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Top Canadian Travel Deals This Week: August 10–16

Photo: Robert Taylor

BRITISH COLUMBIA | Take 50% off your stay at the Delta Sun Peaks Resort in the Okanagan wine region. Book by Aug. 15. Get the deal.

BRITISH COLUMBIA | Get $50 off select one-way trips within British Columbia on Air Canada with promotion code BC50; for travel until October 4. Book by Aug. 31. Get the deal. (more…)

Top Canadian Travel Deals This Week: August 3–9

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

BRITISH COLUMBIA | Get your third night free at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in BC from now through Labour Day weekend. Book by Aug. 6. Get the deal. (more…)

Canada’s Tallest Hotel To Open in Niagara Falls

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Screengrab, NiagaraFallsReview.ca

Preliminary plans for a 60- and 61-story, two-tower hotel—the tallest hotel in Canada—have been approved for Niagara Falls. (more…)

Top Canadian Travel Deals this Week: July 27–August 2

Painter’s Lodge on Vancouver Island

BRITISH COLUMBIA | Save 46% per night on a package at the gorgeous Painter’s Lodge resort on northern Vancouver Island that includes room, breakfast and a wildlife Zodiac tour. Tack on a whale watching tour for two for $80 (regular price: $358). Book by Aug. 1. Get the deal.

MANITOBA | The Radisson Hotel Winnipeg is offering 65% off its room prices at $95 per night, plus a $50 meal voucher, 4 free tickets to the Assiniboine Park Zoo and free parking through October 6. Book by Aug. 1. Get the deal. (more…)

Want the Best Prices on Flights for Labour Day? Better Book Now

By SHANNON KELLY

Travel Web site and booking engine Travelocity has announced that the period between July 20 and 26, six weeks before the holiday, is the best time to book flights in order to get the lowest prices. That gives you until midnight tonight to make your travel plans if you want the best deal. The conclusion is based on trends over five years of flight booking with the Web site. (more…)

New Technology Could Shave 1 Million Hours Off Canada-U.S. Border Wait Times

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: chucka_nc

Border wait times between Canada and the U.S. could get a whole lot shorter in coming months and years, thanks to improved sensor technology to be installed near customs plazas that will provide up-to-the-minute traffic information to drivers on the approach. (more…)

Do Your Travel Photos Suck? Hire a Personal Vacation Photographer

Hiring a personal vacation photographer may be expensive, but you'd avoid shots like this. (Photo: Jesse Newland)

It’s not surprising that resorts, attractions and tour operators offer pro photo sessions for their customers, but now, according to the Wall Street Journal, individuals are also hiring personal vacation photographers. (more…)

New Law Proposed To Prevent Airlines from Separating Families on Flights

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: James Emery

Back in May we told you about a so-called “family travel tax“: new policies that some United States airlines are adopting that threaten to break up people travelling together on planes, including possibly separating parents from their children. In response to these family-unfriendly practices, a New York State Congress member has proposed a federal law in the U.S. that would prevent families from being separated on commercial airlines.

The legislation, proposed by Congressman Jerrold Nadler, is called the Families Flying Together Act of 2012, and would require airlines to keep families together on flights—without forcing them to pay extra for premium or guaranteed seats—and to make this policy plainly visible to everyone booking a flight.

The proposed law doesn’t have provisions for couples or anyone else travelling together.

Top Canadian Travel Deals this Week: July 13–19

Solara Resort & Spa

CANADIAN ROCKIES | Looking for a last-minute getaway? The Solara Resort & Spa in Canmore, Alberta (just outside Banff National Park), has a 22% discount on its Stay/Western package (one-bedroom suite plus a three-hour trail ride) by 22%, from $375 per night to $252 per night, for travel before July 28. Book by July 18. Get the deal.

BRITISH COLUMBIA | Pay just $99 per night at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa on Vancouver Island’s east coast (one of Where.ca’s top Canadian spa experiences)—49% off the regular price. Book by July 18. Get the deal. (more…)

Pay 30% Less on WestJet than Air Canada with New Routes in 2013

By SHANNON KELLY

WestJet’s new regional routes will utilize Bombardier Q400 turboprop planes

WestJet announced on Tuesday that its new short-haul flights will cost about a third less than the same Air Canada flights for last-minute trips. And this, WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky told Reuters, is “at a minimum”. Prices could be even lower.

The airline plans to start the regional services in the second half of 2013, but hasn’t announced the details of where flights will start, saying only that they’ll begin either the west or east coast and will expand to the opposite coast the following year. WestJet will increase its workforce by 22%, adding 1,800 employees to accommodate the new routes.

WestJet has placed a conditional order for 45 Bombardier Q400 turboprop planes that accommodation 70 to 80 passengers each.

Read more at BNN.

TravelAvenue: Like Pinterest, but Exclusively for Travel

By SHANNON KELLY

Screenshot, TravelAvenue.com

New online photo-sharing site TravelAvenue calls itself a “virtual personal travel notebook”.  If you’ve used Pinterest, you’ll find it easy to get the hang of TravelAvenue, but the site has aspirations beyond just photo sharing. In an interview with Tnooz, TravelAvenue president Loic Dupont said that the company wants to “radically change the way [travellers] organize their research online”. (more…)

Stampede Mania: the Calgary Stampede Preview Round-Up

Photo: Sunny Goel

By SHANNON KELLY

Cowtown’s annual western extravaganza, the so-called Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, which kicks off tomorrow, is in its 100th year and hotter than ever.

Here’s a roundup of our favourite Calgary Stampede features leading up to the event:

  • Fashion Magazine tells us how to be cowboy au courant, from what to wear to which events not to miss, including a peek at a Stampede gown made entirely of pancake breakfast supplies. (Yup, we’re talking plates and napkins!)
  • From the Food Network, a slideshow of top Stampede treats: fried Kool-Aid, jalapeño corn dogs, and Jack Daniels whiskey fudge—yeehaw!
  • Just what is the deal with those white cowboy hats? The Globe and Mail interviews Bryce Nimmo, president of Smithbilt Hats, to find out.
  • Doing the Stampede with little cowpokes in tow? The Calgary Herald has some great tips on where to take the kids.
  • We love Canadian Geographic‘s colourful, interactive Stampede map.
  • And, of course, it wouldn’t be an event without an app. The Calgary Stampede’s official iPhone and iPad app has maps, event descriptions and a schedule-building tool.