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  • Top 6 Scenic Hiking Trails in Ontario
    and earn your badge to mark your progress toward completing the trail End to End Or experience the trail with less structure and get on at any one of the hundreds of access points which can be identified on this downloadable map Niagara on the Lake Waterfront Trail This trail follows the 56 km stretch between Fort Erie and Port Colbourne It comprises a collection of paved paths neighbourhood streets and rural roads across 68 communities and 405 parks For hikers interested in stops like the Shaw festival shops and bistros as well as wineries and farmland this trail is a multi day adventure For a shorter trek the 16 km The Friendship Trail is a segment that follows an old rail bed running parallel to the shore of Lake Erie It s easily walkable and winds through farmlands wetlands and the quaint Village of Ridgeway Algonquin Park s Barron Canyon Trail The oldest provincial park in Canada is home to 20 interpretive trails for hiking day trips Each are designed to explore a different aspect of the park and has a designated trail guide booklet with information about the human and natural history The Barron Canyon Trail a 1 5 km loop running along the north rim of the Barron Canyon offers many opportunities for spectacular photos The 100m deep canyon is home to swallows and rare plants from glacial times For a day long hike Mizzy Lake covers 11 km of park ground including 9 ponds and many opportunities for wildlife encounters Casque Isles Section of the Voyageur Trail This well groomed 53 km section of Voyageur Trail between Sudbury and Thunder bay follows Lake Superior s shoreline Sights along the way include old gold mines trappers cabins and caves displaying ancient paintings by the area s Aboriginal peoples making it an active way to learn the rich history of Lake Superior For those who don t want to take on this entire Casque Isles trail over the course of so many days it is divided into 5 segments each with its own access point from Hwy 17 and level of difficulty and length Sandbanks Dunes Trail This 2 5 km trail in beautiful Prince Edward County loops through an unspoiled dune habitat Covering expanses of flat sandy beaches along Lake Ontario the trail is clearly marked and offers many observation platforms to take a break and photograph unusual flora of the area The Sandbanks Dune Trail can be made more challenging by connecting up with one of the cross country ski trails from which you can access the old Lakeshore Lodge which used to be one of Ontario s premier resorts in the late 1800 s Make a day of it and trek the other 2 hiking trails at Sandbanks As you prepare for your summer hike don t forget to tune up your car Getting to your destination safely is an important part of the journey Give your vehicle a thorough detailing to ensure it s

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  • What You Need to Know About Travelers Insurance
    Care coverage With this coverage you can be assured that in the event of a medical emergency your needs will be taken care of Know Your Health and Ask Questions When purchasing travel insurance you may be required to answer questions about your health Check with your physician about any health problems you should mention when purchasing insurance and ask your insurance provider so you can be clear Disclosing the details of your medical history will help you avoid having a claim denied Keep Your Contract Handy As You Travel Keep copies of your insurance policy on you and in your suitcase as you travel and make sure all your travel companions have the number of your insurance provider in the event of an emergency With your insurance plan handy doctors or nurses may be better equipped to advise you on your best options Don t Assume You re Already Covered While many credit cards and even some employee benefit plans include some out of province coverage many have limits or eligibility requirements Before you travel make sure you re aware of those limitations so you can take the measures to get fully covered with no gaps Frequent Traveller Consider An Annual Plan Frequent travellers should consider purchasing a multi trip annual plan which is often more cost effective and convenient than purchasing insurance for every trip Our annual package is a single policy that lasts all year offers a flexible choice of coverages and the best family premium on the market If you travel often why not eliminate the need to worry about insurance every time you leave A good insurance policy offers you the peace of mind to travel worry free at all times Take the first steps toward planning a safe trip and calculate your premium now

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  • 10 Fun Ways To Spend May Long Weekend As A Family
    and boulders left behind as the Falls eroded thousands of years ago Gear up for summer at Barrie s Bike Fest Is your bike ready for summer Head to Barrie s Bikefest this Saturday for a free bike inspection gear swap and bike maintenance clinic Afterwards take off and ride the trails at Hardwood Play in the garden at Ottawa s Tulip Festival Ottawa s Tulip festival pays homage to the symbolic tulip Ottawa s official flower Festival goers can take part in a bicycle tour through the tulip route enjoy some local music buskers and a fireworks display over Dow s Lake Camp out at Santa s Village Santa s Village is the family entertainment park and camp ground nestled within 60 acres of pine trees on the Muskoka River The spot where Santa summers has been voted Muskoka s best campground three years in a row Hop on the Midland Boat Cruise A sightseeing cruise aboard the 300 passenger Miss Midland is a stunning way to experience Muskoka Georgian Bay s 30 000 islands Miss Midland season kicks off this Saturday with its first cruise at 1 45 pm Don t forget your camera Have afternoon tea at the Hilton Markham What better way to celebrate the Queen s birthday than with afternoon tea The Essence of Unionville restaurant at the Hilton Markham hosts a buffet style tea time that brings local families together every weekend between 3 pm 5 pm Indulge in a leisurely afternoon of finger sandwiches and scones and clotted cream See spring babies at the High Park Zoo The High Park zoo is home to bison llamas peacocks reindeer chicks and more The zoo is open all year from 7 am dusk Don t miss the chance to walk around the park and see

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  • 7 Affordable Weekend Road Trips - DGI Direct
    A trip to Ottawa is an experience as educational as it is exciting Stop by the Parliament buildings at 10 AM to watch the changing of the guards then head to the Byward market for a tasting tour of Ottawa s biggest and oldest public market or explore over 30 exhibits at the Children s Museum Canada s capital isn t without some wilderness The National Capital Greenbelt in Ottawa has over 150 km of hiking trails that connect to the Trans Canada Trail Rideau Trail and Capital Pathway Network Tremblant Quebec The atmosphere on Mont Tremblant and the pedestrian village gains even more joie de vivre between March 15 April 6 when the city launches into spring skiing The drive from Toronto is well worth the trip for families who seek to make the most of the last of winter Known as an open air playground the city of Tremblant is home to the highest peak in the Laurentians which includes 654 acres of skiable ground and break taking views Downtown Toronto A trip to Toronto offers many options for family fun Set out on a cultural tour of the city by streetcar including an adventure through the Ripley s Aquarium a hike up the 1 815 4 ft CN tower and a journey through world cultures at the ROM Top off a high energy weekend with a screening at the TIFF Bell Light box or check out the interactive kid friendly installations at the TIFF kids digiPlaySpace The Greater Niagara Circle Winston Churchill once said the Niagara Parkway is one of the prettiest Sunday afternoon drives in the world but don t let that limit your experience to just the drive There s lots to do along the Greater Niagara Circle aside from gaze at the rolling farmlands

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  • Your Electric Car Buying Guide - DGI Direct
    anxiety described as a fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination is a common concern for electric vehicle owners and is considered to be one of the major barriers to large scale adoption Over time however automakers have improved the distance that EVs can go without being recharged and most new models have a range of about 100 miles or 160 kilometers For the average driver that s more than enough to get through a daily commute and then some But the range and charge time compared to a gasoline powered car could be a deterrent for buyers that envision long distance road trips as a regular occurrence What is the charge time The charge time for an electric vehicle will depend on a number of factors including its range current level of battery charge and the temperature Generally speaking however the charge time ranges between 6 10 hours with a charging dock installed in your garage It can also charge in a regular wall outlet 110 volts but take far longer to do so Charging your EV overnight is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly option for charging at home as you ll be using off peak electricity generated by cleaner energy sources like wind hydro and nuclear unlike during the day when natural gas may be required to meet peak demand In addition to charging at home EVs can be charged at publicly available charging stations Is an EV right for me Even though EVs have a high initial price tag a limited range and a long charge time compared to gasoline powered vehicles there are plenty of advantages to owning one The low maintenance reduced emissions reduced noise and of course never having to fill up on gas again can be very enticing

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  • Tips to Steer Clear of Winter Home Hazards - DGI Direct
    the only fire related hazards to watch out for when the mercury drops If you re making good use of your fireplace or wood stove this winter be sure to stay vigilant whenever the fire is crackling Keep an eye on any type of open flame use a mesh or metal screen when using the fireplace and never dispose of hot ashes without letting them cool for at least four days What s more be sure to get your chimney inspected and keep your fireplace properly maintained Fallen Branches Although the fluffy white snow might look lovely on evergreens and rooftops all that picturesque snowfall takes its toll on trees and their branches The weight of ice and snow on tree branches leaves your home vulnerable to those branches falling and damaging your property To reduce the risk of injury to yourself or loved ones or damage to your home or vehicle trim tree branches that hang perilously close to your home What s more consider having rotting trees removed completely to prevent them from causing serious damage to your property Slips and Falls on Ice This most common or wintertime woes is also one that could cause you serious injury if you re not careful when making the trek outdoors on a frigid winters day Ice on your driveway and sidewalk could lead to serious slips and falls and is especially dangerous to seniors Keep your family yourself and any passersby safe by clearing your driveway and your portion of the sidewalk of snow slush and ice Use salt sand or even cat litter to neutralize stubborn ice For extra protection on icy pathways wear non slip shoes or cleats for extra traction Preventing home hazards and knowing how to react properly if they do occur is the best

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  • Family Day Activities for Every Age Group - DGI Direct
    the Elementary Kiddies Make it Educational While there s nothing wrong with spending a lazy day at home Family Day doesn t have to turn into another brain drain holiday This Monday why not turn your children s time off into another opportunity for learning You can keep the lessons going past the classroom door why not visit a museum or science centre with your eager youngsters or a winter time nature walk If you d rather stay indoors enjoy a fun yet educational documentary with them instead or try your hand at some simple science experiments together There s no shortage of ways to keep it educational all while keeping it fun For the Teens Go Tech Less Teenagers might be extra fond of their favourite technology but sometimes even the most plugged in of teens could use some time to go tech less This Family Day holiday set aside some time for you and your technically inclined teenagers to go completely tech less As smartphones get smarter and we become more and more connected it s all the more important to make dedicated family time especially for teenagers This Monday make it a point to turn off the television put your own smartphone and laptop away and encourage your teen to do the same Why not take a trip down memory lane by looking through an old photo album or have an old fashioned family dinner completely smartphone free If there s a day to go totally tech free it s Family Day so go ahead put away the technology and encourage your teenager to do the same she will thank you down the road For Everyone Enjoy Family Day Events in Your Area One of the best things about this new holiday is that there are plenty

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  • Valentine’s Day on a Dime: 5 Budget-Friendly Date Ideas - DGI Direct
    to bundle up 2 Have a Candle Lit Dinner In Your Living Room If you d rather not brave the winter chill this Valentine s Day and would much rather spend a day cozying up indoors with your Valentine why not have a homemade dinner for two You don t need to splurge on a fancy restaurant reservation to enjoy a delicious romantic meal with your significant other this Valentine s Day by staying in and preparing your own dinner for two you ll not only spare your wallet you ll be making fond memories Why not try a new exciting recipe that you ve both been wanting to try at a fancy expensive restaurant There are plenty of romantic meal recipes to try out like this luscious linguini from Country Living or this easy shrimp scampi from Better Homes and Gardens 3 Take Advantage of Date Night Deals If you have your heart set on treating your special someone to a luxurious restaurant meal rest assured there are still plenty of ways to save money without sacrificing your fancy dinner experience Why not take advantage of the many coupons and special deals that abound around this special day Sites like Groupon and Living Social offer deals on expensive restaurant all year round What s more you can even use sites like RedFlagDeals com can help you find restaurant gift certificates so that you can treat your special someone without breaking the bank 4 Let Your Artistic Side Shine Another way to make your Valentine s Day more wallet friendly is by forgoing the traditional store bought cards and opting for a homemade version instead Valentine s Day cards or any kind of cards for that matter can be expensive Instead of dishing out five six dollars or more on a generic card let your artistic side shine by making your own Better yet why not make a sentimental scrapbook For the same amount of money spent on just a few cups of fancy coffee you can create a romantic thoughtful gift for your special someone Use photos of times spent together generic romantic images cut from magazines and even write romantic verses throughout the pages Don t be afraid to get creative your SO will appreciate the gift all the more for it 5 Just Pamper Them Despite the commercials we see on TV the ads we see on billboards and the myriad of chocolates flowers and teddy bears sold in its honour Valentine s Day is simply all about showing our love for our special someone and you don t need to spend a cent to do that This most budget friendly of Valentine s Day ideas may very well be the most thoughtful and romantic of them all This February 14 th why not forgo the traditional trappings of cupid s big holiday and just pamper your special someone Give your special someone a day to do whatever his or her heart desires whether this means taking

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