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The 8 Best Things to Do in Toronto

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Toronto will forever hold a place in my heart.

It’s where I grew up, went to college and spent my 20s. Over the years, I’ve been asked by friends, family and readers on the top things to do for a trip to Toronto and it’s SO hard to narrow it all down to just a FEW things.

However, if I had to pick and you were visiting for only a week – these would be the things I would suggest to you: (more…)

Spa Life: Le Scandinave Spa – Collingwood

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Looking for an easy weekend getaway out of Toronto to recharge?

I finally got back to Le Scandinave Spa in Collingwood, Ontario this past weekend and it is still the perfect spa oasis getaway. Located only two hours from downtown, Toronto I usually like to take a Friday off, leave in the morning to avoid traffic on the 400, grab a quick lunch on the way there and be at the spa by 1 PM. (more…)

8 Fall Getaway Ideas From Toronto

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Looking for fun fall getaway ideas from Toronto?

I’m sharing a few of my favourite places to watch the leaves turn that are only a short road trip away from my hometown of Toronto. I like to take the weekend away to hike, read, go to the spa and breathe in the crisp cold air in the great outdoors. So round-up your girlfriends or your significant other and let’s hit the road!

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1. Prince Edward County, Ontario

One of my all-time favourite weekend trips from Toronto. I would suggest staying at Huff Estates or the Drake Devonshire Inn and pick out a bunch of wineries and restaurants to check out during your visit.

See my Travel Guide to Prince Edward County for more fall getaway ideas for your visit! About a 2.5 hour drive to Picton, Ontario from Toronto.

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2. Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario

Relax at this pretty country estate and book a few spa appointments to re-centre yourself. I love hitting all the water therapies, steam room and sauna to detox and reset.

The overnight stays at Ste. Anne’s Spa are all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about meals or paying extra for yoga or meditation classes. About a 90 minute drive to Grafton, Ontario. (more…)

Travel Guide: Victoria, British Columbia

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By: Simone Paget

After spending over a decade living in Toronto, I decided to move back to my hometown of Victoria, British Columbia in search of a change of pace. I’ve since discovered that my sleepy hometown on the West Coast has produced a surprising number of really great restaurants, independent coffee bars and boutiques since I’ve been away. I’m really excited to be sharing with you today some of my favorite places to eat, drink and shop in my hometown!

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Where To Eat

Red Fish Blue Fish: This tiny seafood take-out stand is located right on the pier of the Victoria inner harbor in a transformed freight container. The menu features 100 % ‘Ocean Wise’ environmentally friendly seafood and it is delicious. Try one of their fish “Tacones” – BBQ Wild BC Salmon wrapped in a thin flat-bread with sweet-smoked chili adobe, pea shoots and lemon pickled onions. Enjoy it while dangling your legs off the edge of the dock. (more…)

Wine Tasting at Muskoka Lakes Winery

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One of my must-stops in the summer is Muskoka Lakes Winery on The Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh in Bala, Ontario where I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon tasting some exquisite fruit wine. They’ve recently added an outdoor patio, where they serve wine by the glass and a seasonal Ontario cheese plate – in case you want to linger (you will).

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If you like a sweet summer beverage, I recommend trading in those terrible wine coolers and trade-up for a delicious bottle of Cranberry Blueberry Wine. Just think of all the antioxidants when you are pouring yourself that second glass… am I right? (more…)

Travel Guide: Quebec City, Canada

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By: Lisa Ng

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I flew back to Toronto last month to attend Paul’s cousin’s wedding in Kingston. They had this amazing pie instead of a wedding cake and we cruised into the sunset through the 1000 Islands.

But before the festivities, I booked a trip to Quebec City with my sister Amy and spent a fun week eating and exploring our way through La Belle Province and even stopped at this unique spa on a boat on our way home. Quebec City is currently ranked the no. 1 destination in Canada by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the walled city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure. Here are a few of our travel tips for Quebec City:

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Getting There – From Toronto there are direct flights on Porter and Air Canada. Otherwise, you can connect from any other city via Montreal. Honda Canada was nice enough to lend us a brand new Honda CRV, so we chose to make a sisters road trip out of it. We left at around 10 AM after the traffic died down and the drive takes about 9 hours. We took our time, made lots of stops along the way including:

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A visit to The Big Apple in Cobourg (more…)