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Canada is an ideal destination for solo female travelers looking for natural beauty, cultural experiences and safety. From the rugged Rocky Mountains, to the breathtaking Niagara Falls, to the cosmopolitan cities like Toronto and Montreal, Canada offers a diverse array of experiences for the adventurous traveler.

Provinces Visited: Newfoundland & Labrador Nova Scotia New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Quebec Ontario Alberta British Columbia.

101 Things to Do in New Brunswick

Oh New Brunswick, with your pristine nature, your celebration of culture, and your love of seafood. Where you can walk on the ocean’s floor, swim in Canada’s warmest salt water, and scale heights at North America’s first UNESCO Global Geopark. Whether you like to explore small towns or dive into an urban core, relax and pamper yourself at a spa or push your limits outdoors, there’s something for you in New Brunswick.

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Snowmobiling in Newfoundland

My Newfoundland Winter Bucket List

It’s no secret that me and winter in Newfoundland don’t always get along. It can be wet, cold, sloppy, and grey. Days are short. Sidewalks disappear. But there are also a ton of awesome things to do in Newfoundland in winter. So in my effort to embrace more positivity in 2019 I’m putting together a winter bucket list of outdoor adventures which will hopefully shift my winter attitude from barely tolerable to downright enjoyable.

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101 Things to Do in Newfoundland

101 Things to Do in Newfoundland

How friggin’ cool is Newfoundland? So cool in fact, that narrowing down this list to just 101 things to do in Newfoundland was a tall order. For a somewhat isolated island hove off into the North Atlantic we have no shortage of things to keep you busy on your trip. These picks are my favourite things to do on the island.

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Snowstorm

Storm Chips: An East Coast Canadian Phenomenon

The snow is blowing sideways. Icy little pellets that would sting your face if you were to venture out into it. The roads are eerily quiet with only the odd foolhardy cab attempting to get around in the weather. My street hasn’t seen a plow yet and likely won’t for hours. I’m cozy in my house wearing fleecy pjs that make me feel like a giant teddy bear. I have a beer on the go that will help add to the warm feeling. But I’m missing one thing. Storm chips.

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Dulse

Hathos: the Joy and Agony of Dulse

I sat at the kitchen table, staring at a small paper bag, filled with dried purple seaweed. This time I would try it. The briny smell of the ocean floor wafted from the bag. You could smell it from six feet away, easy. But it was time. No more excuses. At the age of 39, it was high time that I tried dulse for the first time.

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Newfoundland Folk Festival Tips

How to Make the Most of the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival

Every summer the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival wraps up the craziest and busiest two weeks in St. John’s. The madness starts with the George Street Festival, which leads up to the Regatta, which gives way to the Buskers Festival and the Folk Festival. It’s the best time of year to be in the city and I have some tips to help you get the most out of your weekend.

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48 Hours in Montreal to See Armin Van Buuren

When the world’s top trance DJ plays a 3-hour set in a city that’s only a 90min flight from you, you go. And that’s what I did when I saw that Armin Van Buuren was going to be playing at New City Gas in Montreal over Christmas. I made the most of my short time there catching a jazz show at Upstairs, bagels from St-Viateur, smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz’s, I warmed up at the Biodome and discovered a Barbie expo off Sainte Catherine Street.

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Christmas in Newfoundland

Christmas is a wonderful time right across Canada, but Christmas in Newfoundland is something extra special. Here in Newfoundland and Labrador we’ve got a few things that make it a pretty unique celebration. Isolation often breeds a quirkiness you don’t see in connected communities, and let’s face it, for a long time Newfoundland was pretty isolated, from the mainland and even from each other. So please indulge our quirkiness.

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Newfoundland touton | SuitcaseandHeels.com

Foodie Friday: Toutons

I was in Central Newfoundland recently and decided to indulge in a weekend brunch at Noah’s on the Point in Glovertown. I was really happy to discover that their buffet included toutons. Mmm… if you think eggs bene is the epitome of brunch, you’ve never tried a touton. What is a touton? Toutons: Pronounced tout(rhymes with pout)-ens – are a traditional Newfoundland breakfast food made of bread dough pan fried in butter or, more rarely these days, pork fat. You might call it a Newfoundland pancake. I like mine best drizzled with fancy molasses but some people prefer maple syrup. When cooked up right they have a crispy outside with a chewy inside. More often than not they’re served as part of a full cooked breakfast which might also include fried eggs, baked beans, home fries, fried bologna, sausage, bacon or other breakfast meat. The history of the touton is…

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When a City Girl Goes Camping

Based on the name of this site, you’d assume that camping wasn’t my thing. And… well… you’re not entirely wrong. But I decided to put that to the test with a friend recently backcountry camping in Terra Nova National Park. What could possibly go wrong? We’d commune with nature, spend a night in the fresh air, and wake up to birds chirping next to a pond. What could go wrong?

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