Whistler, British Columbia: It’s Not Just a Winter Destination!

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!

Vancouver, BC

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

Classic Quebec City

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

Who lived here first?

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?

Epicurean and historical discoveries

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