Top 3 naked parties around the world

If you love being naked and you love partying, here are the best events for you. I’m crediting TripAdvisor.com with coming up with the list, but there are lots more nudist events than this all over the world.

1. World Naked Bike Ride – Worldwide, June and July

The World Naked Bike Ride in Toronto

The World Naked Bike Ride in Toronto

I caught a glimpse of the World Naked Bike Ride as it passed through downtown Toronto last year.starlagurl

2. Nude Beach Olympics – Maslin Beach, Australia, January

Cathyandjohn about to go out to the nude beach

John of cathyandjohn about to go out to Maslin Beach

3. Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada, August – September

Jose nearly naked at Burning Man

Jose nearly naked at Burning Man

A cross between a refugee camp with an outdoor art museum with engineering exhibits with a rave with an adult playground with summer camp with a commune with a hallowe’en party with a bunch of other things.Jose

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25 most popular Canadian attractions

If there’s anything more Canadian than a summer roadtrip, I don’t know what it is. Here’s the country’s top tourist destinations, based on the number of visitors to each place:

1. Niagara Falls, more than 12 million visitors

Andy, one half of Rahall, on a "Journey Behind the Falls"

Andy, one half of Rahall, on a "Journey Behind the Falls"

We walked up to the top of the falls and went on the Journey Behind the Falls, which gets you behind the falls in tunnels to see the falls from a different perspective….so loud…and wet. – Rahall

2. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 12 million

Kitkatgo spent Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto

Kitkatgo spent Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto

We finally made it to the harbor. We got our Canadian flags and pins and went on a hunt for food. The best we could do amongst the throng of people and booths were free samples of milk and Fibre1 bars. Groan. – Kitkatgo

3. Granville Island, Vancouver, 10.5 million

Kwrona biking to Granville Island

Kwrona biking to Granville Island

We biked to Granville Island which has a huge public market. It’s full of stalls with food, produce, jewelers etc. Not much else to report but Jon wants me to let you all know that he’s appalled by the ridiculous beer prices, and astonished that they have dollar coins. . . – Kwrona

4. Stanley Park, Vancouver, 8 million

Thebardens biking in Stanley Park

Thebardens biking in Stanley Park

We took a long bike ride around Stanley Park and the shoreline of the city. – Thebardens

5. Vieux Port (Old Port), Montreal, 6 million

Ashleekt got rained on in Old Montreal

Ashleekt got rained on in Old Montreal

So afterwards je continue to wander around vieux montreal. I learned that I should do two things while travelling and walking, a) check the forecast and b) carry my damned umbrella!! So it started a nice steady rain while I was still wandering, and it got a little chilly considering I was down at the port. – Ashleekt

6. Exhibition Place, Toronto, 5.2 million

Lightweight in Toronto at The Ex on his Canada tour

Lightweight in Toronto at The Ex on his Canada tour

The Ex was a bit of a let down as it comprised of a fun-fair, stage shows and an indoor market. The fun-fair had all the staple rides; dippers, spinners, loopy-looper’s, along with the test your skill games that are so rigged their difficult to look at without feeling robbed. Saying this the Tom Bishop Trick Riders were impressive if brief and Alexander the Great was entertaining with his puppet show. – Lightweight

7. The Forks, Winnipeg, 5 million

Mady142 spent Canada Day at The Forks in Winnipeg

Mady142 spent Canada Day at The Forks in Winnipeg

We walked around the zoo for the morning and took a train ride in the early afternoon. Cecile brought us back to her place where we did some of our laundry and just relaxed until it was time to go back to The Forks for fireworks. The sun doesn’t set very early in Winnipeg so the fireworks got underway around 10:45 until about 11:15. Very nice!! – Mady142

8. Banff National Park, Alberta, 3.3 million

2jgstl at Lake Louise in Banff National Park

2jgstl at Lake Louise in Banff National Park

By getting to the lake early morning, we beat the crowds. It was everything that it is cracked up to be – a beautiful green lake, perfectly reflecting the glacier on the mountain above. – 2jgstl

9. Canada’s Wonderland, Maple, Ontario, 3.35 million

Emmab's favourite ride at Wonderland was Top Gun

Emmab's favourite ride at Wonderland was Top Gun

There were 2 highlights of the trip though. The first was a ride called Top Gun – and it really was like what you’d imagine flying a fighter plane would be like! – Emmab

10. Mont Royal Park, Montreal, 3 million

Rhender and friends at the top of Mont Royal

Rhender and friends at the top of Mont Royal

We hike through a pretty darn nice mountain-shaped park in the middle of the city. It was remarkably big and clean and covered with trees and not full of homeless people and beer cans. Stupid Canadians- having nicer cities than us is not fair! – Rhender

11. Le Vieux Quebec (Old City), Quebec, 2.8 million

Kalsi_kaur in Old Quebec City

Kalsi_kaur in Old Quebec City

The highlight of our Quebec City trip, other than of course the picturesque cobbled streets, artists and many cafes was the bike ride from our camp site to the old town. – Kalsi_kaur

12. Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, more than 2 million

Thebardens in the mountains of Whistler-Blackcomb

Thebardens in the mountains of Whistler-Blackcomb

A great day, pretty drive up to Whistler. Took the Gondola to the top and hiked for a couple of hours then took the new peak to peak longest, highest,newest etc Gondola across to Blackcomb. – Thebardens

13. CN Tower, Toronto, 2 million

Goldenfrog88 and his new friends at the top of the CN Tower

Goldenfrog88 and his new friends at the top of the CN Tower

I went to the CN tower with my newfound friends Yana from Germany and Prue from down under. The sights were nice and in hindsight, $21 is too much to look at buildings from high up. – Goldenfrog88

14. Mont Tremblant, Quebec, 2 million

Mckelsos coming down the luge at Mont Tremblant

Mckelsos coming down the luge at Mont Tremblant

We decided to head out for the luge on the ski hill. The luge involves being brought to the top of a hill by ski loft and then riding down the hill on a weaving path on buggies. It was super fun! Dad and I went 4 times Heidi went 3 and Colette….went 0!!! She was too much of a wimp to go on the ski-lift…Heidi was making fun of her the whole way up haha. It was really cool and lots of fun. – Mckelsos

15. Jasper National Park, Alberta, 1.99 million

2jgstl on Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park

2jgstl on Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park

One of the must-dos is walking on Athabasca Glacier. You take a shuttle bus from the Icefield Centre to a transfer station close to the glacier, where you board the Ice Explorer. You immediately ride down a 32% grade, then up onto the glacier itself. At the turn around area, you get out and walk around for a little over 30 minutes. Then, it is back on the Ice Explorer and back up the 32% grade to the transfer station. – 2jgstl

16. La Ronde, Montreal, 1.3 million

Starlagurl (that's me!) at La Ronde in Montreal

Starlagurl (that's me!) at La Ronde in Montreal

When the gates opened, we headed straight to the Goliath coaster, which was awesome. Maybe the best one, there were lots of stomach gulping drops and heart pounding curves on that one, definitely a very unique yo-yo style rollercoaster, unlike anything I’ve ever been on before. And I’m quite the connoisseur. – Starlagurl

17. Centre Island and Centerville Amusement Park, Toronto, 1.2 million

Alicecrabtree's travel buddy on Centre Island

Alicecrabtree's travel buddy on Centre Island

One afternoon we took the ferry over to Centre Island, a residential island known for its old and eccentric houses and fantastic views of the city and Lake Ontario. The weather was unusually warm and very pleasant, but I still couldn’t see the appeal in the beaches. – Alicecrabtree

18. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, 1.3 million

Sanmutsch learning about the postal service at the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Sanmutsch learning about the postal service at the Canadian Museum of Civilization

We had been warned to plan an entire day for this museum – no kidding! It’s in Gatineau, QC, just across the river from Ottawa. We arrived shortly before lunch and were rushed to get through by 5:00 p.m. I’m sure we walked MILES – it was a massive museum, which contains over 4 million items (not all on diplay). – Sanmutsch

19. Toronto Zoo, Toronto, 1.3 million

Adawn loved the Toronto Zoo

Adawn loved the Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo was the stop for today and it was totally worth the train and bus ride. The zoo is huge, just walking all of the trails you would spend 4 hours there. They have the zoo set up like most in areas of habitat. I finally saw a Beaver, but they were hiding the their burrow and I only got crap photos of them. The Gorillas were pretty cool but the Polar bear was not too impressed with the weather. – Adawn

20. Ontario Place, Toronto, 1.2 million

James24 went to a wedding at Ontario Place

James24 went to a wedding at Ontario Place

We had a great day, both of them looking amazing, like straight out of the wedding catalogue. Brilliant! When I arrived at Ontario Place the venue of the wedding, I was greeted by the two of them, and WOW they both were fine! It couldn’t have been a better day, it went perfectly. – James24

21. Grouse Mountain Resort, B.C., 1.2 million

Laura-and-craig watched grizzly bears at Grouse Mountain

Laura-and-craig watched grizzly bears at Grouse Mountain

Then up to Grouse Mountain. No chance to join the Grouse Grinders (people that take the 1 hour hike up (1 km in height gained over 2.3 kms) as we took the cable car up. Checked out the grizzly bears up there, also saw a pretty cheesy lumberjack show, and then birds of prey show. – Laura-and-craig

22. Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, 1.2 million

Colin saw the tide go out at the "flower pot rocks"

Colin saw the tide go out at the "flower pot rocks"

The Bay of Fundy has the world’s largest tides, up to 16 metres (53 feet), depending on the phase of the moon and how close the moon is to the Earth, etc. They reckon 100 billion tonnes of water flow in and out of the bay during each cycle – more than all the world’s rivers. – Colin

23. Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec, 1.07 million

Fwice went kayaking among the fjord in Saguenay

Fwice went kayaking among the fjord in Saguenay

Gorgeous. – Fwice

24. Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, 990,000

Kitkatgo saw an indoor rainforest at the Ontario Science Centre

Kitkatgo saw an indoor rainforest at the Ontario Science Centre

We saw bugs, illusions, a rainforest, a make-your-own tornado, everything you wanted to know about the human body (and more), and how annoying some of Toronto’s day care kids can be. – Kitkatgo

25. Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, 928,000

Janmalc enjoyed the Vancouver Aquarium

Janmalc enjoyed the Vancouver Aquarium

The aquarium was stunning, and had great displays to interest all – once again, for some reason, an unseemly display of cock-roaches – even larger than those we saw at the Dinosaur Museum! Revolting!!! No sharks, but frogs, tropical fish, the whales, otters, dolphins (doing tricks too), seals, small aligators, butterflies, turtles, birds, small monkeys and a sloth were all on display. It was a great way to spend the day. – Janmalc

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8 More Quirky Museums Around the World

I enjoyed putting my previous list of wacky museums together so much, that I decided to create another one. Here are some more bizarre museums bloggers in the TravelPod forums, recommend.

1. Cumberland Pencil Museum, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Tomodea was fascinated by the pencil museum

Tomodea was fascinated by the pencil museum

Then on to Keswick to the Cumberland Pencil Museum which tells the story of the discovery of graphite and how pencils were developed. We saw the large range of products now produced – many more than we were aware of. We learned that during World War II there was a special section making pencils for British aircraft crews. These pencils also contained a compass and a map of the area the crews were flying over. They were a different colour than the other wartime pencils. – Tomodea

2. Teddy Bear Museum, Jeju Island, South Korea

Wjrohde and the political teddy bears in Jeju Island

Wjrohde and the political teddy bears in Jeju Island

Teddy bears were dressed up and displayed in all sorts of interesting, strange fashions. Some of my favorites were the renditions of Gandhi, the moon landing and Michael Jordan. – Wjrohde

3. Sex Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This lady frightened Amygz's friend at the Sex Musem in Amsterdam

This lady frightened Amygz's friend at the Sex Musem in Amsterdam

We stopped off at the Sex Museum which was … um … interesting but kinda gross! One place where i didnt take many photos! Just didnt seem right to take pics of photos of people having sex in so many different places and ways!! – Amygz

4. Devil Museum, Kaunas Lithuania

Pwong was disappointed in the Devil Museum

Pwong was disappointed in the Devil Museum

Part of coming to Kaunas was to see the Devil Museum – it sounded really interesting from the guidebook description but it turned out to be rather disappointing. I expected the focus to be more on the myth and folklore, rather than just one man’s collection of assorted Devil paraphernalia. A little more creepiness would have also been nice. Every piece in this museum was owned by a Lithuanian artist, Antanas Zmuidzinavicius. He lived until the age of 90 and believed that his longevity stemmed from his obsession with the Devil. – Pwong

5. Musee Mecanique, San Francisco, California

Cklenotic had her fortune told by "Grandma"

Cklenotic had her fortune told by "Grandma"

Then I headed over to Musee Mecanique on pier 43, a free, time-warped arcade with mechanical fortune tellers circa Big, nickelodeons and quirky games like an arm-wrestling machine (I ran out of quarters before I could beat that machine’s ass). I had Grandma “tell me” my fortune (a card popped out), and apparently I’m a virtuous person, but I have some trouble with the devil…”The devil will get you if you don’t watch. out.” I also had my next career predicted, and I guess it’s in the stars for me to practice psychiatry. And, I learned what my friends call me behind my back: wild (huh? I don’t think ANYONE has ever described me that way). – Cklenotic

6. Devil’s Rope Museum, McLean, Texas

Funkinthetrunk acting tough at the Devil's Rope Museum

Funkinthetrunk acting tough at the Devil's Rope Museum

It was a museum all about barbed wire. Now if your thinking, “Barbed Wire? What could there be to see?”. A LOT! I’ve never seen so many examples of barbed wire. There must have been thousands of examples of different ways to form this stuff. Not to mention several different sculptures made from barbed wire as well as the different machinery used to make the fences. Overall it was one of the most unique museums I’ve ever been to. – Funkinthetrunk

7. Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph, Missouri

A "coffin cage" at the Glore Psychiatric Museum

A "coffin cage" at the Glore Psychiatric Museum

We toured the Glore Psychiatric Museum. They attempted to keep me, but I escaped. The Museum showed how the mentally ill were treated before modern medicine. They were caged in coffin like devices and made to run on enclosed wheels. One woman swallowed about a thousand nails and screws. She died after surgery. – Leonardgrill

8. Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

Tanyabolt loved the Bata Shoe Museum

Tanyabolt loved the Bata Shoe Museum

I found my most favourite place in the world, The Bata Shoe Museum. With some 1200 shoes it was like a dream for me. Pitty you can’t buy any of them, but I found out that you can get married there. Always an option if I could ever find Mr Right. – Tanyabolt

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USA roadtrip meetup recap

I had an awesome time on my roadtrip across the USA. Me and my friends hopped in a car and visited the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and a hot spring in Denver. But the most memorable moments were meeting up with other bloggers.

Thank you to everyone who managed to make it out.

Planning a meetup in your town for TP bloggers is easy, I did it and I don’t even live in any of these places! I met some great people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and had some interesting travel talk with all of them. Contact me if you want to plan one of your own.

Here are some shots from our meetups:

Phoenix @ La Grande Orange

You can find these bloggers in the picture:

Judy (second from the right)
Tom (blue shirt way in the back)
Carrie and Thomas (pink shirt in the middle and white shirt seated)

Wichita @ River City Brewing Company

Heather

Des Moines @ Fong’s Pizza

Billie

Chicago @ Chief O’Neills

Suzanne (in front)
Carol and Bryan

Detroit @ Mexican Town

Irina and Arvid

Toronto @ Bier Markt

Ramon

John

Jack

Marian and Ray

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16 Most Livable Cities in the World… and more

Mercer releases its list of the most livable cities in the world every year. Here’s a list of the top selections, complete with thoughts from TravelPod bloggers who have been there. I went up to 16 because Ottawa is the city where I live!

You can click on the other cities and find more blogs about them on TravelPod.

1. Vienna, Austria

Llucas at Schonborn Castle

Llucas at Schonbrunn Palace

Today we visited Schonbrunn Palace, and tried to figure out just who was who. – Llucas

2. Zurich, Switzerland

Hardiek says "it's as cold as it looks"

Hardiek says "it's as cold as it looks"

The prices are stratospheric! That’s in the upper stratosphere, right at the stratopause, next to the mesosphere, where temperatures are supposedly about the same as on the ground here.Hardiek

3. Geneva, Switzerland

Megmary in Geneva

Megmary in Geneva

What I’m trying to say here is that Geneva is beautiful. And very clean. – Megmary

4. Vancouver, Canada

Beach near the city in Vancouver

Beach near the city in Vancouver

I checked out Stanley Park, it’s like a mini national park right next to the city. – Jess_stewart

5. Auckland, New Zealand

Jamesburford's friends at the docks in Auckland

Jamesburford's friends at the docks in Auckland

It has a similar feel to the Australian cities and is clean and modern but is just so much smaller. – Jamesburford

6. Düsseldorf, Germany

Jrutledge in the streets of Dusseldorf

Jrutledge in the streets of Dusseldorf

About 83 percent of Dusseldorf was destroyed in World War II. The parts they’ve rebuilt display beautiful modern architecture. – Jrutledge

7. Munich, Germany

Beer and pretzels with Sarahindenmark

Beer and pretzels with Sarahindenmark

All the sites in Munich are really really close together so it’s a great walking city. – Sarahindenmark

8. Frankfurt, Germany

Azcelt loves Frankfurt

Azcelt loves Frankfurt

The city nicknamed Mainhattan or Bankfurt holds a special place in our hearts as we lived here for many years. – Azcelt

9. Bern, Switzerland

Travelingdiva was a little cold in Bern

Travelingdiva was a little cold in Bern

It’s easy to get around, well signed, and a lot of the sights are fairly close together. The only problem was that it was incredibly cold there and I could have used a few more layers. – Travelingdiva

10. Sydney, Australia

Codownsean bridge climbin' in Sydney

Codownsean bridge climbin' in Sydney

It is a pleasant place full of character in spite of the teaming tourists – though market day today ensures that its busier than normal. – Codownsean

11. Copenhagen, Denmark

The devil frightening tourists in Copenhagen

The devil frightening tourists in Copenhagen

We rested up from the long train ride and then we went to the National Musset. They had a really great exhibition on the pre-modern peoples up until the Vikings and also on the history of the Danish people. – Deacnightowl88

12. Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington from on high

Wellington from on high

The next afternoon we had to scrape ourselves out of bed because we wanted to go to the National Museum, Te Papa. We weren’t disappointed. – Alandrach

13. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ninabrosig walking around in Amsterdam

Ninabrosig walking around in Amsterdam

Also on Saturday it was very warm and in the evening we had a lot of fun visiting the red light district and sitting at a coffeeshop. – Ninabrosig

14. Brussels, Belgium

Brittany-randy in Brussels

Brittany-randy in Brussels

The train/tram system here is quite confusing, made worse by the fact that paper maps of the system are (seemingly) impossible to find. – Brittany-randy

15. Toronto, Canada

Danfa at the top of the CN Tower

Danfa at the top of the CN Tower

After visiting the tower we headed down to an ice rink we had seen from the tower. We hired some skates and got down to the frozen pond. Dan got around several times but I only made it around once but with only 1 spill!!! – Danfa

16. Ottawa, Canada

Szm52 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Szm52 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

I have walked along the ice canal and been Snow Shoeing (this is basically wearing tennis rackets on my feet), I tested out a night clubs (wherever you go the nightclubs are the same), I have also tried a local Canadian dish called Poutine (this is Chips. Cheese and Gravy) – Szm52

16. Berlin, Germany

18. Melbourne, Australia

19. Luxembourg, Luxembourg

20. Stockholm, Sweden

21. Perth, Australia

22. Montreal, Canada

23. Nuremberg, Germany

24. Oslo, Norway

25. Dublin, Ireland

26. Singapore, Singapore

26. Calgary, Canada

28. Hamburg, Germany

29. Honolulu, United States

29. San Francisco, United States

29. Helsinki, Finland

29. Adelaide, Australia

33. Paris, France

34. Brisbane, Australia

35. Boston, United States

35. Tokyo, Japan

37. Lyon, France

38. Yokohama, Japan

38. London, United Kingdom

40. Kobe, Japan

41. Milan, Italy

42. Portland, OR, United States

42. Barcelona, Spain

44. Washington, D.C., US

44. Osaka, Japan

44. Lisbon, Portugal

44. Chicago, United States

48. Madrid, Spain

49. New York, United States

50. Seattle, United States

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Billy Pittenger: Local Expert for New York state

Billy Pittenger is one of TravelPod’s newest Local Experts. He volunteered to help out in the New York forum, but his help on South America has also been priceless. Here’s what Billy has to say about New York:

Why did you become a Local Expert?
I saw that there were two experts for New York City, but they didn’t really talk about the rest of the state. All my knowledge of New York is about the rest of the state, not the city, so I figured I should share it.

What’s are the best and worst things about living in New York?

Best 2 things – New York has something for everyone, no matter what you want, you can find it somewhere in the state. And secondly, NYC is the best hub in the US for direct flights to pretty much every corner of the world.
Worst thing – Winters are horrible if you’re having to deal with it day in and day out, shoveling snow, going to work, etc.

What are the top five or 10 things for travelers to do in New York outside of NYC?

Wine tours of the finger lakes
Skiing in the Adirondacks
Horse-racing at Saratoga Raceway
Stay at the Sagamore in Lake George
Catch a race at Watkins Glen
Go bob-sledding at the Olympic Park in Lake Placid
Drive down a 2-lane road through the Adirondack Mountains in the fall as the leaves are changing

Billy "rockin' the Fiat in Brazil"

Billy "rockin' the Fiat in Brazil"

What are some of your best and worst travel experiences?

Best – Landing on an isolated lake in the outer reaches of Alaska in an amphibious plane, then rafting down a river for 6 days with no cell phones, email, or other daily distractions. Another would be trying to drive a souped-up V8 Pontiac Trans-Am down the highway during a blizzard in New York…and not dying.
Worst – (Knocks on wood) I haven’t had too many bad travel experiences. But getting a flat tire on the moving trailer during the drive from Alabama to New York sucked pretty hard.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Managing to graduate with an B.S. in Engineering from RIT while simultaneously holding down 5 part-time jobs.

That and completely surprising my wife when I proposed. I answered the door on one knee when she came back to her apartment (in Rochester, NY) from work…and she thought I was in Michigan on a co-op. I still smile when I think about the look of confusion on her face before she figured out what was going on.

Where are you planning on traveling in the future?

Currently in Brazil. But I’m trying to be able to join the Traveler’s Century Club before I’m 30 (less than 4 years to go). So lots of traveling in the future…
May 3 – traveling Sao Paulo to France, then England, back to home in New York
May 14 – road trip to Chicago, then Detroit and Toronto
May 20 – Alabama.
May 31 – 2-week trip to London, Cornwall, Guernsey, Jersey, Wales, Isle of Man, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland.
July – Then will see what deals we can find on Caribbean cruises.
Sept – Most likely to Russia for a job for a few weeks.
October – Back to Brazil, hopefully can take vacation before work this time.
2010 – Travel to every country in Europe

What do you do with most of your time?

Working a lot…and when not working, traveling or planning travel. Planning to get a motorcycle this summer to keep me occupied if there aren’t any new jobs to travel to.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Working days? Wake up early…~5-5:30am, work for 10 to 16 hours, dinner, watch a TV show, plan a little more of the next trip, then sleep.

Non-working days? There is no such thing as typical!!

What’s your favourite part of the TravelPod forum?

Being able to find insider info to pretty much any part of the world. It’s much better to hear about a place from those who have been there.

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10 best places in Ontario, Canada

Taken from a thread on TravelPod’s forums about the best things in your country or region. Here is the list of my favourite places to go in Ontario.

1. Niagara Falls (itself, not the city)

Foreman in Niagara Falls

Foreman in Niagara Falls

Nothing prepares you for the thunderous noise the water makes as it hurls itself over the cliff – enough water per minute, to fill one million bath tubs!Foreman

2. Toronto (the city, not the CN Tower)

Toronto's Union station with Mrsdp

Toronto's Union station with Mrsdp

We just thought it was a lovely quiet City! Mrsdp

3. Ottawa (the canal system, not Parliament)

Skating on the Rideau Canal with Danfa

Skating on the Rideau Canal with Danfa

Throughout Winterlude there is skating on the canal, ice and snow sculptures in the parks, music, shows and even giant slides carved out the ice. Danfa

4. Algonquin Park (amazing camping)

Algonquin park with Star-troupers

Algonquin park with Star-troupers

It was very peaceful and romantic doing a 5km walk at 8am with just each other and the wonderful backdrop nature provided. Star-troupers

5. Canada’s Wonderland

Jingles on a rollercoaster

Jingles on a rollercoaster

Oh Wonderland… more rollercoasters than I have ever seen in my entire life!Jingles

6. Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach with Adeline

Wasaga Beach with Adeline

After lunch we hire out a car and drive north towards Wasaga Beach afterwards theres a bit of a wild goose chase looking for Walters Falls – it turns out to be a town and not waterfalls as Ad previously thought! – Adeline

7. The Bruce Trail (along the Niagara Escarpment)

The Bruce Trail with Hsb

The Bruce Trail with Hsb

At this time of year, the maples are shedding their yellow and red leaves, while the cedars and pines are standing guard, keeping their green needle coats for the winter. – Hsb

8. Skating outside on the pond in the winter

Skating with Nadia0

Skating with Nadia0

I met so many nice people and it is so beautiful in winter.Nadia0

9. Any beach or watersports on the Great Lakes

Rickanddonna at Lake Superior

Rickanddonna at Lake Superior

The route along the shoreline is majestic, fabulous rock formations all along the road which pictures just did not do credit to.Rickanddonna

10. Any vineyards and microbreweries in southern Ontario

Laily Vineyards in Niagara Falls

Laily Vineyards in Niagara Falls

We tasted some delicious wine and were told what to smell and sense (I was quite proud of myself to find flavours on my own such as peat and walnut and oysters). Lolly

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Crazy insane U.S. roadtrip!

Will you be in the US mid-west in May? A few of us are hitting the road on America’s oldest highway, Route 66.

Come out and meet other travel bloggers like yourself on these dates:

  • Sat., May 9: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sun., May 10: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Mon., May 11: Amarillo, Texas
  • Tue., May 12: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Wed., May 13: Witchita, Kansas
  • Thu., May 14: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Fri., May 15: Chicago, Illinois
  • Sat., May 16: Detroit, Michigan
  • Sun., May 17: Toronto, Ontario

Get more details in the TravelPod travel forums

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Traveler IQ wins Canadian New Media Award

TravelPod was pleased to accept the award for Excellence in Social Media Applications at the Canadian New Media Awards in Toronto on Tuesday.

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This year was the first time an award was given out in this category. Its purpose is to reward a website that “demonstrates excellence is connecting a community of users through a variety of different tools and functions”.

Thanks to the hard working selection committee, the judges and everyone who participated in the event.

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What is authenticity?

When we talk about traveling, we often talk about the authenticity of a place. Pam of Nerd’s Eye View takes issue with the misuse of this word, and I do too. Just a little bit.

What does authenticity mean in today’s globalized, plastic world? Is it merely the absence of chain restaurants and shopping malls? For a short and simple answer, yes.

But there are subtleties surrounding this idea.

If you use this description of authenticity, you eliminate the entire continent of North America. What would New York City or Los Angeles be without chain restaurants and shopping malls? There wouldn’t be a whole lot left.

Pam makes a good point when she says that the only place that can’t be authentic are actual facsimiles of specific places, like The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Not Venice

I think she’s got the right idea, but I don’t think we need a new word for the feeling of inauthenticity.

The casual usage of authentic is just fine. It’s more of a feeling than an actual description. If I was visiting Tokyo, (probably the most “inauthentic” place on the planet) I think I would feel like I was in the “real Tokyo”, no matter how many chain stores and shopping malls were around.

On the other hand, if I found myself in suburban Toronto, with big-box stores and freeways all around, I would feel like I was not in the “real Toronto”. I think it’s a matter of familiarization. I’ve been to Toronto more than enough times to know what the city “should” feel like. North York does not “feel” like Toronto.

When I was in Paris, and staying in a suburban hotel, I still felt like I was in Paris, just because it was so foreign to me. There were chain stores and fast food all around. But I’m sure a local Parisian would’ve felt just as disenchanted as I feel in North York.

And that’s my word on the subject of authenticity. What’s yours?

Let it rip in the TravelPod travel forums,

Louise Brown

TravelPod Community Manager

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