Wintery Wine, Dine and Dash in 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 “Wintery Wine, Dine and Dash in Kelowna”

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 SummerContinue reading “Pender Island Surprises”

10 Ways Canada’s Yukon Territory is Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

The call of the wild emanates from just about everywhere in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Some locations are expected (evergreen forests, rugged mountain peaks, remote lakes) while others might surprise (a former brothel-now-bar, a wild-west-esque can-can show, a divey saloon). Looming large over this vast frontier north of the 60th parallel and east of Alaska areContinue reading “10 Ways Canada’s Yukon Territory is Beyond Your Wildest Dreams”

Colonnade Hotel for baseball fans in Boston

On game days, bell staff sport Red Sox caps at this friendly 285-room hotel located a 15-minute walk from Fenway Park and adjacent to some of Boston’s best shopping. Stylish guest rooms feature earth-tone furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and, beside every bathtub, a souvenir rubber ducky. Take in a ball game or entertaining ballpark tour, orContinue reading “Colonnade Hotel for baseball fans in Boston”

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 anContinue reading “Into the snow in Quebec’s Chic-Chocs”

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 inContinue reading “A Guide to Cape Breton Island”

Bonjour: Visiting Quebec with Kids

It is Paris without the jarring jet lag, a European experience wrapped in the warmth of Canadian hospitality. And in little more than five hours, you and your family can be there. A vacation in Montreal and Quebec City, in the Canadian province of Quebec, is the stuff family-travel dreams are made of. There’s justContinue reading “Bonjour: Visiting Quebec with Kids”

Celebrate the Holiday Season in San Francisco

The lead-up to the holidays can be an especially exhausting time for parents. It’s a special time, yes, but — let’s be honest here — it is difficult to embrace the magic of the season when you’re face-planting into bed every night. Perhaps it’s time to hit the pause button, pack up the kids andContinue reading “Celebrate the Holiday Season in San Francisco”

Key West Two Ways

Seafood is king in Key West, but a certain pie reigns as its most famous food…Visit WestJet Magazine online to continue reading my recommendations for Casual Dining. Thanks to a sub tropical climate and compact geography, it’s easy to get moving in Key West… Visit WestJet Magazine online to continue reading my recommendations for the Continue reading “Key West Two Ways”