Wednesday, August 25, 2010

St Marys, ON

I have a meeting first thing tomorrow morning in St. Marys so I'll be spending tonight here.

I'm staying just outside of town so took a drive in to explore.

St. Marys has a population of just over 6,000. The town is also known by its nickname "The Stone Town" due to the abundance of limestone in the surrounding area, giving rise to a large number of limestone buildings and homes throughout the town.

This old water tower says "St Marys - a town worth living in".

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame moved to St. Marys from Toronto in 1994 and opened in 1998. It is dedicated to preserving Canada's baseball heritage. Since opening, 75 members (46 players, 23 builders, 2 honorary, 4 honorary teams) have been inducted. It includes professional ballplayers, amateurs, builders and honorary members who have helped popularize the sport in Canada.

The Quarries, consisting consist of two former limestone quarries, are a popular swimming spot. The area became a popular swimming spot with locals after filling with water between 1930 and 1935. In 1945, the town bought the quarries along with 50 acres of surrounding land, and now manages it as a public recreational facility.

I took a walk around the downtown area ... it's a cute town.

This is the Thames River.

Here's the downtown ...

I stopped in a couple craft shops and bought some yummy chocolate at The Chocolate Factory.

4 comments:

lovesmukiwa said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to swim in an old quarry. No lie. We pass one all the time as we drive to go shopping and I think about how I can sneak into the quarry and swim in the water. Wierd hey? I need to visit St. Mary's

Teena in Toronto said...

The quarry looked like a fun place!

Fr. Dhael said...

O Canadá sob sua perspectiva ganha coras ainda mais interessantes!!!!
parabéns!!!

Lynn said...

That's my hometown. Nice pictures!