Canada Off The Beaten Path

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    A cascade at the bottom of the gorge
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Canada Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Greater Toronto area

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    In VT the 1000 Islands are referred as an US attraction, and I believe they should be. But the fact is that they follow the border between USA and Canada, in St. Lawrence river, occupying both sides of the border. I didn't have time to visit them, and only saw some of them from distance, in our way from Toronto to Montreal. It seems (surfing VT...

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  • Mont-Royal

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    On the mount royal, Mon-royal park is one of the best parks in Montreal, actually the name of Montreal drives from Mont-royal, it is just 5 minutes from the downtown but once inside you totally forget that you are in a big city and from the top of the mount you can enjoy one of the best view of Montreal downtown with south shore and the east side...

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  • Lynn Canyon

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Why would you pay over $30 per person to go to a beautiful, forested area with a suspension bridge when Lynn Canyon sits about the same distance from the city and can be reached by public transit? This was one of those "I'm going" things that I came up with. I wasn't worried if anyone was going with me, but I encouraged everyone to try. In the end,...

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  • Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

    Arriving to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the guide pointed to our right and said: "There is Fort George". Nothing else, and, when we left the bus to visit the city, I went there to have a look. I didn't get too convinced, and moved back after a short glimpse. Maybe I did wrong. Reading about it, afterwards, I got the idea that it should deserve a few...

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  • Ile d'Orleans

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    On a trip to Quebec City, a stoll down the Orleans island is a must. This island is not densely populated and it's people have preserved the atmosphere that the island has had for centuries. It's one of the first location of french settlement. The original settlers built schools, church and various shipyards that can still be seen today. There...

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  • Gatineau Park

    Ottawa Off The Beaten Path

    camping only crosses my mind as rare and special occasions in my hometown. here, canadians love to go camping during summer and it's a typical canadian must-do activity. all you need to do is reserve a camping site (online booking), buy a tent (if you go with 2 people, buy a 4 pax tent, trust me.. speaking from my experience), pack some food for...

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  • Peggy's Cove

    Halifax Off The Beaten Path

    Peggy's Cove might be to Nova Scotia what Tadoussac is to Quebec: a very well-known tiny village! Founded in 1811, Peggy's Cove only has a population of 40, and yet each year thousands of tourists flock to the village to admire its unique landscape and take a picture of the lighthouse, making it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the...

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  • Parks

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    Come at the right time of year (late April to late May) and see spectacular, huge rhododendrons in bloom in this known-mostly-to-locals park. To get here take the number 6 bus (catch it across from the Dutch Bakery on Fort Street) and ask the bus driver to let you off near the intersection of Rock and Quadra. To get back to town walk back down to...

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  • Rural Alberta

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    If you enjoy fishing at all then theres lots of options open for you. My favorite place to go is East Pit Lake. Its about 70km west of the downtown core. It a reclaimed mining pit thats been transformed into a long, narrow lake. Its been stocked with rainbow trout which seem to be doing fine in the water. I like it here because you always catch...

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  • Rural Alberta

    Calgary Off The Beaten Path

    In the countryside where our daughter's boyfriend was brought up on his parent's 140-acre horse ranch, we decided on a Sheep River rafting trip where it flows past their back pastures! With two rubber rafts loaded aboard 4WD All Terrain Vehicles, we headed down a steep trail and eventually emerged onto the flat and gravelly riverbed (2nd pic). The...

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  • Rural Manitoba

    Winnipeg Off The Beaten Path

    Approximately 45 minutes from downtown Winnipeg you will find Birds Hill Provincial Park. This is a multi-use park which Winnipeggers use as a day trip destination. We have hiked or skied most of the park's trails -- my favourite is the Cedar bog hike in winter. Besides the many trails (for hiking, skiing, bicycle riding, horseback riding, etc.),...

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  • Hiking /Trails

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The hiking trail that leads to the paint pots is located just off the #93 highway between Castle Mountain junction and Radium, BC, in Kootenay National Park. There is a rest area at the trail head, and a sign on the highway tells you it's the way to the paint pots. The Paint Pots are a series of shallow ponds in an area of high mineral...

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  • Falls/mountains

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    MARTIN STABLES HAS THE BEST HORSEBACK RIDE. IT IS A 3 HR. BREAKFAST RIDE. YOU RIDE FOR AND HOUR THEN EAT FOR AN HOUR THEN RIDE A DIFFERENT TRAIL BACK FOR AN HOUR. WHAT A BLAST. A MUST TRY FOR HORSE LOVERS OR NOT

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  • Thames River Lighthouse

    Windsor Off The Beaten Path

    This 200 years old Lighthouse located at the mouth of the Thames River at Lake St. Clair. 'The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority obtained the lighthouse in 1973 and has since moved the structure and rebuilt it stone by stone.' Directions: Lighthouse Conservation Area is located at 19028 Harbour Drive in Lighthouse Cove, Town of...

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  • Out of town - Day trips

    London Off The Beaten Path

    Port Stanley Located about a half hour drive south of London on Lake Erie. This small town has an amazing beach and there’s lots of lovely shops for browsing in and spending all your money. I really like it though in the fall when the leaves have changed and the drive down is gorgeous.

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  • Hiking

    Lake Louise Off The Beaten Path

    The hike up to Lake Agnes from lake louise is quite a pleasant one in the summer ,at the top of the trail is a tea house where you can reward your efforts striding up the hill with tea and cakes whilst looking at the splendid view. In the winter the views are just as, if not moreso spectacular but the hike up is a lot harder in the deep snow, and...

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  • Lighthouses of PEI

    Prince Edward Island Off The Beaten Path

    Offshore lies the longest natural rock reef in North America. Onshore, the Atlantic Wind Test Site features advanced windmill technology at work creating electricity for Islanders and information for wind energy development - learn all about it at the Wind Energy Interpretive Centre. Enjoy the view from the restaurant overlooking the meeting of the...

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  • Parks & Gardens

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    In the midst of 'The Beaches' commercial heart, on Queen Street East, a small park stands on the north side of the main road, between Glen Manor Drive & MaClean Avenue. It is called the Glen Stewart Park, and is the start of a walk through the Glen Stewart Ravine, It is quite remarkable. one minute, you are in a manicured park, with benches and...

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  • Old Montreal

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Place Jacques Cartier Is the place to be In the summertime It Is one of the busiest places In Old Montreal as crowds gather to watch street performers and the end of performance just drop some cash in the hat, Jewelry being sold by tiny table vendors, Artist that will drawing your pic weather It would be black and white to color or even a cartoon...

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  • Jericho Beach & Spanish Banks

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    During my past three stays with in Laws, i have had the opportunity to stretch my legs and walk off some of the extra cholesterol from Dim Sums and Cantonese restaurant meals. From across the West Point Grey Community centre/ Aberthau Cultural Centre. Being the early waker, what better than to spend the hour or two then return back in time for a...

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  • Wineries and Vineyards

    Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

    Wine tasting and touring vineyards is a popular pastime in Southern Ontario. The largest viticultural area in Canada, where there is about 75% of Canada’s grape growing volume, is the Niagara Peninsula. Discover some of the most incredible wines stroll through grape vineyards. The wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake range from small family owned...

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  • Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Each year, more than a million and a half pilgrims and visitors come to the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré for a time of peace, calm, and prayer. The shrine is located 35 kilometers from Quebec. Cardinal Maurice Roy consecrated the present Basilica on July 4, 1976. The shear size of the structure is what makes it so impressive and the inside...

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  • Ottawa Area Museums

    Ottawa Off The Beaten Path

    The National Currency Museum The National Currency Museum is located in downtown Ottawa, at 245 Sparks Street, Ottawa. Open daily from 10:30 AM until 5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The museum itself is part of the Bank of Canada building. There is a bilingual tour guide available on request and at this place you can learn about the...

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  • Titanic Cemeteries

    Halifax Off The Beaten Path

    The Fairview Cemetary in Halifax, located over at 3720 Windsor Street, is an interesting place for history buffs. Back in April 1912, 121 victims of the infamous Titanic disaster were brought to Halifax and buried at Fairview. So many victims (both living and dead) of history's most famous nautical sinking were brought to the city of Halifax that -...

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  • Outlying Communities

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    There are mzny great hiking trails in Victoria and all over Vancouver Island. You can go for an Easy stroll, a Day Hike or an Overnight Hike. Easy Stroll If you park anywhere along the inner harbour from James bay, Ogden point to Esqimalt (Head Street) You can enjoy a nice stroll next to the ocean that is easy to access and easy to leave so you can...

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  • River Valley

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    The North Saskatchewan River diagonally bisects the city, and Edmontonians are very (oddly) proud of their valley. Networks of 'multi-use' trails (for bicycles, rollerblades, joggers, etc) abound up and down the river, and some parts of the valley are very popular and can get fairly crowded. But it isn't hard to find a serene spot to gaze at...

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  • Mountains

    Calgary Off The Beaten Path

    The Bow Valley Campground is about 1 hours drive outside of the city driving towards the beautiful Rocky Mountains. They have lots of sites, trees and are right on a nice blue river. Its only $17 CAD a night too! I dont have their phone number, but just look up their website! :-)

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  • Beaches

    Winnipeg Off The Beaten Path

    What does Manitoba have that places like Alberta or Ontario don't? We have reasonably-priced cottages, camping and vacations spots galore - all within short distance from a beach. (Manitoba has 100,000 lakes). For instance, only 70 minutes from Winnipeg is Grand Beach. Soft sand, warm clean water (well warm in summer anyways), girls -- there are...

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  • Flowers

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Take a walk along the boardwalk at Johnston Lake & stroll through the medow - bursting with scent & beautiful coloured wildlowers - I could have stayed all day with the gentle hum of insects, bird song & the least chipmunk (too quick to photograph) drarting to & fro.

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  • Colasanti's Tropical Gardens

    Windsor Off The Beaten Path

    February 20, 2005, when Jen, Ethan and Nettie drove up from Ohio to come and visit us, we took them to COLASANTI'S TROPICAL GARDENS . Along with many flowers, tropical and exotic plants. there were cute little specialty shops. Also people were just finishing the brunch offered every Sunday. But the part we enjoyed the most was the children's zoo....

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  • Memories

    London Off The Beaten Path

    THE ILLEGITIMATE BABE THE NICK NAME ON THIS PLANE Out of 1000 Canadian built planes A total of 28 Mosquito's crashed or were lost en-route or went missing due to icing problems, damaged oil coolers, oil temperature Gage failures ( causing pilot to shut down the engine) RADIO FAILURES when right engine was shut down as it supplied the power. oil...

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  • Churches & Cathedrals

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    The Bloor Street United Church is remarkable mainly because it is an old building among otherwise ugly modern structures that belong to the University of Toronto or are apartment buildings. The Church was built in 1890 as a Presbyterian church (in 1925 the Presbyterians merged with the Congregationalists and the Methodists to form the United...

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  • Laurentides

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Laurentides seem to be the favorite destination for winter sports. We were there in summer, rainning, and couldn't get much more than the look of the natural beauty of the sights, and… mosquitoes. But that is a story to tell in my St. Sauveur page.

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  • Steveston

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    I took the trip out to Steveston not knowing much about the area, but having a recommendation from a work colleague. To get there I took a 98 bus to Richmond Centre bus exchange, and then a second bus to Steveston itself. As I was able to just transfer on the same ticket the cost of the journey was only $2.25 each way, and took about 1 hour each...

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  • Niagara Glen Nature Area

    Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

    I am a local and spend a couple of times each year at the "Glen". Just ask how to get there. Wear your running shoes, take water. It is not an amble, but a hike. Keep your hands free of carrying things as you "need" them at times for the odd precarious step. Nature at its best. Boulders as big as your house, the river roaring by, nooks to sit and...

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  • Montmorency Falls

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    The Montmorency Falls are 83 metres high (i.e., 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls) and form the heart of this historic site that was so dear to many 18th and 19th century painters (e.g., Peachey, Bouchette, Cockburn, Todd, and Krieghoff). The falls are the climax of the Montmorency River, which has its source several kilometres to the north and...

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  • Silicon Valley North

    Ottawa Off The Beaten Path

    Silicon Valley North. That's right. This is how some people know Ottawa. Why? Because Ottawa is the home for some of the World's biggest and most advanced information technology companies. You probably heard of the company Corel, or Nortel networks. Perhaps JDS Uniphase and Cognos. There are many more to list, like Siemens, HP, Canon, Microsoft...

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  • Coastal Walks

    Halifax Off The Beaten Path

    We did a really neat two hour hike on the afternoon of my arrival in Nova Scotia. Its called the Barrens, its not far from Peggy's Cove and its like a world apart. It was not a difficult hike, most of it was pretty easy, and the scenes, the formations of rocks, the effects of erosion were fascinating especially when you see the shapes it has...

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  • Downtown

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    If you follow the pathway along the inner harbor west past the undersea gardens for a couple of blocks, you’ll come to Fisherman’s Wharf. This is where some of the local fishing boats land their catch. It’s also the residence of a motley group of float homes moored to the wharf. Other than that there’s a restaurant with a city-wide reputation for...

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  • Elk Island National Park

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    If you get a chance, you may want to visit Elk Island National Park. Just a 45 mins drive East of Edmonton (take Yellowhead Trail Eastbound; Highway 16, and follow the signs), it is home to herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk. I remember a time when I was there and I stepped into a BIG PILE of bison poop. Sooooo,...

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  • Fishing and hunting

    Winnipeg Off The Beaten Path

    Lockport is a small community north of Winnipeg about 40 minutes travel. It is also the site of ancient agricultural inhabitation and also considered one of the oldest known settlement in Canada . The dam and lock of Red river can be found in Lockport as well. This place frequented by people who loves fishing during summer because it is one of the...

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  • Wildlife

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Chipmunks, much like squirrels are the entertainers of the forest but what to us is entertainment, for the chipmunk is the work of storing food for the winter. They just move so fast it appears comical to us but make no mistake, these are serious omnivores whose diet includes nuts, insects, grain, small frogs, fungi, worms and bird eggs. One of the...

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  • Fort Malden of Amherstburg

    Windsor Off The Beaten Path

    The first post, known as Fort Amherstburg, was constructed in 1796 near the mouth of the Detroit River where it empties into Lake Erie. This post was the headquarters for the British forces in southwestern Upper Canada during the War of 1812. Fort Malden was erected after the war and rebuilt in 1838-40 and served once again as a centre for the...

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  • The Beaches

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    The Beaches is a very nice area to VISIT but if you are here for a long time and get to know the homeowners, you will be surprised how most of them are classless. I am pertaining particularly to an old fart named CHERYL, who is a board member of the Hammersmith condominium. Whether your inside the building or around the area, this thing has nothing...

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  • Atwater Market

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Montreal has many public markets, like Atwater, Maisonneuve or Jean-talon .. I like especially Jean-talon market, it is full of ambiance, the atmosphere is very good, farmers come here to sell their fresh fruits, vegetables and other home made stuff, every thing is organized in symphony of colors and there are always samples for taste ;)) Also...

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