Canada Travel Guides for Backpackers

Banff National Park- Serene Lakes and Scenic Landscapes

Banff is the topmost tourist destination in Canada so definitely, a lot is written about it on the internet. When I started to google about my itinerary, I found multiple websites telling me about the top things to do in Banff. But I couldn’t find a one-stop-shop where I could get an idea about everything like the bucket list, weather, food, travel mode, route, tickets, suggested itineraries, what to pack, etc., etc. I hope this blog will help the first-time travelers to Banff in planning their trip even at the last minute. Best Time to Visit Banff They say there is no ideal answer to ‘what is the best time to visit a place’ because everyone has her/his priorities. But for Banff National Park, that does not hold. There is the best time to visit Banff and that is between July-September unless you want to ski. That’s the best weather too. We were wearing our Parkas in the first week of October, the first snow falls by October in this part of Canada. If you are a first-time visitor to Banff then please do visit in the season otherwise you will miss out on the brilliant colors of the Lakes in Banff. How to reach Banff Now, most of the non-inhabitants/tourists will have to fly in from some other Canadian province to visit Banff. Our route map started from Toronto, we took a WestJet flight to Edmonton, rented a car from the airport, drove to Calgary (around 3 hrs), took a halt there and started our journey to Banff next morning. Most people fly directly to Calgary but we had to take a round trip, Edmonton-Calgary-Banff-Yoho-Jasper-Edmonton. Even if you are landing in Calgary, renting a car is the best way of traveling. There is a divided paved highway all across the national parks, with viewpoints and stop-overs, so you will enjoy driving through this scenic route. Banff Bucket List Wherever you go, there is always a list of top shot places to visit and ours were Lake Moraine, Lake Louise, Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Peyto Lake, Town of Banff, Johnston Canyon, Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, Lake Minnewanka, Banff Upper Hot Springs, Vermillion Lakes, Hoodoos, Castle Mountain, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner in that order. If you are short on time then do the first 7 things from above. Suggested Itinerary The itineraries may vary as per your taste and time constraints. I am sharing a route map which we followed. Driving to Banff We started from Calgary early in the morning and headed straight towards the Town of Banff (around 1.6 hrs). As soon as we hit the highway, we spotted the green and white maple leaf boards along the road as markings for the Trans-Canada highway. From the highway towards Banff, you will witness the entire expanse of the Rocky Mountain Ranges from South to North. View of the Rockies from Trans-Canada Highway towards Banff On the way, we stopped at the viewpoints to see Kananaskis, Dead Man’s Flat, Mount Rundle […]

Summertime in Montreal – Best Attractions and Events

Montreal is one of the greatest cities in Canada and, without any doubt; the best time to visit Montreal is in the summer. If you are planning a trip in June, July or August, you have picked the best time. The town offers good weather and many great things to do and experience. The summer is packed with thousands of different events, festivals, and parades of different magnitude. There is always something going on. Here is what you should not miss when coming to Montreal. Must-See Sites The Old Port It is a great place to take a walk along the beautiful waterfront. Then, explore the charming narrow cobblestone streets packed with cafes, bars, and restaurants. The Old Port is home of museums and heritage sites; and, it hosts many festivals and expositions all year long. Make sure to stop by the stunning Notre-Dame Basilica (110 Notre-Dame Street W) and the Bonsecours Market (350 St Paul Street E). Alternatively, if you prefer something more thrilling, try the urban zip-line circuit, which glides over the Bonsecours Island. Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal It is known to be the largest memorial dedicated to Saint Joseph in the world and has a dome reaching 97 meters (3800 Queen Mary Road). This site has beautiful grounds, panoramic views, and a worth seeing garden. The “Garden of the Way of Cross” unveils storytelling sculptures along its pathways, and it is a very peaceful place. Saint Joseph’s Oratory is located on Mount Royal, which is a mountain with a lookout point at its top, offering sweeping views of the city (1576 Voie Camillien-Houde). Montreal Botanical Garden This is another beautiful place spreading over 75 hectares (4101, rue Sherbrooke Est). Take a walk in the vast outdoor grounds featuring more than 20 teamed gardens, such as the Japanese and Chinese gardens. Also, explore the 10 exhibition greenhouses, which contains a wide range of species in different climates. The greenhouses collections include Bonsai and Penjing, Orchids, Bromeliads, and more. Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal Best Events and Entertainment Montreal Grand Prix Any fan of F1 would not miss the Montreal Grand Prix. It is held annually at the beginning of June and has been part of the Formula One World Championship since 1967. Get your tickets early as they go fast. Alternatively, opt-out to attend some of the free F1 shows and events such as the Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival and the Formula Peel Street Event. Both at the heart of Montreal’s city center and featuring race and luxury car displays; live performances, concerts and DJ parties; great gastronomic restaurants. Montreal International Jazz Festival The Jazz Festival takes place every year between the last week of June and the first week of July. It holds the 2004 Guinness World Record for the world’s largest jazz festival. Some might be surprised that it is not all about jazz music; but also, just about every other genre there is. It offers hundreds of paid and free performances at different […]

Guide to Vancouver Island

I was lucky enough to grow up on this West Coast Island and explore many amazing places that the island has to offer. First up on the list of places to go also happens to be the provincial capital. Victoria Victoria is located on the southern end of the island. This ever growing city has endless activities to explore from hiking, shopping, museums, parks, pubs, nightlife, whale watching and you can even hop on the Clipper and head down to Seattle. When you are downtown, the city may have you thinking you are in Europe, with the Empress Hotel and double decker tour buses. Buchart Gardens is a popular garden to visit in the summer or winter. During the winter months around Christmas, the gardens are lit up with thousands of lights and tell the story of the 12 days of Christmas so you can walk through to find the Partridge in a Pear tree, golden rings or maids a milking. In the summer, the gardens are in full bloom.   Fisherman’s Wharf Fisherman’s Wharf is a favourite summer spot to check out, if you are visiting during the summer months. The Wharf contains local gift shops, 33 floating homes, live music, and you better be hungry for some fish n’ chips because the options are plentiful. The Wharf is only a 10 minute walk from the Odgen Point Cruise Terminal. You can easily get from the Wharf to Downtown by the harbour taxi.   Fisherman’s Wharf   Downtown Government Street in the downtown core is full of shopping and dining. You can find anything from Irish pubs, to Burger King, sushi, smoothies and ice cream, along with many stores. Feeling up for some shopping? You can shop at any of the souvenir stores and get your Canadian gifts. My favourite store, is new to Victoria. This is a Canadian owned company with other locations across Canada including, Whistler, Banff, Quebec, Halifax and Charlottetown. Stop in and say hi to Hermie! The Parliament building is located a couple of minutes walk from downtown Victoria beside the Royal BC Museum. They offer free guided tours of the building and learn about the history and how the legislative assembly works. At night be sure to take a walk by to see all the building lit up. A short walk from the Parliament Building is the museum, Fairmont Empress Hotel and Beacon Hill Park. The park has a petting zoo, peacocks roaming around, ponds, rose garden, walking paths, and totem poles. The Royal BC Museum has many exhibits including BC history, and exhibits that change frequently, so be sure to check their website to see what they are showing during your visit. There is also an IMAX theatre located within the museum.   Chinatown The Victoria Chinatown is the second oldest in Canada and only a short walk from downtown. Enjoy some traditional Chinese food, bubble tea, Chinese medicine shops and gift stores full of trinkets. Take a stroll down Fan Tan Alley […]

Things To Do In Winnipeg, Canada

Are you looking for a place to spend your holidays in Canada, a place to have some good time with your family, friends and loved ones? Winnipeg is one of the finest cities in Canada, very suitable for travellers and tourists. There are things to do in Winnipeg making it a place worth visiting. The things you can do in Winnipeg are below. Tour the Assiniboine Park City Park was the old name of this park and it is a suitable place for tourists. The name Assiniboine Park is after the people of Assiniboine. This park consists of a 700-acre forest, the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Other parts of the park are its miniature railway, the informal and formal gardens, the theatre and the rest of attractions. The Conservatory is the name of a botanical garden in this park where you can see up to 8000 trees, plants and flowers. These plants are not indigenous to Manitoba but they grow with ideal states inside Display Garden and Palm House. The English Garden here has 3 acres of trees, flowers and shrubs which are in local English style. This Garden serves as a place for tourists and indigenes to groove. The English Garden is available to people on each day of the calendar. The Formal Garden, the zoo, theatre and Pavilion are other attractions of Assiniboine Park. The rest of the attractions include the Lyric and the Theatre. Certain sports take place here like cricket, bicycle path,  baseball and playground.  The Assiniboine Park Riparian Forest Project is a place where you can see forests and have some recreation.  Explore the Forks The Forks is another tourist attraction in Winnipeg. This place is a meeting place, a historical artifact and green space.  The Forks is at the Downtown Winnipeg which is at the Assiniboine River and at the river confluence. Aboriginal people meet here including tourists from different places.  It consists of a cultural landscape which is available for people throughout the year. One of the places to tour at the Forks is the Forks Market. This market began as 2 adjacent stables and horse stalls which connected with bridges and courtyard. The market has a tower of 6 storeys which you can climb with an elevator or a stair. You can buy different things like wine, fresh fruit, meat,  and bread.  Other things available in this market include different artworks and crafts which are from up to 300 Canadian and local artisans. Other tourist attractions here are the Travel Minotaba Visitor Information Centre, the Manitoba Museum for children and the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. There is an inn here made up of a hostel of 5 storeys and the Rail Museum. Groove the Canadian Museum for Human Rights The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is one of the places to visit in Winnipeg and  is a national museum. The aim of this museum is to solve issues about human rights by promoting the understanding of the public and encouraging mutualism and dialogue with Canada as  reference. […]

Best Winter Adventures in Banff, Canada

I remember the first time I walked the Banff high street, thrilled to be in the snow-capped mountains at last. But I was strangely disappointed. Where was that towering peak from that iconic high street photograph? I assumed it was simply skilled photography. But, by the time I reached the bridge at the end of the street, I turned around, and my jaw dropped. The mountain had ‘snuck up on me’, and only looking back down the street did I see the view. And it was better than any photograph. Banff in winter is an unforgettable experience. There’s so much adventure to be had! What follows is a list of, in my opinion, ten must-do experiences, to make the most of your time in this incredible winter wonderland. Skiing/Snowboarding at Lake Louise or Sunshine Village I didn’t even visit Banff to ski or snowboard, but trying snowboarding turned out to be one of the most fun and memorable experiences of my trip. If you’re a newbie, remember: ‘skiing is easy to learn, hard to master, and snowboarding is hard to learn, easy to master’. Here’s another thing: you don’t necessarily need an instructor. Banff is an incredibly friendly, young place full of adventurers, and many of them will be more than happy to give you an hour or two of coaching. I’m very grateful to the 'Torontonians' who taught me – even though I spent most of my time falling over! If you’re experienced in winter sports, you’ll find yourself at home on the stunning slopes of Lake Louise or Sunshine Village. Remember to get a discounted booking through your accommodation if you can. Tunnel Mountain Hike This is a hike for everyone. The easy path means it can be done in an hour or two starting from the main street. It rewards hikers with stunning views over Banff, especially on a sunny day. Just be careful on the ice – a friend of mine slipped and broke her arm at the summit, and we had to create a makeshift sling and slide her down the mountain to an ambulance. Moral of the story: always bring a first aid kit. And, of course, don’t miss this hike. Sulphur Mountain Hike/Gondola A more challenging hike for the real adventurers. It’ll take a couple of hours depending on your fitness level. Be sure to enquire at the Information centre about weather conditions and if you need to hire cleats (shoe straps with metal grips), and, as a bonus, you’re likely to get a discount card on cleat hire. The real treat though, is that in winter, hikers get a free gondola ride down the mountain – an experience usually costing $60CAD! Not to mention stunning views, and, if you time it right, a sunset view over Banff. (Be sure to check at the Information Centre to see how long the gondola is running – some days it closes early.) Johnston Canyon Frozen Waterfalls and Ink Pots Hike Want to see the huge […]

Reasons to Visit Regina, Saskatchewan

For years, my husband and I had dreamed of moving to Canada. We imagined ourselves in the hip areas of downtown Vancouver, or perhaps in the sophisticated old streets of Montreal. The impetus for us leaving the UK was stronger than the pull to any one Canadian province however, so we told ourselves we'd give anywhere a try. Where is Regina? In the summer of 2011, I finally found an opportunity to live and work in Regina, Saskatchewan. I had never been to the Prairies in my life, hailing as I did from a crowded little town in North East England. I’d never heard of Regina. I looked it up on Google maps and nearly missed it. The city is easy to spot, but situating it among any other landmarks is harder. You have to zoom out five times to see the provincial border with Alberta. Canada is vast, and Regina is surrounded by a great deal of nothing. But that does not stop it from being a fun place to stay with more than a few unusual attractions. I flew out from London and booked myself into the Turgeon International Hostel. A bed in the 8-person women’s dormitory set me back a mere $30 a night, and the clean, comfortable hostel was ideally situated three blocks from Regina’s downtown core. The friendly owner is British too, so I felt at home at once. Being so close to downtown also meant I could walk around, and also jump on Regina’s limited but functional transit system. I began to explore. Regina’s Tourist Attractions Wascana Park If you only have a short stay in Regina, heading to the park is a must. Wascana Park in the heart of the city is one of the largest urban parks in North America. The area that surrounds Wascana Lake and houses Saskatchewan’s Legislative Building (known locally as ‘The Leg’) is 930 hectares, making it bigger than New York’s Central Park and Vancouver’s Stanley Park put together! It is a beautiful place all year round, whether you are swishing through the trails on cross-country skis in the crisp winter sunshine, spotting birds or baby jackrabbits in spring, cycling the lake loop in summer or just admiring all the fall colours. Most major local events happen at Wascana Park, such as the Canada Day fireworks, Queen City Ex fair, and the Waskimo Winter Festival. You can also tour the Legislative Building and Government House from there and rent canoes to paddle around the lake. Saskatchewan Science Centre On the south side of the park lies the Saskatchewan Science Centre. Housed in an old SaskPower station, the Centre is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in 2019. In addition to its 130 hands-on permanent exhibits, it has a travelling exhibit every summer, daily stage shows, a Maker space area and plenty of fun programming for children and adults alike. The Science Centre also has a wonderful ‘Go Science’ Outreach program that means Science Centre staff are often found popping up […]

The Locals Guide to a Summer in Whistler

So you’re going to Whistler for the summer? Are you wanting the best Whistler experience? This Whistler Summer Guide reveals locals knowledge on Whistlers hidden gems during summer while sticking to that budget.  What is Whistler Whistler is, in fact, one of the top mountain resort destinations worldwide. Whistler is the nickname for its full name: Whistler Blackcomb. Whistler and Blackcomb are the names of the two mountains which the mountain resort operates on. The mountains are located two hours north of the city of Vancouver, Canada. Whistler attracts an average of 3 million overnight visitors every year, and is a seasonal working destination, with over 2000 staff living in temporary accommodation for the winter and summer seasons. The majority of the locals in Whistler are in their 20’s or 30’s, making it a popular party destination for many backpackers and travelers to visit. Whistler Peak Chair in Summer When to go to Whistler in Summer? Whistler is an all-season destination, famously for attracting a huge community of ski bums to its slopes through the winter. More recently, Whistler has also become a very popular summer destination. During the summer, it now operates as a mountain bike resort and runs many day tours including zip lining, ATV tours, white water rafting, fishing, and many more. The mountains officially close in April or May each year depending on how fast the snow melts. Once the skiing stops, the biking begins! If you visit Whistler in early summer, the overall temperatures will still be cooler and the snow still defrosting. If you are visiting in late summer, you can lie by the edge of the lake all day and enjoy some warm sun rays. Whistler is also home to about 60 black bears who wake up from hibernation in spring and can be seen foraging on the mountain all summer. Black bears are not as dangerous as grizzlies but are still to be respected and avoided. Hiking Wedgemount Lake near Whistler What to do in Whistler in Summer? Whistler is a paradise for any outdoor lovers. There are endless hiking trails to explore, lakes to walk around, hidden waterfalls and more. This locals guide will help you to find the best of them and make the most of your summer in Whistler. Whether you are traveling with a pocket full of cash, or a pocket full of pennies you’ve picked up, there is an activity in Whistler for you. Standing on a snow wall at Whistler Peak Guide to the 5 lakes in Whistler During the summer in Whistler, the 5 valley lakes defrost and become popular swim spots. The most popular places to swim are the many parks scattered around the lakes. Of all 5 lakes, Lost Lake is the smallest and by far the warmest as it warms faster than the larger lakes. Green Lake is the coldest, it is directly fed by a glacial river that runs between Whistler and Blackcomb, hence the name because of the glacial watercolor. […]

Best Ways to Spend the Holiday Season in Quebec City

Ah Quebec City; THE most enchanting city in all of eastern Canada! Known for its distinct French colonial architecture, Quebec City is considered by many as the epicenter of French-Canadian history, culture, and even food. This delightful city is visited annually by over four million people from all over the world; I mean who wouldn’t want to visit this place? With all the delicious poutine you can eat, artisanal cheeses, and world-renowned wine…those alone would be enough to convince me! And no matter the season, there’s always something for you to do: during the summer and even fall seasons, you can always take day trips to nearby cities and towns and enjoy the province’s natural beauty and maybe even go hiking, a Canadian tradition. Ile d’Orleans is one of my absolute favourite places to go to when I visit to Quebec City; It’s only about a half-hour drive from the city and is the perfect destination to go wine and fruit tasting. In my opinion, Quebec City should be everyone’s next travel destination because there is no other place like it! It is the perfect blend of past and present, and there is no better time to visit than during the holiday season. Due to the classic fairytale-esque appearance of Lower and Upper Town, it feels as if you’ve been warped right into the middle of a storybook! There just something magical about the city when all of the lights are lit right up and the streets are filled with Christmas decorations. Trust me when I say that there is nothing truly like it. The festive cobbled streets of quaint little Petit Champlain streets are enough to mesmerize any poor soul. And the irresistible French pastries, don’t even get me started on those! This is definitely the place to be when the cold winter starts coming around. So, pack your bags and book your tickets to good ol’ Quebec City! Why You Should Visit Quebec City this Holiday Season: Almost everyone is bilingual! (both French and English speaking) You are 100% guaranteed English-speakers in the historical centre, so if you’re nervous about not being able to communicate with the locals, just know that it should not be a problem. Quebec City is also extremely budget-friendly Quebec City is the perfect blend of foreign and elegance without having to break the bank. After living in Toronto for the last 16 years, I can say confidently that Quebec City is definitely a lot cheaper in terms of transportation, groceries, and just overall expenses. The last (and probably most important) reason: Quebec City is filled with many holiday themed activities to do during the winter break! Quebec doesn’t call itself “la belle province” for nothing, you know. Due to its classic colonial fairytale style, Quebec has become a holiday hotspot for Canadians and tourists alike over the past couple of decades allowing locals and the province alike to benefit this economic boom from the city’s popularity. And, it is for this reason that the […]

Why Visit Creston, British Columbia

Located within the heart of the Kootenay District of British Columbia, Canada, the small town of Creston has a lot to offer, despite its small size. With a population of only 5000, from unique festivals to community events, Creston is one of those towns where everyone knows everyone. It is a popular tourist destination for its rich farming industry in the summer, as well as nearby music festivals. The Rocky Mountains also draw people in with their beauty. The perfect place to retire, Creston is also the perfect place for a summer getaway. Whether you wanna dip your toes in the lake, canoe to neighboring towns, or just lounge in the sun at the park, this town is the one for you. Even in the winter, it’s relatively warmer than most places in Canada, and the mountain views are spectacular. So, why visit Creston Valley? Scenic View The number one point about Creston that pops out is the view – surrounded by mountains, I have yet to find a place in BC as beautiful as this little town. There are mountains in every direction you look. Kootenay Lake is only a short drive away, and is definitely worth the trip, even though it is a little scary to drive on mountains. If you’re interested in visiting the Rocky Mountains, this is definitely the best place to go! Despite living here for 10 years, I still revel in the beauty of this place. I genuinely recommend it. Hiking and Outdoor Activities Along with the view, comes outdoor activities! There are many bike and hiking trails along the mountains, which can be found on the town’s tourist website. There are plenty of parks, some found in residential areas and a few found closer to downtown, the most popular being Centennial Park and the Japanese Garden, Millennium Park. There’s a dog park, too! As before mentioned, Kootenay Lake is just a 20-minute drive away. This beautiful lake lies between Creston and the neighboring city of Nelson, and there’s a ferry for traveling between the two. The ferry ride lasts about 45 minutes, leaving you with plenty of time to admire the lake and its surroundings. Perfect for fishing, swimming, boating – you name it. Creston is absolutely one of the best places to immerse yourself in nature. There are plenty of campsites as well. Canoeing and Kayaking are also very popular lake activities. Farmer’s Market Every Saturday through May to December, a farmer’s market is held near the town hall. The market showcases the unique products of local farmers, artisans and basically anyone who has a product they’d like to sell. There’s always live music, too! The market is award-winning, and always has new products and new vendors with the best products in the district. The town is bursting with locally grown produce and locally raised livestock. There is nothing this town doesn’t offer when it comes to fresh food. Many of these farms even have their own shops. Wineries Of course, with […]

Things to Know to Road Trip in Jasper National Park, Canada

True to its name, Jasper National Park is a large sparkling gem in the Canadian Rockies, featuring everything you could dream of experiencing in Canada. From pristine lakes and awe-inspiring mountains, to ancient glaciers, natural hot springs and gushing waterfalls—Jasper shouts adventure and begs to be experienced. You can hike, bike, drive, ride and tour and I guarantee you will be awestruck around every curve of the road. If there is one perfect way to get the Canadian experience, it would be to take a week to do a road trip through Jasper. Just up the highway from world famous Banff National Park, Jasper boasts the same, if not more, Rocky Mountain splendor. Last summer I spent a week road-tripping through the Rocky Mountains with my sister and we enjoyed the peace and brilliant nature there over any other place we visited. Because much of the trip is through wild, nearly untouched nature, there are some things you should do and know before you start. Always Have Extra Water and Fuel Keep in mind that your trip through Jasper will take you into some quiet, uninhabited areas without service stations or potable water fountains. It is smart to know in advance where gas stations are on your route and to make sure you always have plenty of fuel to reach the next service station. While keeping your vehicle hydrated, don’t forget about yourself! In my experience, keeping a large jug of water in your vehicle to refill your water bottles, clean dishes and wash your face with is extremely handy. We never regretted having liters of fresh water always available. Fill up whenever you find a place that has a potable water fountain or spigot and stay hydrated! Of course, this also applies to any road trip you might do anywhere in the world. Travel with a Sense of Adventure In order to stay relaxed and be able to enjoy the park, don’t come with an hour by hour plan. Loosely plan out where you’d like to stop each day and book your campsite ahead of time if you wish but leave time to get out of your car, stretch your legs and marvel in the impressive scenery all around you. Be flexible and channel your inner free spirit! You can research your bucket list destinations so you don’t miss them, however, the highway through Jasper has many signs which point out special peaks or announce a point of interest which you would otherwise drive by unawares. The signs will be in a variety of styles, from wooden painted and engraved to green or blue park signs. The highway itself runs straight through the middle of the park and past endless bright blue and green lakes, historical peaks and glaciers. Many of these beautiful places will not appear as top destinations in a Google search but are worth pulling off the highway to see and picnic beside. Often they are less known, and therefore less busy and more enjoyable then […]

Windsor Ontario Travel Guide

I only lived in Windsor, Ontario, a city in the country of Canada for just over a year, but I’ll write about my experiences living there and what I enjoyed and found out about living there. I’ll try to focus on what I see as the best places to visit there and what stood out. Overall, it will be a positive article regarding living in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, it has turned out to be one of the favorite places I have lived in, in Ontario, Canada.  I lived on the West and also the East sides of Windsor, so my focus will be on those areas and other areas I visited while living in the city. Windsor, Ontario is a border city, it borders Detroit, Michigan, USA. This is my Windsor Ontario travel guide. West side of Windsor I really enjoyed living on the West side of Windsor. It was clean, and I liked the scenery from that side of the city. It has the main roadway to the Ambassador bridge running through the west side, which is called Huron Church Road, it runs straight to the bridge. The area I was in had a strip mall near where I was staying which was very handy, to buy what I needed if I needed something, also it was nice to just to visit the stores as it had quite a few in the area. It also had the bank I dealt with in the area so it was beneficial to draw money out of my account and keep track of my balances. There was a Grocery store on that part of the Westside, named FreshCo and that was good because it had products to eat and drink there. Huron Church is a very busy roadway with many kinds of transport trucks traveling down the roadway coming to and from the bridge that leads to Detroit, Michigan. Most of the vehicles traveling in that area are of the transport truck variety. There is a lot of traffic in that area of Windsor. The University of Windsor is located down closer to the bridge area and St. Clair College.   Other parts of  west side Windsor I visited two parks in West Windsor, Malden park, and Ojibway park., I visited an area with multiple Baseball diamonds, there were quite a few parks in that area in one condensed area. Organized baseball team leagues play there so there is no shortage of baseball games to view. From younger age teams to older aged teams that area has it all. The Ojibway park is a park on the west side that has camping and a baseball park, it is also very scenic with lots of trees and a large pond. I visited two parks in West Windsor, Malden park, and Ojibway park., I visited an area with multiple Baseball diamonds, there were quite a few parks in that area in one condensed area. Organized baseball team leagues play there so there is no shortage of baseball games to view. […]

A Visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Canada

The Royal Ontario Museum Canada is one of the most captivating tourist sites in Toronto the capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada. A multicultural city that offers something for every visitor throughout the year. There are so many interesting places and tourist attractions to visit, from beautiful parks, hotels, to the Royal Ontario Museums. There are restaurants that offer the best kind of dishes both local and international, over one million visitors troop to Canada yearly just to have a feel of the wonderful attractions, in this Museum. My visit to Toronto was the most interesting compared to the other cities I have visited. But one issue a lot of people may have about visiting Toronto is the weather, so planning the right time to visit will be the best if you really want to enjoy your stay and have all those outdoor experiences. Canada generally is known to have extremely cold weather, so if you are planning to visit any city in Canada such as Toronto, it will be nice to know when the weather is warmest. A lot of people would like to visit during summer because the weather is warmest but it is also expensive, schools are on break, and so many other people want to travel with their families and friends too. This makes summer a rush period, hotel room rates are high, but the fall season seems to be the best time to visit Toronto. Fall is the season from September to November, the weather is warm and friendly, the hotel room rates are also reasonable. Visiting Toronto, you may think of having a memorable experience, the most wonderful attraction in Toronto is the Royal Ontario Museum Canada. When I visit a place, I always think of having an experience that connects me to nature, a captivating site like the Royal Ontario Museum. Royal Ontario Museum Royal Ontario Museum Lobby Entering the Museum lobby, you would think you are stepping into a 5-star hotel lobby. The only difference is the various decorations of giant animal skeletons, like Dinosaurs that could scare you if you are not used to that kind of sight. I was really scared because they were full skeletons of these big animals looking so real, I felt like I was in a horror movie scene. Other things you can see in this place are great sculptures of ancient things like the Chinese Temple, Masks and artwork of ancient great scholars, philosophers, scientists, warriors emperors and other strong men that made marks in history. Giant Animal Skeletons There are also entertainment sections you can visit inside the museum, all year round there are various shows and cultural performances to entertain visitors. Some of these are the 400 spiders show, the lit up a book set, cultural music display and more. There are three major entrances you can take to the museum, depending on where you are coming from and your means of transportation.   Entrances to Royal Ontario Museum […]

Everything You Should Be Doing in Montreal, Canada

In recent years, Montreal, Canada, has become a focal point for a lot of young people to visit thanks to our amazing nightlife. However, don’t be mistaken, even if you don’t want to come to grab a drink or hit up a nightclub, there are plenty of things to do in this amazing city. Between the botanical gardens, Mont-Royal Park, and all the restaurants in Little Italy, you’ll be more than set in your visit. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have some help. Here’s your first piece of advice: don’t come in the winter. While it may sometimes look magical in photos, there is not much to do unless you are into winter sports. To truly get the magic of Montreal, and to take part in the events, then you should come in either fall, spring or summer when you can walk around and enjoy the sites as you make your way throughout the city. Which is why we made up a list of things to do, places to eat, and places to have a drink in this amazing city. Each category has my personal three favourite places, but keep in mind that there are plenty of things for you to do, no matter what your taste of vacation, food, or drink is. things to do in montreal Jean-Talon Market Montreal has a ton of things for people to do, no matter your interest. If you want to take a small shopping trip while interacting with the locals, you should definitely make your way to Jean-Talon Market. While they do have food tours that you can do, they do cost money. So, go in the summer for free and enjoy walking around, talking to a lot of Montreal locals and elder Italian people who enjoy showing off their amazing fruits and vegetables. When you’re done looking at the food that you want to bring home, you can walk about a meter across the market to the many coffee and breakfast places that they have to grab yourself an Iced Coffee while you watch others enjoy the sun and their shopping. Redpath Museum If you’re into museums at all, then you should take a trip down to McGill University, which houses the Redpath Museum. You will be able to go back in time through a ton of Historical collections, from dinosaurs to Ancient Egypt, before getting closer and closer to our modern age. While you’re there, you can enjoy the sites of McGill University, which looks like a mansion! Have a picnic on the lawn, and then take a metro ride downtown to finish your day in the heart of downtown Montreal. Old Port The most important place you can probably go to is the Old Port of Montreal. Situated right by the water, it is the go-to for locals to spend their time when the weather is beautiful. Between the street performers, street art, and the food trucks, you will never get bored when you are spending a night […]

10 Reasons why you should visit Vancouver at least once

It’s no secret Canada is one of the favorite destinations for all kinds of travellers. From east to west, you’ll find all kinds of wonders. Mountains, great cities, people from all around the world, amazing architecture, delicious food. Just name it! There’s no doubt Canadians have it all, but most importantly they love sharing with not just locals, but with thousands of tourists coming every day to get to experience a bit of the “True North”. On the east side, Vancouver stands out for its weather, diversity and charm. Here are 10 reasons why you should come visit at least once in your life. Stunning views – perfect for a #NoFilterNeeded material on Instagram Besides all the natural landscapes, the architecture in Vancouver is just as beautiful, and the perfect frame for every photography lover. Take your time and go walking across downtown. Some great places to do a little strolling are the Stanley Park and Coal Harbour Seawall, and the Sunset Beach to English Bay walk. If you’re in the mood for some shopping and getting snacks, Robson street is where you’d like to be. From coffee shops to a big mall -Pacific Centre- you’ll surely find whatever you’re looking for. Beautiful people, from everywhere in the World One of the best things about Canada is its cultural diversity. Because of all the tourism, English students and Canadians with different backgrounds, it becomes practically the world in a nutshell. Actually, sometimes Vancouver feels like home. It doesn’t matter where are you from, at one point you’ll realize how much this place can create within you. Of course, the kindness of its people is one of those things we all know about. But definitely, just by living the experience, it all makes sense. All those hiking trails around From Lighthouse Park to Deep Cove there’s always a place to go for a Hike. You’d better prepare with some good sneakers, a big bottle of water, some snacks, sportswear if possible and lots and lots of energy. Probably the hardest one is the Gouse Grind at Grouse Mountain. Don’t forget to check the opening seasons and the schedule. It might be closed due to winter time or heavy rain, mostly cause it gets really slippery. But otherwise, just make sure you’ll keep on going for around 2 hours hiking. Don’t worry a lot, you can always stop to rest a little bit and once you get to the top, it’ll all be worth it. The best part, there’s a Skyride right on The Peak waiting for you to get you to the ground, sweet ground. Road trips to Alberta and Vancouver Island Banff, the Rocky Mountains and great places in between Grom Vancouver heading to Banff, there are so many amazing spots. The Jofree Lakes Park, Squamish and Whistler are some of the main attractions within a 2-3 hours trip. But the ultimate road trip is to the Rocky Mountains. For this one, you’ll need at 3-5 days so you really get to enjoy what it seems to […]

Must do activities when visiting Niagara Falls for one day

This natural wonder is one of the most famous falls in the world, with a length of 670 meters and a height of 55 meters, it is a major tourist hot spot: The Niagara Falls. This huge landmark attracts about 12 million visitors a year and is hereby one of the most visited natural tourist attractions of North-America. When I visited the Niagara Falls it was a stop during a large road trip through the east coast of the United States and Canada. Such as many other visitors who go to Niagara Falls, I only visited it for one day. Having only seen pictures of the Niagara Falls I was surprised by the number of visitors that were standing next to this natural sight.  Therefore, if you decide to visit the falls of the duration of one day you might want to prepare yourself before you go. The Niagara Falls started forming about 12000 years ago when ice glaciers started to melt at the end of the latest ice age. With about 3160 tons of water going down every second is not something you see every day. Niagara Falls is located on the border of the United States and Canada, which makes visiting both sides on the same day a bit tricky. It is recommended to pick one side to visit if you are planning to only be there for one day. Custom lines around the border could be long and when visiting the Niagara Falls for only one day you do want to make the most of it. But which side to pick? When I visited the falls, I went to the Canadian side and I do not regret that decision. When you are there it is clear that the best view is from the Canadian side of the falls. The Niagara Falls is a big tourist attraction and therefore there is a lot to do when you visit. To figure out which activities to do during your short trip I have listed some things that the falls have to offer. This list is based on visiting the Niagara Falls in Canada. Boat cruise into the falls The first and also my favorite activity that you can do at the Niagara Falls is a boat cruise. The boat will bring you into the misty space near the falls and will make you feel the strengths of the falls from up close. If you are lucky you might even see a rainbow or two. A little disclaimer even though they will give you nice plastic raincoats you still have a chance of getting a little wet. You also need to keep in mind that this attraction is quite popular so make sure you do go when it’s not at its busiest hour. Journey behind the falls Another popular activity that you can do at the falls is the journey behind the falls. This journey will give you the chance to go behind the Niagara Falls via tunnels that lead you through the […]

Ethical and Independent Travel Guide to Calgary

Calgary, Alberta, Canada has always been home to me. I was born and raised in this vibrant and diverse city which sits only an hour away from one of the most magical and wild places on earth – the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Having been travelling around the world for the past two years now, I can still say that this place always has a piece of my heart. Here are some of my favourite ethical and independent gems found in and around the city. Bites to Eat Eating a holistic plant based diet for a number of years now, I am always on the lookout for new places to indulge in! Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, enjoying a cup of tea, heading to a restaurant, or looking to cook at home with local and organic ingredients, here are some of my top places to nourish my body. The Coup This place has been my absolute go to since I can remember. The Coup is a dreamy vegan/vegetarian restaurant which always uses the highest quality locally sourced, organic foods. It has an intimate and charming atmosphere and the food is always beautifully arranged & simply delicious. They also do amazing fresh pressed juices, warm drinks and botanical inspired cocktails! What’s not to love?! Oolong Tea House This quaint little tea house is tucked away in the heart of Kensington Village, a trendy area in the NW of the city. Oolong Tea House offers high quality delicious loose leaf teas, which you can enjoy sipping on while reading or daydreaming the day away! Sunnyside Natural Market The Sunnyside Natural Market is a place I’ll go back to time and time again. Not only are the staff incredibly helpful and happy, but they always have a wide range of the most vibrant (and tasty!) produce & fruit from local farmers around Alberta. You can expect to see a lot of delicious things you’ve never even heard of before and they have a fresh bakery attached! Raw Eatery & Market This Spot has only been open for 2 years now but they have taken right off! It’s a completely raw and vegan marketplace where you can enjoy lunch and delicious drinks. The founder, Megan Pope is a trained Nutritionist, and besides being one of the kindest humans ever, she offers one-on-one nutritional advising as well. Ethical & Independent Shopping If you’re looking for gifts for someone or just want to treat yourself, I would suggest steering clear of busy shopping malls, and checking out some of the smaller, local businesses throughout the city. Not only will you leave with a one of a kind item, but you’ll enjoy seeing some of the more quaint areas Calgary has to offer! Fieldstudy Fieldstudy is a more upscale lifestyle shop in Calgary which focuses on seeking intimate connections with their artisans and the products they create. They believe that if you’re going to purchase an item it should be made of high quality, and […]

The aesthetic town of Banff, Canada – must see, eat and do

Banff is such a vibrant town and every traveler making their way to Alberta, Canada should make sure that they experience the best parts of it. You know you’re in a special place when all the buildings match and work perfectly with the beautiful mountains at every view point. This town is a tribute to the beautiful Canadian landscapes and the people living here definitely show that with their respect for the town. Even the public toilets have a log cabin look to them, are immaculate and play continuous smooth jazz, what gets better than that? The town of Banff truly is a united community where everyone is welcome.   Things to do in Banff Banff Gondola This experience was my favorite in Banff so far, the Gondola allows you to see the breathtaking views of Banff in a unique way. I can’t begin to explain how beautiful it is at the top, bring your camera, you’ll need it. The Gondola ride costs an adult $64 for a round trip, although, if you book online in advance you can save 10% bringing the price down to $58. In winter there is also the option to hike up Sulphur mountain and get the gondola down for free! Ice skating at The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre If you’re heading to Banff this ice skating rink is perfect all year round. If you’re in Banff in the winter and after something with a better view the Waldhaus Rink is located just behind the Banff Springs Hotel. Banff hot springs In the cold town of Banff to the perfect way to warm up is a trip to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. An adult admission will cost $8.30 and you can rent towels and bathing suits there if needed. One thing to be aware of is that this place is busy, if you want to beat the rush then I suggest getting there for opening time for this 40-degree swimming pool. Thrift shopping Last Temptation thrift shop has an amazing set up, if you’re looking for some cheap snow or hiking gear this is the place to go. Banff is a traveller’s paradise and often travellers here will give away their stuff because they don’t have room to take it on the rest of their travels. There is a little bit of everything in this shop including a costume section and plenty of winter clothing. The united church is another thrift shop, but I was unable to shop there because of it’s weird, short store hours.   Banff Gondola   Best Spots to Eat in Banff Nourish Bistro This place has an almost all vegan menu with lots and lots of tasty options, gluten free choices too. I had the Socca tacos and they were delicious! I also tried the Bear St burger that my boyfriend ordered, and it was amazing, hard to believe something that tastes so good could be entirely vegan. Sky Bistro The vibe here was one of a kind, a […]

What to do in Ottawa

Less famous than its three big sisters, Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, the capital of Canada is often forgotten by tourists visiting this huge country. But with its strategic location at the French/English border, its proximity to nature, and its opened arms to the whole world, Ottawa has nothing less to offer than the well-known metropolises. Ottawa is stunning through the whole year. Various activities are meticulously planned to give the best out of the city. And here’s why!   The Parliament: The most famous attraction in Canada’s capital is without any doubt the Parliament. So here’s what the famous green roof building has to offer. Free guided tour You can visit the parliament all year long and get to know more about the Canadian history and its government. Daily free tours allow you to go inside the Center Block and/or the East Block. But don’t forget to also plan a visit to the Peace Tower and the stunning library. Parliament hill This is THE place to be if you want to feel the local vibe! Every Ottawa citizen loves this place. From a small walk in the Prime ministers garden overlooking Ottawa River from the cliff to a meeting with all Canada at the centennial flame, and having a little break in the sun enjoying a good picknick, the parliament hill is for sure a must do! Insider tip: Exchange some secrets with your friends, or with strangers, at the whispering wall monument. Sit on one side of the wall and whisper your message. The person on the other side will perfectly hear your little secret. Be careful of what you say! Changing of the guard Every morning during summer, at 10 am, you can attend the changing of the guard in front of the Parliament. All dressed in traditional costume, two whole divisions from the Canadian Armed Forces will defile under your eyes with precised movements rhythmed by the bagpipes music. An impressive (and a bit funny) show! Lights shows The gothic and neo-gothic buildings of the Parliament are carved with thousands of details that you can admire under daylight. But when the sun goes down, the whole center building lights up to give the visitors a wonderful colored show. During Christmas season, brave the cold weather to observe the festive light show on the building. Insider tip: Add a sweet treat to that glowy night and bring some marshmallows to grill them on the fire of the centennial flame. Success guaranty! There in the summer? You’ll get a sound and light show too! From July to September, Northern Lights, a 30 minutes multimedia show, is held daily to depict Canadian history on a creative and sens active way. Don’t miss it!   Culture: Culture is everywhere in the capital. Art galleries, theatres, without forgetting the several museums, you can spend your whole trip exploring the most cultural attractions of the city. Museums The Canadian Museum of History, Canadian most visited museum, welcomes visitors from all over the world […]

Five Reasons to Visit Saskatoon

Saskatoon Shines Saskatoon Shines! This is what you’ll see on signs as you drive into the city limits from an expanse of wheat fields in every direction. If you’re thinking of visiting Canada, or if you’re traveling domestically, you may be considering destinations such as Banff, Prince Edward Island, or Niagara Falls, but there’s another destination you should consider. Saskatoon is one of Canada’s sunniest and quickest growing cities and whether you’re into relaxing on patios at hip restaurants, kayaking at sunset, or cross-country skiing on freshly fallen snow, there’s plenty to do all year round. My Experience I first moved to Saskatoon for graduate school after living in Halifax for the first twenty years of my life. I didn’t know what to expect from a city 1,500km from the nearest body of salt water when I could see the ocean from my parents’ bedroom window while growing up. I flew into the YXE over a checkerboard of farmers’ fields with no idea what kind of place awaited me. However, it only took a few weeks to realize that Saskatoon is a vibrant city filled with people who are passionate about where they live. Here are five reasons you should visit Toontown. 1. Riversdale District Things to Do When you visit Saskatoon, one of the first places you have to explore is Riversdale. This district borders downtown and the South Saskatchewan River, which divides the city into East and West. Riversdale is one of the oldest but quickest changing parts of the city, and there has been a recent influx of new businesses opening over the past decade. Some unique places you can find are King Me Boardgamery, Deadlock Virtual Reality Arcade, and the recently opened Remai Modern art gallery. Meewasin Valley My favourite part of Riversdale is The Meewasin Valley walking trails that run along the river. In the spring and summer, the trails are filled with families on their way to the nearby farmers’ market, and it’s not uncommon to hear live music playing from various local artists. When the weather warms up, the farmers’ market is a great place to grab locally made coffee, desserts, or chocolate before coming to neighbouring Victoria park for a picnic. Food and Drink There are also many unique cafés in the Riversdale, but the one with the coolest design has to be Drift Sidewalk Café. Drift is designed with a beach theme and features driftwood style furniture. They also have a food menu highlighted by their crêpes that you can either design yourself or chose from a set menu. If it’s dinner you’re in the mood for, I recommend Picaro, a Latin American restaurant on the end of 20th Street, or Leyda’s, which serves all gluten free and nut free dishes. 2. Winter Saskatoon Winters Pagoda in Victoria Park in Saskatoon If you’re brave enough to experience your first Saskatoon winter, there’s no shortage of things to do. However, stay bundled up because temperatures can reach below -40ºC/F. Temperatures tend to […]

Fun Things For The Family To Do In Calgary

I love living in Calgary, Alberta. I think it’s one of the best places to be in Canada! Not only is it within view of the Rocky Mountains, but there is so much to do here. If you happen to be in the area with your family, here are some great things that you can do together! Parks Calgary has so many beautiful parks and green spaces that I find it impossible to get around to all of them, but I’ve picked out my top two outdoor destinations for the whole family to enjoy.   Prince’s Island Park This is easily one of my favourite places to go in Calgary. It’s on a small island in the middle of the Bow River just north of downtown. In the summer there is an abundance of walking trails that weave through beautiful flowerbeds and pass scenic lagoons. There is a playground for the kids and open spaces for the dogs. On the odd occasion, I have even gotten to enjoy a local theatre performance put on right in the middle of the park! In the winter, I make it a point to visit just so I can go ice skating on the lagoon when it freezes over. There’s just something so special about skating on the Bow River with your loved one while the city thrives in the background. Sikome Lake Sikome Lake is very special for a reason – it’s man-made! My first time hitting this beach I was impressed by how nice it was. It’s small for a lake, but there’s plenty of room for everyone, and this beach gets busy. The water is shallow enough along the edge of the shore that you don’t need to worry about the younger kids, but it’s also deep enough further in that the adults can go for a nice dip. There is a lot of space on the beach around the lake to set up picnic blankets for the whole family, sun tents to keep in the shade, and spots to build the biggest sand castle you’ve ever seen. A walking trail shaded by trees winds around the beach and leads to picnic tables and a playground for when the kids get tired of the sun, sand, and water. Animals I love animals. Who doesn’t? Luckily, I know of some of the best spots in Calgary to visit some furry critters when I need to.   The Calgary Zoo A zoo is definitely one of the best spots to go when looking to spend the day with animals, and the Calgary Zoo does not disappoint. The whole zoo is huge with a variety of sections displaying animals from all over the world. Some of the enclosures I always make sure to visit include: the lions, where you can get face to face with one of these majestic big cats if you’re lucky, the elephants, when the zookeepers are out playing with them, and the penguins, when they go for their walk around the zoo. […]

Hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail

The Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT) on mainland British Columbia, Canada is a fantastic, off the beaten track, hut to hut backpacking trail for determined beginners and seasoned hikers. This 180km trail provides views of the Salish Sea and neighbouring Vancouver Island, takes you through serenely wooded forests, peaceful lakes, and gorgeous mountain views. The SCT is also unique in that it is the longest hut to hut trail in Canada, and the cabins are completely free to use! The SCT was launched in 1992 as a way to protect dwindling old-growth forests by linking them as recreational trail route. The trail founder Eagle Walz and Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PAWS) have maintained and expanded the route and the huts over the years. You can choose to explore sections of the trail on day hikes or stay overnight at a campsite or hut. Or you can combine the sections into an extended backpacking trip. There are many exit points so it is not difficult to leave the trail when you are finished hiking or need help. This was a reassuring factor as I was backpacking alone. Who is it for? The SCT is for everyone! The trail offers varying levels of difficulty depending on the section you are interested in but there is something for everyone. Those interested in backpacking the SCT must be moderately fit and ideally have some experience in backcountry backpacking. The SCT itself is an easy trail in that it does not require any scrambling or technical skills. However, undertaking the full SCT is not an easy task due to the length, 180km, and the elevation gain and loss of 10 000m. Getting there The trek extends from Sarah's Point in Desolation Sound in the North to Saltery Bay in the South. I chose to start in the North. I took a ferry ride from Comox on Vancouver Island to the town of Powell River. From there, I picked up additional food for the trip and then hitchhiked (for the first time) to the village of Lund. The first person who stopped for me was a man in a truck on his way to the old townsite, about 4km away. I was thankful but I thought I would try my luck and see if I could find someone to take me all the way. I awkwardly stuck my thumb out again and after what felt like eons but was really only a few minutes, a black SUV turned around and the Aboriginal ladies inside offered me a ride. Success! The official start of the SCT is from Sarah's Point in Desolation Sound. To get there you must take a water taxi from the village of Lund, which can be costly if you are the only passenger (up to 200 dollars). Alternatively, you can begin from the village of Lund, as I did. Multi-Day Route From Lund to Shingle Mill Day One:Lund to Manzanita Hut Distance: 11.5km After taking a quick look at the harbor in Lund, I […]

4 Most Unforgettable Locations in the Canadian Rockies

Lake Louise, Jasper, Cascade Gardens, Athabasca Falls… you will inevitably find these in every 'Top Things To do in the Canadian Rockies” list. Sure, you really should go see them. Take a selfie, roll your eyes at a tourist or two, and check it off your bucket list. But oh, the crowds. Being an introvert (with anxiety, because introversion wasn't enough already), I tend to shy away from these bustling locations. I will certainly go see them, you know, just to say “I've been there”, but I know of many a place much less crowded, a lot more peaceful, and sometimes, I daresay, more beautiful than those you'll see on everyone's Instagram (yes Carol, we get you saw a mountain in the Rockies, they're literally everywhere, please stop). So if you're more of a lone wolf traveller and prefer not to get poked by countless selfie sticks, here are my 4 top locations you should see in the Canadian Rockies: Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail   This fairy-tale looking place resides in Revelstoke, British Columbia. There's no flashy entrance to lure you in, just a subtle sign on the road so it's easy to miss it if you're driving fast. Fun fact: there's also a trail called “Skunk Cabbage trail” nearby (I haven't been but if you go…please tell me if it smells as bad as it sounds). I was with a local at the time so she knew exactly where to stop, and as soon as I stepped out of the car I knew I could happily spend my entire day there (or lifetime really). It was around 5 PM, and not a single soul could be seen aside from my friend and I. Not even a chirping bird. I actually don't recall seeing any wild animals there either, just the perfectly silent company of towering trees. The air was fresh and the leaves kept the sun at a comfortable glow. It was the kind of place you could just snuggle up against a tree with a book or sketchpad for hours. It was practically heaven. The boardwalk itself goes all around the cedars, and there are multiple signs and informational boards along the way. I honestly don't remember anything I read on them (I was too busy hugging the biggest Cedars), but I can assure you they were pretty interesting facts. All in all, if you like relaxing environments surrounded by nature, Giant Cedars Boardwalk trail in B.C is where you need to be. Herbert Lake   You know how almost every place in West Canada looks like a postcard? Well, Herbert Lake is one of those places. About ten minutes drive north of the village of Lake Louise, you'll see a sign on the road pointing you towards this mostly hidden gem where you'll struggle between taking a million photos or simply standing in awe. The combination of rocky mountains, pine trees, and stunningly blue water give way to a breath-taking scene. Many recommend visiting Herbert Lake during the earliest hours of the morning for a unique sunrise reflection in the water, but I found the sunset view […]

Living a Mountain Life in Nelson

Adventure My fiance, Ricky, and I had dreamed of living together in a mountain town so when we arrived in Canada with two year working holiday visas we were stoked for adventure and to see where it would lead us. Our first month was spent wandering around British Columbia, going to festivals and speaking to people about where to find great snow and a “Canadian” mountain town. Volunteering We volunteered for Shambhala festival located on a farmstead along the Salmo River and caught the Greyhound from Vancouver to make our way there. On the way the bus pulled through the town of Nelson and as we entered the vicinity of town we caught the first glimpse of its beauty… nested in the valley along Kootenay Lake. Once we were working at the festival we began to meet the local people from the Nelson area. They were the most friendly, accommodating, welcoming people! By the end of the ten days out on site we truly felt that we should spend some time in this place. We found some volunteer gardening work along Longbeach Road where we settled for the next month and in that time we began to fully be absorbed into the beautiful community. I was offered a yoga teaching position in town at what was The Health Collective and is now Sante Holistic Health Centre. (A space that offers a holistic approach to health and wellbeing with a variety of practitioners specialising in osteopathy, yoga, massage therapy, nutrition, art therapy and acupuncture.) I also began to work at Empire Coffee, serving delicious Stumptown coffee, organic teas from The Tea Guy and baked goods from the in house bakery. Ricky started labouring for a couple of local concrete and carpentry businesses. Whitewater Ski Resort One of our biggest interests was learning about the local ski hill, Whitewater Ski Resort. We had heard alluring stories of dry fluffy powder, also known at Kootenay Champagne, the wild and rugged terrain and the food. On the last day of the early bird lift ticket sales we committed ourselves and bought our season passes! The next day we moved into a spacious one bedroom apartment on Baker Street. Step by step and before we knew it we were settled in for the winter season! Nelson town The town of Nelson consists of six main areas: Downtown, Uphill, Rosemont, Fairview, North Shore and Blewett and the population is roughly 10,000 residents. Nelson is also a main business centre for the entire surrounding area as far as the East Shore, Kaslo, the Slocan Valley, Salmo, Castlegar and all the little gems in between, which quickly increases the population to close to 60,000. There are funky little cafes (Empire and John Ward), yummy restaurants (Yellow Deli and Yum Son), quirky shops (Moon Monsters, Woosha and Gaia Rising) and a few bars (Mikes Place, Cantina and The Falls) and venues (The Royal, Spirit Bar and Bloom) for live music and nightlife hosting local and international DJ’s, musicians and performers. […]

Things to do in Quebec City

Quebec City, Canada. The city where I was born and raised is one filled with a wonderful past. By being the only french province out of all the provinces of Canada, Quebec is being more recognized globally as a very historical province worth a visit. So, here are a few of the landmarks I highly recommend as a local for all types of travelers and budgets. Enjoy ! Old Quebec As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Old Quebec is truly a must-see if ever you are in the city of Quebec. With several very affordable guided tours such as food tours, beer tasting tours or simply sight-seeing tours, there are multiple ways to visit the Old Quebec. Local artisans, gift shops and restaurants with local food are all over the streets which make it the perfect place to buy a special something to bring back home and remember your trip to Quebec. Funicular The funicular is what links the Old Quebec to the Terrasse Dufferin (which is also accessible by a staircase) or the Upper Town to the Lower Town and it is a very fun and unique way to travel. Basically a cable railway on an inclined plane, it takes the visitors up to the Terrasse Dufferin while giving them a wonderful view. Opened since 1879, the funicular is still fully functional and a great way to get to the Upper or Lower part of the Old Quebec. Chateau Frontenac & Terrasse Dufferin The spectacular Chateau Frontenac was, at first, the residence of the governors of Lower Quebec and Canada, but since then, it has now been transformed into a 5-star hotel since 1893 and is the most photographed hotel ever and can accommodate more than a thousand people in its 600 rooms and 18 floors. Furthermore, the Terrasse Dufferin is a terrace that is just in front of the Chateau Frontenac which has a magnificent view of the Saint Lawrence river. Also, make sure to continue your journey on the Upper Town to see the Saint-Louis Gate. Montmorency falls The Montmorency falls is a spectacular waterfall in the city of Quebec which is surrounded by a park. Staircases as long as a suspension bridge right over the falls allow the visitors of this fall to have multiple perspectives of the falls themselves as well as Levis which is located on the southside and the Saint Lawrence river. However, for those who prefer not to walk up and down the staircase, a Funitel is available to carry visitors from the base of the falls to the top. Quebec City Hop-on Hop-off tours For those who want to visit the city but prefer not walking, for a few years now, Quebec now offers double decker bus for tourists to hop-on and hop-off wherever they wish to in the Old Quebec. Visit the Old Quebec faster and with incredible views with le Bus Rouge! Plains of Abraham Known by its historical beginning as the land where the French and British empires […]
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