Napenee Rocks with Avril LavigneAt age 22, born September 27, 1984 Avril Ramona Lavigne put Napanee on the map. Canadian born, multi-talented Avril was born in the town of Napanee located in the Province of Ontario in of course this great land of mine, Canada. Avril is of a French Canadian descent. Her parents are John and Judy Lavigne and she holds middle child status between her sister, Michelle, and her brother, Matthew.
For any one out there willing to take a drive to Avril's home town Napanee, or better yet, set down roots, you're not likely to be disappointed. Although currently Avril shares a new home and a new marriage (July 15, 2006) in California with her husband Deryck Whibley, whom she dated for two years (check out his band Sum 41), she still calls Napanee her home.
Napanee's most recent population count stands at 151,132 and is recognized not only for Avril, but for its beauty, it's often referred to as one of the prettiest towns in Ontario. Napanee is truly the place to be! Avril sightings, Lavigne sightings, the Napanee River which by the way is one of only two inland rivers in the world that has a tide, (you can actually sit on a bench and watch it go in and out), all make Napanee one of the premier spots in the land of Avril. Napanee as you can imagine holds tons of stories and interesting facts about the Lavignes.
Take a drive to Napanee and if you are a really big Avril Lavigne fan and want to go a step further, you'll find Napanee is a really affordable place to live. The average home mortgage loan is a mere $109,000.00. Napanee's largest employer is Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company – bet there are a few Lavignes working there! Not far from the Ocean either, the Napanee River passes through the downtown core, joins the Bay of Quinte which connects to Lake Ontario which connects to the St. Lawrence Seaway which connects to the Ocean. Ok… so a little far, but downtown Napanee does have a natural spring and that's pretty cool.
While you're checking out the Napanee home of the Lavignes, visit Canada's oldest furniture store, Gibbards…really cool!...and keep on keeping on until you check out boutiques such as April's Image, October's Clothing, and Starlet. Len's Bakery is yummy and Café Blanche Dubois is a great spot to chat Avril. Avril's musical talent was evident at around age two and by her tween years she was writing songs and teaching herself to play guitar. Napanee is where Avril sang in Church choirs, at Fairs and at Festivals (I bet there are some really cool videos).
Check out some Sabrina the Teenage Witch flicks too for Avril sightings – she had a reoccurring acting role. When she was sixteen she was spotted by record producers who wanted to manufacture a pop star (ooh another Brittany or Shania), but Avril went her own way and the rest is history. One of her hits was featured on Dawson's Creek and her 2002 debut album received five Grammy nominations. Avril was only seventeen years old when she put that album together. You go girl! Napanee Rocks!
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