Category: Quebec

You, me and two hundred thousand birds on Bonadventure Island

As we drew closer to the island, a few birds here and there circled the sky, some diving into the ocean to capture fish. Eventually, these few birds became hundreds.


As our boat docked on the island, only a few birds remained to be seen. Welcome to Bonadventure Island. The island is a short hop away from Percé, Quebec. What makes this tiny island unique are the two hundred thousand birds that live here. Of these, a colony of 110,000 northern gannets attract visitors from around the world. (more…)

Snow & Stargazing at Mont-Mégantic Observatory

Quebec Dark Sky ReserveI have a very specific list of goals that I want to complete before I turn 30. Some are possibly unattainable. Others come together in very serendipitous ways. This is one of them.
I’ve been obsessed with going to the Dark Sky Reserve in Quebec ever since I came across it many years ago. I love the night sky, so the idea of going to a place with little to light pollution was very exciting to me!

The Mont-Mégantic Observatory in Quebec was officially declared a Dark Sky Reserve in 2007. Canada actually has 6 Dark Sky Preserve Areas, making it the country with the most in the world. Go Canada! (more…)

5 Romantic Things to Do in Montreal

Montreal is hands down, one of the most romantic cities in Canada. From the beautiful cobblestone streets in old Montreal, to the sexy glamour of St. Denis, Montreal has it all. It’s the perfect location if you’re looking to get away with from it all and perhaps find love, or maybe to relax with a special someone. Here are the most romantic spots in Montreal.

1. Stay at the Ritz Carlton & eat at Maison Boulud 1-DSCN0301Splurge on a private room in the brand new Ritz Carlton Hotel. When you aren’t lounging in your luxurious room, head down to the acclaimed Maison Boulud for a bite to eat.

1-DSCN0270 1-DSCN0281 Settle down in front of the fireplace and order from the menu that changes daily. With a focus on local produce and fresh food, you can’t go wrong with this Daniel Boulud spot.

Montreal with the Nikon Coolpix P600

I’m on the hunt for a new camera, so I jumped at the chance to review the Nikon Coolpix P600.

1-IMG_20140928_173718019Pushing NIKKOR optics to new heights, the COOLPIX P600 boasts a 60x optical zoom from a wide-angle 24mm to an astonishing 1440mm (35mm equivalent) range, and can reach even further using Dynamic Fine Zoom*. Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization helps reduce the effects of camera shake, allowing users to capture clear photos from incredible distances. With built-in Wi-Fi2, users can easily share amazing photos with family and friends by transferring images to a compatible smartphone or tablet and uploading them to their social networks. (more…)

Seeing Montreal by Scooter with Dyad Cycles

I’m about to go on an e-bike tour with a group of travel writers and I have a confession to make: I kinda sorta can’t ride a bike. It stems from some lasting trauma of falling off a bike in grade four, and not getting back on until….about 2 years ago for a brief jaunt.

But here I am, at uber cool Dyad Cycles, about to go on a sightseeing tour of Montreal.

The tour group leader does ask, “Who can’t ride a bike? We can all ride bikes, right?” and I don’t say anything. Surely it would all come rushing back to me…right?

We suit up in helmets and gloves, and head outside to select our candy coloured electric scooters.


Drinking Absinthe in Montreal

Tucked away in the Intercontinental Hotel in Montreal is the absinthe bar, Sarah B. In the plush private room (one of two that can be rented for special events) I’m about to have my first experience with the green fairy. Absinthe. Moulin Rouge and Amsterdam, but in Canada.

Once upon a time, absinthe used to be a banned substance, and there’s still a bit of mystery and illicitness that surrounds this drink.

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Lunch at Accords Bistro [Montreal]

1-September 2014Every time I visit Montreal, I feel like I’ve stepped into Europe. Maybe it’s the French. Maybe it’s the cobblestones, or maybe it’s just being offered still or sparkling water at every meal. Whatever it is, I’m in love with Montreal. (more…)

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