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…)
By ANA TAVEIRA & STEPHANIE YOUNG
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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BY CRAIG MOY
Pimlico Design Gallery is one of Toronto’s best gallery boutiques for artistic home products
You needn’t take home a $10,000 painting to prove your good taste. An art book, handcrafted home-decor item or even a unique piece of jewellery from one of these 10 gallery boutiques will do the trick.
By BRITTANY HENDRY
Bucket lists have been compiled for ages, indexing all the goals that one wants to accomplish in his or her lifetime. People can obsess over them, download apps for them, and even make movies about them. Travel, of course, is one of the top things people put on their bucket lists, which inspired us to put together our list of must-do activities in Canada. Come with us as we go through a photographic tour of the 50 Canadian things you must do before you die. And be sure to let us know your favourite Canadian activities that should have made the list!
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The haunting Orion Nebua (Photo: Ken Lord)
With over 80% of Canadians living in densely populated urban areas, it’s inevitable that light pollution keeps most us from seeing the true beauty of the night sky. Away from the city, there is a different type of glow that fills the heavens: stars, nebulae and planets. To experience this spectacle first hand, check out this list of the best locations in the world to stargaze. Six out of 11 of them are right here in Canada, and may be a short distance from where you live or travel, such as Jasper National Park, Point Pelee, McDonald Creek Provincial Park in B.C., Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia, Fathom Five National Marine Park on the Bruce Peninsula and Cypress Hills in the Prairies. Perhaps one day Wood Buffalo, Canada’s newest dark sky preserve, will be added to the list.
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By TIM PAWSEY
Where to wet your whistle in Vancouver—and beyond
Jay Jones mixes drinks at the Clough Club. (Photo: KK Law)
Welcome to Vancouver, a gently boozy burg where you can swirl, sip or quaff your way around town to your heart’s content. But it wasn’t always that way. Almost a century ago, rum-running and speakeasies were big business, as the city endured its own prolonged spell of prohibition. And many suggest the fallout lasted until just recently. (more…)
By MERLE ROSENSTEIN
One of our nine fabulous fall hiking trails: The Fundy Footpath (Photo: Dept. of Tourism & Parks, NB)
Head for the hills this fall and explore one of Canada’s many hiking trails, whether it’s tackling tough terrain on BC’s west coast or a slow sojourn on the Fundy Footpath (pictured). Well-trod trails accommodate any age or fitness level. Fall is an excellent time to get outside and capture the golden glow that softens the landscape. Proper hiking boots, water and snacks are a must. For organized outings with an experienced guide, contact cross-Canada hiking clubs or specific clubs in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, Alberta and BC.
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By TIM PAWSEY
Cod fish ‘n’ chips, at Pajo’s. (Photo: KK Law)
West Coast marine cuisine may be cutting edge, but fish ’n’ chips still rule in many hearts. Here are some of our favourites in Vancouver: (more…)
By MEGAN WILSON-SMITH
Mont Tremblant: One of our 12 inspiring helicopter tours (Photo: Tremblant Activity Centre)
Canada’s winding rivers, soaring cliffs, expansive fields and soaring skyscrapers can be seen from a hiking trail or a city sidewalk, but for a truly stunning panoramic view—to lose yourself in Canada’s beauty and awe-inspiring vistas—you must view it from above. We’ve compiled some of our favourite Canadian helicopter tours below—don’t miss these while you’re travelling!
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By CAROL SPODE
Unusual getaways from Toronto: hot air ballooning (Photo: Sundance Facebook)
Toronto is a great destination in itself, but travel just a few hours outside the city, and an unusual world of possibilities opens up. Of course, there are the obvious day trips from Toronto—the vineyards of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the theatre of Stratford—but for those looking for a memorable experience that’s off the beaten track, we’ve compiled this list of amazing, unusual getaways from Toronto.
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— Carol Spode runs Tailor-Made Toronto—http://britgirlintoronto.wordpress.com—which offers Toronto-based itinerary planning tailored to a client’s interests and time frame. If you are a visitor, have visitors coming to stay or simply want to find out how exciting and diverse Toronto can be, then leave a comment on Carol’s blog. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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