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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Snow days: Get out and enjoy winter

Jan 26th, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher During winter’s days of snowdrifts and sunshine, many outdoorsy events and activities beckon. Sure it may be cold outside, as anyone who’s survived our December and early January deep freeze can attest. But winter also brings with it some glorious days where if we bundle up, we will thoroughly enjoy being outside.
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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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Les Chemins d’Eau: Outaouais’ watery trail

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

West Quebec’s newest sentier invites us to explore the Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers By Katharine Fletcher This summer Outaouais Tourism unveiled Quebec’s latest tourist trail, a route that celebrates the Gatineau and Ottawa rivers. Les Chemins d’eau (Waterways of the Outaouais) extends 278 kilometres, revealing historical secrets and outdoorsy destinations. It starts in Montebello and
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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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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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