Exploring Vancouver Island’s Juan de Fuca trail

 

Mist and low-hanging clouds, moss-covered branches and smooth, slippery rocks — and at the edge, the tide pulls in and out, in and out. What is it about a lonely stretch of beach that makes the rest of the world fall away?

The more I travel the more I fall in love with the quiet of nature. On Vancouver Island, just off the coast of mainland British Columbia, there’s a lot to love. It doesn’t have the towering and overwhelming awe of the nearby Rockies, but the...

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Medieval Festival comes to Upper Canada Village

On the sprawling field behind a quaint village on the banks of the St. Lawrence, a wooden lance shatters into a dozen pieces, sending a knight flying off his horse and onto the grass below.  The spectators groan in sympathy.

This past weekend, the Medieval Festival set up camp at the far end of Upper Canada Village. It was an odd clash of time periods to be sure, but definitely a summer experience not to miss. I’ve always loved coming to this beautifully recreated 1800s village,...

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Five Senses for Travel: Scent

Summer, Ukraine, Europe

Travel is often referred to as sight-seeing. But if that was all there was to it, travelling would be like flipping through a virtual reality guide book. Yes, there’s a picture of Golden Gate Bridge. Ooh la la, the picturesque Montmartre. Look at those Alps, aren’t they grand?

Travel should be an experience of all the senses. It’s not just about seeing a place, but hearing the noisy clamour of a city like London or the soft quiet of the countryside in Scotland. It’s about...

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Winter festivities in Ottawa go beyond just New Years

Winter in Canada can seem unbearably long and miserable if you don’t find something fun to do in the outdoors. Although I’ve always loved skiing and skating, I’ve never properly taken advantage of all the different winter festivals and activities that happen throughout those cold snowy months.

This year, for the first time, my friend and I went to the Governor General’s Winter Celebration in Ottawa. It was as though mother nature decided to let us have our day in the snow —...

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Hauntingly Beautiful: Upper Canada Village pumpkin art

These aren’t the jack-o-lanterns of your childhood.

Pumpkinferno, as the name suggests, is a fiery vision of thousands of beautifully hand-carved pumpkins laid out against the backdrop of historic Upper Canada Village. As you walk through the streets under the open night sky you encounter scenes of breathtaking beauty — from mythical and supernatural beings to wild and exotic animals.

Upper Canada Village is a historical recreation of what life would have been like in a...

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