Exploring the Santa Cruz coast

Exploring the Santa Cruz coast

One daughter wanted some serious beach time, the other, a trip to Disneyland. My husband was determined to explore the wilderness, and I just needed a spa. Together we set out on a family adventure—exploring the coast between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Fort Whyte Conservation Centre

Fort Whyte Conservation Centre

YOU’D THINK THAT pristine wilderness, bison sightings and intimate exchanges with birdlife—capped by a sunset eruption of migrating Canada geese—would be at least an hour’s drive from Portage and Main. But just 20 minutes away, the Fort Whyte Centre’s 600 acres include prairie meadows, sparkling lakes, forests and wetlands, most often playing host to a gaggle of school kids.
 

Glenora Inn & Distillery

Glenora Inn & Distillery

You can tell that Glen Breton Rare is a succulent whisky long before it touches your lips. A proper swirl reveals butterscotch, heather, honey and ground ginger, with wood-infused undertones. As it slides down your throat, a smooth, full-bodied and lightly peated flavour is set free. It’s no small wonder this lovely spirit is causing a stir (in more ways than one) around the globe.

David Millers’ Favourite Place

David Millers’ Favourite Place

“The places I love the best are in Canada’s North—places like Yellowknife, Iqaluit and Whitehorse. It’s really the surrounding wilderness that I love the most. The fishing is spectacular in the frigid waters of Canada’s northern rivers. This is where I had the most amazing Arctic char I’ve ever tasted.