Short escape to Whitehorse opens up Yukon’s great outdoors

It’s not so much the fact that Jell-O shooters are being served at a makeshift bar in Whitehorse that has me flabbergasted. It’s who’s doing the serving. The Honourable Scott Kent, then Yukon’s minister of education and–it must be noted–the politician responsible for the Yukon Liquor Corporation, is a celebrity server on a team supplyingContinue reading “Short escape to Whitehorse opens up Yukon’s great outdoors”

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”

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”

Marilyn Monroe in Whistler Blackcomb: skiing, zipping, indulging

My husband wants me to be Marilyn Monroe. No, not for the obvious reason — I’m already blonde and, well, sort of voluptuous. It’s the attitude he’s after. “Ever notice that ‘what the hell’ is always the right decision?” the legendary Monroe is quoted as once saying. And so my husband Kent hopes I’ll copContinue reading “Marilyn Monroe in Whistler Blackcomb: skiing, zipping, indulging”