The view from my room at Mountain Trek

How a week in British Columbia killed me… then revived me

I knew something was amiss when my Kit Kat—my favourite of all the chocolate bars (okay, second favourite, after peanut butter cups)—tasted… wrong. Too sweet. Too fake. Too I don’t know what, but not good. Could it be true? Did I really change my tastebuds and cure my daily 3pm addiction to sugar in one…

Sunset at Harris Lake

No boys allowed: Girls’ getaway in cottage country

It all started 10 years ago. I was going through a rough time, a period of intense stress that had left me with a severe case of insomnia and—when I could finally sleep—nightmares. My long-time friend and eternal voice of reason (and fellow mojito hunter) came to the rescue. Erika showed up at my house…

Old-fashioned radio

Blogging and the radio star

Two weeks ago, I was startled to receive an email from an associate producer at CBC Radio. She had read an article I wrote for TravelandEscape.ca, about getting lost in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, and wanted me to appear on CBC’s morning program in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to talk about it. Radio has never been…

Going green in downtown Toronto

As a travel writer, I get to visit some pretty cool places. And last week, I was fortunate to spend some time in a place that’s recognized worldwide for sustainable travel and has been voted by National Geographic Traveler as one of the world’s Top 10 geotourism destinations. Was I in Costa Rica? The Galapagos?…

View of Harbour

Notes from EAC 2011: Why travelling to a conference is worth it

I am a professional development junkie. I love attending workshops, seminars, conferences – basically, whatever continuing education you can throw at me. So it’s no surprise I’m a member of two professional associations – the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) – and that I regularly attend sessions…

Celebrating winter at Ottawa’s Winterlude

I have a special soft spot in my heart for Winterlude. Which is appropriate because this year, well, Winterlude was a little soft. It wasn’t their fault, though. I blame Mother Nature, who chose the worst possible time to inflict a 10 degree temperature spell in southern Ontario: during the last weekend of the Winterlude festival,…

How to survive a night in an ice hotel

A few years ago, my then-boyfriend and I braved a chilly night at the stunning and surreal Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada. And while it was one of the coolest (no pun intended) experiences I’ve ever had, it was also the worst night of my life. Damp, cold, and with a pressing bladder demanding…