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Okanagan

Local-Food Luminary Jeff Van Geest of Mirado, in BC’s Okanagan Valley

By Waheeda Harris

Born and raised in St. Catharines in the heart of Niagara’s wine region, Jeff Van Geest learned the benefits of local ingredients early on from his grandparents, who were farmers. In 1992, he moved across the country to work as a cook in Vancouver, where he completed culinary training, did an apprenticeship at Bishop’s and in 2004 opened his first restaurant, award-winning, local-food-focused Aurora Bistro, which was fiercely adored by locals. (more…)

67 New “Signature Experiences” Revealed by the Canadian Tourism Commission

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is one of the CTC's Signature Experiences (Jean-François Leblanc, PQ/CNW Group/Canadian Tourism Commission)

In July the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) launched its Signature Experiences Collection, highlighting 48 “authentic” and singular Canadian experiences, from cruising the Inside Passage in BC to seeing the northern lights by dogsled in the Northwest Territories. (more…)

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…)