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Visiting Toronto Island

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Visiting Toronto Island

A Ride to Toronto Island Vacationing in Canada My family and I took a trip to Toronto Island for a week-long vacation. I went to visit family, but I definitely found Canada, and Toronto in particular, to be quite the tourist experience. I immediately noticed how gregarious the natives were. Customs was a breeze, and although my three rambunctious children were causing a bit of a stir, singing and dancing, after our 5 hour trip from California, the customs officials didn’t mind a bit, even though it was late in the evening. The next morning we...

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Live Events in Edmonton

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Live Events in Edmonton

Live Events in Edmonton Cowboys and Aliens Dust covered chaps and boots, and thousands of fans cheering as the gate of the chute opens… these are the sights and sounds of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. From its humble beginnings as a Hudson’s Bay trading outpost, Edmonton has flourished into a thriving city, thanks in part to its agricultural roots. The fertile and productive soil of central and northern Alberta allowed farmers to both grow crops and raise livestock. In 1879, local volunteers recognized agriculture was an industry that thrived on...

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Jumping the Border to Vancouver

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Jumping the Border to Vancouver

Vancouver Jumping the Border “What is the purpose of your visit?” asked the man in the booth, and I shrugged. “Lunch,” I said. “Just thought I’d pop over for an hour or so.” To border guards, this is not an acceptable answer. “Business” is a proper response. Or “vacation.” I should have luggage and an itinerary in hand. Anything else arouses suspicion. And so I’ve learned to lie. This last visit, I invented an old high school friend who was meeting me somewhere. Into Vancouver I love the...

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Adventure Beluga Whale Watching Tour

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Adventure Beluga Whale Watching Tour

Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventure Beluga Whale Watching Tour “Be part of the excitement as thousands of Hudson Bay Beluga whales descend upon Churchill each and every summer.” Quick Facts about This Trip: Trip Start/End: Ontario (Toronto) / Manitoba (Winnipeg) Highlights: Manitoba (Winnipeg, Churchill), Ontario (Toronto) Duration: 7 days Tour Type: ValueValue trips offer the most popular sights and experiences in an area, typically feature centrally located economic hotels, with private and/or shared tours. Travel Style: Small Group...

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Glimpse Traditional Inuit Communities

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Glimpse Traditional Inuit Communities

Glimpse Traditional Inuit Communities NEW PROGRAM OFFERS CHANCE TO GLIMPSE LIFE IN CHOICE OF FIVE TRADITIONAL INUIT COMMUNITIES IN ARCTIC CANADA NUNAVUT, CANADA – Canada’s arctic offers visitors a glimpse into a different life; spectacular scenery and wildlife; a sense of timelessness and an experience that will last a lifetime. A new tour series “A Touch of the Arctic”, offered by The Great Canadian Travel Company, features the opportunity to spend two, three or four nights in a traditional Inuit community. This is enough time to explore the...

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Take the Train to See Canada’s Belugas This Summer

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Take the Train to See Canada’s Belugas This Summer

This post is sponsored by Kanetix.ca – compare instant travel insurance quotes from the best insurance providers in Canada and buy online. Save time and money with Kanetix Travel Insurance. (CHURCHILL, MANITOBA, CANADA) – A new five-day summer tour takes you by train to Canada’s far north and introduces you to the flora, fauna and history of one of North America’s most unique towns – Churchill, Manitoba – for less than $1000. The itinerary takes you on a 1,000-mile journey by rail from the modern city of Winnipeg through towering boreal...

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James Taylor at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

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James Taylor at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

(Montreal, January 25, 2012) - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal team is especially proud to present James Taylor in a pre-opening concert to the 33rd edition of the Festival presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, on June 27, 2012 at 7:30 P.M., in the Salle Wilfrid‑Pelletier Place des Arts, as part of the Événements spéciaux series. Tickets for this concert, presented in collaboration with Evenko, go on sale this Thursday at noon. In 2008, the Festival and Evenko collaborated to offer us a magnificent concert by...

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13th Annual Festival Montreal en Lumiere

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13th Annual Festival Montreal en Lumiere

Montréal, “the city of festivals,” known for its superb cuisine and vibrant nightlife, will light up the Canadian skies and warm the soul with outstanding culinary offerings and exciting cultural entertainment during the 13th edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival.  This midwinter party, formerly known as The Montréal High Lights Festival, features an unrivalled performing arts series, exceptional food and wine tasting activities and brilliant light shows, including a multitude of complimentary activities attracting adults and children...

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Kitsilano: Vancouver’s Lovely Western Suburb

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Kitsilano: Vancouver’s Lovely Western Suburb

Kitsilano, or ‘Kits’ as locals know it, used to be the Vancouver version of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Nowadays, it is still a fascinating area to visit and worth a day of anyone’s time. Defining the exact area of Kitsilano is not an easy thing to do. The boundaries are roughly from Blenheim Street in the west to Main Street north of 33rd Avenue in the east. What Kits certainly does contain is excellent beaches, an ample green space called Vanier Park, some impressive museums and excellent shopping opportunities. Kitsilano Beach...

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Vancouver Museum and Planetarium

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Vancouver Museum and Planetarium

On the edge of Kitsilano, near Vanier Park, is the Vancouver Museum, one of Canada’s largest civic museums, which houses collections in natural history, archaeology, ethnology and Asian Arts. The exhibits include re-creations of Edwardian rooms and some interesting toys from the same era. Visitors should be able to find this place quite easily if they walk along the seawall westwards from Granville Island.   It also helps that there is a large metal crab outside the front entrance and the shape of the building is really distinctive, as...

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Vancouver’s Commercial Drive

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Vancouver’s Commercial Drive

The lively 16-block area of Commercial Drive (between Broadway and Venables) is an enormously popular district with locals, but is often overlooked by tourists. The main reason for visitors to come here is to discover the most diverse mix of people, dining, shopping, and entertainment that Vancouver has to offer; in fact Commercial Drive might just be the most culturally diverse neighbourhood in Western Canada. Any walk along ‘The Drive’, as it is known by Vancouverites, will quickly show you that there is an almost complete absence of chain...

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Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Festival

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Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Festival

The Bard on the Beach Festival takes place under two tents in Vanier Park by the lovely English Bay with views over the North Shore mountains. This company performs four Shakespearean plays each summer, normally two comedies and two histories or tragedies. This year the company has introduced allocated seats bookable in advance. In previous years when I booked a ticket, I  had to queue to get in and the seats were taken on a first come first served basis. The tents are very airy and keep out the rain, but inevitably the sound of ship’s horns...

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Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver

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Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver

If visitors have had enough of the crowds at Granville Island, then simply catch the number 50 bus heading eastwards towards Cambie Street. The bus changes to number 15 after the Olympic Village Skytrain station – no need to get off and then on again – and 10 minutes later arrives at 33rd Avenue, where travellers should get off and visit Queen Elizabeth Park, where there will be few crowds. This park has majestic views over Vancouver, contains the Bloedel conservatory housing exotic plants and birds, and features many shady and...

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See Polar Bears of Canada on New Short Tour

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See Polar Bears of Canada on New Short Tour

(CHURCHILL, MANITOBA, CANADA) – You may have always wanted to view the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba – but haven’t been able to find the time to travel so far north. This year, a new program offers you the chance to view these fascinating animals up close in their own habitat during a short four-day, three-night trip. A full day on the tundra observing polar bears is the heart of the itinerary of “The Polar Bear Overnighter.” This once-in-a-lifetime trip is operated by The Great Canadian Travel Company, an operator that has been...

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Vancouver: 1st in One Ranking, 29th in Another

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Vancouver: 1st in One Ranking, 29th in Another

Once again, Vancouver has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit. 140 cities are assigned scores from 0-100 on 30 factors spread across five areas: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. These numbers are then weighted and combined to produce an overall figure. Vancouver scored 98 out of a maximum 100, as it has done for the past two years. Melbourne in Australia was second with a score of 97.5.   Three of the top five cities are Canadian and four of the...

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