Christopher Heard

The NASCAR experience

When you hear the term NASCAR, and you are not familiar with that sport slash culture, a few solid stereotypes will immediately spring to mind, and generally speaking those stereotypes have solid foundations (the roots of this sport can be traced to bootleggers in North Carolina, like Junior Johnson, who became the first NASCAR superstar, but who began his career as a moonshine runner who modified his car to outrun the law–Jeff Bridges immortalized Johnson on film in the movie The Last American Hero). But going to a NASCAR race is an experience that goes way above and beyond the mere notion of attending a “race” or a “sporting event”. Having just come back from my second such experience at the gargantuan Michigan International Speedway, I can say without a shred of exaggeration that attending a NASCAR event is one of the most enjoyable and interesting travel experiences I have ever had.

Drake hotel lures staycationers with new summer menu and art installation

Toronto’s Drake Hotel is popular with out of town visitors and renowned as an arts and entertainment destination, and this summer they’re trying to build on this by luring Toronto residents to escape in the city instead of heading to cottage country. The highlights at the Drake this summer are a menu featuring virgin cocktails, a lobster fest, as well as an art installation by Ron English.

Media Box Podcast: Episode 4

In the fourth episode of Media Box podcast: we’re talking about travel, including a look at surprising Sandusky, Ohio; glamping at Long Point Eco-Adventures; and France in the summer, including Carcassone and Bordeaux. There’s also an interview with Canadian actress Erica Durance talking about the second season of CTV’s Saving Hope; reviews of White House Down, which just opened in theatres, plus Upside Down and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which both came out on Blu-ray this week.

St. Jacobs Market

Solitary adventures in Ontario

One of the greatest experiences is going to new places with no one but yourself for company. Being alone in a foreign city is the best way to become completely entrenched with the local culture. Every city in Canada has something truly unique to offer the experimental traveler, so here are a few ideas of places to go by yourself!

Shangri-La Suite - Moongate

Luxury and serenity at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

A new hotel opened a few months ago in the middle of the increasingly competitive hotel landscape of Toronto, and given the fact that there is such competition now each new property, if they are to flourish, must offer guests an experience that is unique both in substance and in atmosphere. The new Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is the new jewel in Toronto’s hotel crown, and when it comes to substance and atmosphere you will be hard pressed to find either in greater evidence anywhere else in town.