Exploring Valley Venues: The Pontiac

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher To me, early December is the season of The Wait when so many of us are awaiting Christmas. Here, in West Quebec’s Pontiac’s countryside, last month’s vistas of gold and charcoal punctuated by conifers dark green are awaiting snow’s white blanket. Soon we’ll venture outside to snowshoe, ski – and perhaps even
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Illuminating Christmas in Ottawa and the region

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Whether we call December’s festivities “Christmas” or “the Holiday Season”, winter is upon us and is well worth celebrating. With snow blanketing fields and forests, cityscapes and rural landscapes, colourful twinkling lights allow us to marvel at the magic the decorations weave. From Parliament Hill to Upper Canada Village, from the Chutes
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Exploring Ottawa Valley Villages: Carp

Sep 14th, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher With the Carp River wending its leisurely way through the countryside, with a winery to discover, and with the Carp Agricultural Fair beckoning us, there’s lots to prompt us to linger in Carp. Here are my top picks for your autumn visit. Carp Farmers’ Market and Fair Carp Agricultural Fair Grounds 3790
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Discovering your inner foodie on the Gentle Isle

Aug 17th, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher The Gentle Isle. Anne of Green Gables. Bud the Spud from the Bright Red Mud. Now we can add Foodie Paradise to such iconic descriptors of Prince Edward Island. However you choose to go, once on-island life is carefree. That’s particularly true in late August and in the month of September. Kids
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Discovering Affordable Montreal

Jul 19th, 2018 | By

From pop-up events to biking, this city rocks with free activities to enjoy By Katharine Fletcher The famous French “joie de vivre” rocks in Montreal, where there are many free things to engage our interest. Whether it’s biking alongside the St. Lawrence River or Lachine Canal National Historic Site, browsing artisan vendors and dancing to
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Perth Manor Boutique Hotel

Jun 22nd, 2018 | By

This fine home was constructed at a cost of 12,000 Pounds in 1878 by J.T. Henderson formerly of Belleville. It was originally referred to as “Thurreson Place” and served as a family home. J.T. Henderson was “trained in the law…” but instead opened a very successful mercantile house in Perth from which he sold various
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Wine, stunning scenery awaits Down Under

Apr 13th, 2018 | By

South Australia’s Barossa Valley and Flinders Ranges National Park By Katharine Fletcher “Would you like to try these wines before you decide which one to buy?” Our server at Adelaide’s trendy La Tapita Spanish bistro enquired. What a great idea! Who knew that restauranteurs would be so generous? But in Australia, my husband Eric and I
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Multi-faceted, fun Mont Tremblant

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

  By Katharine Fletcher I bet you’ve heard of Mont Tremblant because it’s an all-year resort which in winter is a favourite magnet for downhill boarders and skiers. Also, because it’s only an hour and 45 minutes (153 km) from Ottawa, the ski hills of this destination resort are oh-so-close to us here in the
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Christmas comes to the Capital Region

Nov 15th, 2017 | By

With hay fairs, lights and events starting now, it’s time to plan! By Katharine Fletcher There are so many traditions to keep alive at this time of the year … and so many new ones to consider incorporating into our lives. And because November marks the commencement of holiday celebrations, this is the best month
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Leaf peeping 101 in the Ottawa Region

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Did you know that the annual autumn pilgrimage outdoors to gaze at colourful leaves actually has a name? Called “leaf peeping”, this activity sees us take to our cars, bicycles, and even our canoes and kayaks to appreciate the palette of crimson, scarlet, gold, orange and yes, even purple. Where to go?
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