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Top 10 Things To Do For The August Long Weekend
July 30, 2010 at 11:44 am 0
In Ontario we have a fabulous 3 days off for the August long weekend. Not sure what to do? There are lots of fantastic things going on, not to mention the weather is going to be absolutely gorgeous!

Things To Do In Toronto


1.Take A Day Trip To The Toronto Islands (click here to read more) One of our favourite things to do is to go the the Toronto Islands. 2. Go To The Beach (click here to read more) The Beach is also a favourite place to be this weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, play some volleyball, watch the seagulls, or enjoy a delicious brunch along Queen Street. 3. Visit The Harboufront Area (click here to read more) There's also lots of great things happening at the Harbourfront in general. Read on to find out what to do, where to go, and where the best patio is! 4. Take Part In Caribana (click here to read more) Of course you've probably heard that this weekend is the Caribana weekend - it's a massive party that consumes a large part of our city to so here's information on how you can get involved.

Things To Do Outside Of The City
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5. Take A Day Trip To Niagara On The Lake (click here to read more) Niagara On the Lake is an absolute favourite. Here's a short post on what do while you're in Ontario's favourite wine country. 6. Go To Cottage Country (click here to read more) Cottage country is gorgeous, and there's no better weekend to enjoy it than this one! Here's a link to a last minute cottage rental site...so tempting!

Things To Do Anywhere
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7. Host A Fabuous Dinner Party (click here to read more) It's going to be gorgeous, so host a fabulous outdoor dinner party with these amazing recipes. 8. Go On A Cheap, Fun & Active Date (click here to read more) Great suggestions for cheap, active and super fun date activities. If you're single don't fret, grab one of your girlfriends and make it a girls date! 9. Go Hiking With Your Girlfriends (click here to read more) The great outdoors, great girlfriends...well it all sounds pretty great. And it is. Do something totally different this weekend, and go hiking with your ladies. You'll love it! 10. Day Dream What Your Fantasy Life (click here to read more) In a relaxed environment, with no pressure or noise, or stress, or anything to disrupt you, let your mind wander...and create a picture of your dream life. It will be the start of great things for you!
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Life, Travel
Day Hikes: Great Outdoors With Great Girlfriends
July 27, 2010 at 11:22 am 0

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Tired of doing the same thing every time you get together with your girlfriends? Have cocktail parties, shopping trips, and coffee shops lost their excitement? Ready for a change? Try a day hike with your girls! Every year a few of us head out into a nearby nature reserve, or sometimes a bit futher away, and go for a long hike together. We chat, giggle, take some breaks to enjoy the scenery and get some excercise! It's an amazing way to spend time together...and best of all, it's fun that makes you skinnier! We've been to Forks of the Credit, and Webster Falls, but there's so many great hiking trails in Ontario to visit. So next time your girlfriends want to plan a day out together, why not do something totally different? You'll feel amazing if you do!
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Life
Cool Design: The Wave Bridges in Toronto’s Harbourfront
September 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm 1
In Toronto there have been some very cool things happening on our Harbourfront over the last year. My favourite addition are three wave decks – pedestrian bridges designed to look like waves. They opened up at the beginning of summer and have added a whole new aspect to the waterfront. It’s fun to see everyone pointing at them, trying to see if they can climb up the steep inclines (it’s hard, I’ve tried), but best of all I love the fact the folks at Harbourfront Toronto incorporated this awesome design into the neighbourhood. They could have done a purely functional bridge (boooring) but instead they went out on a limb and set up these super fun, and functional, wave decks. Hooray for taking chances with design!
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Travel
Weekend Warrior: Day Trip to Toronto Islands
August 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm 0
This summer in Toronto has been less than ideal, with rain on almost every weekend, and temperatures well below the seasonal average. However, it seems that summer has finally arrived and last weekend was a shining example of the beautiful summers we get in the city. I’m always more than happy to travel out of the city during the winter months, but in the summer there’s no place I’d rather be than in Toronto.

One of my favourite summertime activities is to visit the islands just outside of the downtown harbour. The islands have always been the playground for city dwellers and they are easy to get to on a fun 10 minute ferry ride. You can take bikes and rollerblades on the ferry, or you can canoe/kayak/sail over. There are no cars on the island, so it’s really peaceful and ideal for families to go for day trips with large picnics. There are button cute cottages on the east side of the islands, and a “little kid” friendly amusement park in the middle of the islands. It’s a great place to take bike trips, and with open barbecue pits and tables it’s a great place to throw a party. Every time I go there I’m taken away into dream land with the sounds of children playing nearby, while I’m having a lovely picnic under weeping willow trees with sailboats floating by.
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Travel
Weekend Warrior: Road Trips in Southern Ontario
June 19, 2009 at 8:18 am 0
A little while ago I went on a spontaneous day trip to Niagara on the Lake in Ontario. It was a lovely day and I smile every time I think of it.

On the Friday night my boyfriend tossed around the idea of going to Niagara for a weekend getaway, but since we have a major trip coming up soon I said I’d rather save my money. The next day I woke up at 730 am – very, very unusual for me on a weekend morning – and I couldn’t stop thinking about going away for a mini break. I opened my computer while still in bed and searched for hotels….but oh my, they seemed so pricey! There were some beautiful hotels, bed and breakfasts and lodges, but they were so expensive I just couldn’t justify it. So instead, I suggested we just go for a day…….and what a lovely day. It was a warm, blue sky day with no clouds in sight. A day trip definitely felt right. We packed up a few things, and a change of nice clothes for dinner, and then we were off. On the way to Niagara on the Lake I found a place we could rent bikes and also called a spa to see if we could get last minute appointments. When we arrived in town we discovered the bike rental place was right by the vineyards, so as soon as we paid for our rentals we were off and cycling through beautiful laneways. We took little random streets with no goals in mind, then we went along the parkway, and over to a vineyard for wine tasting. It was so relaxing and fun.

We took a trail to get back to the bike rental place so we could zip off to the spa. I had a mani – pedi and my boyfriend had a massage. I must confess it’s quite an extravagance for me as I’m really trying to watch my pennies, but this was worth every cent. When we left we both felt so relaxed and indulged..........so clearly it was time to indulge more! We went to a vineyard for dinner and tasted exquisite local foods coupled with great wine. It was fun being able to sample all the different wines......and enjoy the extra giggles that ensued. After dinner there was a lovely rain storm. While I took a little nap my boyfriend drove and listened to Feist, watching the lightening storm brew in the horizon.....
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Travel
Weekend Warrior: Road Trips in Southern Ontario
June 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm 0
This weekend my boyfriend and I departed from our normal schedule. Instead of waking up late, watching movies, going for coffee and strolling around the city we decided to take a little road trip. On Saturday we went to Blue Mountain, Ontario. It was a two hour drive and when we stepped out of the car we discovered that it was still freezing up North! Somehow I’d forgotten that two hours North makes a big difference, and what feels warm in Toronto, feels very different in Blue Mountain. We were so chilly that we ran for cover in a restaurant as soon as we arrived! We only spent about two hours in Blue Mountain - having lunch, taking a quick walk, and then heating up with a coffee. We were both relieved to jump in the car again and head back to the warmer climate in the city. On the way home we drove through Kleinberg. It’s such a lovely and charming little town…..I’ve already planned what my yard would look like if I lived there, how I’d walk my imaginary kids to school, and the lovely dinner parties that I’d host in my country manor…..
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