Province of Ontario Off The Beaten Path

  • A cascade at the bottom of the gorge
    A cascade at the bottom of the gorge
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    Rugged beauty of the falls
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Province of Ontario 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sculptures / Street Art

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    If you like graffiti and street art, Rush Lane is a good place to start. It runs parallel on Spadina Avenue to Portland Street, located between Queen and Richmond Streets. There are actually more murals and graffiti in the lane north of Queen. In Rush Lane, you can see the usual tags and whatnot, but you will also find a lot of interesting art...

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  • Daredevil Museum / IMAX Theatre

    Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

    According to some older guides and Internet reviews, access to the Daredevil Gallery is free, but it seems that since the renovation work was done in 2009-2010, there is now an admission fee of nearly $10/adult (after taxes). While seeing and touching the barrels used by the daredevils (and reading their history) was interesting, I cannot see how...

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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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  • Kensington Market

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    Kensington Market is a lybrinthe of small markets just west of Chinatown. From butcher shops to vintage clothing, the market has it all. It is a diverse multi-cultural area with exotic tastes, feels, sights and smells. MORE coming soon...

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  • Botanical Gardens / Butterfly...

    Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

    How amazing was this? They usher you in to see a five minute video about butterflies and then you walk into this huge greenhouse with hundreds of butterflies and moths floating around. They even will land on you if you're still. One thing to note is that if you're here in the winter time, it's a lot hotter inside than out so don't bother with the...

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  • Canadian Tulip Festival

    Ottawa Off The Beaten Path

    Canadian Tulip Festival is the world's largest tulip festival, involving millions of tulips in Major's Hill Park. It occurs annually during May. The festival originated when Princess Juliana of the Netherlands gave Ottawa 100,000 tulip bulbs in 1945 in appreciation and recognition of Canada's role in helping out the Netherlands during World War II....

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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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  • Queen Victoria Park

    Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

    Take a walk or drive through Queen Victoria Park along Niagara River Parkway. We saw the Christmas light display here which was very kitschy but good and in the spring/summer, there are loads of flowers. South of the the city of Niagara Falls is this contraption that you can ride in to get a bird's eye view of the falls. Picture a ski gondala...

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  • Harbourfront & Toronto Islands

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    In the heart of Toronto's waterfront Former industrial spit, now wildlife regeneration & conservation area ... It is a very beautiful area, though it may seem uninviting to tourists! (There is no formal entrance, except for some factories behind & a metal fence.) I hope someday they can turn it into a real park, for the views from there towards...

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  • American Falls

    Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

    Take a drive OTR. Over The River. To the States. There is shopping, but I think the best views are from the Canadian side. There is more to do there. But the views from the American side are amazing. Make sure you have ID, you are crossing an international border.

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  • Financial District & Underground City

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    Okay it is nothing compared to the Flatiron Building in New York. In fact I have no idea why they call it the "Flatiron Building" in the first place. I always assumed because of its triangular shape like the more famous building in New York. I do know that it is one of the most photographed landmarks in Toronto. This probably because it is infact a...

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  • Chinatown

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    The Mississauga Chinese Centre is one of the suburban Chinatowns in Toronto. It is located on Dundas Street near Tomken Road. One of the things you will immediately notice when you come here is the traditional Chinese architecture and replicas of works in China. For example, you can see a replica of the Nine Dragon Wall as found in Beihai Park in...

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  • Toronto Islands

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    If you go to Toronto you have to visit Toronto Islands - the views you get of Toronto are absolutely fabulous! The islands themselves are beautiful - quaint we would say in the UK! - it feels safe, and is like stepping back in time as there are no cars allowed on the islands. We walked along the boardwalk to central island which was a lovely walk,...

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  • Casa Loma

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    Many years ago, I was driving to a meeting and got lost. While navigating the streets, I was stunned to suddenly see a spectacular castle. The reason why I was so stunned was because I had not heard of it at the time. I was caught by total surprise. That was my introduction to Casa Loma, the great castle of Toronto. Since then, when I drive...

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  • Honest Ed's

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    Honest Ed's is on the corner of Bloor St. West and Ossington Ave. It has Lights on the outside with little sayings under the HUGE Honest Ed's sign. There are 3 floors (each have different items, from food to clothing,Toys to whatever it is your looking for. It is very easy to get lost in there. CHEAP PRICES

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  • Niagara Falls

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    I can only suggest to the visitors of Niagara falls to forget a little bit the traditionnal Maid of the Mist seen on so many movies. Take the whirpooljetboat at Niagara on The Lake on the Canadian side of the river ! you go up the Niagara river rapids. Choose a sunny day and un uncovered boat. Your boat is so powerful that it allows the pilot to...

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  • Mount Pleasant Cemetary

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    This cemetery is comparable to a nice, quiet park, in that is has lots of walking/jogging/biking paths, not too much traffic, and some interesting momuments and structures that pay homage to Toronto's past elite - and not-so-elite. For people just passing though to enjoy the park - the cemetery is worth visiting any time of year, however it will...

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  • Art Musea / galleries

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    The Power Plant is an art gallery dedicated to contemporary art located along Toronto's Harbourfront. The building began it's life in 1926 as a plant for heating and refrigeration. In 1980 it was turned into an art gallery when the city of Toronto began to restore this area and turned into Harbourfront. This is an art gallery that is definitely not...

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  • Black Creek Pioneer village

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    A reconstruction of Toronto's pioneer history. It is a complete reconstruction of life for the first British subjects who lived in Toronto. Though interesting, I am sure glad I don't live in that century! - Steeles ave between Jane & Keele, turn to Murray Ross Parkway -from the Finch subway station using the Steeles 60 West or Jane 35 routes

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  • Canada's Wonderland

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    I love Wonderland, I come here at least once a year. It's not quite as big as Disneyworld yet, but every year they have a new ride or attraction.There are plenty of scarier rides like the Skyflyer (which is bungee jumping) Drop Zone, and rollercoasters but they also have a KidzVille with lots of Kiddie Rides. There's a large outdoor waterpark with...

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  • Bata Shoe Museum

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    The Bata Shoe museum facinated me when I went there on a school field trip last year. It was so interesting to see all the different shoes commonly used in different cultures for weddings, not only today but historically as well. Then there was this one room where you get to go in and look at shoes that belonged to all different kinds of...

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  • Toronto Zoo

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    The Metro Toronto Zoo is the world's 3rd largest zoo features more than 5,000 animals in their natural environment Meadowvale Road north of hwy 401 2011 - Admission (access to all pavilions, exhibits and daily shows ): General Admission (ages 13 - 64) $23.00; Senior (ages 65+) $17.00; Child (ages 4 - 12) $13.00; and ages 3 & younger can go in...

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  • Cabbagetown

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    Cabbagetown is recognized as the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian era housing in N. America, and is a much admired heritage destination for visitors alike. It is located in the East portion of downtown Toronto. MORE coming soon...

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  • City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    On the north side of Queen Street, just west of Yonge, is a beautiful complex. I am reffering to Nathan Phillips Square. This beautiful square in the heart of the city, is home to many exhibitions, market sales, concerts, community gatherings etc. On one side of the square, is the Old, beautiful and quaint City Hall. It is now used purely for Court...

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  • Hockey Hall of Fame

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    Canadian’s are a bit nutty about Hockey the way that Europeans and South Americans take a strong interest in soccer (football) . To see what some of the fuss is about or to see some of the pilgrims paying homage to one of their high alters, visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. Address: 30 Yonge Street

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  • Entertainment district

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    One of the most impressive works of early 20th century architecture in Toronto is the North tower in Commerce Court, otherwise known as Commerce Court North. It was built in 1931 as the headquarters for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At the time it was highest office tower in the British Empire at 476ft. I visited this building as part of...

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  • Ontario Place

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    Having just come back from getting screwed over at Niagara Falls' Marine Land, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Ontario Place probably has the best entertainment value for your dollar that I have ever been to. That's high-praise coming from me, because I find most amusement parks to be total rip-offs. Once you pay the admission (about...

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  • Eaton Centre

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    The Eaton Centre Mall: Located in downtown Toronto. This is one of the largest mall I have ever been in. It is a 4 story probably about 1/2 mile wide mall. A great place for Americans to shop with the exchange rate. Very fascinating.

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  • CN tower

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    TORONTO as seen from the CN Tower with the City Islands visable. Of course it cant be seen in this picture..90 miles farther out accross Lake Ontario is the coastline of New York State. Toronto's most famous and most visible landmark, is the world's tallest free-standing structure. Built in 1976, the tower measures 553 metres in height. From its...

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  • Antique & Classic Boat Show, Belle River

    Welcome to Belle River Bluewater Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show! Every year - JulyFor more see our Belle River page.

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  • Thorold, where ships climb the mountain

    Welland Canal: The St. Lawrence River and the five Great Lakes constitute the greatest inland waterway in the world. From the Atlantic Ocean it extends 3700 kilometres (2300 miles) into the very heart of North America, forming a vital commercial shipping route. The only problem......a major obstacle called Niagara Falls preventing ships from...

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