GRAVENHURST - Donna MacLellan almost missed fulfilling her most important Canadian dream during her short stay in Gravenhurst. Then the weather turned.
DREAM COME TRUE.
A Scottish woman fulfilled her bucket list dream of building a snowman after being delayed by inclement weather in Gravenhurst.
The Scottish woman arrived in Canada on Jan. 3 with her bucket list at the beginning of a six-month world trip inspired by the book, Eat, Pray, Love.
Her wish was to build a snowman while she was staying in Gravenhurst to visit her great aunt and cousin, Florence and Kirsty Williamson.
As the amount of snow increased on the drive from Toronto to Gravenhurst, MacLellan became increasingly excited, only to find out the snow wasn’t co-operating.
“The snow wasn’t right to do it, it was really flaky,” she said.
At the end of her visit with still no snowman, they got ready to drive to Toronto to visit her friend, but the weather turned and the roads became too dangerous for the trip.
They postponed the trip until the next day, “then the snow stopped and it was just perfect for making snowmen,” MacLellan said.
They went out to make the snowman that night, finishing it with pinecone hair, eyes, and buttons, berries for a mouth and ears, stick arms, a scarf and a broom.
“It was just wonderful because I think it is such a family thing, with me and my cousin and my great aunt,” she said.
Watching from the front window on Cedar Street the next morning, she saw their family experience bring joy to the community as well as pedestrians who stopped to look at Edgar the snowman.
“It was right on the corner so all the children went past on their way to school and all the kids would see it, so it was nice to see the smiles on their faces as well,” she said.
During her one-week stay in Gravenhurst, MacLellan also went cross-country skiing, “snowshoe walking,” and made snow angels.
“It’s a magical place, it’s lovely,” she said.
This was MacLellan’s second trip to Canada, the last being a family trip 15 years ago when she was 13.
Travelling by yourself is scary so she wanted to come to a place where she knew people and was more comfortable to start the trip, she said.
MacLellan will be trading in her winter wardrobe on Thursday when she flies out of Toronto to Thailand, then on to Vietnam, Cambodia and Bali.
“Staying in this place up in Gravenhurst is such an amazing thing I’ll never, ever forget,” she said. “It’s a good start to my travels and I’ll definitely be back in the future.”