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Barbara Ramsay Orr

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Barbara Ramsay Orr is a freelance journalist, author of the Frommer’s Guide to the Niagara Region, third and fourth edition, and Globe Pequot’s Day Trips From Toronto.  She is a lifetime resident of Ontario.  Her work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Chatelaine, Canadian Living, NUVO, The Globe and Mail, American Express UK and Readers Digest.  She is the Local Expert on Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Wine Country, authors a travel app for Niagara Falls and acts as unofficial ambassador for The Falls as she travels the world for work. While she has visited and written about exotic destinations, from Thailand to Norway, her heart belongs to her hometown province. She has a food fetish, and loves to search out the special gems at farmers’ markets or discover authentic cafes and wineries in the area. She’s also an accomplished award winning photographer and a multiple-time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism, as a well as an embarrassingly inept but enthusiastic artist. Follow her adventures at www.upperendtravel.com.

Posts by Barbara Ramsay Orr

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    A night in a vintage trailer way out in the High Desert in California. The trailers- mine was called Tiki – were designed by Kate Pierson of B-52 fame and I felt as if I was channeling my long buried hippy teenage self.

  • 2
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    I slept in the Ice Hotel. I refuse to talk about it.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    I’m a walker. Given the time and opportunity, I will explore cities, villages and the countryside on foot. That’s how you get close to the truth about a destination.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    To trust people. They are, almost always, good.