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San Diego

Took a walk in a park along Lake Huron facing Pt Huron Michigan. Kind of a rainy day so we didn't do much.

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Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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Sarnia is a city in SW Ontario with a population of ~89,000. It is the largest city on Lake Huron and is located where the upper Great Lakes empty into the St. Clair River.

The City's natural harbour first attracted the French explorer La Salle, who named the site "The Rapids". The name "Sarnia" was the Latin name for Guernsey in the Channel Islands just off the coast of Normandy, France. The Sarnia port is still an important centre for lake freighters and "salties" carrying cargoes of grain and petroleum products. It is the largest community in Lambton County.

The natural port and the salt caverns that exist in the surrounding areas, coupled with the oil discovered in nearby Oil Springs lead to the massive growth of the petroleum industry in this area. Since Oil Springs was the first place in Canada and North America to commercially drill for oil, the knowledge that was acquired there and strengthened in Sarnia led to Sarnians traveling the world teaching other nations how to drill for oil. The complex of refining and chemical companies located downriver of downtown Sarnia once adorned the back of the Canadian ten-dollar bill.

Sarnia is a border city, on the Canadian side of the Blue Water Bridge linking Sarnia's neighbouring village of Point Edward to the city of Port Huron, Michigan in the United States of America. The Blue Water Bridge spans the St. Clair River, which is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The original three-lane span, which was opened in 1938, was twinned in the 1990s, making the bridge the largest infrastructure-crossing project in North America.

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Local from Sarnia, Ontario

A great city with friendly people present. Take a drive and go under the bridge.
Treat yourself to either ice cream or french fries. then go sit on a park bench, enjoy your purchases and watch the boats go by. Visit the new Art Gallery on Christina Street at Lochiel. The gallery is known for their Group of Seven collection.

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London, Ontario

perfect place to live

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