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Orcas, sea kayaking, and sea planes: a day trip to Washington's San Juan Island

Orcas, sea kayaking, and sea planes: a day trip to Washington's San Juan Island Aug 16th, 2011 at 12:30PM: I woke up early one morning last week and realized that August 15th would mark two years since I arrived in Seattle. Normally I wouldn't take note of such a thing, given that I tend to move with the frequency of a fugitive. Staying in one place just isn't in my nature. But here I was, 24 months into life in Seattle, and of the many things I'd yet to do, I hadn't: been to the San Juan Islands...

Photo of the day - British Columbia storm

Photo of the day - British Columbia storm Jun 9th, 2011 at 5:00PM: A storm off Ucluelet, British Columbia is the subject of today's Photo of the Day, snapped by Flickr user James Wheeler. The rocks in the foreground, the cute lighthouse, and the turbulent sky all provide compelling contrasts here. The April storm seems at once dramatically terrifying and insubstantial. Want to share an image of high weather drama with Gadling's audience? Upload your...

Photo of the Day: Tofino sunset

Photo of the Day: Tofino sunset May 14th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Flickr user James Wheeler brings us this photo of a Tofino sunset. On the West Coast of Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, Tofino says good night to the Clayoquot Sound region, a world UNESCO biosphere reserve. The area boasts one of British Columbia's most prized nature reserves, Pacific Rim National Park and offers the best way to experience BC's pristine wilderness...

Adventure travel company accused of killing 100 sled dogs

Adventure travel company accused of killing 100 sled dogs Feb 1st, 2011 at 8:30AM: Yesterday a disturbing story made its way out of British Columbia, Canada, where an adventure travel company has been accused of killing more than 100 sled dogs last April after suffering a poor travel season. The incident first came to light when a former employee with the company made a claim for workman's compensation based on his suffering Post Traumatic Stress after he was ordered to kill 70...

Travel How-to: Road trip through Glacier National Park in the winter

Travel How-to: Road trip through Glacier National Park in the winter Jan 30th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Here at Gadling, we're big fans of visiting National Parks in the off-season. There are fewer crowds, less headaches and more chances to enjoy the natural aspects that made these magnificent places so spectacular to begin with. The only trouble is the weather. Generally speaking, many of the United States' National Parks partially shut down when Old Man Winter shows up, driving away a good deal...

Vancouver proclaimed best non-U.S. city by dead-tree readers

Vancouver proclaimed best non-U.S. city by dead-tree readers Oct 14th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Okay, so I've heard Vancouver's a great place (never been but do want to go). But, do I really need Conde Nast Traveler's readers to tell me that? A dwindling number of print readers says that Vancouver rocks, according to CBC, making it the top city in North American outside the United States (talk about a drastically narrowed field ...) for the fifth time since 2004. There's no word on...

The Tour Divide mountain bike race is underway

The Tour Divide mountain bike race is underway Jun 19th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The Tour Divide mountain bike race got underway last week in Banff, Alberta, Canada, where nearly 50 hardcore fat tire enthusiasts set off on the longest off road biking trail in the world. They'll now ride the entire length of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, a distance of 2745 miles, before reaching the finish line along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The trail...

Enjoy mountain biking and skiing at Whistler this weekend!

Enjoy mountain biking and skiing at Whistler this weekend! May 13th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Outdoor enthusiasts are in for quite a treat this weekend as the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, opens its mountain bike park for the summer season. As of Saturday, May 15th, sixteen trails and two skills centers will be open for riders, who can transition from their bikes to their skis, all in one very active afternoon. With one of the longest ski seasons...

Wine or golf? Either works on Rocky Mountaineer

Wine or golf? Either works on Rocky Mountaineer Apr 22nd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Why not make it a foursome? While most travel deals these days tack on extra nights, the latest from Rocky Mountaineer lets you add people! To celebrate it twentieth anniversary, the luxury rail service in Canada, is offering a unique program for its GoldLeaf trips. Whether you take the golf or winery tour excursion, you can pay for three and get one free. So, you'll have eight days to hit the...

Video of the Week (4.16.10)

Apr 16th, 2010 at 6:00PM: When you think of zip lines, you might associate them with the thrill of sailing through a rain forest in an exotic location (especially if you caught Jeremy Kressmann's video taken from a zip line in Laos). But this week, San Francisco has had a zip line installed near the Ferry Building to promote, of all things, tourism to British Columbia in order to bring more people to the site of the...

Olympics resorting to using dry ice on Cypress Mountain

Olympics resorting to using dry ice on Cypress Mountain Feb 11th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Last week we told you about Cypress Mountain, one of the venues for the Vancouver Winter Olympics which at the time was actually having snow delivered to the mountain. Unseasonably warm weather, and an uncharacteristic lack of of snowfall, had caused Olympic organizers to scramble to prepare the slopes for the snowboarding halfpipe competition, as well as several downhill ski events. But...

Cypress Mountain has snow delivered in time for Olympic Games

Cypress Mountain has snow delivered in time for Olympic Games Feb 5th, 2010 at 8:00AM: With just one week to go until the opening ceremonies, the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver are struggling to find enough snow for some of the planned events. In particular, Cypress Mountain, which will host snowboarding and freestyle competitions beginning February 13, has been scrambling to complete their halfpipe, as well as the ski and snowboard cross courses. The resort has so little snow in...

Have a winter adventure of your own in Vancouver

Have a winter adventure of your own in Vancouver Feb 2nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: Planning on heading to the Winter Olympics in a few weeks? Looking for something to do while you're not busy with the curling match between Switzerland and Denmark? Perhaps you'd enjoy a little outdoor activity of your own while visiting beautiful British Columbia? Then you're definitely headed to the right place, as Vancouver Island is one of the best adventure travel destinations in the world,...

Seven new hotels around the world from Fairmont in 2010

Seven new hotels around the world from Fairmont in 2010 Jan 28th, 2010 at 1:00PM: This year promises to be exciting for fans of the Fairmont. New properties are set to open in London, China and many other cities, each with a distinct style. There's no question that the Fairmont has the art and science of hospitality mastered, so these new properties are going to be exciting to watch. 1. The Savoy With a design nodding toward Edwardian and Art Deco, the hotel reopens after a...

Five steps to a better Valentine's Day from Fairmont

Five steps to a better Valentine's Day from Fairmont Jan 19th, 2010 at 1:00PM: After the toll that 2009 took on your spirit and your body, it's time for you to commit to a relaxed and steady 2010. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in on board with this and is kicking in some amazing deals through its Willow Stream spa brand, which is available around the world. So, if you're planning to hit Monte Carlo, Miami or the Mayan Riviera, you'll have a top-shelf treatment ready and...

Need a room for the Olympics? No need to worry

Need a room for the Olympics? No need to worry Jan 10th, 2010 at 3:00PM: If you're planning to make a run up to British Columbia for the Olympics next month, you still have a shot at getting a great room. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler tells me that there is still some space available from February 11 to February 28, including coveted space slope side rooms. There's only a minimum stay of three nights, and you won't have to conform to an arrival or departure pattern --...

Three exciting winter deals from the Four Seasons

Three exciting winter deals from the Four Seasons Dec 6th, 2009 at 3:00PM: The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts wants to host you for ski season and is offering some great deals this season. So, instead of just hitting your old standby or scrambling at the last minute, go upscale this time. The Four Seasons is delivering bargains from Jackson Hole to Whistler, BC. Chances are, there's a great one waiting for you. Skiing in Jackson Hole – This resort is hosting the...

Top 10 (+2) adventure destinations for 2010

Top 10 (+2) adventure destinations for 2010 Nov 30th, 2009 at 8:30AM: With 2009 rapidly coming to an end, it is time to look ahead to 2010 and begin making our travel plans. For adventure travelers, the year ahead is full of possibilities, with amazing destinations just waiting to deliver the trip of a lifetime. Here are ten of the very best places to feed your need for adventure. 10. Antarctica One of the most coveted destinations on any adventure traveler's...

Get out and go: Events around the world (November 3-9)

Get out and go: Events around the world (November 3-9) Nov 3rd, 2009 at 5:30PM: Here's a travel factoid for the day: It was 106 years ago today that Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia. Apparently, today in Panama, which they call "Separation Day," even the bars are closed. It's time to look at the festivals and events happening around the world, and this week has a particularly international selection of happenings. If you're close and have time, then you...

Become an official ski bum!

Become an official ski bum! Oct 16th, 2009 at 9:00AM: A few days back we mentioned that Colorado was looking to claim your snow virginity, and was tempting said virgins with a free three month stay in the state, complete with accommodations, ski passes, spending cash and more. But what about us poor schlubs that popped that cherry a long time ago? Are we to be left out in the cold, both literally and figuratively? Fear not fellow snow lovers, because...

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