Top Five Festive December Events

Tis the season to trudge through malls, finish the Christmas baking just before guests arrive and keep the kids busy during their break from school. All of the hustle and bustle may have you feeling more like the Grinch or George Bailey standing on a bridge than Kris Kringle. But don’t despair. If you’re in need of some festive cheer, The Great Waterway has you …

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A Road Trip for Two

  Travelling is such an important aspect of life. The ability to get out and explore new places, embrace new experiences and create memories that last for a lifetime. For some people, this is a trip to Disney Land, skiing the slopes of Vermont or sipping wine in beautiful Europe. To me? This is jumping in a car, and going for a drive. This time …

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The sunset made better at Mallorytown Landing in the 1000 Islands

Every paddle has a dominant essence. It’s the thing you remember the most, the thing you liked the most, or . . . in some cases, something that you didn’t like at all! For me, the dominant essence of a paddle varies. It can be the launch site . . . the paddle buddies . . . the lunch spot . . . the conditions …

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Five Reasons to Check Out Prince Edward County Wassail

Do you like free wine? How about caroling, beef Wellington, bonfire s’mores and local art? Good news: you can get your fill of each at this year’s Prince Edward County Wassail. The County-wide event, which celebrates another grape harvest and the laying of vines to rest, kicked off this past Saturday and Sunday at wineries across the island. It continues for the next two weekends …

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Kayaking to Milton Island Magic in the 1000 Islands

I headed out with a small group of kayakers from Ottawa, Ontario on a sunny fall day for an exploratory day paddle to check out Milton Island, in the 1000 Islands, for future multi-day kayak camping trips. Milton Island is small and heart shaped. Its charming cove in the center is the heart of the island. What a metaphor. And our target for a lunch …

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A popular paddle on the Rideau Canal: Merrickville to Kilmarnock

You can tell this is a popular paddle. Let’s have a show of kayaks. I’ve paddled Merrickville to Kilmarnock on the Rideau Canal in Ontario every year, four years running and still counting on next year. Each time someone suggests this paddle, I count 10 to 17 kayaks. It makes a great social paddle. Why? There is lots of free parking close to the kayak …

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Explore the Outdoors on the Cataraqui Trail

Lets face it: November isn’t the most popular month of the year. The leaves fall, the temperature drops and everything seems to be cast in grey. Even animals like chipmunks, squirrels and badgers are escaping November by cozying up in warm dens. But just because some are hibernating does mean you have to. The snow (hopefully) hasn’t fallen yet and the air is as crisp …

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The Long Sault Parkway. A cyclist’s dream!

Road warriors unite. Spring and fall is a fantastic time to cycle the jewels like the Long Sault Parkway in Ontario. The parkway and waterfront views along this section of The Waterfront Trail are pretty much yours outside of the busy summer tourist season. The Waterfront Trail is on roadway through the Long Sault Parkway. There are 11 kilometres to cycle through 11 islands connected …

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Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins – Almost Time for Halloween!

Some people get excited about the winter holidays, others maybe Thanksgiving or Easter, but to me the most exciting holiday of the year is Halloween! Ever since I was a child it was a day that was always celebrated. The house was elaborately decorated, my Mom always handmade me a super costume (of my latest favourite Disney character of course) and we cased the neighbourhood …

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Lost and Loving It: The Wolfe Island Corn Maze

Is there anything that says “fall” better than the changing leaves or a warm mug of apple cider or a ghoulish-looking jack-o’-lantern perched on a stoop? Probably not, but if the trend continues, we might just add one more sure sign of fall to that list: getting lost in a corn maze. Corn mazes are all the rage right now across the country and right …

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