Travel writing

Travel-writing lets me live my journeys twice. Once in the moment, and again when I share the experience with readers. Here are teasers from a few of my travel stories:

 

Ottawa

Our Capital with Kids (Durham Parent)

School’s out, the kids are bored and you all need a vacation. Instead of dropping $300 on a day trip to Canada’s Wonderland, enjoy a true getaway in our nation’s capital. Just a four-hour drive east of Durham Region, Ottawa is a budget-friendly destination for families travelling on a shoestring.

A family of four can spend three days sightseeing in Ottawa for under $400 by booking a Family Discovery package with Ottawa Tourism. The package includes a stay in one of 22 fine hotels and three family passes to popular attractions like the Museum of Civilization…

How Green Was My Visit?: A Weekend In Ottawa (East of the City)

Tourism is, by nature, a consumptive industry, but don’t listen to Kermit the Frog. It is easy being green, especially when your destination is Ottawa …

Durham Region

Thinking Big: The B&B Revolution (Durham Trade and Commerce)

Imagine a conference with a difference: rather than handing out identical keys to cookie-cutter hotel rooms, the accommodations are matched to the individuals.

The busy working mom escapes to a zen-like room with pamper-me amenities: a facial, a manicure and a relaxing hot stones massage. The equestrian rider can tack up for a pre-meeting trot. The hiker’s room overlooks a picturesque Oak Ridges Moraine trail. The man traveling en famille checks into the zoo suite, where the roars come from tigers, not jumbo jets.

All accommodations include a hearty, home-made breakfast that caters to special requests. Vegetarian, organic or no-gluten? No problem. Low cholesterol, diabetic or peanut-free. Just ask.

No hotel offers all that, you say? You’re absolutely right. The conference with a difference isn’t held at a hotel. It takes advantage of a local coalition of bed and breakfasts …

 

Stratford

There’s More to Stratford Than Justin Bieber (Durham Parent)

Stratford, Ontario. It’s a city synonymous with arts and culture. But the picture it conjures is radically different for parents and their kids. Adults associate it with the famous Shakespeare Festival; the younger set knows it better as Justin Bieber’s hometown.

How can today’s families plan a cultural itinerary that satisfies everyone? It’s easier than you think. Stratford abounds with family-friendly choices. There’s even a map that guides Beliebers through the pop idol’s stomping grounds …

Theatre, Tea and the Time to Enjoy It (East of the City)

Tickets? Booked.

Reservations? Confirmed.

Bags packed? Absolutely.

Friday morning, bright and early, the car is gassed and ready for an overnight pilgrimage to the town of Stratford. So are we. One historic inn, two plays, and three tea destinations await us …

 

Halifax

Walking Through Time: A Historic Walking Tour of Halifax (Durham Parent)

Looking for a family vacation with an edutainment twist? Visit historic downtown Halifax. Just a two-hour flight from Pearson International Airport, Halifax is close enough for a quickie weekend getaway, but historically rich enough for a week’s vacation. No need to rent a car. The attractions are all a short walk from each other.

Forts and ports and garrisons—The Halifax Citadel

From its perch atop a high drumlin, the Halifax Citadel overlooks a modern-day harbour. But inside its high walls, history walks off the page. Kilt-clad soldiers and sharply creased artillerymen man the fortress with a skirl of bagpipes and a blast of rifle fire. They re-enact the period just after Confederation when the 78th Highland Regiment and the Royal Artillery were stationed here …