A Day at Carnaval

Dog sledding is definitely a highlight, but Quebec City has a lot more to offer, especially during Carnival.

The snowy streets of Quebec City.
Snow streets of Quebec City.

Unlike Toronto, winter has not gone missing in Quebec this year.

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Dog Sledding in Quebec During Carnaval

If it’s winter and you’re in Quebec City, dog sledding is an experience you shouldn’t miss. If you’re in town during Carnaval it can be done up on the Plains of Abraham, but we’d recommend making the trip to one of the dog sledding companies outside the city for a more authentic experience.

Putting our hunt for Bonhomme temporarily on hold, we went to Aventure Plein-Air Inukshuk and would highly recommend them. Continue reading “Dog Sledding in Quebec During Carnaval”

We’ve come to Quebec in search of the elusive winter

Winter is missing. I don’t know about where you live, but in my neck of the woods, the weather’s been nothing short of weird. I can’t remember the last time I went for a run in January in shorts without having to fly to a warmer climate. This year it’s happened twice.

The “scientists” say that an Arctic osscilation is holding back the jet stream and causing unseasonably warm weather. Maybe that’s part of it, or maybe it’s something more sinister. Either way, we’ve decided to set out in search of the missing winter. Continue reading “We’ve come to Quebec in search of the elusive winter”

5 things you shouldn’t miss in Chicago

I haven’t been to Chicago myself but I do have it on good authority that it’s a great city to visit. So, with an assist from Katy, here are 5 things worth the flight to Chicago: Continue reading “5 things you shouldn’t miss in Chicago”

How Porter Airlines drove my mother-in-law to tears.

Porter Airlines is probably our favourite North American airline, at least they were until they made my mother-in-law cry.

Now, I’m lucky enough to have a great mother-in-law. I know not everyone is so fortunate, but I like mine very much, so this is a bad thing. Linda has an amazing capacity for putting the needs of others first, she’s incredibly optimistic – which makes the fact that she was reduced to tears all the more shocking – and never fails to post a response when I put something on this blog… I’ll wait while you confirm this if you like. Continue reading “How Porter Airlines drove my mother-in-law to tears.”

Heading to the Boston Aquarium? Borrow a toddler.

After the excitement of the whale tour, the rest of our stay in Boston was pretty calm as we took advantage of the opportunity to visit with some friends living in the Boston area. Continue reading “Heading to the Boston Aquarium? Borrow a toddler.”

Whale Watching in Boston? Prepare for Evasive Maneuvers.

“It’s hard to decide which is more exciting: catching a glimpse of the world’s largest mammal or the high-speed boat ride to get you there.”

That’s how the description of the Hi-Speed Catamaran Whale watching boat ride starts. Maybe we should have known better (a three hour tour anyone?) but it sounds promising, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought. As we headed towards the wharf to board our boat, I didn’t realize that we were in for a slightly different voyage. While not exactly the experience promised above, ours was definitely memorable and, well I’d even say exciting. Let’s make this educational and break it down into a few important whale watching lessons. Continue reading “Whale Watching in Boston? Prepare for Evasive Maneuvers.”

First 24 Hours in Boston – A little bit tourist, a touch of local.

Not every trip can last weeks and take place in a far-off land, at least not as long as you have an employer who expects you to be working more than you’re on vacation. Of course, even if you were an independently wealthy super villain, limiting yourself to big trips would mean missing out on some of the great things a little closer to home. So, time and budget permitting, we try and take shorter weekend trips to get a travel fix while working towards the next big trip.

From Toronto, Boston is only an hour and a half away and proved to be a great destination for a recent weekend trip. Not only is it close enough to Continue reading “First 24 Hours in Boston – A little bit tourist, a touch of local.”

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