No Matter the Season The Laurentians Has it All

May 27, 2013 10:58 am
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By Rachael Desjardins Need a break? Want to have some family fun time, or need to reboot your romance? Head to the beautiful Chalets Chanteclair, nestled in the heart of the Laurentians. Located in Val-David, Qu.bec, these lovely authentic Swiss-styled chalets are only minutes away from the popular town of Saint-Sauveur, known for its boutiques and restaurants and only […]

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Travel: Discover Belgium

April 10, 2013 1:30 pm
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By Emma Truswell Belgium is all about indulgence, whether it is in food, history, beer or architecture, France’s northern neighbour is worthy of exploring. Ypres, now know as Ieper, in Flanders Fields Country, or Westhoek, is the perfect destination for history buffs, due to the town’s powerful associations with World […]

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Travel: Discover Slovenia

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Nestled between Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast and Hungary to the northeast is one of the most beautiful and yet relatively unknown European gems, Slovenia. Whether it’s food, geography, landscape, architecture, activities or even climate, diversity permeates everything. It may sound […]

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Conference and meeting venue delivers extraordinary value close to Ottawa

November 24, 2012 11:14 am
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It’s event planning season in Eastern Ontario and the largest conference and meeting venue in the region is gearing up to make sure everyone leaves a winner — especially those who make events happen. Situated on the scenic banks of the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall, the NAV CENTRE is […]

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Get out there and explore: Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast

July 24, 2012 4:04 pm
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If you’re looking for a way to really enjoy the outdoors this summer, take in some breathtaking views, learn some Canadian history, experience nature and get some exercise with your family — then grab your bike, your hiking shoes and sunscreen and hit those trails.

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Vive la France!

July 13, 2012 2:09 pm
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The best surprise of the Normandy trip was the pleasant drive through the rolling hills and dotted farm houses that encapsulate the entire region. In six days of driving though Normandy we had only one day of overcast skies and rain. Otherwise, it was sunny with not a cloud in […]

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Travel: Arras, Lille & Normandy, France

July 12, 2012 5:22 pm
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We arrived at Charles de Gaulle/Roissy International Airport in Paris and transferred to the Train à grande vitesse for Arras, Nord Pas de Calais. Arriving in Arras, opposite the railway station, is the War Memorial, which depicts a French WWI soldier leaning against the monument, watching over an angel with outspread wings, representing peace. And that set the tone for the trip.

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Travel Diary: South Africa

May 10, 2012 3:20 pm
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Stephanie Vizi recounts her recent trip to Southern Africa, including her encounters with racism and experiences of culture shock.

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Travel Diary: Maputsoe, Lesotho

April 25, 2012 5:56 pm
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Today, there are 57 orphans living at Rachel’s Home, a shelter for children with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. The children go to school on the compound until grade six and then are sent to boarding school and later post-secondary studies in surrounding cities. Stephanie Vizi describes her journey to Rachel’s Home and the work of the charity.

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Maple Magic

April 12, 2012 8:38 am
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April means maple syrup and according to National Geographic, the best sticky stuff in Ontario is in Lanark County just outside Ottawa, in Ontario’s Highlands. Known as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark’s maple syrup was ranked first in a list of top ten foods to eat in Ontario.

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High Tech, Low Stress

March 5, 2012 4:03 pm
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Winter in Ontario is no time to hibernate. Whether heading outdoors excites you or you prefer to stay indoors, activities in Eastern Ontario await you. Your winter getaway is waiting, and now it is easier to plan and book than ever before with the new Ontario’s Highlands tourism web site at ontarioshighlands.ca.

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Austria the Winter Away

March 1, 2012 4:14 pm
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Vienna’s annual ball season is an expression of perpendicular poetry while Salzburg is a gem in the Alps. Both cities are packed with culture!

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Giddy up to Colorado!

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From the novice to the most experienced rider, the very young to the very old, whole families come together while enjoying the great outdoors. Valet parking, Colorado style, involves a few cowboys, a chuck wagon and a tour of the grounds. This toss back in time is a great way […]

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Proposed development threatens Jasper National Park

January 12, 2012 10:59 am
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A recent decision by Parks Canada regarding the national treasure that is Jasper National Park is cause for alarm. Given that Parks Canada is mandated to protect our landscapes and ensure ecological integrity for present and future generations, many Canadians are outraged by the possibility of a new ‘visitor experience’ development proposed for Jasper National Park.

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Skiing the Unbelievably Beautiful Italian Dolomite Mountains

December 19, 2011 12:05 pm
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Ski touring in Italy is highly civilized and geared to a broad cross-section of skiers. Our stomachs did somersaults as the van winded its way up and down the many passes on our way from Venice to San Cassiano, the starting point for a ski touring excursion with Dolomite Mountain s.r.l. […]

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Chicago Style

December 9, 2011 7:34 pm
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Having been inspired after an annual girlfriends weekend get-a-way to Chicago this past weekend, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite spots for all things design, especially as they pertain to Chicago.

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Family Vacation Delight: A Week at RIU Paradise Island, Bahamas

November 28, 2011 3:36 pm
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Every year, just after Winterlude, I start to get irritable — like every Ottawan! I am pretty well fed up with winter and want to go south. We have three teenage children so travel destinations south becomes key. For a stress free vacation the best bet is always an all inclusive resort. You can relax and not worry about things like meals, snacks, planned activities or meeting a timetable for planned excursions.

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