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Wine, Dine and Dash in Wintery Kelowna

Wine, Dine and Dash in Wintery Kelowna

Tucked between bottles of wine, candles and jelly jars in The View Winery gift shop is a wooden sign that captures the optimism many Kelowna winemakers are embracing this winter: “If you pour it, they will come.” This snowy season over half of Kelowna’s 40-plus wineries are open for wine tasting, offering a more intimate, … Continue reading

The Bear that Disappears

The Bear that Disappears

Of all the very good reasons to take a trip down the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers, which run from Yukon through British Columbia and Alaska to the Pacific Coast, surely the most compelling is the chance to see one of the rarest animals on Earth. It’s a bear so uncommon, and about which so little … Continue reading

P is for Pangea Pod Hotel

P is for Pangea Pod Hotel

With its effortlessly stylish vibe and small-scale sleep compartments, the Pangea Pod Hotel is the first of its kind in Canada, deliverying an affordable stay in the heart of British Columbia’s Whistler Village… Continue reading in January 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine.

Pender Island Surprises

Pender Island Surprises

There is a disco on Pender Island. At least I think that’s what islander Curtis Redel just told me. “Heart Trail is a great morning walk,” says Redel when I ask about hiking on the island. “And if you keep following it, you’ll reach the disco.” I imagine flashing lights, disco balls and Donna Summer … Continue reading

Happy in Halifax: That’s an order

Happy in Halifax: That’s an order

Halifax has long known how to have a good time. In 1606, explorer Samuel de Champlain kicked off centuries of Nova Scotia merrymaking when he established L’Ordre de Bon Temps, the Order of the Good Time, to raise the spirits of his men wintering 200 km north of Halifax. The Order is still in existence … Continue reading

Into the snow in Quebec’s Chic-Chocs

Into the snow in Quebec’s Chic-Chocs

Staring down the powdery, steep slope dotted with snow-laden trees, I am far from lift lines, far from home and far–way far–out of my comfort zone. My ski guide Mia, one of a handful of bilingual staff at the remote Auberge de Montagne des Chic-Chocs on the Gaspe Peninsula in eastern Quebec, gives me an … Continue reading

Welcome to the Rock: Newfoundland

Welcome to the Rock: Newfoundland

“We didn’t do anything special,” says retired police constable Oswald “Oz” Fudge when describing this community’s efforts to welcome the 38 commercial aircraft carrying nearly 7,000 passengers and crew that were ordered to land in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Theatregoers seeing “Come From Away,” the hit musical based on those … Continue reading

Road-Tripping on Vancouver Island

Road-Tripping on Vancouver Island

There is air, there is fresh air, and then there’s the brisk, briny, oxygen-thick air that rides in on wild ocean waves. That’s the air you’ll breathe as you explore the Pacific Marine Circle Route on southern Vancouver Island. This 255-kilometre-long drive begins in Victoria, hugs the rugged western coastline to fisher-and hiker-friendly Port Renfrew, … Continue reading

A Guide to Cape Breton Island

A Guide to Cape Breton Island

Take a drive on the wild side with a visit to Cape Breton Island on the northern tip of Nova Scotia. With its soaring cliffs, bountiful seas and a heady mix of Gaelic, Acadian and Mi’kmaq cultures, this vast land delivers a Maritimes experience like no other. Visitors can hike, paddle or immerse themselves in … Continue reading