Journey to the end of Yonge Street

You may know that Yonge Street starts in Toronto Ontario, but did you know that it is the longest street in the world?  It ends in Ontario, but do you know where? Yonge Street ends at the farthest extent west in Ontario, at Rainy River, at the Minnesota USA Border.  Rainy River has a population of approx 1000 people.  Although not a large community, they have all the amenities you need plus there is a lot to do! The Rainy River District is known by Birders as it is a unique area where the Eastern & Western Regions meet, and […]

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Nation’s Capital

Ottawa has been the Capital of Canada since 1857 when Queen Victoria chose a town half way between Montreal (the French centre) and Toronto (the English centre). Since then, the Capital has flourished as a blend of the two cultures offering a unique living experience. The houses of Parliament, dating back to the 1880s, have a stunning view overlooking the Ottawa River and the historic Rideau Canal, which winds its way 198 km to Kingston Ontario. In summer, thousands of boaters travel the Rideau Canal and, in winter, it is transformed into the world’s largest skating rink. Other historical sites […]

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Manitowaning

Visit the quaint little town of Manitowaning where the people are friendly and always have a knack for remembering your name after your first introduction. Take a moment to wander down to the waterfront to see the old Ferry boat that once traveled between South Baymouth and Tobermory or stop in at the local museum to see the wonderful history that once was classed as everyday life. Although you would think it has nothing to offer, its gift selection located in the local drug store has just what you need for those special occasions or last minute necessities. The Nappa, […]

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Winterlude

Growing up on the West Coast, I had never experienced real winter and, when I did for the first time, I wasn’t so sure I liked it. I had moved to Ottawa for school and was gearing up for some cold temperatures and a lot of snow. I was also prepared to hunker down in the warm confines of the school library and wait out the never-ending storm I perceived as winter. The one winter activity I was willing to try was the winter celebration in Quebec City, Carnival, I had heard about as a child. Unfortunately, the hectic student […]

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The Kensington Market

In my Toronto travels, anther of my favourite places was the Kensington Market located between Dundas and Baldwin Streets. I’ve been to many markets, and Kensington has come out on top. Not to mention, I’d much rather spend a day wandering around the Market than the crowded, metropolis Eaton Centre. The market has everything to make the perfect day trip. If you’re going to Toronto anytime soon, make sure you set aside a day to explore the Kensington Market. The greatest thing about the Kensington Market is the bargain shopping. Never in my life have I seen such an impressive collection […]

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Avoid the Tourist Traps in Toronto

I find I often get tired to the same daily grind being a tourist: go to the big attractions, take photos, get lost, look like an idiot reading the map upside down, getting ripped off by cab-drivers; maybe that’s just me. Luckily, I had a friend who lives in Toronto who directed me to a few local haunts to escape the tourist vibe and really get a feel for the city. She took me to Queen’s Street West and told me to avoid any place with a big sign. Off I ventured, desperately trying to blend in. She was right […]

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A Canadian Safari

Can’t make it to the Serengeti for that safari you’ve always dreamed of? Skip the sun and try Algonquin Park in Ontario. Only three hours from Toronto, Algonquin is home to over 400 species mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. There are also thousands of different plant and fungi. By far the coolest thing I saw when there were the moose. The creatures were the least elusive animals we saw but probably the most amazing. We left our camp spots just before dawn on our second day there and waited patiently. Watching the sun rise across the serene, dewy forest would […]

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Toronto’s Different Dining Destinations

Being a city of immense diversity, Toronto is swamped with hundreds of restaurants claiming to have authentic food from all over the world. I’m certainly no culinary master, but I love food and have tried a couple of very good (and a few not so good) ethnic restaurants in Toronto. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I truly enjoyed food from cultures all over the globe, despite the slight bout of nerves before each meal. Before I didn’t even know what people ate in many countries, now I love trying new ethnic foods as I’ve fallen in love with […]

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Distillery Historic District

Being completely honest, before my first trip to Ontario, I was not excited to see Toronto. I’d seen a big city before and I had never heard of any real cultural or historic significance to the area. Then I stumbled upon the Distillery Historic District, located around the Parliament Buildings, stretching from Mill Street to Cherry Street. I immediately fell in love with the rustic area that felt like a piece of old world Europe dropped into a metropolis of Canada. But even more than that, it didn’t feel like a constructed tourist destination with its atmosphere of pure authenticity. […]

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Tour of Toronto’s Neighbourhoods

Tour of Toronto‘s Neighbourhoods Any first-time visitor to Toronto will be overwhelmed by the harmonious blend of cultures in the city; over 90 different ethnic groups live in Toronto, resulting in bunches of eclectic neighbourhoods where no one street is the same. Whether you plan to visit the city for the first time, or are a seasoned traveller, there is nothing better than wandering around the various districts to really soak up the atmosphere of the city. Spending a few days in the city is internet-easy with Air Canada offering direct flights and Virgin Holidays for package deals. A number […]

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