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Port Hope Festival Theatre, Port Hope

  The first rule of road travel: when the top-reviewed restaurant in town is a burger joint, you go to the burger joint. Port Hope’s Olympus Burger is fun. Menu items are named after Greek gods, a nod to co-owner George … Continue reading →


Orillia Opera House, Orillia

The air has cooled overnight. Old jazz standards play softly in the background as I descend the curved staircase to greet Guy Laporte and Craig Ashton in the kitchen of their Collingwood B&B, Craigleith Manor. They have hosted Designated Travel … Continue reading →

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Theatre Collingwood, Collingwood

Lake Simcoe is in the way. To get there from here—there is Collingwood—we must trade scenic for efficient. Northbound Hwy. 400 is moving well until it isn’t but no matter; we are turning off and rolling along verdant countryside soon … Continue reading →

Classic Theatre Festival

Classic Theatre Festival, Perth

    I do love me a two-lane highway. There’s the hypnotic rhythm of undulating ribbons of road, hugging outcroppings of granite, gentle curves opening to sudden expanses of crystalline water. Villages, hamlets, crossroads stacking one upon the other as … Continue reading →


Westben Arts Festival Theatre, Campbellford

We are on the prowl for a giant toonie. Arriving in Campbellford on the west side of the canal, my Designated Travel Companion (DTC) and I search for the landmark, a nod to local wildlife artist Brent Townsend who designed … Continue reading →

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Drayton Entertainment, Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

My day starts early, waking up in the middle of an impossibly delicious king-sized bed, sun just peeking around the edges of the window blinds, plaintive song of a mourning dove nudging me back under the covers. Tough gig. I … Continue reading →