Craving a special Beach in Ontario? Don’t miss the Dune Beach in Sandbanks 🌊 … Then Stop at the winery 🍷 & the lavender fields 🌅

 

 

Located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Sandbanks is the World’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation. It is among the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario, with golden sand and sparkling water.

You can enjoy so many activities on the beach, from windsurfing, sailing, and canoeing, to sunbathing ☀️ while laying on the soft sand 🏖

Start your morning with a nice brunch 🍳🥓 at one of the restaurants in the city centre. Then, head to the wineries where you can enjoy locally made wine 🍷. Hike the trail or head to the beach 🌊  and finish your day by visiting the spectacular lavender fields. Don’t miss the sunset 🌅 in the evening!

Have you ever visited #Sandbanks? Share your thoughts…

 

Wandering Toronto Centre Island 🌴

Centre island is the middle of the three Toronto Island destinations.

It’s a beautiful destination in the spring, summer or fall, and only a 15 minute ferry ride from the city.

In addition to the sandy beach 🌊 and water activities, you will find also find fountains, gardens, an amusement park, picnic areas, and a pier that extends into Lake Ontario.

If you would like to spend your time walking, biking, kayaking or simply laying on the grass, fun is guaranteed on the Island 🌴!

Don’t forget about the Gibraltar Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes, dating back to 1808.

 

The Ride to Conquer Cancer – Biking 220 km from Toronto to Niagara Falls & raising funds for Cancer Research

On June 10 and 11th, 2017, I rode 🚴‍♀️ 220 kilometres with 5000 other riders from Toronto to Niagara Falls 🇨🇦. After biking through hills, trails and highways over the course of 10 hours, I finally crossed the finish line and achieved a milestone in supporting the fight against cancer. What seemed impossible 6 months ago was made possible today. Every struggle along the way was totally worth it! 🏅

The Ride to Conquer Cancer honours the family and friends we have lost to cancer, the survivors, and gives hope to those currently fighting the battle🎗. I would like to say a huge thank you to my family, friends and colleagues who supported my ride. This wouldn’t have been possible without your encouragement and support 👏
Together, we raised $2,787 to support cancer research at the @thepmcf #princessmargarethospital, one of the world’s top 5 cancer research centres! 🏥 In total, a new Canadian record of $20.5 million was raised at this event!
Thank you to my friends and extended family who waited for hours at the finish line! 💖👏 @charb15 Thanks for encouraging me along the way! Together, we made it 💖
Thanks to #stevescyclepaths team and @cohen_dc for all your great support during the ride! 👏 #therideto #ridetoconquercancer2017#rtcc #rtccto #pmh #cancerresearch #biking .

Have you had a similar experience? Share your insights in the comments sections!

You can check the short video on my instagram account via this link

 

The charming “Niagara-on-the-lake”

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Canada’s wine country, Niagara-on-the-Lake, is by far my favourite all season destination in Ontario. It’s a well preserved, charming 19th century village with beautiful hotels and great history.

Biking, hiking, wine touring or simply walking around are perfect activities to discover and appreciate this perfect destination.

If you ever visit it this town, enjoy a spa treatment or tea at the historic Victorian-style hotel ‘Prince of Wales’!

The Cottage Life in the Summer…

 

The cottage is a common vacation destination for Canadians in the summer months. Located on one of the many lakes, it offers families an escape from the city and a place to take advantage of the sun all summer long.

Many activities take place there, including beach volleyball, kayaking and sailing!

After experiencing a Canadian summer, you will finally understand that there is a light at the end of the tunnel to the long and cold winter season!

Tip: Do not miss watching the sunset while lying on the beach with your glass of wine!

St John’s and the tip of the icebergs…

One of the world’s top ocean-side tourist destinations is St. John’s, the capital and largest city in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The city has a rich history from having played a role in different wars.

This city provides the world’s most accessible iceberg viewing! The tip of the icebergs can be easily seen from land! It’s a breathtaking experience to watch the icebergs moving along the ocean! I would highly recommend planning a visit when the icebergs are active. Make sure to check their availability online throughout the year.

In addition to contemplating its natural beauty, you can also reach the most easterly point in North America by hiking the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site.

St John’s streets are decorated with multicolored beautiful small houses that I highly advise you to discover…

Exploring Canada: The magic of Banff and Lake Louise

Two destinations in Canada that top some of the best places I’ve traveled to in the world are Lake Louise and Banff in Alberta.

In Lake Louise, I would recommend staying at the Fairmont Lake Louise hotel overseeing the frozen lake in the winter! Multiple outdoor activities are available here, from skiing, skating and dog sledding to taking a ride in a gondola overseeing the Canadian Rockies and the lake!

Make sure to check out the famous hot springs! Nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the world famous Banff hot springs offers one of the most relaxing experiences. While the outside temperature is cold, slowly lower your body into the steaming water and let the water do its magical rejuvenating work!

Have you been to Banff or lake Louise? Share your experience by commenting below!

 

Nature…Better than therapy… So, hop into a Kayak!

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A great way to explore the shorelines and canals is by kayaking along the lakes…

My most enjoyable kayaking experiences were in Toronto on lake Ontario and in Ottawa along the Ottawa river.

Don’t hesitate to Hop on a kayak whenever you get a chance, this experience will help you disconnect from the busy and noisy cities, enjoy the serenity of the lakes and contemplate the spectacular views…

Hiking the Canadian trails during the fall season…

After having lived in Canada for 3 years, the Fall season is by far my favorite. A must do activity during the fall is to hike the Canadian trails…

Hiking is one of the best ways to connect with nature, explore the beauty and take in the magical colours of the leaves while performing a physical activity!

Most recently I hiked Rattlesnake point. This is a 12 kilometer trail with five spectacular lookout points dotting the edge of towering cliffs in Milton, Ontario. This hike makes for some of the best hiking and scenic views on the Niagara Escarpment!

Rattlesnake point is part of the famous 725 kilometer Bruce trail – The oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada! If you are ambitious enough, you can set a goal of hiking the entire trail all at once!

Share your hiking experience in Canada, or advise on any nice hiking trail you have discovered in the comment section below.

 

The best way to survive winter in Canada is to embrace it…

Well, I’m sure you heard about the freezing cold weather in Canada. You will never know what it is until you experience it yourself! Waiting for the bus at minus 25 Celsius or snowshoeing to work in minus 30 Celsius will become your new normal.

My first winter was in 2014, one of the coldest winters in the history of Canada according to locals. I remember asking myself this question: how do human beings tolerate and survive such weather?! Why don’t they immigrate to warmer countries like Lebanon, for example 🙂 ?!

Well, I discovered the survival recipe: it’s a mix of an ideal outfit, outdoor activities and positive attitude that help you embrace the winter and even look forward to it…

The ideal outfit consists of a warm jacket, warm boots, mittens and a warm scarf! In summary, you will look like an ‘onion’ shape human being wearing so many layers over one another!!

Outdoor activities helped me embrace the cold winter weather. I experienced skiing at blue mountain in minus 40 Celsius,  and was able to enjoy every second of it! Don’t become a hibernating polar bear or couch potato to hide from the cold temperatures. Instead, go out, explore and embrace the winter weather with fun outdoor activities!