By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Before our retirement we never travelled. I know my husband and I don’t like extreme travel activities but we certainly are fit enough to try something else. We also have a hard time narrowing down the countries. Could you hopefully share with us some activities that might be suitable. We don’t mind flying either and are prepared to see Europe too.

A: Soft adventure, spas and cultural travel are some of the popular themes attracting travellers who might not wish to tackle whitewater rafting, bungee jumping or any other extreme travel adventure. For these subjects, you’ll find there is a myriad of tour companies and specialists catering to each theme. In the last few years, cultural travel has really picked up speed.

In Ontario, Ontario Tourism has released a free brochure, “Ontario’s Distinctive Getaways” focusing on theatre, wine and culinary and heritage inns. Cooking classes, signature wines and posh historic inns are some of the neat finds here. For brochure orders call them at toll-free 1-800-ONTARIO (1-800-668-2746).

Over in Quebec, our neighbouring province is packed with cultural travel diversions. Spa getaways and culinary experiences are also plentiful. For the latest visit

Of course many of the biggest arts metropolises in the world can be found in the United States. Chicago, ( New York City ( and the place where celebrity seekers gravitate toward, Los Angeles ( are just a few. If you visit their tourism offices online, there will be a grab bag of interesting activities.

Seeing that you’re game to visit Europe, the summer is peak season and a wonderful time to explore it. In France, it’s the City of Light, Paris which is open for lovers of all types. Gastronomy, shopping, museum hopping and sightseeing through the historic capital will make you want to schedule a return visit. Visit the Paris Tourism Office online at for more details.

In Rome (, the Eternal City is rich in all things cultural and historic sites. For the latest on these destinations, it’s best to visit your nearest travel agent. They will be able to give you many take away pamphlets and the best prices on tour packages and airfare.


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