Travel

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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Exploring Gatineau’s MosaïCanada 150 – and more

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Imagine a serene sculpture of Mother Earth, complete with outstretched hands, where a deer grazes, a waterfall pours into a pond, and a bald eagle perches. With downcast, perhaps reverential eyes, the horticultural statue, where flowers and plants describe her hair, skin and features, emanates grace and peace. Mother Earth is possibly
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Pontiac gardens and gifts

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

(Y@H) Come visit six glorious gardens in West Quebec where local artists are selling their work. The third Gardens and Gifts tour is happening Aug. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This self-drive tour introduces you to organic vegetable and flower gardening, wildlife-friendly designs, and native plants. What about the gifts? Local
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Two artists. Two visions of animals’ spirituality, energy, and mystery

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

(Y@H) Quyon’s Katharine Fletcher and Chelsea’s Heather Lamorie believe every animal possesses a spirit which they honour and enjoy interpreting. They perceive how the spirit world lingers in the physical and ethereal realms, where they love creating vivid impressions of animals’ physical power and commanding spiritual presence. Fletcher has loved and been drawing horses in
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The Ottawa Valley’s history and nature outings

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

Celebrate summer by getting out and about – in nature! By Katharine Fletcher Summertime and the living is easy. Finally the snow and yes, the heavy rains and flooding, are behind us, so now the Ottawa Valley awaits exploration. Where to go and what to do? Here are some best picks to get you started
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Top five ways to celebrate Montreal’s birthday

May 12th, 2017 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Sure it’s Canada’s sesquicentennial – but even more amazing, Montreal is celebrating its’ 375th birthday in 2017. There’s lots to enjoy throughout the year … here are five of my top summery picks. Cirque Éloize: Circus in the ’hoods Cirque Éloize has been entertaining international audiences with their fantastically creative circus/theatre shows
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Birding Presqu’ile

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

By Katharine Fletcher  “Oh my gosh! Look over there: there’s a rose-breasted grosbeak male and female, an indigo bunting, and several male yellow warblers!” With a gasp of delight, I grab my husband Eric’s arm. Can he get a photo, I murmur? We’re at one of Canada’s birding hotspots, Presqu’ile Provincial Park near Brighton, on
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Sun Peaks’ winter wonders

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

British Columbia’s mountains and powder snow beckon By Katharine Fletcher “Get up, doggies! Yay Snickers! Good Aero!” I’m shouting from the back of my sled, encouraging my lead dogs while mushing through snow-clad, forested trails at Sun Peaks. My guide, Shawn, advised me the team responds to encouragement: true! While I cheered them on from
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Artsy events before Christmas

Nov 10th, 2016 | By

What better time to view art, meet artists – and even take art workshops? By Katharine Fletcher The National Capital Region teems with artists, galleries, and pre-Christmas artsy events. And during November’s often-grey skies, what better time to add a colour to our lives than by visiting studios and events showcasing the arts. And because
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