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The Great Canadian Road Trip II – Part 9: The East Point Ride

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 13, 2019 by itnerd

Today was our final day to ride in Prince Edward Island. This time we are driving out to the East Point of Prince Edward Island for a 60KM bike ride. The East Point is just over an hour away from Charlottetown. However there was a heat warning that pushed the temperatures to about 30 degrees celsius. As a result we decided to cut the ride to 50KM. The ride took us from the East Point Lighthouse, along some roads with seaside and farms, and back to the lighthouse. Here’s what that looked like.

 

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And here’s the result of our ride:

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After a brief break to rehydrate, we then had a look at the East Point Lighthouse. (Note: All photos from this point are taken with the Nikon Coolpix P1000):

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You’ll notice that our bikes are parked out front of the lighthouse. And if you look closely, you’ll notice that I have switched from my 55mm deep section aero wheels for lightweight 30mm climbing wheels. The reason I did this was that on our last ride, the cross winds made the bike difficult to control at times. Thus seeing as we were going to be close to the seashore which means that the winds were likely to be high, it would be in my best interest to have wheels that made my bike easy to control.

 

The cost  to go up to the top of the lighthouse is $6.50 and it is well worth doing. Here’s what you’ll see:

 

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With the lighthouse done and dusted, we made our way back to Charlottetown. After visiting happy hour, we went to Merchantman which my wife really wanted to go to after trying their oysters. This restaurant had the best food that we’ve had here in Prince Edward Island. We also got a lot of it. Both my wife and I would recommend this place without hesitation.

Tomorrow we leave for Quebec City which is our first stop of our trip back to Toronto. I’ll also be wrapping up our stay at the Hotel On Pownal with our thoughts on staying here. Stay turned for that.

 

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Guest Post: Easy-to-plan, Toronto-based family road trips from Turo

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 13, 2019 by itnerd

With the last long weekend of the summer just a couple of weeks away, the carefree days of the season are almost done before the kids go back to school and everyone resets for the fall season. Take advantage of the time that remains by going on a last-minute road trip.

We’ve rounded up a few easy, local road trip ideas and paired them with a car suggestion that are currently available to book on Turo. Families can even filter their car search by pet-friendly, with a child seat, or, one of our fave options—car drop-off! No wrangling impatient kids as you wait at the car rental office)

1) Outdoors fun at Blue Mountain

Consider this the outdoor getaway for people without friends with cottages. A few hours drive north of the city, Blue Mountain isn’t a hidden gem, but with plenty of accommodation options available, the Village nearby where you can indulge in your Beavertails cravings, family-friendly hiking and the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster for those looking for an adrenaline rush, this popular hot spot makes for an easy family getaway. Top Turo pick: A sporty Range Rover Evoque.

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2) Glamping good times

If camping is a bit too much roughing it for you, consider ‘glamping’. There are a few options not far from the city: Whispering Springs just outside of Brighton features spacious safari-style tents and you have a delicious breakfast is delivered each morning. In Norfolk County, book a Wilderness Lodge, which is complete with a king or queen bed and a soaker tub.

Top Turo pick: A rugged Jeep Wrangler.

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3) Trek to Tobermory

The Grotto in Tobermory is so stunning that for a second, you may even fool yourself into thinking you’ve escaped to Italy. The kiddies will love jumping into the crystal blue water, and you can fill the rest of your family time visiting lighthouses (like Big Tub Lighthouse and Flowerpot Island Lighthouse), and learning about the area’s local history at St. Edmunds Township Museum.

Top Turo pick: For a European theme from start to finish, a Mini Cooper.

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4) Wine country getaway to Prince Edward County

Drop the kids at the grandparents and fit in an adults-only getaway to Prince Edward County. This charming area 2.5 hours from Toronto boasts award-winning wine, loads of gorgeous properties (the Drake just opened the dog-friendly Drake Motor Inn across the street), pretty Sandbanks Provincial Park and loads of restaurants to satisfy your inner foodie (we recommend dinner at Drake Devonshire in both for the food and the view of Lake Ontario, plus Flame and Smith for its fire-grilled menu). Top Turo pick: A sleek and eco-friendly Tesla.

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Seneca Launches New Honours Bachelor Of Data Science & Analytics Program

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 13, 2019 by itnerd

Seneca’s new Honours Bachelor of Data Science and Analytics degree program launches in September. This program is the first-of-its-kind in Ontario and was designed to meet the growing demand for data-driven business solutions, and will equip students with an in-depth knowledge of computer science, statistics, and analytics.

As a graduate of this program, graduates may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Data Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Big Data Engineer
  • Data Architect
  • Database Developer

The program will also prepare students with a mandatory degree work term. In most cases the work term(s) is a paid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. The successful completion of the co-op work term(s) is required for graduation.

The program will be run from their Newnham Campus and is a 4 year program.