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Winter in Niagara

Winter in Niagara
Destination(s): Niagara Falls (ON)

Winter is a beautiful time to visit Niagara. The crowds are gone, and Niagara Falls looks spectacular when it is covered in ice. The Falls is lit up on a nightly basis, and although all the attractions aren't open year round, you can get into many of them for a discounted price in the winter. The Great Wolf Lodge is a great place to stay in the winter, as it has one of the largest indoor waterparks in the Region. With a wave pool, a water roller coaster, and several waterslides, you could almost spend your whole vacation at the hotel. A new attraction-The Rink on the Brink, opened up in 2009 and is open until February 28th. You can skate the night away with a perfect view of Niagara Falls!If you plan your winter vacation to NIagara accordingly, it can coincide with some of the winter festivals that happen on a yearly basis. The Winter Festival of Lights goes from early November to early January, and the Ice Wine Festival takes place the last two weeks of January.Day One of this guide concentrates on Niagara Falls, while Day Two takes you to several wineries in Niagara on the Lake. It can be very cold here in the winter, but the sheer beauty of the landscape is worth it. read more about Winter in Niagara ... Read More

The Underground Scene

The Underground Scene
Destination(s): Calgary

Calgary may be an oil town, but there is a thriving arts and culture presence here, as well as a whole generation of cool and funky young dreamers. If you want to tap into the underground scene here, there are a few key places you can go to find your way. read more about The Underground Scene... Read More

Best of Niagara Falls and Niagara On the Lake

Best of Niagara Falls and Niagara On the Lake
Destination(s): Niagara Falls (ON)

The Niagara Region, which encompasses 12 different cities, could be explored for days on end, but most people just end up staying in the Region for 2 to 3 days, and stick to one or two of the more popular cities-mainly Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake, so that is what this guide is focusing on.There really is something for everyone in Niagara, depending on your taste. You could spend your days hiking or people watching on Clifton Hill; strolling through wineries, or winning big at the casino; learning the history of the area or tracing the path of the underground railroad. There could be specific guides designed with all these interests in mind, but this guide focuses on the "Best of" Niagara.The first day, all the activities are centered in Niagara Falls. Because of the location of the Marriott, you can pretty much walk to everything with the exception of the Butterfly Conservatory. Casino Niagara and Clifton Hill are great places to wander around and people watch. If you want to do all the attractions, it can get quite pricey, so you might want to consider purchasing a discounted attraction pass from Niagara Parks.The second day focuses more on Niagara on the Lake. You could easily spend an entire day here, wandering in and out of all the shops and eating ice cream. At night, if theatre in your thing, the Shaw Festival is perfect, if not, try a ghost tour at Fort George. If the weather is nice, take a jet boat ride, which lets you see the Niagara River from a totally different perspective.The last day is a perfect day to go hiking in the Niagara Glen (weather permitting). You can hike for hours and get up close to the rapids in the Niagara River, and wave to the jet boats as they pass. Once you get back to civilization, you can check out a movie at the IMAX theatre, and then go for drinks, dinner and dancing at the Spicy Olive (they almost always have a great live band). read more about Best of Niagara Falls and Niagara On the Lake... Read More

Top 10 Hotels in Nova Scotia

Top 10 Hotels in Nova Scotia
Destination(s): New Glasgow

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Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in Canada

Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in Canada
Destination(s): Vancouver

Five star restaurants in Canada make a trip to the country truly special. If fine dining requires a spot in your vacation, let us make some suggestions. Enjoy the incomparable view from the 360 Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower, while sampling the gourmet menu and wine list. Le Crocodile summons the French heritage of many Canadians. Try the Chef’s Tasting Menu to experience this restaurant’s best of the best. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar serves some of the finest and freshest seafood in Vancouver, where you can sample sushi or a wide selection of oysters. The tasting menus with wine pairings, or BC Black Cod from the dinner menu, along with the private setting of the dining room, all create the fine dining experience of Chef’s Table in Calgary. Though you would be hard pressed to visit all of our top ten fine dining choices in one trip, definitely choose one or two for an unforgettable Canadian journey. read more about Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in Canada... Read More

the glitzy side   2

the glitzy side 2
Destination(s): Montreal

Montreal has been known for a long time as the place to party. It still is. From the Old Port to downtown or the chic Plateau Mont-Royal this town is thriving on good food, good company and good drinks. read more about the glitzy side 2... Read More

Skiing Canmore/Banff

Skiing Canmore/Banff
Destination(s): Banff

There's no better place to visit for ski/snowboard vacations than the Canadian Rockies. With a selection of world-class ski resorts nearby to small ski towns that offer everything you might want after a day on the slopes, the Rockies will meet all your expectations for ski vacations. read more about Skiing Canmore/Banff... Read More

Watching Your Wallet in Whistler

Watching Your Wallet in Whistler
Destination(s): Whistler

Whistler has an extensive amount of summer activities that involve very little money. With more hiking and biking trails than you could possibly do in one week, you won't be bored, or broke. The many lakes in Whistler offer a cool haven for water lovers, and you don't need to stay at some fancy, high-priced hotel to enjoy it. There are plenty of charming Bed and Breakfasts that will treat you like Royalty, and leave you with some change to spare. Whistler is also home to many talented artists and there is no shortage of free art galleries to browse through in Whistler Village. Bungee jumping is an optional treat, but it's your one big splurge to live a little! read more about Watching Your Wallet in Whistler... Read More

Newbie's Guide to Stampede!

Newbie's Guide to Stampede!
Destination(s): Calgary

Imagine if you lived in a city of a 1,000,000+ people. Once a year, the downtown core hosts a parade, and hundreds of thousands of people line the streets to wave at stagecoaches filled with local celebrities and beauty queens. Before the streets are swept, your city shifts into party mode. For ten days, everyone from oil company executives to farmhands costume up, skip out of work early, head to the rodeo, then party hop with locals and tourists alike.Welcome to the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!In early July, some Calgarians pack up and head for the hills, grumbling the whole time about how their city is more than bandanas and boots. They make room for the 1.2 million celebrants who fill hotel rooms and descend upon the Stampede Grounds in the Beltline to celebrate in western style. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Stampede Experience.Western AttireWestern clothing is high art in Calgary - don’t be surprised if that pretty, pulled together cowgirl spent more on her outfit than you do on rent. For western duds, look no further than Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack. The real deal, you’ll find ranchers intermixed with the city folk searching for Stetsons. Local tip: cowboy boots aren’t for the faint of sole. Buy a custom made pair at Alberta Boot and ship ‘em home; Jake Gyllenhaal supposedly bought a pair while filming nearby!RodeoThe toughest guys and gals compete for over $2 Million in prize money; tackling, roping, riding, and wrestling their ways into the finals. Words cannot describe how hard this event can be on its participants; after all, no one in the world is more rugged than a man who can stay on a really grumpy bull for over eight seconds. Grab a Caesar (local libation consisting of Vodka, Clamato, Worcestershire, and Tabasco) at 30X Saloon, throw on your Shady Brady to keep out the sun, grab your seat in the Grandstand, and dig in!Stampede Flapjack BreakfastsFree breakfasts for ten days? Yes, if you know where to look! To find a free (or nearly free) breakfast every morning of Stampede, check out the Flapjack Finder. Designed and managed by local Calgary design gurus KARO Group, Flapjack finder ensures maximum flapjack and syrup consumption with minimal research on your part - they even have an iPhone app! Wear your cowboy gear, or you’ll be stared down as the interloper you are.Getting’ yer Party onIf you want the full western experience, ignore the wine bars and gastropubs who throw a bale of hay at the door and drive up the price of their whiskey; your best bet is where the cowboys actually drink year round. Ranchman’s is an authentic western saloon and Calgary legend, where grizzled cowfolk intermingle with nubile cowgirls – try the mechanical bull and hold on to your hat. Elsewhere, lowly parking lots are elevated to the status of an A-list club when tented for a corporate party. Getting on the invite list to some of the more exclusive shindigs is harder than roping a wild filly, but try if you can. Befriend a local working at an energy firm, and you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with local elite, sipping a complimentary Grasshopper beer.Western GrubOnly during Stampede could there be a food festival dedicated to the culinary preparation of a young calf’s business. Buzzard’s Cowboy Cuisine celebrates their yearly, ahem, “Testicle Festival” in early July, where prairie oysters are sautéed, braised, and breaded and fried to perfection. read more about Newbie's Guide to Stampede!... Read More