There are cemeteries, burial plots, museums, and memorials all over the world that honour our Canadian Forces. If you’re travelling overseas, here are a few international sites where you can pay your respects on Remembrance Day or any day of the year: Continue Reading →
Quick, what’s your best memory of Montreal? Come on, we all have one. Whether it’s the joy of the Just for Laughs Festival, the thrush of Osheaga or the fantasy of Bal en Blanc, Montreal is home to many of our favourite memories. But between bouts of dancing and smoked meat sandwiches, you’ll need a place to stay. Continue Reading →
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 →
Toronto’s Distillery District is swarming with spirits – and not just the drinking kind. These old factories in Toronto are amongst the city’s most haunted sites.
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 →
If you love autumn, there are many great places in Ontario to catch the leaves turning hues. Here are the best places for fall colours in Ontario: Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia offers a green paradise for eco-conscious travellers. Among the locals, there’s a genuine love for the land and meaningful commitment to preserving it. It’s not eco-tourism, it’s eco-living. And when a place and its people are so naturally beautiful, you can’t help but feel healed. Continue Reading →
Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton has some of the world’s best seafood: lobsters are pulled fresh from the sea, scallops have put the town of Digby on foodie maps, and their chowder is as much a part of the culture as tartans and the fiddle. But there’s also a thriving food and drink scene along Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, where lobster is just the beginning. Continue Reading →
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 →
Any city dweller knows that too much time spent in an ultra urban setting can drive you a bit mad. Even the most hardcore city-mice have to escape the concrete jungle once in a while. A nearby destination that offers access to nature, fine dining, beautiful grounds and spa services is just what us city … Continue Reading →
Dawson City, Yukon, needs a new toe for the famed Sour Toe Cocktail after a patron swallowed it. We braved the drink & lived to tell the tale. Continue Reading →
(Above: Whitehorn Lodge Ice Bar; Photo credit: Dan Markham) A seedy sandwich joint transforms into modern mountain bistro serving gourmet fare year-round For many years, skiers and hikers at the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Canada have been waiting for an elegant eatery to open at the Whitehorn chalet, located on the front side of … Continue Reading →
With warm weather on the horizon, many Canadians have already booked a big fat summer vacation — they may even be rubbing it in your face. But if you haven’t booked some time away because of expensive plane rides or a lack vacation time, you’re not out of the game just yet. Get ready to … Continue Reading →
LGBT Pride? In March? In small-town Alberta? You bet. The Jasper Pride Festival offers a great, outdoorsy alternative to big city summer celebrations. Continue Reading →
“We’re Canadians, so we all know how to walk on ice, right?”
Joy, our guide, is prepping our group to begin our winter trek into the frozen Maligne Canyon, not far from Jasper, Alberta. I have to windmill my arms to stay upright when skating, so I give her a doubtful glance. Continue Reading →
Forget everything you assumed about Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, a city located in central Saskatchewan on the South Saskatchewan River, was not at all what I expected it to be. A very walkable city boasting a beautiful riverfront with seven arching bridges, it is surprisingly trendy and home to fiercely proud, welcoming and friendly Saskatonians. If you … Continue Reading →
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 →