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Atlantic Canada

Revisiting the Titanic 100 Years Later in Halifax this Spring

Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the resting place of 150 Titanic victims (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

April marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic 375 miles off the Newfoundland coast in 1912. Events in Halifax, a city that played a key part in the tragedy, will commemorate the event’s centennial. (more…)

Zagat Rates PEI a Top Foodie Spot

Those famous PEI mussels (Photo by ulterior epicure)

Restaurant-rating company Zagat has named Prince Edward Island one of its eight favourite foodie destinations around the world, calling the tiny island province a “shellfish junkie’s dream”. (more…)

Iceberg Dead Ahead: Twillingate, Newfoundland

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Icebergs were made for black-and-white photography. Talk about drama! We especially love how crisp the iceberg appears. You can see every nook and cranny and can easily imagine texture were you to reach out and touch it. (more…)

Hotel Tour: Kingsbrae Arms, St-Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick

By Laura Pellerine

The exclusive and beautifully restored Kingsbrae Arms is a 19th-century mansion with just 10 elegant rooms nestled in the quiet seaside village of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick—the type of town where saltwater taffy is sold from brightly painted shingled shops on the main strip. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Culinary Escape to Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia

Fireplace junior suite at the Trout Point Lodge

By Kat Tancock

At the southern end of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth County, a three-hour drive from Halifax, Trout Point Lodge might seem like it’s at the end of the world—and that’s kind of the point. With water views from every room, the rustic-chic Relais & Châteaux property is designed for relaxation. (more…)

Thomas Carey of PEI’s Redwater Rustic Grille

By Waheeda Harris

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island chef Thomas Carey began his culinary journey in his native Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, with culinary trade programs. From there he worked his way into some great kitchens, including Spring, in Stockholm, and Chicago’s Tru, under Rick Tramonto. (more…)

Hotel Tour: Titanic-Era Luxury at Ryan Mansion

By Candice Walsh

One of the most (if not the most) posh, luxurious accommodations in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Queen Anne–style Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel & Spa was completed in 1911—a marvel of its time, equipped with the island’s first telephone switchboard system and a carriage house to harbour the city’s first motor vehicle. (more…)

5 Affordable Canadian Vacations for 2012

By CANDICE WALSH

The Yukon is surprisingly affordable—once you get there. Photo by Jonathon Strack.

Planning on hitting the road in 2012? If you’re on a tight budget, you can still swing a pretty sweet vacation—you just need to know where to look to find the best deals.

See our five best budget-friendly vacation picks in Canada » (more…)

5 Steps to a Very Newfoundland Christmas

The annual Mummers Festival Parade (Photo by Christopher Deacon)

By Candice Walsh

Everyone has their own Christmas or holiday traditions, but in Newfoundland, sometimes we do things a little, well, different. Here’s how to celebrate the holidays like a Newfoundlander. (more…)

Mummering: A Newfoundland Holiday Tradition

Photo courtesy of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador.

By Candice Walsh

A mummer, by definition, is “a masked or costumed merrymaker, especially at a festival.” The origins of mummering are a little hazy and the tradition is scattered around the globe: the Brits refer to it as “mumming” and the Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Years’ Day is an extravaganza of elaborate pageantry in the style of Carnival or Mardi Gras.

Newfoundland’s tradition is a little different from most, and only takes place during Christmas (the exception sometimes being Come Home Year celebrations). (more…)

4 Coffee Shops We Love in St. John’s, Newfoundland

Rocket Bakery. Photo by Matt Jiggins.

By Candice Walsh

For such a small city, St. John’s has a surprisingly large number of cafés around town. Many of them are downtown along Water Street and Duckworth Street, and each has its own distinct vibe and personality. The following are four of the best bets for espresso, light bites or a straight up cuppa joe. (more…)

Sledding Hill Lavender Syrup, Nova Scotia

By Kat Tancock

Based out of Bear River, in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Sledding Hill is a small farm that grows market produce, vegetable starts and ornamental plants. But it’s with their packaged products that owners Martin McGurk and Gordon Tingley, originally from Vancouver, get most creative. Their catalogue includes lavender and chili-lemon sugars, jellies and simple syrups, as well as lavender pepper, a mixture of black peppercorns, ground lavender florets and citrus peel.

The lavender simple syrup is a hit down in Lunenburg, where you can buy it at Ironworks Distillery and sample it in the subtly floral lavender martini at Fleur de Sel, one of Atlantic Canada’s best restaurants and a Gold Medal Plates gold award winner. (more…)