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Gulf Islands: A Photographic Tour of BC’s Maritime Jewels

Gabriola Island

The majestic Gulf Islands (Photo: Jo-in-BC)

The Gulf Islands have a lot going for them. They are rustic and tranquil, yet have fantastic opportunities for more refined tourism: spas, marinas, golf courses, vineyards, tours and resorts. Wedged between Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s mainland, the southern Gulf Islands have a climate that is almost Mediterranean, making the region one of the warmest places in Canada.

And, of course, the Gulf Islands are relentlessly beautiful. There are countless viewpoints that show how breathtaking it is when the mountains collide with the Georgia Straight, or when an orca whale breaks the surface of the water. The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve has territory throughout most of the region, providing ample opportunities to take in the vistas, go on a hike, or camp far out of reach of other humans.

Our photographic tour of the southern Gulf Islands gives a great survey of what to expect, and where to go whether you’re looking for a great photo, relaxing massage, comfortable beach or historical monuments.

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Canada’s 16 Most Photographed Places

By SHANNON KELLY

Niagara Falls, the world’s most photographed waterfalls (Photo: scazon)

Whether wonders of nature, man-made monuments or iconic landscapes, these sights across Canada are those you’re most likely to find on a postcard, and least likely to be able to resist photographing yourself.

We gathered statistics from tourism boards and industry associations, reputable news outlets and online photo-sharing libraries to come up with this list of Canada’s most photographed places in every province. (more…)

12 of Canada’s Most Unusual Hotels

By MIMI SZETO

Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew, BC (Photo: TJ Watt)

These twelve unique hotels, from icy igloos to luxury yurts, range from the strange and adventurous to the fabulously one-of-a-kind and luxurious. For travellers seeking fun, nontraditional romance, the most remote of nature retreats or get-away-from-it-all relaxation, any of these hotels will earn ultimate bragging rights back home. (more…)

Touring Canada’s Most Stunning Badlands

By ALINA SEAGAL

Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park (Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Douglas E. Walker)

Some of the world’s most spectacular badlands can be found in Canada. Alberta is the most popular destination to view dry geological formations of rock and clay eroded by wind and water. But towering hoodoos, gullies, canyons and other badlands shapes crop up in other provinces too. These enigmatic planet Mars-like sites, often hiding dinosaur fossils, are always worth a visit.

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The Best Canadian Beer Fests of 2012

By RED HUNT

Cask Days, Toronto (Photo: Crystal Luxmore)

With summer upon us, there are beer festivals sprouting up in nearly every city and town across the country and 2012 is shaping up to be a dream year for the Canadian beer lover. The beer scene in Canada is currently going through a transition, with small craft brewers and microbreweries getting more confident and exploratory with their brews, meaning the range of flavours and styles of beer has never been better. (more…)

Canada’s Best Outdoor Summer Theatre

By SHANNON KELLY

Bard on the Beach, Vancouver

It’s a given that the Bard dominates summer theatre, but you can find more than Shakespeare under the stars—as well as in parks, on beaches and even in barnyards across Canada this summer. Musicals, new and classic plays, plus dance, opera and circus arts are part of the many fresh-air Canadian theatre festivals. Here’s the short list of favourites from Where editors across the country.

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The 12 Best Seafood Towns in Canada from Atlantic to Pacific

By SHANNON KELLY

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia (Photo: Chris Boris)

From Atlantic to Pacific, a dozen of the best places across Canada to tuck into local lobster, oysters, mussels and fresh fish. (more…)

Canada’s Top Cycling Trails

By MERLE ROSENSTEIN

Calgary’s Bow River Pathway (Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka)

Across the country, urban cycling lanes cut through picturesque parks with streams shaded by dense foliage, rural routes meander into tiny towns filled with historic charm, and rugged wilderness roads wind past habitats where black bears, moose, elk, deer and cougars roam.

So get spinning this summer on Canada’s top cycling trails! (more…)

Canada’s Top Wine and Wine Touring Regions from Coast to Coast

By SHANNON KELLY

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia (Photo: Megan Mallen)

By global standards, the Canadian wine industry is still in its infancy, but increasingly its vintners are perfecting the varieties of grapes that thrive in our climate and wineries are producing award-wining bottles.

Young also means interesting: Many Canadian wineries are a pleasure to visit for their innovative pairings and tours, forward-thinking design and meals prepared by chefs snagged from top restaurants in metropolitan areas, who enjoy creating menus from the surrounding local bounty. A small wine community can also mean a chance to chat with the winemaker directly and not fighting back-to-back tour buses. (more…)

10 Canadian Adventures to Book This Spring and Summer

By SANAM ISLAM

Photo: Toby Creek Adventures

The days are getting longer and warmer, which means summer is almost here! What better way to enjoy the great weather than getting off the couch and having some truly Canadian adventures? (more…)

Top Canadian Summer Music Festivals

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts, Montreal (Photo: ©Tim Snow)

Sure, it’s still technically spring, but if you want to attend some of Canada’s biggest music festivals, you’ll have to get your tickets (and book a hotel or campsite) now. Mark your calendars!

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Canada’s Best Historic Districts

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Gastown, Vancouver (Photo: Junichi Ishito)

You may not realize when you’re window shopping one of a city’s most fashionable streets that you’re also treading in the footsteps of its first settlers. Many of the most historic neighbourhoods in Canadian cities are now populated by trendy, modern boutiques and restaurants in restored historic buildings. (more…)