Bluenose II coming to Sarnia in 2019
The ship that has adorned the Canadian dime since 1939 will dock in Sarnia and Kingsville next August as part of the Tall Ships Challenge. The historic Bluenose II will lead a fleet of majestic tall ships as they make stops at a handful of ports.
The Sarnia tall ships celebration is slated for Aug. 9-11 and during that time the city’s waterfront will be transformed into a nautical wonderland with a fleet of tall ships positioned along St. Clair River in Centennial Park.
Private functions aboard the Bluenose 11 are scheduled for Aug. 9 followed by public tours Aug. 10-11.
The tall ships will be in Kingsville Aug. 16-18.
Snowbirds thinking about leaving their vehicle home this winter and buy or lease a vehicle at their winter vacation home should check out the information offered by Jill Wykes, editor at SnowbirdAdvisor. ca.
Jill, a long-time friend in the travel business, also points out that while the majority of Canadian snowbirds head south to the U.S., Mexico or Central America, some travel across the Atlantic to the warmer winter regions in southern Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, Italy, Malta and Cyprus.
Wykes tells me these destinations are especially popular for winterlong stays in February and March and since considered off-season in Europe and the Mediterranean until late April or May you will avoid the crowds and enjoy great prices.
In fact, some Canadian snowbirds even head to the cooler parts of Europe in winter simply to enjoy the lack of crowds in cities like Paris, London and Rome where you can rent apartments for less at that time of year.
The eighth annual veteran candlelight tribute is taking place Saturday at Br. 62 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Sarnia starting at 7 p.m. Candles can be sponsored for a minimum $5 donation in memory of a veteran.
The annual Walkerville Holiday Walk is slated for Nov. 16 and 17. Shop, Stroll, savour this great neighbourhood this month.
Are your loonies feeling the pinch? Let Scottsdale, Arizona show them a little love. The state has pulled together some great vacation packages exclusively for Canadian friends that include all the best Scottsdale has to offer including amazing resorts and spas, championship golf, awardwinning cuisine and great adventure and activities. So ditch the toque or at least trade it in for a sun hat.
Have you heard the news? The coolest brewery on the block in downtown Gravenhurst – Sawdust City Brewery – has been rewarded for their Funkfest efforts this past Canada Day long weekend. The day was filled with funky live music, cold brews and festivities. Funkfest was a huge success and the judges at the Ontario Culinary Tourism of Excellence were impressed.
The 2018 Funkfest was only the third annual for this event and already it has become a summer mainstay in Muskoka.
The 2019 Funkfest date is June 29.
There are three great self-guided historic walking tours in Lake of Bays, one being in the town of Baysville. Take the tour any day of the week and at your own pace but note that the private historic homes are not always open to the public. You can pick the walking tour brochures up at Muskoka Tourism or at the Lake of Bays township office.
The Caledonia Golf and Fish Club is giving away a golf vacation to two of Myrtle Beach’s premier courses – Caledonia Golf and Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club
The seventh annual Los Cabos International Film Festival is currently taking place in this fantastic Mexican vacation community on the west coast. It winds up Sunday. The festival aims to positively contribute to the global film culture and elevate the works of talented directors from Mexico, Canada and the U.S. This year 21 titles will be competing for various awards amounting to more than $400,000.
Disney on Ice is celebrating 100 years of magic and is gearing up for a colourful show Feb. 28 to March 3 at Budweiser Gardens in London. Tickets are now on sale. Celebrate the legacy of Disney in this ice skating spectacular as mous-ter of ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney princesses.
For additional information visit DisneyOnIce.com.
Cuba has launched a new site, CubaMaps – www.cubamaps.com – to share main tourist points of interest with its visitors. The extension of Wi-Fi coverage continues to be a priority across tourist facilities positioning Cuba as a smart destination.
A total of 11 new hotels will be open this winter in Cuba including two new properties in Santiago de Cuba by Cubanacan Hotels and the opening of the Melia International hotel in Varadero.
And Cuban Medical Services has developed the “For a happy age” program for groups of older adults ages 75 to 85 in stays of two to three months promoting healthy lifestyles.
The Capt. Garnet Brackin chapter IODE in Chatham is gearing up for its 14th annual Christmas Home Tour Nov. 17 and 18 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Tickets are $20 and can be obtained at a number of local locations including The Purple Pansy Flower Boutique and Laurie Clark Florals in Thamesville.
This year’s tour will feature rural Chatham area homes, a barn and church venue.
The public is invited to attend the Jack Miner Country Christmas Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the Miner home on the outskirts of Kingsville. Come and see the Miner home all decorated for the season. There will be special visits from Santa, music, cider and cookies and on Dec. 1 and 2 there will be children’s activities, house tours and a toonie raffle.
The 2018 Chatham Santa Claus Parade is slated for Nov. 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. This year’s bigger and better event is being hosted by the Historic Downtown Chatham Business Improvement Association. The parade not only delights the young and young at heart, it is also able to help the less fortunate.
Several groups will be along the parade route to collect canned goods and teddy bears.
The theme of this year’s parade is an Historic Christmas.
Applications to participate in the parade can be obtained by emailing the email@example.com.
The parade will start on Sandys Street, cross over the Lacroix Street Bridge and down King St. to the W.I.S.H Centre. Santa will greet kids at the centre at the end of the parade.
Other area Santa parades include London, Nov. 10; Kingsville, Nov. 17; Wallaceburg, Nov. 17; Tilbury, Nov. 30; Blenheim, Dec. 7; and Dresden, Dec. 8.
The huge Toronto Santa parade will take place Nov. 18 kicking off at 12:30 p.m. No matter where you stand along the route you’ll see the parade in all its glory.
Get in the spirit of Christmas at Canada’s original four-day Christkindl Market in Kitchener Dec. 6-9. Admission is free. This marks the 22nd year for the colourful event featuring hundreds of vendors.
Spend two days – Nov. 10 and 11 – experiencing the scandalous history of bootlegging in York Durham Headwaters in a tour billed as Temperance and Temptation.
But beware as around every corner lies temptation whether it be wily local spirits, craft brews, award-winning wines and tantalizing meals.
Tickets start at $399 and include lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations and breakfast next morning.
The Bootlegger Band will make appearances throughout the day.
Pickup times and locations on Nov. 10 include 9 a.m. at Scarborough Town Centre and 9:25 a.m. at York Mills Subway Station.
Readers are invited to submit their questions or suggestions on travel close to home or far away to travel writer Bob Boughner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluenose II is shown at berth in Lunenburg, N.S. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. The iconic vessel will be docking in Sarnia and Kingsville next August as part of the Tall Ships Challenge, it was announced this week.