airplane with Toronto skyline in the background

Flying Refined with Porter Airlines

Porter, a small regional airline based out of Toronto’s Billy Bishop Island Airport, is a bit of a well-kept secret among East coast travelers.  If you’re coming to this part of the world though, it can be a fantastic option for travelling between Toronto and NYC, Montreal, Quebec City, Boston, Chicago or many other destinations,…

rows and row of colourful fruit

Ontario Getaway: St. Jacobs Farmers’ & Flea Market

Just one and a half hour’s drive from downtown Toronto, near Kitchener and Waterloo, lies Ontario’s Mennonite Country, complete with working farms, picturesque towns, Ontario’s last wooden covered bridge, and a huge market full of fresh food, antiques, and flea market finds.  St. Jacobs Farmers’ & Flea Market is open Thursday and Saturday from 7am…

a glass case with lots of sandwiches, jars, and other takeout items

Bannock: Canadian comfort food in the heart of Toronto

Bannock, a round flatbread originally of Scottish origin, is featured widely in Indigenous people’s cuisine in Canada.  The Oliver & Bonacini restaurant of the same name offers a modern twist on comfort food with fresh quality ingredients.  Located at 401 Bay Street, next to Canada’s oldest department store Hudson’s Bay, the Eaton Center shopping mall, and several tourist attractions, this is a great…

a large old building at night with twinkling trees and lights around it

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

Quebec City is an absolutely magical place during the holidays, and the twinkling lights around every corner have a lot to do with that.  One of my favourite spots is Place D’Youville in front of Palais Montcalm, where in the winter you will skaters, music and of course, lots of lights. I particularly like this photo…

electrified blue sphere

A visit to the Ontario Science Centre

Located in the north east end of Toronto at 770 Don Mills Road, the Ontario Science Centre has been entertaining and informing visitors through engaging and thought-provoking experiences in science and technology since 1969. Inside the 300,000 square foot building, you fill find attractions for both children and adults across 6 levels, including exhibits about the earth, space,…

looking down at skyscrapers, with a reflection of the CN Tower on the right hand side

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

If you have ever visited Toronto, you will likely recognize the iconic CN Tower. You may have even taken the 58 second elevator ride 114 stories up to its circular Look Out, where this photo was snapped.  Luckily the timing of my visit gave me the opportunity to catch the angular reflection of the tower, contrasted next to the circular Sky…

three DJs with an indigenous hoop dancer in front of them starting to perform

A Tribe Called Red: Electric Pow Wow

A Tribe Called Red have been amongst my favourite Canadian artists for the last few years. Their sound – mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music – is incredibly innovative and uniquely Canadian.  The Ottawa-based First Nation DJ crew is made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman.  Their two albums have…

a dark lake with heavy rain and trees in the distance

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

A sudden rainstorm peppers the lake in Muskoka, known as Ontario’s cottage country.  You might think this was a black and white photo, but actually the water, sky and trees all turned this same shade of gloom.  Thirty minutes later, sunshine returns along with boats, swimmers, and dockside dreamers.  (Photo taken August 31, 2014) Minimalist