Pender Island Surprises

There is a disco on Pender Island. At least I think that’s what islander Curtis Redel just told me. “Heart Trail is a great morning walk,” says Redel when I ask about hiking on the island. “And if you keep following it, you’ll reach the disco.” I imagine flashing lights, disco balls and Donna SummerContinue reading “Pender Island Surprises”

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”

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”

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”

Train tripping across Canada with teens

Although no one suggests my plan to take the train across Canada with my family is “an act of insane recklessness” (that’s what a politician said in 1871 when he heard that Canada was going to build a railway across the immense and largely empty country), some friends are clearly flummoxed. Even when I extolContinue reading “Train tripping across Canada with teens”

Wannabe cowgirl at the Calgary Stampede

That a 900-kilogram black bull is snorting and stomping in the rodeo chute beside where I stand doesn’t scare me. Even when it starts slamming against the chute rails and tossing its head in a vain attempt to sink a horn into the cowboy straddling the top rails, I’m frightened only a little. No, whatContinue reading “Wannabe cowgirl at the Calgary Stampede”