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The Ideal Picnic

Updated on July 3, 2019
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As a child, we went on many picnics every summer. They were a fun, family activity.

by the Restigouche

alongside the Restigouce River. Bob Ewing photo
alongside the Restigouce River. Bob Ewing photo
Great place for a picnic, Bob Ewing photo
Great place for a picnic, Bob Ewing photo

Picnic Time

Picnics began as a sort of potluck where everyone brought a favourite dish; over time they moved outside.


I grew up in a family that loved to eat outdoors and picnics along with BBQs were common.


The main difference, between a BBQ and a picnic, is the picnic often involves cold foods such as potato salad, devilled eggs and a cold roast chicken or a selection of cold meat sandwiches, while a BBQ involves cooking the food on a BBQ.


When we first began going on picnics in the early 1950s we did not have a BBQ not even a hibachi. The meals was the standard fare as I described, although we did bring a Coleman stove in order to make tea.


My wife and I still go on picnics and have done so over the nearly 30 years that we have been together.


Our favourite picnic spot is along side the RestigoucheRiver which sits between the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. We take advantage of the picnic stations the City built complete with picnic tables and a great view. We can enjoy the cormorants skimming along the water and fishing while we look at the mountains in Quebec.


Another upside to this site, besides the view and relative quiet, considering we are within a five minute walk of downtown, is that it is also only a six minute walk from our home.


In fall, we can pick apples from a small grove of wild apple tree we pass along the way. Since we have lived here this has become our favourite spot to step outside of our normal routine and listen to the wind, water and sea birds.


On days when the wind is still the river becomes a mirror and the hills in Quebec are reflected on the surface.


It is a perfect site to sit and chat or simply watch the water flow. No matter what the meal, whether it is something we picked up at one of the restaurants on the way down or something we made at home, the setting makes it all taste wonderful.


When I pack a picnic supper in the picnic basket that ahs been with us since we have been together, the lunch features an old white cheddar cheese, one Granny Smith apple and one Cortland apple, she likes the Granny Smith, either a loaf of French bread and some crusty roils, dill pickles and maybe a few hardboiled eggs. Now and then I do make devilled eggs. I enjoy them and they connect me with the picnics of my youth.


Over the summer months we have about one picnic per week, usually on a Friday evening if the weather permits.


There are few other people down by the water at that hour, probably because that is when they are either hurrying home to start the weekend or going shopping if it is pay day.


We usually stroll a little way along the river bank after letting thee meal settle and before turning for home and the start of the weekend.


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    Sunday mama 

    9 years ago

    Interesting article! I agree with you about Friday evening picnic.. It probably the best time in a week!!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    The Picnic Spot 

    10 years ago

    What great imagery you use in your page! I can just picture the wild apple trees. Do I detect a writing class or two? Very nice :)

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    Camping Table 

    10 years ago

    Great Posts. It makes me pine for the days when the wife and I actually had time to go on picnics. I will have to make the time now. Just for us.

    Great idea for the actual food as well. Tasty and you don't have anything that might spoil quickly.



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    Picnic Baskets and More 

    10 years ago

    Thanks for posting this information. The site you describe between New Brunswick and Quebec sounds great. I'd love to have the chance to get ther some day.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    11 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are both most welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Dame Scribe 

    11 years ago from Canada

    I love picnics too and wonderful to see you and your wife enjoy them together for so many years, thats wonderful! thank you :)

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    Carolina Dursina 

    11 years ago from Spring Green WI

    I love picniking, it a great hub. Thanks for the article

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    11 years ago from New Brunswick

    Picnics are great family events

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    11 years ago from Utah

    My kids love picnics in the summer. Fun and relaxing!


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