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Alberta Rockies – Feel the Rush

Published February 3, 2016 in Alberta , Canada - 0 Comments
Canmore Golf & Curling Club

Alberta Rockies Golf – Feel the Rush in Canada

by Tim Cotroneo

Alberta, Canada – Rush is one of Canada’s most famous rock bands. A rush is also the sensation you can’t help but feel when playing golf in the Alberta Canadian Rockies.

Where else in the world do golf courses embrace skyscraping mountain vistas on every hole? Where else is there a 50/50 chance of spying an elk or a bear at any moment? Where else can you top off a picturesque round with the thrill of adding 10 yards to each shot by playing in altitude with an attitude?

Arrive for your Canadian Rockies golf experience by flying into Calgary’s airport, and then breathe the freshest air known to man. Prepare to revel in an all-natural mountain theater and a golf setting that is second to none. From Calgary to Jasper, you’ll find five rarified 18-hole options for taking in the best of Rocky Mountain golf.

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Autumn Magic: Chez Montebello, Quebec

Published October 6, 2014 in Canada , Quebec - 0 Comments
Montebello Outaouais Quebec

Autumn Magic: Chez Montebello, Québec

By Jane and Dave Finn

Montebello Quebec – It’s the first week in October, my favourite time of year. The days are still warm and sunny but there’s a bit of a nip in the air at night. The leaves are turning and the trees that line the road to Montebello are a riot of colour; brilliant orange, burning yellow and blazing red. Breathtaking to say the least but even Mother Nature has some competition in this neck of the woods.

The World’s Largest Log Lodge

Venerable is the word that comes to mind as we drive through the portico to the main entrance of the Fairmount Le Chateau Montebello. The impressive hand-hewn, log lodge was built in 1930 and is reportedly the largest structure of its kind, in the world.

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ATV Expedition in Montebello

Published September 29, 2014 in Canada , Quebec - 0 Comments
Camp Explora Montebello

ATV Adventure at Camp Explora in Montebello Quebec – by Laura Byrne-Paquet

Montebello, Quebec – I have to admit, I was a bit nervous when I saw how my 16-year-old daughter Stephanie and I would be exploring the wooded trails around Montebello, Quebec.

Our vehicle for the expedition resembled a bright yellow golf cart on steroids. Rémi Tremblay, owner of Camp Explora in Montebello, Quebec, unplugged the electric ATV from its outdoor outlet and reminded us to put on the astronaut-style helmets he’d given us.

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Stratford Ontario – Theatre of the Mind

Published August 11, 2014 in Canada , Ontario - 0 Comments
Avon River in Stratford ON

By Laura Byrne-Paquet

Stratford ON – We came for the theatre, but it was the swans and the food that captured our hearts in Stratford, Ontario.

First, the play. We saw Colm Feore in King Lear, and Feore was fantastic. However, after the show, we still had a few days to fill, and that’s where the birds and the restaurants came in.

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Off Kilter Bike Ride in New Brunswick

Published July 11, 2014 in New Brunswick - 0 Comments
Off Kilter Bike

St. Andrews-by-the Sea, NB – I am not an extreme sports person. Heck, I’m barely a sports person. So off-road biking has never been high on my list of must-do activities, especially since I have a history of toppling off bikes that dates back to the 1970s.

But then I heard about Off Kilter Bike. Riders with this company, based in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, wear cute little kilts as they explore roads and trails around the pretty Maritime village. Kilts! How hard could it be?

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Golf in Kamloops BC

Published July 5, 2014 in British Columbia , Canada - 0 Comments

Rocky Mountain High! Kamloops, BC

by Dave Finn: Kamloops is about a four hour drive from Banff, Vancouver or Seattle and is actually the northern-most part of the Sonoran Desert that is tucked in between two mountain ranges – the Coast Mountains and the Monashee Mountains.  Their semi-arid desert climate is perfect for golfers plus the topography changes dramatically offering a tremendous diversity of golfing experiences.

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Putt Then Pint – Les Brasseurs de Montebello Quebec

Published June 20, 2014 in Canada , Quebec - 0 Comments
Chateau de Montebello Golf Club

In Montebello, Quebec, there’s good news for thirsty golfers. Two local couples—Alain Larivière and Patricia Pesant, and Luc and Linda Proulx—have opened a new brewpub called Les Brasseurs de Montebello. You can choose from 19 Quebec craft beers on tap, including two brewed by the pub: a hoppy blonde ale called Le Fantôme d’Ézilda and a refreshing honey blonde called La Reine du Mont Vinoy that is just the ticket on a hot summer day. Continue reading

Ambassador Golf Club Windsor ON

Published June 12, 2014 in Canada , Ontario - 0 Comments

The Ontario Bridge to Michigan Now Shines Brighter

Windsor, Ontario – Niagara Falls now has a serious contender in Windsor for anyone who wants to golf and gamble. Our brief layover began at the Caesar’s Windsor.  After leaving our car with the free valet parking, we checked in to an awesome room with 2 queen size beds, wall-to-wall full height windows, and an incredible view overlooking both the Detroit River and the Detroit cosmopolitan skyline. The next morning brought a short 8 minute drive to the course. The Ambassador Club opened in 2005 and was immediately nominated the “Best New Golf Course in Canada” by Golf Digest and OG Magazine.

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Four on the Shore – Golf in Yarmouth Nova Scotia

Published May 1, 2014 in Canada , Nova Scotia - 0 Comments
Cape Forchu Lightstation

Four on the Shore … Plus More! Yarmouth, NS Canada by Dave Finn

Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores are located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, stretching north along the world famous Bay of Fundy in Clare County to East Pubnico and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. For centuries the sea has been the mainstay of this economy and continues to influence all aspects of life here including the golf. Blessed with the longest golf season on the Atlantic Coast this region, believe it or not, has one of the best climates in Canada due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. The area is also rich in heritage, culture and community spirit that begs to be explored after a round or two.

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Golf RVing the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton NS

Published April 14, 2014 in Canada , Nova Scotia - 4 Comments
Our RV at Bras d'Or Lake - Main Photo

Born to be Wild – Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia Canada by Dave Finn

Cape Breton NS – Even if you don’t remember the 60’s***, you’ll probably recognize the riff and some of the lyrics to the song “Born to be Wild” by legendary Canadian rock band, Steppenwolf.  This timeless classic soundtrack was made famous in Peter Fonda’s “Easy Rider” and continues to encourage us in movies trailers, TV shows and advertising to want to hit that open road once more. 

Get your motor runnin’…Head out on the highway…Lookin’ for adventure…And whatever comes our way…Born to be wild…

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