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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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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Photo essay: Summer in the city

It’s August 31st and the end of summer is upon us. Here’s a recap of our prolonged staycation in Toronto this season.

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My great Canadian travel bucket list

Technically, I have travelled Canada coast to coast, having lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and spent a short weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia many years ago. However, Canada is a massive country and there is a lot more in between that I have yet to discover. Given the current state of international travel, I expect…

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Sunny days at Sunnyside, Toronto

Sunnyside is a lakefront district in west Toronto sitting along Lake Ontario’s Humber Bay, extending west from Exhibition Place to the mouth of Humber River. Interestingly, the area has notable history in Toronto, first documented as the landing location of an 1813 attack during the War of 1812. Later on in the early 20th century,…

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My UNESCO World Heritage checklist

When the UNESCO World Heritage list was first published in 1978, there were only 12 places included. Since its inception, the list has now grown to encompass over 1000 sites worldwide, identified as places on Earth that are of outstanding value to humanity in terms of cultural, historical, or scientific significance. The UNESCO designation confers…

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On this day: Montjuรฏc, Barcelona, Spain

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On July 25, 2015, I was in Barcelona, Spain. My travel mates and I were approaching the end of our time in Spain. After a couple days exploring Costa Brava and the Pyrenees region, we wrapped up our…

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On this day: Castellar de n’Hug, Spain

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On July 24, 2015, I was in Castellar de n’Hug, Spain. After returning from our excursion to Costa Brava, my adventurous travel mates arranged for a motorcycle ride up along the mountainous roads of the pyrenean range…

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Friday flowers at Toronto Music Garden

Besides the Toronto Islands, which I wrote about last week, another great spot to explore some green space within the cityโ€™s concrete jungle is the Toronto Music Garden. Fronting on the inner harbour area, the parkโ€™s layout is based on Bachโ€™s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Each dance movement within the suite corresponds to a…

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