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Be Here Now: What Planes Have Taught Me About Arriving

Be Here Now: What Planes Have Taught Me About Arriving Jun 27th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Khairil Zhafri, Flickr I shrug off my rucksack, collapse onto the bed and wait to arrive. At some point I doze off. When I awake, it's late afternoon. Toronto is hot - freakishly so, my host later tells me - and when I step outside, I have to learn to breathe again. My frail English constitution is confused - should I start sweating, or just save time by dying on the spot? I wander through...

Hyperlapse Tool Takes Google Street View To A Whole New Level

Apr 11th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Google Street View was a boon to desk- and couch-bound wanderers when it debuted back in 2007, but even the most fervent Street View explorers would agree that the endless clicking is a bit of a chore. Enter a free online tool that uses Street View images to create a personalized animated road trip. The Hyperlapse tool, created by a Toronto design company, lets you choose any two drivable...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

5 Tips For Experiencing Toronto's Changes

5 Tips For Experiencing Toronto's Changes Jan 3rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: As the author of "Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto," Shawn Micallef knows more corners of Toronto than most visitors will ever see. He can take a look around a neighborhood and pick out the new places in an instant. But newcomers may not know the difference. Here, Micallef offers his five tips for enjoying Toronto (with a little help from me). Hop on a street car. "It's...

Toronto In Transition: Coming In From Elsewhere

Toronto In Transition: Coming In From Elsewhere Jan 2nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Over the past 40 years, Toronto's Queen Street West has undergone a transition that's shifted it from trendy boutiques and galleries to international chains and lively restaurants. As a result, the art scene that long called the street home has been pushed farther west to an area called West Queen West. And now, even West Queen West is seeing its own transition. The galleries, little cafes...

Toronto In Transition: Pushing Neighborhood Boundaries

Toronto In Transition: Pushing Neighborhood Boundaries Jan 1st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Joel and Joshua Corea grew up in Toronto's Little Portugal, which lies west of downtown. They can tell you about the park where they played, the streets their parents didn't want them to visit, and give you details of who owned which store. Now, the Coreas have opened their own place, Archive, a gleaming new wine bar in the same sized storefront where many other entrepreneurs have gotten...

Toronto In Transition: Changing Before Your Eyes

Toronto In Transition: Changing Before Your Eyes Dec 31st, 2012 at 1:00PM: If you ask a native Torontonian how things are going in their town, you might receive an eye-roll and a laugh in response – the Canadian equivalent of a New Yorker's "Oy, vey." Things in Toronto are turbulent these days, to say the least. For one thing, nobody is sure who the mayor will be in 2013, given the conviction of Mayor Rob Ford. Toronto neighborhoods are mulling whether they...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit In Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit In Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Jun 26th, 2012 at 9:00AM: We all know about the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops, but what about the Gigantosaurus, pictured above, or the Amargasaurus? These are just a couple of the little-known dinosaurs highlighted at a new exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada. "Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana" looks at recently discovered dinosaur species from South America, Africa and Madagascar, some...

Stunning Aerial Shots Of Cities From Around The World

Stunning Aerial Shots Of Cities From Around The World Jun 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Experiencing an unknown city is always exciting. That's the great thing about travel – it allows you to try new things and explore new places. While wandering through a city on the ground is interesting, it's also worthwhile to see a destination from a unique perspective you normally wouldn't get to view. Below, you'll find beautiful aerial shots taken above some of your favorite cities....

VIA Rail Canada Debuts Mouthwatering New Train Menu

VIA Rail Canada Debuts Mouthwatering New Train Menu May 5th, 2012 at 12:00PM: On most rail systems in the U.S. and Europe, chips and cookies count as "train cuisine." But Canada's VIA Rail system is kicking it up a notch (boom!) with a new gourmet train menu on its legendary trans-continental Canadian route between Toronto and Vancouver. The menu will include 78 brand-new dishes, which will be made to order with fresh ingredients and prepared on board by VIA Rail chefs....

Toronto, Canada, hotel features a new kind of art using sexy male athletes

Toronto, Canada, hotel features a new kind of art using sexy male athletes Jan 4th, 2012 at 5:30PM: While you can usually expect a nice landscape painting or maybe even a piece from a well-known abstract artist on your hotel room walls, the Hôtel Le Germaine Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, Canada, puts a new spin on hotel art by featuring sexy portraits of athletic male bodies in the rooms. Because the hotel is part of the Air Canada Centre, Canada's premier sports and entertainment...

Photo of the day - Toronto turkey

Photo of the day - Toronto turkey Nov 24th, 2011 at 6:00PM: It's Thanksgiving today in America, and thus time for the obligatory turkey-related photo. Our friends over at Matador called our attention to this turkey-shaped building in Canada, of all places. The University of Toronto's John P. Robarts research library was designed to look like a peacock, but bears more of a resemblance to tonight's main course. The concrete and vaguely Soviet structure was...

Serial public art around the world

Serial public art around the world Oct 17th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Public art exhibitions featuring a common sculpture that is multiplied and then embellished by various artists have been popping up in cities worldwide since 1998. Artistic director Walter Knapp first came up with the idea and convinced artists to dot Zurich, Switzerland with a collection of artfully-decorated lions. Within a year, Chicago businessman Peter Hanig had taken the idea and ran...

Most popular cities for celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving

Most popular cities for celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving Oct 6th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Monday, known in the United States as the Columbus Day holiday, holds another name in Canada - Canadian Thanksgiving, which means that this is a three-day weekend throughout much of North America. Thus, Hotwire has compiled the most popular cities for celebrating, based on both room nights booked and total price. "While Thanksgiving means family time to many, others see this three day...

VIA Rail Canada brings back bike trains for summer season

VIA Rail Canada brings back bike trains for summer season Jul 1st, 2011 at 2:00PM: Traveling with your two-wheeled best friend just got a whole lot easier. Since 2007, VIA Rail Canada has provided seasonal bike racks on select VIA Rail departures, as part of its mandate to provide more environmentally sustainable, affordable passenger transit. Now, the racks will be available yearound, and increased baggage cars mean that cyclists can connect to even more cycling destinations. ...

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes May 18th, 2011 at 3:00PM: We wrote yesterday about Tim Baynes' delightful travel sketches from around the world on BBC and liked them so much we came back for more. You can (and should!) get lost for hours looking at his drawings on Flickr with fun anecdotes and scribbles bringing depth and humor to his slice-of-life artwork. Check out some of our favorites in the gallery below, from a look inside the BBC Starbucks to...

Where was Justin Bieber in February?

Where was Justin Bieber in February? Mar 2nd, 2011 at 10:00AM: Twitter is good for lots of things, among these: encouraging solidarity in the name of toppling governments, publicizing breaking news, finding people with similar obsessions, and tracking the travel predilections of celebrities. And there are few bigger celebrities at the moment than Canadian singer Justin Bieber. Mr. Bieber, 17 years old as of yesterday, has become an enormous star thanks to...

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto opens its doors, streams it all live on Facebook

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto opens its doors, streams it all live on Facebook Feb 16th, 2011 at 8:30AM: It's been a long, long road for The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. If you'll recall, we actually were led to believe that it would open its doors in the fall of last year, but after a few setbacks and delays, the day has finally come for the elusive property to welcome its first guests. No longer will Ritz-Carlton execs have to answer questions related to the infiltration into Canada, as this new...

World's highest restaurant opens in Dubai

World's highest restaurant opens in Dubai Jan 26th, 2011 at 9:30AM: Want to get high? It won't be illegal if you do it at Burj Khalifa's At.mosphere, which surpasses Toronto's 360 Restaurant as the world's highest restaurant. The downtown Dubai restaurant strands at 1,350 feet high (that's level 123, for those who care). The restaurant seats 210 guests and offers both a dining and bar area. Both emphasize fresh products and healthy, simple cooking - all food is...

Hot coffee hijacks United Airlines plane?!

Hot coffee hijacks United Airlines plane?! Jan 5th, 2011 at 3:30PM: Drinking and driving is a problem ... and drinking and flying is no different. A United Airlines pilot found this out the hard way: he spilled his coffee, which triggered a hijacking alert. So, United Flight 940, which was set to go from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, had to dash across the border to Canada for an unscheduled stop. A hijacking alert can have that effect, you know. The plane...

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