A site of some of the earliest human civilization and a country that has only been independent for 71 years, Israel is our next destination with Universal Yums. Israel is not only an extremely old country, it is also one of the holiest places on Earth, specifically for Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Jerusalem, a tiny city 100 times smaller than Disney World, is the site of two of these important places, both the site in which Jesus Christ was crucified as well as his resting place, and is one of the most popular places in Israel for tourists as well as for religious pilgrimages. Since 1948, the Israeli citizens have been working hard to establish their country and to create their own unique traditions, pastimes, landmarks, and food, after having been ruled by multiple different empires throughout history. Lucky for us, we’ll be getting the chance to try some of their snack food inventions this month, including the popping chocolate bar which is one of the newest creations to halva and baklava, treats that have been around for ages.
Nestled in the Laurentian mountains and only an hour drive North of Montreal, lies Mont Tremblant. Tremblant is a much loved destination among tourists coming to Quebec and is a great place to visit for both skiers as well as nature lovers and hikers, with both the Mont Tremblant ski resort and the Mont Tremblant National Park, being in the top places to go when visiting the town. One of the most iconic things about Mont Tremblant though isn’t the great ski trails or the abundance of hiking trails, it’s the pedestrian village found at the base of the towering Tremblant mountain. This village, with it’s brightly colored rooftops that can be seen from miles away, is only accessible to pedestrians and though it was built around the ski resort, it is the perfect place to visit no matter the season. The pedestrian village is also the ideal place to stay for first time visitors to Mont Tremblant as the village has everything you may need from hotels and restaurants to adorable little shops and a plethora of activities to partake in. So for a weekend away in one of the cutest places in Quebec, here are some of the best things to do and place to see in Mont Tremblant.
I must confess, I’m not a huge fan of summer weather. It’s way too hot to go for hikes and don’t even think about going to spend the day walking around exploring a new town because you’ll be getting ‘chub rub’ in no time. When fall weather finally pokes its head out, I’m at my happiest. With the leaves changing into vibrant colors that paint the landscapes and with pumpkin everything all over the place, fall truly is a special time of year and Quebec is one of the best places to spend an autumn’s day at. There are an abundance of gorgeous places to visit in Quebec but here are the cutest villages that offer the best activities and views for a day of exploring and breathing in that crisp, fall air.
Often referred to as the ‘limestone city’ Kingston, Ontario is a historic town filled with ancient buildings and stunning landscapes of the surrounding 1000 Island region. The town is home to about 130,000 people and also a couple of ghosts. That’s right, Kingston is one of the most haunted cities in Canada and one of the creepiest places I’ve ever visited. Though it may look like a charming and inviting place, and don’t get me wrong it is all of those things, it also hides a much more sinister past. From abandoned insane asylums that saw some horrific experiments during it’s time to hotels with a few permanent ghostly guests, these are the best places to visit in Kingston to spot some ghosts this spooky season.
When work gets to be a bit too stressful and you feel like you haven’t been on a vacation in what seems like forever, getting away for a few days on the weekend or even during the week is the best thing you can do for yourself. To escape into the mountains and to be surrounded by the quietness of nature, Mont Tremblant is the place to go. Over the years, I’ve noticed that I’ve been falling more and more in love with my own province and surrounding areas and I’ve been wanting to explore more of Quebec so for my last week of vacation this year, we headed off to Mont Tremblant in the Laurentians. Mont Tremblant has literally everything you would ever need to have a relaxing and stress free outing, so to inspire you even further to give this cute village a chance, here are over twenty pictures to help you make the decision to visit.
The month of August was our lucky month this time around with Universal Yums as we had the chance to try some goodies from not one but four different countries. The United Kingdom is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland which are all separate countries who happen to be united under one common government. From pickled onion chips to butter toffee and melt in your mouth shortbread cookies, each country has their own distinct cuisine. The cuisine isn’t the only thing though that the United Kingdom is unique for, they have also invented and shown the world classic literature, iconic sports, and of course modern music with a surprising amount of our culture today being influenced by the English.
From a famous ice cream brand that is found in virtually every grocery store throughout the province of Quebec to being the home of North America’s longest suspended bridge, Coaticook is a unique and adventure filled destination for your next road trip. The town is home to about 10,000 inhabitants and is found in the stunning region of the Eastern Townships bordering the U.S state of Vermont. Coaticook is not only a beautiful town, it is also the perfect mix of city and country to appeal to everybody’s tastes, with stunning, rural landscapes as well as a thriving city center dotted with quaint, little shops and restaurants.
Keep on reading to discover the best things to do and see and of course the best places to grab lunch or a cup of coffee in order to spend the perfect day right here in Coaticook.
With a dromedary camel on one side of you and massive yaks strolling past you on the opposite side, this unique zoo is one of the only places in North America that will leave you feeling like you’re on your own African safari in the comfort of your own vehicle.
In this sort of series that I’ve been doing on my blog showcasing places to visit and explore around Quebec, the next place I’ll be showing you guys is the Parc Safari found in Hemmingford, Quebec, a small town found about an hour away from Montreal.
With a little over 1,000 inhabitants, the small village of Venise en Quebec boasts beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes and is only 45 minutes away from Montreal. This choice holiday destination is found on the banks of the Lake Champlain between the stunning region of the Eastern Townships and the state of Vermont. Here you will find visitors flocking to the village during the summer months for the endless beaches and campsites but Venise also gets a lot of love in the winter for the popular ice fishing spots found on the lake.
From city settings with skyscrapers reaching towards the sky and an abundance of cultures to smaller, quaint towns seemingly in the middle of nowhere but rich with history, Quebec truly has just about everything. June 24 is recognized as the national holiday of Quebec and is celebrated in a grand way throughout the province each year so in celebration of my hometown province, I’ve decided to put together a little list of some worthy places to visit in Quebec but instead of including the nicest towns to visit or something of the sorts, I’ve decided rather to show you some of the most unusual and unique places that can be visited in this beautiful province.