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Editor’s Picks: Best Choices for Mother’s Day 2012

Victoria Conservatory of Music Garden (Photo: Maureen Flynn-Burhoe)

Victoria

Mother’s Day Paint-In
At this arts and crafts fair at Hatley Park National Historic Site, browse the works of local artists, purchase plants and locally made jewellery, food items or beauty products and more. Other diversions include bands, face-painting for kids and tours of the historic Hatley Castle and gardens.
Hatley Park, 2005 Sooke Rd., 250-391-2666; May 13, 10–4; May 12 and 13, 10–4; free. (more…)

Get a Sneak Peek at Toronto’s 2012 CONTACT Photography Festival

By SHANNON KELLY

"Arirang" 2006 (Philippe Chancel)

Toronto’s annual CONTACT Photography Festival opens next Tuesday, May 1. The month-long festival brings the work of more than 100 photographers to more than 200 galleries, museums and public spaces around the city. The theme this year is “Public”. To see what’s on when, check out this handy festival map. (more…)

11 Rainy Day Activities in Montreal

By JOANNE LATIMER

Photo: Rachel Barenblat

1. Bowl and dine at Notre Dame des Quilles. Throw a strike at this hip new bowling bistro. It serves classy comfort food, like mac ‘n’ cheese with jalapeño chutney, alongside real ginger ale and cheap pints. It opens at 3 pm for afternoon fun. Cash only. 32 Beaubien St. E., at St. Laurent; 514-507-1313. Open daily from 3 pm.

2. Pamper yourself with a massage. Massages at Bota Bota spa ($90 for 60 minutes) are accompanied by a live harpist and you can also tack on a sauna or eucalyptus steam bath. Once a seaworthy vessel, this five-storey ship was retrofitted as a chic spa in 2010. 358 Commune St. W.; 516-284-0333. Open daily by appointment. (more…)

Canada’s Top 5 Hockey Shrines

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Maple Leaf Gardens (Photo: Michael Clesle)

Hockey playoffs begin this week and what better way to add to your fan cred and keep your fervour going in the post-season than with a visit to one of the hockey shrines of Canada? (more…)

Babies, Babies Everywhere: What’s New at Canada’s Zoos and Aquariums this Year

By SHANNON KELLY

The Calgary Zoo's new Penguin Plunge exhibit (Photo: Sergei Belski/Calgary Zoo)

Spring may be the best time of year at zoos: it’s when many of the babies (baby animals, that is) are born or are newly on display, the weather is warming up and many zoos (and aquariums) are unveiling new attractions in anticipation of the busy summer season. (more…)

Top 5: Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Montreal

By VANESSA MURI

Burritoville (Photo: ©Roxanne Ross)

Montreal’s vegetarian scene has evolved enormously over the last 10 years—most definitely for the better. The city has no shortage of delicious meat-free meals at non-veg eateries plus a host of gourmet and organic-focused entirely vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

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O’Canada: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations from Coast to Coast

CelticFest Vancouver (Photo: donnaidh_sidhe)

Looking for St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Canada? Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re in luck. From ceilidhs to fiddling, film festivals to (if you must) green beer, Irish-Canadian pride shines its brightest shade of green this week and next! (more…)

The Best of Ontario Spring Festivals and Events

By MEGHAN WILSON-SMITH

Canadian Tulip Festival (Photo: John Talbot)

As the weather warms in March and April in Ontario, there is a bit more spring in our steps, a renewed bustle on sidewalks and park trails and a general loosening of the scarves.

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The Insider Guide to the Montréal Biodôme

By LAURA PELLERINE

Photo: oijulia

One of Quebec’s most popular attractions, the Biodôme is the only place in the world that brings together four ecosystems from the Americas under one roof.

Get the most out of your visit with these 11 insider tips: (more…)

The Insider Guide to Quebec City’s Musée National des Beaux-Arts

By AMANDA HALM

Photo: Sandra-Cohen Rose and Colin Rose

With almost 35,000 works of Quebec art dating all the way back to the 17th century, the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec is a must-see for art lovers. Go for the paintings and stay for a prison tour. Afterwards, play on the Plains of Abraham or shop the gift shop. (more…)

Tips for Planning Your Newfoundland Iceberg Adventure Vacation

By CANDICE WALSH

Iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland (Photo: magnolia1000)

Newfoundland and Labrador is unquestionably one of the best places on earth to see icebergs. This year’s ice patrol has officially begun off the province’s shores and with any luck 10,000-year-old icebergs will soon be making their way down Iceberg Alley from Greenland and the Canadian Arctic Islands. (more…)

Best Bets for Montreal en Lumière Festival

Sphères public exhibit at the 2012 Montreal en Lumière festival (Photo: Fabien Gagnon)

The sheer volume of activities at the annual, jam-packed Montreal en Lumière cultural festival (on now!) can be mind-boggling, so we were delighted to see a greatest hits list from OttawaMagazine.com. (more…)