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Winter Wine Tour: Experiencing Niagara’s Icewine

Icewine tasting at Peller Estates Winery

By Pamela MacNaughtan

Icewine originates in 18th-century Germany, but it has been perfected in the Niagara region, and people travel from all over the world to try icewines from this southern Ontario appellation. Today Niagara is the only place on earth where the full-flavoured dessert wine is produced annually.

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Top 3 Sweet Ski Resorts in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe

Photo by Skistar Trysil

By Ilissa Maiatico

Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region is home to ski resorts that range from bunny hill fare to splashy getaways with time-shares and romantic restaurants. Here are our top three choices for skiing and snowboarding in Ontario—all within day-trip or easy-overnight distance from Toronto. (more…)

Culture and Nature in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

One of the thousands of lakes in Ontario's Kawarthas region. Photo by Martin Cathrae.

By Tim Johnson

While Ontario’s Muskokas may get much of the attention as Toronto’s most popular cottage getaway spot, the Kawartha Lakes are growing in popularity. About 90 minutes northeast of Toronto, this area includes a string of picturesque lakes, charming villages and Peterborough, a university town with a surprising amount of culture. And the best part? Everything is relatively close together, so you can experience the best of both worlds in a single day—spend the afternoon at the lake, head into town for a great dinner, then bed down in a resort on the water. (more…)

11 of Canada’s Best Wedding Destinations

Sometimes travel is for work, sometimes it’s for play and sometimes it’s for a once-in-a-lifetime (fingers crossed!) event, like getting married. If you’re planning a destination wedding somewhere in Canada, this slideshow by Canada’s top bridal magazine, Wedding Bells could help you find the perfect spot, whether on a bluff overlooking the sea, in a stately early 20th century mansion in Toronto, under the Yukon’s northern lights or seated on caribou skins in Quebec’s ice hotel.

See all 11 destinations and venues at WeddingBells.ca.

Image by Xavier Dachez.

3 Easy Fall Day Trips from Halifax

By Candice Walsh

One of the joys of travelling Nova Scotia is the ease of getting around the province by car. When Halifax starts feeling a little too close for comfort, you can hightail it out of there with a moment’s notice. You don’t even need to go overnight—just go.

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Riding the Skeena: Northern BC to Jasper National Park

Mount Robson, Canada's highest peak. Photo by ceetap.

By Tim Johnson

Not all road trips must be taken on rubber wheels. After all, a ride on a train takes you along a railroad—Canada’s original mode of long-distance travel. And, winding from British Columbia’s picturesque Pacific Coastal Range, past quirky, cool places in the BC interior, all the way to the soaring Rockies and across the Alberta border to Jasper, VIA Rail’s “Skeena” (Prince Rupert–Jasper train) provides a railroad trip you won’t soon forget. (more…)

A Soothing Escape to Ste. Anne’s Spa, Grafton, ON

At Ste. Anne's, guests wear their white robes everywhere, even to dinner.

By Laura Kathleen Maize

The main spa building is an 19th-century stone farmhouse.

Less than two hours from Toronto, this luxurious spa on a historic 500-acre estate makes a perfect day trip or overnight escape from the city, especially in cold-weather months.

Tucked away in Ontario’s Northumberland Hills, Ste. Anne’s Spa is in an incredibly relaxing, rural setting east of Toronto near Cobourg. An Aveda-only spa, Ste. Anne’s has won numerous awards, including SpaFinder reader’s choice awards for best spa in Canada and best spa treatment.

The spa building is in a renovated 1800s, stone-walled farmhouse with walkways and tiny cottages surrounding the main building. Inside, luxury takes over, with big windows, fireplaces, cucumber-water coolers and deep couches with throws. Guests, all clad in white bathrobes, drift from one treatment to the next, and the scent of eucalyptus radiates throughout. The grounds, with their tailored gardens and gazebos, are stunning; in warm weather, enjoy them from a hammock or chaise lounge. (more…)

Journey to the Polar Bear Capital of the World

Photo by Mark Cosgriff

By Kristina Breckon

On the shores of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba is a hidden gem for eco-tourists: Churchill, Manitoba. This small town of 900 permanent residents is known as the polar bear capital of the world. Approximately 300 of the up-to-1,600-pound bears pass through here each fall.

Polar bear season runs until the end of November, so book now to avoid disappointment. If you miss bear season, take heart that visitors to Churchill in late December to March are often treated to world-class views of the northern lights. (more…)