I had kayaked many times but actually taking the time to learn to do it properly helped the overall outcome immensely. Similar to sitting on my dad’s knee thinking I was making the car drive, as well as being solely responsible for the steering, taking the time to learn kayaking techniques and picking up helpful tips from an experienced guide made everything come together efficiently and effectively resulting in a smoother ride with less effort.Explore
I have lived in Ontario my entire life but have likely explored more acres outside my own province and perhaps even country than within. Shame on me! Because clearly there’s definitely more to discover here.
If You Don’t Know Me By Now
If you had told me a year ago that I would be enjoying our “calvacade of colour” cruising up the Rideau Canal in a houseboat, you’d have knocked me over with a feather. And although travelling by houseboat may have never been on my ‘to do’ list then either, I’d certainly add it to yours now.Explore
“Who wants to go first?” I do, so up I step up to the controls of our 34 ft. Le Boat cabin cruiser. A few minutes earlier, my two friends and I had been eyeing the cruiser eagerly and a touch anxiously from the safety of dry land. It’s our new home for the next week.
In the interests of full disclosure, I’m not a boater. Not from lack of interest, just lack of opportunity. But here was opportunity staring me in the face, in all its brilliant white expansiveness.Explore
I have been on several journeys by air recently, so when a road trip beckoned, it felt novel to pack up the car with snacks, books on CD from the library and magazines and drive to a different country.
We arrived, if not totally refreshed, close to it, with no jet lag or time difference to deal with. We didn’t have to stand in line or worry about luggage restrictions and could stop whenever we wanted to. Road trips are growing in popularity and the reasons are clear. They can be fun, especially if your destination is as appealing as Lake Placid, NY.Explore
We are taking off from Antigua and are tightly belted into our twin-engine, seven-seater Britten-Norman Islander – operated by Fly Monserrat and captained by John, formerly pilot to the Toronto Blue Jays. Minutes later, we catch site of our tiny destination. To the south lures Montserrat and to the north, St. Kitts, Nevis’ big sister, from where one can fly or take a ferry to the land of stillness.
In traditional Caribbean style, we are greeted by a delightful welcome cocktail, this time of mango juice, rum and cassis and then swept off to our suites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a view of which I will never ever tire.Explore
A year ago, it’s quite possible that if someone gave me an outline of Canada and asked me to point to Cape Breton Island, I would have failed, at least on my first attempt. Now, its shape, topography and waypoint remain indelibly emblazoned on my heart.Explore