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My top Senior Times destinations
Travel Talk
Mike Cohen

Though I have not been with The Senior Times since day one, I am proud to say this Travel Talk column, which has attracted a strong following, made its way into this paper more than a decade ago.
Publisher Barbara Moser knew that I traveled a lot for my job at the time so she asked if I’d be interested in climbing aboard. “This paper focuses on the 50+ generation,” she explained. “And people in this age group like to travel. You can help guide them in the right direction.”
It just so happens that I like to take notes on everything I do while on the road. And this turned out to be a perfect match. Seniors regularly stop me on the street for handy tips. I receive a lot of phone calls and you can’t imagine the feedback by email.
Not only has Travel Talk been devoted to specific destinations, but it has also included thematic and advice-driven features aimed at helping seniors, like updates on airport issues, the new rules for getting a passport and helpful books on the market.

My top 10 destinations

10 The Laurentians
Right next door, our Laurentians have come alive over the past decade, particularly, Mont Tremblant www.tremblant.ca, a year-round paradise. You can choose from the spots at the ever-growing Intrawest village or a number of other options such as Le Grand Lodge and Gray Rocks.

9 New Hampshire
I was turned on to New Hampshire by Manny and Lisa Witt of the New England Tourism Bureau www.ne-tc.com. They do a superb job promoting New England. In the case of New Hampshire (www.visitnh.gov), there is still much of the White Mountain state I wish to see, but I loved the capital of Manchester, Waterville Valley, shopper’s paradise North Conway and Mount Washington.

8 Ottawa
It’s right next door, less than two hours away, and with plenty to do year-round. Watch for my latest update on the Nation’s Capital in our next edition or log on to www.ottawatourism.ca.

7 Toronto
Montrealers always give Toronto (www.torontotourism.com) a bad rap, but the big city down the 401 has begun to grow on me following recent visits. It is the home of terrific attractions like the CN Tower, the Ontario Science Museum, Paramount Canada’s Wonderland and Broadway-style productions.

6 Lake George
Lake George offers tons of activities, like go-carts and miniature golf, museums, the famous Great Escape amusement park, family-friendly restaurants and great accomodations. There’s no shortage of attractions in Lake George, all of which are accessible via (www.visitlakegeorge.com).

5 Niagara Falls
With attractions like Marineland, the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour, Casino Niagara, Niagara Parks Conservatory, Skylon Tower, the Butterfly Conservatory, the Imax Theatre and the Clifton Hills “fun” district, Niagara Falls, Ontario (www.tourismniagara.com) attracts more than 20 million visitors annually. Across the water, the New York side of Niagara (www.niagara-usa.com) offers visitors “A Great American Getaway,” filled with exciting events and attractions, fascinating history and adventure for the entire family.

4 New York City
New York (www.nycvisit.com) was one of the first places I wrote about for The Senior Times. I recently returned to the Big Apple for an extended weekend, and the array of Broadway shows, museums and incomparable shopping had us craving more.

3 Walt Disney World
All grandparents must experience the exhilaration of Walt Disney World (www.disneyworld.com) in Florida. Spend a night at Downtown Disney and then choose among the theme parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Centre, Animal Kingdom or MGM Studios.

2 Cape Cod
Cape Cod www.capecodchamber.org and the summer months are a match made in utopia, especially for a family with children. Pray for good weather and the beaches will take care of everything else.

1 Hawaii
It was my second year at the paper and Hawaii (www.gohawaii.com) turned out to be my honeymoon spot. We spent two glorious weeks in Maui and Waikiki. There is no better paradise. from the Drive to Hana, a helicopter ride over a volcano and attending a lavish luau ceremony.
E-mail Mike at info@mikecohen.ca. or visit www.yikeskids.com for his travel advice.

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