By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE
The tiniest beach in North America is in our neck of the woods, in the Village of Portland. Last year, I held a conversation with a traveler across the beach without raising my voice. You could cross it in three or four leaps.
This miniature treasure with a grand view of Big Rideau Lake is for the public to enjoy. Towel-to-towel it might host fifty visitors; but, one hundred in the water. Portland Beach is an oxymoron of sorts, similar to “jumbo shrimp” i.e. “tiniest beach on biggest lake”.
On this April 27th, the mercury hit records. It seemed it was July. There was a palpable excitement throughout the village. Men maintaining their boats greeting heartily; others excitedly appearing, making plans for the boating season. Roofers chirping.
The grocer had the air cranked up so high in his store, he wore a fleece sweater. For this writer, his climate was life extension!
We had a brutal winter. This early tease is welcome respite.
Portland is a key stop for boaters on the Rideau. The season arrived early, just in time for Mother’s Day. The Galley restaurant sits on the water, literally, and is food for Mom’s senses.
Enjoy pics of this day.
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