The Last Of The Unplucked Gems

The legendary Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip are natives of Kingston, and happened to provide the soundtrack for my final golf visit to The Great Waterway region this summer. The Hip sing about things typically Canadian, topics Canadians can easily identify with. People can usually pinpoint moments in history or in their own lives reflective of a song by The Hip, because it’s what many …

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The peace and serenity of Narrows Lock for boaters and paddlers on the Rideau Canal

Oh what a feeling when the place you visit makes you feel peace and serenity. You just want to take your time and spend more time there. And you go back more than once to linger in the same summer. It becomes a special place. I’ve tripped on the Rideau Canal on day paddles for several years and have done some multi-day kayak camping at …

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Play a Round and Stick Around

Ah yes, the ‘dog days’ of summer. Vacation days for the most part have been taken and enjoyed, the sunsets are coming a littler sooner than we’d like, and the heat is making us (almost) look forward to the cooler temperatures of the fall. With so much happening in The Great Waterway, it’s always great to take a couple hours out of our busy lives …

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Prince Edward County Gets Its Jazz On

“Jazz must first of all tell a story that anyone can understand.” – Thelonius Monk In less than a week some of Canada’s leading jazz artists will be telling their stories in theatres, bookstores, churches, restaurants and wineries around Prince Edward County for the region’s 12th annual jazz festival. Renegade journalist Peter C. Newman kicks things off on Tuesday, August 14th, in Picton’s Books & …

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Kayaking around Waupoos Island on Great Lake Ontario: Sunflowers and a sheep story

Ever walk into a giant field of sunflowers? It was my first time. Well, this is pretty much what it looks like. See that sentry standing straighter and taller than the others saying, “Hey, what are you doing in our field!” My response was, “I like being here just as much as you do. How about a smile for the camera?” Sunflowers seem to be …

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Camping and yoga with a dog in the 1000 Islands. Was it fun?

The Landon Bay Centre in Gananoque, Ontario seemed like the ideal place to use as basecamp as I scouted the 1000 Islands for an upcoming kayak camping trip and attended the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials in August. I was up from Ottawa, two hours away from busy city life and too much traffic. It would be a productive camping trip with lots to do. And …

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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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