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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year the television industry airs hundreds of original series. Networks spend top dollar for big talent and exotic locations in hopes of landing the next Game Of Thrones or The Walking Dead. Despite all of this, at least half of the shows airing this year will disappear by next year. So what’s really going on?
First off, networks are having a hard time competing with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. As well, with all of the great TV shows available people don’t have enough time to watch the endless amounts of programming. So, it really isn’t a matter of quality but quantity.
Has the ‘golden age’ of television come and gone? If so, we thought we would take a walk down memory lane and review the best TV shows canceled before their time was up. Here are some of the biggest television upsets of all time…
Firefly created by writer and directed Joss Whedon, is by far one of the biggest TV upsets of all time. The sci-fi series was set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in the newly discovered star system and follows the renegade troupe of the Serenity spacecraft. Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk were among the cast of the series that only lasted 14 episodes. Despite it’s short run, Firefly remains one of the most popular sci-fi television shows of all time.
Arrested Development is an American sitcom created by Michael Hurwitz and led by Jason Bateman. The first three seasons of this series aired on FOX. The comedy premiered in November of 2003 and was cancelled in February of 2006. In 2013, Netflix announced that it would be bringing Arrested Development back for a fourth season. More recently, there have been talks of Netflix bringing the critically acclaimed show back for a fifth and final season.
Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks helped launch the careers of some of the most well-known actors in comedy today. James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel all got their start on the show. The series was created by Paul Feig and Judd Apatow served as the executive producer. Freaks and Geeks ran from 1999-2000 and was cancelled after only twelve episodes had aired.
Pushing Daises was an American fantasy comedy-drama created by Bryan Fuller. The show ran from October 2007, to June 2009 on ABC. The series surrounded Ned, a pie-maker with the ability to being dead things back to life with his touch. The cast included Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride and Kristin Chenworth.
Finally, Veronica Mars followed the life of a teenage private detective of the same name. The American mystery-drama series was created by screenwriter Rob Thomas and starred Kristen Bell as the titled character. The series aired on UPN (now The CW) from September 2004 to May 2007, being cancelled after three seasons. Veronica Mars was critically acclaimed and fans were devastated when the show ended. In 2014, after running a successful Kickstarter campaign the cast returned for a movie picking up where the show left off.
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 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!
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 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!
With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start planning for some adventure! We’ve entered a new age of travel and you can plan an entire trip right from your phone. For the digital-savvy traveller there are thousands of apps to help with planning and execution. But choosing the right apps to help navigate your travels can be overwhelming. And so, we have compiled a list of the top five travel apps of 2017!
A great flight search app should be at the top of any travellers must-have travel apps. Airfarewatchdog (yes, it’s all one word) is a free flight search app for i0S. This app claims to be the only airfare listing and flight search app that lists fares on all airlines. Get alerts right to your phone on cheap flights to your favourite cities at the lowest prices. Airfarewatchdog will also send you alerts on the best fares from your home city to a wide variety of destinations, just in case you’re looking for a spontaneous trip.
Guides by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet guides are another must-have free app for travelling. To avoid using mounds of data, you can download these guides before hitting the street. Lonely Planet guides are well-known for their budget friendly travel recommendations and amazing sightseeing suggestions.
Often times, language barriers can cause a lot of stress when planning a trip to a foreign country. Duolingo is a free and incredibly designed language learning app. Using this app is a fun way to get the basics, or brush up on your grammar and vocabulary. Duolingo is the most user-friendly app in preparing your vocabulary for a trip abroad.
Using data during a trip abroad can be very expensive and finding wifi hotspots can be a pain. Café Wifi is an app that maps out local cafes and wifi hotspots for users.
Sidekix is a city exploration app that offers downloadable guides and recommends local hot spots. Think of this app as a cross between Google Maps and Yelp, it uses GPS-technology to help users navigate and recommends hot spots along the way. The only drawback is that this app operates off of data, which can be costly for travellers on a budget.
The biggest trend in design right now is smaller. Smaller and more compact homes are easier to maintain, cost less and can be moved to any location you would like. Buy a new property in Oregon and want a nice place to put on it? Container homes have been the answer for many! For that reason we would love to feature some of the coolest ones we have found.
This modern container house by JENDRETZKI LLC is located in Santa Monica. It appears the designers have used 2 large containers to create this oasis where the windows at the front open up to a beautiful view.
Inside they’ve kept it simple with a light palate and retro furnishings.
The Workshop 308’s container house has a more rustic outside, but a very functional interior. We love that they’ve kept the original look of the container while giving it some more additions like the wood feature wall and roof inside.
Do you want a customized cottage at a low cost that is built faster and more efficiently than a stick built home? Then, check into prefab homes. They’re pretty easy-all that you have to do is have the home transported to your property and then go from there. It might take a while and you might have to contact people for plumbing reasons, but it’s one of the easier methods, for sure. You want to make sure to find the best prefab cottage manufacturer.
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.
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.