Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip! {Letter “C”}

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I am very excited to be taking part in the Blogging A to Z Challenge 2013.  This is actually my third challenge; the first year I featured a recipe for each letter and last year I drew on  my nursing background and uses “parts of the human body” as my inspiration!

This year I have decided to change things up a bit.  I live in Canada and believe it is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet; so I have decided to feature a different Canadian “place”, for each letter of the challenge.

I am very much looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets the Challenge and I would love to have you join me, as I crisscross this vast country on my Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip!

So, without further ado,   “C” is for Cornwall, Ontario

I chose Cornwall, Ontario because it has special significance to me and my family. We live in southern New Brunswick and our son lives in London, Ontario; anytime we make the drive to visit him, after 12 hours on the road, Cornwall is always our overnight stop.

Cornwall is Ontario’s easternmost city, located on the Saint Lawrence River, in the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor along Ontario Highway 401.

Population: 46,340 (2011 census)

Notable Residents:  {It is quite a lengthy list, so I have just picked out a few.}

  • Ryan Gosling, Actor
  • Lori Dupuis, Olympic gold and silver medalist in women’s ice hockey
  • Ed “Newsy” Lalonde, captained the Montreal Canadiens in the 1910s and helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 1918
  • Nathan Phillips, the Toronto mayor known as “mayor of all the people”
  • Don McKay, Governor General’s Award-winning poet and essayist.
  • (FYI – Cornwall must be a hot bed of hockey, of the 27 notable people on this list, 13 or 48% were associated with hockey!}

A to Z ChallengeHistory:  Aboriginal peoples have lived in and around the area of present day Cornwall for millennia.  The first serious European settlement was established in 1784, by United Empire Loyalists, primarily from New York.  Disbanded soldiers and their families began to settle at the site of Cornwall, then called New Johnstown.

The City of Cornwall has a unique geographic location at the convergence of the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders. It shares its southern border with the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, and Cornwall is one of 14 Ontario border crossings between Canada and the United States.

Cornwall in 1812 – Cornwall was one of the largest settlements in Upper Canada at the time that war was declared. It would emerge as an important garrison town, communications and supply post during the War of 1812. The population of Cornwall was several hundred at the time.

This is the hotel were we usually stay –

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Best Western, Cornwall, Ontario {Photo Attribution: Best Western website}

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Cornwall, Ontario {Photo Attribution: By Dougtone (CC) } 

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Cornwall, Ontario {Photo Attribution: By The Real Canadian (CC)}

Cornwall : Micro Waterfall :)

Micro Waterfall :) – Cornwall, Ontario {Photo Attribution: By The Real Canadian (CC)}

It’s been a very long day of driving and it’s time to check into our room at the Best Western.  Let’s grab and early supper and get a good nights sleep, tomorrow is going to be another long day.  Next stop on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Road Trip  is a surprise, but I will tell you, we’re in for a very, very long drive and we will arrive at somewhere that starts with the letter “D”.

Have you visited Cornwall?

Where did you stay?

Were you just passing through or do you have connections in Cornwall?

I’ll see you tomorrow and we can continue our fun, cross Canada road trip!

Past visits on the A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip:

Complete listing of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 participants.

CREDITS – Map source – Canada Southern Ontario location map 2.png  (Wikimedia Commons) (altered to add place name).  Information contained in this post was obtained from the Cornwall, Ontario website and Wikipedia.



  1. We’ve stayed in Cornwall twice. Just like you, we were looking for a place to stay in transit, between Kingston and New Brunswick. I can’t recall the name of the hotel, but it was very close to the main highway. Wow, I didn’t know Ryan Gosling was from Cornwall. Very interesting post and lovely photos, too. Looking forward to your D place.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

    • I didn’t know you also stayed in Cornwall, Kathy. It is definitely our go to place and quite possibly you stayed at the same hotel as this one is also quite near the 401. It is a very pretty and friendly city!

  2. Cornwall looks like a beautiful place!

    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

    • TaMara, Cornwall and Ontario in general is a very beautiful place to visit, great scenery and fun & vibrant cities!

  3. Hi!
    I’m stopping in for the A-Z Challenge and as an American who traveled to Stratford, Ontario every summer as a kid and teenager for the Shakespeare Festival–which was A-MA-ZING–I never had the pleasure of experiencing Cornwall, Ontario. Perhaps I will in the future. Your pictures show such serene rivers and creeks and verdant green foliage. Pretty. Enjoy the rest of the A-Z month!
    Best wishes,
    Alicia from

  4. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice says

    I have never been to Cornwall, but then again I can say that for most places!!LOL Would love to be on this trip. I wonder what it is that produces so many hockey players….something in the water??!!
    Maybe we, as sisters, might even open a bottle of wine at the end of a day and toast the adventures. Am trying to guess “D”.


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