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Calgary Souvenirs Get An Upgrade

By HANNA DEEVES

Hand-turned birch bowl by Ken Hawtin of Ardrossan AB. Available at Galleria Inglewood. Photo Courtesy Galleria Inglewood

If you are looking for a little more than T-Shirts and tiny bottles of maple syrup to bring back home after visiting our beautiful city, try checking out these spots. Even locals are sure to find something to show off their Calgarian spirit. (more…)

Artist Spotlight: Hubert Theroux

HUBERT THEROUX grew up in the rural community of Cardinal, Manitoba with a love for Canadian prairies. At the age of 10, Hubert began to sketch illustrations of art and prairies. Post-high school graduation, he took photography courses to help feed his creativity and inspiration for future paintings. “Next thing you know I was shooting weddings for friends,” Hubert laughs.

    Known internationally for his realistic landscape paintings, Hubert has made a living as an artist for more than 25 years. His art continues to be inspired by the ever-changing colours of the prairies. Hubert also generously devotes time to the local art community and as the acting president of the Assiniboia Group of Artists Co-op. From Oct 27-29, meet Hubert and 40 other local artists at Manitoba’s largest professional art exhibition show Manitoba Art Expo at Assiniboia Downs. Be inspired by paintings, photography, sculptures and other medias throughout the weekend exhibit.

    In addition, Hubert’s art can be viewed at Birchwood Art Gallery year-round.

Assiniboia Downs, 3975 Portage Ave, manitobaartexpo.ca; Birchwood Art Gallery, 1068 Pembina Hwy, 204-888-5840

Manitoba Memento: Manitoba Necklace

MBNecklaceFor locals sporting ‘Toban pride and visitors searching for stunning souvenirs, this necklace from local designer Hilary Druxman is the perfect keepsake. This sterling silver pendant, with a small cut out heart is handcrafted at chic jewellery boutique Hilary Druxman in the heart of the Exchange District. $30, 258 McDermot Ave, 204‑947‑1322, hilarydruxman.com

Remembrance National Ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario

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

Photo by Greg Kolz (Michael Ignatieff/Flickr CC)

Why we chose it: Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. This photo incorporates nearly everything there is to experience at the official Remembrance Day Ceremony in the nation’s capital: buglers, bagpipers and soldiers in formation. The photographer shows off an amazing command of depth of field and captures a soothing nice colour palette in an event that’s usually a sea of red uniforms. A poignant image befitting a somber event.

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10 Canadian Festivals this November, from Steer-Roping to Wine-Tasting

Nova Scotia Music Week (Photo by Pam Sampson)

By Kristina Breckon

The drop in temperature doesn’t mean an end to festival season. From the traditional (Christmas Tree Festival) to the delicious (Oyster Festival) here are 10 ways to beat the winter blues this November. (Festivals are listed in chronological order.)

Laurie Blue Bluegrass Festival – Summerside, PEI

Enjoy round-the-clock jams and traditional bluegrass music performances during this annual music festival, created in memory of local bluegrass legend John Laurie Blue. Nov. 3–6

A Happy Event is one of the films on the schedule for 2011's festival (Source: Cinemania)

Nova Scotia Music Week – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Celebrating its 15th year, Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week brings together the music industry and the public for four jam-packed days of performances and more topped off with a gala awards show. Nov. 3–6

Cinemania Film Festival – Montreal, Quebec

Montreal cinephiles come together to enjoy 10 days of French film during the 17th annual Cinemania Film Festival. English speakers can enjoy all the festivities, too, as all films are shown with English subtitles. Nov. 3–13

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10 Amazing Canadian Fall Vacations

Okanagan Valley ©Tourism BC/JF Bergeron

Fall is the perfect time for forest hikes, Sunday drives, wine tours and tucking into autumn harvest meals. But did you know it’s also prime polar-bear-viewing season? From our favourite foliage tours to some unexpected adventures, we’ve rounded up the best fall getaways Canada has to offer. (more…)

Porter Means Business: Airline Scores with Business Travellers

Business travellers gave an 83% approval rating to Canada’s third-largest airline, Porter Airlines, according to a recent survey by independent international marketing research firm Ipsos. The Ispos Canadian Business Travel Study has been conducted annually for two decades, and monitors opinions and habits of travellers who take six or more flights for business per year. The report is not available to the general public.

This rating was 23% higher than the one awarded to the second-most-popular airline in the survey. For those of us who have flown Porter it’s no surprise that the top reasons for the positive reviews were the downtown location of the airline’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the airline’s attitude and the friendly staff. (The free cookies and bottles of locally brewed Steam Whistle pilsener couldn’t have hurt, either.) Porter launched in 2006 and flies to select cities in eastern Canada and the northeastern US.

Visit www.flyporter.ca and www.ipsos.ca for more information.

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Every Friday, we will be featuring a travel photo from our readers that inspires you to explore Canada. We want to showcase your adventures whether it’s of a park, a city scape, nature or an interesting character.  Join our Flickr Group so we can easily find you.  In exchange for use of the photo, we will credit your name and link to your photo.  If you have a particular theme that you would like us to showcase, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Algonquin Provincial Park Photo: Two Big Paws (Flickr CC)

Photo Friday: Loon in Dogtooth Lake, Rushing River Provincial Park, Ontario Canada

Every Friday, we will be featuring a travel photo from our readers that inspires you to explore Canada. We want to showcase your adventures whether it’s of a park, a city scape, nature or an interesting character.  Join our Flickr Group so we can easily find you.  In exchange for use of the photo, we will credit your name and link to your photo.  If you have a particular theme that you would like us to showcase, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Loon, Rushing River Provincial Park, Ontario Photo: coollessons2004 (Flickr CC)

Photo Friday: Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

Every Friday, we will be featuring a travel photo from our readers that inspires you to explore Canada. We want to showcase your adventures whether it’s of a park, a city scape, nature or an interesting character.  Join our Flickr Group so we can easily find you.  In exchange for use of the photo, we will credit your name and link to your photo.  If you have a particular theme that you would like us to showcase, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Peyto Lake Photo: Julius Reque

Winieries and Distilleries across Canada

Wine Region Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission

Italy and France are usually the first two countries that come to mind when wine regions are mentioned. But Canada has quite a few wineries and distilleries that boast some competition and enhance your stay in the country.  Here are a few of our favourites across the nation. (more…)

The CN Tower opens its latest attraction, EdgeWalk, to the public today

CN Tower Edgewalk View. Photo: CN Tower EdgeWalk

The CN Tower’s latest attraction, EdgeWalk, takes thrill seekers to new heights today. The first of its kind in North America, EdgeWalk is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk encircling the top of the CN Tower’s main pod, 356 metres, (1168 feet, 116 stories) above the ground. The half-hour experience, which includes re-admission into the CN Tower’s other attractions (Look Out, Glass Floor, Sky Pod Levels, movie and ride) costs $175.
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