Adventure

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 Valley Villages: Merrickville

Oct 19th, 2018 | By

This 225-year-old village boasts a hip arts scene, funky shops, good eats – and spectacular nature By Katharine Fletcher Two-hundred and twenty-five years ago, William Merrick founded the village which took his name. Although much has changed since 1794, Merrickville boasts many historical attractions – as well as great biking, hiking, shopping – and a
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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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Discover Almonte

Jun 22nd, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Back in 1819, David Shepherd recognized that a set of waterfalls along the Mississippi River would provide power for both grist and sawmills. The settlement took the name of this first European settler: Shepherd’s Mills. As time progressed, its name altered, but eventually citizens adopted the name of then-renowned Mexican General Almonte
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Lanark County’s historic Perth: ghosts, walking tours and festivals

Jun 22nd, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher “Murder, mayhem, scandal, outrage –  step back into historic Perth’s fascinating past on a 90-minute guided walking tour. Duels, hangings and everyday shenanigans highlight the tour and, if lucky, maybe a ghost or two will make an appearance.” So writes author and local historian Susan Code. It’s all too rare that history
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Where to go birding close to Ottawa

May 11th, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher From the Carp Hills (Carp Ridge) to Mud Lake to Presqu’ile (on Lake Ontario), there are many excellent birding destinations within or close to the City of Ottawa. Because of this biodiversity, we can see a variety of types of birds from year-round residents such as cardinals to rare species such as
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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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