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10 Best Places in Canada to Stop and Smell the Flowers this Spring

By CARISSA BLUESTONE

Tulips of the Valley Festival, Seabird Island, BC (Photo: Dru!)

The winter jackets may not be in storage yet, but April brings a few harbingers of spring in most of Canada, in the form of daffodils, tulips, flowering trees and those first hardy wildflowers. (more…)

10 Canadian Farm-Stay and Ranch Vacations

By KAT TANCOCK

Ranch vacations in Canada: Reesor Ranch (Photo: Thomas Sbampato/Reesor Ranch)

Want to get closer to nature on your next vacation? Try one of these ten farm-stay or ranch holidays to learn more about where food comes from, teach kids about animals, eat the farm-freshest breakfast of your life and even improve upon your gardening skills.

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13 Ostentatious, Decidedly Touristy Attractions Worth Visiting

By SHANNON KELLY

West Edmonton Mall (Photo: courtesy West Edmonton Mall)

You know the ones: they have lines around the block, tacky souvenirs for sale, overpriced everything and/or locals warning you to stay away because they’re tourist traps. We beg to differ. These attractions and events may be big, bold, brassy and firmly marked on every tourist map, but they’re also unique experiences not to be missed. Plus, they’re just plain fun, if you don’t let a too-cool-for-school attitude get in the way. (more…)

Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips

By CARISSA BLUESTONE

Dempster Highway (Photo: S. Stuart/NWTT)

What defines the ultimate Canadian adventure is a matter of individual taste, but some trips, whether due to extravagance, effort, rare glimpses of life in far-flung corners, or unremitting “The hills are alive…” catharsis, fall firmly into the once-in-a-lifetime category. (more…)

10 Hotels Worth Booking Just for the Breakfast

By KAT TANCOCK

Southern fried chicken and waffles at the Drake Hotel, Toronto (Photo: courtesy of the Drake Hotel)

Location’s lovely and a soft bed’s swell, but for our money, we’ll take a hotel with a standout breakfast to fuel our wanderings any day of the week.

Here are 10 of the best and most drool-inducing, extravagant and unique breakfasts at Canadian hotels. (more…)

10 Nature and Wildlife Safaris Across Canada

By KAT TANCOCK

Orca, British Columbia (Photo: Jonathan E. Shaw)

You don’t have to go as far as Africa for a world-class nature experience, whether it’s wildlife viewing or something a little less traditional. Bring homegrown excitement to your next vacation with these 10 Canadian wilderness and wildlife safaris. (more…)

Nature Gone Glam: 15 Deluxe Wilderness Retreats for All Seasons

Cathedral Mountain Lodge (Photo: Capilano Group)

By Carissa Bluestone

Getting out into nature doesn’t have to mean tent camping and pit toilets. For a truly unforgettable vacation without a hint of “roughing it”, opt for one of these gorgeous wilderness retreats where you can helicopter to a remote fishing stream, pull up to your chalet on dogsled or ease into a hot tub in view of a glacial lake. (more…)

14 Romantic Winter Escapes

Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, AB (Photo courtesy of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts)

By Carissa Bluestone

You don’t have to run off to Aruba to celebrate Valentine’s Day or beat the winter blahs: there are plenty of options for romantic long weekends within our borders. Revel in unearthly icy beauty or hide from it in front of a roaring fireplace. (more…)

16 Summer Vacations to Book Now

Prince Edward Island; photo courtesy of Tourism PEI/John Sylvester

By Carissa Bluestone

Winter is far from over, but if you plan to visit one of Canada’s most popular summer destinations this year, don’t waste any time snatching up the choicest hotels and tours. If you do, you may miss out on early-bird discounts or have to postpone your dream vacation altogether. (more…)

Weather the Winter with 15 Luxurious Canadian Spa Getaways

Scandinave Spa Whistler (Photo by Greg Eymundson/insight-photography.com)

By Meghan Wilson-Smith

This time of year can overwhelm even the most spirited of us. To combat the mid-winter blahs, whisk yourself away for a spa stay—whether in the heart of the city or by the ocean or surrounded by mountain peaks—and a full roster of delicious, relaxing treatments. (more…)

12 Fabulous Winter Festivals Across Canada

Photo courtesy of Travel Manitoba

Canadians don’t hibernate in winter. Far from it!

We use the season to our advantage with fun-loving festivals from Atlantic Canada to the Yukon packed with wintry pursuits like ice sculpting, skating, and the age-old traditions of chainsaw chucking and beard growing. (more…)

Top Spots for 14 Wintry Canadian Comfort Food Favourites

Photo by madlyinlovewithlife.

By Meghan Wilson-Smith

Winter is upon us, and in Canada that means prime time for pints and poutine. Indulge through to spring with these delicious Canadian comfort foods, concocted at some of Canada’s top restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall. (more…)