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Exploring Canada

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

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...

Modern Montréal

Like I was saying last time, Montréal is not just the cute European-style city a lot of people imagine. There is the old Montréal... and the modern downtown, which is just like any other American...

Old Montréal

Right after arriving in Canada for the first time in 2002, Feng and I took a road trip. We had landed in Toronto, went through Ottawa, and then Montréal, Québéc city and the surroundings. It was...

The Killers In Montréal

On Saturday, on an impulse, Feng and I decided to drive to Montréal to attend The Killers' concert. Initially sold out, the show had been moved to a bigger venue at the last minute: the Bell Center...

Pumpkin Day

It's pumpkin day in North America!

I personally think we should make it "chocolate day"... Seriously, a pumpkin pie vs. a chocolate tart: I made my choice!

Fall Colors

Winter has definitely arrived and soon enough, the trees will be bare. White will be the season's color... meanwhile, here are the last fall colors.

The Pink Lake

The surface of the waters are a deep green due to the abundance of algae in the water... or a deep blue, depending on the light. The two kilometers walk around the lake offers a great view on the...

Always Take The Weather With You

Radiohead was playing in Montreal and we drove the 400 km there and back to attend the show. By the time we got through the security, we were soaked. The park where the concert was held was extremely...

A Sunday In Toronto

After Niagara Falls, we drove to Toronto to attend the R.E.M concert in the evening. We arrived early on a Sunday and it was hot and quiet.

Niagara Falls

To celebrate the first big heat wave in Canada this year (yes, get over it -- I'm Canadian. Half of the year, I complain about the cold, and I complain about the heat the rest of time. We call it the...

The 416 Escape

I had landed in Toronto quite a few time since it's Ontario's big hub. The city was my first stop in Canada when we came from Brazil in 2002 and I went numerous time since then. However, I never...