Montreal is an island metropolis on the St. Lawrence River that does have it all. This French city boasts the largest display of historic buildings in North America. Home of the Cirque du Soleil School, street performers, musicians and magicians are part of the flare. Terrace seating at sidewalk cafes with fine cuisine is the way to watch the artists. On Wednesdays The International Fireworks competition over the St. Lawrence River draws thousands in awe. Set sail for a gourmet dinner any day aboard the AML Cruise. Dancing follows under the stars, passing large ships and city lights. Postcard views are all over the city. The Intercontinental Montreal is an ideal boutique hotel and Club de Golf de l’Île de Montréal is 20 minutes away, a fantastic public facility designed by Irish architect Pat Ruddy. www.tourisme-montreal.org
An hour-and-a-half north of Montreal, ascend to new heights of service, fun and golf at The Fairmont Tremblant. Your room view is an active slope where bungee jumping and ski lifts run year round with summer go carts sledding down the mountain above the alpine village of shops and restaurants. Two Tremblant courses await play. Le Geant is a rugged, rigorous and really fun run with breathtaking elevated views. Le Diable has vast bunkers that might seem like purgatory but the vistas are , marked by deep blue skies and tall pines. Nestled in the woods on the Tremblant Mountain along the Diable River, you can find yourself or lose yourself, your choice. The Scandinave Spa is the most natural setting imaginable. Creative hot and cold-water features and rest stations are tucked into the forest.
Quebec City is on our wish list for exploration having flown into it to drive to Charlevoix. The scenic route along the St. Lawrence River displays ancient architecture, wooded mountains and grand waterfalls. While driving in Canada pay attention to speed in kilometers and watch out for the moose. Passing through the French provinces, give them a little Bonjour, Sil vous plait and Merci, oui, oui?
At the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Hotel friendly people serve up the finest cuisine and more great views inside three restaurants and out on tiered terraces.
The fantastic golf course has a water view from every one of the 27 holes. If you are more drawn to gaming tables, the Casino de Charlevoix, next door, delivers slots, poker, blackjack and more.
PEI – Prince Edward Island is the number one golf destination in Canada. 30 fabulous courses between farmlands and beaches are within half an hour of one another. We love the laidback island lifestyle that combines with exquisite surf and turf cuisine epitomized by Sim’s Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. The Anne of Green Gables Musical or bands on the street beside cafes are the evening entertainment. Historical tours or The Lobster Tour, oyster farm, fish, golf or cruise. You choose the diversion. www.Golfpei.ca
Nova Scotia is a ferry ride from PEI or a flight into Halifax. Or soar into Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa on your personal plane. Signs warn golfers to watch for landing aircraft. From there, past a lavender farm, and beach cottages, the causeway bridges to Cape Breton Island (CBI). The Cabot Trail winds to the rugged high country with a panoramic puzzle of mountain plateaus, river canyons and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Highlands Links Golf Course in Ingonish is one of the first built by Stanley Thompson. Its unfettered charm has stood the test of time. Cape Breton Island is now famous for offering a sort of asylum if Trump becomes president. The Donald’s son offered a free flight. Although woodpiles throughout Nova Scotia are higher than some homes, the prime minister says Cape Breton is lovely year round.
Summer time is surely sweet for all parties and all are welcome, especially at Cabot Lodge in Inverness. Cabot Cliffs, designed by Coore & Crenshaw debuted in 2015. Think Bandon and Royal Isabela merged with ocean views from all 18. The Panorama restaurant overlooks the 1st and last fairways of the Cabot Links in the same fashion as the Russacks House in St. Andrews over the Old Course. The Glenora distillery wraps up “New Scotland” with a Scotch tour and tasting swig with and without a “tipple of water.” www.novascotia.com
Niagara Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world that should be experienced at least once. The magnificent falls are best viewed from the Canadian side, perhaps aboard the Maid of the Mist cruising up to the powerful cascades. Toronto just north is the premier sports capital of Canada with NHL’s Maple Leafs, MLB’s Blue Jays, and NBA’s Raptors. Although ice hockey is king in Canada, golf is the summer pastime. The province of Ontario is home to over 800 courses including the gorgeous Cobble Beach on Georgian Bay, Angus Glen – host of Canadian Opens and Pan Am games, and Lora Bay, host of web.com. See www.golfinontario.ca
While eastern treks are closer, the Canadian Rockies are wondrously beckoning.
A bear in a river is the welcome photo on www.hellobc.com. What follows is an array of stunning views and nature activities. On our exploration wish list is Vancouver, Whistler and Kelowna in the British Columbia, Calgary in the next province, Alberta and dining at the Vintage Chop House owned by Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Stephen Ames. Oh, Canada!WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?