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12 Memorable East Coast Fishing Villages

By ALINA SEAGAL

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo: Alina Seagal)

An adventure through Atlantic Canada is not complete until you visit a fishing village or two. Here, you’ll find the freshest seafood, a new lifestyle and some stunning coastal views. Marvel at the postcard views of Peggy’s Cove, walk along the ocean floor during incredibly low tides around Alma or simply head to the village known internationally for its tasty oysters. Hundreds of fishing settlements dot the East Coast, yet we’ve selected some of the most memorable ones for you to see. (more…)

3 Top Toronto Neighbourhood Restaurants

By MACRINA SMART

Actinolite’s dining room has no shortage of homey comfort

It has long been said that Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods, each one boasting its own unique personality. From the academic atmosphere of the Annex to the vibrant licentiousness of the Church-Wellesley Village to the relaxed, small-town temperament of the Junction, Toronto is made up of much more than its downtown.

The city’s dining landscape is just as disparate. There are, of course, the many high-end hot spots in the core—from Canoe to Nota Bene to Momofuku Daisho—and the edgier west-end restaurants—Grand Electric, for example—favoured by our trendiest denizens; slightly further afield, however, you can still find great food, beautifully decorated spaces, and inviting service in Toronto’s more residential pockets. These smaller neighbourhood restaurants offer a warm welcome on a cold winter’s night, and often provide excellent value for your dinner dollar.

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Hiking Canada’s 5 Highest Trails

By KAT TANCOCK

Hiking Canada

Hiking Canada’s highest trails: a couple strolls near Whistler Summit (Photo: Paul Morrison)

Hiking Canada’s high-altitude trails has loads of advantages over trekking at sea level: the terrain is unusual, the views are spectacular and the thin air is refreshing. For adventurers interested in the extra challenge of mountain hike, we offer this visual tour of the best high-altitude trails in British Columbia and Alberta.

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Top 10 Restaurants in Winnipeg for Manitoba Regional Cuisine

Beet Stained Arctic Char - Fusion Grill

Top restaurants for Manitoba regional cuisine: beet-stained Arctic Char from chef Lorna Murdoch of Fusion Grill

Of all the restaurants in Winnipeg, those that use the bounty of Manitoba as their ingredients and inspiration have a special place in locals’ hearts. Whether they use grass-fed bison or Lake Winnipeg-caught pickerel, these 10 restaurants in Winnipeg serve great food that you can feel good about.

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20 Free Things To Do in Winnipeg

By BETHANY ZACHARIAS

Things to Do in Winnipeg—Exchange District

Free things to do in Winnipeg: take in the art in the Exchange District (Photo: Travel Manitoba)

#1 of 20 FREE THINGS TO DO IN WINNIPEG:
Get acquainted with Winnipeg’s art scene
On the initial Friday of every month, galleries in the Exchange District—Winnipeg’s hub for local art—hold their “First Fridays” event, at which visitors view the exhibits for free and learn about the vibrant Winnipeg cultural scene.
• First Fridays Winnipeg, 505-63 Albert St., firstfridayswinnipeg.org

#2 of 20 FREE THINGS TO DO IN WINNIPEG:
Learn how to brew a beer
Half Pints Brewing Company offers a behind-the-scenes look at how it cooks up its best beer. Sneak a peek at the process for free every Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
• Half Pints Brewing Co., 550 Roseberry St., 204-832-PINT, halfpintsbrewing.com

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Best Ski Areas of the Canadian Rockies

Best Ski Areas in the Canadian Rockies

Best Ski Areas in the Canadian Rockies

The best ski areas of the Canadian Rockies are all around the region—we suggest you try them all!—so it is difficult to claim one is better than another. The truth is that some ski areas are best for families and some ski areas are best for hard-core enthusiasts. This handy slideshow guide fills you in on each ski area’s claim to fame, and let’s you pick the best ski areas for you and your travel companions.

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5 Best Burger Spots in Edmonton

Nothing beats a good burger! After a lot of taste testing — with a few suggestions from our local Twitter followers — we’ve selected the 5 Best Burgers in Edmonton so you know where to go to grab a bite when hunger strikes:

1. The Next Act Pub (8224-104 St.) 
This trendy watering hole features some of the best burgers (and beer!) in the city, each version is made with a housemade patty and loaded with fresh ingredients. Topped with bacon, cheddar, and an over-easy egg, The Class Act burger is a toothsome indulgence — just be sure to have some extra napkins on hand! There’s even a delicious veggie burger option, topped with avocado and pea shoots. Need a burger alternative? The Sweet & Savoury Chicken Sandwich is simply addictive with its mix of goat cheese, rosemary honey honey, and roasted pecans combining for a sensational taste and texture experience. The staple menu options are always complimented by a weekly burger special affectionately referred to as The Cameo: each weekly special is packed with unique ingredients to create taste-bud-exploding combinations. Pop-culture favourites like Popeye, Honey Boo Boo, and James Bond have all made appearances at The Next Act in the form of a delicious burger tribute.

2. Delux Burger Bar (14111-23 Ave. & 9682-142 St.) 
Alberta beef from the Spirit View Ranch is used to make all the succulent burgers at this innovative hamburger hot spot. Try one of their nine varieties, or get yours in fry-form with their delicious Hamburger Poutine. Going gluten-free? Ask for one of their freshly made gluten-free buns! Feeling adventurous? Attack their Grilled Cheese Stacker: a 7 oz patty, and delicious toppings, piled between two grilled cheese sandwiches! Or try the monthly specialty burger — their Peanut Butter Burger was such a hit that you can now ask them to add crunchy peanut butter anytime.

One of the delicious – and intense – burger creations from Delux Burger Bar.
Photo by Troy Griffith

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10 Venues That Shaped Toronto’s Live Music Scene

By EVA VOINIGESCU

Toronto live music scene, Massey Hall

Massey Hall is arguably Toronto’s most iconic live music venue

The dynamism of Toronto’s live music scene may not be measurable solely by the hoards of screaming girls at last weekend’s Justin Beiber concert, but if the crowds at his Rogers Centre show indicated anything, it’s that Toronto’s live music venues are definitely a draw for the world’s most popular artists, as well as music events from NXNE and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

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Perhaps our musical bona fides aren’t as robust as, say, New York City; nonetheless, Canada’s largest metropolis has a long history of shining the spotlight on the best of the best at venues large and small, from Massey Hall to the Horseshoe Tavern. The former, especially, has played host to some of Toronto’s most memorable concerts: Enrico Caruso made his Toronto debut at Massey Hall in 1908; young piano phenoms Oscar Peterson and Glenn Gould took the stage in 1946; and on May 15, 1953, it hosted one of the greatest live music summits ever recorded—a performance by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach. For those of us too young to have witnessed this one-time-only team-up, the “Jazz at Massey Hall” show is immortalized as a live album that, six decades later, remains a must-have for modern music aficionados. (more…)

Free Things to Do in Victoria: 20 Activities That Will Cost You $0

Free Things to Do in Victoria

Free Things to Do in Victoria: visit the Fisherman’s Wharf (Photo: Madeleine_H)

Among the things to do in Victoria, the world-class attractions are worthy of a prominent place on your travel itinerary—Butchart Gardens, say, or the Royal BC Museum. For visitors on a budget, however, there are plenty of free things to do in Victoria. Here are some of our $0 favourites:

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ARC The Hotel: A Photo Tour of Ottawa’s Boutique Gem, ARC The Hotel

By ERICA EADES

ARC The Hotel

Click the photo to start the tour of ARC The Hotel

Located in the heart of Ottawa, ARC The Hotel stands out as a model of modern elegance. The glass storefront entrance is unassuming, but leads into modish lobby of ARC The Hotel—Ottawa’s first luxury boutique accommodation.

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ARC The Hotel guests are greeted with champagne and chocolates upon arrival, but this is just one of many unique touches. Guests can take advantage of the free THANN products and Frette bathrobes in their rooms, or peruse the newspaper, which is delivered daily.

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Location is always a key factor when choosing a place to stay, and ARC The Hotel is perfectly placed for visitors wanting to explore the city. The Byward Market, Ottawa’s cultural hub, is within a 10-minute walk, and offers a variety of dining and nightlife options for all tastes. Some of Ottawa’s finest attractions—Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre and the Ottawa Convention Centre—are a short stroll away.

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• ARC The Hotel, 140 Slater St., 613-238-2888, arcthehotel.com
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7 Most Romantic Hotels in Ottawa

Most Romantic Hotels in Ottawa

Most Romantic Hotels in Ottawa: Fairmont Château Laurier (Photo: tsaiproject)

The nation’s capital offers a surprisingly high number of seductive accommodations for the discerning traveller. The most romantic hotels in Ottawa range from historic landmarks with grandeur and gravitas to modern, boutique establishments with an “aphrodisiac surprise.” Our handy guide below will ensure that your next visit in Ottawa is steamy, dreamy and swoon-worthy.

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10 Can’t-Miss Things at Calgary’s Heritage Park

Calgary's Heritage Park

The main drag at Calgary’s Heritage Park (Photo: MarilynJane)

Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village transports visitors back into the early days of the city and show what life was like on prairie homesteads. Fun family attractions and adult events are held regularly, and each has its own flavour. Here, we’ve compiled an easy-to-consult list that adventure-seekers can check no matter what time of year they’re heading to Calgary’s Heritage Park.

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