April 11, 2016
By Afton Aikens
Peaks may be our claim to fame in the Canadian Rockies, but we’ve also got roots.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is nearing the end of its 100th year. The hotel has joined other celebrated institutions that have made it into the Centenarian Club.
In true Canadian tradition, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge began in June 1915 as a cluster of 10 tents on the shores of glacier-fed Lac Beauvert. The accommodation was known as Tent City, and the nightly rate was $2.50 to $3, or $15 to $18 for a week.
Halifax’s festival season heats up with music, art, culture, food and more
By Trevor J. Adams
A busy month of festivals and cultural celebrations begins with the Scotia Festival of Music. Continuing through June 7 at venues around the city, this event is a must for serious music fans, showcasing the best in Chamber music. This year, the lineup includes coductor Kenneth Woods, cellist Denise Djokic, violinist Giora Schmidt and pianist Simon Docking. A gala matinee concert at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on June 7 concludes the festival, featuring works by Elgar, Beethoven and Benjamin. Concurrently, Halifax’s vibrant Lebanese community celebrates its roots with Cedar Festival from June 4 to 7 at Our Lady of Lebanon Parish on Joseph Howe Drive. Festivities include a special mass, musical performances, art exhibitions, food tastings, games, dancing and more. June also sees the return of one of Halifax’s biggest and most popular festivals. Running this year from June 11 to 14, Halifax Greek Fest always attracts thousands to Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Purcell’s Cove Road. Lively music and dancing abound, along with cultural exhibitions and Greek cuisine aplenty. This year’s schedule features the Poseidon live band, a screening of FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer (Greece vs. Colombia), Greek language classes, a sommelier-hosted Greek wine and food tasting, and more. That same weekend, Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte hosts the Father’s Day Antique Car Show. Scheduled for June 21, (rain date June 29), the show is a rite of Father’s Day. There are dozens of lovingly restored classic cars, plus live entertainment and Kub Kar races. This month also features one of Halifax’s longest-running summer events: the Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival. Running from June 26 to 28 at the Halifax Seaport Harbourwalk at the corner of Terminal and Marginal roads, the festival showcases Nova Scotia’s many cultural communities with music, food, art, cultural exhibitions and more. The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo closes out the month. Running from June 30 to July 7 at Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street, it’s the world’s largest annual indoor show of its type. The lineup includes an exciting mix of military and civilian drill teams, bands and performers from around the globe. This year’s highlights include the Halifax debut for Sweden’s Home Guards Band of Eslöv, His Majesty the King’s Guard Band and Drill Team of Norway, the Gym Wheel Team Taunusstein of Germany and the Paris Police Gymnastics Team.
The historic Fairmont Château Laurier is celebrating its anniversary with a series of fun and fascinating events taking place in the coming months.
One of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks celebrates its 100th anniversary this spring. The Fairmont Château Laurier first opened its doors on June 12, 1912, although it was originally slated to open on April 26. An interesting fact that people might not know is that just days before the hotel’s original opening date, the man who commissioned the Château Laurier, Charles Melville Hays, died aboard the Titanic on April 15. Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, for whom the hotel was named, and who also helped the Château Laurier acquire its property, opened the hotel instead. With its prime location in the heart of the city, only steps away from Parliament Hill, the Fairmont Château Laurier has played host to a century of political deals and many of Ottawa’s visiting celebrities. From rock stars to political figures, its guest list has included Shirley Temple, Billy Bishop, Roger Moore, Bryan Adams, Nelson Mandela, and more.
In honour of this historic landmark reaching the big 100, the hotel is offering some fun events in the upcoming months: (more…)
By Kat Tancock
Winter or summer, BC’s southeastern Kootenay region is a destination that will keep visitors busy with outdoor activities such as hiking, boating and skiing. Staying at Castlegar’s Windborne B&B, you’ll also have the chance to find artistic inspiration in the mountain scenery by learning from co-owner and artist Mirja Vahala, whose studio and gallery, Inspiring Minds, is part of the B&B property. Call in advance to take classes in acrylic, oil, drawing or watercolour painting; or if you’re really motivated, consider a full artistic retreat with Vahala or other visiting artists. Details:
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Packing your own alarm clock is one of AOL Travel's tips for getting some shut-eye. Photo by Jess J
By Carissa Bluestone
Heavy footsteps, thunderous snores, clanging air-conditioning units, and whining minifridges — it’s a marvel anyone gets a good night’s sleep at a hotel. USA Today’s travel gurus air their most common complaints regarding sleep-stealing noise, and offer a few tips to dampen ambient noise. They also point out an amusing way that North America is failing behind Europe in customer service: Crowne Plaza deploys “snore monitors” at its European properties to walk the halls, note excessive snoring that might be disturbing other guests and offer the guilty party some suggestions on how to better control the snoring.
Hotels do seem to be getting better about dealing with guest noise. Some major chains have instituted what are essentially “quiet hours,” like those you’d find at a campground: make egregious amounts of noise after 10 pm and risk incurring fines or forfeiting your room.
Guest noise is easy to control. Thin walls and loud machinery are problems that no type of patrol can solve. AOL Travel has even more tips on getting better rest on the road, and the LA Times has a good rundown on how to pick a room to minimize disturbances.