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Canada’s Ocean Playground

It’s time to re-discover Canada in honour of our nations 150th birthday. If you’re looking for sun and sand there’s never been a better time to visit Canada’s Ocean Playground: Nova Scotia. Located in eastern Canada, the province of Nova Scotia is almost completely surrounded by sea. There is something for everyone in Nova Scotia, so while you’re daydreaming of the clean salty air and falling into rhythm with the sea – we’ve curated a list of some of the best attractions.

Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk – No trip to Halifax is complete without  a stroll down the Waterfront Boardwalk where you will find adorable little shops, plenty of seafood options and an incredible view!

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse – The Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is located in the small rural community of Peggy’s Cove located on the eastern shore of St. Margaret’s Bay. Enjoy great seafood, beautiful gifts and an incredible view of waves crashing at the foot of the lighthouse.

The Cabot Trail – Located on Cape Breton Island the Cabot Trail is considered one of the world’s most scenic destinations with stunning ocean vistas, old-growth forests, prehistoric rock scarred by glaciers, and the mysterious Cape Breton Highlands.

Town of Lunenburg – Old Town Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for it’s waterfront, colourful buildings and rum running past. Lunenburg is also home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II.

Halifax Public Gardens – Stop and smell the roses at Halifax Public Gardens, one of the finest surviving examples of Victorian gardening. These historic gardens were established in 1867, the year of the Canadian Confederation.

Citadel Hill – Located in Halifax, Citadel Hill is an important part of Nova Scotia’s history. On your visit you can explore the history of the fortress and the soldiers who were stationed there.

 

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Why Cruises are the Best Way to See the World

At one point in time, cruises were simply a means of island-hopping around the Caribbean. Today, cruises offer a multi-dimensional vacation for those looking to discover exotic destinations and adventure. In recent years, cruise lines have increased industry standards with extravagant new vacations. If your still not convinced, here are a few reasons why your next holiday should be a cruise!

One of the great things about cruises is that all costs are consolidated into one price. Typically, accommodations, transportation, meals – and sometimes even airfare are all bundled into one price. This helps diminish the stress of spending more on a vacation than originally planned. But, of course – there is always the option to upgrade throughout the course of your trip.

Another great thing about going on a cruise is that you only need to unpack once. Forget about lugging your luggage from airport to airport, train station to train station and unpacking at every new location. Once you’re aboard the cruise ship you can settle in and start vacationing right away.

One of the most taxing things about vacationing is the amount of travel time, especially when you have multiple destinations. Forget about travel time when cruising, you can unwind on the ship while you’re carried off to your next destination in style. Cruises take all of the stress out of traveling from place to place while on vacation, so you can see and do more!

If you are looking to explore some of the most exotic foreign destinations, then a cruise is for you! Cruises remove obstacles that can make international vacation planning complicated – without the worry of visas, customs, transportation, or language barriers. From water to land, you can follow English-speaking tour guides through some of the most exotic places. Although this may be less authentic then visiting these places on your own – it is the perfect option for someone with limited time or funds.

Finally, the greatest things about going on a cruise is the ability to see so much of the world in such a short period of time.

Should Foreigners Forego Traveling to the United States?

Donald Trump’s presidency has been very polarizing and one of the issues receiving the most coverage is the Muslim travel ban. At first, the administration tried to camouflage the true reasons behind this proposal, but the president later flat out admitted it. Was this was an accident? Another example of Trump throwing his associates under the bus? Trump’s indisputable status as a pathological liar? Who knows at this point?

What is very clear is that the travel ban is extremely prejudicial and will likely not be effective (it doesn’t even target countries where Trump has business ties – gee, imagine that?). It is currently held up in the U.S. courts and appears to be a non-starter. Regardless, the fact that this administration considers it to be both a sensible and desirable policy is appalling. If you cannot vote in the United States, what can you do?

Foreign travel represents a huge source of income for America. In 2014 alone, almost 75 million foreigners visited the country. That is a huge number of hotel rooms, car rentals, restaurant visits, souvenir purchases, and related activities. No, you cannot help to vote Trump and his band of bigots out of office, but you can still vote with your wallet.

Quite simply, take your holiday this year somewhere else. Have you always wanted to visit Europe, but never got around to it? Book a flight to Florence instead of Florida. Skip Texas and visit Tokyo. Pass on Michigan and go to Madrid. Encourage your friends and relatives to follow suit and make their reasons known.

If you do decide to visit America in the next four years, stick to progressive states that rejected Trump: New York, California, New Mexico, Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois…these are all wonderful places to visit. Don’t feel powerless in the face of Trump. Do your part to help make his presidency untenable.

Visit Chantry Island

Do you love traditional lighthouses? Lake Huron has a number of beautiful examples, but the most lovely one resides on Chantry Island, which is just off the coast of Southampton, Ontario.

The lighthouse was constructed in the mid-1800s to combat the number of ships that had run aground in the area. For almost 100 years, various lighthouse keepers and their families lived on the island and ran it manually. The size of the island varies from year to year, corresponding with the water levels.

After an automatic system was installed, fewer people visited and the keeper’s quarters fell into disrepair and collapsed. Fortunately, the building has been beautifully restored and also includes examples of traditional furniture, clothing, and bedding that the occupants would have used.

The Canadian Wildlife Service declared Chantry Island a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1957 in order to enhance the safety of the local bird population. This means that you cannot visit the island unless you are part of the official tour, which runs from the beginning of June through Labour Day each year.

For $30 per person, this boat tour of Chantry Island includes a trip up to the top of the lighthouse, a visit inside the restored keeper’s quarters, and an extensive history of the island. The volunteers running the tour are very friendly and knowledgeable, and happy to answer any questions. It is a popular attraction, so be sure to book your spot in advance.

Want to learn more? Visit the official website for more information about Chantry, its history, and how to book your spot(s) on the tour! You can also go here to get a video look at what the tour has to offer. Be sure to also allow time for a visit to Southampton, one of Northern Ontario’s loveliest towns.

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World’s Coolest Treehouse Hotels

Take your love for the great outdoors to new heights with these incredible treetop hotels. With contemporary amenities like hot tubs, fireplaces and treetop pools these modern tree houses are certain to astound. Around the world, you can sleep under the stars and feel like a kid again with these one-of-a-kind treehouse hotels.

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Treehotel, Sweden

Located in the small village of Harads, Sweden (population:600), the futuristic Treehotel is comprised of five unique treetop suites. During your stay, you can enjoy dog-sledding and snowshoeing in the winter, or go fishing and kayaking in the summer.

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Treehouse Point, United States  

Just thirty minutes outside of Seattle is TreeHouse Point, an adult-only resort with incredible treehouse cabins. This is the perfect re-treat for those looking to re-connect with nature.

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Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel, Brazil 

Located in Manaus, Brazil the Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel is one of the largest treehouse escapes in the world. Suites are equipped with private balconies overlooking the jungle and stunning views of the Negro River. There’s even a treetop swimming pool!

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Chateau dans les Arbres in the Dordogne, France  

One of the most lavish treehouse escapes is the Chateau dans les Arbres in the Dordogne located in No jals-et-Cloette. These elevated castle houses are model after traditional French chateaux’s. Each house includes a terraced hot tub and a ground-level infinity pool.

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Free Spirit Spheres, Canada  

Located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia the Free Spirit Spheres are not your traditional treetop escape. Find yourself suspended 10-15 ft. above the forest floor in one of these suspended spheres, as you’re gently rocked to sleep in a floating cedar/ spruce orb dangling in an old-growth forest.

Best Ontario Trails

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There are so many great parks, conservations and trails to discover throughout Ontario. This year we celebrate Ontario 150 and what better way to celebrate than exploring our beautiful province. Hiking is the perfect way to explore nature, get some exercise and breathe some fresh air. So, we’ve put together a list of the best hiking trails in Ontario.

1.       Killarney Park

Killarney Provincial Park is located in Central Ontario and offers four incre

dible trails: Granite Ridge Trail, Chikanishing Trail, Cranberry Bog Trail and La Cloche Silhouette Trail. Whichever you choose, you’ll not be disappointed with the incredible views.

2.       The Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is over 500 miles following the Niagara Escarpment to the Niagara Escarpment to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Along the way, you can admire incredible views from cliffs to shorelines.    

3.       Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park is located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Southern Ontario. The park is known for it’s camping, trails, wildlife and incredible views.

4.       1000 Islands Parkway Trail  

One of the most renowned hiking trails in Ontario, this picturesque paved stretch is the best way to explore the island. The 1000 Island Parkway runs between Gananoque and Brockville.

5.       Scarborough Bluffs Trail

A short distance from Toronto, the Scarborough Bluff’s Trail is 5km of steep hills and breathtaking views. You don’t want to forget to your camera while exploring the bluffs.

6.       Kayebun Trail

The Kayebun Trail is in the Sleeping Giant National Park located just east of Thunder Bay. If you’re not feeling up to a 40km hike, there are several other trails along the coast of Lake Superior to enjoy.

7.       Old Station Dundas Loop

The Old Station Dundas Loop is in Hamilton, ON a short drive from Toronto. Hike up a forest trail with some pretty spectacular lookouts and cool off at nearby Spencer Creek.

8.       Elora Gorge Trails

Hike among the scenic limestone cliffs of the Elora Gorge. Follow the cedar lined trail as you make your way to the real showstopper… A 20-foot waterfall! This park is only open April through October.

 

Top Five Attractions In Canada

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This year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than by planning a family trip to one of many incredible destinations within the country. From coast to coast, Canada is filled with incredible wonders to discover or re-discover! Whether it’s travelling up mountains on the west coast, a summer on the great lakes or visiting historic cities, there is always something to do – no matter the season!

Algonquin Provincial Park 

Algonquin Provincial Park is one of Canada’s most popular tourist attractions because of it’s proximity to Toronto and Ottawa. One of the most beautiful parks in Canada, Algonquin has a vast interior or maple hills, rocky ridges and thousands of lakes. You can enjoy camping throughout one of their eight campgrounds, hiking one of 14 trails, participating in their Natural Heritage Education programs, or visiting their fascinating Visitor Centre.

Niagara Falls  

Niagara Falls is a Canadian city at the famous waterfalls of the same name, linked to the Unites States by the Rainbow Bridge. There is something for everyone in Niagara Falls, it offers a great variety of attractions. Most visit Niagara Falls to witness the mighty Falls for themselves, but there are also a lot of great waterfall experiences. The most popular excursion is the Hornblower Niagara Cruise taking visitors to the base of the falls for an up-close wet and wild view. Other attractions include two casinos, Clifton Hill, Lundy’s Lane and much more!

CN Tower  

The CN Tower is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada’s largest city. This structure is an architectural and engineering wonder of the world. Visitors can rocket to the top of the CN Tower in a glass panel elevator overlooking the city. Once at the top, guests can overlook the incredible city of Toronto looking down through the glass floors or from the incredible SkyPod. Other attractions include the 360 restaurant and EdgeWalk, the world’s highest full-circle hands-free walk encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod.

Banff National Park  

Western Canada is well-known for it’s incredible natural wonders, including the Canadian Rockies. While touring the west coast one would be remiss to not visit Banff National Park. Banff National Park is the oldest in Canada, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park encompasses over 6,000 square kilometers of mountain wilderness. Guests can hike incredible trails, camp, ski or take a drive through the scenic park. From the Rocky Mountain scenery to the abundant wildlife, Banff National Park should be on every Canadian’s bucket list.

Old Quebec  

Old Quebec is located in the heart of Quebec City, comprising of Upper Town and Lower Town. Designated a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO, Old Quebec is the only walled city north of Mexico. Old Quebec is a living history lesson with a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art and culture. There is no shortage of dining or shopping in Old Quebec and it’s the perfect getaway for history lovers!

3d Milling Machine – Profiled

Regardless if your work is in an industrial environment, have a business on the basis of constructing of solid material elements or are a metal sculpture enthusiast, you must know a few words about the most useful tools that you need to ensure proper development in your tasks. However, if you’re only remotely interested in this area or are an absolute beginner in the realm of machines tools, a short tutorial of part of their characteristics might be a must.

However, the latest development in the area of full scale appliances is the machining center. This comprises elements and specifications of individual power tools into one singular machine. custom machining Kitchener Waterloo.

Never forget that there’s no ideal alternative and that in-depth documentation is mandatory before making a final decision regarding which machine tool to purchase.

Cnc Router Plans – Making A Choice

There are a number of important factors to be taken into account when you’re onto the market for a CNC router machine. There may be a wide range of concerns floating around in your mind when you know you’re about to spend a lot of money on a piece of machinery. You may have questions like ‘will it be paid off before I am going to need another one? ‘ Or ‘how will I have the machine parts repaired if they should break? ‘ For instance. But, by doing a little research and getting the information about routers can help you get the issues that you had answered and will enable you to buy a top notch machine. AVSmachineandtool.com machine tool projects.

While the overall plane of the router table will differ, you need to take advantage of the table at the beginning. You need to cut out the table legs according to the standard size and ensure square shaped cuts for each leg. One of the most important points to ensure is that the picture remains sturdy and is never wobbly. Make sure to sand all the various surfaces completely to ensure a smooth finish. You could employ the use of a belt sander or even a planer for ensuring smooth finish and surfaces.

Next in line comes building the side as well as back supports. Thereafter you need to work toward the table top. You could use either plywood or even hardwood for the table top. Then ensure this gets coated with a laminate. If you use plywood try and use a material which is of furniture grade. These will turn out to be more strong and heavy as in relation to the regular particleboard.

Simplifying Outdoor Refrigerator

An outdoor room may be anything from a patio, porch, decks or gazebos. The only condition is that you define the space typically involves the use of flooring and foliage. Outdoor rooms merge the pleasures of nature with the functional, family designed living areas and western red cedar remains a time tested and environmentally friendly top choice for builders. It is equally important that your design fits the location and utilization of the knowledge of natural elements like the leadership of sunlight and wind can affect your ideas of decorating that space. Some of the instruments that are utilized in designing the outdoor rooms are familiar to an interior decorator-color, texture, material and furnishings. Others are specific to the outdoor and include-retaining walls, water features, flower beds, and other plantings. It is really not difficult to adopt interior design principles to ideas for outdoor rooms and just requires a little bit of flexibility and an open mind. best gas grills under 500.

Traditionally outdoor cooking signified the use of charcoal into the kettle grill and then throwing some steaks on it. However, with the arrival of gas and propane grills, these traditional approaches have been replaced and changed completely. The outdoor cooking accessories that are available today are quite varied and complex in comparison to the traditional kitchen sets that were used for outdoor cooking. At a bare minimum the outdoor kitchen should provide a grill and counter space for food preparation. Moreover, if your budget allows, you can expand your electrical and plumbing outlet to the patio and build in a rinse sink and space for a refrigerator.

Taking a step back….

A deck or a patio is the ideal space in the garden that can be used for entertaining friends and family members. While creating an outdoor room for entertaining, it is important to consider a few basic requirements for the space. Apart from the basic furniture such as the table and the president, you also need to develop more seating around the patio edges with built-in and planter benches or probably a knee-height wall around the walls of the floor. Built in storage under the benches can provide a place to stow chair cushions, towers for the pools and outdoor accessories.

Lastly, think about the kind of person you wish to entertain, how many guests you wish to entertain at a time, the space needed to seat that many people and the space required to be converted into the storage area.

There are also day beds available for the outdoor space of your house. You can use decorative couch pillows to make them look more attractive. This can also serve its purpose of comfort and relaxation.

Large Home – Some Background

The world of large stuffed animals is a large one, filled with lions, tigers, bears, elephants, giraffes, pandas, to name just a few. And let us not forget the teddy bear – a true icon of large stuffed animal fame. http://www.royalhomes.com.

Large stuffed animals are by far, the perfect friend and comforter – just ask one or two and they’ll tell you it is the truth. They’re great listeners and wonderful snugglers. Not to mention, they’ll protect you in that next sword fight at the castle on parliament hill with your human best friend. That friend might even bring a portion of their own large stuffed animals along, just to be honest and, well, who can say anything the end result will be.

Keypads represent your principal access point to exploit, when attempting to arm an alarm disarm an arm, or identify gaps in your existing security. While most individuals invest in the chances of placing a key pad near a port of entry, it is also a good idea to make use of this resource in the master chamber. This is particularly relevant when you live in a big home or a two-story home. You can also take advantage of keypads through the best home security system, that attaches to your keys. This will aid obtain instant access to your home, when your hands are full or when you are seeking to activate your alarm as you depart.

Large stuffed animals can be found ‘hanging’ around toy shops, shops that have some toys in the them (as compared to those totally designated to toys), on the Internet, at garage sales, at the zoo, and at the local fair, should one happen to be in town. They can purchased, given away, given to you, or won. It does not really matter how you come by them, just so long as you take good care of them – that’s what counts most to them.

You may choose your large stuffed animals depending on their facial expressions (this is how most are chosen), but it may likewise be something about how soft its ‘fur’ is, how cuddly it is, or, just its overall pleasing appearance. No matter what criteria is used, those large stuffed animals will be some very lucky soft toys indeed. Just imagine: a forever home, no more being thrown around a toy store to look at how they ‘bounce,’ no more dirty hands all over their clean ‘fur’ to how they feel, and best of all, no more sitting around wondering and waiting for someone to come along and like them so much, they finally get chosen to go home with them.

What we ever did before the formation of soft toys, one can only imagine. Of course, the world around us always had plenty in it to keep us occupied; a wooden stick makes a great make-believe horse, sheets and blankets are terrific forts, and a field of tall grass is just about as good as gets to play hide-and seek in. But, let us face it, a stick isn’t the best at snuggling, sheets and blankets have to get used for their real purpose some time, and that there is only so much hide-and-seek one can play. Some might say an attitude like that is cynical and has no imagination – too wrapped up in ‘things, ” might be another means of putting it. But, it’s not simply that large stuffed animals are an adorable ‘thing ” that makes them so gosh darn fantastic; it’s what they they bring to our lives, our emotional well being, our imaginations! That is why large stuffed animals are so incredible.

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