An Ideal Vacation: Québec!

Hi all, back to some futuristic vacation planning!

Today’s Ideal Vacation province is Québec.  I have only been there a few times in my life, so I know very little about where to visit, just that it was fun when I went!

Make sure to take a trip during maple syrup time and go for the whole experience of a maple syrup shack.  I believe there are a few places out there that offer tours, but I’m waiting to hear back from one I think I’ve been to (because I don’t see tours listed on their site) to make sure I don’t give you false information!

Anyway, the experience of maple syrup taffy laid out and rolled on a block of packed snow onto a stick like a sucker….. well, that’s just priceless.  You’ll want another, so you might as well get two to start!

I remember walking along the streets in old Quebec City in the early summer, browsing local vendors’ works, enjoying the artsy-ness of the place.  Also, check out Château Frontenac — pretty cool (and huge!) building.

Montréal is gorgeous in the summer as well….. a very European feel to it with patios crowding the sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages rolling along cobblestone-like roads.  The carriage is definitely fun and worth the trip.

Have you been to Québec?  Got some other suggestions on where to go, and what to see and do?  Let me know in the comments section!

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An Ideal Vacation: Manitoba

Hi all!

Today’s Ideal Vacation province is Manitoba.  If you’re new to my blog, the idea is to dedicate an entry to each Canadian province and ask anyone who stumbles across it for suggestions on what to see or do if I were to travel there.  I’ve been to Manitoba, so I can tell you what I liked when I went:

  • There’s a place called “The Forks” in Winnipeg that has a lot of touristy stuff to see….. but what I remember most were the tiny freshly-made donuts they sold in the food court there.  I don’t remember the name of the donut-erie, but they were deeelicious!  (Let me know if you know the name of the place!)
  • There are sand dunes near Brandon, including the “Devil’s Punchbowl”, which are really neat to see, especially if the only sand you’ve ever seen has been on beaches (like me).  The desert-like landscape makes it hard to believe you’re not somewhere more exotic than….. well, Manitoba (forgive me, Manitobans!).
  • Any road going into or out of Winnipeg.  It’s amazing how quickly the landscape goes from prairie flatness to cityscape.  It’s as if someone were playing a huge-scaled game of Monopoly and plunked a city down in the middle of nowhere.  Just ‘cuz.

It’s been a long time since I went, so by all means, tell me what you like or recommend seeing.  If I were to go again, what would you recommend I see or do?