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Maria Yates

I'm a native of Portugal, now living in Toronto, Canada. My passion for travel has taken me throughout Canada, the Caribbean, the U.S. and several European countries. Cruising is my preferred method of transportation, but I'm not picky. I'm as comfortable having afternoon tea in a 5-star hotel as I am jigging for cod in a Prince Edward Island fishing trawler. My favorite sport is people watching and, oh ya, I love food.

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The Gladstone Hotel: Chic and Trendy

I grew up in downtown Toronto. The area around the Gladstone hotel, located on the corner of Gladstone and Queen St. West, was my neighbourhood. At the time of my youth,...


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Five Things Not to Miss This Summer in Toronto

If you find yourself in Toronto thinking, hmmm, nothing to do, well, you’re not in Toronto. Maybe you are on the outskirts of the city, like in Vaughan or Burlington...


There's More To Muskoka Than Just Chairs

A leisurely two and half hours north of Toronto, beyond the chaotic noise of cars and trucks on major roadways leading out of the city, will eventually lead to the...


Found: The Sexiest WC

The sign reads: THE SEXIEST WC ON EARTH So, what do you when you see such a sign? Well, you gotta go. And for a fee of one euro, that’s just what I do. The Sexiest WC...


Fairmont Château Laurier: Ottawa's Castle

Charles Melville Hays was a man with a vision. Born in Rock Island, Illinois, he arrived in Canada as General Manager of the Grand Turk Pacific Railway, with a mandate...


Spies, Espionage and Double-Agents: The Diefenbunker

In a small town, approximately twenty-five minutes outside Ottawa, below a non-descriptive steel structure, lies an incredible piece of history. Seventy-five feet below...


10 Things to do in Ottawa This Summer

Ottawa is Canada’s capital. Not Toronto. Not Montreal. It’s Ottawa, a city of just over eight hundred thousand people, sprawled along the Ottawa River with Gatineau,...


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12 Hours of Luxurious Eating in New York City

New York. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps But you did need to sleep and now you’re down to your last full day in NYC. You came here to see a few sites, maybe...


Embracing Winter: Snowshoeing

“I thought we’d do some snowshoeing,” I hear Barrie announce, as he pulls the car to a stop. Did you now? Is the response I want to provide, but instead I find...


The Magic of Haliburton Will Make You Howl Like a Wolf

On one of the coldest winters on record in Ontario, heading north into possibly colder temperatures, may not rate high on anyone’s list of things to do. But, this is...


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