Road Trip to Newfoundland

My ultimate goal as a Canadian and a traveller is to one day say I’ve visited every province and territory within our beautiful country. I’ve been lucky enough to see the country by train, from Toronto to Vancouver, and have spent some awesome quality time within British Columbia and Alberta. However, my only trip out East was made over a decade ago to Halifax, and the remaining Maritime provinces haven’t received an ounce of love from me to date. This will change next week. Continue reading

Discover Ontario: Driving Hwy 6 — Day 2

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to travel planning, I have the bad habit of trying to cram in too much into a day’s itinerary. This rang true once again on our second day on Hwy 6. We were scheduled to take the MS Chi-Cheemaun to Manitoulin Island, and for some reason I booked us on the very first passage of the day. So, for the second day in a row, we were up before the sun. Continue reading

Discover Ontario: Driving Hwy 6 – Day 1

To officially drive the entirely of Ontario’s Highway 6, my first goal was to get to its starting point in Port Dover, on the shore of Lake Erie. To try to make our departure go as smoothly as possibly, I scheduled our vehicle pick-up for Thursday evening, booked a hotel room just outside of Port Dover for Friday night, and planned on an early morning rise on Saturday so we could get on the road at a decent hour. What I didn’t plan for was an unexpected hiccup in the itinerary. Continue reading

Discover Ontario: Driving Hwy 6, An Introduction

Happy (belated) Canada Day, everyone! As the 1st of July fell on a Wednesday, a traditional long-weekend away to celebrate all things Canadian was out of the question for most people. However, I decided to make the best of a post-celebration weekend by rediscovering a few places in Ontario that I haven’t visited for at least a decade. Continue reading

Toronto the Great: the City’s Island Residents

Take a short ferry ride across Toronto’s inner harbour, away from the downtown core of the city, and you’ll find a magical place that possesses the qualities of a fairy tale village. With picturesque, tree-lined avenues and cottages that could be taken from a story book, the communities located on Ward’s and Algonquin Islands are unlike any other within the city. Continue reading

National Aboriginal Day

Since 1996, June 21st has been marked on Canadian calendars as National Aboriginal Day (or NAD). This day was chosen by Aboriginal organizations and the Government of Canada as it corresponds with the summer solstice (and the longest day of the year). Continue reading

Discover Ontario: Petroglyphs Provincial Park

In Canada, June 21st marks not only the summer solstice, but also National Aboriginal Day — a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada. During the next week I’ll be sharing some posts dedicated to First Nations sites and events within Toronto and Ontario. Continue reading

Summer Trip Essentials & Tips

This weekend kicks off what will be a summer full of adventures as I travel around my home province for my Discover Ontario series. There will be a lot of camping and road tripping involved, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the camping/road trip tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way, as well as some of my personal trip essentials. Continue reading

Toronto the Great: An Introduction

Toronto has adopted many names over the years — “Muddy York”, “The Big Smoke”, “Hogtown”, “TO”, “the T-dot”, “the T-dot-o-dot”, “Hollywood North”, and now “The 6ix”. Before Toronto became to be known as any of these aliases (and even “Toronto” for that matter), it was known as “The Town of York” and was the official capital of Upper Canada. Continue reading