Finding our Muskoka Soul

Group of women watching sunset over the lake

The sun sets over Lake Muskoka

On this sunny, unseasonably warm day in a Muskoka forest, I have my eyes peeled for mushrooms. We’re having a Scavenger Hunt and all the items on our list can be found in this lovely stretch of woodland near Muskoka Soul‘s Cliff Bay House.  A maple leaf is another challenge in this forest of oak and pine, but we find one. It’s a cooperative effort and I find myself revelling in the fresh forest scents. Continue reading

End of the Line on the Underground Railroad – Chatham, Ontario

Quilt with underground railroad symbols

Gwen Robinson points out the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad stitched on this quilt, on display at the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society

The little town of Chatham, Ontario is the terminus of a very important railroad – one without tracks or engines. The Underground Railroad brought escaping slaves to Canada, and many found refuge in Chatham, which became known as the ‘Black Mecca’. Continue reading

Add a Little Spice to your Life in Tabasco

Add a Little Spice to your Life in Tabasco

Rappelling down the waterfall

Tabasco sauce doesn’t come from Tabasco. But like its namesake, this Mexican state isn’t for the faint of heart. Exploring it is a spicy adventure in every sense of the word Continue reading

Canoe – Canada’s Transportation

Canoe-Canada's Transportation

Canoeing in Algonquin Park – an Ontario tradition.

Without the canoe, Canada’s history might have been very different.

Designed by Canada’s First Nations, the canoe allowed early explorers, fur traders, missionaries and colonists to travel across the North American continent, eventually finding a route right to the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

Ten Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo

Ten Cool Things You Didn't Know About Buffalo

Now a recreational and dining area, Riverworks is the rebirth of the old grain silos by the river.

In 1813, the British in Upper Canada burned the tiny village of Buffalo to the ground. It rose from the ashes – bigger and stronger than ever. In fact, Buffalo was the first city in America to be electrified. In the late 1800s, when the rest of the continent was in the dark, Buffalo was all lit up.

Sadly, by the mid-20th century, progress elsewhere re-routed ships and business away from the Erie Canal and Buffalo found itself with abandoned silos, warehouses, office buildings, and homes. While other American cities tore down their 19th century masterpieces to make way for glass and concrete, Buffalo had little incentive to do this. Continue reading