Have you ever heard the expression, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I hadn’t until recently, and when I did hear it, I admit I did not really understand it. Until now. I was recently in Toronto for 4 days and 3 nights. We were lucky enough to have family offer to pay for 2 nights out of our 3 and book our accommodations at the […]

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make my way to Toronto – Canada’s most populated city and the provincial capital of Ontario. This expansive city is located in a warmer area of the country, on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.  We noticed the warmer climate right away;  Toronto was a good 4-5 degrees warmer than Ottawa during our visit. Toronto has been around since the 18th […]

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There is a little town along the Rideau Canal, about an hour from Ottawa, that really lives up to its reputation and tag line: Aged to Perfection.  This little Ontario town – Perth – is a favourite day trip getaway for those of us living in our Nation’s Capital.   Perth offers a lovely scenic stroll even when, as on our last visit, it is the end of winter (or very […]

When I first heard about WOOFSTOCK I was only a year old.  It sounded like a lot of fun and I really wanted to go! Yet somehow year after year we did not attend.  In 2011, Mom was on a business trip.  In 2012 we were about to leave on a month long adventure, and two trips back-to-back were not financially possible. In 2013 the bipeds got sick… […]

As travellers, we have seen our fair share of highways.  And highways in North America have their own, odd ball markers. In Canada, I can think of the giant apple near Trenton, the world’s largest hockey stick on Vancouver Island, Calgary’s giant Guitar Pick, the Pysynka (Easter Egg) of Vergreville; and in Quebec, they had Le Madrid. The story goes, that it all started because a man, named […]

Quebec City Frescos A Wonderfully Pet Friendly Activity!

We don’t often like to go to the same place twice, so what do you do when family obligations take you back to somewhere you’ve already been more than once?  To avoid boredom, you have to think a little outside the box! We love Quebec City. To say it is beautiful would truly be an understatement. It’s a wonderful place with so much to offer. From the perspective […]

Visiting Knowlton With a Dog - Eastern Townships, Quebec

Located along the shores of Lake Brome in the Eastern Township area of Quebec, you’ll find the village of Knowlton.  It was once part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec Association  but sadly has fallen a little out of favor in the last few years. But it is still a charming stop if you are traveling between Montreal and Quebec City with lively streets flanked with antique shops and cafés. […]

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There is nothing better than out of town guests to make you try some touristy “stuff” in your own city and see your home turf with fresh eyes.  I discovered this when Brad visited, when Suzanne visited and again more recently when Marlene, Stewart, Cocopuff and Dusty came for a visit all the way up from Texas (more on that later). I will never understand why Ottawa is […]

Visiting La Baie McLaurin With a Dog - Quebec, Canada

As I look out the window on this cold January day in Ottawa and all I see is snow and bare trees; I long for the wonderful discovery Mom and I made this past October.  And I want to share this beauty with you Dear Reader. I want to bring a little colour to your day. Sometimes the universe plays its hand in mysterious ways.  For the last 2 […]

St Stephen's in Chelsea

I want to share with you an eerie yet lovely local treasure we discovered in the quaint little town of Chelsea, a 15 minute drive from our home; just in time for Halloween. Forgive me for squeezing it in between posts on Bulgaria. One day after a particularly long hike in the Gatineau Hills, we decided to stop at Luigi’s for dinner. It’s close to St. Stephen’s Church in Chelsea. And […]