Canoeing in the Kawartha Highlands – Out With Ryan

Fall breeze. autumn leaves and pure Canadian wilderness. This is exactly what you’ll discover when you go canoeing in the Kawartha Highlands this season. This provincial park is the ideal place to re-connect with mother nature in any season, but especially in fall and late-summer; the most beautiful time to explore Canada, in my opinion.

Not only was this my first canoe trip in the Kawartha Highlands but also my first overnight canoe trip ever!

I learned so much from my 2 nights and 3 days canoeing, portaging (which I thought at first was a fancy word similar to apres-ski) and camping my way around the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, specifically the Serpentine Lake Loop.

Canoeing in the Kawartha Highlands

My good friend Chris Mitchell invited me and a group of our travel blogger friends on a camping trip where we all experienced canoeing in the Kawartha Highlands together, and oh boy, this oasis didn’t disappoint.

We have a saying in the LGBT+ community: There are friends. And there’s family. Then, there are friends who become family. This trip is where my travel blogger friends, Chris, Kimberly, Kathryn, and Kevin became family.

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The Peace Bridge in Calgary – Keep Calm and Wander

The Peace Bridge in Calgary looks like a bullet train – at least from afar. It also looks like a web, a cocoon, or something futuristic which a machine could come out of it swiftly. Or does it look like a puzzle, too? Oh yeah, it does look like that of a finger trap puzzle that we played when we were young. 

The Peace Bridge came into existence, tagging along a lot of controversies. Though its name is a tribute to the military, it is, perhaps, an attempt to calm down two opposing sides. 

Whatever their differences were, judging from the beauty of this bridge, it’s not hard for them to love it and claim it their own.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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SPOTLIGHT: Manoir Sherbrooke Hotel, Quebec City, Canada

Manoir Sherbrooke Hotel

BUDGET BOUTIQUE HOTEL
NEAR GAY VILLAGE

The Manoir Sherbrooke Hotel is a century old home transformed in an exquisite budget boutique style inn. Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke offers its guests charming standard, superior and deluxe rooms, many with wood floors.

Each room is unique and has been tastefully decorated in a Victorian style, keeping with the building’s historical character.

Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke with its charming rooms and personalized service is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway,for business clients and for tourists alike. This four story centennial building is not handicapped accessible and not equipped with an elevator.

In our boutique style inn, there are a variety of room types to meet the needs of the business traveller and tourists alike for short or longer stays.

Each room is unique and has a private washroom with either shower or shower|tub combination, air conditioning, telephone, cable television and free WIFI access.

See the Manoir Sherbrooke Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Stunning Lakes in the Canadian Rockies – Keep Calm and Wander

Stunning Lakes in the Canadian Rockies - Keep Calm and Wander

Last week, I visited three turquoise-colored lakes in the Canadian Rockies: Emerald Lake, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake. The first time I laid my eyes on each of them, I was utterly stunned, swept away by their incredible beauty. These lakes and the mountains surrounding them made me realize how tiny I am as a human compared to their size, power, and magnificence.

To enjoy all of these lakes, I would recommend that you stay in the town of Banff. If you could splurge for a night, book a room at Fairmont Chateau, overlooking Lake Louise. I promise that your stay here would be as unforgettable as any birthday celebration you have somewhere luxurious.

About Banff

Banff is a resort town with beautiful mountain ranges. The skyline mainly includes the view of the mountain peaks of Mt. Rundle, Mt Cascade, and the Rocky Mountains (or The Rockies). There are hiking trails everywhere with the spectacular views of natural wonders, including glaciers that stand like Gothic cathedrals in the wild.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Gay Friendly Montreal Restaurants – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Friendly Montreal Restaurants - The Nomadic Boys

Our chips-loving Frenchman Seby was dying to try the famous poutine when we visited Montreal. And he wasn’t disappointed. After a night out exploring the gay scene of Montreal, this gravy-cheese-curd-fries concoction is the perfect hangover food your body needs!

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Shipwright Inn – Gay Friendly Prince Edward Island B&B

Shipwright Inn - Gay friendly Prince Edward Island B&B

A warm welcome awaits you at the Award-Winning 5 Star Shipwright Inn which is centrally located in the historic district of Olde Charlottetown.

Charlottettown, the birthplace of Confederation, is where Canada was actually formed and the area is rich in both history and tradition. Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest and greenest province. The “Gentle Island” is best known for the vivid colours of its gently rolling landscape, miles of sandy beaches and its deep red soil and was made famous through the book “Anne of Green Gables” written by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

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Bostrom’s B&B – Ucluelet, British Columbia Gay Friendly B&B

Bostrom's B&B

Breathtaking views of the ocean await travelers. The view can be enjoyed right from your room or from: your patio, the hot tub, the Finnish sauna, the firepit, the large (1,200 square foot) common room, the three level ocean front deck, and from the timber frame sunroom where a hearty gourmet breakfast awaits you every morning.

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John’s Gate Gourmet B&B Gay friendly Niagara on the Lake B&B

John's Gate Gourmet B&B

Welcome to John’s Gate Gourmet B&B located in the Historic town of Niagara on the Lake. Come enjoy a quiet retreat away from the city and the pressures of daily routine.

Our B&B is custom-built pre-Victorian style, walking distance to the Queen Street shops, fine/casual dining, Shaw Festival theatres and to a winery or two. Walking distance to spa facilities at Pillar and Post, and to the oldest Golf Course in North America – the Golf Club.

A few minutes drive to many more wineries, Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino and Resort, Butterfly Conservatory, Horticultural Gardens, MarineLand and Game Farm, Antique and Boutique shops, dozens of museums and many more attractions.

John’s Gate Gourmet B&B is completely private with a private entrance for guests, private living/dining room with all the amenities. A full three/four course gourmet breakfast is served everyday.

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Views From Vancouver’s Quarry Rock Trail – Keep Calm and Wander

Views From Vancouver's Quarry Rock Trail - Keep Calm and Wander

I did the Quarry Rock Hiking Trail yesterday for the first time. It was a beautiful day – and it’s a weekend, too! That means that hiking trails near Vancouver (reachable via public transport) were, as expected, crowded.

And I survived. Halelu!

Directions: Vancouver to Deep Cove by Bus

Start from the Waterfront Metro Station. Find the way to the water taxi / ferry that will take you to Lonsdale Quay. There’s a ferry every less than fifteen minutes, so you don’t have to wait long. When you get off at Lonsdale Quay, take the 239 bus that goes to Phibbs Exchange bus loop or Capilano University. Get off at Phibbs Exchange bus loop and transfer to bus 211 or 212. The last stop is at Deep Cove. Once you arrive, follow most of the crowd or find a sign that points you to the Quarry Rock trail. This trip should take around 40-50 minutes.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park – Keep Calm and Wander

Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park - Keep Calm and Wander

Springtime at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver is what I needed on a sunny day yesterday. The last time I checked my weather forecast app was Tuesday and it showed a rainy on Friday so I didn’t really bother to check it again. But when I woke up at almost noon, I was surprised at the azure sky outside my window. I hastily took a shower and off I went to the park which is around 45 minutes ride from where I am.

It’s my first time to be here and I’m not disappointed. It’s a huge park – so there’s always a space for everyone. You can sit and lay down wherever you want, except on flower beds.

The topmost part of the Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver. That’s why the panoramic view of the city from here is something that would charm your naked eyes.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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