Travel and Adventure

There’s this place called ‘The Crack’ and it’s actually beautiful

December 28, 2018

If you head about an hour southwest of Sudbury, Ontario, you’ll find yourself travelling along Highway 637 and in Killarney Provincial Park. The Park is open year-round, and is known for it’s beautiful landscape. The pink granite, white quartzite, and a slew of clear lakes are all surrounded by 645 square kilometers of wilderness.

Shortly after entering the Park (if travelling from Sudbury, or 7km if you enter from the Main Gate near Georgian Bay) the trail head for a hike called The Crack is an indiscreet dirt parking lot on the side of the road. There’s no sign to indicate you’ve arrived (or passed) any sort of significant location, so keep your eyes peeled for the opening in the trees.

Destination: Malibu

December 26, 2018

On a cool, breezy May morning in San Francisco, I was up and checking out of my AirBnb early, ready for a long day of driving ahead of me. The destination? Malibu. The journey? The famed Highway 1.

Growing up on Canada’s East Coast, I was about as far from the Pacific Ocean as one can get while still being on this continent – both literally and figuratively. When a business opportunity came up to travel to San Francisco for a few days, I decided to extend the trip and explore California. I knew being in the Golden State solo for a couple weeks was going to be amazing, but what I didn’t realize was just how much the trip would change me at my core.

What Happened When I went Canoe Camping for the First Time

August 22, 2018

When I was a kid, my family and I used to camp on a semi-regular basis. As my brother and I have gotten older, that’s long ended. This summer I decided to go back to nature and give camping another shot – and I’ve been loving it! I’m still figuring some things out – let’s be honest, as I kid I literally just showed up ready to roast marshmallows and play in the lake – but luckily, my friends are basically experts.

Last week, I took it a step further and tried canoe camping for the first time. That’s right. My boyfriend and I packed only what we could carry (plus the dog) and paddled and hiked our way from site to site (to site).

Here’s how that went.

Budget Travelers Rejoice! Discount Airlines Growing in Canada

June 19, 2018

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20, super-discounted airline Swoop (owned by WestJet) will become Canada’s second discount airline (after Flair) with its first flight from Hamilton, Ontario to Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Swoop Airlines will launch with 5 destinations across Canada – Halifax, Nova Scotia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; as well as Hamilton and Abbotsford, with more destinations promised to be coming soon.

Budget airlines have been incredibly successful in Europe for many years, but are only beginning to break in to the North American air space.

My Favourite Cities For Running

June 6, 2018

Not all roads are created equal – so it’s no surprise that it’s easier to run along them in certain cities than it is in others.

Take San Francisco. Unless you’re on the waterfront, you’ll likely be running up what feels like a mountain side for most of your run (because you are). Great for hill-training; not great for an easy run to discover the city. I kept my ‘easy runs’ around Twin Peaks in San Fran to 5km (3 miles) MAX out of necessity.

But other cities or towns seem like they were made with the runner in mind. Here are my top 3 vacation destinations for running.

This is the roadtrip you have to make, even if you hate driving

May 26, 2018

A couple weeks ago I went to California, and rented a car. I spent a week in San Francisco, before heading south to Malibu for another week. The plan: Drive the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as California Route 1, the whole way.

The winding two-lane highway means the trip takes about 10 hours, instead of the 6 or so it would take to drive the 101 the whole way. But I’m no stranger to long, solo days of driving, and from what I heard, this was THE only way to go. So I went. Duh.