There are few places more Canadian … more “the Maritimes” than Hopewell Rocks (a.k.a. the Flowerpots, “the rocks” but officially The Rocks Provincial Park).  It’s almost in every single video featuring Canada.  You will know the moment you see it! Why do people get so excited about rock formations in New Brunswick? Well, take a look. Pretty stunning right? They stand 40–70 feet tall. So it’s no small thing […]

Three hours North East of Quebec City you will find the surprisingly interesting stop of Rimouski.  Right on the water’s edge, you will find Pointe-au-Père Site Historic.  If you are looking for a really fun time that doesn’t exclude your pup entirely, and you’re able to do a bit of a hand-off (two people or caravan) it is well worth it. This is how we went about visiting […]

It’s always been a source of great annoyance in our family that the Canadian train company VIA Rail, wasn’t as forward thinking as so many others we’ve had the pleasure to ride. It’s tough to go to France, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic and on and on and on…. only to return home and be limited to driving the car as a way to get around. It’s extra frustrating […]

We are always up for trying new accommodation options. We are not fans of camping per say … but “Glamping”? Yeah we can do that. Remember that time we stayed in a tree house? When we were touring “La Gaspesie”; a peninsula along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec Canada, we were thrilled to discover we could stay in a YURT on the beach.   When […]

Did you know the bipeds got married last summer? Yep! And what a day it was! A day that included loads of dogs too, because I had my own guest list! Oh yes! But first, let me tell you about the civil ceremony. I will save the spiritual wedding (held at sunset) for later. As I mentioned in our post on the epic engagement in Prague; one of the reasons […]

I am thrilled to welcome fellow Canadians Kayleen and Danielle of Bolt and Keel to the Montecristo Travels “special correspondent” series. A collection of interviews here on the blog that proves we are not the only ones “crazy” enough to travel the globe with our pet(s). It’s a growing trend and no longer quite so rare an occurrence. We are building a community of people passionate about both their pets and […]

Every year, at the end of May, Ottawa goes crazy with thousands (and I do mean thousands!) of tulips. If it’s May in Ottawa, it has to be the Tulip Festival. The full story of the Tulip Festival is a wonderful story of friendship. The quick synopsis goes like this: During World War II, Canada provided safe haven to the Dutch royal family, sheltering them from the three year […]

Canada/USA border crossing with a small dog is painless. Making road trips or flying between the two a relatively easy task to undertake. Especially small “carry on” dogs like me! For this post we will focus on flying as an “example” but the rules are the same. Note regarding air travel: I admit right now I have no idea how it works for flying larger dogs. I write only about […]

On a glorious Saturday afternoon, I watched Mom and Dad get all dressed up—and I mean dressed up, Dear Reader! Complete with hat, hand-painted silk summer dress, fancy LV bag, and shoes for Mom, and for Dad, fancy Italian shoes, hat, bowtie, vest, and pocket watch. They were going all out! This was unusual in that normally weekends are more dress down kinds of days for the bipeds. […]

The Ramada Ottawa on the Rideau is the best and most affordable pet friendly hotel in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. No word of a lie. Don’t believe me? Keep reading! I have seen hotels offer free stays or some other incentive in exchange for a review by a social-media-blogger-sweetheart. It’s marketing and I get it. But I don’t trust sponsored reviews as much as I trust those that are […]