Category: Travel

Weekend Getaway: Ottawa

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Expedia.ca asked me if I was interested in going to Ottawa, and I said yes! Ottawa is one of those cities that I feel like I always breeze through. It’s so close! In less than 1 hour by plane, you’ll be in a city where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s face graces cookies. For real. I visited recently for a weekend and took my time to savour the city. Here’s what I did! (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…)

Toronto in Winter: Winterlicious, Hot Chocolate & More!

So far, we’ve been lucky enough in Toronto to have a very mild winter! Usually by this time, we are knee deep in snow, and bundled up in down parkas. Winter will come, eventually, and when it does we’ll be ready! There are lots of fun things to do in this city as the temperature drops. Expedia.ca asked me to gather a couple of my favourite things to do in Toronto when it gets cold outside, here are my top picks.

Winterlicious

IMG_1694Winterlicious and Summerlicious are prixe fixe menu events in the city. For two glorious weeks, you can enjoy set menus at over 200 restaurants in Toronto! Although this happens again in the summer (hello, Summerlicious!), I have a soft spot for Winterlicious. I use it as a reason to get together with my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, and it gives you something to look forward to in the winter! So how does it work? You can get a 3 course lunch for $18, $23 or $28, depending on the restaurant. Dinner starts at $25 and goes up to $45. (more…)

Style Jaunt: Puerto Vallarta series with Flare & Transat

1-IMG_0795My favourite thing to do when traveling (um, other than finding amazing food spots, of course) is shop. I love to shop so much that I carry a giant purse, bring a packable duffle bag with me for my purchases, and make my boyfriend pack light so that I can share his suitcase if I shop too much (he’s the best). I just love discovering authentic and local items that you can’t find in your home town to remind you of your international adventure.

In Egypt, I bought a handbag made from camel leather. In Japan, I bought red bean filled maple leaf cakes, and in Italy I shopped the leather market until I found the perfect turquoise satchel.

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The Fall Colour Report

 

fallIt’s the perfect time to see fall colours in Ontario! Algonquin Park is already at peak viewing time. There’s nothing more disappointing than going on a lovely fall drive only to discover that all the leaves have fallen off and the fall colours are over.

Don’t let that happen to you! There are two awesome websites that I recommend to check the status of the fall colours. Parks Ontario has a dated report that tells you the status of the fall colours and leaf coverage at each of their provincial parks.

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