South Shell Park in Oakville Ontario

South Shell Park in Oakville Ontario

There’s a new park in town – South Shell Park in Oakville Ontario!  It opened up in July 2020 and we finally made time to go check it out.  It was a windy, cool, clear, sunshiney day in September and it was absolutely beautiful!

From the parking lot (free parking), we saw a staircase leading down to the water.  We found ourselves on a stoney beach.

After coming back up the stairs we took a little walk along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

After a short 5 minute walk, we found another staircase down to the water.  This one led to an amazing sandy beach.  

South Shell Park in Oakville Ontario

At the end of the trail (10 minutes or so) we found the BluWater condos.  If you have a million dollars lying around I’d highly recommend buying a unit here – it would have the most amazing view! 🙂

Oh!  There’s also a brand new park for the kiddies (also washrooms and a water refill center).

You too can visit this gorgeous little park.  It’s on the west end of Oakville and just a 40 minute drive from Toronto.  You can even see the Toronto skyline on a clear day.

 

 There are many other pretty places to visit in Oakville while you’re here.  Click here to check them out.  Thanks for visiting!

Yours Truly …. Yula

Test Driving the Dodge Ram Promaster 2500

Test Driving the Dodge Ram Promaster 2500

The last few trips we have taken have been with our Honda CRV camper conversion.  We converted the car we already had mainly to take a few trips and see if we enjoyed travelling this way.  It turns out we love it.  BUT… we do need a little more space.  We believe that the best solution for us is to buy a cargo van, and convert it just the way we like it.  We’ll take a look at a few different models, but on this day, we have fun Test Driving the Dodge Ram Promaster 2500.

The dealership we visited didn’t actually have the 2500, so we drove a 1500 which is just a little bit shorter.  Height and width are the same in both models.  It’s actually quite a cute van!

We really only have 2 key requirements for our build:

1: We want the bed to be across the width of the van.  The Promaster’s width is 6 feet which makes it perfect for the two of us.

2: We want to have a shower and toilet, so we need the height tall enough to stand in.  The Promaster’s ‘tall’ version is 6″4″ – again, perfect for the two of us!

Test Driving the Dodge Ram Promaster 2500

It was great fun to go home with our measurements and imagine how we’d build it.  I found the Ram Promaster Forum online with SO much information from others who have used this van for their campers.   I also found the layouts that others have used to put ideas on paper.  Click here for the link to those plans.  It looks something like this as a starting point:

 

We loved the van.  We will still likely test drive Ford Transit, and the Mercedes Sprinter, and make our decision after that.  We’re both looking forward to buying, building and travelling!

Yours Truly …. Yula

 

Z4

Z4

Update: Sold.  Leaving this here for the memory 🙂

As much as we love this car it’s time to put our BMW Z4 up for sale.  

 

Year: 2004
Kilometers: 178,500
Engine: 2.5i
Transmission: Standard
Tires: All-season

 

 

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The Prettiest Spots in Oakville

The Prettiest Spots in Oakville

Oakville is the loveliest town on the north shore of Lake Ontario (in my opinion, anyway!)  It’s about 30 km. west of Toronto, and 90 km. north-east of Niagara Falls.  When we’re not travelling, we spend a lot of time hiking the trails in town or walking along the shores of Lake Ontario.  Here are The Prettiest Spots in Oakville.

GAIRLOCH GARDENS

I want to say that this is my most favourite park in Oakville, but I would say the very same thing for the next places on my list.  There is a formal rose garden, a pond, a cute bridge, a pretty water fountain,  and beautiful views of Lake Ontario.

LAKESIDE PARK

This park is also on the shores of Lake Ontario.  On a clear day you can see the Toronto skyscrapers across the lake.  The kids love the playground and skipping stones along the shore.  Walking along the pier toward the lighthouse is very pretty at dusk.  You can watch the sunset, and the sailboats heading back to to the marina.

DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE

Downtown Oakville is just a hop, skip & jump from Lakeside Park.  It has a small town feel, very clean and well kept.  There are lots of restaurants and little shops for browsing.  The Town Square is right in the center of it all and a great place to sit down and relax after a morning or afternoon of shopping.  

LIONS VALLEY PARK

Lions Valley Park can be found in the Sixteen Mile Creek valley.  Its the perfect place to go for a hike any time of year.  There is plenty of shade for hot summer days, and absolutely beautiful in the snowy winters.  There’s a playground for the kids and plenty of picnic tables for family days.  The video below was taken in the spring when everything was just beginning to bloom.

TANNERY PARK

Tannery is Oakville’s newest park on the shores of Lake Ontario.  The winding walkways are perfect for a stroll along the shoreline, and especially pretty when the sun is setting.  There’s an observation platform, a butterfly garden, and lots of benches and chairs for enjoying the beautiful views of Lake Ontario and the Oakville Marina.

BRONTE WATERFRONT PARK

Bronte Park is the one we head to most often than any other.  There is always something going on here as it’s the perfect gathering place for summertime concerts, festivals, fireworks and other events.  It’s absolutely lovely!

THE PRETTIEST SPOTS IN OAKVILLE

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my hometown.  Thanks for visiting!  Subscribe

Yours Truly …. Yula

 

Keeping Our Minds Busy

Keeping Our Minds Busy

Although we are retired, we still like to spends a little time Keeping our Minds busy.  It is a well-known fact that the mind needs exercise just as much as the body does.  “Use it or lose it” is something many researchers believe applies to brain health.  And so, this is something important to us to maintain in our retirement.  We both have had careers in the software development industry so it seemed natural to us both to explore website design.  It turns out it’s something we both enjoy very much!

We started up Website-Builders.ca, made our own site, made one or two for friends, and now have just enough clients to keep us busy when we’re not travelling.  We are learning a little something new with each site that we develop.  It’s a lot of fun!

KEEPING OUR MINDS BUSY

Besides developing website for others, we have also developed a finance related site called CanadianPreferredShares.ca.  It started with Alex collecting data for his own use, and it turned into a site that helps others who are also interested in preferred shares.

 

The site is updated daily with Key Metrics.

There is a section that ranks the preferred shares for each company that offers them.

This section has comparisons of all the preferred shares by their credit ratings.

This section has comparisons of all the preferred shares by the business sector the companies are in.

 

Click here if you would like to know a little more about us.  Thanks for visiting!

Yours Truly …. Yula