Diana Ballon

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 Continue Reading

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

Featured in 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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading