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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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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