Cruising the 1000 Islands: Live Entertainment Options

For some, calm waters, a sunny day and a stop or two at a castle is all that’s needed to enjoy a 1000 Islands Cruise. But for others, live music or a murder mystery would also be welcome, especially while aboard in the evening. Here are four cruise lines that offer live entertainment for those looking to add something extra to their voyage around the …

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Everything You Need to Know About Cruising the 1000 Islands

Once patrolled by pirates and bootleggers, the 1000 Islands between Kingston and Brockville are now a sightseer’s paradise where you’re just as likely to discover historic castles and quaint waterfront villages as opulent vacation homes and rich wildlife. And perhaps the best view of it all comes while aboard one of the many different cruises offered in the region. Here’s what you can expect from …

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All Aboard! – Exploring the Tall Ships in Brockville

The warm weather is finally here! The sun is shining, the shorts are being pulled out of storage and you can finally put the shovel away for a few more months. It is the time of year where you can enjoy sitting on a patio for lunch and dinner or explore the great outdoors! While I love a nice lunch on a patio, my favourite …

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Beaches – Lower Beverley Lake, Delta, Ontario

  Sometimes, the best part about the beach is what you find at the beach. There are obvious things we expect to find, like soft sand and inviting water to swim in. A big, blue, 10′ x 10′ floating dock to catch some sun, or to jump off of for a swim is a plus. Other times, it’s what shows up at the beach that …

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An Interview with Chef Derek MacGregor of Le Chien Noir in Kingston

Chef Derek MacGregor grew up in a small town on the St. Lawrence River surrounded by fresh food and grandmas who could bake a mean pie. Before becoming a chef he studied to be an engineer and was a international bagpiping champion. I chatted with him about his journey to become a chef, his food philosophy and why he thinks this region is such a …

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Kayak Camping at Newboro – Let me linger a little longer . . .

  I’ve been to Newboro Lake and lockstation number 36 on the Rideau Canal in Ontario more than once, with more than one kayak. Each time, I enjoy it. I want to linger longer. Newboro Lake is one of my favourite places to get lost in the beauty and mystery of a myriad of over 90 islands and connecting passages to five other beautiful lakes: …

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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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