Points of Interest: The Summer Edition


The people and places on our radar.

The waterfront of Canso, Nova Scotia
   Photo: Ray White



Meet the tiny Maritime town with out–of–this–world ambitions —

 There’s just one main road heading into Canso (approximate population: 700), on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia. But a potential new route out could put the remote fishing village on the high–tech map: A proposal is in the works to build Canada’s first commercial spaceport nearby. Once ready to rocket, the Maritime Launch site would be used to send satellites into low–Earth orbit, as early as 2022.

July 1, 2020
The cover of the cookbook "Maenam" by Angus An
   Photo: Darren Cheung, Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited

Food & Drink


Travel from your kitchen with these new Canadian cookbooks —

 In Diala’s Kitchen ($38), flight attendant–turned–Toronto food blogger Diala Canelo shares her travel memories through pescatarian dishes, like Sydney–inspired Manly Beach salmon burgers. Vancouver restaurant Maenam is lauded for Thai flavours with West Coast freshness; now, in its namesake cookbook ($35), chef Angus An’s street–stall–style noodle dishes and 100–plus other recipes are yours to prep at home. And in The BC Wine Lover’s Cookbook ($35), Jennifer Schell roams 53 wineries to share hearty oenophile–friendly family recipes, complete with pairings.

A woman surfing off the coast of the Kelowna Paddle Trail
   Photo: Amy Mitchell (Alamy)



Paddle a tranquil new route in Kelowna —

 The din of boats ripping down Okanagan Lake is a classic sound of summer, but a new path on the water offers a quieter space for a slower pace. The 27–kilometre Kelowna Paddle Trail – marked by 22 buoys throughout, and entirely off–limits to any motorized watercraft – stretches along the serene shoreline from McKinley Beach, past downtown Kelowna, to Bertram Creek Regional Park. Drift past tucked–away bird sanctuaries, secluded coves and more than 20 beaches and parks from aboard your paddleboard, kayak or canoe – whichever floats your boat.

Ryan Gray and his team at Elena enjoy pizza together in Montreal
   Photo: Dominique Lafond

Canada’s Best New Restaurants


Try your hand at Elena’s rave–worthy mushroom pizza —

 Until we can pull up a chair again at Montreal’s Elena, one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants in 2018, the next closest thing is a DIY pie. Find the how–to for the punny Monsieur Fun–Guy pizza with taleggio fonduta in the first of Elena’s two newly released digital cookbooks ($15/$18). All proceeds go to the Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.



The Canadian roots of a perennial travel essential —

 Before commercial aviation took flight, the innovation that made it possible for our checked luggage to tag along anywhere was invented in the Maritimes. In 1882, rail agent John M. Lyons of Moncton patented the clever concept of the detachable, two–piece baggage stub – a method that endures to this day.