Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian Province of British Columbia. Located on Vancouver Island, you can get here by ferry or airplane. For fun, take the float plane over from the city of Vancouver, itself a great trip destination and the topic of one of our previous blog posts. Here we watched one … More Visiting Vibrant Victoria
Visit a ski resort in the summer? Absolutely! Whistler, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is a classic example. In addition to hiking and mountain biking, one can enjoy a sunny day strolling along the car-free pedestrian core of the town. Flowers bloom luxuriantly everywhere, and travelers pack the outdoor restaurants and bars. We … More Whistler, British Columbia: It’s Not Just a Winter Destination!
Our tour of the Pacific Northwest started in Vancouver, British Columbia. This city is perhaps best known to travelers as the port of origin for cruise ships heading to Alaska. Maybe you are one of the cruisers who has seen the cruise terminal at Canada Place, with its iconic roof designed to look like a … More Vancouver, BC
As we leave Montreal and the province of Quebec, we are again struck by the incongruity of a mostly French-speaking province stuck in the middle of an otherwise mostly English-speaking country. There is a lot of history and animosity behind the language differences and the underlying cultures, religions, and socioeconomic situations dating back to the … More One last look at Quebec Province
We timed our visit to Montreal specifically to participate in the annual Go Velo Montreal bicycle festival. This event consists of an evening ride on Friday and a day ride on Sunday. Thousands of locals and visitors take advantage of the opportunity to see the city on a protected route closed to car traffic for … More Montreal by bike, x 3
We didn’t get this posted yesterday, so we are a little behind in our travel story. But no worries, we will catch up! As we say au revior to Quebec City, we have a fun literary tie-in to share. This is the book we specifically read before our trip. It is a very well-written detective … More Goodbye Quebec City, hello Montreal
No visit to Quebec City would be complete without a stop at the Chataeu Frontenac, the iconic landmark hotel located in the walled upper town, perched on the edge of the bluff with a commanding view over the lower town and the St. Lawrence River. The hotel was built in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific … More Classic Quebec City
Our challenge today was to learn some specifics about the answer to this question. North America was certainly not devoid of human population prior to the arrival of the European colonists. Aboriginal peoples including the First Nations (previously called “Indians”) and the Inuit had lived here for thousands of years. Our discovery began at the … More Who lived here first?
We began today’s explorations with threatening skies but the sun soon shone on these two happy travelers. Today’s theme was to appreciate the role of the St. Lawrence River as the gateway to North America in the colonial era, before the advent of roads, railways, etc. A 90 minute cruise on the river aboard the … More Exploring Quebec City by bike and boat
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Although located in a nondescript building in a nondescript neighborhood a 10 minute taxi ride from Vieux-Quebec, there is a reason that this restaurant is rated number one on TripAdvisor: an overall outstanding dining experience. The intimate dining room, exquisitely crafted food, and approachable wine list (written in … More Epicurean and historical discoveries