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BARBADOS’ 2018 Annual Event Lineup

Barbados’ 2018 Annual Event Lineup

There are many festivals, marathons and events in Barbados that make any time of year worthy of a visit. Visitors will be completely immersed in Bajan culture by checking out some of the events below:

Known as one of the Seven Magnificent Festivals of Barbados, this fun festival has showcased the Holetown region’s unique culture since 1977. From a variety of music performances such as Gospel, Classical, Tuk Band and Calypso and Folk Dancing, to The Queen of the Festival Pageant, there are many exciting features that make the festival a must-see. ​

 

Barbados’ equestrian season is popular for good reason – there are many incredible horse races on the island that stand out beyond any other Caribbean destination. The Sandy Lane Gold Coast Race is a prestigious horse race and attracts thousands of visitors each year and is incredibly fun to watch. Since its inception in 1982, international athletes have taken part in this race as the Gold Cup is one of the most sought-after awards in the equestrian world.

 

The charming, north-western Speightstown is filled with life and celebrations each Saturday in March. Visitors and locals come together to enjoy freshly prepared Bajan fare while dancing the night away with incredible entertainment. while enjoying the sweet sights and sounds of the hottest in Barbadian entertainment. Visitors can watch the sun set on the west coast and enjoy the incredible views, while taking in a unique piece of Barbadian life.

 

This week-long music festival has received international acclaim, with performances from leading regional and local reggae artistes. The 2018 Reggae festival includes the Reggae Beach Party, Vintage Reggae Show and Dance, Reggae Party Cruise and the popular Reggae on the Hill which takes place at the historic Farley Hill National Park.

 

Dubbed as The World’s Greatest Soca Party, Soca on De Hill is an annual event that brings music lovers together for a day of picturesque views on Farley Hill and incredible entertainment. Guests can listen to top local and international soca artists – past acts include Lil Rick, Edwin Yearwood, Stiffy and Marzville.

 

The most popular festival of Barbados, this months-long celebration honours the 200-year old tradition of the end of the sugar cane season with an exciting extravaganza of live music and traditional dancing. The festival now celebrates all that is Bajan with dusk till dawn parties, arts and crafts markets and culinary-driven street fares. The final week includes the island’s most colourful and spirited celebrations. Grand Kadooment Day, the final day of the festival, sees masquerade bands making their way to Spring Garden highway with revellers dressed in decorated costumes dancing behind music trucks and moving bars.

 

Headed into its 5th year, this jazz music festival is headed by renowned contemporary jazz saxophonist, Elan Trotman, to celebrate Barbados’ musical history and diverse culture. Past performers include Grammy award-winning artists Will Downing and Norman Brown, as well as Barbados’ “Queen of Soca,” Alison Hinds. The festival on Columbus Day weekend also includes fun for golf enthusiasts with events taking place at some of Barbados’ finest golf courses, including Sandy Lane Country Club, Barbados Golf Club and Apes Hill Golf Club.

 

Taking place in one of the top racing circuits in the Caribbean, Bushy Park, this one-day festival promises spectators an exciting day of circuit racing, drag racing and karting. This event is a family favourite that brings international racers such as Former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button to take part in the activities and showcase Barbados’ love of sports.

 

Premiere surf competitions take place in Barbados over these four days as the island one of the best surf spots in the world. The beaches along the Barbados coast of Bathsheba will brim with excitement as these high-performance events showcase the best athletes competing for the top spot. The festival also has an Independence Bikini Contest, live music, local food, arts and crafts and much more.

 

Run Barbados, a marathon that began in the 1980s, is one of the oldest series of races in the Caribbean. From a 5k to a full marathon, visitors can participate in one of the hottest and most scenic runs in the world. The marathon weekend concludes with a Beach Party, filled with entertainment, food and drinks where runners, their family, friends, supporters and all the public are encouraged to come down to the Bay St. Esplanade for a good time.

 

For more information about Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and their industry partners, please contact Tania Kedikian at +1 (647) 256-1916.

 

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Sint Maarten, two months after devastating Irma hurricane. Photo reportage Nov 2017

When looking for the tickets to get to St. Maarten we realised that there was only American that is currently has flights from Miami. On arriving to SXM we noticed that the beautiful airport is closed and all the regular airport services are operating from the tents and the baggage area. After quick immigration procedures  we were met by the  Thrifty Car rental agent who was waiting for us outside. What a personal attention! After few minutes we were inside clean Hyunday I-10 on the road, and ready for adventures… We drove to Marigot first. Everywhere we could see people working on restoring the buildings and cleaning up.
The West Indies Mall in Marigot was opened and operating. Only a few shops were closed inside.

West indies Mall, November 2017
Marigot, Saint Martin two months after IRMA,  November 2017

In Oyster Pond Area we saw lots of construction and many buildings that are still awaiting for restoration of damaged roofs… .Oyster Pond area in SXM

Oyster Pond on French side, Sint Maarten is two months after IRMA hurricane Nov 2017

 

Orient Beach Village is still in poor condition, construction and clean up are underway…

Orient beach Village
Sint Maarten is two months after IRMA hurricane Nov 2017

 

 

 

Sint Maarten is two months after IRMA hurricane Nov 2017

The front Street in most of the places is in under construction… however many shops are operating…

Front Street
Sint Maarten is two months after IRMA hurricane Nov 2017

and Boardwalk is cleaned up …

Great bay Beach in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten is two months after IRMA hurricane Nov 2017

It is rare opportunity to see Great Bay Beach with only few people… This beautiful Beach is waiting for tourists…

The Holland House Hotel is operating . Bars and restaurant are working …

Holland House
Sint Maarten is two months after IRMA hurricane Nov 2017
Sint Maarten is two months after IRMA hurricane Nov 2017

We noticed well known for it’s hospitality Joshua Rose Guest House in Philipsburg is also operating…

Tourist’s favourite “Maho Beach” looks different now. The white sand was washed out. Lots of sand blew onto near road …

Maho Beach
Maho Beach, Sint Maarten is two months after IRMA hurricane Nov 2017

However the “Sunset Beach bar” is operating for about two weeks. Life is coming back on Maho.

Hard to believe beautiful SXM Juliana Airport Building is still closed, and people go through all check in procedures in temporary tents…

 

 

Soon everything will be cleaned up, restored to even better condition, and tourists come back visiting their favourite places and attractions…

 

SXM is STRONG!

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Schedule of Christmas Activities in Laurentian Region, Quebec 2017/18

Come and enjoy a new way to do your Christmas shopping in the Laurentians!
Pay a visit to one of our numerous crafts displays and Christmas markets where local artists,
producers and craftspersons await you.
Discover the exceptional work of these talented creators and pick up some very original gifts.
You can also sample the fine regional produce of the Laurentians and take some of it back home.

November 10 to 12
Arts and Crafts Show in Saint-Jérôme
Saint-Jérôme Old Train Station and Hôtel de région
160 and 161, rue de la Gare, Saint-Jérôme
450 436-1511 | vsj.ca/fr/salon-des-arts.aspx
Friday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 10 to 12
Salon des métiers d’art in Lorraine
Laurent G. Belley Cultural Center
4, boulevard de Montbéliard, Lorraine
450 621-8550, extn. 255 | ville.lorraine.qc.ca
Friday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 11 and 12
Salon des artisans
Recreation Centre
110, rue du Collège, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard
819 327-2626 | stadolphedhoward.qc.ca
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 16 to 19
Art Exhibition in Rosemère
Maison Hamilton
106, chemin de la Grande-Côte, Rosemère
leregroupementdesartistesderosemere.com
Thursday: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 18 and 19
Gifts and Craftsmen Show
Community center
1, chemin Fournel, Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs
450 224-2675, extn. 225 | sadl.qc.ca
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 23 to December 10
Maison des métiers d’art
in Sainte-Thérèse
Maison Lachaîne
37, rue Blainville Ouest, Sainte-Thérèse
450 434-1440 | sainte-therese.ca
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 24 to 26
Salon des métiers d’art in Blainville
Community Hall
1000, chemin du Plan-Bouchard, Blainville
450 434-5275 | blainville.ca
Friday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 24 to 26
Christmas Fair – Arts and Delights
of Argenteuil
Lavigne High School
452, avenue Argenteuil, Lachute
450 562-2474 | argenteuil.qc.ca
Friday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 25 and 26
Arts and Crafts Fair
Val-des-Monts Elementary School
872, rue de l’École, Prévost
450 335-3037 | diffusionsamalgamme.com
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

November 25 and 26
Oka Christmas Market
Oka High School
1700, chemin d’Oka, Oka
450 479-8333 | municipalite.oka.qc.ca
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 25 and 26
Cercle de fermières Sainte-Thérèse
Christmas Expo-Sale
Maison du citoyen
37, rue Turgeon, Sainte-Thérèse
450 420-0417 sainte-therese.ca
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 25 and 26
Sainte-Sophie Christmas Market
Lionel-Renaud Hall
2181, rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, Sainte-Sophie
450 438-7784 | stesophie.ca
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 25 and 26
Artisans and Agrifood Fair
Cœur-Immaculé-de-Marie Church
570, rue Panet, Mont-Laurier
819 421-2346
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 25, 26,
December 2, 3 and 9,10
Christmas Market
Nominingue Old Train Station
2150, chemin du Tour-du-Lac, Nominingue
819 278-3384 | municipalitenominingue.qc.ca
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 30 to December 24
Christmas Market at Place Rosemère
(Laurentides j’en mange)
401, boulevard Labelle, Rosemère
laurentidesjenmange.ca
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 1 to 3
L’Expo-Art
Sports and Cultural Center of Vallée de la Rouge
1550, chemin du Rapide, Rivière-Rouge
819 275-1745 | riviere-rouge.ca
Friday: 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

December 1 to 3
Le Noël des métiers d’art
Place Lagny
2, rue Saint-Louis, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
819 326-0457 | ville.sainte-agathe-des-monts.qc.ca
Friday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 1 to 3
Salon des métiers d’art in Mirabel
Cultural center of Val-d’Espoir Complex
(Saint-Janvier sector)
17700, rue du Val-d’Espoir, Mirabel
450 475-8656 | ville.mirabel.qc.ca
Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 1 to 17
Sainte-Thérèse Christmas Market
Place du Village
Corner of rue de l’Église and rue Blainville, Sainte-Thérèse
450 434-1440 | sainte-therese.ca
Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 2
Morin-Heights primary school
Christmas Bazaar
647, chemin du Village, Morin-Heights
facebook.com/groups/MHESEventsGroup/
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

December 2
Arts and Crafts Fair in Notre-Dame
du-Laus
Centre des Loisirs
15, chemin du Ruisseau-Serpent, Notre-Dame-du-Laus
819 767-2759 | notre-dame-du-laus.ca
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 2 and 3
Arts and Crafts Fair
Community Hall and Pavillon Maurice Monty
2490 and 2492, rue de l’Église, Val-David
1 888 322-7030, extn. 4235 | valdavid.com
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 2 and 3
Salon Anneplain’Arts
Jean-Guy-Cardinal Center
156, 3e
Avenue, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines
450 478-0211, extn. 2021 | villesadp.ca
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 2 and 3
Magie de Noël – Arts and crafts
expo-sale
Chalet Pauline-Vanier
33, avenue de l’Église, Saint-Sauveur
450 227-2669, extn. 420 | ville.saint-sauveur.qc.ca
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 2 and 3
Christmas Market
Place des citoyens
999, boulevard de Sainte-Adèle, Sainte-Adèle
450 229-2644 | ville.sainte-adele.qc.ca
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 2 and 3
Saint-Colomban Gifts and Craftsmen
Show
Saint-Colomban recreation and community center
323, montée de l’Église, Saint-Colomban
st-colomban.qc.ca/fr/page/63e-groupe-scout.html
fr-ca.facebook.com/stcolomban.63scout/
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 8 to 10
Christmas Market in Rosemère
Rosemère Community Center
202, chemin de la Grande-Côte, Rosemère
450 621-3500 | ville.rosemere.qc.ca
Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 8 to 10
Salon des métiers d’art
in Saint-Eustache
Chevaliers de Colomb Hall
109, rue Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Eustache
450 974-5000 | saint-eustache.ca
Friday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 9,10 and 16,17
Val-David Christmas Market
Saint-Jean-Baptiste School
2580, rue de l’Église, Val-David
819 322-6419 | marchedhiver.com
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On the Chemin du Terroir

For great ideas and special gift basket, follow le Chemin du Terroir,
and discover the boutiques of our regional producers.
Laurentians Tourist information
Bureau at La Porte-du-Nord
450 224-7007 • laurentians.com
info-tourisme@laurentides.com
Labonté de la Pomme – Verger & Miellerie
labontedelapomme.ca | 450 479-1111
Les Fromagiers de la Table Ronde
fromagiersdelatableronde.com | 450 530-2436
Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand
serresbertrand.com | 450 432-2629
Marché fermier de Lachute
marchefermierdelachute.com | 450 516-2779
Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel!
dieuduciel.com | 450 436-3438
Négondos, vignoble biologique
negondos.com | 450 258-2099
Route des Gerbes d’Angelica
gerbesdangelica.com | 450 258-1648
Tarterie du Verger des Musiques
tarterieduvergerdesmusiques.com | 450 623-4889
Verger Richard Legault
vergerrichardlegault.com | 450 623-6306
Vignoble et Microbrasserie Les Vents d’Ange
vignobleventsdange.com | 450 623-4894
Vignoble Rivière du Chêne
vignobleriviereduchene.ca | 450 491-3997
Moulin Légaré
corporationdumoulinlegare.com | 450 974-5170
Aux Cassis d’Argenteuil
cassisargenteuil.com | 450 562-0897
Aux saveurs du printemps
auxsaveursduprintemps.com | 450 475-8998
Boucannerie Belle-Rivière
boucannerie.com | 450 258-3412
Boulangerie GaRou
facebook.com/BoulangerieGaRou/
450 594-9004 | 450 432-8000
Cabane à sucre Constantin
constantin.ca | 450 473-2374
Cabane à sucre Lalande
lalande.ca |450 473-3357
Cidrerie Les Vergers Lafrance
lesvergerslafrance.com | 450 491-7859
Gaspor – Fermes St-Canut
gaspor.com | 450 504-8443
Intermiel (Le monde des abeilles)
intermiel.com | 450 258-2713
Jardins Michel Corbeil
jardinsmichelcorbeil.com | 450 472-4358
La Bullerie
labullerie.com | 450 472-2722
La Magie de la Pomme
lamagiedelapomme.com | 450 623-0062

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Farmstead experience on Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County, Ontario

After the four and a half hour drive from downtown Toronto we arrived at the Blue Hen Farm.  Right at the turn we saw an old cupboard filled with jars of homemade preserves and a sign “Honk for Service”…  And we saw the farmhouse in the opening between trees.

Farmers Jeff and Leslie greeted us and as we entered the house we were amazed by the old fashioned setting of the rooms – furniture, chandelier and even the old upright piano that produced some wonderful melodies after our evening meals…

Executive Chef, Costas preparing dinner for Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County

 

Leslie and Jeff used to live in Ottawa and have jobs as many of us do… The idea of farming came up after some changes in jobs and also as a result of research of the food industry, commercial farming and agriculture.

Executive Chef Costas

Later, after getting settled in our rooms we headed down for dinner made by Chef Kostas who came out to tell us about the ingredients he used in his cooking, the dinner was amazing and filling.

As farmers do every day after dinner, we went into the barnyard to help with evening chores.

 

 

We found all the work surprisingly entertaining; we unloaded some 20 stacks of straw that will be used as bedding for the animals, fed the calves and pigs, brought the sheep and goats back to the barn and herded the chickens into their coop.

Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County

There was a special place where hens lay eggs, so we picked our breakfast! The eggs were dark and light brown, white and even light blue…

Once the chores were done, tired we went to our bedrooms; may be the mattresses were so comfortable or the day was long – falling asleep was no problem at all.

Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County
Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County
Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County

In the morning we woke up around half past six to the mouthwatering smell of bacon and eggs…

Breakfast during Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County

And after breakfast we went to the yard to do morning chores which repeats the evening in the back order – letting the sheep and chickens out,  showering and feeding pigs… and saying hello to all of the farm animals.

Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County
Evening chores during Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County
Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County
Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County

 

The goats are very young and new to the farm and don’t know the barn yard, so they we carried to the pasture  like babies!

Calf is sucking a finger, Farmstead Blue Hen Farm in Lanark County

Although all of the chores seem like quite a lot to do, they were our favourite part of the day. We also found that doing chores and waking up that early in the morning was very refreshing which was useful since we had a long day ahead of us. We found all of the animals so cute… and especially the three kittens that roam around the barnyard. There are also two dogs that help farmers by guarding  the barn yard from foxes and other invaders.

Leslie and Jeff ask that visitors do not  bring or wear any fragrances on the farm including mosquito spray, however they do supply their own free of charge so that you do not get bitten by pesky flies.  Leslie makes her own natural soap – I found it very smooth and took a little piece home as a souvenir. Around the house we also found natural fragrances, bug spray and soap – all handmade from natural ingredients that smell like summer fields…

Their mission statement is free range thinking, meaning all of the animals are free to roam the field and raised with no antibiotics or chemical supplements at all. “Being a novice in such a tedious business as farming should be challenging for city folks” – I asked… yes, and they learn every day.

We also had a chance to learn – about how to feed pigs and chickens and how to take care of sheep and goats;  we would join Leslie to let the animals out of the barn with the first rays of sun and get them all back in the evening…

For us it was just two days – but these days were filled with smiles and laughter, delicious homemade meals and that feeling of love and happiness…

After Dinner Chat

We took a lot of pictures that will remind us about this wonderful place and people that are so enthusiastic about  what they do.  Thank you Jeff and Leslie for teaching us some very basic skills that we miss in our city life!

So, time to leave The Blue Hen Farm… I think I  saw tears in some eyes…, we hope to come again.

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Day trip to Collingwood, July 2017

After the 1 hour drive from downtown Toronto we arrived at the Cranberry Village. We first arrived to the rooftop patio, which has the best view in all of Collingwood.

Roof top Patio in Living Water Resort, Collingwood

From the roof you can see the lake Huron, the 19 hole golf course as well as the newly refurbished marina.

Cranberry Golf Resort

Following a quick resort tour and lunch on the roof top patio we went to do paddle board yoga (SUP Yoga).

 

SUP Yoga, by Blu Wave in Living Water Resort, Collingwood

 

At first we thought that there was no way we could balance on a paddle board, let alone do handstands, bridges and other meditation poses.

Paddle Board Yoga by Blu Wave, in Collingwood Ontario

It turned out however that meditating on a paddle board while being gently rocked by the lake was very relaxing as well as a slightly challenging workout, after about an hour we returned back to the village to take on the iron chef challenge.

The iron chef challenge works like this; two teams of equal size are given 10 minutes to plan a dish using unknown ingredients
They can also “ purchase” products such as a lemon or herbs using the team’s points, which are then deducted from the final score.

Iron Chef Challenge Team 1, July 2017
Iron Chef Challenge food preparation

Once they have used up their 10 minutes of planning time, they are given 20 minutes to cook and arrange their chosen dish. The team at the end with the most points wins. However its not that simple as the chefs who organize the competition/exercise will throw in some really odd ingredients to challenge the contestants even more. For example in our list of products that we must use was included local fresh perch and oddly enough, a small box of cereal, again, all of the given items must be included.

Iron Chef Competition
Second Team in Iron Chef Challenge in Living Water Resort, Collingwood
Iron Chef Challenge winning team, July 2017

 

After completing the challenge, we went to the lakeside grill to enjoy their specialty steak, we heard that it was delicious because they had recently invested quite a lot of money into a brand new grill that cooks the whole steak perfectly and evenly and it was delicious, so delicious in fact that we all wanted another plate of steak even though we were full.

And like that the day was finished, we said our goodbyes and got in the car for the 1 hour drive back home.

By Jonathan K.

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Granby Zoo, Quebec

During the last couple of years the topic of visiting Quebec was coming up several times in our discussions. Finally in May 2017 we booked a hotel and planned out the itinerary that would include some of the places that we thought would be interesting for everyone in the family.

The main destination was Quebec City and its beautiful downtown was so well preserved and such a distinct French heritage. We spent most of our time just strolling the streets, window shopping and watching the street performers who  really amazed us with their skills – fire jugglers, drama characters and musicians…

One of the destinations that excited our kids most was the Granby Zoo, which is about 3 hours drive from the downtown Quebec, and about an hour from Montreal. We were welcomed in the nice reception hall, got our tickets and went to explore the animal world.

Granby Zoo, Quebec

Right as we entered there was a gigantic size dinosaur’s head and a line up of kids willing to climb inside of it! No matter how big or small – they were very about the opportunity to see the real size dinosaurs! And there 21 of them right in front of you, so be very careful  – but don’t try to feed or pat these creatures!

Dino fun in Granby Zoo

Enough of the dinosaurs  – the kids forgot about dinosaurs right at the sight of the farm animals. And there were lots of them  – pigs, sheep, and goats – so friendly and ready to make friends!

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Children are enjoying time at the Granby Zoo. Petting a piglet

After some hugs exchange with farm inhabitants we decided to go see some of the exotic creatures on display.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Up close encounter with tropical fish via aquarium glass
Watching the turtles in Granby Zoo
Granby Zoo Aquarium

Oceania seemed to be a good place to start – first the stingrays and the variety of tropical fish and then all way around the Australian continent to see black swans, parrots, emus, and kangaroos.  Stingrays seem to be attracted to the hand emerged in the water –  some of them will come and allow us to gently touch their backs…
The Kangaroos were too busy to discuss any matters of their life, so the visit to the Oceania Garden was quite interesting as it is extremely rare you get to see kangaroos that close and with no fence!.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Australian Pavillion, Granby Zoo, Quebec

We entered the aviary and right away we were surrounded by many colorful parrots! For $1 you can buy a special nectar – just hold the cup tight and they will sit on your hand and drink it!

Granby Zoo Aviary, Quebec

We spend some good time  there – the parrots are so colorful and it is such a great experience to see them so close.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

But there was a lot see and the time was  limited.
Our next destination was  Africa! Who doesn’t like to observe the grace of big cats, see elephants shower using trunks, slowly moving zebras and giraffes, and the hilarious monkeys?

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Meerkat, Granby Zoo, Quebec
Zebras, Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

One of our major observations about Granby Zoo was the  design of the areas, nice fences that imitate greenery and well maintained grounds. We later learned that Granby Zoo received an Award for the Energy Consumption Reduction Efforts project that was implemented during the renovation of 2005-2010.

The Zoo is well mapped and organized – it was no problem to find any continent or animal of interest. And yes, the zookeepers definitely speak many languages, no worries if you don’t speak French!
After Africa we had just a bit of time to make a short tour of South America. We stopped by llamas who stretched out their necks asking for treat…

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Llama, Granby Zoo, Quebec

it was a lot of fun to feed them some green leafs that we found on the trees  around; we were impressed by the spread of the wings of the Andean Condor and spent some time waiting for the alligators to wake up from the afternoon nap; finally one of them yawned and slowly moved towards the water… at the end of the South American trail we saw a powerful jaguar,  at the moment it was quite relaxed and not interested in any aggression.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

On our way to South American continent we made a snack stop at “Le Marcher”. The restaurant offers a variety of foods and drinks and nice dining area;  there is also a large area outside with tables under umbrellas.
Next to the Restaurant there is an Amusement Park – where kids found some free rides while we were resting our feet; there is also an Amazoo Water park that offers quite the  variety of water rides, not now however… we may visit it some other time when the day will be hot enough for water fun…so long for now, the Zoo is closing and we are tired enough to get to our hotel and have some dinner.

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150 YEARS OF JOIE DE VIVRE IN GATINEAU!

MOSAÏCANADA 150 / GATINEAU 2017
From June 30 to October 15, 2017, discover MOSAÏCANADA 150 / Gatineau 2017, a major international horticultural exhibition that combines various art forms with horticulture. The theme of the exhibit will reflect 150 years of history, values, arts and culture in Canada, represented by some 100 different arrangements. The free exhibit will be in the form of a route extending over almost one kilometre. Each visit will last approximately 90 minutes.
THE CANADIAN HISTORY HALL
On July 1, explore the Canadian Museum of History’s brand new 40,000-square-foot gallery, the Canadian History Hall! This signature gallery will trace Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. It is the largest and most ambitious exhibition project ever undertaken by the Museum. Authentic artifacts and stories are explored through various lenses, as visitors encounter the events, movements and personalities that have shaped our nation, and whose influence on our lives can still be felt today.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – VOLTA
From August 3 to 27, experience Cirque du Soleil’s new show, VOLTA. It tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring musical score. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible.

AS FAR AS EYES CAN SEE (EXHIBITION)
From June 28 to August 30, view the exhibition À perte de vue, a major exhibition of large-scale works by 10 Canadian visual artists. The historic La Fonderie building, a remnant of Gatineau’s industrial heritage measuring nearly 58,000 square feet, will be the site of this unique exhibition organized by AXENÉO7 in partnership with the Centre de production DAÏMÔN and Galerie UQO, as part of the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene festival. Admission is free!

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What's Up in Ottawa -Spring 2017 News

Ottawa Tourism
Not just tulips sprouting in Ottawa
GARDENS GALORE
Not just tulips sprouting in Ottawa
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The year of celebration continues!
OTTAWA THE HEADQUARTERS OF CANADA’S 150TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
The year of celebration continues!
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Fun ways to continue the party
STEP OUT AND ENJOY OTTAWA’S NIGHTLIFE
Fun ways to continue the party
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Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site
EXPLORE THE RIDEAU CANAL THIS SPRING
Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Tempt your palate with these delicious offerings!
QUICK BITES OF OTTAWA’S FOOD AND DRINK SCENE
Tempt your palate with these delicious offerings!
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What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND
Get out and get active!
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What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
MUSEUM ROUNDUP
What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
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REVAMPED! Canada’s National Museums Passport
REVAMPED! Canada’s National Museums Passport
3 museums, 3 days, $30
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Pedal power
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What’s Up in Ottawa -Spring 2017 News

Ottawa Tourism
Not just tulips sprouting in Ottawa
GARDENS GALORE
Not just tulips sprouting in Ottawa
MORE
The year of celebration continues!
OTTAWA THE HEADQUARTERS OF CANADA’S 150TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
The year of celebration continues!
MORE
Fun ways to continue the party
STEP OUT AND ENJOY OTTAWA’S NIGHTLIFE
Fun ways to continue the party
MORE
Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site
EXPLORE THE RIDEAU CANAL THIS SPRING
Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site
MORE
Tempt your palate with these delicious offerings!
QUICK BITES OF OTTAWA’S FOOD AND DRINK SCENE
Tempt your palate with these delicious offerings!
MORE
What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND
Get out and get active!
MORE
What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
MUSEUM ROUNDUP
What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
MORE
REVAMPED! Canada’s National Museums Passport
REVAMPED! Canada’s National Museums Passport
3 museums, 3 days, $30
MORE
Pedal power
CYCLING EXPLORATIONS
Pedal power
MORE
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"TRIP OF A LIFETIME" CRUISE SERIES 2018 SEASON

ONE OCEAN EXPEDITIONS’ 2018 SEASON INTRODUCES AN EXCLUSIVE “TRIP OF A LIFETIME” CRUISE SERIES

Vancouver, March 15th 2017: The spotlight shines on Canada’s North this year as the world is invited to discover epic locations in Canada celebrating 150 years of confederation. This event has inspired Canadian cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) to introduce more in-depth Canadian Arctic exploration…

 

The intimate and immersive nature of OOE’s small ship expedition cruises impacts travellers’ lives, while enhancing their appreciation for the Arctic and other Canadian destinations. Exploration of the Arctic is slowly becoming a journey of choice and a “Trip of a Lifetime” for Canadians and global travellers. OOE has been developing sustainable Arctic tourism for over a decade and are consistently innovative in creating itineraries taking visitors to some of the most unspoiled places on earth with programs that focus on education, science, history, arts & culture and exploration.  OOE’s small ship adventures take travellers further afield providing access to archeological sites, remote Inuit communities and wildlife viewing opportunities few often experience.

 

OOE’s 2018 cruise season continues to inspire, with the introduction of a ‘Circumpolar Art in the Arctic’ program that bridges the Norwegian High Arctic and the Canadian High Arctic through visual art. Internationally acclaimed visual artists include Cory Trepanier, David McEown, Bruce Pearson, Christopher Cran, wildlife documentary producer Karen Bass, internationally award winning photographer Daisy Gilardini, as well as polar scientists, historians and ambassadors of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

 

A new and exceptional voyage for 2018 is the inaugural Canada’s East Coast Golf Expedition.’ The seven-night expedition cruise invites guests to experience some of the best golf courses along Canada’s East Coast.  Passengers enjoy the luxury of waking up every morning to a new course and the ease of boarding an expedition zodiac to take them ashore for their next round of golf. With additional expedition stops to Sable Island and Iles de Madeleine, this program offers unbeatable golf and cruising memories for golfers and non-golfing partners alike.

 

From early July to the end of September, OOE operates several 12-night ‘Classic Northwest Passage voyages emphasizing early Arctic exploration. Along with an historical focus, guests travel to some of the last remaining great wilderness regions on the planet with sightings of polar bears, whales, and myriad bird species.

 

The 11-night ‘Baffin Island – Jewel of the Arctic trip that was introduced in 2016 has already become one of the top selling voyages. The stunning nine-night ‘High Arctic Explorer voyage commences in Resolute, Nunavut, one of the most northern outposts in the Canadian Arctic. This trip offers the perfect blend of wildlife, history, culture and scenery.

 

The 10-night ‘Labrador and Torngat Explorer cruise departs from the historic town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia and explores two iconic National Parks, Gros Morne and Torngat Mountains. Exploring the rugged Newfoundland & Labrador coast provides an abundance of wildlife experiences that can be seen all the way up to Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit. This itinerary is special and a gem of new offerings launched for the 2017 summer travel season.

 

A number of early booking offers are in place for 2018 summer travel. On Canada’s East Coast Fins and Fiddles and Golf Expedition a complimentary pre-voyage hotel and US$100 shipboard bar credit is provided. For all other Arctic and Labrador voyages, early bookings benefit with a flight credit ranging from US$500 to US$1000. All offers expire May 31, 2017. ONE CLUB Loyalty Program members (past travellers with OOE) can apply their 10% loyalty savings to any current booking offers.