Okanagan Valley Wineries, British Columbia

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley: Second Best Wine Region in the World?

As I wind my way through the grape-heavy vines of the sun-dappled Naramata Bench in mid-September, I can’t shake the feeling that I must be in the viticultural heart of France or Italy. Surely not British Columbia in Canada.

But believe it. Travelling through Naramata, one of the richest wine-growing regions in the world, the only thing more arresting than seeing the Okanagan Valley is tasting it. USA Today readers seemed to agree when they named the Okanagan Valley the second best wine region in the world.

My mission for the day: taste as many different wines at as many different wineries as possible. Continue Reading →

So much wine at Vineland Estates

Seven Damn Good Reasons to Visit Niagara’s Vineland Estates Winery

With over 140 wineries in Ontario, what makes Niagara’s Vineland Estates stand out?

For starters, it’s been in the biz for over 30 years and is considered as “Ontario’s Most Picturesque Winery.” Just 60 minutes from Toronto, foodies flock to Vineland Estates to sample award-winning wines and to gourmet food in the restaurant.

But there’s more to it than that. Here are seven damn good reasons why Vineland Estates should be at the top of your wine weekend hit list: Continue Reading →

Le Nordik, Chelsea, Quebec

National Parks and World Class Spa Treatments: Together at Last!

If you are lucky enough to live in Canada’s National Capital Region, the best day ever is only minutes away. Don’t get me wrong; I’m as surprised as you are. A few months ago I moved to the region and was looking for ways to fill my time while I waited to make new friends. And I found something great. Across the border away from the chaos of Parliament Hill, are the Yin and Yang of the perfect day: Quebec’s Gatineau Park and the world renowned Le Nordik Spa Nature. Continue Reading →

Bombay Peggy's, Dawson City, Yukon

There’s Nothing You Can’t Do in a (Yukon) Klondike Bar

The Yukon is a place of extremes. It is one of the last vestiges of the truly wild and free. From breathtaking beauty to harsh winters, it takes some moxie to make it in Canada’s Far North. The brave few who call this home have to work hard and play hard too…sometimes blowing off steam in the bars. If you’ve got what it takes to make it in the rarefied air of Dawson City, there are plenty of shenanigans afoot* in these Klondike bars. Continue Reading →

Churchill Manitoba

Canada’s Arctic Edge: Life in Churchill, Manitoba

Every summer about 3,000 belugas whales enter the Churchill River, which flows out of northern Manitoba, Canada, and into Hudson Bay. Churchill is Canada’s principal Arctic-area seaport, located on the western shore of Hudson Bay.

This sub-Arctic hamlet, in which no road leads in or out, has a population of just 1,000 souls. It bills itself as both the beluga whale and polar bear capital of the world. If that isn’t enough, it’s also a self-described birdwatching paradise and the best place on the planet to view the aurora borealis, better known as the northern lights. Continue Reading →

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Thaw Di Gras Festival in Dawson City

Seeking a truly northern experience, I travelled to Dawson City during winter while the weather was at its North-iest. Okay, so not the -40 Ned Stark-approved dead cold of winter, more like the tail end when the warmer weather makes it easy to be outside. I know this is not a popular time to travel North, but baby it should be! You get the unique snow-covered beauty of the Yukon winter and the warm hospitality of the locals all to yourself. Continue Reading →