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Canada’s 10 Best Island Holiday Destinations

By KAT TANCOCK

Cape Breton Island (Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism)

When we think of island vacations, the tropical always springs to mind: hot sun, sand, flip-flops and a fruity drink with an umbrella. But Canada has islands on offer, too, with a lot more to attract visitors than you might think. Here are 10 picks to consider for your next vacation.

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19 of Canada’s Most Unusual Museums

by CARISSA BLUESTONE

Canada’s Most Unusual Museums: the world-famous Gopher Hole Museum (Photo: Colin Smith)

Did you know that Vancouver has an entire museum devoted to corkscrews, that diehard Anne Murray fans can devour every detail of her life and record a CD with her in Nova Scotia, or that a tiny town called Vulcan in the Alberta Prairies is home to a Star Trek–themed tourist “station”? From the über-Canadian to the downright kooky, these unusual, one-of-a-kind and just plain weird museums earn the moniker “cabinet of curiosities”.

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Blue Mountain Village—Collingwood, Ontario

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Why We Chose It

Beautiful night capture at a year-round ski resort on Georgian Bay. We’ve rarely seen such a perfect reflection! The enhanced blues are gorgeous (post-production or not) and the composition, with the roof line melding into the treeline is spectacular. We recommend clicking on the photo to view it in its largest form. Stunning!

Photo: Jeff S. Photography

Weekend Getaway to Ontario’s Spirit Tree Cidery

By RED HUNT

You may have been to some breweries, wineries or distilleries, but have you ever visited a cidery?

Spirit Tree Estate Cidery has been producing ciders for a number of years in southern Ontario. Its first apple trees (15 different kinds!) were planted in 2005, with cider production starting a few years later. Only about an hour north of Toronto, the cidery makes for a perfect weekend day trip. (more…)

Driving Ontario’s Big Chute Marine Railway

By ALINA SEAGAL

Big Chute dam (Photo: Yulia Rabinovich)

It is one of the most picturesque drives in southern Ontario, yet very few know about the winding road to Big Chute Marine Railway north of Port Severn, two hours from Toronto. On this route, you’ll see Ontario at its best while passing stunning views of marshes, rocky formations, lakes, islands and thick forests, ending up at the railway boat lift at Lock 44 on the Trent-Severn Waterway, the only inclined-plane boat lift left in North America.

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Nik Wallenda To Walk the High Wire Over Niagara Falls This Friday

By SHANNON KELLY

Nik Wallenda practicing in Niagara Falls, NY last week (Photo: Bob Caple)

Daredevils have gone over Niagara Falls in barrels, boats and inner tubes and have crossed the Niagara Gorge on high wire, but no one has attempted to cross the falls themselves on a tightrope.

This Friday Nik Wallenda is preparing to be the first person to do just that, when he walks 1,500 feet across a wire suspended 173 feet over Niagara Falls. (more…)

Weekend Getaway to Niagara-on-the-Lake

By ALINA SEAGAL

Queen Street (Photo: Sean_Marshall)

As one of the best-preserved 19th-century towns in North America, Niagara-on-the-Lake has a lot to reveal—beyond its many nearby wineries. Pretty Victorian architecture, a great lineup of summer festivals, and sidewalks made for strolling and window-shopping are just a handful of the attractions in this charming southern Ontario town. (more…)

The Not-So-Average Day Trip: Ontario Food Factory Tours

By LIZ BRUCKNER

Mapleton's Organic Farm

Just because many large-scale manufacturers prefer to keep their doors closed to public eyes doesn’t mean every food producer follows suit. These homegrown Ontario producers welcome visitors to see their manufacturing process and—best of all—do some unofficial taste-testing. (more…)

On Obscura Day, Celebrate Canada’s Weirdest Places

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

World's largest weathervane, Yukon (Photo: Arthur Chapman)

Finding the recently discovered or unknown can be tough for a traveller. But AtlasObscura.com, an online atlas devoted to the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica, is fixated on the strange. (more…)

Exciting 60th Season of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Opens this Week

By SHANNON KELLY

Christopher Plummer stars in a one-man show at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival this season (Photo: Andrew Eccles/Stratford Shakespeare Festival)

Think Shakespeare is boring? Think again. First of all, despite its name, the venerable Stratford Shakespeare Festival is featuring only three plays—of fourteen total—by the Bard this year. That may be disappointing for some, but this season promises to be like no other, with a one-man show starring Christopher Plummer (veteran of the festival since 1956); Wanderlust, a world premiere Canadian musical; and MacBeth as performed by characters from The Simpsons (see the video). (more…)

Psyclone at Canada’s Wonderland—Vaughan, Ontario

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Admittedly, we were partly attracted to this image for nostalgia: the colourful pattern reminds us of making super-cool designs with a Spirograph as kids. But also, the photographer has turned a none-too-attractive amusement-park ride into a work of art. You see this technique a lot with traffic in cities, but the unusual motion pattern of the ride and the coloured lights makes for a much more interesting photo. (more…)

25 Weekend Trips from Toronto

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

#9 – The 1,000 Islands (Photo: Bernard Garon)

Adventurists and antiques enthusiasts alike can find a multitude of weekend getaways between forty minutes and four hours from Toronto. (more…)