Traveling Ontario in January Photography

Traveling Ontario in January can be quite rewording: lots of beautiful places and winter travel photography opportunities. This is a retrospective of our first days of January 2013 trip in the Southern Ontario. I’m talking about the part of Ontario, from Ottawa to the South-West.

Ontario South West map


We didn’t do this trip with the sole purpose of taking photos, but I ended up with lots of them. You may know by now that I like to see and photograph winter scenes, so here we are 🙂

On the road again in the first days of January:

Ontario cuntry roadI was attracted by this white country wooden house in the snow surrounded by trees:

Did you know that there is a village in Ontario called Shakespeare? Well, if you drive West from Mississauga on Hwy 8, you will find it in between “New Hamburg” and “Stratford”

Here is what the New Hamburg Ontario (founded in 1854) village looks like. It doesn’t have anything in common with Hamburg in Germany other than the name. Apparently, the locals of this nice quiet village feed the geese in the winter, therefore they don’t migrate South… You can see thousands of them on the Nith River crossing the village. Although they are vulnerable to the harsh Canadian winter, they stay there…

Wintering Geese in Hamburg Ontario, CanadaI really liked this winter scene with geese and actually sent a greeting card of it to my friends in Hamburg, Germany that we just visited a year before 🙂

Shakespeare in Ontario!

A few kilometers away from Hamburg (Canada is on meter system), we found the village of Shakespeare… Quite nice, with friendly people!

Shakespeare village, OntarioShakespeare village, Ontario, Canada

However, the real Shakespeare place is not this, but Stratford – a city with a population of 31,465 people. European immigrants settled here in the beginning of the 1800’s, mainly as farmers. Those include: English, Irish, Scottish and German people. They settled on the territory of the aboriginal Anishinaabeg people and named the place and the river after Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

Below you can see the frozen Avon River in the month of January in Stratford Ontario. It was almost dark when I photographed it from the downtown park.

Iced Avon River in Stratford, Ontario

Stratford, a city on the Avon River in Perth County, Ontario, Canada is a realy special place:
– Every summer, this is home of the Shakespeare Festival, with artists from all over the world.

Stratford, ON, Canada

Forest Inn

We spent the New Year’s eve there in 2013 and stayed at “Forest Inn” motel. A great stay with clean, comfortable and very affordable rooms, with good accommodation:

Forest Inn motel in Stratford, Ontario in January

I also made a 2013 greeting card at that time for my friends and family 🙂

… Here are some more winter scenes and landscapes of the Stratford, Ontario, surrounding area.

Strathforth OntarioSunset at Forest Inn surrounding area, Stratford, Ontario

Waiting for spring

… and this is is a scene that looked attractive to me in the streets of Stratford. It became an After Christmas Fun greeting card and poster and I made a separate post with it on my website 🙂

After Christmas Fun Greeting Card

I hope you liked my short story and photos of the first days of traveling Ontario in January. Our winter trip didn’t end here, so more posts will follow. Stay tuned!

* Posted as part of my WP Weekly Travel Photo Challenge : January Travel.
Do you have some beautiful photography taken in the month of January? Feel free to share yours as well!

If you like to participate, please link your own blog/posts into the comments area here below
Click here to see how: Thursday Travel Photo Challenge

– Thank you, and Let’s Travel Together! 🙂

I also submitted to:

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Retrospective | Lens Artists Photo Challenge #78 – Special Spot Shots | FOWC with Fandango — Vulnerable | Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter Scenes | Which Way |

30 Comments on “Traveling Ontario in January Photography”

  1. Many years ago I visited Ontario. In all honesty, we passed through on our way the Point Pelee to conduct an underwater archaeological survey of a few of the old, wooden shipwrecks hidden beneath the waters of Lake Erie. While we only briefly passed through the city of Ontario, I found it quite lovely. I’d love to make it up that way again. Perhaps for some of the world-class bird watching that takes place in the Point Pelee area.

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