Travel

America’s Worst Weather: A Trek Up Mount Washington Can Be Delightfully Foul

Rik Dow apologizes. He’s guided us up the highest mountain in the American northeast for a panoramic view, but we’re shrouded in pea soup. “I’m disappointed for you folks that the clouds aren’t cooperating for scenery,” he says. “But they’re cooperating to show off the weather we’re famous for.” At...

A Gourmet Excursion through Montérégie

The Montérégie region is known for its bucolic charm and the mountains it is named after. On a recent visit to this vast expanse located less than one hour’s drive south of Montreal, I discovered that there’s more to the region than idyllic panoramas. Bordered by the St. Lawrence river...

Falling in Love with Budapest

Budapest is a city that has managed to hang on to its roots while stretching to embrace the modern Western world. You will fall in love with its Old World charm, with its bridges, castles and beautiful ruins. You’ll also like the city for its magnificently smooth public transport system...

Dolphins, Sunshine and Friends from Around the World: Dragon Boat Training Camp

Jim Farintosh leaned his 6’ 5” frame over the massive wooden oar trailing in the water at the back of the dragon boat. His piercing blue eyes narrowed in the hot afternoon sun. “OK,” he said wickedly, “Let’s go shark hunting.” Metaphorically speaking, of course. Coach Farintosh was looking for...

Trois-Rivières: Plenty of History on a Pretty Waterfront

On my first and all-too-brief one-day visit to Trois-Rivières I was impressed by how much there was to do around the town. With a population of a little more than 130,000, it’s a bit bigger than a typical Quebec town, but it has some of the same characteristics: people are...

A Grand Makeover at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Foodies travelling to Quebec City this summer are in luck. The city’s iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has just emerged from a $75-million makeover that has restored heritage details and modernized rooms, the lobby and meeting spaces. Some of the biggest changes were made to the hotel’s restaurants. “We really wanted...

A Montrealer’s adventurous year of volunteering

There was the looming 30th birthday. The nagging uncertainty about the future. Oh, and that dyed-in-the-wool, long-shelved dream to experience the world firsthand. Upon closer inspection of his escape plan, it would appear Montreal tourism blogger and content producer Daniel Baylis did what any self-respecting travel junkie likes to believe...

Have Bag, Will Travel

We’re counting down the days until spring appears in true form, and in the meantime our minds are wandering to far away places. Whether you’re planning an exotic getaway or simply a weekend escape, these luxurious Canadian-designed travel bags and totes are ready to go when you are. Ellena overnight...

In the Dordogne, Caverns, Caves and Vineyards

“We start with the white, yes?” He splashed the wine into a small glass and slid it across the Formica table. We were deep in red wine country just outside Cahors in south west France, an area that’s been producing reds wines so dark they call them black since the...

The Luxe Long Weekend

The life of the country gentry is alluring, but elusive. One needs an estate with water and woods, and a manor house with good bones and perfectly aged interiors. Also essential is attentive, skilled staff — housekeepers, cooks, servers, bellmen and managers, all working in harmony. This languid life revolves...
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