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Inside the Piikani Nation Powwow

By ALINA SEAGAL

Photo: Alina Seagal

The Piikani First Nation is a small reserve in the corner of southern Alberta. In the wide-open Prairies countryside between Lethbridge and Waterton Lakes National Park, it’s no prime tourist destination, but thousands flock to it for the annual powwow. (more…)

A Food-Lover’s Guide to British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Highway

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Christine's, on Blackcomb Mountain

Taking the Sea to Sky Highway, travellers are attracted to the vistas of Bowen Island, the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountains, and for a food-obsessed tourist, there’s plenty of local tastes to be found along the way. (more…)

The Not-So-Average Day Trip: Ontario Food Factory Tours

By LIZ BRUCKNER

Mapleton's Organic Farm

Just because many large-scale manufacturers prefer to keep their doors closed to public eyes doesn’t mean every food producer follows suit. These homegrown Ontario producers welcome visitors to see their manufacturing process and—best of all—do some unofficial taste-testing. (more…)

Belugas and Blues: Best Whale-Watching Spots in Quebec

By MERLE ROSENSTEIN

Blue whale in the St. Lawrence River Côte-Nord, Manicouagan Region (Photo: Marc Loiselle/Le Québec Maritime)

Get adventurous this spring or summer with a trip to Quebec to see one of thirteen species of whales that careen along Quebec’s maritime coast via organized tour, or—for a more adventurous experience—climb into a kayak to get an eye-to-eye view. (more…)

Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Who’s Next for Consideration?

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Atikaki boreal forest, Manitoba-Ontario border (Photo: Briand/Ontario Tourism)

In 2012, Canada is hoping to add these nine unique historical and cultural hot spots to the fifteen sites of  environmental and historical significance already on the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list. (more…)

25 Weekend Trips from Toronto

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

#9 – The 1,000 Islands (Photo: Bernard Garon)

Adventurists and antiques enthusiasts alike can find a multitude of weekend getaways between forty minutes and four hours from Toronto. (more…)

Haliburton County: Ontario’s Little-Known Adventure Gem

By LIZ BRUCKNER

Photo: Theodore Smith

Contrary to popular belief, you need not board a plane to score your next adventure fix. Head two-and-a-half hours north of Toronto to the Haliburton Highlands for a hearty dose of the Ontario outdoors.
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“Sugar Off” at Quebec’s Sucrerie de la Montagne Sugar Shack

By LAURA PELLERINE

Photo: Ryan Krochko

Maple syrup is more than a breakfast condiment to Quebecers—it’s a multimillion-dollar industry: 77 per cent of the world’s maple syrup is produced here, and when the sap starts flowing it means one thing: “sugaring off” season has begun. (more…)

Mad About Maple: Ontario’s Sugar Shacks

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Photo: Hamilton Conservation Authority

The sap is running early this year, thanks to Old Man Winter’s scarce appearance in Ontario and many sweet maple-syrup-themed celebrations are planned this season. (more…)

Three Days at Banff’s “Big Three” Ski Resorts

By PAMELA MACNAUGHTAN

Lake Louise ski resort (Photo: Drew Douglas)

Spring may be around the corner, but the ski season in the Canadian Rockies lasts until May, so you’ve got plenty of time to hit the slopes! (more…)

Little City in the Prairies: Lethbridge, Alberta

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (Photo: Travel Alberta)

By Laura Pellerine

You can almost imagine outlaw whiskey traders wandering through the streets of this former frontier town in southern Alberta, about a two-hour drive south of Calgary. (more…)

What’s New at Quebec’s Top Ski Resorts this Winter

Photo by Oliver Croteau

By Merle Rosenstein

Quebec’s main ski centres—Mont Tremblant, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif—challenge outdoor adventure-seekers with unnerving elevations and pristine powder. Strap on some skis and find out what’s new this season. (more…)