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Hiking with kids: Lake Annette Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

Hiking with kids:  Lake Annette Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies, is a popular place to hike and some trails, particularly around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, can be very crowded. The Lake Annette Trail in the Paradise Valley … Read entire article »

Best stops along Ontario’s West Coast

Best stops along Ontario’s West Coast

The area that lies on Lake Huron’s southeast shore is appropriately called Huron County. A sister of mine lives there, in Goderich, the county’s largest town. When I go for a visit we usually meet … Read entire article »

A look behind Stratford, Ontario’s annual celebration of theatre

A look behind Stratford, Ontario’s annual celebration of theatre

I’ve always visited Stratford, a small Victorian city in southern Ontario, Canada, because of its world-renowned Shakespearean festival.  Well that’s not completely true. I can remember going there when my children were very young and … Read entire article »

A mountain climbing experience of a lifetime (even if you’re a newbie)

A mountain climbing experience of a lifetime (even if you’re a newbie)

Every summer since 1906 the Alpine Club of Canada has held a general mountaineering camp (the GMC), usually in the mountains of British Columbia. Last summer Andrew Sunter participated in the camp that was held … Read entire article »

Château Montebello, the world’s most luxurious log cabin

Château Montebello, the world’s most luxurious log cabin

There has been a tradition in my family of spending at least a summer, during one’s youth, working at one of the great Canadian railway hotels. I started the trend, taking the train from Ottawa … Read entire article »

A streetcar tour of Toronto

A streetcar tour of Toronto

Susan Sullivan moved to Toronto, Canada’s largest city, a couple of years ago and has enthusiastically embraced it and its streetcars. Here is her recommended one day, hop-on, hop-off streetcar tour of the city. Toronto is … Read entire article »

Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Just about everyone who lives in Ottawa is familiar with the Central Experimental Farm. It’s hard to miss because it’s a 400-hectare working farm in the middle of the city just 3 km from the … Read entire article »

The colours of autumn in Canada’s capital

The colours of autumn in Canada’s capital

Let me take you on a tour of Canada’s capital in the autumn when leaves are turning shades of red, yellow and orange. We’ll hug the Ottawa River as we cross the city of Ottawa … Read entire article »

On the lookout for Alice Munro

On the lookout for Alice Munro

Was that Alice Munro, the highly acclaimed “master of the contemporary short story” and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, eating dinner at a ‘rib restaurant’ in Goderich? It all started a couple of weeks … Read entire article »

Understanding Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Understanding Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

For nearly 6,000 years the native people of the North American plains hunted buffalo. They did this without horses, guns or even bows. Instead, they enticed the animals to jump off a steep cliff to … Read entire article »

Waterton and Glacier National Parks: Hugging the Canada-USA border

Waterton and Glacier National Parks: Hugging the Canada-USA border

Erin and Andrew Sunter and their children spent a few days this summer at the International Peace Park, staying in the townsite of Waterton on the Canadian side and crossing the border for a hike … Read entire article »

Niagara Falls tops the list…sorry!

Niagara Falls tops the list…sorry!

Antonina Grinchenko was Barbara Reinhardus’ interpreter in the Ukraine many years ago and since then she has heard a great deal about Canada, Barbara’s country. This summer Antonina came to Canada as Barbara’s guest and … Read entire article »

Crypt Lake, Waterton Park: 1st class day hike (even with kids)

Crypt Lake, Waterton Park: 1st class day hike (even with kids)

Erin and Andrew Sunter, along with their children Aidan (age 6) and Parker (age 3), hiked the Crypt Lake trail in Waterton Lakes National Park on the Canada-USA border. It is one of the most … Read entire article »

Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Canada

Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Canada

Algonquin Park was Ontario’s first provincial park, established in 1893 as a wildlife sanctuary. Today it’s best known for the more than 2000 km of canoe routes that run through it. My (then) husband was introduced … Read entire article »

Road trip around Cape Breton Island, Canada

Road trip around Cape Breton Island, Canada

Cape Breton receives many accolades such as “one of the best island destinations in the world” and “one of the world’s best road trips”. What’s so great about this island on the Atlantic Ocean that … Read entire article »

My favourite road trip through Canada’s Maritime Provinces

My favourite road trip through Canada’s Maritime Provinces

There are three Maritime Provinces in Canada: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. They are on the Atlantic Ocean on the east side of the country. These three provinces along with Newfoundland form … Read entire article »

International Garden Festival, Quebec, Canada

International Garden Festival, Quebec, Canada

Along the banks of the St. Lawrence River in the province of Quebec an international garden festival that receives worldwide acclaim is held every year. This is no ordinary garden show; some would call it weird; … Read entire article »

A special place called Newfoundland

A special place called Newfoundland

If you look at a map of Canada you’ll see a very large island sitting just off the most eastern coast. That island is Newfoundland and it, along with a section of the mainland called … Read entire article »

Larkwhistle, the Canadian “Garden of Eden”

Larkwhistle, the Canadian “Garden of Eden”

I suspect most every Canadian who has a passion for gardening has heard of Patrick Lima and his garden on the Bruce Peninsula north of Toronto.  Although he and his partner, garden photographer John Scanlan, … Read entire article »

Vancouver Island with the kids

Vancouver Island with the kids

Nestled along Canada’s west coast is Vancouver Island and its beauty is legendary: lush old-growth rainforests, wave-swept beaches that stretch for miles, majestic mountains with snow-capped peaks, rivers teeming with fish, alpine meadows filled with … Read entire article »

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