Visiting Canada

O Canada! You quirky, lovely land! The world’s second-largest country in land mass, Canada is a place where the largest territory has the population of a small town and the largest province threatens secession from time to time. It has a practical side, though, laying claim to traveler favorites like the international hub of Toronto, ski dreamlands Banff and Whistler, canal-crazy capital Ottawa, and the historic Maritimes.... Read More O Canada! You quirky, lovely land! The world’s second-largest country in land mass, Canada is a place where the largest territory has the population of a small town and the largest province threatens secession from time to time. It has a practical side, though, laying claim to traveler favorites like the international hub of Toronto, ski dreamlands Banff and Whistler, canal-crazy capital Ottawa, and the historic Maritimes.    Close

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Crossing the continent: routes through Canada

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 03 Nov, 2012

Canada has a vast land area (it is after all, the second biggest country in the world) but the routes for traveling across it are somewhat limited by geography, climate and distribution of the population (and with the population, the road and rail infrastructure).Any route…Read More


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Eating Quebec

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 16 Mar, 2012

Quebec has its own culinary tradition and culture which one one hand is similar to one of the whole of Canada, and indirectly thus to the North American eating habits; but on the other shows a surprisingly strong French influences, in what foods are eaten,…Read More


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Eating Canada

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 15 Mar, 2012

Canada is a country created by immigration – a surprisingly high proportion of it from the Old World countries other than the United Kingdom – and Canadian food culture is a result of mixing these various traditions the immigrants brought in over the last…Read More


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Brasher Supalite GTX: The best light boot in the world

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 22 Mar, 2011

I have to start by admitting that my Supalite Brashers are actually male ones as unfortunately the highest size available in female was 8 and I needed 9. I was, however, assured by the guys in Black's that there wasn't much difference and if they…Read More


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Driving through the plains

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 23 Nov, 2010

Alberta is different. For the first time I feel we are truly in the west, and outside the realm of European civilisation – is it the right word in the context – maybe not. We still are, obviously, in the realm of European, or post-European…Read More


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Going west: on the train from Toronto to Sioux Lookout

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 22 Nov, 2010

The Canadian is Via Rail's flagship service, the train with a number 1, which runs cross-country and (almost) cross-continent between Toronto and Vancouver. It used to be a daily service with two trains, one on each of the southern (via Calgary) and northern (via Edmonton)…Read More


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Ottawa impressions and attractions

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 22 Nov, 2010

Ottawa was chosen as Canada's capital when Canada was still a British colony in 1857. This, incidentally, was a very clever decision by the Queen Victoria, carefully considered and designed to try and balance the French and British prides and placate the rivalry between Toronto…Read More


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Archetypal Canada: a reflection

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 20 Nov, 2010

I think I need to explain the idea behind this journal. I suppose the title: the centre and the periphery makes it self-explanatory to some degree: it's about juxtaposition, it's about contrast, it's about diversity. But there is more to it than just that. After…Read More


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Chester and Mahone Bay

Written by tvordj on 10 Aug, 2010

Also on the south shore of Nova Scotia are the towns of Chester and Mahone Bay. Both are picturesque and attract artists and photographers to their pretty lanes and waterfront views. Both have craft shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes and you can spend a few…Read More


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Lunenburg and Area

Written by tvordj on 10 Aug, 2010

The south shore of Nova Scotia was settled by German immigrants. The town of Lunenburg on the South Shore is now a World Heritage Site, due to it's lovely architecture. It's a very good example of a planned British colonial settlement as well. The town…Read More


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