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Ontario

Haliburton County: Ontario’s Little-Known Adventure Gem

By LIZ BRUCKNER

Photo: Theodore Smith

Contrary to popular belief, you need not board a plane to score your next adventure fix. Head two-and-a-half hours north of Toronto to the Haliburton Highlands for a hearty dose of the Ontario outdoors.
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Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips

By CARISSA BLUESTONE

Dempster Highway (Photo: S. Stuart/NWTT)

What defines the ultimate Canadian adventure is a matter of individual taste, but some trips, whether due to extravagance, effort, rare glimpses of life in far-flung corners, or unremitting “The hills are alive…” catharsis, fall firmly into the once-in-a-lifetime category. (more…)

Mad About Maple: Ontario’s Sugar Shacks

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Photo: Hamilton Conservation Authority

The sap is running early this year, thanks to Old Man Winter’s scarce appearance in Ontario and many sweet maple-syrup-themed celebrations are planned this season. (more…)

Is This the End for the Maid of the Mist?

By SHANNON KELLY

Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls (Photo: caruba)

The famous Maid of the Mist boat company, which has offered tours of Niagara Falls since 1846, was unsuccessful in renewing its lease with the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) this week, losing out to a U.S.-based boat tour company. (more…)

10 Nature and Wildlife Safaris Across Canada

By KAT TANCOCK

Orca, British Columbia (Photo: Jonathan E. Shaw)

You don’t have to go as far as Africa for a world-class nature experience, whether it’s wildlife viewing or something a little less traditional. Bring homegrown excitement to your next vacation with these 10 Canadian wilderness and wildlife safaris. (more…)

See the First Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk in 100 Years This Summer

By SHANNON KELLY


Wallenda performing in Canada’s Wonderland in 2009.

The Ontario Niagara Parks Commission voted unanimously last week to allow tightrope walker Nik Wallenda to cross Niagara Falls via high wire. (more…)

Lightning Across a Purple Sky: Ottawa, Ontario

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

Why we chose it: This stunning shot says two things: patience and timing. (Well, maybe three things: patience, timing and a tripod.) The purple sky is simply amazing, the treeline silhouette is a perfect frame and the clarity in the clouds at the centre of the image are fantastic. Bring on the rainstorm season! (more…)

16 Summer Vacations to Book Now

Prince Edward Island; photo courtesy of Tourism PEI/John Sylvester

By Carissa Bluestone

Winter is far from over, but if you plan to visit one of Canada’s most popular summer destinations this year, don’t waste any time snatching up the choicest hotels and tours. If you do, you may miss out on early-bird discounts or have to postpone your dream vacation altogether. (more…)

Ontario Disabilities Act Means More Accessible Travel in 2012 and Beyond

Photo by man pikin

The first phase of a 10-year plan to make public and private businesses in Ontario more accessible to people with disabilities went into effect January 1, 2012. For travellers with disabilities, this provincial legislation could make navigating hotels and restaurants in the province much easier in years to come. (more…)

Niagara’s Best Winter Wine Events

By Waheeda Harris

Like chocolate? Like wine? The perfect pairing can be discovered during the upcoming Days of Wine and Chocolate in Niagara on the Lake, held on weekends in February. (more…)

Still Waters Hand-Made Single-Malt Vodka—Ontario

A small-batch distillery north of Toronto has started selling its homegrown vodka on-site, and is working on small-batch single-malt, rye, and corn whiskies, to be released in small quantities “as they become mature”.

Still Waters vodka and whisky is made with Ontario-grown grains and distilled in pots by hand, a slow process that yields more precise results than the industrial stills larger manufacturers use. In the case of Still Waters vodka, that means a subtly sweet flavour with a hint of vanilla and no burn.

For now the vodka is only available in person at the distillery (along with some imported whiskies), about 25 km north of downtown Toronto.

Read the full story at TorontoLife.com.

Chef Michael Potters of Hockley Valley Resort—Orangeville, Ontario

By Waheeda Harris

Inspired by the burgeoning food scene in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Chef Michael Potters moved there in 2003, opening the Milford Bistro and then the award-winning Harvest Restaurant (now closed) in Picton.

Now, after a stint at Angéline’s Restaurant and Inn in Bloomfield, Potters has become the head chef for Hockley Valley Resort, and will oversee the opening of its newest dining establishment, cabin, which opens December 24. (more…)