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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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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