On the hunt for our first moose in Algonquin Provincial Park Since we’ve been in Canada, we’ve got excited at various points about spotting wildlife that we wouldn’t see in the UK. So far we’ve seen a mummy black bear with her two cubs, a coyote, mountain sheep, elk, a skunk, raccoons and several groundhogs! But other than bears, Canada’s other two iconic animals have … Continue reading Canoes and moose in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whilst we were in Jasper National Park at the very beginning of our Canadian adventure, we bought a Parks Canada Discovery Pass which enables us to visit a number of, you guessed it, National Parks across the country for a year. This led us to discovering Point Pelee National Park, our destination for the Easter weekend. As you can hopefully see from the embedded video below … Continue reading Point Pelee National Park
Visiting the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce’s Mill, Ontario At the end of March we ticked another thing off our bucket list, and paid a visit to a festival celebrating one of the enduring icons of Canada – maple syrup! Unsurprisingly, Canada is the world’s largest maple syrup producer. In fact, if you took the province of Quebec in isolation, it’d be the largest producer … Continue reading A festival dedicated to maple syrup? Oh yes!
Last weekend we rented a car and headed an hour north of Toronto to Barrie, which sits on the western shores of Lake Simcoe. We didn’t visit for the lake though, we were there for the ski hills and to partake in a spot of snow tubing. For those who don’t know, snow tubing is where you sit in a giant rubber ring and slide … Continue reading Snow tubing in Barrie, Ontario: Snow Valley vs Horseshoe Resort
Last weekend we ticked off our first 2015 bucket list item, and went to visit the wintry Niagara Falls. We also decided to try something new, so below you can see our first ever vlog (or you can view it here too)! Thanks to winning a Via Rail Facebook competition, our trip was entirely free! All it cost us was a couple of hours of sleep on … Continue reading Visiting the Niagara Falls in the winter
After staying in a not so nice motel on the way to Ottawa we decided we would rather stay somewhere a bit better on the way back. We also wanted somewhere that was closer to Toronto since we had to drop the car off by lunchtime the next day. This led us to Belleville – the birthplace of Avril Lavigne! We stayed in the Place … Continue reading Our first real snow!
Our two nights in Ottawa would be spent staying in an Airbnb accommodation, and the instructions we received beforehand from the host were overly thorough and comprehensive to say the least! In fact, when we arrived at the accommodation, the process we had to go through to collect the keys and get into the apartment (in the host’s absence) resembled a challenge from the 1990s … Continue reading 24 hours in Ottawa
As you do, we flew from one side of the North American continent to almost the other side just for a job interview. The journey and subsequent 5 days in Toronto were only notable for: Having poor plane seats as we booked at relatively short notice and me whinging at Emma about them all flight. My hat then fell on a woman when Emma opened … Continue reading A change of plan – back in Ontario. First stop Kingston
So having driven down to the Niagara Falls, we drove all the way back to Toronto and kept on going until we reached Algonquin Provincial Park. The Park is massive – about one quarter of the size of Belgium, and is home to forests and thousands of lakes. A main road to Ottawa passes through the Park in the far south, where a lot of … Continue reading Algonquin Provincial Park
After the bright lights of Toronto we headed south to the Niagara Falls along the western shores of Lake Ontario. To help us on our way, we have now been joined by a new travel companion, our hire rental car, which is a Kia Forte. Following on from our previous holiday hire car luminaries, such as Harris the Yaris, our car needed a name. So … Continue reading Niagara Falls