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50 Things To Do With Kids in Montreal

By LAURA PELLERINE

# 3 – Granby Zoo (Photo: Austin H. Kapfumvuti)

Montreal is a festival city, and explodes with activity year-round. There’s always something family friendly to do, whether it’s biking on the waterfront, learning circus skills, exploring a living-history or science museum or pigging out at the city’s decadant ice-cream parlours, chocolate shops and crêperies. (more…)

Western Canada’s 12 Best Hot Springs

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Lussier Hot Springs (Photo: Tourism BC/Dave Heath)

With cool nights year-round in the Canadian Rockies and on Canada’s the west coast, a soak in a warm pool is a welcome end to a hard day on the trail or a bonus for surviving another work week. The lack of options in eastern Canada isn’t an oversight: the subterranean thermal activity that feeds the springs only exists out west. (more…)

Toronto Gift Shops: The Best Places to Buy Unique Gifts

By ANA TAVEIRA & STEPHANIE YOUNG

Toronto Gift Shop

From our Toronto gift shop picks: Studio Brillantine, Blue Banana Market and Magic Pony (Photos: pamlau.com, Tsar Kasim)

What is a Toronto gift? In a city this diverse, it could be anything and there’s a Toronto gift shop to cater to any taste. Finding that perfect item can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled this list of Toronto gift shops that will take the guesswork out of your shopping experience. With their precisely curated stock of unique and amazing housewares, jewellery, toys, stationery and more, these Toronto gift shops will help you bring home the perfect present every time.

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Eastern Canada’s Best Beaches

By SHANNON KELLY

Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac Park, NB (Photo: Tourism New Brunswick)

Last week the west coast got all the beachy glory. Now we head east to focus on the top beaches in the east: sandy Maritime playgrounds, windswept dunes, surfer spots and crystalline beauties on eastern Canada’s ocean- and lake-fronts. (more…)

The Best Beaches of the Canadian West

By SHANNON KELLY

Tribune Bay Beach, BC (Photo: Tourism British Columbia)

We’re well into summer, and it’s time to get yourself beachside if you haven’t already. The best ocean- and lake-front beaches in the West may come as a surprise. First, they’re not all in British Columbia. (Though most are, since that province monopolizes Canada’s Pacific coast. Vancouver alone has 10 beaches!) Secondly, they’re not all hugging the southern border—some excellent northern lakes and oceanfront strands have made the list, too.

Check out Canada’s top beaches in British Columbia, the Yukon and Alberta »

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Alberta’s Dinosaurs: Your Guide to a Weekend in Canada’s Badlands

By Meghan J. Ward

Alberta's Dinosaurs—Royal Tyrrell Museum

Alberta’s dinosaurs on display at the Royal Tyrell Museum (Photo: Royal Tyrell Museum)

Alberta’s dinosaurs may be extinct, but they live on in the Canadian Badlands. The region, which takes up of the southeast corner of the province, has one of the richest dinosaur fossil deposits in the world and makes for an excellent getaway for visitors or locals. Using Calgary as a base, we offer this weekend trip that follows the path of Alberta’s dinosaurs from the region where most species were discovered in Dinosaur Provincial Park to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, where many of the fossils are now on display.

When to go: To get a snow-free experience, try from May through October.

What to bring: Water bottles, a hat, sunscreen, sturdy footwear, snacks, camera and, if you’re camping, food for dinner and your cooking gear.

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6 Reasons To Visit Fredericton, New Brunswick

By KAT TANCOCK

Photo: André Gallant/Tourism New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s capital has more going for it than just lobster and the legislature (though the former makes for a unique potato chip). Here are six reasons you should make Fredericton a stop on your Maritime itinerary.

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Louis Riel Walking Tour: A Gorgeous Stroll Through Winnipeg’s History

Louis-Riel-Walking-TourMétis leader Louis Riel is one of Manitoba’s most notorious historical figures, and many of the defining moments in his life—and in the history of Manitoba—happened right here in Winnipeg. Learn more about his life and influence with our self-guided walking tour that criss-crosses fast flowing rivers, from the Manitoba Legislative Building to old St. Boniface via the Esplanade Riel.

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5 Best Spots to Grab a Winnipeg Sausage

Winnipeg Sausage

The best Winnipeg sausage: an international sampling of recipes can be found throughout the city

Winnipeg is populated by people from many places, and that diversity is ours to taste at the city’s many old-school deli shops. Each butcher has cherished recipes for traditional homemade sausage. Winnipeg is proud to be home all of them, and our local experts have hunted down the some of the finest. From quintessential kielbasa to the best wurst, here are five banging bangers that are worth stinking up your suitcase for.

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Your Guide to the Calgary Underground Film Festival

Two aliens form a band in Brooklyn in The History of Future Folk. Photo courtesy CUFF.

Two aliens form a band in Brooklyn in The History of Future Folk. Photo courtesy CUFF.

The Calgary Underground Film Festival runs April 15 to 21 at the Globe Cinema. Film genres include documentary, animation to horror. Festival producer Brenda Lieberman shares her top five festival selections, which she describes as “shocking, funny and all definitely worth seeing.”

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Ottawa Sandwich Guide: 10 Best Restaurants for Amazing Sandwiches

By KAILA MOREAU

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#1 Best Cheap Ottawa Sandwich: Bread and Sons’ avocado sandwich

Ottawa has countless restaurants that serve sandwiches, of course, so what distinctive qualities makes one Ottawa sandwich more satisfying than another? With your tight timeline and budget in mind, we’ve done our homework and whittled the list down to the 10 best (and affordable!) Ottawa sandwiches. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a total omnivore, we can all break bread over these scrumptious sandwich options.

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Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City This Spring

Best of Toronto #3: a primadonna-approved exercise regime at Barreworks

Best of Toronto #3: a primadonna-approved exercise regime at Barreworks

1  Gourmet donuts like blueberry balsamic from Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken.

2  Charming and whimsical decor items from Corktown’s Even & Odd.

3  Challenging yourself to a workout using a ballerina’s barre at BarreWorks

4  A photo op at the iconic Flatiron Building with its wedge-shaped edifice separating Front and Wellington streets.

5  Chowing down on the khao soi, a Northern Thailand specialty of yellow noodles in curry gravy, at Sukho Thai.

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