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.
Photo: Catherine Sand

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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Barbados: The Diamond Island of the Caribbean

January 8, 2002 12:18 am
blue horizon hotel barbados exterior

Steeped in British history, Barbados is the most modern and sophisticated of all the Caribbean Islands. Barbados has a highly educated population and one of the highest standards of living in the British West Indies.

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The Troutbeck Experience

November 8, 1999 9:45 pm

Deep in New York State’s Hudson Valley, there’s a home away from home, beckoning.

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Victoria’s Butchart Gardens

September 8, 1999 9:42 pm

Fragrance, colour, and delight await you at this old quarry site.

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Spruceholme Inn: A Victorian Holiday Retreat

January 8, 1999 9:31 pm

Whether you want a quiet getaway during the holiday season or an elegant Victorian New Year’s, consider spending a night or two at historic Spruceholme Inn.

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Veracruz Adventure Challenge

November 8, 1998 9:27 pm

Would we be fit enough for our “adventure challenge”? We’d signed up for what was billed as an exhilarating 15-day Veracruz Adventure Challenge with Esprit Rafting of Davidson, Quebec. The package includes rafting the rapid-filled Barrancagrande River in the Sierre Madre Mountains, horseback riding, mountain hiking, and hiking through remote and lofty villages.

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Hidden Surprises in Gatineau Park

September 8, 1998 9:24 pm

“I hereby bequeath to the Government of Canada as a public park in trust for the citizens of Canada… my several properties at Kingsmere, in the Province of Quebec, amounting in all to nearly Five Hundred (500) acres, and the houses and other buildings erected thereon.”

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Trekking: Travel Tips for a Honeymoon in South East Asia

June 8, 1998 9:21 pm

Rom and Annie Cornforth recently returned from an eight-month honeymoon in South East Asia.

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