The BEST of Mexico

March 12, 2009 4:39 pm
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RIVIERA NAYARIT & RIU PALACE PACIFICO COMBINE TO MAKE FOR ONE GREAT TRIP! Riviera Nayarit is the new “it” spot in Mexico. Not easy to accomplish especially if you are competing with the Mayan Riviera and Caba San Lucas. Nevertheless, the Rivera Nayarit deserves its reputation as an ideal destination […]

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COLORADO: A little off the beaten path but well worth the ride…

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Colorado is a breathtakingly beautiful state. With 300 days of annual sunshine, the world-famous Rocky Mountains, record snowfalls and great vacation values offered year round, Colorado is a very appealing destination. After spending a week in Colorado the words “unforgettable outdoorsy experience” come to mind.

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Deeper into Israel: Holiday in the Holy Land

March 11, 2009 2:54 pm
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Part II of Don MacLean’s Journey into Israel As we traveled further north, it seemed as though we were moving deeper into Israel, both literally and figuratively. As my mind and body adjusted to the time change, my initial impressions of the country began to more fully take shape. It […]

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Lake Placid

November 1, 2008 11:00 am
Atop Whiteface Mountain, the fifth highest mountain in the Adirondacks, sits the State of New York Weather Monitoring Station.From here you can walk around for a great 360-degree
view. Photo: Orda Media

Atop Whiteface Mountain, the fifth highest mountain in the Adirondacks, sits the State of New York Weather Monitoring Station. From here you can walk around for a great 360-degree view. Photo: Orda Media While best known to most Canadians as a winter vacation spot and home to the 1980 Olympic Winter […]

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The Campania Contradiction

August 1, 2008 10:48 am

Naples and the Amalfi coast —History and a passion for excellence collide under gaze of Mount Vesuvius As our plane made its final approach over the Sea of Sirens the view of the Neapolitan islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida with their imposing rock faces dotted with cliff-clinging edifices and lush […]

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Historical Walks The Gatineau Park

June 24, 2008 8:50 pm

For history buffs, nature lovers, bird watchers, and hiking enthusiasts, Katharine Fletcher’s Historical Walks continues to be the unique guide to the human and natural history of Gatineau Park.

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The Rocky Mountaineer: Journey of a Lifetime

January 8, 2008 10:56 am

There are certain things you should do at least once in your life if you are Canadian. One is to visit the nation’s capital. Another is visiting Montreal and Quebec City. Still another is taking a tour of the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton.

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Sandals Dunn’s River Villagio in Jamaica: Highest Standards for Sun Seekers

December 1, 2007 9:30 am
Bird’s eye view of Sandals Dunn’s River Villagios’ pool area.

There’s a reason why Sandals Resorts are recognized as offering the best in Caribbean service. We recently visited Sandals Dunn’s River Villagio in Jamaica and experienced first-hand their exceptional service and hospitality. Thirteen Sandals properties are located in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, the Bahamas and Cuba. Each offers stunning beachfront locations: a […]

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Petite auberge Les Bons Matins B&B

November 8, 2007 2:03 am

Thousands of Ottawans visit Montreal weekly for business and pleasure. Montreal has it all, live theatre, music, a vibrant arts scene, and exceptional restaurants in a French joie de vivre culture.

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Step-Aside B&B in the Village of Gagetown, NB

May 8, 2007 6:30 pm

As we continue in our quest to encourage readers to “See Canada from Sea-to-Sea-to Sea,” we decided to promote a little-known bed and breakfast in the Maritimes called Step-Aside B&B. Here you’ll find the genuine hospitableness and kindness that Maritimers are famous for.

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A Midwinter’s Bite of the Big Apple

March 1, 2007 10:43 am

Got the winter blues or a little cabin fever? Well here’s the cure: New York City. David Letterman is right when he calls it the greatest city in the world. It is. Put aside the fact that it is the commerce centre of the universe or that its storied history […]

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Some Day at the Beach! Destination Weddings: Cuba

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The Wedding Chapel at Paradisus Rio de Oro all-inclusive resort in Guardalavaca, on the northeast coast of Cuba.
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When my brother-in-law announced his intention to wed in Cuba, my wife Trine literally jumped for joy. She had seriously considered holding our wedding party on a beach in the Caribbean, so she could get hitched while barefoot in the sand. I was happy too – I like a beach vacation […]

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The Cowboy Trail: A Father and Son Journey to the Calgary Stampede and Rocky Mountain Dude Ranch

January 8, 2007 12:37 pm

I’ve always dreamed of taking my son to the Calgary Stampede, visit a ranch, and then go horseback riding in the foothills and do some white water rafting in the Kananaskis River Valley. I thought it would be a great father-son trip.


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Incredible Ithaca!

March 8, 2006 10:39 am

After a hiatus of several years from the pages of Ottawa Life Magazine as a backpacking international travel writer, I have returned with my wife Annie, this time as parents embarking on our family’s first vacation to ‘gorges’ Ithaca, New York. Located in the central Finger Lakes Region, Ithaca is a pleasant five-hour drive from the National Capital region.

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ST. PETERSBURG: The Most Beautiful Northern City of Them All

August 8, 2005 10:53 am

St. Petersburg, often referred to as the Venice of the North, is truly a remarkable city. Whether during the white nights of summer – the sun doesn’t set until after 10 pm each night from March to late August) or the special charm of the white days of winter (from November 1 to March 31), the city’s remarkable beauty and vibrancy captivates residents and visitors alike.

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A Week in Paradise for a Family of Five at Playa del Carmen’s Gran Porto Real

January 8, 2005 3:38 pm

The week started out great. We put the kids on the Zoom Airlines flight direct from Ottawa to Cancun. Zoom, an Ottawa-based international charter, offers flights and all-inclusive packages to southern destinations. (This year, the Mexican destination is Puerto Vallarta.)

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Awakening the Giant: The Return of Poland

December 1, 2002 8:11 pm

In this issue of Ottawa Life, we begin the first of a two-part series on Poland. That is to say the new Poland – a country with a most intricate history of war and ideological conflict, but also one of sophisticated art and culture. Polish influence extends to Canada and […]

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