Friday, September 24, 2010

Fabulous Fall Excursions in Ontario

Ontario is wonderful in the fall. For me, going out on an autumn day is like biting into a crisp apple.

Yesterday was the first day of fall. I was driving from Sudbury to Toronto when I noticed way ahead of me, what looked like a huge black dog coming out of the woods. Despite being far away, I slowed down only to realize that it was a huge moose. By the way he sauntered across the highway and entered the woods, I could tell that he was also enjoying the autumn day.

The leaves are just starting to change but in a few weeks they will be absolutely glorious. Now is the perfect time to plan a day or two to enjoy this spectacular show of nature.

The first place to look is Ontario Parks, Fall Colour Report. Another great site it the Ontario Fall Colours Progression Report.
Here are some of my favourite ways to take in the colours:
1. Go for a walk or take a hike
I always enjoy walking around Belfountain and the Forks of the Credit.
2. Driving
Check out the Tips for Road Trips this Fall in Ontario.
3. Take the train
The Dream Catcher Express offers a fall colour train excursion between North Bay and Temagami on September 24,25,26 and October 1,2, and 3.
4. Biking
Take a tour, or bike on your own. Tie it in with checking out a few wineries on the Niagara Escarpment, now that’s an enjoyable combination.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Terracotta Army Invades the ROM

Recently I visited The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army exhibit at Toronto, Ontario’s Royal Ontario Museum. I was not disappointed. This is the largest collection of artefacts relating to the Warrior Emperor ever displayed in North America. Included are ten life sized terracotta figures.

Discovered in 1974, the tomb of Warrior Emperor Ying Zheng is the largest tomb complex in China. Eight thousand full sized terracotta warriors and horses were buried with the first emperor over 2,200 years ago. Each figure is different.

The exhibit is well presented and includes film battle scene re-enactments and explanations by a filmed character of the time. Lighting of the actual terracotta figures adds a feeling of mystery and timelessness to the exhibit.

Check out the ROM’s Warrior Emperor exhibit which runs until January 2, 2011