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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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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Rock On! Ottawa celebrates Canada’s birthday

Jan 19th, 2017 | By

2017 is our 150th birthday and our capital hosts many celebrations By Katharine Fletcher Ottawa’s the place to be this year because our country’s sesquicentennial birthday – 150th – sees the capital hosting a fabulous array of epic events. Perhaps you caught the start of the celebrations on Parliament Hill on New Year’s Eve? If
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Seeking colourful Christmas cheer

Dec 9th, 2016 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Christmas in our capital city is magical because of the hundreds of thousands of lights illuminating trees, buildings, and of course, Parliament Hill. So whether it’s a drive or walk downtown or exploring nearby villages – or visiting Old Fort Henry or Upper Canada Village, take time to delve into this unique
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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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The five best things to do in Montréal

Oct 14th, 2016 | By

Explore markets, fab food, great lights at night, and more By Katharine Fletcher Montréal is so close – merely a three-hour drive from Ottawa, and whether it’s a day trip or an overnight, there’s so much to do and see in its cosmopolitan environment. Here are a few of my faves – with some inside-out
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