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Short Trips: Taking aim at Ontario's Perth

Short Trips: Taking aim at Ontario's Perth

PERTH, ON — In the local museum of this historic Upper Canada town, where much is made of the fact that Canada’s last fatal duel took place, the past comes to life.
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Canada's First PM Stands Tall in Kingston

Canada's First PM Stands Tall in Kingston

KINGSTON, ON - We were in this city’s historic City Hall when it really hit me. Sure, I knew that Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, had made his mark in Kingston, and had lived here for years. But when I saw his old desk, (a partners’ desk) carefully preserved in City Hall, I finally had tangible proof of his having lived and worked here.
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Cottagers: It's Time to Go Jump in the Lake

Cottagers: It's Time to Go Jump in the Lake

BARRY’S BAY, ON - Theirs had a sauna. Big bonus. Theirs had a wasps’ nest. Big minus. (The spray stuff you buy in grocery stores to eliminate the kamikaze pests, by the way? Good luck with that.) Theirs had a swimming raft with a kid-friendly slide on it. Check. Theirs was well equipped for a family of four, two adults and two kids, ages 2 and 6.
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Summers to remember in Wasaga Beach

Summers to remember in Wasaga Beach

WASAGA BEACH, ON - Ahhh, the dog days of summer are about to end and another year of enjoying this wonderful weekend retreat with my family and friends has come and gone too soon.
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Viamede Resort a Diamond in the Rough

Viamede Resort a Diamond in the Rough

WOODVIEW, ON - Sometimes, the best vacation destinations are the ones closest to home. Take this sleepy little hamlet, located just two hours north of Toronto in Ontario’s pristine Kawartha Lakes District, for example.
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Following cycle paths to Montreal

Following cycle paths to Montreal

OKA, QUEBEC - We didn’t really blend in with the festive Canada Day crowds because our bikes were laden with heavy saddlebags. It was mid-afternoon and the sky was heavy with rain but it didn’t matter – the energy at the intersection of Rideau and Sussex streets in Ottawa was electric. We dismounted our bikes and pushed past the throngs dressed in red and white and waving their Canadian flags, our bulging saddlebags jostling the ankles of adults and the strollers of toddlers.
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Cobble Beach makes the Loonie Stronger

Cobble Beach makes the Loonie Stronger

KEMBLE, ON - The road that winds along lovely Georgian Bay and past the rolling countryside known as Georgian Bluffs, reminds me of the seaside Massachusetts highways I normally travel on vacation -— before the Canadian dollar became a Third World currency, that is.
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Raising a Glass to Niagara's Wine Region

Raising a Glass to Niagara's Wine Region

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON - From a perched terrace overlooking a sea of green vines that seem to stretch to the horizon, I stare at my lovely surroundings while sipping a glass of sweet ice wine and think to myself, “Now this is how life should always be.”
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A stay-cation in Toronto

A stay-cation in Toronto

TORONTO - Noah stares in bewilderment as I pack his dolphin bathing suit next to his snow pants. I explain several times to my 7-year-old that we are going on a fun “staycation” in our own city. He keeps asking if I’m sure I didn’t make a mistake and we’re in fact going back to the Bahamas.
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Blowing Off Steam during a Toronto Whistle Stop

Blowing Off Steam during a Toronto Whistle Stop

TORONTO - The CN Tower might be this city’s most famous landmark, but it doesn’t hold a whistle, er, candle to Toronto’s hidden gem: Steam Whistle Brewing.
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