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Getaway

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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Rustic Cabin Rentals in Georgian Bay Islands National Park

By TIM JOHNSON

Beausoleil Island (Photo: rkklfb)

It’s a common warm-weather weekend dilemma—you love camping, except for one thing: the camping part.

Lazing in the sun at the beach, swimming in a pristine lake and wrapping up the day with a campfire and s’mores is undeniably great, but sleeping in a tent on the cold, hard ground is not. For the best of both worlds, look into the rustic cabin rentals in Georgian Bay Islands National Park, just steps from a rugged, picturesque coastline. (more…)

Wild West in the Far North: Dawson City, Yukon

By TIM JOHNSON

The Yukon, and especially Dawson City, looms large in the Canadian imagination—even if few Canadians have actually visited this untamed land. It’s an evocative place, exotic and far-flung despite the fact that it’s wholly within our national borders, simultaneously conjuring up visions of the Wild West, the stereotypical Canadian far North, miles and miles of wilderness and the Klondike Gold Rush era’s crusty, well-worn prospectors, rushing rivers, player pianos and dancing cancan girls. (more…)

A Food-Lover’s Guide to PEI’s Eastern Shores

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Rossignol Estate Winery (Photo: Konstantin Ryabitsev)

Visitors to Canada’s smallest province may be fixated on seafood, redheaded Anne (of Green Gables fame) and seeing the birthplace of Confederation, but there are many more palatable lures to explore in the eastern half of Prince Edward Island. (more…)

Weekend Getaway to Ontario’s Spirit Tree Cidery

By RED HUNT

You may have been to some breweries, wineries or distilleries, but have you ever visited a cidery?

Spirit Tree Estate Cidery has been producing ciders for a number of years in southern Ontario. Its first apple trees (15 different kinds!) were planted in 2005, with cider production starting a few years later. Only about an hour north of Toronto, the cidery makes for a perfect weekend day trip. (more…)

One Fabulous Day in Fredericton, New Brunswick

By KAT TANCOCK

Fredericton lighthouse and Walking Bridge (Photo: Piddleville)

New Brunswick’s capital city, Fredericton makes for an excellent stopover on a Maritimes tour. The quiet town on the Saint John River offers plenty to keep you busy, like this one-day itinerary that includes biking, shopping, a haunted hike and sampling the local bounty of food—especially seafood and beer. (more…)

Ontario’s Port Dover: Beaches, Boat Tours and Motorcycles

By ALINA SEAGAL

Photo: Renee Navarro

Friday the 13th is not a day to stay home this July in southern Ontario. The community of Port Dover, less than 150 km away from Toronto, is hosting a massive biker rally, Friday the 13th Port Dover, on this day clouded in superstitions.

Swarms of motorcycling enthusiasts from across North America have been gathering here on “cursed” Fridays the 13th for more than two decades. Motorcycle-free visitors also show up to watch and play the superstition away. About 70,000 converged in Port Dover during the latest rally in April (video). (more…)

1-Week Summer Wilderness Escape to Ontario’s Algonquin Park

By RED HUNT

One of Ontario’s most impressive wilderness areas, Algonquin Provincial Park is larger than some national parks at more than 7,000-square-kilometres and with more than 1,600 km of navigable waterways. Given the park’s size and its distance from both Ottawa and Toronto (about three-and-a-half hours from each to the outermost park entrances), it’s best to set aside some time here: five to seven days is a perfect amount of time to appreciate the diversity of one of Ontario’s best adventure destinations.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your Algonquin getaway. (more…)

Getaway to Quebec’s Maritime Archipelago, the Magdalen Islands

By MERLE ROSENSTEIN

Photo: Raymond Brow

On the Islands, rolling hills are carpeted with emerald fields and peppered with tiny wooden homes in hues of orange, yellow, purple, red and blue. Rust coloured cliffs yield caves chiseled out of limestone leading down to windswept white-sand beaches. Blissfully free of high rises, billboards and freeways, the Madgalen Islands (Les Îles de la Madeleine in French) invite quiet contemplation and outdoor adventure such as kite surfing, kayaking and cycling.

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A Food Lover’s Tour of the Eastern Townships, Quebec

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Bleu Lavande (Photo: Waheeda Harris)

In Quebec’s bucolic Eastern Townships region near Montreal, you can find plenty of gourmet souvenirs as you wind your way from Sherbrooke down to Lac Brome on Route 112. (more…)

Off the Beaten Path: Waterton Lakes National Park

By Alina Seagal

Waterton Lakes National Park (Photo: Alina Seagal)

Next time you want to hit an Alberta national park, think outside Banff or Jasper. Discover Waterton Lakes National Park, a four-hour drive through Kananaskis Country and wide-open prairies south of Calgary. (more…)

Weekend Getaway to Niagara-on-the-Lake

By ALINA SEAGAL

Queen Street (Photo: Sean_Marshall)

As one of the best-preserved 19th-century towns in North America, Niagara-on-the-Lake has a lot to reveal—beyond its many nearby wineries. Pretty Victorian architecture, a great lineup of summer festivals, and sidewalks made for strolling and window-shopping are just a handful of the attractions in this charming southern Ontario town. (more…)