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Tips by Locals to Help You Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday

Edited by Evelyn Hannon

The nicest part about reading the tips on this page is that you'll know that not one of them is sponsored or paid to participate. That's what's 'cool' about Journeywoman. I ask members of the Journeywoman Network for their suggestions and I edit their responses. That's it. Not one penny is exchanged. That's what keeps the information you read here 'simply helpful ideas and exchanges from a woman's point of view.'

This year Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday. There are loads of wonderful parties and events planned. Americans especially will get great bang for their holiday buck. So, enjoy these tiny pieces of Canadian advice and if you know someone who will be visiting Canada, pass them along to them, too. The more the merrier!

orange tick DELIGHTFUL HOTEL IN ST JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND -- writes Joy in Regina, Canada - My tip is about the cozy, relaxed, 3-star Franklin Hotel in St John's Newfoundland. This establishment combines a small hotel with a tiny daytime restaurant filled with groups of women lunching and an bar (that opened in the evenings. The location is terrific - a block or so from the ocean, a few blocks from George St, and in an area with interesting shops (seal earrings anyone?). The hospitality is warm and wonderful, there is free WIFI and the staff will leap up the stairs with your two huge heavy bags while you tag along empty-handed. I believe that Newfoundland is an unsung treasure and the modest welcoming Franklin Hotel is a delight. Website: http://www.thefranklinhotel.net
orange tick AUTHENTIC BURMESE FOOD IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- writes Iwona in Ottawa, Canada -- You may not be able to travel to an exotic destination this year but if chilly Ottawa is on your itinerary this winter, you could at least taste something out of the ordinary. The Rangoon restaurant is an unassuming tiny spot tucked away in the city's downtown. One of only a handful of Burmese restaurants around the world, this homey place offers authentic cuisine, warm welcome and low prices. If you are like me, the flavours will wow you!
orange tick CHECK OUT THIS QUEBEC CITY RESTAURANT IN ANY SEASON -- writes Carole in Aylmer, Quebec. This is how their website describes the experience. 'Dining at the Lapin Sauté is akin to walking into a warm, quaint and cozy inns from the early 20th century. There is nothing better than sitting in the comfort of this small, friendly 32-seat restaurant where you're always welcomed with open arms. During the summer, the Lapin expands to 52 seats with its outdoor terrace and patrons flock here under the warm sun. In the winter, a fire warms your heart and soul as you discover local country products made and served like nowhere else. An example of their late afternoon menu: Roasted root vegetable salad, feta goat cheese, maple-candied nuts and for dessert Maple creème brûlée or Chocolat fondant with black beer caramel with a shooter of black Boréale beer.'
orange tick LOBSTER ROLLS IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- writes Nancy from Seoul, Korea - The Bluenose Restaurant located a few minutes walk from the Halifax waterfront. I often ate there when I lived in Halifax, and I ate there again last summer. My lobster roll was melt- in -your- mouth- delicious. The prices are reasonable, and the service is friendly. Check out their website for further details!
orange tick FABULOUS SALADS AND CHICKEN IN TORONTO, ONTARIO -- writes Evelyn in Toronto, Canada -- Flock is the perfect name for this restaurant that has created a menu of delicious salads (which can be ordered in small or large sizes) and succulent mains featuring mouth-watering rotisserie chicken. Pick anything on their list of offerings and it arrives filled with fresh, healthy ingredients. I especially enjoy the half portion of Power Salad - Romaine Hearts, Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Pickled Onions, Marinated Black Beans, Daikon Soy Beans, Cilantro, Goji Berries, Crispy Chick Peas, Sunflower Seeds with a Carrot/Ginger/SoyBean/White Miso Dressing. To it I added a side of juicy chicken for my extra protein fix and my full bill amounted to under $17. P.S. The sides and chicken sandwiches are all delicious, too. Check this website for their four locations in Toronto. This is the perfect place for a weary traveller to refuel after a full day of sightseeing. Dress: very informal. P.S. Tell them Evelyn of Journeywoman sent you:)
orange tick COFFEE HOUSE COMBINED WITH VEGGIE RESTAURANT IN REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN -- writes Pamela in Regina -- I recommend the 13th Avenue Coffeehouse situated in the heart of the Cathedral area at 3136 13th Ave. It caters to vegetarians, vegans and those just looking to eat on the healthy side of things. Everything on thier menu is prepared from scratch from their gluten free baking to their award winning veggie burgers and rice bowls. They are fully licensed and feature a lovely, sun soaked patio for our customers to enjoy during the warmer months and a warm, cozy dining room to catch up with a friend of curl up with a book on a chilly winter afternoon.
orange tick A GREAT LITTLE NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT IN MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- writes Claire in Montreal, Canada -- Orange is the place friends meet and families get together. Located in Montreal's NDG neighbourhood, at Decarie and Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Orange welcomes everyone with its warm ambiance, friendly service and, above all, comfort food -- and all at reasonable prices. Among my favourites are the breakfast club and the tuna salad sandwich on flaky croissant. Haven't seen someone for years? You're sure to see them when you next eat at Orange! The Sherbrooke Bus 124 will take you right there. Address: 4011 Decarie Blvd

Visit Winnipeg, Manitoba during Canada's 150th Birthday...

canada easel and flagWinnipeg, Manitoba is a female-friendly gem of a Canadian city. It isn't splashy, glitzy or an 'urban fashionista' and that is exactly why I loved the time I spent there during the summer. I saw few if any neon signs and didn't meet any slick touts trying to talk me out of my money. In terms of safety, I remained vigilant as always but I never felt threatened in any way, shape or form. Winnipeg is a laid back city with an easy going tempo. Its citizens are STARS - helpful, pleasant and very down to earth. Bring your camera, prepare to chat with folks and simply meander. This is definitely a welcoming three-day getaway. Here are my suggestions for fun from a female-point-of-view. Enjoy!
(Source: Evelyn Hannon, Editor, Journeywoman.com)

Visit website: www.tourismwinnipeg.com/

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