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A Day in Victoria, BC

Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, British Columbia

Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, British Columbia

Twenty-four hours isn’t nearly enough time to devote to this picture-postcard capital, but if that’s all the time you can afford, we have some suggestions for making the most of your visit to the “City of Gardens.”

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Chinatown Murals, Vancouver, B.C.

Murals in Chinatown, Vancouver, BC

Casa Loma

Casa Loma, Toronto

At the peak of his power it is said that Sir Henry Pellatt controlled as much as 25% of the Canadian economy. To showcase his great wealth he built what was at the time the largest residence in North America: Casa Loma, a 98-room Gothic revival style castle set on a hill in midtown Toronto. By the end of his life, Sir Henry had lost everything and his great castle almost came to ruin. Saved and restored by the Kiwanis Club in 1937, the great residence is now open to visitors. It is also one of the few houses which permit interior photography . . . Read More…

A Short Note on Canadian Wine

Ice Wine "Slushies" at Ice House Winery, Ontario, Canada

We love wine; perhaps too much. We love it at least as much as we love beer, which gets much more frequent attention here at EverywhereOnce. Certainly wine has reason to feel slighted. It shouldn’t. The East coast brews some world-class beers, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the embarrassment of brewery riches at our disposal. Our East coast winery experiences have been an embarrassment of a different sort. The “terroir” here just isn’t as well suited to the task, I’m afraid. So we’ve spent less time visiting, and therefore writing about, wineries.

One might naturally think that the cold weather conditions in Canada are positively dreadful for vinting wine. They’d be wrong.

A peculiar thing happens when grapes freeze on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved grape solids do not freeze, allowing for a more concentrated ‘must’ to be pressed from the frozen grapes. From this must, a fantastically sweet “ice wine” is made. Canada is the world’s largest producer of these delicious dessert wines, with Ontario accounting for 75% of Canadian output. If you’re in the area checking out Niagara Falls, Toronto, or other nearby destinations, you owe it to yourself to sample some of these awesome and truly unique wines.

In Bloom

Niagara on the LakeOur paths routinely cross quaint little downtown neighborhoods, where clever little shops in historic structures ever bid the traveler to enter. Of those we’ve had the pleasure to frequent, Niagara on the Lake in Ontario, Canada, is the prettiest we’ve seen.

Timing is everything, and our time here couldn’t have been better. The entire town seemed in bloom. It’s possible we wouldn’t have found the area quite as fetching during a different season, but I’m guessing the impeccable landscaping we witnessed is a year-round feature. Certainly the picturesque Victorian architecture, moderately high-end shops, and close proximity to the Lake Ontario shoreline are worthy attributes for all seasons.

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