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Saturday, March 5, 2011

A romantic spa getaway ... with a relationship therapist?

I'm sitting in a hotel room in my undies and a white robe, bare toes in slippers. My husband, Mario, robe open at his chest, is gesturing. He's telling the blonde across from him how I take my coffee.

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ontario;

Subject: hotels; relationships; travel

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


$154Canadian icewine has won prizes worldwide, and Vintage Hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has a special Icewine Lovers Getaway from $154 a person. The package includes accommodation at the Prince of Wales, Queen's Landing or Pillar and Post, dinner, full breakfast and visit to Chateau des Charmes and Peller Estates. For more information, call 1-866-319-4445 or visit

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ontario;

Subject: hotels; tourism; travel

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Ghost walking Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.Niagara-on-the-Lake has more going for it than peaches and wine. If you're still in the mood after Halloween night, families with older children can take a 90-minute walk on the scary side with a lantern-lit ghost tour of the historic town. Meander through the dark streets and hear about Captain Swayze, who met his untimely death at the Olde Angel Inn, the woman of the gazebo, or the headless officer of Old Fort Niagara. Little kids might find some of the content too violent, so keep that in mind before scoring the tickets.

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ontario; Guelph; Boston;

Subject: travel; tourism

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Say cheese Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.Artisanal wines meet artisanal cheeses at Stratus Vineyards' 22-hectare estate this Saturday. Savour the winery's wares along with Canadian cheese at a seminar led by fromager Scott McKenzie. Reservations are required, so call ahead to land a spot at the table.

Location: Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Toronto; Ear Falls;

Subject: travel; tourism; festivals

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Jazz on tapNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.Wipe the cobwebs off your lawn chairs and drive to the Hillebrand Winery on Saturday. Now in its 19th year, the Hillebrand Jazz at the Winery mini music festival has Molly Johnson, Kellylee Evans and Daryl Stuermer on tap. Between sets, sample some award-winning ice wine or stroll the grounds at this strictly no-BYOB event.

Location: Ontario; Toronto; Niagara-on-the-Lake; St. Catharines;

Subject: travel; tourism; jazz music; folk music; art; festivals

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Quick quaffing Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.Transform your wine knowledge from pedestrian to professional in one weekend - that's the promise from the hosts of the Peller Estates Extreme Wine Weekend: A Boot Camp for Bon Vivants. They'll walk 24 hobbyists through the winemaking process from vine to vin. Then it's tasting time, from the most recent vintages - right from the barrel - and with a perfectly paired six-course dinner. Who says you can't taste 50 wines, prune an acre of vines, eat and sip through 14 courses and identify 12 varietals - all in 48 hours?

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ottawa; Toronto; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism; wine industry

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Go, speed racers, go Brockville, Ont.If hair-raising, death-defying speed gets your heart pumping, this weekend's 1,000 Islands International Hydroplane Regatta and Festival is sure to float your boat. Racers from as far away as Australia will be descending on Brockville's waterfront to skim turbocharged race boats across the lake - in some cases reaching up to 275 kilometres an hour. Live music and entertainment keep things hopping while boats idle.

Location: Ontario; Brockville; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Toronto;

Subject: travel; tourism; motion pictures; festivals

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


GARDEN PLANNING PICTON, ONT.Now that spring has (finally) sprung, you can visit Prince Edward County and begin planning this season's garden. Spend a day at the A Bench and a Few Good Chairs country garden show and rub elbows with other green thumbs, as well as outdoor artists, florists and landscapers. Between loading up on fertilizer and seeds, take a workshop to learn how to plot your plot, plant vegetation that tolerates drought or meditate on what makes a Japanese garden so peaceful.

Location: Ontario; Picton; Komoka; Niagara-on-the-Lake;

Subject: travel; tourism

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Just peachyNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.Slurpy, sloppy and sweet. If there's one fruit that deserves to be celebrated, it's the ripe Ontario peach. And that's the thinking kicking off this year's peach festival at the centre of all things juicy, Niagara-on-the-Lake. The town shuts down main drag Queen Street to make way for a fife-and-drum parade and a harvest of jazz, folk and honky tonk. Meanwhile, some lucky gal gets to be crowned Peach Queen and local growers display their plump, perfect wares. Or dig into pie, jam and other peach-inspired chow.

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Fort Erie; Toronto; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


Play ball!St. Marys, Ont.If you're living with a budding baseball superstar, don't walk, run to the phone and sign her up for a four-hour Blue Jays clinic at the Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys. For a mere 20 bucks, kids aged six to 16 get four hours with Jays coaches, a Jays cap, T-shirt, ticket voucher and lunch. Kids nine and under play ball in the morning, while older kids polish their skills in the afternoon. Parents can stop in at the Hall of Fame's museum to kill time.

Location: Toronto; Ontario; St. Marys; Niagara-on-the-Lake;

Subject: travel; tourism; festivals

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


Play it upNiagara-on-the-LakeSpring has sprung. Hello, theatre festivals. Say goodbye to winter withdrawal and drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., this weekend to take in Mack and Mabel, the Shaw Festival's first offering of the season. Showing in previews, it's billed as a musical about the movies and an expose of the clash between art and commerce. Will it deliver? Be among the first to find out.

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Creemore; Ontario; Philadelphia;

Subject: travel; tourism; theatre; museums

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Winter Zen South River, Ont.If there was any justice in the world, Canadians would enjoy a long weekend in frosty February. We don't, so why not make your own?

Location: South River; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism; ice fishing

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


Three weeks of wineNiagara region, Ont.Timed to coincide with the beginning of the shopping crunch and the arrival of weather that drives people indoors, the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake have banded together to hold the sixth annual Taste of the Season. The festival runs for the next three weekends and has 17 wineries taking part. All you have to do is buy a passport, and you'll have access to wine tastings, tours and seminars on serving and pairing with food. It's both a showcase of what's new in Niagara and a fundraiser for Second Harvest's programs to feed the hungry.

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Port Dover; Petrolia; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism; wine; festivals; the last home movie show

Saturday, July 29, 2006


A little-known fact: Grape stompers have amazingly soft feet. But you don't have to climb into a barrel, a la I Love Lucy, to get those supple toes, now that the newly renovated 100 Fountain Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., is offering ''purple-feet pedicures.''

Location: Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake;

Wednesday, December 29, 2004


New Year's Eve escapesVarious Ontario innsPacked restaurants and nightclubs, unattainable taxis, obnoxious revellers -- the reasons to get out of town for New Year's Eve are as numerous as our resolutions. And it's not too late to book a rural getaway, as several members of the Ontario's Finest Inns group still have space in their New Year's packages.

Location: Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Rosseau;

Subject: resorts; new year's eve; travel; tourism

Wednesday, July 7, 2004


Licence-free fishingThroughout OntarioThis Friday, Saturday and Sunday, people all over Ontario are going fishing without licences, and there's nothing game wardens can do about it. That's because the provincial government is allowing all Canadian residents to fish Ontario's lakes and rivers without having to buy a permit. Of course, this doesn't mean it's a free-for-all. The event is intended to promote the preservation and enhancement of the province's recreational fishery, and in keeping with that goal all limits and regulations are still in effect. So dust off that gear you keep in the basement and get fishing.

Location: Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Elora;

Subject: travel; tourism; festivals; sport fishing

Wednesday, May 5, 2004


Canadian Tulip FestivalNational Capital RegionThe National Capital Region is hosting the Canadian Tulip Festival, the world's largest event of its kind. Its history dates back to 1945 when Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs. The gift was given in appreciation of the haven that Holland's exiled royal family received during the Second World War.

Location: Ottawa; Campbellville; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ganaraska Forest; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism; festivals

Wednesday, March 24, 2004


Sumo Robot ChallengeTorontoThis weekend, the Ontario College of Art and Design's Sumo Robot Challenge will take place at the Ontario Science Centre. One of the longest-running robot competitions in Canada, it features machines battling in the style of traditional sumo wrestling. Categories will include ''Sumo Classic,'' the no-holds-barred competition; ''Sumo Clever,'' with weight restrictions and a modified playing field to encourage subtle tactics; and ''Dancer or Painter,'' in which robots demonstrate imaginative movements or create art on paper.

Location: Toronto; Schomberg; Niagara-on-the-Lake;

Subject: travel; tourism

Wednesday, February 25, 2004


Wine Country by railNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.For those who want to explore Niagara's wine country without the winter driving, is offering a new package called Niagara-on-the-Lake by Rail. Developed in conjunction with Via Rail and partners in the Niagara Region, the package combines train transportation with a guided winery tour, a gourmet lunch, and luxury accommodation at either Queen's Landing or The Pillar and Post hotels.

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Kingston; Ontario; Quebec; Montreal;

Subject: travel; tourism; festivals

Wednesday, February 11, 2004


Valentine's Day is just three days away and you've planned . . . nothing? To keep your sweetheart happy, we're got a batch of original ideas from skating on an old-fashioned rink to a helicopter tour over the vineyards. And we even have something for those classic romantics who can't celebrate without champagne and strawberries.

Location: Ontario; Quebec; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Markham; Gatineau; Montreal; Toronto;

Subject: travel; tourism; valentine's day

Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Jackson-Triggs' Big NightNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.This weekend, food enthusiasts in search of an extraordinary experience can visit Jackson-Triggs Winery and be part of an evening of gastronomic adventure.

Location: Ancaster; Ontario; Canada; Niagara-on-the-Lake;

Subject: travel; tourism

Wednesday, December 3, 2003


Nutcracker neighbourhoodTorontoTo get into the holiday spirit, Toronto is transforming the St. Lawrence Market district into the Nutcracker Neighbourhood.The Nutcracker Neighbourhood Experience includes a guided Old Town Toronto tour or a St. Lawrence Market Food Experience; a complimentary hop-on, hop-off shuttle service that includes stops at Toronto City Hall, St. Lawrence Market, St. James Cathedral and the new Distillery District; and the St. James Cathedral tour and creche exhibit, which displays over 100 nativity scenes from around the world.

Location: Toronto; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism

Wednesday, November 19, 2003


Culinary weekendNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.This weekend, recreational cooks can explore the relationship between food and wine at the Wine Country Cooking School at Strewn, Canada's only winery cooking school.

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; York Region; Ontario; Stratford;

Subject: travel; tourism; festivals

Wednesday, November 5, 2003


Wine and food tasting tourNiagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.Fourteen wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake have joined forces for the third annual Taste the Season touring event, scheduled to take place over the next two weekends.

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Toronto; Stratford; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism

Wednesday, August 13, 2003


Art weekendAlgonquin Park, OntThis weekend, Northern Edge Algonquin, a South River-based company specializing in wilderness adventures and nature retreats, has organized an art weekend program in the northwest corner of Algonquin Park.

Location: Algonquin Park; Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Gravenhurst;

Subject: travel; tourism; festivals

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