Downtown Belleville – Shop ’til you Drop!

Like any girl I have a weakness for the odd shopping excursion. Okay…maybe more than just the “odd” excursion. While shopping malls are easy for your go-to shopping needs, I have found that exploring your town can lead to the greatest experiences. Not only are you helping out local business owners, but you are also finding something unique. Since moving back to my hometown of …

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Team Jennifer Jones Makes its Way to Kingston for Scotties Tournament of Hearts

The most dominant team in Canadian curling for the past ten years will be in Kingston this month to compete for the the sport’s Holy Grail. The national championship, happening from February 16-24 at the K-Rock Centre, is one Team Jones is always a threat at (they’ve won four times). It’s never a cakewalk, though, especially this year. The 2013 field is as strong as …

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Visiting the Battle of the Windmill by kayak, Prescott, Ontario

In November, a paddle buddy and I visited the Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site in Prescott, Ontario when the mornings are cold and the days are short. Oddly enough, the Battle of the Windmill raged for several days in the middle of November in 1838. We visited the site by kayak, during the same month 174 years later. If you don’t have a …

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Prince Edward County Vineyards Keep on Giving: A Guide to Icewine

A couple of months ago, Prince Edward County wineries were tipping their cup and toasting to another grape harvest during the 5th annual Wassail. And although most of those wineries were burying their vines, too—a sure sign of the last harvest of the year—a few others had one last trick up their sleeves: Icewine. Harvested between December and February, Icewine grapes make for a sweet …

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artignite to Light Up Kingston in January and February

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean we have to hibernate and wait for a groundhog to tell us when to come out. From hockey to snowmobiling to building a snowman, there are tons of reasons to venture away from our dens. Even those of us in need of a little creativity to coax us out are almost always covered here in The Great …

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Snowshoeing hot spots in the 1000 Islands, Ontario

It’s that time of year again. Cold, white, and there is lots of snow! Even though I love cross-country skiing, some days and conditions are just better for snowshoeing. It’s something I’ve come to love too. I keep a file with a list of snowshoeing hot spots and maps so I can pick up and go at a moment’s notice. I like well-marked trails and …

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Sir John, Eh?: The Musical

Canada’s first PM subject of unique theatrical production By Jim Barber Perhaps if Canadian history were taught by the SALON Acting Company, we’d venerate our past and its significant characters the way our neighbors in the United States do. The company has been celebrating the life of Canada’s first Prime Minister, and arguably the man most responsible for Canada being a nation at all, for a number …

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How to play Beach Mancala

A lot of us spend time at the beach each year. Yet, most of us feel like we don’t spend enough time at the beach. It’s one of our favourite places to hang out, or dream about. We love the beach! The sun, the sand, the water! As a kayaker I spend a lot of time on beaches, traveling to beaches, and looking for beaches. …

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All I Want for Christmas…

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” It is approaching quicker than you could ever expect! You’re hearing Christmas music wherever you go, the houses are lit up with various coloured lights and there are decorations bringing out the holiday spirit in all of us. Take a moment and ask yourself what the holidays mean to you. Most people will answer “quality time with …

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Jason McCoy goes high-tech for Kingston Christmas show

By Jim Barber Always a bit of a ham both on and offstage, Canadian country music star Jason McCoy finally has come to grips with the fact that he is a died-in-the-wool entertainer, pure and simple. Whether it’s playing songs from his impressive catalogue of original material, hosting television shows, or just cracking jokes with fans at autograph signings, the 42-year-old native of the Barrie-area …

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