Afternoon at the Halifax Citadel

The clouds parted in Halifax and the sun came out.  Too nice to stay home.  I ventured to the iconic landmark in Halifax, the Citadel Hill.   No matter what city you live in,  usually the only time residents become tourists is when they have friends and relatives visiting.   For Canada 150,  all Parks…

Hopewell Rocks vs. Parlee Beach

Hopewell Rocks vs. Parlee Beach?  This was my recent dilemma after a visit to Moncton, New Brunswick.   As a beach bum, my first choice was Parlee Beach.   Alas, two days before my departure ATV News aired a story about the high levels of E. coli in the famed beach’s warm waters.  One lady later interviewed…

What To Do On a Rainy Day in Toronto?

I lived in Toronto for many years, but I have never been to the Toronto Zoo.  During a trip to the city last May, my plans to go to the zoo got derailed by the cold and rain.   What else new-to-me can I explore? Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada had been suggested in the past,…

Cologne Christmas Markets – A Canadian Travelling Abroad

Cologne is world renown for the best Christmas markets in Germany.  Thousands of tourists travel to Cologne to visit their markets and celebrate the spirit of Christmas.  As a Canadian in Europe, the German Christmas markets were a must to experience. My hotel was in the train station, located on the square and facing the…

Lunenburg Day Trip July 9, 2016

It’s a foggy Saturday, and what to do in Nova Scotia?   I reviewed the usual websites, not much was listed.  On Facebook I found that there was a street party happening in Lunenburg.  Little information posted on FB or the event website, only that there would be music and vendors.  Better to go Lunenburg on…

Touring Alberta Guide to a Short Stop Over

Visiting Alberta in April is the shoulder season for its tourism industry. However, there are always interesting things to discover.  Edmonton’s largest attractions are Fort Edmonton Park and West Edmonton Mall.    Fort Edmonton Park was closed but the Fort itself is open for school group tours.    Luckily, as a visitor from the East Coast, the Administration…

Nova Scotia Beach Experiences 2 – Visiting Nova Scotia’s North Shore

Red mud is more than limited to PEI.   Nova Scotia’s Amherst Shore shares this rougy wonder.   This area is on Nova Scotia’s Sunrise Trail and the waters of the Northumberland Strait. The red sand looks great in photos, but up close it’s more brown. This year we cottaged on Heather Beach and visited the surrounding…

Canadian Abroad – Travel Tips for Touring Quito, Ecuador

  Quito is the capital of Ecuador and the highest elevated capital city in the world.  The city is also one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. I have been to many UNESCO sites, so it was special to visit Quito.  I am an approved Explorer Quotient Trainer for…

San Francisco Travel Tips for the Single Traveller

When travelling alone, a city’s hop-on and hop-off double-decker busses are great way to see the city, get tidbits and interesting insights to the city’s history and have guaranteed convenient transportation. San Francisco is the first non-European city where I have used this tourism service.   European cities are filled with history and many attractions.   In…

Authorized Explorer Quotient Trainer

This week I participated in Explorer Quotient (EQ) certification training by the Canadian Tourism Commission. What is EQ? Market analysis is an important first step when developing a marketing plan. Market segmentation is a marketing analysis technique that allows businesses to group customers into “segments” based on given criteria such as demographics, geography or even psychological…