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Karan Smith

Karan Smith Writer

Karan Smith is a travel writer based in Ottawa. She’s boated past silent icebergs in Greenland, bumped along in jeeps on South African lion safaris and cycled past vineyards in France. But she also finds plenty of adventure in her backyard. Favourite pastimes in the capital? Delving into the past and future at the city’s museums, biking along the Ottawa River trails and sinking into the present moment in the Nordik Spa's outdoor pools.

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Inspirational Travel Books to Help You Dream Far

Explore life in far off destinations with these evocative reads

Woman enjoys herself at the Museum of Illusions in a photo where she appears to be standing on the ceiling with a table and chair on the ground

Visit These Unique Attractions and Experience Toronto in a New Light

Must-see hot spots for foodies, art aficionados and selfie lovers

A crowd, many wearing Canadian flags or red shirts, gathers around a performer on stilts at an outdoor Canada Day celebration in Ottawa

10 Terrific Ways to Celebrate Canada in Ottawa

The capital is pulling out all the stops for the country’s big birthday bash and beyond

The skyline of Regina, Saskatchewan on a sunny summer day

How to Make Canada Day 2017 the Best Ever Across the Country

Pick your province or territory and mark the nation’s big birthday at one of these events from coast to coast to coast

Group of adults kayaking

5 Summer Camps for Adults

Who says your camp days are over? Zombies, dinosaurs and art: here’s a look at options for the child in all of us.