Poison ivy and your dog

A lot of people know how to identify and avoid poison ivy, but then, there’s the dog! Often it’s our lovable doggie running around off trail, snooping and investigating intriguing scents, who is the culprit tromping through poison ivy plants. Dogs can get the oil from poison ivy plants, called urushiol, on their fur. It rubs off easily onto them and us when we brush …

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This summer is going to be cheesy!

This past weekend cheese lovers of Ontario had a blast at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival. As an unapologetic dairy enthusiast, I spent the day sampling cheeses and chatting with the great people I met along the way. For those of you who did not make it out this year, the cheese fun has truly just begun… Whether you’re looking for an idea for a …

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Q&A with Fort Wellington’s Gareth Newfield

In 1812 the United States declared war on the British Empire. Already preoccupied with fighting Napoleon in Europe, the British military had to act fast to defend its North American colonies. One location they selected for the construction of a fort was at Prescott. A successful American attack on Prescott would have meant the closure of the St. Lawrence River to British shipping, undermining the …

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Top Ten Beaches: Sandbanks, Grass Creek, Joel Stone and more!

“The beach is good!” That’s a quote from someone, or just about anyone who’s been to the beach. It’s a simple statement. Just look at the face and body language of someone talking about a beach. The memories and feelings of being on a beach are still alive and glowing. It’s remarkable. There is something special about spending time at the beach. Time goes by …

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Your long weekend golf road trip: 72 holes in 72 hours

It’s finally Spring. After what feels like months of below-zero temperatures, snow storms, winter jackets, and hot chocolates by a fire, skis and toques can be replaced with golf clubs and ball caps. Most golf courses in The Great Waterway region are now open for the season and, although they are approximately a month behind their opening dates in 2012, most are looking forward to …

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10 Weeks, 10 Festivals

From a professional rodeo in Belleville to a showcase of new wines in Prince Edward County to a War of 1812 re-enactment battle with more than six hundred troops at Upper Canada Village, The Great Waterway region has you covered for festivals this spring and summer. Here are ten you won’t want to miss. – Seeley’s Bay Spring Opener When: May 18th and 19th Where: …

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Kayaking the big sky of the Long Sault Parkway, Ontario

Every time I paddle, something predominates. While paddling the St. Lawrence River along the 11 islands of the Long Sault Parkway one hot, summer day, with a group of seven kayakers, I kept thinking, “Big sky! I love the big sky here!” Often in Canada, we benefit from what I call “interesting sky days” caused by ever-changing cloud formations mingling whimsically with azure blue skies. …

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Upper Canada Village: A Living History

Upper Canada Village is more than just a museum or a series of buildings recreating life in 1860s English Canada, but a living history that connects you to the people who helped build our country. From bakers to blacksmiths to farmers to flour millwrights, Upper Canada Village’s costumed interpreters take you back in time to a place that should never be forgotten. Located just east …

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Cycling The Great Waterway spring, summer, and fall!

This year I’ll be out scouting favourite cycling itineraries along Ontario’s Great Waterway in spring, summer and fall. I’ve made a list of cycling hot spots that I want to check out from the cycling itineraries provided by The Great Waterway website. I’ll be biking through towns, forests, wetlands, parkland and farmland, on paved recreational pathways, hard-packed stone dust, and roadways. Occasionally wandering off trail. …

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Ella & Oscar: A Grand Tribute to Two Jazz Greats

On Friday, April 12th, the music of jazz giants Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson will be brought back to life on The Grand Theatre’s main stage by singer Carol McCartney, pianist John Sherwood and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. With a set list that’ll include Ella’s famous scat “Lady Be Good” and Oscar’s “Love Ballade,” the night promises to be a fitting tribute to two of …

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