Design on the Edge: John Koletic

[This article was originally printed in West of the City, November/December 2014] John Koletic of Koletic Designs in Campbellville doesn’t necessarily live on the edge, but his furniture is all about it. Koletic specializes in ‘Live Edge’ furniture, notably dining room tables, coffee tables, desks and cabinets. This edge, though no longer living, is the unfinished strip of bark…

Pittsburgh: From Steel Town to Science City

Pittsburgh, PA, the city of reinvention, torn down its unused steel mills (except for one being turned into a museum), recreated its waterfront as a walking, running and cycling trail, and poured not-for-profit Foundation money into arts, culture and museums. The latter is thanks primarily to steel tycoon Andrew Carnegies’ legacy: he developed a public library…

Wake up the Wild at African Lion Safari

We aren’t supposed to pet the giraffe because they don’t like it, but it’s hard to remember that when the five-month-old Safari reaches its curious head into the open-air truck looking for the carrots and lettuce we’ve been given to feed them. The older giraffes, like Calgary, are more reluctant to approach and only one…

San Antonio – More than the Alamo…

With a SeaWorld, Six Flags, wax museum and waterpark called Schlitterbahn, within the boundaries of San Antonio, Texas, the city is a draw for families in the state looking for a variety of summer activities. But travelers from Canada can find all these things closer to home, so it’s the sights and festivals unique to…

OBX Bliss … And Wild Horse Crazy

The Outer Banks (OBX), North Carolina is the beach resort region for families who can’t always afford beach resorts. This unique geographic area – 320 km of barrier islands linked by Highway 12 – is an outdoor lovers destination, whether you are looking for touristy activities such as beach fun, mini-golf and family-friendly restaurants found…

European Romance: Amsterdam, Holland

February might not be everyone’s favourite travel month (although almost everything is cheaper everywhere), but it’s the time think about it especially ‘just-for-two’ getaways sometimes necessary for maintaining harmonious family life. While many dream of Paris in the spring as the ultimate romantic excursion, others thinking outside the cliché might thoroughly love Amsterdam, land of…