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Exploring Canada

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

Rapides-des-Joachims, Québec

After Pembroke, we headed to Deep River and spent the night there (more on that later). The following day, the weather was a little bit better, albeit chilly. We drove to Rapides-Des-Joachims, a...

Pembroke, Ontario

To celebrate the last long week-end of the summer (Labour Day was today), we decided to take a short trip to rural Canada. We hit the road on Saturday morning and followed the bumpy Trans-Canada...

Lac Leamy Fireworks

This week is walking down memory lane week. First, I came back to see these amazing sculptures on the shore of the Ottawa River, at Remic Rapids, that I discovered in August 2009. And then, last...

School’s Out

On one side, my experience with university in Canada is pretty good. First, I hope that eventually I will be able to complete a Canadian degree, even if the goal seems to be very far away. Second, it...

Toronto By Night

There is something very comforting in walking around in a city after sunset. Contrary to popular belief, most of them don’t turn into cut-throat places and it's not like you risk your life at every...

St Lawrence Market

Most of the market is nest inside a two-storey brick building, between King Street East and the Esplanade. We went there on Saturday morning, and boy it was busy! About half of Toronto seemed to have...

Toronto Harbor

I grew up in Nantes, on the West coast of France. The Loire river crosses the city and I lived close to the banks. We were also a 45 minutes drive from the coast, where I spent pretty much all of my...

Night And Day In Toronto’s Chinatown

Of course, when in Toronto two weeks ago, we ended up in Chinatown - again. Looks like I can never really escape my Chinese roots - wait a minute... I'm not Chinese! Nonetheless, I feel at home in...

Kensington Market In The Spring

Two weeks ago, for the Easter long weekend, we once again drove to Toronto. The weather was gorgeous: 25ºC in Canada in early April is definitely not the norm. Kensington Market was much more...

Montreal’s Chinatown

Montreal's Chinatown (蒙特利尔唐人街) is quite small: it's mostly one pedestrian street with an arch and many little shops and restaurants along the narrow alley, parallel to the René Levesque boulevard. It...

In the Heart of Montreal

The "vieux Montréal", the old Montreal, definitely has a European feeling to it. Far from the tall buildings and the endless boulevards that stretches across the "other Montreal", the area nearby the...

St Catherine Street

Rue St-Catherine is the primary commercial artery of downtown Montreal. The endless street that stretches over the city crosses the central business district from West to East. It is home to many...

St-James United Church

On Saturday morning, I escape from work for an hour to go visit a church I had noticed the night before, as I was pacing St Catherine street up and down looking for food. St-James United Church is a...

French, English and Montréal

It’s only when I showed up at Starbucks that I realized I had no idea how to order in French. And ordering my coffee in English in Montreal would look back, wouldn’t it. But I needed coffee: this is...

Winterlude in Québec

Ottawa has ice sculptures, Québec has giant snow ones. The theme of the national Snow Sculpture Competition for this year was "winter fun". Each team was given a huge 3.7 m x 4.9 m block of snow and...

Niagara Falls In The Winter

After a few days in Toronto, we had decided to drive to Niagara Falls on January 1st. I was curious to see the falls in the winter. Because the weather had been relatively mild in Toronto, we had...

The Eaton Center

Downtown Toronto

I will always remember the first time I came to Toronto. It was in 2002, after our crazy long trip from Mexico to Brazil. I had never been to North America before and I wanted to see Canada, so I...

Nathan Phillips Square

In Ottawa, we have the Rideau Canal. In Toronto, local polish their skating skills on Nathan Phillips Square, where the New Year celebrations took place. Torontonians seemed to have a blast with...

Yonge & Dundas

Dundas Square, located at the intersection of busy Yonge Street and Dundas street, is famous for hosting public events. This is one of the busiest intersection in Toronto. The square is surrounded on...

Kensington Market

Past Chinatown, we ended up in another cute multicultural neighborhood: Kensington Market. The eclectic shops and cafés are stuck between Spadina and Little Italy. We spotted Latino, European, Middle...

Toronto’s Chinatown

Toronto's Chinatown didn't disappoint me. It was colorful, messy and it smelled of exotic and spicy food. I observed the people attending their daily business: biking around, shopping, cooking and...

New Year In Toronto

In Toronto, most of the party takes place downtown, in Nathan Phillips Square, at the corner of Queen and Bay. There is a small skate rink (small by Ottawa standards - remember, we have the 7.8...

Fall Colors In Québec

The Gatineau Park in Québec, right across Ottawa, probably offers the best Fall scenery in the region. The trees that make up the huge forest slowly turn yellow, orange and red. Lakes reflect the...

Montréal’s Jean Talon Market

Little Italy was our last stop in Montréal. I wanted to go back to the famous marché Jean Talon, a farmer's market located in this area. The open air market is occupied by about 300 vendors, selling...