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Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve)

Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve) Jun 24th, 2013 at 1:00PM: f_jensen_at_sdr.vinge, Flickr AKA: Fete Nationale du Quebec (Canada), Kupala Day (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland), Festa Junina (Brazil), Foguera de San Xuan (Brazil), Jaanilaupaev (Estonia), Saint Jonas' Festival (Lithuania), Jani (Latvia), Dia de Sao Joao (Portugal), Sant Joan (Spain), Johnsmas Foy (Scotland) When? June 23 (Eve) and 24 (Day) Public holiday in: Quebec, Canada; Turin,...

New Cruise Line Sets Sail In 2014 With Small, Luxury Ships

New Cruise Line Sets Sail In 2014 With Small, Luxury Ships May 13th, 2013 at 1:00PM: New cruise lines are about as rare as new hotel chains; there is just not a lot of action on that topic. Like hotel chains, airlines and other travel-related companies, most cruise lines have been around for a long time too. Still, there are those who see a need in the marketplace that existing companies just can't fill. Such is the feel of new Pearl Sea Cruises, which will set sail in 2014...

Northern Lights Best Viewed At Sea, On A Yacht, French Style

Northern Lights Best Viewed At Sea, On A Yacht, French Style May 4th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Considering a trip to see the Northern Lights? This year may very well be the best time to go. 2013 is the height of the 11-year solar cycle. September and October offer peak activity. They can be seen in Alaska, Norway, Finland and Canada on a clear night. Better yet, try viewing on a ship at sea. Common tips for viewing the Northern Lights say to go North, inside the Arctic circle, bring...

Summer Hotspot: Montreal, Quebec

Summer Hotspot: Montreal, Quebec Apr 10th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Hungry for some culture this summer? Skip the jet lag, high exchange rates and long museum lines in Europe for one of North America's most cosmopolitan and best warm-weather destinations: Montreal. The charms that contribute to Montreal's growing cultural reputation are already evident year-round, ranging from its cosmopolitan European-style cafes, a top-notch range of award-winning...

10 best destinations to take a hot air balloon ride

10 best destinations to take a hot air balloon ride Nov 30th, 2011 at 3:00PM: When traveling, it's always fun to explore a city from a new perspective. And, what better point of view than from the sky? These ten air balloon destinations will not only immerse you in beautiful scenery, but will also give you access to hidden treasures you may not have seen from the ground. The Pyrenees, Spain The Pyrenees is a mountain range that forms a divider between Spain and...

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. ...

Visit Hôtel de Glace, North America's only ice hotel

Visit Hôtel de Glace, North America's only ice hotel Jan 7th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Get frosty this winter with a visit to the Hôtel de Glace in Québec. North America's first ice hotel opened their 2011 season January 7 with a new theme, larger living space, and new location just ten minutes from downtown Québec City. The 32,000 square foot hotel is made of 15,000 tons of snow, 500 tons of ice and features 19 foot ceilings. The hotel has 32 rooms. Amenities...

Top 10 country brands in the world, Canada hits #1

Top 10 country brands in the world, Canada hits #1 Nov 5th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Remember when you could make all those "two thirds" jokes about Canada? Based on the currency, there were so many ways we could tweak our northern neighbors. Then, the U.S. dollar plunged. I remember being in Quebec and seeing parity between the two dollars for the first time in October 2007. Well, the momentum has continued, and it's not just about money. It seems as though Canada's brand is...

Indiana Jones exhibit whips up international tour

Indiana Jones exhibit whips up international tour Nov 3rd, 2010 at 4:30PM: He's everyone's favorite fictional archaeologist. Even real archaeologists, once they're done nitpicking his lack of scientific technique, usually admit that they love the guy. Now Indiana Jones is the subject of a new international exhibition. Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition will open at the Montreal Science Centre on April 28, 2011 to mark the 30th anniversary...

Epic cycling tour comes to North America

Epic cycling tour comes to North America Aug 18th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Tour d'Afrique Ltd., the adventure travel company that organizes some of the best cycling tours on the planet, has announced the latest addition to their catalog, and this time they're bringing their magic to North America. This new ride is aptly named The North American Epic, and when it launches next May, it will cover nearly 5000 miles, stretching from the Pacific Coast of California to the...

Buy a Canadian ski resort for $1 (Yes, there is a catch!)

Buy a Canadian ski resort for $1 (Yes, there is a catch!) Mar 27th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week Line Beauchamp, Quebec's Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Parks announced a plan to sell the Mount Orford ski and golf resort, including all buildings, chairlifts and operating equipment, for just $1. But of course, like all deals that seem too good to be true, prospective buyers need to read the fine print before writing their checks. The resort has been...

Halle Berry gets police escort at airport security line

Halle Berry gets police escort at airport security line Jan 10th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Who knew that Halle Berry was big in Canada? Well, maybe it was her boyfriend, a Canadian model, who was able to inspire the local police to provide special treatment. At a Montreal airport last week, Berry, her boyfriend (Gabriel Aubry) and their kid were led to the front of the security line ... while other passengers were stuck there for more than an hour. Marieve Paradis, a Quebec...

Missing your pet when you travel? Just borrow one

Missing your pet when you travel? Just borrow one Jan 9th, 2010 at 12:30PM: I love my two cats and I miss them dearly them when I travel for extended periods of time. Though there are more and more options for traveling with a pet, I'm still not about to bring them with me. It's just too expensive, too much of a hassle, and too much stress on the pet to fly them with me for a two-week jaunt. So they stay home and I snuggle-attack any furry friends I happen to make along...

Ski resort adds mandatory helmet rule

Ski resort adds mandatory helmet rule Oct 2nd, 2009 at 3:00PM: Following the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson at Quebec's Mont Tremblant ski resort in 2009, the Canadian company that manages the park is imposing a mandatory helmet rule at all its North American resorts for the upcoming season. Intrawest, the company that oversees Tremblant and nine other snow resorts across North America, will require helmets for all teen and child skiiers and...

Canadian wine?

Canadian wine? Aug 31st, 2009 at 11:30AM: When you think of Canadian food products, wine doesn't exactly spring to mind. Back bacon and maple syrup, yeah, but wine? Mention Canadian wine and the first reaction you're likely to get is either laughter or a blank stare. That's beginning to change as vintners in the Great White North are proving themselves. The history of Canadian wines goes way back. Even the Vikings, who visited...

Cycling on rise: around the world, two wheels are being shed

Cycling on rise: around the world, two wheels are being shed May 29th, 2009 at 12:30PM: In Canada and in Europe, according to the Toronto Sun, cyclists are seeing more bike paths built. New attractions and offers are being designed to appeal to cyclists, and challenging routes are gaining popularity. In honor of Toronto Bike Month, which runs until June 25, the Sun has offered a few ideas for pedal-pushers around the world. La Route Verte (the Green Route) is the longest ride in...

12 Amazing Crater Lakes

12 Amazing Crater Lakes Feb 11th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Environmental Graffiti, the same website that brought us those amazing views from the tops of the Seven Summits last week, returns with even more great images. The subject of their latest story is the 12 Most Incredible Crater Lakes on Earth. These amazing natural wonders are created not from the impact of a meteorite, but instead they are formed when the collapsed cone of a volcano fills up with...

Tour the world's vandalism

Tour the world's vandalism Feb 9th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Eyesore or art, graffiti is part of any culture's public dialogue. Vandalism is visual profanity, and we all swear in our own f---ing ways. I've been drawn to these wall scrawls for a while, probably since I read Holden Caulfield's concerns about the subject in Catcher in the Rye. My fascination gained momentum while I was stationed in South Korea. A soldiers' bar in Tong Du Chon (the Peace Club,...

Canadian Valentine's Day packages for under $300

Canadian Valentine's Day packages for under $300 Feb 7th, 2009 at 1:00PM: Need some last minute ideas for Valentine's Day? Consider our neighbors to the north. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has put together some fantastic packages that are sure to do better than the box of candy you have tucked under your arm. The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia is a 100 year-old castle. Right away, that sets the scene for you. The Lovers' Escape package consists of a...

Quebec has some insane deals

Quebec has some insane deals Jan 17th, 2009 at 12:00PM: I know I just pitched cold-weather destination Montreal to you last week. So, why would I send you even farther north? Well, for skiers, this is a no-brainer. If you could get your third night (hotel) and third day (slopes) free, you'd probably battle the cold happily. This is exactly what's going on in Quebec right now. From January 5 to 29 and also February 1 to 12, you can get two-for-one...

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