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”

Two Times the Fun: Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast

They share the same (west) coast of Canada and a fervent love for their spectacular natural surroundings. Yet big-city Vancouver and small-town Sunshine Coast offer visitors worlds-apart experiences. In Vancouver, your internal engines will rev high as you navigate an embarrassment of restaurants, bars, shops and attractions. On the Sunshine Coast, you’ll downshift and uncoverContinue reading “Two Times the Fun: Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast”

Victoria Two Ways: Nature Nut or Urban Escapist?

Victoria blossoms in March. While most of Canada remains in a deep freeze, colourful flowers mark the arrival of spring on the country’s west-est coast. Whether your idea of fun is cavorting outdoors or cocooning inside, this gorgeous B.C. city has got you covered. For The Nature Nut With an ocean at its doorstep andContinue reading “Victoria Two Ways: Nature Nut or Urban Escapist?”

An Anti-Anne Vacation on Canada’s Prince Edward Island

It’s all Anne, all the time on Canada’s Prince Edward Island. For fans of the redheaded heroine of the children’s novel Anne of Green Gables, the province is hallowed ground. Anne references are everywhere, from the Anne Shirley Motel to the Green Gables Golf Course to umpteen shops carrying Anne dolls, Anne preserves, Anne platesContinue reading “An Anti-Anne Vacation on Canada’s Prince Edward Island”

Vive L’Acadie!

Acadia has the ingredients of a bona fide country. National flag? Check. National anthem? Check. National holiday? Yup, August 15. National pride? Oh my goodness yes. And yet, you won’t find Acadia on any map. That’s because, despite a rich history reaching back to the 1600s, when French settlers put down roots on the AtlanticContinue reading “Vive L’Acadie!”

Canada: From place to placemat

As a young child, I took great pleasure in mushing oatmeal on Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings, spilling juice over Niagara Falls and smearing strawberry jam across Prairie wheat fields. The plastic-covered placemats of quintessential Canadian scenes that my mother spread across our kitchen table in our 1960s suburban rancher in Nanaimo, B.C. were meant to speedContinue reading “Canada: From place to placemat”

Going Coastal on Vancouver Island

Swimming in potholes. Riding a steam train. Beachcombing. Sampling the local vino. Falling asleep to the sound of surf. British Columbia’s Pacific Marine Circle Route serves up so many tempting diversions on its 255-km-long journey along southern Vancouver Island, you’d be insane not to slow down and enjoy. The scenic drive begins in Victoria andContinue reading “Going Coastal on Vancouver Island”

50 Ways to Freeze Your Lover

In winter, Quebec City looks impossibly romantic. Snowdrifts cover the city’s centuries-old walls. Lovers walk hand-in-mittened hand down cobblestone streets. It’s all so dreamy and seductive and, well, hot. But, if your idea of a romantic getaway includes getting active outdoors, you’ll discover a chilly truth. In Quebec City, in winter, there must be 50Continue reading “50 Ways to Freeze Your Lover”

Feed, preen and loaf in Ladner B.C.

Making your way along the entrance path at the George Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island is like navigating a big, boisterous holiday party. First you must sidestep the crowd of noisy mallard ducks that waddle toward you like Aunt Martha looking for her Christmas kiss. Then you’re obliged to tiptoe around dozens ofContinue reading “Feed, preen and loaf in Ladner B.C.”

Shank’s Mare and a Comfy Bed: East Coast Trail in Newfoundland

On the eastern fringe of Canada, where the rough-and-tumble Atlantic Ocean meets the hard rock and good people of Newfoundland and Labrador, there exists a remarkable hiking trail. The East Coast Trail is long–540 kilometres–yet is parcelled into manageable day hikes. It follows one coastline, but delivers gobsmackingly varied terrain. It feels remote, yet runsContinue reading “Shank’s Mare and a Comfy Bed: East Coast Trail in Newfoundland”