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Short and long trips in Canada, from big cities to small towns.

Arriving in Toronto, July 2, 2020

Should We Go (to Toronto)?

Travelling has always been the best medicine for me. Going away and living out of a bag for a few days or a few months is a great way to focus on the present and enjoy the moment, something I can...

Lauriault Trail, Gatineau Park, June 2020

Middle of the Woods, Canada

Any place in Canada with “park” in the name is typically hundreds of square kilometres of true wilderness. Expect kilometres-long trails, no cellphone network, lakes, waterfalls and fauna you’d...

Once There Was a War

Since you don’t come to Ogdensburg for a culinary adventure, the guys had lunch at Subway while I was taking pictures of the bilingual Spanish/English signs and an Amish man queuing for a sandwich...

Doors Open Toronto

By chance, the weekend we were in Toronto, the annual “Doors Open” event was held, a city-wide celebration offering free, rare access to more than 155 landmarks. We have a similar event in Ottawa...

Exploring Toronto

Of all the Canadian cities, Toronto is probably the one I know best. I have a soft spot for the place where I first landed in Canada in 2002, coming directly from Rio de Janeiro with a sweater and a...

Shut Up, Shut Up, Shut Up!

“Did that just happen?” I asked Feng. He shrugged. He is more patient than me with strangers’ unwanted advice, because unlike me, he is not familiar with the “toddler police”.

An Artsy Sunday in Montreal

We checked out of the bedbugs hotel (yay!) hopefully leaving the insects behind (RIP dead bug on white sheets… I still have your picture!). The plan was to explore McGill University and its famous...

Bad Luck Day in Montreal

For some reasons, we always have a hard time “mastering” Montreal. It should be easy: it’s a first-world city, a blend of North American and French influences, it’s close to Ottawa… and yet, we...

Gananoque, Clouds and a Piano

On our way back from Belleville, we stopped in Gananoque. It had been a while: the last time was in May 2012, and I was five-month pregnant then. We took the exact same picture, by the lighthouse...

A Misty Visit to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls. This amazing natural wonder of the world is on the bucket list of most travelers—everyone want to see them at least once. But how many people come back for a second, a third or a...

Toronto Island

The only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands are located just offshore from the city centre. Today, it’s a popular recreational centre and a quick getaway from...