A good book can transport us to magical places during a time when far-flung exploration may not be possible.
Here are five ideas from the literary world that may inspire your own adventures.
1. A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh,” Winnipeg, Manitoba
A century ago, a Canadian soldier launched a literary legacy when he adopted a black bear cub and named it after his hometown of Winnipeg. The soldier took the cub across the pond and eventually donated it to the London Zoo, where Winnie became the inspiration for the well-loved character. Today, Winnipeg’s Pavilion Gallery Museum, the centerpiece of Assiniboine Park, houses a permanent collection of Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia, including a painting by the book’s original illustrator. For now, while the border remains closed, consider rereading the classic or go on a teddy bear hunt in your neighborhood.
2. Louisa May Alcott, Concord, Mass.
For decades, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures detailed in “Little Women.” Soon, we will once again have the option to visit the home of Louisa May Alcott, the novelist who crafted the compelling story around the relationships within her own family. In time, you can take a guided tour and get a glimpse into how the Marche family lived in the home known as Orchard House. Many of the family’s treasures remain in the well-preserved structure, including family china and photographs. You’ll find out why the Alcott clan kept daily diaries and visit Louisa’s bedroom where the shelf desk, upon