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Mediocre Accommodations Even Make Snakes Feel Uncomfortable

Mediocre Accommodations Even Make Snakes Feel Uncomfortable Aug 19th, 2013 at 3:00PM: William Warby, Flickr There's nothing worse than a night in a bad motel. A creaky bed, the stale scent of cigarettes and scratchy sheets will make anyone cringe. The only thing worse? Being stuck in a motel room in a plastic storage container, like the 40 pythons that were found by Canadian authorities last week in a motel in Brantford, a city about 60 miles outsides of Toronto. The snakes,...

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War Of 1812 History, And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 2)

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War Of 1812 History, And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 2) Jun 7th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Click here to read part one of this story. In recent weeks, U.S. and Canadian officials have been fighting over a development issue at the Peace Bridge, but when I drove over the bridge, built to commemorate 100 years of peaceful relations between U.S. and Canada, one warm day late last summer, I had much older hostilities in mind. Two months before, I had taken a bike ride from Niagara Falls to...

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War of 1812 History And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 1)

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War of 1812 History And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 1) Jun 6th, 2013 at 10:00AM: I must have been absent from school the day we learned about the War of 1812. Growing up, history was my favorite subject, but as I sat in an office interviewing Paul Dyster, the mayor of Niagara Falls, New York, who mentioned upcoming events to commemorate the bicentennial of the conflict, I couldn't for the life of me recall who won the war (it was a stalemate) or even why it was fought....

Squeals And Loathing In Justin Bieber's Hometown Of Stratford, Ontario

Squeals And Loathing In Justin Bieber's Hometown Of Stratford, Ontario Nov 27th, 2012 at 10:00AM: I'm way too old to be a Belieber but there I was on a snowy Saturday afternoon driving slowly up towards Justin Bieber's boyhood home in Stratford, Ontario. I've never bothered to investigate the legacy of musicians that I actually like, so why was I paying homage to a kid whose fan base wasn't even born when I graduated from college? Call me crazy, or worse, but how can you not be curious about...

Photo Of The Day: Streaky Water

Photo Of The Day: Streaky Water Oct 27th, 2012 at 5:00PM: This Photo of the Day, taken in Ontario, Canada and titled "Streaky Water," comes from Gadling Flickr pool member James Wheeler who captured this image using a Nikon D5000. Captioning the photo, James tells us: "The streaks in the water are the fall leaves and bubbles quickly rushing by in this fast moving creek. There was no shortage of leaves falling in the creek as you can see with...

A Local Experiences Niagara Falls As A Tourist

A Local Experiences Niagara Falls As A Tourist Sep 25th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Sometimes you need a couple of daredevils to remind you to go home. Earlier this year, I interviewed Nik Wallenda, the stuntman who recently walked a tightrope across Niagara Falls and Jay Cochrane, a 68-year-old man who has been tightroping between skyscrapers in Niagara every night this summer, and hearing about their exploits inspired me to return home for a visit. I grew up about 20 minutes...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit In Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit In Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Jun 26th, 2012 at 9:00AM: We all know about the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops, but what about the Gigantosaurus, pictured above, or the Amargasaurus? These are just a couple of the little-known dinosaurs highlighted at a new exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada. "Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana" looks at recently discovered dinosaur species from South America, Africa and Madagascar, some...

Photo Of The Day: Cabin In The Woods

Photo Of The Day: Cabin In The Woods Apr 20th, 2012 at 5:00AM: I like this image of a cabin in the woods, despite its slight seasonal dissonance, because it resembles a scrapbook image. "This is Terry in front of that awesome cabin right before she spied a moose and freaked out," it could be annotated. Or not. This moody and lush image was snapped by Flickr user mciccone640 in Ontario in March. Upload your own holiday or holiday-apparent shots to...

Nik Wallenda: the daredevil who will tightrope across Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda: the daredevil who will tightrope across Niagara Falls Jan 6th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Nik Wallenda is a 32-year-old Florida native who plans to walk on a tightrope across Niagara Falls this summer. He's a seventh generation daredevil who performs with his wife, and a dozen other Wallenda family relatives at venues around the world. We caught up with Nik to ask him about his plans, the potential tourism impact on the Niagara region, and his sanity. Do people think you're...

An ice wine crawl in Niagara-on-the-Lake

An ice wine crawl in Niagara-on-the-Lake Jan 5th, 2012 at 12:00PM: I love my family and visit them often, but after a few days at my parents' house, I'm usually in need of a drink. For many years, my refuge has been the Niagara Wine region, centered around Niagara-on-the-Lake, a well-preserved, picturesque town on Lake Ontario, just minutes away from Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Over the last decade, the area has exploded from obscurity to a serious wine...

Serial public art around the world

Serial public art around the world Oct 17th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Public art exhibitions featuring a common sculpture that is multiplied and then embellished by various artists have been popping up in cities worldwide since 1998. Artistic director Walter Knapp first came up with the idea and convinced artists to dot Zurich, Switzerland with a collection of artfully-decorated lions. Within a year, Chicago businessman Peter Hanig had taken the idea and ran...

Missing plane found 71 years after it disappeared

Missing plane found 71 years after it disappeared Jul 27th, 2011 at 9:00AM: A Royal Canadian Air Force plane, missing since 1940, has been found at the bottom of a lake, ending a 71-year old mystery regarding the final resting place of the aircraft and its crew. The plane was lost on Dec. 13, 1940, but was recently discovered by a group dedicated to finding missing airplanes, who used sophisticated radar to guide divers to the site. On December 12th, 1940, another RAF...

VIA Rail Canada brings back bike trains for summer season

VIA Rail Canada brings back bike trains for summer season Jul 1st, 2011 at 2:00PM: Traveling with your two-wheeled best friend just got a whole lot easier. Since 2007, VIA Rail Canada has provided seasonal bike racks on select VIA Rail departures, as part of its mandate to provide more environmentally sustainable, affordable passenger transit. Now, the racks will be available yearound, and increased baggage cars mean that cyclists can connect to even more cycling destinations. ...

Three simple reasons why Palo Alto, California is like Reston, Virginia

Three simple reasons why Palo Alto, California is like Reston, Virginia Mar 17th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Business travel often takes you to places you normally wouldn't visit. I'd never plan a vacation to Peapack, New Jersey, for example, and London, Ontario is another that surely won't make anyone's "bucket list." The upside, however, is that you get to see places you'd never visit otherwise. And, you remember that "off the beaten path" – the goal very committed traveler – isn't...

Top ten overrated international travel destinations

Top ten overrated international travel destinations Nov 2nd, 2010 at 11:30AM: Laurel brought us the US's top ten overrated travel destinations, and we thought it was time to go global. Here are ten international sites, in no particular order, that just aren't worth a two-hour wait in line, fighting the crowds, or covering long distances to get there: 1. Eiffel Tower, Paris Seriously, your photos of Paris are going to look much better with the Eiffel Tower in them. If...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Torontonian Exploration!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Torontonian Exploration! Sep 23rd, 2010 at 9:00AM: GadlingTV's Travel Talk, episode 30 – Click above to watch video after the jump For those of you that attended this year's Toronto International Film Festival, you may already know just how cosmopolitan Canada's largest city is. Upon arriving, it's safe to say that we completely underestimated the fifth most populous municipality in North America, but quickly realized its vast...

Lake Erie's secret: Pelee Island

Lake Erie's secret: Pelee Island Sep 1st, 2010 at 10:30AM: The southernmost inhabited bit of Canada is Pelee Island, a 36-square mile island in Lake Erie just 90 minutes from Sandusky, Ohio by ferry. To its south is an even more southerly uninhabited Canadian island, Middle Island, which was a safe haven for rumrunners during Prohibition, but Pelee is Canada's southernmost community. Pelee is very quiet and (how shall I put this?) truly out of sync...

Top ten traits of an excellent hostel

Top ten traits of an excellent hostel Aug 9th, 2010 at 11:00AM: I've spent nights in hostels that were probably just fronts for drug operations, and hostels that I wish I could live in. What makes a hostel good is fairly basic: cleanliness is the biggest issue, followed by orderliness and friendliness. But a few traits separate the good from the excellent when it comes to hostels. Here's what I've determined are the factors: 1. Good ventilation: It is so...

Vegetarian child stranded in airport, fed burgers

Vegetarian child stranded in airport, fed burgers Jul 27th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Julien Reid, at only nine years old, is used to air travel. He routinely flies between his parents in Ottawa, and San Francisco, so he's seen it all ... well, he has now. Reid was forgotten in a children's waiting room in Chicago, where he spent eight hours waiting and hoping to be discovered. According to the Ottawa Citizen: He was in a "tiny, little room cramped with kids," where they...

Top five weekend travel media stories

Top five weekend travel media stories Jun 7th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Here are five interesting stories from this weekend's newspaper travel sections around the world. 1. In Melbourne's the Age, Andrew West writes about a fabulous train journey from Jakarta to Yogyakarta to Surabaya and then back to Jakarta. 2. Sophie Cooke extols the pleasures of Sarajevo and rural Bosnia in the Guardian. 3. In the New York Times, Jaime Gross spends 36 hours in Salt Lake...

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