks are crepuscular and solitary animals when not breeding, though in the colder parts of their range, they may gather in communal dens for warmth. During the day they shelter in burrows, which they can dig with their powerful front claws. Males and females occupy overlapping home ranges through the greater part of the year, typically 2 to 4 km2 (0.77 to 1.54 square mi) for females and up to 20 km2 (7.7 square mi) for males.
Skunks are not true hibernators in the winter, but do den up for extended periods of time. However, they remain generally inactive and feed rarely, going through a dormant stage. Over winter, multiple females (as many as 12) huddle together; males often den alone. Often, the same winter den is repeatedly used.
Although they have excellent senses of smell and hearing, they have poor vision, being unable to see objects more than about 3 m (10 ft) away, making them vulnerable to death by road traffic. They are short-lived; their lifespan in the wild can reach seven years, with most living only up to a year. In captivity, they may live for up to 10 years.
Anal scent glands
Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) in defensive posture with erect and puffed tail, indicating that it may be about to spray.
Skunks are notorious for their anal scent glands, which they can use as a defensive weapon. They are similar to, though much more developed than, the glands found in species of the family Mustelidae. Skunks have two glands, one on each side of the anus. These glands produce the skunk’s spray, which is a mixture of sulfur-containing chemicals such as thiols (traditionally called mercaptans), which have an offensive odor. A skunk’s spray is powerful enough to ward off bears and other potential attackers.[12] Muscles located next to the scent glands allow them to spray with a high degree of accuracy, as far as 3 m (10 ft). The smell aside, the spray can cause irritation and even temporary blindness, and is sufficiently powerful to be detected by a human nose up to 5.6 km (3.5 miles) downwind.
[citation needed] Their chemical defense is effective, as illustrated by this extract from Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle:
“We saw also a couple of Zorrillos, or skunks—odious animals, which are far from uncommon. In general appearance, the Zorrillo resembles a polecat, but it is rather larger and much thicker in proportion. Conscious of its power, it roams by day about the open plain, and fears neither dog nor man. If a dog is urged to the attack, its courage is instantly checked by a few drops of the fetid oil, which brings on violent sickness and running at the nose. Whatever is once polluted by it, is for ever useless. Azara says the smell can be perceived at a league distant; more than once, when entering the harbour of Monte Video, the wind being off shore, we have perceived the odour on board the Beagle. Certain it is, that every animal most willingly makes room for the Zorrillo.”
Skunks are reluctant to use this weapon, as they carry just enough of the chemical for five or six uses – about 15 cc – and require some ten days to produce another supply. Their bold black and white coloration makes their appearance memorable. It is to a skunk’s advantage to warn possible predators off without expending scent: black and white aposematic warning coloration aside, threatened skunks will go through an elaborate routine of hisses, foot-stamping, and tail-high deimatic or threat postures before resorting to spraying. Skunks usually do not spray other skunks, except among males in the mating season.
If they fight over den space in autumn, they do so with teeth and claws.[citation needed]
“Most predators of the Americas, such as wolves, foxes and badgers, seldom attack skunks, presumably out of fear of being sprayed. The exceptions are reckless predators whose attacks fail once they are sprayed, dogs, and the great horned owl, which is the skunk’s only regular predator. In one case, the remains of 57 striped skunks were found in a single owl nest.”
Skunks are common in suburban areas. Frequent encounters with dogs and other domestic animals, and the release of the odor when a skunk is run over, have led to many myths about the removal of skunk odor. Due to the chemical composition of the spray, most of these household remedies are ineffective.[18] The Humane Society of the United States recommends treating dogs using a mixture of dilute hydrogen peroxide (3%), baking soda, and dishwashing liquid.[19]
Skunk spray is composed mainly of three low-molecular-weight thiol compounds, (E)-2-butene-1-thiol, 3-methyl-1-butanethiol, and 2-quinolinemethanethiol, as well as acetate thioesters of these. These compounds are detectable by the human nose at concentrations of only 10 parts per billion.

It is rare for a healthy skunk to bite a human. While a tame skunk with its scent glands removed may defend itself by biting, there are few recorded incidents. The most prevalent cause of skunks biting humans is the rabies virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recorded 1,494 cases of rabies in skunks in the United States for the year 2006—about 21.5% of reported cases in all species.[28] Skunks trail raccoons as vectors of rabies, although this varies regionally in the United States; raccoons dominate along the Atlantic coast and eastern Gulf of Mexico, skunks throughout the Midwest and down to the western Gulf, and in California.
Reference: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Saturday, August 17, 2019 – Celebration of Love (Jenn and Matt)
Tzolkin KIN 36 – Cib, Yellow Planetary Warrior – keywords: questions, intelligence, fearlessness, guidance
Tone 10: to produce perfection and manifestation
Planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Asteroid Belt

Jenn and Matt's Wedding.Aug.17.2019

We started off the morning by having a good breakfast. The Celebration of Love started off at 11:30 in the morning at Goodlife Fitness with a fitness class of Power Steps (given by a colleague of Jenn), Body Pump, Hot Yoga (given by Jenn herself) and Matt joined in the class. Many family members and friends of Jenn and Matt joined in. A great way to be in the flow of this day. Thanks so much for this opportunity to see part of Jenn’s life in motion. She is also a professor at Fanshaw College and Matt works at a disability center with children and adults.

The reception, dinner and dance was at Four Points by Sheraton London, Ontario in the Bristol Room was from 17:00 until 23:59.

Journey to London, Ontario and Port Lambton, Ontario, Canada
August 16-18, 2019

Friday, 16 August, 2019
Tzolkin KIN 35 – Men, Blue Solar Eagle – keywords: creation, vision, Divine Mind
Tone 9: To realise the pulsation of the intention.

Meredith was so kind to bring us from Go Home Lake cottage to Toronto Airport where we were going to pick up the rental car. Arriving at the rental company there where many misunderstandings due to that my daughter’s name was placed on the Blacklist. Unfortunate for her this took more than an hour to sort this mistake out. At the end we finally were offered the rented car.

We than drove to London, Ontario in about 2,5 hours due to also traffic yam due to construction work and the busy time of day that people come home from work. Brother Ben and Dixie were very worried because we should have arrived at 3 p.m. which by now was 6 p.m. We exchanged hugs and had a drink before we were off to a Turkish Restaurant for dinner. Such a good meal was served there. Thanks to Ben and Dixie for such a great meal together.

We than drove back to Ben and Dixie’s home to watch a soccer match and have some lovely cake to go along with it. Always in for a treat and the suspense of sports. After this we went to our Airbnb apartment in London to have a good sleep.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 – Celebration of Love (Jenn and Matt)
Tzolkin KIN 36 – Cib, Yellow Planetary Warrior – keywords: questions, intelligence, fearlessness, guidance
Tone 10: to produce perfection and manifestation
Planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Asteroid Belt

We started off the morning by having a good breakfast. The Celebration of Love started off at 11:30 in the morning at Goodlife Fitness with a fitness class of Power Steps (given by a colleague of Jenn), Body Pump, Hot Yoga (given by Jenn herself) and Matt joined in the class. Many family members and friends of Jenn and Matt joined in. A great way to be in the flow of this day. Thanks so much for this opportunity to see part of Jenn’s life in motion. She is also a professor at Fanshaw College and Matt works at a disability center with children and adults.

The reception, dinner and dance was at Four Points by Sheraton London, Ontario.

This was a lovely open space to meet more family such as Jason, Crystal and Sam Harren. Later on at the reception we met Pauline, Sharrie and Carrie Harren – nieces plus there partners who I had not seen in 30 years. It touched my heart dearly to meet and greet everyone there.

Jenn had made a presentation of photographs of herself and Matt during the years which was shown during the reception. Such memories were shared of joy, awe and laughter with everyone. Such a gift to see how this evolution had taken place to where we were at that Present moment.

Brother Ben and Dixie the wedding.look to share a joke or two
Ben and Dixie joking around at the dinner table.

We had a lovely dinner at the table with Ben & Dixie, Trevor & Maggie, Jessica, Diego and myself. All the dishes were super and to everyone’s liking.

Jenn and Matt's Wedding.Aug.17.2019

Jenn & Matt presented their wedding vows that were taken in July in the mountains of Switzerland. They had a 2,5 week walking/hiking honeymoon in Austria, France and Switzerland. How lovely to truly navigate your wedding in such a way that is suited to the calling of these two souls. Last week they married officially at the City Hall. Compliments for both of you!

Than Trevor, Master of Ceremony, opened the official section by giving the word to Matt’s best friend who spoke of his qualities and there adventures together. He had also attributes that came along with it such as a whistle and compass etc.

Jenn’s best supportive girlfriend spoke some strong and caring words to them.
After this followed a endearing speech from brother Ben for his daughter. Jeanette Rutherford, Matt’s mother spoke to them in memories of Matt’s Dad and all the great attributes of this couple. Finally Trevor spoke of his sister Jenn and what they shared together along with the meeting of Matt and how they shared good times together. Was very touched by all this and a few tears came forward how Love can be shared so deeply and freely.

Dancing is a great form of communication and Jenn showed this to Matt and all in her movements. In return Matt certainly surprised everyone with his communicative moves to Jenn and All. celebration of Love

After this the official dance with the parents took place. For us it had a great significance that brother Ben danced with his daughter Jenn on this evening since about 2 months before this he was very ill and pulled himself out of this. celebration of Love.3

The rest of the evening was filled with dancing and laughter. We are known in our family for dancing together and this certainly happened that evening. Also enjoyed intensely to see grandson dancing along as well.

We returned to our Airbnb and had a shower plus a good night sleep.

Sunday, August 18, 2019 – Port Lambton and Port Stanley
Tzolkin KIN 37 – Red Spectral Earth – keys: evolution, navigation, synchronicity
Tone 11: release, integrate, liberate
Planets: Uranus, Earth, Jupiter

We had a good breakfast together at the Airbnb apartment and grandson decided he would rather stay there and not travel with us this morning. Daughter and I went to Port Lambton to visit my youngest brother who has Parkinson. He was not feeling very well so first we call him but no one answered the phone. When I arrived at his place he came to the door and said hi. At that moment he was unable to spend time with me so I left again to drive back with daughter to London, Ontario.

In the afternoon we were planning to go to a baseball game of Jenn and Matt but it unfortunately was cancelled. However we decided to go to the beach at Port Stanley and have a swim. Many waves and beach volleyball going on there. We all enjoyed ourselves until it started to rain. Jenn and Matt invited us to a special fish dinner. Certainly yummy. After this we drove back to London, Ontario but as tradition goes in our family we stopped for a great ice cream. In the evening we dropped by at Ben and Dixie’s to say our good byes and watch another soccer match that Ben had recorded for all of us. We had some great snacks to come along with it as well.

Deep in gratitude for having this opportunity to visit the family in such a endearing meeting and greeting.

Journey to Mississauga and Go Home Lake, Ontario, Canada – August 13-16, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
– Tzolkin KIN 32 EB, Yellow Rhythmic Human
Planets: Earth, Uranus and Mercury
Tone 6 (Rhythmic) keywords: balance, organise, equality
Eb, Yellow Human keywords: influences, free will, wisdom

Our (daughter, grandson and myself) started at Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands at 17:30 to Reykjavik, Iceland eta 18:40 local time and transferred from their to Toronto, Ontario, Canada eta 22:25 local time with Iceland Air.


Reykjavik Airport, Iceland

It always gives me a feeling of amazement landing on another planet when we are at Reykjavik, Iceland. It is so barren yet plants and bushes can be seen. The airport size is small but very efficient. The stopover is short and an open space to be able to stretch your legs and move around a bit.

Onwards in a comfortable airplane of Icelandair for another 5 hours. We all slept shortly or watched a movie. Grandson enjoyed himself watching the soccer match of Ajax, The Netherlands. Along with this it is also exciting when your favorite club wins the match.

Arriving at Toronto Airport Meredith (niece) and Ron (nephew) where there to greet us. Felt deeply from the heart that it is a good choice to go abroad to keep up the family ties especially for all generations (this is also the vibrations of the Tzolkin calendar EB, Yellow Human. The happiness of such pleasurable joy to embrace these two beautiful souls (Meredith and Ron) is beyond words in its expression, to intertwine with them brought forward such colours of radiant Love. How empowered family ties evolve in a mutual understanding of compassion and acceptance.


From the airport it was only a 15 minutes drive to Meredith’s and Ron’s home in Mississauga. Once again that feeling of being home with family (lived in Canada for 10 years in the past) resonated in its fulness of One.


Maverik, the dog of Meredith and Ron

We all sat outside at their swimming pool area with a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius to have a good conversation and some healthy snacks of pineapple, walnuts, fresh cherry tomatoes from their garden and some lovely herbal tea. How simple and easy can it be to continue with the weaving of this family garment! An eternal bond that balances the equalizer of each individual soul qualities in the collective in its creation that once more strengthens this communicative vibration on so many levels.

Personally it touched me deeply in the heart to be able to give and receive this journey of exploration in Present open space. This anchorage and grounding of Canada and its splendor of opportunities of growth and development for so many immigrants to expand and create a home for the family and welcome for others. Such a comfortable bed to sleep in with an pleasant dream to go along with it rounded off so gently this night cycle in Mississauga.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – Go Home Lake, Georgian Bay
Go Home Lake Map by Jackie Saik

Tzolkin Calendar KIN 33, Ben, Red Resonate Skywalker – keywords: explore, space, wakefulness
Tone 7 – inspiration, channel, attune
Planets: Mars, Asteroid Belt, Saturn, Venus, Mercury (Skywalker)

History of Go Home Lake, Ontario, Canada
Go Home Lake is a lake in west central Ontario in the Township of Georgian Bay, District of Muskoka. Go Home Lake is a natural lake which is actually part of the Musquash River system also spelled as Musquosh River on some maps.

It was opened up as a recreational lake starting in the late 1950s when Crown Lands were surveyed, subdivided and auctioned off in Public Bids that took place from 1958 through 1962. In the early 60’s the construction of two dams was completed, a permanent earthen dam at the Go Home River outlet and a stop log dam (control dam) at the Musquash River outlet. The intent of the dams was to control the water level to maintain a constant water level throughout the boating season eliminating the seasonal fluctuations in the water level.

There is actually two stories about how the Lake was named, one is It was named after Go Home Bay, immediately downstream. Loggers would send timber down the Musquash River and meet steamers at Go Home Bay, which would transfer timber to various mills around the Great Lakes and then “go home”, hence the name.

The other story dates further back to when the Voyageurs travelled down Georgian Bay from the French River and met the Indians that lived along the shore of Georgian Bay at the mouth of the Go Home River (Go Home Bay). The Indians would pack up each fall and move inland to the area of Go Home Lake which was more protected, to live out the winter months. When asked where they were going by the Voyageurs, they would reply Kewa, which meant “Go Home” in their native language, hence the name for both the Bay on Georgian Bay, the river and the Lake.

Go Home Lake is approximately 5 miles (8 km) long and ranges from 1/2 to 3/4 miles (800 – 1,200 m) wide. Of Muskoka’s 1600 lakes, it is the 14th biggest by size. Its length runs in a north-south orientation. The lake is fed at its most northern point by the Musquash River. It then empties back into the Musquash River through a control dam at the south end of the lake, and into Go Home River at the north end of the lake. Both the Musquash and Go Home Rivers empty into Georgian Bay.

Sunset at Go Home Lake

Go Home Lake is considerably more rugged and rockier than other Muskoka lakes. Both the “New Cut” (a man made channel), and the “Haunted Narrows” link the south end of the lake to the north. The “Haunted Narrows” received its name from the eerie sound caused by the movement of rocks on the bottom of the channel that can be heard in the dead of night due to the strong current flow.

There are approximately 430 cottages on Go Home Lake, the vast majority of which are water-access, as well as two marinas. The closest marina to the Hwy. 400 exit is Minor’s Bay marina, which is built upon the location originally called ‘Potter’s Landing’ in the 1950s. The further marina from the Hwy. 400 exit is Go Home Lake Marina. While both marinas offer dockage, parking, boat launching, only Go Home Lake Marina has a general store with refueling facilities to cottagers. Minor’s Bay marina also has a public telephone, as well as marine mechanical services.

The Go Home fire tower once stood on the NW side of the lake overlooking Go Home Bay. It was one of the last manned towers used in Southern Ontario and came under the jurisdiction of the Parry Sound Fire District in the early 1970s when the Ministry of Natural Resources was once called the Dept. of Lands and Forests.

Sunset at Go Home Lake

Recreational activities are popular on this lake, including: fishing, canoeing, cliff-diving, water-skiing, wakeboarding, tubing as well as the annual regatta.

Now to further the review, this morning we were treated with a great breakfast prepared by Meredith and Ron in their home in Mississauga. These two are very conscious of organic food and the environment we all live in.

On our way we stopped at “Good Foods” grocery store. I was amazed at all the varieties of fresh organic food, supplements, ready made salades and warm meals to choose from. In all my travels I have never seen such a broad variety before.

Today we all went travelling to Go Home Lake, including Maverick of course, to stay at the family home that Ron’s parents (origin from Germany) build in the 1970’s. It took them ten years to build it. It was build with a double brick wall which is most unusual for the surrounding homes.

Go Home Lake.Meredith and Ron.3
Ron and Maverick were at the steering wheel and Maverick
making sure we were on course.

Ponton Boot

To travel to the home you park your car and then go onwards by boot. Beforehand Meredith and Ron had packed various food, drinks in the coolers plus all our luggage as well. We certainly were very well spoiled and taken care of. Deepest Gratitude.

We all shared our adventures and great moments in our lives. In the afternoon some of us went into the hot tube and went on a boot ride plus swimming in the lake. A bit cold when you first plunge in but certainly refreshing once you were adjusted.

Grandson Waterskiing for the first time.Go Home Lake

Grandson had his first try of waterskiing and succeeded the second time around. What an achievement! The next door neighbour and his son (about grandson’s age)offered this seeing they had a powerful motorboot. Grandson thoroughly enjoyed this sport and how everyone complimented him on his achievement.

We all had a great lunch (hamburgers and salad) specially barbequed by Ron. A special vegetarian burger for me as well, so tasty, very grateful for this meal.

I myself had a little nap whilst daughter and Meredith plus Maverick went into the lake swimming and into the hot tub. In the meanwhile grandson and Ron (great coach and nephew) went on a bike ride exploring the surroundings.
Grandson with Ron in the evening.having a good time

We all had a healthy supper with wine and beer enjoying each other company plus playing a game. Great fun! A good night sleep as well. With a great sunset.

August 15, 2019 – Go Home Lake, Georgian Bay, Canada
Tzolkin KIN 34 – Ix, White Galactic Wizard – keywords: Enchantment, Timelessness, Receptivity
Tone 8: model, harmonise, integrity
Planets: Asteroid Belt, Neptune, Jupiter, Earth

A great breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup. Something that is so yummy that you need to wipe your face in between as well.

We all went kayaking to align with the beauty of Mother Nature. Saw some waterfalls but at the moment the water in the lake was low. Along with this also the turtles, various flowers and an heron (Meredith made a joke about this some more family members greeting us as well). We all had a good laugh about this.
Grandson.Daugher.Go Home Lake.kajak
Daughter and grandson enjoying one of their favorite sports.

Ron doing most of the rowing here but thoroughly enjoying it.

We all had a great lunch and dinner together. We went for a boot ride to explore more of the surroundings before dinner. Unfortunately it started to rain so we had to head back. Grandson was this time the captain who brought us around. Ron assisted where needed with the grace of a trusting coaching. I could see that grandson’s confidence was growing inch by inch.

Grandson first time steering a motorboot.Go Home Lake.Ron coaching along the way

In the evening everyone enjoyed playing pool in the special room in the Home. By that time I was fast asleep.
Grandson at the Pool Room in the Home at Go Home Lake

The next morning, August 16, 2019 – Meredith, daughter, grandson and I headed back to Toronto Airport to pickup the rented car to travel to London, Ontario to the rest of the family. Meredith went home to work in her office.

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