Childhood Memories Of Tweed, Ontario, Canada – North of Belleville, Ontario

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about my Childhood memories and another has sticked to me was my moments of going up to the Cottage with my family in Tweed, Ontario Canada about 15-20 minutes North of Belleville, Ontario exiting off the Highway 401 on #544 to Highway 37. Everytime the time came for us to go to the cottage, I was so excited. I would pack my bags and sometimes my mom would pack my bag and we would load up the car and drive down. It took about 2 hours to get there everytime and I enjoyed the trip so much all the time. I am a huge fan when it comes to roadtrips 10 hours or less. :). I remember going fishing, boating, paddle boating, swimming and jumping off the Raft My dad and my uncles built. Sometimes it would be weeks at a time we would go and the grass was ever so tall and when the fall hit, there would be so many leaves on the ground, so I would help rake them up. It was a cute little cottage. What would really scare me when I was a kid, at night there would be Thundershowers, and very strong ones, so I would be so scared that I would hide under the covers and cover my eyes shut so I would not see it, but I am past that stage now. Anyway, I would like to tell you a bit about the Town Tweed, Ontario.

Now, Tweed, Ontario is located north east of the Province Ontario. All the time we would go to Tweed, we would stop by the IGA food market which is not called Valu Mart, and we would get some food for the weekend or however long we would be there. The town is so small and you can get everywhere within 5 minutes 10 minutes. They have North America’s Smallest Jailhouse, The Amazing Dollar Store, a Hardware store, Daisy Mart Beckers Store for convenience. I would always get Bubble Gum Ice cream or Popsicles, and snacks. There is also the Park Place motel which always makes me think of the Game Monopoly, There is a beach on the Lake Stoco, but way too weedy, but it is beautiful. Also A beer store. There is also a Bridgewater Antique Shop near the end of Tweed. There was this man people used to Call Uncle JED, so each time we used to go, we said Hey Uncle Jed, he began to know us and whenever we came to town, he greeted us and he used to give me treats when I was little. After the years went by, we decided to sell the Cottage because nodody was hardly going there anymore after people started getting older and new things were happening in our lives and we just couldn’t go to Tweed anymore which sort of Saddened me and it took a long time to get over it, but its not so bad now.  After we had sold our cottage in 2001 about a year or 2 later when I was about 18 years old, I drove by the town with my brother before we headed to a Camping trip with friends and we decided to pop by and we saw a New Tim Hortons at the end of the Town. A few things were changed. My 2 years of not being in the town does surely change and the population became a bit higher to about 2000 people.

Now on our way to the Cottage in Tweed, as soon as we saw Trenton, Ontario, I said we are getting closer and closer to Tweed. We used to stop at the Mcdonalds on the way at exit 519 on Highway 401 East. At the time there were the barbies and hot wheels happy meals. So I would get the toys. Now that Mcdonalds doesn’t exist anymore. A couple of years ago, they gutted it all out and it became a new OnRoute Service centre with Tim Hortons, Burger King, and so much more. It is now called Trenton, South. There is one just up north of the 401 Parallel to Trenton South. It was so fun just stopping there and you would see all these big 53 footer trucks, tankers, RV’s and stuff. I said wow its awesome. I began to develop a strong respect over truck drivers since that age. My dad said these guys are taking big loads of stuff to other cities and they drive for hours and hours. I love stopping at Highway 401 Service centres. I have had many experiences in them all the time. To this day, These service centres, the Highway 401, Tweed, Ontario and all these little things in life have a big place in my heart and I will never forget it. I do not want to sound weird by loving a Highway and showing my feelings toward it, but its the way I am and like I said, I am very sentimental when it comes to memories of my past and holding onto belongings that mean the world to me. If your ever in Canada, in Ontario, Tweed, Ontario is such a cute place to visit. You will need a car there of course, but its worth a visit. In My Opinion, but everyone has different ones of course.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed reading. Thank you for stopping by. Come again.

37 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Of Tweed, Ontario, Canada – North of Belleville, Ontario

  1. I agree with you about the importance of memories, our family always travels to a coastal town 3 hours drive south every summer, I hope when they grow up they have fond remembrances of that.

  2. What a great place to have in your memory! It reminds me of a lot of the place I knew from my own childhood in Michigan; I haven’t been home in a while, but, when I do go, I always take a lot of pleasure in finding all the things that have changed….and all the things that haven’t! What a great post to read, Talin. Makes me miss summers in Michigan!

  3. What a beautiful memory, i enjoyed reading it very much, I am sure every one has a memory to hold on to… I too have fond memories and try to hold on, specially in sad times. way to go Talin !

  4. We, too, have a cottage in British Columbia… loved going there when we were young and it was a delight to bring my babies there. But they’ve grown and times have changed… I regret not spending the time there with my parents these past few summers. Thanks for your story, I think I’ll rethink my priorities and make a point of it this year…

  5. Revisiting childhood memories is one of my favorite pastimes. As a matter of fact, they frequently make an appearance on my blog. I guess it’s fun because for a short time, you’re able to relive happy times; the kind that keep you going when times are rough. 🙂

  6. Hi, Talin. Your cottage sounds lovely — and obviously, your memories are very strong and very happy ones, too. We had a cabin on the New Meadows river in Phippsburg, Maine, and I have some memories that don’t sound too different from your own. Thanks for your lovely story, and for sparking mine, too.

  7. Memories are precious. My family and I since our kids were born have vacationed on the beautiful coast of Maine every summer and created some of our most peaceful and wonderful memories. Then we moved south last year and we so missed that tradition, but we plan on finding our “new” place. Traditions and memories are such an important part of family bonds:-)

  8. Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories! I also remember road trips in the United States as a child and eagerly waiting for my toy in a Happy Meal 🙂 Keep writing, and thanks for visiting my blog and liking my posts!

  9. Liked your story – childhood stories are precious – I grew up in Pierrefonds, Quebec and an uncle of mine had a cottage in the Laurentians – We only went there a couple of times, but I still remember the awe of it – the time by the water and best of all the time spent with my Father.

  10. Your mention of the smallest jail in North America reminded me of a trip I took to Europe with my son a couple of years ago. A tour bus we were on in England went past the smallest jail in Great Britain — I think the guide said it was still in use — which was about six or eight feet square, set on a corner in a little village on the Salisbury Plain. -Paul Hamell,

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