TRAVEL: It’s the best wildlife photo in the world

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is returning to the Royal Ontario Museum in late November. It will feature the work of Yongging Bao of China, whose photograph, The Moment, shows a Tibetan fox surprising a Himalayan marmot. The exhibit opens Nov. 23 and continues to next March. Photo courtesy Royal Ontario Museum

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The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on Nov. 23 and runs until March 29. It features 100 vivid and evocative images, showcasing outstanding photography that communicates the beauty and fragility of nature.

At the ROM visitors will get an up-close look at the work of this year’s overall winner, Yongging Bao of China.

Bao’s photo, The Moment, shows a Tibetan fox surprising a Himalayan marmot.

The exhibition also includes the work of three Canadian photographers including Jo-Anne McArthur of Ontario, Jason Bantle of Saskatchewan and Francoise Gervais of Quebec.

The exhibition’s remarkable photographs are mounted on large back-lit displays for a vibrant visual experience.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is organized by the Natural History Museum of London and is now in its 55th year. The competition receives over 48,000 entries from 100 countries from photographers of all ages and experience levels.

Selected by a panel of nine judges, the exhibition features 100 of the best photos, including two grand title winners.

Did you know that Wasaga Beach is home to the world’s longest fresh water beach?

For over a century tourists have travelled to the welcoming shores of Nottawasaga Bay to stroll along 14 kilometres of white sandy beach, swim in warm, clean water and enjoy the panoramic mountain views across the bay.

Perhaps the best-kept secret in Wasaga Beach is the endless recreation trails for hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The trails provide easy access to key points of interest, yet only a few feet away you are once again lost in the beauty of the sand dune system and forested landscape. Bring your camera, your sports gear and sense of discovery. The trail system is unforgettable.

Wasaga Beach offers an excellent variety of accommodations and restaurant choices and special events are planned almost every weekend.

The largest mall in the U.S. is coming to Miami and it will feature a massive indoor water park and ice rink.

The $4-billion mega-mall will be called the American Dream. Spanning six million square feet, the retail and entertainment complex will be twice the size of the current largest mall in the United Statees, the King of Prussia Mall, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

The developers anticipate that 30 million people will visit the mall each year. That’s about 10 million fewer visitors than the Mall of America, which generates nearly $2 billion annually for Minnesota.

The 2019 Steel City Jazz Festival in Hamilton is scheduled for Nov. 6 to 10 and will feature a great line-up of artists over five days with eight shows in three venues. Entertainers will include the Paul Benton Trio, the Artword Arbar, the Nick Maclean Quartet and the Jason Logue Sextet to name just a few.

Claudia Oshry and her Dirt Jeans Tour is coming to Casino Rama Resort in Orillia Dec. 6. Oshry is an entertainer, social media personality and stand-up comedian.

The 35-year-old Bala Cranberry Festival is taking place this weekend. Over a half million people have attended the festival over the past 34 years and over $100,000 in scholarships have been disbursed. The purpose of the festival in Muskoka is to extend the tourist season and to improve the quality of life in the small town of Bala, which has a population of 700.

The CP Holiday Train will pull in to Chatham on Nov. 30. The festive freight will be stopping behind the Bradley Convention Centre at 2:30 p.m.

Along with entertainment from Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band, donations will be accepted for local food banks.

This is the 21st year for the Holiday Train, which has raised $15.8 million and over 4.5 million pounds of food for those in need across North America.

More than 40 of Ontario’s top craft breweries will compete for the Craft Beer and Cider Awards Nov. 8 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, which runs from Nov. 1 to 10.

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens is featuring a Haunted Greenhouse Halloween event this weekend and again Oct. 25, 26 and 27.

The waterfronts of Southwestern Ontario are best known for summer fun at world-class beaches, but visit in the fall and you’ll discover plenty of other great recreational activities. Fall also means fewer crowds and bursts of autumn colour, making it the perfect time to experience nature and get outside. Get out and try bird banding at Pelee Island Bird Observatory, Bird Studies Canada National Headquarters, Long Point Bird Observatory and Ruthven Park.

Readers are invited to submit questions and suggestions on travel close to home and far away to travel writer Bob Boughner at bobgboughner@gmail.com

 

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