Home is Where We Are

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.


The Frontenac II – Amherst Island is what you find waiting for you at the end of the rainbow.

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?


Meet Anita

I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

10 Thoughts on “Home is Where We Are

  1. Looks like a great island to go and visit, love all of those pictures :)

    I love the beach myself, I grew up close by to it and it always feels good to go or even drive by it :)

  2. Looks beautiful and a great place to raise a family.

    • I think it’s the perfect place to raise a family. Our little school has 26 students ranging from JK to Grade 8! Talk about one on one attention. Thanks for stopping by imarunner2012.

  3. It looks and sounds amazing!

  4. What a beautiful place! I really want to visit Canada someday..

    My happy place would be New York, Cape Cod, or Kauai. I love the east coast (the architecture, culture, food, theater), but I also love the island of Kauai (the beach, tropical fish, amazing seafood, hiking.) Maybe I could be back and forth between those three if I ever won the lottery? 😉

    Your photos are beautiful!

    • Oh Kauai! Hawaii has been on my bucket list for years. I will be heading across the boarder to New York for the first time to do some Black Friday shopping with some girlfriends, any suggestions for places to eat?

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