My Three Favourite Things About Toronto, Ontario

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There’s Always Something to Do

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and with a population of more than 2.615 milion people, the city is always bustling. Comprised of 140 “official” neighbourhoods – including Harboufront, Kensington Market, Queen Street West, Distillery District – there is always something to do, and area to explore.

The Food

As mentioned above, there are 140 recognized neighbourhoods in the city of Toronto, and each and everyone is full of amazing, delicious food. Anything you’re ever wanted to taste, eat, sample, you can find in Toronto. You can literally eat your way around the world over the course of a few blocks.

Dundas Square

Not usually one for massive crowds, I seem to somehow overlook it at the intersection of Yonge Street & Dundas Street. Canada’s answer to Time Square Dundas Square is one of Toronto’s busiest intersections and a gathering place for so many celebrations – from concerts and Olympic hockey celebrations, to arts and culture celebrations. It’s definitely one of the liveliest places in the city and something exciting can be found in Dundas Square almost every weekend.

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My Three Favourite Things About Victoria, BC

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The Weather

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victorians are treated to some very non-stereotypical Canadian weather. A temperate climate, Victoria’s winters are mild, rainy and overcast; the summers are dry, sunny and wonderful. It rarely snows, which means that when it does the entire city presses pause. Although it sounds annoying, it’s really quite wonderful because it happens so rarely.

It’s so Green

Victoria has a reputation of being the “City of Gardens” and it’s quite the apt description. From early-March through until mid-September, there is somore sort of garden somewhere. From shrubs and trees, to flowers and vines, the city is covered in plush greenery. It almost makes up for the near-constant cloud coverage in winter.

The city is so proud of its title that each year in March, as the rest of the country is blanketed in snow, Victoria begins its flower count: an annual tradition designed to make the rest of the country feel jealous about their winter weather.

It’s Home:

I’m really quite lucky to call Victoria, BC, Canada my hometown. Despite having not lived there in 12 years (oh god, how did that happen!?) I will always consider Victoria home. Even now, when my home is half-way around the world, when I think of Victoria I still think of home.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Ottawa

Wanderlust Wednesday is a series where I share a photo and memory from a past travel adventure. This week, I’m looking back at Ottawa, Canada.

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There’s something special about winter in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

I took this photo around this time last year. We’d just had our first real dump of snow and I was on my way into work. Snow seems to make everything feel calm and quiet, and I just loved how everything in that moment felt completely still.

The first snow of the season is always so special and beautiful. At that point, you aren’t sick of the subzero temperatures, and the snow hasn’t had a chance to get dirty; you can actually appreciate it for it’s tranquil beauty.

Like I said, there’s something special about Ottawa in winter.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Gatineau Park

Wanderlust Wednesday is a series where I revisit a past travel adventure and memory. This week, I’m looking back at Gatineau Park, Quebec.

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Sometimes, I think Canada gets a bad weather rep. Yes, in certain parts the winters do get extremely cold (Gatineau Park is one of those places), but come May (sometimes April), it’s a whole different story.

For a good chunk of the year, Gatineau Park is bathed in sunshine, warm weather and amazing views. This is what makes it such a draw to tourists and locals alike. The main entrance to the park is just four kilometres from Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and that’s just the beginning. The park is is over 360 square kilometres and hosts everything from walking and bike paths to snowshoe and cross country ski trails (for those of you who visit in the winter).

I must admit, when we lived in Ottawa we did take enough advantage of living so close to this glorious green space, but the few times we did visit we were amazed. One of those times was a beautiful, summer Saturday when we wandered past Pink Lake (pictured above).

Not named for it’s colour, which is obviously not pink, the Lake is named after a family of Irish settlers (thank you Wikipedia!). Pink Lake is a “meromictic lake whose surface of the waters are a deep green due to the abundance of algae in the water.” (source) While not safe for swimming, Pink Lake is definitely one of the most beautiful I’ve seen, and it inspires so much calm while walking through the woods around it.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Sunshine Coast

Wanderlust Wednesday is a series where I revisit a past travel adventure and memory. This week, I’m looking back at the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada.

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In my opinion, one of the most relaxing and serene places on the planet is the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada.

Just a 30 minute drive from Vancouver, you’ll find Horseshoe Bay, essentially your gateway to peace, calm, quiet, and very little reception. And after a couple of hours on the ferry (more or less, depending on where on the coast you’re headed), you find yourself away from it all. It’s absolutely amazing, and destination I recommend to any digital nomad.

The above photo was taken from the ferry, a short while into our trek. Maybe it’s because I’m from the coast, but I find myself immediately calmer when I’m near the ocean (even just looking at this photo is helping). I was lucky enough to visit the Sunshine Coast more than a few times, and I often fantasize about one day making it back. Just to get away and enjoy the silence.

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