Travel

Summer in Stowe

Though Stowe, Vermont, a two-hour drive south, is primarily famous for superb winter alpine activities — they even have a ski and snowboard museum open year-round — there are many warm weather pastimes worth seeking out. You can soar over the mountains in gliders and hot air balloons, go hiking,...

Market Fare and More in St-Eustache

A mere 40-minute drive northwest of Montreal, St-Eustache in the lower Laurentians is an easy destination for a day trip encompassing 18th-century history, artisanal goods and outdoor activities. Start your day early. After an unremarkable highway drive, arriving in the picturesque old town, with impressive vistas and lush vegetation, is...

Home Exchange: At Home Where You Travel

Give and take. Visit and host. That’s the basis of home exchange, a growing alternative for travel accommodations. “It’s a little bit like Internet dating, but for the house instead,” says Ed Kushins, CEO of HomeExchange.com. How does it work? On websites like HomeExchange.com, members set up a profile of...

Le Tortillard Gourmand: A Tasting Spree in Lanaudière

In French, a tortillard is a small local passenger train that follows a sinuous trail and makes many stops. Replace the train by an eco-conscious Mercedes-Benz van that runs on low-emission BlueTEC Diesel and takes you around to local farms, and you get a pretty accurate idea of the concept...

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...
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