What’s Canada’s most famous tourist attraction? You don’t have to think too hard about it – Niagara Falls. This stunning, thundering, breathing natural wonder that shares a border with the United States. Each year an astonishing 12 million people from around the world make a beeline to the roaring waters – and Canadians make up most of the tourist numbers, followed by Americans and the Brits.
This year, as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of Confederation, it’s a better time than ever to explore the many and varied wonders across this vast and glorious land. Instead of heading abroad on holiday, many Canadians are choosing to do a staycation and find out lots more about their exciting homeland.
If travelling is what you want to do this year, keep on reading and we’ll recommend some of the best places that you may want to explore. They are quite far from the usual holidays, but the good news is that they can offer a memorable and immersive experience.
Ah… New York. Every holiday I spend there is always such a tease. I usually stay just enough time to get a glimpse of all of the magic the Big Apple has to offer, but never enough to content myself with all of the amazing food. Because yes, New York and Brooklyn are two amazing cities with so much to explore, but my favorite part about New York is without a doubt the rockin’ vegan food scene. I was there a few weeks ago and was on a cheeky mission to eat my way through the NYC vegan burger trail, and, although I reckon I did a semi-decent job (and I have the belly flab to prove it), I still couldn’t sample everything. Here’s what I managed to stuff my face with anyway.
I took advantage of being back in my old neck of the wood over the Christmas break to check out what was happening on the vegan food scene around town. I was super excited to see that most of my old faves were still alive and well, and even more excited to discover that there were quite a few brand new comers, making Montreal one of the most vegan friendly cities I’ve stepped foot in. So without further ado, here are ten vegan restaurants I sampled and that you should definitely check out next time you’re in Montreal!
The United States of America is one of my favorite destinations to visit for its sheer size and its landscape, climate and food diversity. There is always something new to explore! As a Canadian, I am part of the lucky ones who can pretty much just walk across the border and into the USA, however, my ex-boyfriend was British and I have been a witness of the steps involved in applying for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), a streamlined visa waiver program where you do not need to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.
One year ago today, on January 1st 2014 at 8am, we locked the door of our flat in Montreal for the last time, leaving behind an empty shell of what was our life of the previous seven years, and dropped the key through the mail slot. As it resonated loudly in the dark empty box, I felt an excitingly familiar feeling in my stomach: we were homeless, the unknown awaited us. It was amazing to ring in the New Year in such a drastic, life changing, exciting way, and the feeling hasn’t left me since.
Richard and I took off on January 1st for a round the world trip that should last for a year, maybe more. Jobless, homeless, worry less. Happy and free! Where to? Thailand? Ireland? Iceland? New Zealand? Costa Rica? (Where is Costa Rica?) Who knows? The possibilities!
First stop anyway: New York. Oddly enough it was our first ever time in NYC. Obviously it was amazing, for all the usual reasons, but mostly for how vegan friendly the city is! OMG. Gimme all the donuts and the cronuts and the pastries. ALL. OF. IT.
We were lucky to be invited to spend a long weekend in Las Vegas at the New York, New York last weekend. I had been to Vegas for just a few hours in 2005 on my way to California, so I was so happy to be able to return for a few days to be able to experience it properly.
We hardly slept. At all. And seeing Cirque du Soleil’s “O” from the 3rd row in the middle of the night whilst jet lagged is possibly the closest I will ever feel what it’s like to be on LSD.
Well, that’s it, my second year of university is finished! Only 1 left before I’m a free girl! Yé!
In fact it’s been over for nearly a month now, but I haven’t really been able to take time for myself just yet it seems, with a few contracts here and there, contests to enter and bursary applications to complete. We did have a week long holiday in Miami though, and now that we are back, I have a full list of things I wish to accomplish in the course of the summer.
2 weeks ago we had crazy hot weather here in Montreal that was preceded by a day of very dense fog, which caused all sorts of traffic and flight problems. It was kind of eerie walking around town and I took advantage of the situation to bust out the old Mamiya 7. I’m kinda falling back in love with film photography.
Richard and I were celebrating our 6th anniversary together this weekend (HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUPLE! I LOVE US!) and so yesterday we rode our bike to the Jean-Drapeau beach here in Montreal to chill out on what has been so far the hottest day of the summer (I overheard someone saying that it was 33 degrees!). We then headed to Brit & Chips on McGill for some fantastically greasy fried halloumi cheese and chips washed down with some beer. Perfect day!
Last week I had my mama over and I hadn’t seen her in nearly a year, so there was some catching up to do! My mom is fab, she has visited me to nearly all the crazy places in the world I have been living in the last few years, she is wild and daring, and we are quite the adventurous pair together, we’ve been hitch hiking in Salt Spring Island and waiting for the Pope at the Vatican on Easter day! She is pretty much ready to do anything, any time… We had our first ice cream of the season at Meu Meu on St-Denis Street in Montreal, this place rocks! The two flavors in my cup are nutella and caramel fleur de sel, OMG! My mom had dark chocolate and mango, YUM!
We went to Miami and Key West over the Christmas Holiday! I loved it, but we got heat, we got cold, we got pretty much everything except snow! It was our first trip as vegetarians and I must say we were spoiled for choice in Miami. Loved the architecture, loved the beach, loved the people, loved the food. I shall return!
Wow good thing I said I would be back with Puerto Rico photos tomorrow last Monday! The week went by very quickly with the beginning of class and me running all over the place to get everything sorted (schedule, tuition, reading materials, pencils, blah). It has also been a week of not doing much else post half-marathon. I did go on a 5k run on Wednesday afternoon and that was all. Already trying to catch up on school assignments and readings.
My boyfriend Richard and I had a vacation in Hawaii for two weeks last April/March. We spent the first 3 days in Waikiki, then flew to Maui for a week, then came back to Waikiki for 4 days. Apart from having our car broken into and all of our stuff stolen on the way to the airport in Maui, it was fantastic. Good weather, good food, good surf. Most of the photos I took while there were on a point-and-shoot that also got stolen, along with a video of a sea turtle we shot while snorkeling 🙁