Walking in the footsteps of Newfoundland’s Viking settlers

After visiting the only known Viking settlement in North America, we learned to appreciate the struggles that the New World’s first immigrants faced a thousand years ago just to find this place and then to survive in its harsh environment.

We hiked out into the low, scrubby landscape at L’Anse aux Meadows, N.L. to visit the remnants of their seaside settlement, but were underwhelmed to see that it was not much more than a small collection of grassy mounds. That disappointment vanished quickly as our Parks Canada guide brought the story of those mounds to life. He explained how the Vikings smelted iron from the bogs to make nails to repair their ships and struggled to survive at that spot for several years until they eventually abandoned it.

Read the rest of the story on Metro.

Video: Canada

Canadians take winter for granted and start complaining about it after a few months of cold, but when we can experience it through the eyes of someone who doesn’t see snow very often we are reminded how special it is to have four distinct seasons that we can enjoy. Here’s a reminder of how beautiful Canada can be in fall and winter as seen by a Colombian visitor.

Montreal: The city of bagels

Ask any Montrealer to name the city’s most iconic foods and without hesitation, they will answer smoked meat and bagels. But what most probably don’t know is how Jewish immigrants brought those foods here and how they managed to endure as favourites.

One Montrealer who knows that history and is keen to share it with locals and visitors alike is Kat Romanow, the Director of Food Programming at the Museum of Jewish Montreal.

“Jews have lived all over the world and wherever they’ve settled they’ve taken the cuisine of that region and adapted it to the Kosher food laws — so when we talk about Jewish food, we’re talking about a cuisine that is very diverse,” she explains.

Romanow’s enthusiasm for the community’s history is contagious and the perfect starting point to understand how the city’s 93,000 Jews and their cuisine fit into the story of Montreal.

You can read the rest of the story at the Jewish Chronicle.

On 9/11, this Newfoundland town welcomed stranded airline passengers

On the day of 9/11, flights to the U.S. were ordered to land at to the nearest airport. Dozens of those flights ended up in the tiny town of Gander. If you’ve ever been to Newfoundland, you’d know that the welcome and hospitality those passengers received would be warm and heartfelt. Watch this video to remember a bright spot from a dark time.

Video: North Shore Lake Superior

This video will let you explore destinations around Lake Superior Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada including such places as Sand River, Agawa waterfalls, Bathtub Island and more.

Video: Montreal like you’ve never seen it

This drone footage shows Montreal from angles that you’ve probably never seen before. The city never looked so good!

Roadside America collects roadside attractions from North America’s highways and byways.

Whether it’s the world’s largest catfish or a replica of the Stanley Cup made out of bacon, Roadside America is a user-generated database of some of the weirdest roadside attractions to be found anywhere in America (and Canada). Check it out before your next road trip.


Photos: Kicking views of Kingston

I was in Kingston, Ontario for a few days last week, interviewing some of the creative people who live and work there. It’s not my first time in the city, but everyone I met had a love for the city that was palpable. It’s really a great place to visit. Here are a few of the shots of the people I talked to and some other photos I took during previous visits.

Love the old #neon #sign outside this #restaurant in #Kingston, #Ontario.

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A nice view of St. Andrew's #Church in #Kingston, #Ontario.

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Trying the gourmet grilled cheese #sandwiches at Mlt Dwn in #Kingston, #Ontario.

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A #church in #Kingston, #Ontario, #canada. #travel #explorecanada

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Photos: Awesome views of Alberta

The devastating wildfires in the Alberta community of Fort McMurray have generated sympathy and support from all Canadians and people from around the world.

To remind us of what a beautiful province Alberta is and one that is worthy of your tourist dollars, here is a gallery of awesome views of that province, led off by one that shows the terrible fire that is making headlines.

VIEWS in Canmore ⁶𓅓

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Thank you for the great memories 💕 #muchlove #roadtrip #rockymountains #Alberta #lovewhereyoulive

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| @lifelightlens | "What a day." Beautiful shot!

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Travel ideas for Mother’s Day

My PR friends have asked me to share this information with you about Mother’s Day.

Insight Vacations celebrates Mother’s Day with trips for every type of globetrotting Mom

Insight Vacations celebrates Mother’s Day with vacations to Europe and beyond offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences for every mother or special woman.

“Insight Vacations’ unparalleled level of service ensures our Canadian clients are well taken care of so they can enjoy their exciting experiences abroad,” said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada.

“We’ve curated the finest itineraries to showcase the best of each destination, from hidden gems to iconic attractions and our authentic and escorted journeys are the perfect gift for every deserving mother or special woman.”

The ‘fiery’ woman: Spain & Portugal in Style (www.insightvacations.com/ca/spain-and-portugal-in-style-summer-2016)

The fearless explorer: Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights (www.insightvacations.com/ca/tours/scenic-iceland-and-the-northern-lights-winter-2016-2017)

The ‘life-affirmer’:Spirit of the North and South India (www.insightvacations.com/ca/spirit-of-north-and-south-india-summer-2016)

For more information, visit www.insightvacations.com, or contact an Insight Specialist at 1-888-726-6105.

InterContinental Toronto Centre offers its Luxe Life for Mom Package

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the InterContinental Toronto Centre offers a special package designed to pamper your mom. Here are the highlights:

  • A luxurious evening for two in a Feature Room with lake views
  • Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in-room welcome amenity
  • Town car service to and from Holt Renfrew, Bloor Street West
  • Afternoon full tea for two at Holts Café
  • $250 gift certificate at Holts Renfrew
  • Manicure/pedicure or massage for Mom at Spa InterContinental
  • Room service breakfast in bed for two
  • 2:00 p.m. late checkout
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

The InterContinental Toronto Centre Luxe Life for Mom Package starts at $799 per night (a savings of 20 per cent) and is available on May 7, 2016, or purchased as a gift certificate for future use.

Reservations can be made at www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com or direct reservations within Canada and US can be made at 1-800-422-7969 and worldwide reservations at 1-800-327-0200.