I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the travel industry is suffering these days. Apparently, we all have less money to spend on the perceived luxury of travel. Yet, the truth is, for many of us, not being able to afford travel doesn’t stop us from wanting to do it. In fact, I believe that apart from world peace and a cure for cancer, travel is likely one […]

Known as “Jewel of the Townships”, North Hatley reveals itself in a most majestic way as you drive down a hill.  The road twists and turns, and between the thick trees framing the view ahead, you glimpse the clear blue lake shimmering under the sun, flanked by old Victorian style homes in the distance. Located at the northern most tip of Lake Massawippi (go ahead and giggle; we certainly did!), North Hatley was founded […]

On the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, approximately 20 miles from Quebec City, is the tiny village of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, home to the Canadian Basilica of the same name.  I am told, this major Catholic shrine and place of healing attracts a whopping 1 million pilgrims a year. To get from Quebec City to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, you have two options: 1)     Boulevard Sainte-Anne […]

On July 9th 2012 my paternal grandmother celebrated her 73rd birthday. To mark the occasion, we decided to go and visit her in Quebec City – a five hour drive from our home in Ottawa. It’s always a nice time and I do enjoy the family residence and all the attention I get from her while I am there!  But I must confess, that although we saw glorious Old Quebec […]

At the foot of Mount-Sainte-Anne near Quebec City you will find a well-kept little secret. I am going to share this secret with you: The Jean-Larose Waterfalls. 69 meters in height (224 feet) they have dug their way in the hard rock in a fantastically curved and ornate path and end with a thundering splash in a massive basin at the bottom. To access these falls is a […]

Having previously written about Quebec City, I will not repeat what was already mentioned in that post (Château Frontenac, the boardwalk, the Funicular, etc.).  I will simply invite you to first read it so you can, like me, focus on what was new to us this time around! We were lucky enough to actually have good weather on July 9th 2012:  warm and sunny with big white fluffy clouds.  So […]

One lovely summer day – last weekend to be precise – Dad sat across from Mom and I and said out of the blue: “Hey, why don’t we go to Wakefield?” So we got in the car and off we went to be tourists in our own backyard. You’ll find Wakefield in a splendid setting – a sort of throw back to the early settlements found along the […]

As the nice weather has finally arrived up here in the “Great White North” and as the highways become safer and less traitorous our thoughts turn to road trips.  We travel abroad twice a year, but we also really enjoy discovering things a little closer to home.  A few places on our list of possible destinations this year are Niagara Wine Country, The Thousand Islands, Tremblant or a possible trip up to […]

We do a lot of travel by car.  Drive to Toronto, to Montreal and sometimes trips (about 5 hours one way) to Quebec City to visit family. And I have to say we have our favorite pet friendly roadside stops. I have mentioned before that we believe a dog, just like a human should be strapped in for safety, and as a result I have a booster seat. […]

For my very first birthday (June 14th, 2011), my bipeds got me a booster seat.  Now, for some people this may seem extreme; but the fact is that every year thousands of dogs are killed in automobile accidents.  Many from hanging their head out the window and getting debris lodged in them in some horrid way.  Others are in the front seat and when a collision occurs the airbag […]