Most people have a Happy Place, that one place in the world you would move to if you won the lotto. For some it is a mountain retreat, others someplace sunny and warm with sandy beaches and umbrella’s in your drink. For our family it is now Amherst Island, a small island located on Lake Ontario with a permanent population for approximately 450 people.
We first started coming to the Island in 2007 when the Mister was working part time on one of the sheep farms while still in the Army. He was getting hands on experience for the day we would have our own sheep. We left the area that summer because of a posting but came back every year for March Break to help with shearing. We knew that one day we would like to retire to the Island but didn’t think it would come as as soon as it did.
Our connection to the mainland is reliant on our ferry service that runs year round and the crew are some of the funniest and friendliest people you will ever meet.
Before quitting my job in July I would take the 6am ferry where I was able to enjoy my breakfast while watching the sun rise over the lake.
Morning runs are a pleasure knowing I can cool off later with a quick dip.
Take Your Kid to Work Day has a new twist.
Adjusting from office life takes some getting use to but it beats a 9×6 cubicle.
There are creatures and critters everywhere we go.
Our Harvest Festival has a giant turkey and brown-bag auctions.
Walking to the beach for an evening swim means crossing the road.
Where the sunsets take our breath away.
At the end of the day we sit around the bonfire thankful we now call Amherst Island Home.
And we didn’t have to win the lotto.
Do you have your own Happy Place? Are you already living there?
If you could be anywhere in the world where would it be and why?