Author Archives: Chris Ryall

The Best Things to do in Burlington, Ontario – A Buffet of Attractions

Spencer Smith Park and Pier in Burlington, Ontario

Burlington began humbly enough as a primeval forest stretching between Toronto and Hamilton; a home to First Nations peoples.  More than two centuries later, Burlington is flourishing with Maclean’s magazine recognizing it as “Canada’s Best Community” out of 414 other Canadian communities in 2019.   Burlington has stayed under the tourism radar, as it’s sandwiched between […]

Le Boat Makes Cruising The Rideau Canal Fun & Easy

The Rideau Canal has mainly been a winter destination for me where I would lace up the skates with my son and challenge him to a race along the 7.8 km frozen trail (I always lost) and reward our efforts afterwards with multiple cinnamon sugar-covered Beavertails.   But when the ice thaws in the spring, the […]

Finding Wellness at iwa Spa in Blue Mountain Village


With apologies to Julie Andrews and her 1965 classic The Sound of Music, “The hills are alive with the touch of wellness” at Blue Mountain Resort. It’s Ontario’s largest mountain resort and is about a two-hour drive from Toronto.  Originally established as a ski resort in 1941 by Jozo Weider, Blue Mountain Resort is now […]

Ste. Anne’s Spa: Discovering Bliss in Northumberland Hills

In this pandemic year, stress seeds have been planted in my mind and body germinating at a rapid pace. They are unwelcome guests and detrimental to my physical and mental wellbeing.  My decades-long spa addiction has suffered these long months.  Time to act.  With travel restrictions and quarantines in effect, my go-to spa getaway, Thailand, […]