Coming Home

The sound of the crashing waves fills up my ears. It’s all I can hear as the wind blows my hair back and the sun beams down on me, warming my skin from the cool autumn chill in the air.

I open my eyes and take in the enormity of the lake surrounding me.

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Canada 150

It’s Canada’s Birthday today and boy is it a big one – 150 years since the confederation that gave birth to my beautiful home. Obviously, the land itself and our first nations people have been here for a lot longer (thousands of years longer) and not everyone is choosing to celebrate today, which I can completely understand. Canada is not a perfect place. There is a lot we need to improve upon and a great deal more restitution owed.

Despite this, I am still proud to be Canadian and I love my country and I am excited to celebrate its milestone!flag Continue reading Canada 150

Canada Vs. America

This weekend I got to play the tourist in my own country. Dave’s parents came over from England for a visit so we took them out to Niagara Falls for a day of world famous sightseeing.

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Impossible to take a bad selfie with that backdrop!

The weather was perfectly gorgeous and clear with the sun shining down illuminating all the summer colours of the area.

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Snow, Love & Lake Louise: My Banff National Park Adventure

In December Dave headed out west to fulfill his travel aspiration of spending the ski season in Lake Louise. I supported him (even though it meant 3.5 months apart) because keeping someone close to you involves supporting their dreams, even if that means loving them from a distance for a while.

Luckily, Lake Louise is one of  the most beautiful places in Canada so it wasn’t very difficult to convince me to come out for a visit (despite my preference for sunshine and bikinis over snowpants and wind chill). I spent the 1st week of February there and every moment was breathtaking.

Dave and I don’t mess around when we holiday. Banff National Park boasts pretty much every winter activity out there and we wanted to try them all!

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Wanderlust Vs Adulting

Over the last several years I’ve had two very strong, mutually exclusive desires:

The ever present and often overwhelming urge to rent a storage locker, pack my Toronto life into it and set out across the globe without a care in the world…

And…

The simultaneous desire to move out of my houseshare and rent myself a beautiful one bedroom “grown up” apartment which I can fill with nice furniture that I don’t’ have to put together myself, with beautifully decorated walls and a dining table I could throw dinner parties on… Continue reading Wanderlust Vs Adulting

4 Days in Paradise – Canoe Tripping Algonquin Provincial Park

A bit of paddling, a bit of portaging and a bottle of Ardbeg

I recently spent 4 spectacular days in Algonquin Provincial Park (about 4 hours north of Toronto).

It was somehow my first venture into the park in all the years I’ve lived in Toronto and it was well overdue! The park is beyond amazing and the lakes we chose were perfect, still and felt like they belonged to us!

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Spectacular Redrock Lake

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Adventures in Toronto’s High Park

One of the best things about Toronto is its green spaces. For a large, sprawling urban metropolis, Canada’s largest city is fortunate enough to be  filled to the brim with gorgeous parks that provides the nature lover city dwellers like me an easy escape from the concrete jungle where we can get off the pavement and surround ourselves in nature.

My #1 place to escape is The Toronto Islands. You can read my post about the islands here. But when I have a little less time I always adore a stroll through the High Park Trails, where you can immerse yourself in the sounds of the chickadees and hum of the cicadas almost instantly after alighting from the subway.

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