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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • River Valley

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    During a walk around Edmonton I passed by the John Walter museum which is located in the North Saskatchewan River valley downtown Edmonton. I didn't enter, but find it worth to mention it. John Walter has become one of the wealthiest citizens of Edmonton around 1900. He started with building boats for the Hudson Bay Company and continued with...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Johnston Canyon

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    This was one of the most spectacular hikes/ walks we did during our week in Banff. On our last day in Banff we decided to drive the 25 km to the canyon along the Bow Valley Parkway and as we approached we were astounded to see the number of vehicles parked on the side of the road. We thouight we would try the parking area but it was completly full...

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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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  • Jasper Tramway

    Jasper Off The Beaten Path

    A lot of people take the Jasper Tramway up to the top of Whistlers Mountain, but as it wasn't working when we got there, we decided to walk... 4 hours later we arrived at the top. This view was taken about half-way up.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Reynolds Museum

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    When my relatives visited from Germany this past summer, we took them to see the Reynolds - Alberta Museum. I'd heard of this place before. However, in my entire life living here, I'd NEVER visited it! It was SO MUCH FUN! There is SO much to see and many activities to take part in. We enjoyed it so much. There was also bread (and other baked...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bankhead - Ghost Town

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    When coming off the Highway from Calgary - instead of turning left into Banff - TURN RIGHT! You will enter BANKHEAD, an historic site. Bankhead was a coal mine in the early 1900's that became a town, until the coal mine shut down. Very interesting history here. All residents were eventually forced to leave their homes. You'll have to visit and...

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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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  • Wreck Beach

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    One of my favorite beaches in the world because the sub-culture and community that it embraces and its location in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia. For the years that I lived in the area it was my weekend spot during the warm months and even in the fall/winter evenings a remote spot where we could have rituals, campfires, fire spinning,...

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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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  • Basilica/Church

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this cathedral, especially if you've already visited the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame but if you happen to be in the area, it's worth a stop. The Cathedral Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary Queen of the World) is modeled after St. Peter's in Rome, scaled down to about a 1/4 of it's size, no immense square like...

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  • Levis

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Just opposite Québec City lies the small town if Lévis (pronounced Leevee). Many tourists take the ferry to there just to get a good view of QC and Château Fontenac, but only a few ever leave the ferry terminal to discover Lévis. If you want to be one of those few and enjoy the world's best chocolate-covered ice-cream, turn right after leaving the...

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  • Byward Market

    Ottawa Off The Beaten Path

    At Ottawa is the new office of TravelPod (a company of VT's partner Trip Advisor). TravelPod was founded in 1997 as the world's original travel blog. The office is run by Luc Levesque, founder and general manager. Public relations is done by Louise Brown aka VT's starlagurl. TravelPod is located in the Mercury Court building at 377 Dalhousie St,...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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