Travel

Celebrate Our Flying Friends

When the weather starts turning warmer, the sky fills with certain travellers who fly great distances for their annual trip to Canada. Southern Ontario is a particularly attractive spot for our feathered...

Cherry Blossom Season

When cherry blossoms bloom, the Japanese like to picnic under the trees, take pictures and contemplate the flowers. This traditional activity is called Sakura Hanami. The flower viewing tradition...

Authentic Tenerife

There are two separate realities in Tenerife, largest of the seven Canary Islands. The southern end of the island is a beachy playground full of vacationing sun seekers while the rocky landscape...

Travelling North Vietnam by Motorbike

I left Vietnam when I was 16 and had been back visiting my family in the South, Sai Gon, many times. But my first trip to the North was in 2015 on...

A Sip of Coffee

Café La Maison - A touch of Europe and Central America Found in three downtown locations, Café La Maison Smith is a good place...

Sens Rink of Dreams

Skating is a part of winter life in Canada and everyone needs to try it at least once. Just look at how popular hockey is. Sens Rink of Dreams, located...

Nashville’s Noteworthy Legacy

In Nashville, it’s hard to go around the corner without bumping into a singer, songwriter, performance venue or recording studio. Music City truly lives up to it moniker. If...

Finding Happiness in Bhutan

Have you ever thought that in the 21st century there might exist a mysterious land that is not subject to the influence of modern technology? A place where the environment is of...

Taking a Bite Out of Banff

Banff’s backdrop of majestic mountains draws people from around the world, but most don’t realize there are culinary treasures to be found there, as well. A good place to...

The Fairytale Views of Thien Mon Son and Zhangjiajie

If you love winter and like to see snow-covered mountains, Zhangjiajie (likened to “Pandora on Earth” WHAT IS PANDORA?) - and Thien Mon Son (likened to an avenue linking to heaven) will be...

Arty Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, or “Tree Town,” as the locals lovingly refer to it, is a leafy, green college town full of creative makers and liberal-minded doers. Explore its streets and you’ll notice it...

Skiing in Japan

Growing up in Saigon, where it is hot and humid 11 months of the year, I found winter to be a luxurious concept. At the age of 20, I moved to Vail,...

Paddling through a Spirited City

Once upon a time, Peterborough, in the heart of Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes cottage country, was a manufacturing centre, home to General Electric and Evinrude Outboard Engines. It was also “the canoe-building epicentre of...

Saskatoon’s Cultural Surprises

Saskatoon has been getting a lot of attention lately, especially since it was named by the New York Times as one of the places to visit in 2018. Of 52 destinations listed,...

Niagara Parks: A Culinary Explosion

Driving along Ontario’s 56 km Niagara River Corridor, stretching from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, I thought of my childhood visits to Niagara Falls. We’d ride the Maid of the Mist, get soaked...

Vancouver, Canada’s Beauty Queen

Vancouver is a city of unparalleled beauty. On a recent trip there I marvelled at the snow-capped mountains standing sentinel, the indigo blue ocean lapping the shore and the verdant lushness of...

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