Ontario Waterfront Trail gets huge addition ... Ritz-Carlton expansion ... Deal of day:
A guy can live three decades in Ontario and not know nearly enough about this great province of ours.
For example, I just got a note this week telling me about an upcoming 620 kilometre expansion of Ontario's Waterfront Trail. It will be announced officially on Aug. 12, but the website says the expansion, coordinated by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, will provide a trail along the north shore of Lake Erie, "adding a second Great Lake and 27 new waterfront communities along a signed, mostly on-road route."
The trail, of which I'm only vaguely aware to be perfectly honest, already stretches 780 km from the Quebec border to Niagara-on-the-Lake. And how impressive is that?
To celebrate the expansion along Lake Erie, the WRT is hosting the annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, a seven-day, fully supported cycling holiday of the Waterfront Trail. This year the trip focusses on Lake Erie. I checked and it's already sold out, which tells you a lot about the popularity of cycling in Ontario.
Still, the trail is there and folks can cycle or hike or even skip rope all the way from Windsor to Quebec, which is awesome.
RITZ-CARLTON ON THE MOVE WITH NEW HOTELS
I didn't know there's no Ritz-Carlton in Israel. But that's about to change. The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya is scheduled to open Oct. 10 in an exclusive part of Tel Aviv with the country's largest marina.
All the rooms will have water views, I'm told, and there will be a fabulous looking rooftop pool and a restaurant with 600 wines. Not to mention glass balcony walls to maximize the view, a Turkish Hamam Spa and lots more.
I've never been, but I'm told Tel Aviv is a smoking hot destination with a great party scene and wonderful food. Definitely a place I should check out sometime.
In addition to the Tel Aviv hotel, Ritz-Carlton this year plans new properties in Chengdu and Tianjin, China, plus Aruba, Bangalore (their first hotel in India; another sign of how far that country has come in terms of tourism) and in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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