Category: Canada

See Ontario like never before on the Agawa Canyon Train

You can’t truly comprehend how huge Ontario is until you’ve ridden for 10 hours on a train…and are in still in Ontario. It’s amazing to think that in Europe, I would have passed through any number of counties in that amount of time. We are incredibly lucky to have acres of pristine wilderness. This summer, one of my Ontario bucket list dreams came true, and I was able to ride the magical Agawa Canyon Tour Train!

Being in Sault Ste Marie alone was a big deal for me- it was the furthest north that I’ve ever been in Ontario. I was about to travel even further- the train takes you 114 miles away from Sault Ste Marie.

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Glamp your cares away at Longpoint Eco Adventure

I woke up snug beneath several layers of warm blankets- so cozy that I didn’t want to get out of bed. I padded on the hardwood floors to the bathroom and splashed warm water on my face and took a shower. I then got ready and headed out to breakfast. Did I mention that I was in a tent? Welcome to glamping.

1-IMG_9732Longpoint Eco Adventure is an outdoor adventure park near Port Dover in Norfolk County.

When I found out about their Wilderness Suites, I knew that I had to stay there! I was a little worried about spending the night there during the first weekend of an unseasonably warm May. I didn’t have to worry- it was awesome! (more…)

Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto

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The Eaton Chelsea Hotel may be one of the best kept secrets in Toronto. At least to this local girl. It was obvious when I checked in that this wasn’t a secret to travelers around the world. The hotel was very busy with families, couples and businesses travelers checking in.

The Eaton Chelsea hotel was given a fresh re-branding in July. This is Canada’s largest hotel with 1500 guest rooms!And it’s right in the heart of downtown Toronto. There are four restaurants and lounges in the hotel including Bb33 Bistro & Brasserie, Monarchs Pub, Market Garden and Elm Street Lounge. Click here to find out more.

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I enjoyed my stay in a t 315 ft Deluxe King room. The bed was comfy and the room was spacious, with a nice view! Although the hotel was busy and my room faced the street, the room was very quiet. I loved the little sitting area, and was pampered with their customised bathroom amenities.

Complimentary amenities included:
• Hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet
• Iron and ironing board
• In-room coffee and tea
• LCD flat screen TV

All in all, this is a large hotel with cozy rooms and a fantastic location.

The Eaton Chelsea, Toronto is at 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

24 Hours in Moncton, New Brunswick

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Moncton is the perfect hub to start your exploration of New Brunswick. This city is only province that is officially bilingual in French and English (Quebec is unilingual). Check out some unique natural features, fun local shops and good eats.

 

Where to stay

September 201310 The Crowne Plaza is a good place to base yourself in the city. The comfortable hotel is a short walk away from downtown shops and has a delicious breakfast buffet that includes fish cakes! Yum.

 

 

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What to do

Tidal Bore: Take a walk downtown and peek at the Petitcodiac River, or what the locals call the chocolate river due to the mud bottom that’s often visible. This river is home to a natural phenomena called the Tidal Bore. This is an after effect from the nearby Bay of Fundy. The higher waters in the bay cause the water in the river to roll backwards in a single wave, which can be up to 24 inches tall! The tide rolls through the river twice a day.

The tidal bore has been getting some attention lately from the surfing community. This wave is perfect for surfing, and is the longest wave. Visitors are starting to recognize this and have come from around the world surf this wonder. Surfers from California even broke a record!

Magnetic Hill: Head up the hill backwards in this natural phenomenon turned fun tourist attraction. With a nearby zoo and wharf, this can be the perfect spot to spend the day.

Magnetic Hill Winery: These delicious wines are made from handpicked fruits. Take a tour, sample some wine for free or buy a custom packed picnic basket to enjoy on the beautiful grounds.

 

Shop

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Grab a one of a kind hand-painted porcelain souvenir or cup from this tiny French shop. Bonus: Pick out one of their Moncton skyline mugs for the perfect gift.

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Visit the Artisan Village downtown to explore a 8,000 square feet space of art galleries, studio spaces and unique items to buy.

Eat

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Tide and Bore (see what they did there? Tidal bore?) serves up tasty fare in their Gastropub downtown.  Craving seafood? Check out Catch 22.

Day Trip

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The Hopewell Rocks are magnificent, and a must see when in Moncton.

To read more about my visit to the beautiful New Brunswick, click here.

Dinner at the Rossmount Inn, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea

The charming Rossmount Inn is a historic house with 18 rooms on 87 acres of land. It’s just outside of St.Andrew’s, New Brunswick, and is known for its amazing meals. The Rossmount Inn is owned by Chef Chris Aerni and his wife Graziella.

I was lucky enough to have a reservation here when I went to visit New Brunswick!

The menu sources locally caught fish, foraged greens as well as wild and organic foods. Because of this, the menu changes daily (this is what it was when I went). The dining room is intimate and pretty romantic.

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We started with homemade hummus and fresh warm bread.

resto9-500x500An amuse-bouche was brought to our table- tender beef wrapped in puff pastry.

resto7-500x500I had the Snow crab cake ($15) to start. The fresh crab cake was served with Napa slaw and red pepper drizzle. The crab was sweet and was encrusted in crispy panko breading.

resto8-500x500Traditional Rosesmount Lobster Cocktail ($15) Fresh lobster with pickled beet salad and celery remoulade. Look at that presentation!

We both really enjoyed our appetizers, and eagerly awaited our mains.

resto5-500x500 We both had a hard time deciding what to eat. Since I was in  Atlantic Canada, I knew that I wanted to eat as much lobster as humanly possible. That helped me narrow it down to the Butter Poached Naked Lobster with gnocchi “Parisienne”($24).

I was worried that this meal would be too rich, but it was bang on for portion size. The dish had large pieces of buttery lobster garnished with arugula and lobster-cayenne reduction.

The star of the show was the Parisienne style gnocchi. While we were eating, Chef Chris Aerni actually came out to see how we were enjoying our meals. He explained that Parisienne style gnocchi is actually made from pâte à choux (the same stuff you make cream puffs from) and piped with a piping bag.

They were so delicate, light, and packed with flavour.

resto6-500x500My dining partner had opted for the unique Chia Seed Black Peppercorn Crusted Halibut ($27). It was served with zucchini spaghetti, yellow and red tomatoes, edamame and white butter. What a combination!

And of course, we had room for dessert and tea.

resto3-500x500The Swiss Chocolate Truffle Cake ($9)

resto4-500x500Hazelnut Slice ($9) with feuillete crunch, rich chocolate glaze and vanilla ice cream.

This meal was amazing! It pretty much ruined us for all meals in New Brunswick. 🙂

The high quality of the food combined with the attention to detail in the ingredients and the beautiful plating makes it easy to see why reservations go quickly.

I also thought that the price was quite reasonable for an upscale restaurant, compared to the prices in Toronto! If you are ever in St. Andrews, this is a must eat.

The Rossmount Inn is at 4599 Route 127, PO Box 3911, St. Andrews, NB

Magnetic Hill Winery

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Just up the hill in Moncton is one of the most adorable wineries that you’ll ever see. This bright yellow house is not only part of the Magnetic Hill Winery, but you can also stay there at the Bed & Breakfast.

The house was actually a beautiful 1867 estate home. Owners Jeff and Janet had a vision. They bought the home and put tons of work into lovingly restoring it. They raised the house and built another building directly underneath it to become the winery shop. The winery has been open since 2005.

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The shop itself is stuffed with tiny delights- like metal man wine bottle holders or giant high heel bottle holders.

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All of their wines use their hand-picked fruit and are fermented, filtered and bottled on site. Stop by for a free tasting and experience some delicious fruit wines!

We blind taste tested Illusions, their award winning white wine that was made using…wait for it…rhubarb! They grow and harvest the rhubarb for the wine. The wine was dry with a medium body and didn’t taste like rhubarb at all! We also got to try a strawberry wine and a red blueberry wine.

My favourite two wines were: Mystique: A cranberry wine with a sweet taste on the tongue that fades and leave you with a nice kick. I love it, because I prefer sweeter wines, but not -that- sweet. This wine is a 1 on the sweetness scale.

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Speaking of sweet, my other favourite was the Chocolate River Spiced Fruit Wine. It was served in a fun way! We were invited to take a bit of chocolate covered puffed quinoa (yeah! delicious!). First, we took a sip of the sweet wine that had notes of blueberry and various spices. Then, we tasted the chocolate quinoa and the wine together- amazing!
A fancy way to serve this dessert wine (a 5 on the sweetness scale) would be to put the quinoa in the glass and then pour wine over it. What a treat!

This little wine shop has tons of personality and character. The owners have re-purposed parts of the original house that the bed and breakfast is now in. The old fashioned wooden insulation has been used to create one of a kind gift crates for gifts. The old windows and kitchen cupboards are used as displays in the shop. And the bright, buttercup yellow colour of the house? Inspired by the old kitchen cupboards. If you look up, you can see the original foundations of the house above you.

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Fancy a snack? You can purchase a picnic basket filled with cheese, crackers and wine to enjoy on the premises in while taking in the view.

Best of all, the wine is affordable (prices range from $11- 15) and one of a kind. It makes a great gift! Click here to see all of the wine list.

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