Niagara wine region
Niagara Cold Climate Wines, or Icewine, provides yet another opportunity to expect the unexpected. Although wine and Canada seems an unlikely couple, this pairing is a perfect match, proven by the nickname ‘liquid gold”, which has been lovingly attributed to this delicious dessert wine. Just one hour from Buffalo, New York and a mere 20 minutes from the Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-lake is a picturesque town exploding with vineyards, fruit orchards and top-notch restaurants; making this not only a scenic trip, but also a pure culinary delight.
To really acquaint your taste-buds with Ice wine visit the region during the Ice Wine Festival in January and partake in all things cold. Expect exclusive wine tours and our favourite bit – an entire furniture range complete with bars, chairs and tables carved entirely out of ice. For those who don’t want to brave the Canadian chills, visit the Niagara Peninsula during the summer months and tour the well-marked wine trails. Enjoy incredible vistas at Lake Ontario, sit back, and drink some gold.Read more
Dumplings, noodles, pork buns and bubble tea are not usually things synonymous with North America. However, as Toronto boasts the second biggest Chinatown in the world, we think it’s fair to say that this city can give the Far East a run for its money…well, almost. Explore the vibrant city scene and get lost amongst the flavours and bustling atmosphere of this little slice of Asia. Fancy a midnight snack? Wander the streets of Chinatown and you’ll find an array of 24 hour eateries packed to the rafters with locals and tourists alike getting their fair share of the Orient.
To really see this town put on a party, visit during the Chinatown festival in September and experience the famed Mid-Autumn celebrations, or Mooncake Festival – one of the most important dates in the Chinese Calender. Join in the dancing, lantern hanging and eating (goes without saying), and sample the very best of these delicious Chinese desserts.
The Historic Distillery Project
Take a trip down memory lane at Toronto’s Historic Distillery Project and explore not only the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America, but also witness for yourself why it was listed by National Geographic as a “top pick’ for travellers. Located in downtown Toronto, this pedestrian-only distillery is a hub of activity with numerous cafes, restaurants and shops housed within charming village houses. On any given time of year expect to find live music, outdoor exhibitions, fairs and special events.
Keeping to its artistic and creative roots, you will not find any franchises or chains here as the project thrives on its uniqueness and one-of-a-kind treats. Special mention goes to boutique chocolatier SOMA which embodies the Distillery Project’s distinctive character. Indulge in a chocolate tasting of homemade single origin cocoa from the different regions for some of the best chocolate in town.
“It would be harder for a man to stand nearer to God than he does here” once remarked Dickens when writing about his experience at Niagara Falls, and to this day that statement stands true. Witness the roar of the majestic falls as 739,682 gallons of water (to be exact) pours in each second, making it a truly awe-inspiring scene. Take a walk in one of the tunnels behind the falls to see this incredible spectacle for yourself and for the brave, step on-board the Maid of Mist and experience the falls up close and personal as the boat takes you to the base of the waterfall. Expect to get sprayed as you watch and listen to the thunder of gushing water.
Known and recognised as one of the most diverse and natural landscapes in Ontario and with over 350 species of birds and plants and countless reptiles, amphibians and mammals, it’s no wonder that UNESCO named this escarpment a World Biosphere Reserve. Explore this region and find yourself immersed in a rich assortment of forests, farms, cliffs and pristine waterfalls. Adding to this natural mosaic is Ontario’s oldest and longest hike, The Bruce Trail. A whopping 782 km of track follows the entire escarpment, allowing you to really travel the area and explore the rich and incredible ecosystem right up close.
Fathom Five National Marine Park
Part of the Bruce Peninsula and located in Georgia Bay is Canada’s first national marine conservation area and underwater park. This freshwater ecosystem boasts deep and pristine water and is a unique historical underwater site with 22 preserved shipwrecks and several ancient light stations and geological formations. The winning combination of clear waters, and the sheer number of shipwrecks strewn across the rugged lakebed, makes the Fathom Five National Marine Park a must-dive spot for the underwater adventurer. For those not so akin to taking to the waters then the glass bottom boat tour is the perfect way to see the underwater sites.