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FEATURES

MARCH 201 'I

7 Our Mosaic: Message From Zimbabwe

The ability to express different points of view is just one

of the things that makes Canada a great place to live.

8 Snap Happy Buyng a digital camera opened up a new

world of possibilities for amateur photographer Robert Vautour.

16 The Charm of St. Andrews By-the-Sea

Step back in time and enjoy the peace and serenity of this quaint Maritime village.

20 Harmony on the Farm

On this hobby faym, it's all for one and one for alll

22 Our Parks: Auyuittuq and Sirmilik, Nunavut

Discover northern Canada and the beauty of tundra and ice.

28 Garden of Weedin'Check out the season's flrst garden

feature in our newly renamed Green Thumb section.

38 Showcase: Bringing Life to Every Canvas

Artist Nicole Ruuska's inspired use of unusual canvases results in some truly beautiful and unique creations.

41 Tooth or Consequences when two friends cheer for

different hockey teams, things are bound to get sticky.

M Udder Nonsense Holycowt raking careof this

DEPARTMENTS

 

On the Web In Your Words

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Meeting PIace

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ln Our Words

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Bulletin Board

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Cause for Applause

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Canadians Abroad

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Out and About

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Coming to Canada

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Food for Thought

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Your Birthday

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Destinations

52 The Way lt Was

53 Then and Now

 

bovine was no easy task.

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Crafty Canadians

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All the Colours Under the Sun Add a

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My Hometown

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Wheels

 

splash of colour to your day with these stunning shots.

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Collectors

 

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Our Kids

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Gull lsland This island is for the birds-literallyl

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Spot the Loonie

 

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What ls lt?

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Wild Moment For one good Samaritan, rescuing

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Funny Stuff

a baby lynx was a bittersweet experience.

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Till Next Time

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St.Andrews By-the-Sea

Travel literature abounds with ideas on where to take children,

but what about places to take an elderly parent?

by Carolann Moisse, Toronto

aged to appeal to elderly tourists. I watch as senior citizens file out

of tour buses originating in Boston

and claim their rooms at the gra- cious Fairmont Algonquin Hotel. I

look past the goup and out over the

groomed lawns full of Adirondack

chairs. In my mind's eye, I can see

my mother, Mildred, in the mid-

1970s taking tea with her own

mother, Mable, who was near 80 at

the time. Mom didn't have a lot of

money then, but she splurged here.

It's the best gift she could have given

her aging parent: To spend time to-

gether in a place where time itself is

honoured, and afternoons slowly

melt away. I feel sad to have missed

the opportunity to treat my mother

to a weekend here.

In St. Andrews, there is a PalP- able sense of community. Emesto,

a young hospitality intern, praises the Algonquin for how it treats its

staff. He appreciates that, although

a grand hotel, it isn't so big that

management won't take the time

t's been 35 years since I last

visited St. Andrews By-the-

Sea, and I'm hard pressed to

observe any change in the

sleepy village. Snuggled

against the state of Maine, this antiquated summer re-

sort town overlooks Passama-

quoddy Bay in New Brunswick's

most visited tourist area.

Founded by toyalists, its first hun- dred years was marred by a history

of failure as a manufacturing centre and porl. St. Andrews experienced economic success, however, when it began developing as a resort tornm in the I880s. Beautiful, white clap-

board summer homes sprang up

along the hillside. Gentle folk could

sit on covered verandas enjoytng

the maritime view unspoiled by any

waterside industry.

It seems as if after the commu-

nity was bom, it skipped over adult- hood andparked itself in retirement. The town's timeless colonial charm is alive and well, and smartly pack-

to train its young workers.

My husband, Dan, and I arrive at

the Kingsbrae Garden, a Popular at-

traction located just down the street from the hotel. Opened in 1998, the

27-acre Kingsbrae Garden is de- signed for the seniors' market. Its

wide pathways are wheelchair and

walker-friend$ and there are raised beds with flowers and plants iden- tified in Braille. "Red Fridays" are

practiced at the garden, where vet-

erans and active serving military personnel receive free admission.

I , in front of its memorial to

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fallen men and women in

Afghanistan, the garden Plays host to a Remembrance ceremony. As Dan and I stroll around town,

I imagine myself living here. I win- dow-shop at the real estate office,

mentally trylng on the lifestyle. I've leamed overyears of travel to enjoy

doing this. Although I know St. An-

drews By-the-Sea won't fill the next

chapter of my life, imagine how

lovelv it would be if it did.

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