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Lists are the bane of travel publishing. As I see it, an attempt to categorize and delineate any travel experience always seems to fall short. It also misses the whole essence of travel and exploration, which (in my opinion) is the unfurling of the known world and then watching with awe at the unknown happen…

Here it is folks! What you’ve all been waiting for, right? I appealed to you for true-blue Ontario music, and boy oh boy, did you deliver. In the comments and across Twitter, I received several hundred suggestions for all your favorite quintessential Ontario songs. In the name of authenticity and research, I listened to every…

Sadly, my journey through Ontario has come to an end. It began humbly enough–by crossing a bridge in a cab from Detroit into Windsor. More than a month (and several thousand miles) later, I stepped off a train in Moosonee, then jumped into a small skiff and headed up for the few extra miles north…

I’m not the kind of person who can see a town called Moose Factory on a map and then not go, especially if the town across the river is called Moosonee and the river is also called Moose and it flows into Ontario’s only saltwater coastline, which is practically Arctic. How can anyone resist such…

The trains do not run on time in Canada . . . but then neither do I. In fact, I find the more that I travel, the less I demand punctuality from others and myself. The more wild a place is, the more you wanna pack along the “We’ll get there when we get there”…

I don’t get rich people at all. If you had all the money in the world, why would you build your dream cottage in the midst of the world’s worst mosquito infestation? That is exactly what I wondered as I stood on my hotel’s back deck in the late evening and slapped my face hard,…

I travel with cameras, phone and computer. I also travel with songs–several thousand of them–and after I leave a place, I have usually collected a few dozen more. My digital reservoir of music reflects all the places I’ve been in the world. Some tourists collect tea towels or shot glasses–well, I collect songs. I find…

Some hotels give you chocolate on your pillow. Others offer rooms with kitchenettes or Jacuzzi bathtubs. My hotel gave me a canoe—everyone gets a canoe with their little log cottage and I took full advantage, setting off across The Lake of Two Rivers with a lunch and a paddle. Later in the day, I upgraded…

After the excitement of Canada Day and the pastoral idyll of the farm, I turned my wheels westward and set off into the wild. Algonquin Provincial Park lies less than three hours from Ottawa. In fact, Algonquin is probably the most accessible wilderness area in Ontario, given that 12 million people live within a three-hour…

The Farm

After three weeks of traveling in this province, I feel safe reporting that Ontario is a big city, an endless wilderness, and everything in-between—a latticework of lakes, forests and fields, small towns, and tundra, too. Ontario is also lots and lots of farms. Driving the highways of southern Ontario is an exercise in passing by…

As my friends back home get ready to celebrate the big Fourth of July, I am slowly coming down from the radiant high of a very momentous Canada Day weekend. Not only was I in Canada for it and not only was I in the country’s distinguished capital of Ottawa–amazingly, I got to see the…

Happy Canada Day—Bonne Fête du Canada! For the last two weeks, I have been traveling in Ontario, enjoying the terrific spread of experiences in this rather immense province. So far I’ve traveled to Ontario’s Deep South, its Far East and its Wild West. Hmmm, I wonder where I might travel to next? For today though—Canada’s…

I’ve never been struck by lightning and I’m fine with that. It’s not something I aspire to. Nor did I wish to participate in one of the “hundreds and hundreds” of shipwrecks sitting along the murky bottom of the Great Lakes. I just wanted to get out on the lake. Mine was simply meant to…

Our Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, is in Ontario sharing his travel adventures via photography, tweets, and video (just to name a few.) This recent dispatch comes from the most powerful waterfall in North America, Niagara Falls. Read more about this latest adventure, and follow along with Andrew on Twitter and Facebook. Niagara Falls by iPhone…

I like fishing for the places fishing takes me. It’s no secret that fishermen follow the fish, which means that a lot of fishermen travel a lot. It’s fishing that brought me to Thunder Bay and beyond to the uttermost wilds of Western Ontario. This is a land of rushing blue streams (the water is…

You can’t visit Ontario and not visit Niagara Falls. Because these are the most powerful waterfalls in all of North America and they are too big, too beautiful and too wondrous to pass up, especially if you can get a helicopter ride to fly over them.

Whenever I walk through a “bad” neighborhood, I can’t help but wonder:  If the modern city marks the pinnacle of human civilization, then what comes after? Progress and industry changed the city of Hamilton, Ontario from a small lakeside hamlet into the clanging metal monolith that was “Steeltown” Canada. The ride lasted long enough, but…

Our Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, is in Ontario sharing his travel adventures via photography, tweets, and video (just to name a few.) His latest dispatch comes from the town of Brantford and the homestead of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and one of the original founders of the National Geographic Society. Read more…

Had he been on Twitter, @AGBell would have only had one follower. Historic accounts paint him as a friendly enough guy, but for all of his charms and great fame, his earliest telephones only allowed for a single, one-way conversation to take place: one person spoke and the receiver listened. That must have been tough.…

So what did you get up to this weekend? I went camping—in the woods, with my phone. After so much bed-and-breakfast fanciness, I was in the mood for some low-class peace and quiet and a bit of outdoor grit. Luckily, I didn’t have to travel that far. Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a nice big…

I’ve never posted a recipe before. Perhaps it’s rather old-ladylike of me, but please understand: I lived in England for four years and despite many delicious scones, none of them compared to the one I just discovered here in Ontario. See, good food and good travel go hand in hand. Whatever we eat on our…

The Bomb

It’ll be hard to top this one, folks. I’ve only been in Ontario for three days and I’m already shell-shocked by its sheer magnificence. The weather’s been great, so is the food, wish you were here, blah, blah . . . oh, and I just flew on a World War II bomber. (For real.) Yesterday…

Bike Hike

Have you ever dodged Canada geese on your bike? It was a first for me, too, but it was a great way to kick off my time in Canada and I loved being able to get so close to so many of these giant birds (I forgot how huge a goose can be). Those of…

So I took a cab to Canada. My fare to travel from the United States into Ontario totaled $10.60. (That was, until I was not so randomly made to pull over for a rather lengthy interrogation and my driver left the meter running. Sigh.) But, the point is . . . Ontario is close—so close…