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Turks and Caicos

Where, What and How in Turks & Caicos

Featured on, October 2015. How to be a traveler not a tourist in these idyllic islands. The holiday begins midair, with that first glimpse of neon turquoise. Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), located south of the Bahamas and east of Cuba, are famous for those azure tones – providing the perfect contrast to powdery […]

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Quiet Roads and a Vibrant City

Quiet roads and a vibrant city: Biking in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

Featured in Canadian Cycling Magazine, October 2015. The prime road routes and trails of Ontario’s Peterborough and the Kawarthas aren’t well-known, but that will change. We followed our guides on a rainy day in June. We were travelling over rolling hills in Ontario’s Kawarthas on road bikes against soft winds and under grey skies. Grazing […]

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Breaking Up

Breaking up is hard to do

Featured in Best Health Magazine, September 2015. Whether it’s what Gwyneth Paltrow would classify as a “conscious uncoupling” or a gut-wrenching goodbye, a breakup with your best friend is never easy. Francis* and I first met when we were eight or nine years old and our families shared cottages next to each other on Ontario’s […]

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View of Picton Bay from Claramount Inn

Rural retreat: Into the country

Featured in Just for Canadian Doctors, Fall 2015. Norah Rogers and I meet in the parlour room of the Waring House, a country inn on the edge of Picton in Prince Edward County. She arrives slightly out of breath, coming straight from her private practice as a family doctor in town. But Rogers is no […]

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Chateau Montebello's outdoor swimming pool.

Three ways to enjoy Ontario and Quebec this summer

Featured on Parents Canada, August 11, 2015. As the kids age, we constantly refine our family holidays to maximize parent relaxation, and kid fun. With our kids now 10 and 12, the need for the all-inclusive plan with child care provided is less vital. But we do still want places that offer lots of kid […]

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Charlie Gallant as Boy in Peter and the Starcatcher.

A trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake combines arts with activity

Featured on Parents Canada, July 28, 2015. Magic “star stuff,” pirates and mermaids in coconut bras have invaded Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Specifically, the Shaw Festival, which for the first time in its 53-year history is staging a play geared to children: Peter and the Starcatcher. Charlie Gallant as Boy in Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by […]

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Chef's table at Whisper Creek Farm.

A different side of Orlando

Featured in Taste & Travel, Winter 2015. Explore the headwaters of the Everglades. When people think of orlando, they tend to think crowds, Disney, gaggling children, long lines and overcrowded theme parks where not-so-healthy food is consumed on the run. What they don’t necessarily think of are the gastronomic offerings of this Central Florida city. […]

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Toronto woman gives birth at 56

Featured in the Toronto Star, February 6, 2015. Tessa, a Toronto lawyer, had always longed for one more child. Now, 26 years after the birth of her first baby, she got her wish. Tessa (not her real name) wants older women who still want to have children to know that it’s still possible. She had […]

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Daphne and Mom at Montmorency Falls.

Travels with Mum

Featured in Forever Young, January 2015. Mother and daughters bonded in Montreal and Quebec City, following in the footsteps of author Louise Penny and ending a stimulating journey with a toast to dad. Daphne and Mom at Montmorency Falls. With cobblestone streets, outdoor markets, great restaurants and galleries, and handsome French men, why leave the […]

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A Finger Lakes Road Trip

Featured in Travel Society Magazine, Winter 2014. The U.S. border is often an intimidating barrier for Canadians looking for a quick weekend getaway. But it shouldn’t be. In just over three hours, Torontonians can be driving along winding country roads overlooking long slender lakes, with wineries, microbreweries and quaint inns at their fingertips. On a […]

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