Wandering through Westport: A boater’s and paddler’s paradise!

It’s pretty easy to see why everyone loves Westport, Ontario. When you visit, you can feel it too. It’s warm, friendly, and quaint. You aren’t in a hurry, and you don’t want to be. And no one else seems to be either. That’s why you’re there. To relax and enjoy the best of what a waterway can offer. A get-a-way from everyday life, some wide …

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Wolfe Island Music Festival: 2012 Preview

I attended my first Wolfe Island Music Festival in 2005, when indie veterans like Peter Elkas and Sarah Harmer played alongside up-and-comers Apostle of Hustle and Cuff the Duke. Four festivals and a million fist pumps later, I now realize that my infatuation with the two-day music party is likely rooted in the memory of the encore song Cuff played that warm August evening seven …

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Wendy’s Mobile Market

Living in Kingston means we are ever so lucky to have access to a wide variety of locally produced goods! Fresh produce, meats and cheese, jams, honey, and much more is available at both Kingston’s Public Market and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market, and at many of the restaurants and grocers in the downtown area. Despite knowing that so many of the delicious restaurants in …

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Kayaking to the magic of Half Moon Bay’s Little Bluff Conservation Area

Here’s an awesome summer paddle and hike on Great Lake Ontario. It’s one of my favourites! Please note that this paddle route is for paddlers with good boat handling, rescue, and navigation skills, and proper gear for colder water. But, the good news is, you can also get to Half Moon Bay and the Little Bluff Conservation Area by car. From our basecamp at Sandbanks …

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Chase the Dream in the Capital Region

With summer in full swing – golf pun fully intended – I headed up to the National Capital Region to check out two of the sites that are playing host to the ‘Chase the Dream’ qualifiers later this month. There are six total ‘Chase The Dream’ qualifier tournaments happening prior to the final qualifying tournament in August at Smuggler’s Glen. The top four golfers from …

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A sweet cycle on the Waterfront Trail from Gray’s Creek to Guindon Park in Cornwall, Ontario

Cycling along waterways is one of my favourite things to do. Recreational pathways that take me off road and away from cars are number one on my list. I can relax, follow a trail, and I don’t have to spend much time planning a route. I live in the National Capital Region with some of the best cycling networks in Canada. I cycle close to …

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Rideau Canal Voyageur Canoe Tours

In 1613 Samuel de Champlain was searching for the northern sea (aka Hudson Bay). As he approached an area where one river emptied into the Ottawa River, he wrote this in his journal: “There is an island in the centre, all covered with trees, like the rest of the land on both sides, and the water slips down with such impetuosity that it makes an …

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Golfing in the Greater Belleville Area

As they say, ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ For everyone who either lives in, or has travelled through The Great Waterway over the past month, the weather could not have been better. If you’re like me, you know that with good weather, comes good golf. I was fortunate to play three excellent courses in the greater Belleville area in May; three courses that are not …

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Kayaking the Black River: A lazy day paddle with white swans, lily pads, and ice cream

While basecamping at Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario one summer in July, our group of kayakers headed out for a paddle on the nearby Black River. At the time, I had no idea just how interesting this little stretch of river would turn out to be, or how much I would enjoy telling you this story today. We launched from a small public boat …

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Sandbanks: Awesome camping with sandcastles, sand dunes and endless beach on Great Lake Ontario!

Standing on the beach in July at Sandbanks Provincial Park looking at the crashing waves of Great Lake Ontario took me aback. Could this really be Canada? Suddenly, I felt like I was on a beach somewhere in California, U.S.A. where I’m originally from, looking at the awesome ocean. This is what I wanted. Sandbanks is no ordinary stretch of sand. Lake Ontario is no …

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