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Canadian Canoe Museum - Bill Mason’s famous red canoe, featured in his films and paintings - Photo John Geary
Canada’s Canoe Museum: Paddling Back Through History

The father of Canadian canoeing, Bill Mason, once said: “I have always believed that the Canadian wooden canoe is one of the greatest achievements of mankind. There is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile as the canoe. It is as much a part of
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Glowing glass masterpiece Photo Credit Rob Stimpson
Glass Blowing Day Trip: The Hot Shop in Tory Hill, Ontario

Hot Spot: Pandemic-Friendly Artistic Endeavours Are Hard to Find. This One Is as Fun as It Is Unforgettable Searching for enjoyable, out-of-the-box date/family-friendly ideas in the era of COVID-19 can feel…well, depressing. Whether your main concern is a business’ availability/capacity issues, varying second-wave closures or angst over whether you’ll feel
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Elmhirst's Resort -sleigh ride Photo Jennifer Merrick
Southern Ontario Road Trips To Get You Through Winter!

I admit our family’s Southern Ontario road trips don’t always begin particularly well. It’s usually an early start, so the kids grumpily gather their stuff for the car as their parents gulp down coffee like it’s water. But as the day progresses, spirits lift and smiles return. The change in
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Reduced Capacity: Skiing and Snowboarding in a Time of COVID-19

Lake Louise Ski Resort announced their earliest opening date ever for October 29th due to snowy conditions in the mountains which sees Canadians able to hit the slopes before we trick or treat. Seems appropriate for 2020. Regardless of opening dates, and before a flake of snow falls, all ski
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Produce at St. Jacob's Market - Photo Melody Wren
A Foodie Road Trip Through Waterloo Region {Recipe!}

A Food-lovers trip…..especially for those with dietary restrictions! If you live with food intolerances, you will know how hard it can be to eat out.  But that is changing fast.  On a recent 2-day getaway to the three cities of Waterloo Region—Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge—I discovered a host of great food outlets that
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Home Town Attractions: Ottawa this Fall!

If you’re looking to get away to enjoy the last of the warm weather before winter settles in, why not head to the National Capital Region? Crisp blue skies, fresh air alive with the scent of fallen leaves, and vivid colours make Ottawa an excellent autumn destination. Here are three
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Searching for the sign of a good motel - photo by Emily Overes
Motel Hell-O: Tales of Stays Gone Wrong and How to Avoid Them

Sometimes even the most road-ready travellers, those paragons of research, and disciples of detail manage to wind up in less than stellar accommodations. What happened? And how can you avoid falling into the same trap? Meet five seasoned travel correspondents, people you would never expect to find spending the night
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Escape to These Stunning Ontario Islands!

“Islomania is a rare affliction of spirit,” wrote author Lawrence Durrell in 1953. “There are people who find islands somehow irresistible…and fills them with an indescribable intoxication.” While I wouldn’t call myself an islomaniac, there is something special about islands. Their separation and disconnection draw us in and invite us
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Le Boats Smith's Falls Photo Melody Wren
Le Boat – An Iconic Canadian Holiday on the Rideau Canal

We relaxed on the top deck of a 45-ft boat, chatting, listening to music that was carried away by the soft wind off Big Rideau Lake, and marvelled at the ospreys soaring by.  The sound of giggling drew our attention to two girls who were balancing carefully on opposite ends
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The Authors daughter paddling Bronte Creek. Photo Denise Davy
Feeling Pandemic Cooped Up? Hit the Water in a Kayak!

My paddle slices through the water as I move swiftly down the river. The sound of the water lapping against my paddle is soothing and I take a deep breath in as I absorb the beautiful landscape around me. I hadn’t kayaked for years, decades in fact, so I wasn’t
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