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24 Hour Getaway: A Fall Escape in Ontario’s Windsor Essex Pelee Island

Summer may be slipping out the back door, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over. There are so many ways to enjoy autumn in Canada, and Ontario’s Southwest offers more than just scenery. It’s only a short drive to this corridor filled with wineries, farm fresh fare, and agritourism.

We’ve put together a short itinerary for a 24-hour fall getaway to the region of Windsor Essex Pelee Island. It’s roughly four hours from Toronto by car, so we recommend driving in the night before if you can. Are you ready to go? Continue Reading →

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In Ontario’s Highlands, You Can Dine in a Cave

The small town of Eganville, located in Ontario’s Highlands, is the home of the Bonnechere Caves. Known for its rich geological finds, the Bonnechere Caves are famous for something new – cave dining. Since its inception 3 years ago, word has spread swiftly, making it a must-do activity and one of the hottest tickets in the Ottawa Valley. Those of us fortunate enough to have scored a golden ticket were chomping at the bit to see what all the hype is about. Continue Reading →

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Weird & Wonderful: The Disappearance of Thai Silk Company Founder Jim Thompson

What prompted a New York City architect to leave behind the United States and set up residency in Bangkok in the late 1940s? That part of Jim Thompson’s story is documented, but what happened to him afterwards remains a mystery.

One writer visits to The Jim Thompson House for insight into this eccentric expat’s life in Thailand. Continue Reading →

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A Celebration Among Ancient Rocks: Turkey’s Cappadox Festival

An outdoor cultural festival nestled among ancient rocks? Only in Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey full of ethereal natural sites, most notably the “fairy chimneys”: tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley. One writer attends the first ever Cappadox Festival, a three-day celebration of music, gastronomy, and the arts. Continue Reading →

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Travelling 5000km from the Yukon, the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers Set to Perform at the 2015 Pan Am Games

The Pan Am Games in Toronto aren’t all about sports. There’s plenty of art and culture featured too.

At the Aboriginal Pavilion, the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers are performing onstage this week, as part of the 17-day celebration of Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival running parallel to the Pan Am Games. Continue Reading →

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Checking In: Melia Nassau Beach Hotel

It’s 6am and I suddenly wake up to the wind blowing lightly on my face. Then I hear the ocean waves lapping against the shore and I start smiling. I am not sure if it’s a dream or it’s really happening because it is just that awesome. I look to my left and see my son Noah sleeping soundly wrapped in a white comforter in the big cozy bed next to mine. I sleepily look to my right and immediately freeze.

It’s definitely real! I am in paradise, otherwise known as the Melia Nassau Beach. Continue Reading →

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24 Hour Stopover: Chicago, Illinois

Canadians wait so long throughout our winter months for the weather to warm up. So when spring finally hits, I start daydreaming about a getaway not too far from home.

If you’re city hopping, then add Chicago to your list! The Windy City has a big city feel; but at the same time, it’s laidback, down-to-earth and unpretentious. Our guide to making the most of 24 hours in Chicago. Continue Reading →