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Canada: My own footstep on the moon

By Paul Knowles (first published in The New Hamburg Independent)

(Photo:  “Your Way Begins on the Other Side”, by Aisha Kalid; Photo by Paul Knowles)

On July 20, 1969, a man named Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.
On March 9, 2019, a man named Paul Knowles set foot on the moon. Well, let’s be honest, here – I actually stood on a Plexiglas circle set into the floor, in the centre of which was a three-inch piece of moon rock.


Canada: Yes, in your back yard! (First published in The Mitchell Advocate)

By Paul Knowles

In the staycation era, there’s lots to do in Perth County, Ontario, Canada.

Canada: Low-cost flights to Ireland take off from Hamilton

By Paul Knowles (first published in

Norwegian takes off from Hamilton Airport, with one-way flights to Dublin starting at $209. (Photo: street musicians at Bunratty in Ireland)

Canada: Rural areas important in regional tourism promotion

By Paul Knowles (first published in The New Hamburg Independent and other Metroland community newspapers)

When the Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation invites visitors to “Explore Waterloo Region,” the invitation really means what it says – explore the whole region. Minto Schneider, who is CEO of the corporation, told the Independent that the townships are a key part of the tourism sell that her agency promotes.

(Photo: The John A. statue, part of the Prime Ministers Path at Castle Kilbride)

Canada: Stratford Festival announces casting for 2019 season

By news services

Tickets go on sale to Members beginning November 11; The box office opens to the public on January 4.

Canada: New Permanent Exhibition Elsie through the eyes of... Opens at Les Jardins de Métis

By news services

Grand-Métis -  Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens opened for the 2018 summer season on Saturday, June 2 with a special focus on the gardens’ creator, Elsie Reford. The new permanent exhibition Elsie through the eyes of… opens in the historic Estevan Lodge. The exhibition explores the fascinating story of Elsie Reford, a life that was rich and unusual. One of the leading women of her time, with grand ideas for society and many ambitious projects to her credit, the exhibition offers an opportunity to discover this and much more.

Canada: The full country experience at Windbreak Farm B&B

By Paul Knowles (first published in the Mitchell Advocate)

For Cathy Hutson, owning and operating a Bed & Breakfast was an ideal occupation. Her parents ran a hunting and fishing camp in northern Ontario, so “from a young age, I was used to the tourism industry.” She describes herself as an unusual combination – a homebody, and yet an entrepreneur – so a home-based business seemed the ideal answer.

Canada: Complexity in our nation’s capital

By Paul Knowles

The first question we had after a flying visit to our nation’s capital a few weeks ago was, why don’t we do this more often? Because Ottawa is a wonderful city with dozens of fascinating things to do. We had time for only two of them, but both of our chosen sites were nothing short of terrific.

Canada: New exhibits explore refugees' journey of hope

By Maureen Fitzhenry

A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) explores the global refugee crisis through the eyes of two teenage boys - a 13-year-old Syrian who survived a perilous voyage across the Mediterranean and a 15-year-old boy in Spain who felt compelled to respond.

Canada: 100 years of Canadian passion

By Paul Knowles (first published in a shorter version in Forever Young)

As virtually every Canadian is well aware, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the most important institution in this country. No, not Parliament – the National Hockey League. As Canadian celebrates its 150th birthday, the NHL is marking its centennial. (Photo: The puck drop at the terrific 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles; many of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time were on hand to drop a multitude of pucks for the 2017 All-Stars; Paul Knowles photo).

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