Into the snow in Quebec’s Chic-Chocs

Staring down the powdery, steep slope dotted with snow-laden trees, I am far from lift lines, far from home and far–way far–out of my comfort zone. My ski guide Mia, one of a handful of bilingual staff at the remote Auberge de Montagne des Chic-Chocs on the Gaspe Peninsula in eastern Quebec, gives me anContinue reading “Into the snow in Quebec’s Chic-Chocs”

Welcome to the Rock: Newfoundland

“We didn’t do anything special,” says retired police constable Oswald “Oz” Fudge when describing this community’s efforts to welcome the 38 commercial aircraft carrying nearly 7,000 passengers and crew that were ordered to land in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Theatregoers seeing “Come From Away,” the hit musical based on thoseContinue reading “Welcome to the Rock: Newfoundland”

Road-Tripping on Vancouver Island

There is air, there is fresh air, and then there’s the brisk, briny, oxygen-thick air that rides in on wild ocean waves. That’s the air you’ll breathe as you explore the Pacific Marine Circle Route on southern Vancouver Island. This 255-kilometre-long drive begins in Victoria, hugs the rugged western coastline to fisher-and hiker-friendly Port Renfrew,Continue reading “Road-Tripping on Vancouver Island”

A Guide to Cape Breton Island

Take a drive on the wild side with a visit to Cape Breton Island on the northern tip of Nova Scotia. With its soaring cliffs, bountiful seas and a heady mix of Gaelic, Acadian and Mi’kmaq cultures, this vast land delivers a Maritimes experience like no other. Visitors can hike, paddle or immerse themselves inContinue reading “A Guide to Cape Breton Island”

Bonjour: Visiting Quebec with Kids

It is Paris without the jarring jet lag, a European experience wrapped in the warmth of Canadian hospitality. And in little more than five hours, you and your family can be there. A vacation in Montreal and Quebec City, in the Canadian province of Quebec, is the stuff family-travel dreams are made of. There’s justContinue reading “Bonjour: Visiting Quebec with Kids”

Warm Weather Hotels – Lord Balfour

Room Mate Lord Balfour, Miami Beach, Florida. Step into the lobby of this friendly boutique hotel, and you’re greeted by a wall of 20 sculptural hands, each holding a vanity mirror, as if to say, “Look at you, wise traveller, staying in this stylin’ place.” Housed in a 1940 art deco building … Continue readingContinue reading “Warm Weather Hotels – Lord Balfour”

Celebrate the Holiday Season in San Francisco

The lead-up to the holidays can be an especially exhausting time for parents. It’s a special time, yes, but — let’s be honest here — it is difficult to embrace the magic of the season when you’re face-planting into bed every night. Perhaps it’s time to hit the pause button, pack up the kids andContinue reading “Celebrate the Holiday Season in San Francisco”

Key West Two Ways

Seafood is king in Key West, but a certain pie reigns as its most famous food…Visit WestJet Magazine online to continue reading my recommendations for Casual Dining. Thanks to a sub tropical climate and compact geography, it’s easy to get moving in Key West… Visit WestJet Magazine online to continue reading my recommendations for the Continue reading “Key West Two Ways”

Sonoma Girlfriend Getaway

“Drive it like you stole it,” says Dane Rudolph, the lead instructor at the Audi Autocross Challenge. He has watched me complete a cautious lap on the twisty-turny autocross track and is now urging me to get more aggressive. “Trust the car,” he says. “Don’t over think the technical. Keep hustling.” Despite years of carpoolContinue reading “Sonoma Girlfriend Getaway”

Maui Two Ways

This island is the stuff of tropical dreams. Whether your Hawaiian fantasies resemble Kodachrome snapshots of hip-swaying hula dancers or HD videos of big-wave surfers, Maui delivers. Vintage Hawaii.  Call it kitschy, Hawaiiana or just plain retro fun, these activities offer a taste of classic Hawaii.  Journey back in time to when pineapple was king during …Continue reading “Maui Two Ways”