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Across Quebec: 10 Boutiques We Love

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By Phil Birnbaum

There's nothing like the bespoke pieces and hard-to-find labels that boutiques offer. From beautiful pieces for your home, or curated fashions, boutiques offer a unique shopping experience. Enjoy this slideshow of ten boutiques we love across Quebec. (more…)

Colourful Forecast: Toronto’s Best Shops are On-Trend for Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Trends from Toronto's Best Shops

We searched through the best shops in Toronto and emerged with spring 2013’s trendiest, most inspired indulgences—all in the brightest of seasonal hues, naturally.

Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the 25 carefully curated accessories, baubles and beautiful home products in our spring 2013 shopping guide.


The Best Pizza in Toronto: Local Restaurants for Pizza Lovers


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Best Pizza in Toronto: our list includes Mangia e Bevi, pictured here (Photo: Glen MacLarty)

Back in 2008, two standout local restaurateurs—chef Rocco Agostino and manager Max Rimaldi—opened Pizzeria Libretto on Ossington Avenue with the promise to serve some of Toronto’s best pizza. It wasn’t long before lines snaked out the door, and locals were clamouring to get a taste of the thin-crust pies coming out of their authentic Neapolitan wood-fired oven. The restaurant’s success sparked a dining trend that is still going strong. Toronto’s pizzascape has never been more interesting, and visitors are well-advised to sample some of the stunning creations being produced throughout the city. Here, we offer our guide to the best pizza in Toronto, with at least one option for every pie enthusiast.

See our guide to the best pizza in Toronto »


10 Best Great Lakes Beaches


Great Lakes Beaches: Agawa Bay on Lake Superior (Photo: eskimo_jo)

Central Canada’s Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, and their combined coastlines add up to nearly 18,000 km—more than 40 per cent of the circumference of the Earth. That’s a lot of Great Lakes—and, consequently, a lot of Great Lakes beaches for landlocked folks to enjoy this spring and summer. See our list of the 10 best, must-visit Great Lakes beaches, and unpack those flip-flops!

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Muskoka Road Trip! How to Spend a Weekend in Ontario’s Cottage Country When You Don’t Own a Cottage


JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort near Minett (Photo: courtesy of JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa)

Located just 200km north of Toronto, the Muskoka region has long been the favourite chill weekend getaway spot for hot, tired city dwellers. They arrive by the carload to experience its lakes, rivers and beaches. Until recent years, that commute was the only kind of Muskoka road trip there way—this beautiful area was considered “cottage country” and a visit here was dependent on having a place on the lake—or a friend who has one.

That was then. These days, there’s a new kind of Muskoka road trip emerging. With the addition of a number of great luxury properties—including a lovely JW Marriott set on the shores of Lake Rosseau—a new kind of Muskoka holiday is becoming possible. More and more “cottage-less” folks can now explore the area, checking out its quirky shops, interesting museums and great restaurants, then bed down for the night in style at a five-star resort. To celebrate this new kind of traveller, we offer our Muskoka road trip guide, loaded with tips on where to go, what to see and where to stay.

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Victoria Picnics: 5 Perfect Spots to Spread the Blanket in BC’s Capital

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Victoria picnic spots: discover the location of this gorgeous scene (Photo: Nutch Bicer)

Victoria picnics are a thing of beauty. In the City of Gardens, spring arrives early, winter blows in late, and picturesque landscapes are found around every corner. If you’re looking for an ideal spot to spread the blanket for the perfect Victoria picnic, we have five unbeatable locales that will turn your outdoor meal into a memorable feast.

See the top five Victoria picnic spots »

6 Easy Weekend Getaways from Montreal


Golf Le Diable (Photo: Tourisme Mont Tremblant)

Golf Le Diable (Photo: Tourisme Mont Tremblant)

With so many long weekends on the horizon this summer, now is the time to jump into the car and discover what local gems lie just beyond Montreal. Here are our top six picks for an impromptu last-minute getaway.

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5 Great Restaurants for Healthy Food in Toronto


Healthy Food Toronto Fresh Salad Vegetarian Restaurant

The sizable salads at Fresh are among the myriad choices for healthy food in Toronto

Toronto has a lot of really excellent restaurants, but let’s face it, a great many of them specialize in rather indulgent fare—lumberjack portions of red meat, fatty indulgences like bone marrow and foie gras, luxurious seafood and more. Fortunately there are also numerous options for healthy food in Toronto. If you’re seeking a lighter dining experience, but one that doesn’t skimp on flavour, try these five downtown restaurants.


Quebec City Restaurants: the 6 Best Dining Options Outside the Walls


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Quebec City Restaurants: Café du Clocher Penché prepares for brunch (Photo: hebdromadaires)

Quebec City restaurants run the gamut from the ultra-traditional to the sleekly modern. Visitors focused on the old walled portion of the town, however, are missing out. Some of the best flavours of the region can be found in the Quebec City restaurants located just outside the walls where touristy trappings are replaced with exciting menus and an urban vibe. Renowned bistros and cafés populate hip neighbourhoods like in Saint-Roch and Saint-Jean-Baptiste—both easily accessible by foot from the old quarter. Below, our picks for the best Quebec City restaurants on the roads less travelled.

See the list of the best six Quebec City restaurants outside the walls »


Gluten-Free Ottawa Guide: 10 Capital Restaurants Dishing Gluten-Free Comfort Food



Gluten-Free Ottawa Comfort Foods: The Works MEC Burger

Gluten-free Ottawa restaurants continue to grow in number and quality, but finding gluten-free comfort food in Ottawa still takes some digging. Well, we’ve done the work for you. For those with celiac or gluten sensitivity, here’s our list of some of the best gluten-free comfort foods available in restaurants across the city. Now you don’t have to stomach yet another salad while your dining companions dig into a generous portion of lasagna.

See the list of gluten-free Ottawa comfort foods »


Edmonton Hockey Guide: 10 Ways to Get the Ultimate Hockey Experience

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Edmonton hockey guide: fans fill Rexall Place to cheer on The Edmonton Oilers during an NHL hockey game. Photo courtesy of the City of Edmonton.

All Canadians may love the game, but Edmonton hockey fans are some of the most enthusiastic in the country! Home to five-time Stanley Cup Championship winners, the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton is a fantastic, sports-savvy city to experience hockey excitement year-round. For an ear-shattering crowd experience, be sure to catch a live Edmonton hockey game — but even if you’re not visiting during the hockey season, Edmonton provides plenty of other ways to take in the sport. Here, we name some of our favourite experiences that will enrich any hockey-lover’s Edmonton stay.

See the list of 10 ways to get the ultimate Edmonton hockey experience »


Spa Treatments to Revitalize Your Winter-Weary Skin


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Enjoy the rejuvenative waters before or after your skincare treatments at Body Blitz Spa

Old Man Winter can be cruel to our skin. Moving between extreme environments—from wind-whipped, below-freezing temperatures outside to the artificially heated indoors—can leave us feeling dry, cracked and flaky. Fortunately, getting ready for spring by taking care of your epidermis is easy with these key Toronto spa treatments.