giant Trumpeter Swan, we stopped by "Sainte-Marie among the Hurons", where French Jesuits settled in the mid 1600s on a mission to convert the native Huron Wendat tribe to their faith. The site has been reconstructed to illustrate what life was like back then for both the French and the Native people. The outer walls are fortified by spiked logs, while inside are found both European and Indian styled buildings and dwellings as well as a "waterway" thought to be used as a lock system for traversing canoes.
Outside the compound, a museum contains archealogical and historic artifacts, displays and videos that provide further details about the period in history when Sainte-Marie Amongst the Hurons was active. Rich liked an excerpt from a pamphlet which indicated that "a husband should keep his wife in fear ... while a wife should not reply to him at all when he is angry.". Too bad for Rich that he was born in the wrong era where women no longer hold their spouses in such high reverence.
Not sure if we would be able to catch much fish at our cottage this year, we are determined to eat as much fresh local fish as we can find en route. We had a lovely pickerel dinner at The Library Restaurant, which consisted of two plump, sweet slabs of fish in a vegetable gazpacho sauce, served with grilled vegetables and roasted potato. For dessert, the pecan pie had a light flakey crust and was bursting with pecans, although a bit light on syrupy filling.