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You know it’s Spring in Ontario Parks when…

… you see moose.


Moose are salt-depleted by the end of winter. Early spring runoff and salt from winter highway maintenance form mineral pools in roadside ditches which moose love to feed in. One of the best parks to spy moose in early spring is Algonquin Provincial Park along Highway 60.

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Cruising Cuba

After a 2-hour drive through rural mountain villages in a decommissioned Russian army truck, we arrived at El Nicho conservation area, deep rural Cuba, a nature lover’s dream with hiking trails and a panoramic backdrop of the Escambray mountains. We hiked a steep rugged trail passing dozens of waterfalls.

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Connection to Kenya

The traditionally dressed Samburu guide greeted me in Swahili “Jambo (hello), my name is Lewya, think of Halleluiah,” he said with an enormous grin. He met our small plane after a brief 45 minute flight crossing the equator, the landing a smooth one on the short Muridjo airstrip at Ol Malo Conservancy in Kenya.

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Focus on the joy in Kenya

Dry smoky air, pounding hooves and the constant snorting of wildebeests welcomed us as we loaded our gear into the waiting safari jeep and drove on rough pothole-filled gravel roads (our driver referred to the journey as the “Kenyan massage”) towards our lodge for the next couple of days.

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There is no shortage of beaches in Antigua

Antigua is unquestionably one of the world’s great beach destinations, having one for every day of the year – yes, there are 365 beaches. The Caribbean side of the island has the most beaches, some more notable than others. Darkwood Beach is located on the south west coast of Antigua about five minutes drive south of Jolly Harbour. Crystal blue waters, great snorkelling and gentle cooling breezes make this beach a favourite of many.

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The Rideau Waltz

Although apprehension lingered at the “get go” of this trip, largely due to the darkness of the marina, unknown waters and our very first time on a houseboat—it dissipated the next morning in tune with the fog. When, three days later we had to debark our floating house, we just weren’t willing to leave. But needs must, so with maps, rendezvous and a full itinerary, we set off on a road trip to explore the Central Rideau area.

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