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.
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.
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.
Book by November 29, 2013 for travel by April 11, 2014 to take advantage of these prices.
OK, I know it's not about me; it's about the kids, so at the risk of sounding like Scrooge, I'm gonna confess how I felt about the 2013 Toronto Santa Claus Parade: the biggest parade in Canada and longest running children's parade in the world lacked variety and personality.
The marching bands were fun and everyone loves a vintage police car and Mounties on their horses, but I think what my husband and I expected from yesterday's parade was a little more glorification of Toronto and its people. The City of Toronto had Disney, Barbie and McDonald's as float sponsors at the parade, but these companies market to me and my kids every day. At the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, with a captive audience of 300,000, I'd love to be wowed by the city itself. The ROM had a float, but where was the new Ripley's Aquarium? Or the CN Tower? The CBC? Bill Blair, the Chief of Police, was a highlight, but how about a Toronto Maple Leafs player or a Raptor?
That all said, my kids loved the spectacle of yesterday's Toronto Santa Claus Parade, and kids' enjoyment is surely the parade's goal. But my kids also loved the Elmvale parade, which in my mind at least better represents its town of 2,300 people. The hayrides, vintage cars and marching bands of this small town parade delight our children in much the same way as does the 2 hour Toronto parade that requires you compete with thousands of others - some who are willing to arrive three hours early - for a decent viewing spot and, for out of towners, spend a considerable amount of money to be there.
A little more "Toronto" in the Toronto Santa Claus Parade would keep us coming back.
McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields, the poem associated with Remembrance Day that asks future generations to never forget the soldiers that gave their lives in WWI.
The small limestone cottage has been preserved as a museum since the late 1960's and showcases both permanent and temporary exhibitions that characterize the life and times of John McCrae and document his life and service as a doctor, soldier and author.
In summertime, treat yourself to tea in the beautifully landscaped garden but be sure to book ahead.
So though this maple fudge recipe from Canadian Living is not exactly "healthy," using maple syrup as a sweetener in your baking is a healthier alternative to sugar and gives food a rich, warm flavour.
Dillon's Small Batch Distillers is a family-run distillery in the heart of the Niagara wine region that takes fresh, local fruit and grain, and turn them into spirits.
Dillon's first products were made by harvesting Niagara wine grapes that would've gone to waste during the annual thinning process. Other fresh local ingredients that go into Dillon's spirits include herbs, fruit and grain grown on-site or nearby in the rich agricultural Niagara region. Beginning with vodkas, a gin, white whiskey and a number of bitters, today, this craft distillery has its sights on offering even more spirits, including a Canadian a rye whiskey, which is aging right now in all Canadian Oak barrels.
So chug the last of that water bottle, slip off those shoes and get through airport security hassle free this holiday.