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The Best Bathroom in Canada: Cast Your Vote Now

By SHANNON KELLY

Is this the best bathroom in Canada? (Photo: the Georgian Court Hotel)

An annual contest to find the best bathroom in Canada is underway, seeking, as contest host Cintas quips, to crown the “king of the throne”. (more…)

Six Travel Contests to Enter Now

By SHANNON KELLY

Saskatchewan's Great Sand Hills could be your next vacation destination if you win the $5,000 Embrace a New Place contest (Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Douglas E. Walker)

Six of the best travel contests open to Canadians this spring and summer. Some of them end soon, so get your rabbit foot ready and hop to it! (more…)

Contest Launched to Design the Ultimate Social Hotel

By SHANNON KELLY

Tokyo's Clasksa Hotel incorporates an art gallery, bookstore, dog-grooming salon and open-access workspace (Photo: brandon shigeta)

We’re so digitally focused these days that the “ultimate social hotel” might already have you thinking about a hotel plugged into Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. But here’s the shocker: online hotel guide Tablet has initiated an open call for ideas (via creative-idea-sourcing company Jovato) on building a hotel that fosters actual, physical human interaction between hotel guests and locals. (more…)

Win a Trip for Two to Toronto for the Hunger Games Premiere

The Hunger Games may be the most highly anticipated, approaching-cult-status book-turned-movie since Twilight. The movie opens on March 23 in Canada, but clothing company Joe Fresh is offering an all-travel-expenses-paid trip to the March 19 Canadian premiere in Toronto.

The prize includes airfare, a one-night hotel stay and two tickets to the premiere and a $500 Joe Fresh gift card. (more…)

Nominate Your Favourite Place for the Great Places in Canada Contest

Until the end of the month, you can nominate your favourite street, neighbourhood or public space in Canada to win the national Great Places in Canada contest. (more…)

Travel Free with Megabus Giveaway

By Waheeda Harris

If you’re crossing off names on the holiday gift list, instead of a cosy sweater or must-have electronic gadget, how about giving someone the opportunity for a vacation south of the border?

Megabus, famous for their $1 one-way tickets, is giving away 200,000 free seats starting this week, for travel from January 4 to March 1, 2012 to more than 70 US cities, including Chicago, New York City, Washington DC or Philadelphia. (more…)

Win Wyndham Reward Points for Your Worst Holiday Gifts

Cats are not eligible to enter Wyndham's Horrible Holiday Gift contest, much to Furball's chagrin. Photo by alli.

By Carissa Bluestone

The Wyndham hotel chain is running a humorous holiday contest for its Wyndham Rewards members (joining the points program is free). Snap a photo of the worst sweater, the most useless electronic device or the most cringingly inappropriate gag gift you receive, and enter it in “My Horrible Holiday Gift.” The grand prize is 2 million Wyndham Rewards points (a value of approximately $10,000). Four runners-up will receive 25,000 points. In addition, every entrant is automatically put into the pool for weekly drawings awarding 12,500 points. (more…)

Reese Mini’s Awards The Perfectly Tiny Across Canada

Charlottetown, P.E.I. winner Lori Joy and her tiny artwork. Image via The Guardian

By Waheeda Harris

Canadians appreciate the little things – with one of the planet’s biggest land masses with a small population, we know a thing or two about being the little guy.

Reese, the popular chocolate company, wanted to find the best of the small in our nation and spent two weeks in August roaming coast to coast to find those wee places or people to receive the newly-launched Perfectly Tiny Award.

Those lucky enough to be selected received a year’s supply of the new Reese minis, a large trophy and bragging rights for revelling in the small.

Five cities – Greenwood, BC, Prince George, BC, Edmonton, AB, Sackville, NS and Charlottetown PEI were the winners for five different tiny reasons. And what did the judges discover?

From a tiny fish catcher to a small dog rescuer, small horses to wee artistic creations, Canadians have pride in the petite, and congratulations to the first five to be on the award list. “We were looking for people with passion, and we certainly found them,” explained Sean Citrigno, Reese spokesperson and member of the Perfectly Tiny search team.

A special kudos to the city of Greenwood, located in the Kootenay region of BC, as the smallest city in Canada. With a proud population of 625 residents, their mighty yet tiny outlook garnered them a Perfectly Tiny Award.

YVR launches contest to live at the airport for 80 days

Vancouver Airport. Photo: Natalie Taylor

Vancouver’s version of the epic adventure, Around the World in 80 Days, is a little more grounded. Literally. To celebrate its’ 80th Anniversary, Vancouver Airport (YVR) launched the contest “Around The Airport in 80 Days.”   The contest is currently closed and in the voting stage, which ends on August 5, 2011.  The winner will be stuck living at the airport and the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel for 80 consecutive days documenting the stories behind the tarmac on video at  liveatYVR.ca commencing August 17, 2011 .   Additionally, the winner receives a $15,000 honorarium, three meals per day for the 80 day period, and complimentary phone and video equipment.
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