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In my last blog, I mentioned that the old town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, although lovely, is not enough to occupy you for an entire day. Add the surrounding area to your visit, however, and you have more things to choose than time to see! And that is how we like it. The highlight of our visit was Fort George, but I will cover that in its own post next […]

When you are next in Kingston – because after my review of Kingston, you are going to go, right? – I recommend taking the ferry to Wolfe Island for a day of relaxed adventure. You will not regret it. Wolfe Island, named after General James Wolfe (“Wolfe” with an “e,” not my ancestors), is the largest of the world-renowned Thousand Islands. It’s located where Lake Ontario ends and […]

There are not many small cities in Canada that pack the historical punch that Kingston does. The city’s motto is “Where history and innovation thrive,” and it certainly has the history part covered: The city’s nickname is “Limestone City” because of the many heritage buildings constructed using local limestone. There are nearly 700 properties listed in the heritage register. The Rideau Canal, along with the fortifications at Kingston, […]

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There are few places I enjoy more than the MacKenzie King Estate in the Gatineau Park. Luckily for me, it is only about a 20 minute drive from my home! I don’t know if it’s the pretty gardens, the lovely tea house, the majestic mature trees, the wonderful trails or the time worn ruins that dot the property… but there is just something alluring about the place. So, […]

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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… […]

Pet Friendly Hog’s Back Park and Falls - Ottawa, Ontario

Some of the gems in our area are well known; Rideau Falls and the Rideau Canal are good examples. The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO world heritage site, so it gets lots of publicity. Rideau Falls is seen by every tourist who takes the Ottawa River boat tour.  But there are lesser known areas along the Rideau River that are truly spectacular and worth a little visit if […]

Visiting Manotick With a Dog - Ontario, Canada

The fall colours are out and it is with a fond farewell to summer that I present to you the last of my local summer jaunts. Reminiscing is a great part of travel, even if that adventure is very close to home. Recall the smells and sounds of summer and think back to crickets, warm breezes, the smell of dry hay in the air, and sticky fur from spilled gelato … that is […]