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Bucket list for kids: Riding Via Rail

Bucket list for kids: Riding Via Rail

Children have long loved toy trains that run on wooden tracks, stories about fast trains/slow trains/adventure trains. So what could be better than a ride on a real train? Via Rail is the passenger train in Canada and its first transcontinental train travelled between Montréal and Vancouver in 1978. (Train travel in Canada started much earlier than that but it was not called Via Rail; the railway joined east and west Canada in 1885.) My first … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Skating under a glacier, Lake Louise, Alberta

Bucket List for Kids: Skating under a glacier, Lake Louise, Alberta

There’s an emerald lake in one of Canada’s most magnificent settings that was once called “the lake of the little fishes” by the people of the Stoney Nation who lived close by. This lake is now called Lake Louise and its backdrop is the stunning Victoria Glacier, so close that you almost feel that you are beneath it. You’ll find Lake Louise in Banff National Park, the oldest park in Canada. Each winter the “lake of … Read entire article »

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Canada 2017 is coming

Canada 2017 is coming

Editorial: I’m a boomer and sure remember 1967, Canada’s 100th birthday, particularly Expo 67 in Montreal. I went with my girlfriends and my mother was terrified that we’d be captured into white slavery when using the public washrooms (aside from what we’d catch sitting on the toilet seats). The top song in 1967 was (drumroll) “Canada”. Not “Oh Canada” but a feel good sort of dorky one by the Young Canadian Singers. You can listen to … Read entire article »

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Celebrating Canada’s railway hotels

Celebrating Canada’s railway hotels

There is a famous moment in Canadian history when on November 7, 1885 an iron spike was pounded into a railway tie in Craigellachie, British Columbia signalling the joining of Canada’s east with its west by railroad. It was no easy feat, particularly the stretch of track over the Kicking Horse Pass at the Alberta-B.C. border. But William Van Horne, general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) at the time, got it done, though at … Read entire article »

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San Miguel de Allende’s botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende’s botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

For those wanting to know more about succulent plants — and I am one of them — consider visiting El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden where many of the plants are labeled in English. The garden is just outside the colonial town San Miguel de Allende, a place that attracts American and Canadian artists and active retirees. Having recently visited two outstanding Mexican gardens, one in Oaxaca and the other in Mexico City, and not … Read entire article »

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San Miguel de Allende, a great place for women

San Miguel de Allende, a great place for women

If you travel beyond the beaches in Mexico you’ll probably know about San Miguel de Allende. It’s the sort of place that expats write books about. It’s cultured and a little exotic. San Miguel is often described as a colonial gem where artists go in winter and many retire to. The first was Stirling Dickinson, fresh from Princeton University, who so liked what he saw when he stopped by in 1934 that he encouraged thousands of … Read entire article »

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