Spa bliss

Balnea. Go. That's all you need to know (yes, the web site is in French, but an English translation is promised soon). This Nordic...

Northern light nights

I've been negligent in posting over the past few days, primarily due to exhaustion. I'm in Churchill, Manitoba. Not for the polar bears, not...

Border patrol

The logistics aren't easy, but the rewards are rich for the second annual Two Countries, One Bay, Art Studio Tour, Sept. 20-21. More than...

Grazing through Quebec: Pere Nature market and cafe is a bon choice

Whenever traveling between Maine and Quebec City, instead of stopping en route for that ubiquitous fast-food cheeseburger, I savor a taste of Quebec at...

Sky high at Whistler

Spent the better part of today shusshing through about a foot of fresh powder on Blackcomb Mountain, in Whistler, B.C., Canada. Although the base...

Quebec City fave

You know this is the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, right? You know that the city is pulling out all the stops, with a...

What to see and do in Quebec City: My top 10 list, plus where...

Since I live in Maine, I tend to consider Quebec City as my backyard. This 400+ year old walled city is Paris without jetlag,...

A ramble through Quebec’s Eastern Townships: Coaticook

Drive northwest on Route 27, a Maine Scenic Byway, from Sugarloaf, in Carrabassett Valley, and after passing Flagstaff Lake and Chain of Ponds and...

Snow, marbles, and ribs

It just keeps coming down here at Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. For the second time, the forecast was for little more than an couple of...

Reading across the lines

When entering the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, watch where you step. The historic structure straddles the border between Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby...

Fresh Tracks splurge

It's SO worth splurging on Whistler's Fresh Tracks program. For $17.25 adult, $12.60 ages 6 to 12, you get to board the Whistler gondola...

In the zone

You know how  I raved about Balnea, the Nordic-style spa in the Quebec's Eastern Townships, well here's another. The Zonespa, in St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, near Mt....

Ski for free at Whistler?

Well, not exactly, but the slopeside Fairmont Chateau Whistler's Ski for Free package isn't too shabby, either. On the package, a Fairmont room begins...

A taste of royalty in the Canadian Rockies

Visiting Banff or Lake Louise? The Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, those two storybook hotels, may be out of your budget...

Apres-ski bliss

Sometimes I'm so spoiled. During my recent ski trip to Whistler, the snow Gods weren't smiling. Hot temps, melting snow and rain meant little...