On this day: Nuit Blanche, Toronto

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On October 4, 2015, I was waking up after a night at Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Nuit Blanche is an annual arts festival that takes place in many cities around the world at various times of the year.…

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Photo Friday: The Crystal at Royal Ontario Museum

Today’s edition of Photo Friday comes to you from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was constructed in 2007, as a multi-million dollar expansion to the Royal Ontario Museum located in downtown Toronto. The structure employs a Deconstructivist crystalline form, made of 25% glass and 75% aluminum sitting atop a…

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Travelling within Canada during Covid-19

Our recent trip to Niagara Falls a couple weeks ago was the furthest that we’ve ventured out since our return from Cambodia and Vietnam in February, pre-pandemic. What was it like embarking on our first travel experience since the Covid-19 pandemic? Refund policies for transportation and hotels are more flexible. We opted to take public…

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Autumn afternoon at High Park, Toronto

This weekend, we decided to take advantage of Toronto’s final weekend of road closures for the ActiveTO initiative and go on a bike ride through High Park. Located west of downtown and north of Humber Bay, High Park is the second largest municipal park in Toronto, spanning 400 acres. It was originally opened in 1876…

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Niagara beyond the falls

After a day of exploring world famous waterfalls, we decided to venture further afield to discover Niagara beyond the falls. As I mentioned in the previous post, the Niagara Parks encompass not only the Niagara Falls themselves, but also 16 square kilometres of other attractions and parkland extending along the Niagara River. Here are some…

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Journey to Niagara Falls, Canada

Finally, some new travel content for this blog! Last weekend, Mr. Chuckles and I ventured out on an overnight trip to Niagara Falls – here on the Canadian side, of course. Covid-19 cases are on the rise in our province again and this may be as far as we will be able to travel for…

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Photo Friday: Saskatchewan Valley, Canada

I have visited the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan once. Back in 2012, I attended a conference in Waldheim, Saskatchewan at a retreat centre adjacent to the North Saskatchewan River. Waldheim is a small town of 1,035 residents, located about 50 kilometres north of the city of Saskatoon. First settled in the 1890s by the…

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House on the hill: Casa Loma, Toronto

Casa Loma (Spanish translating to ‘Hill House’) is a prominent mansion and garden located in midtown Toronto, situated at an elevation of 140 metres above sea level. It was constructed between 1911 and 1914 as a residence for financier and founder of the Toronto Electric Light Company, Sir Henry Pellatt. Designed by architect E.J. Lennox,…

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A walk through Allan Gardens Conservatory

Founded in 1858, Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto and a source of garden envy for the likes of condo dwellers like me. Its main attraction is the large conservatory that houses rare tropical plants from around the globe, first developed by the Toronto Horticultural Society when it was offered a…

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On this day: Emerald Lake, British Columbia, Canada

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On September 1, 2017, I was at Emerald Lake, British Columbia. My friend and I were wrapping up our one week Western Canada hiking trip with Randonee Tours, which had taken us through Banff National Park in Alberta…

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