Canada

A Photo Tour of Toronto’s Roundhouse Park

April 2, 2014
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I grew up in a railroad town. The long, plaintive sound of the train’s whistle could be heard daily for miles around. All of us kids grew up learning to look both ways before crossing the train tracks. When I think of trains and my hometown, I think of summer. My friends and I would […]

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Toronto’s Castle: Casa Loma

November 13, 2013
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Who says you have to go to Europe to see castles? One of my favorite activities in Toronto was visiting Casa Loma, former estate of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt (1859-1939), the man who brought electricity to Toronto. Sir Henry’s story is that of the tragic rise and fall of an amibitious businessman. Sir Henry […]

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Toronto: The World in a City

November 6, 2013
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Are you a foodie? Do you like eating local cuisine when you travel? If you’re thinking of traveling to Toronto, Canada, you might be thinking “Mmm, I can’t wait to try some of that poutine, bacon and maple syrup!” It might surprise you, then, to learn there is a lot more to the “local” Toronto […]

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A Niagara Falls Day Tour

September 25, 2013
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Niagara Falls is a 90-minute drive outside Toronto, Ontario in Canada. From Vermont, it’s more like a 9-hour drive. So I knew when I visited Toronto last spring that it was going to be my best opportunity to see Niagara Falls. In fact, it was my number one priority for my trip. I had three […]

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New Experiences in Montreal

August 21, 2013
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Earlier this month, I went to Montreal for two new experiences: The Chihuly Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the International Mosaiculture Exhibit at the Botanical Gardens. Those two exhibits alone were worth the drive to and from Montreal. But they weren’t the only new experiences I had on this trip. For […]

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Two Art Exhibits in Montreal That Will Blow Your Mind

August 14, 2013
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Montreal is one of my favorite destinations for a quick weekend getaway: Just two hours north by car, it has everything I want in a major city: A variety of activities, fantastic dining options, loads of great hotels, a beautiful historic district (the Vieux Port, or Old Montreal) on the St. Lawrence River, and a […]

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Toronto’s Distillery District in Photos

July 31, 2013
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I’d like to say that visiting the Distillery District in Toronto is like stepping back in time, but that wouldn’t be quite true. It’s a little too touristy for that. The shops are high-end. The prices are high end. This is not a working-class, blue collar neighborhood, as I’m sure it once was. As usually […]

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The Two Faces of Niagara Falls

July 10, 2013
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I have never felt Nature’s raw power quite the way I did standing at the edge of the 167-foot high Horseshoe Falls. I trembled with a mixture of awe, fear, and excitement as I watched the greenish-black water rush past and briefly transform to a seafoam green right before it plunged over the precipice into […]

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A Sci-Fi Fan’s Tour of Toronto

June 12, 2013
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If you are a sci-fi/fantasy fan, Toronto is a destination that should definitely be on your long-range sensors. Why? For almost as long as I’ve known that Toronto is a city in Canada, I have known that Toronto is a city that embraces science fiction and fantasy–perhaps more so than any other city on Earth. […]

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