A mansion fit for a queen

You know you’re in grand company even before you pass through the wide iron gates: standing sentry are two members of the ceremonial guard

A mansion fit for a queenIt’s a mansion fit for a queen. It ought to be: Rideau Hall, after all, is where Her Majesty bunks down whenever she’s in town. And whether she’s here or not, her Canadian representative, the Governor General, works and lives on the premises. Fortunately, the villa is open to the public and. last summer, I…

Thousands gather to see some of the finest vehicles ever made

The Concours d’Elegance returned for a sixth year and lovers of fine automobiles couldn’t have been happier

Thousands gather to see some of the finest vehicles ever madeThe Concours d’Elegance at Ontario’s Cobble Beach Inn was another success par excellence. The annual event, which so far has raised $300,000 for Toronto’s Sunnybrook Foundation and $60,000 for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation in the past five years, is showing no sign of slowing down. In fact, show chair Rob McLeese and his…

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.

Nearly 200,000 people are expected to descend upon Port Dover to celebrate the biker lifestyle and the machines they ride

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.On Friday the 13th, the Lake Erie town of Port Dover, Ont., (population 6,100) will welcome an estimated 200,000 motorcyclists and spectators to its annual celebration of two-wheeled freedom. The event is a tradition that started on Nov. 13, 1981, at the former Commercial Hotel, now known as Angelo’s, by Chris Simons and a few dozen…

Financial status, body image mean very little at nudist resorts

Young nudists seem less interested but if you’re looking to go au naturel, there are still resorts that cater to your interests

Financial status, body image mean very little at nudist resortsDo you have dreams of being naked in a crowd of clothed strangers? Are you okay with that? If so, you may have the makings of a nudist. Especially if you’re over 35. Nudist resorts all over the world are noticing a drop in younger members. Even in Germany, which has embraced nudism for more…

Niagara Falls is much more than a postcard

Niagara Falls is much more than a postcardYou could be forgiven for thinking that visiting Niagara Falls should take up no longer than half an hour. You drive to the falls, get out of the car or off the bus, take a photo and buy something from the gift shop, then leave. Well, if that's been your experience of Niagara Falls, we're…

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feasts

From world-class theatre to fine food to fascinating history to micro breweries and distilleries, you'll find plenty to enjoy in this southwest Ontario city

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feastsMy favourite summer visit is Stratford, in southwest Ontario. It's an inviting locale with culture, fine food, history and world-class theatre. Stratford Festival musicals are a prime source of revenue, and with H.M.S. Pinafore at the Avon Theatre and Guys and Dolls at the Festival Theatre, artistic director Anthony Cimolino has added two more winners…

Ways to save at Canada’s top summer destinations

Ways to save at Canada’s top summer destinationsWe are pleased to introduce a new weekly travel columnist. Calgary-based Russell Hannon calls himself an “ultra-economical travel expert” and uses lean principles to travel economically. He has been featured on CNBC, FOX, CBS, America Tonight, CTV, ShopSmart, Around the World Travel TV, and nationally broadcast lifestyle and personal finance shows. Russell speaks at travel…