Wednesday December 4, 2013
Often bypassed by travellers going between Toronto
and Niagara Falls
, Hamilton, Ontario, has plenty to offer those who stop and linger.
Hamilton is a study in contrasts in many ways. Part steel town, part academic and cultural haven, the diversity of Hamilton gives it texture and appeal. These 10 Hamilton attractions are for lovers of history, nature, shopping, and fine food. Whatever your interests, Hamilton has you covered.
Friday November 29, 2013
The shopping sensation known as Black Friday
- the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. that comes the day after Thanksgiving Friday - is now firmly entrenched in Canada.
Though I'm resistant to blindly adopting an American custom - seems so unimaginative - there is some logic to having Black Friday sales in Canada. First, retailers can curb shoppers from heading south of the border to shop and second, it's a good opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done.
Many major malls are extending their open hours and stores like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target say they have reduced prices on some merchandise by 50 to 75 per cent.
Check out Black Friday deals in Canada at Red Flag.
Friday November 29, 2013
If you are looking for a Montreal getaway, just 40 minutes away - between Montreal and Ottawa - you'll find escape, hospitality and fine dining at Auberge des Gallant
This combination inn, spa and maple syrup production facility has been family run since opening in 1972 and survived a major fire in 2012 only to re-open bigger and better shortly thereafter. Proprietor Linda Gallant is the best amenity at Auberge des Gallant and makes herself available to ensure your stay, wedding, or business meeting is everything you want it to be.
Maple syrup made right on the premises is the inspiration for much of the menu at Auberge des Gallant from apple liqueur cocktail to the soy-maple glazed veal and salmon to the maple cappuccino and maple crème brulé that caps off the meal. Even in the spa, you can have a maple scrub. Yum.
Do not leave Auberge des Gallant without buying some of their maple syrup. I had a maple syrup epiphany upon tasting it: I'd been putting sub-standard maple syrup on my pancakes my whole life.
Photo of smoked salmon tartar courtesy Linda Gallant. Salmon is smoked on the premises and flavoured with maple.
Thursday November 28, 2013
Deciding where to stay in Montreal
is an important step in planning a trip to this beautiful and unique Canadian city. Staying in some areas may break the bank while others are best avoided. Depending on what you want out of your visit to Montreal will help you figure out what part of Montreal is your best accommodation spot.