I spent the first 18 years of my life in Bruce County, Walkerton to be exact.
My childhood was filled with outdoor adventures like sledding at Centennial Park in the winter, and swimming in Lake Huron during summers.
I spent much of my early years in arenas, watching my Dad play ice hockey, or rather running around with other kids. From 8 years old, I started to play hockey myself, and in my early 20's the Walkerton Hawkes got my attention for a short while.
Ice hockey seems to be an important part of Bruce County culture. It brings people together, both kids and parents.
The Saugeen River Trail is a kids paradise for anyone in Walketon, with forts to be made and trails to be taken.
My high school years were simpler days, but some of the best I can remember. I had a solid, amazing circle of friends, guys and girls alike.
I probably had too many parties for my parents liking, but they always turned out okay. Perhaps the odd cop car coming by to break it up, but otherwise our definition of fun was rather PG-13 at the time. A standard party was dancing in the family room, drinking in the kitchen, and smoking on the deck (for those who smoked). Mostly it was just about being together, as a gang, during those teenage years of self-discovery.
Now in my adulthood, I still love coming back to visit, with the pretty country roads, the hello's on the street, and familiar smiling faces.
Don't underestimate Bruce County, it can be wonderful place, if you let it.