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Hot Dining: 5 Spring Flings

Truffles Fine Foods Cafe. Photo by KK Law

Even though it’s not quite patio season, these blooming spots still prime the taste buds.
1 Shaughnessy Restaurant Enjoy bucolic views and West Coast fare in the heart of VanDusen Botanical Garden. Pop by Truffles (pictured) in the dramatic new visitor centre for more casual bites.
2 Seasons in the Park In the tranquil surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Park, savour West Coast cuisine along with downtown and mountain views.
3 The Fish House in Stanley Park Sustainable seafood is on the menu at this quaint house in the heart of the park.
4 Horizons Restaurant Head up Burnaby Mountain for regional cuisine in a stunning, vista-kissed setting bordered by rose gardens.
5 Hart House Restaurant This Tudor-style mansion, nestled among flowering shrubs and manicured lawns in Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park, caters to classic tastes.—Tim Pawsey

Canada’s National Parks

Photo by ShutterRunner

Canada’s National Parks show the beautiful variety in our country’s topography—from British Columbia’s turquoise-tinged glaciers and Alberta’s jagged mountains to the coasts of Ontario’s lakes and seaside in the Maritimes. Among them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites recognized for their unique natural beauty, and while some are easy to access others are located in remote corners of our untamed nation. A full list of all 42 National Parks of Canada, which was the world’s first national park service, can be found at www.pc.gc.ca. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada, and to celebrate there are special events and celebrations—don’t think just because summer is over the fun is done, many parks are at there most stunning when the snow falls—check out a list of upcoming events here. (more…)

Set Your Sites On Stargazing

A meteor shower captured in the Okanagen. Photo by Darren Kirby

While we love s’mores and campfire chats, when camping the real show happens when the fire goes out and we can see all the stars. With all of Canada’s vast open spaces, it’s not hard to get away from the star dimming lights of the city and enjoy some star gazing. The Globe and Mail spoke to Canadian astronomy expert Terence Dickinson, who is also editor of SkyNews magazine, to get his stargazing secrets.


Favourite things to do in Saskatchewan

Andrew Konoff's favourite Saskatchewan scene, near the Box Mine at Uranium City

In his role as the Saskatchewanderer, Andrew Konoff has learned a thing or two about fun things to see and do in Saskatchewan. (Go here to read our full Travel Tuesday profile on Andrew.) Below is a list of some of his favourite activities from across Canada’s breadbasket. (more…)

Hot Dining: Picnic in the Park

Vancouver has a plethora of parks to picnic in. Photo by KK Law

‘Tis the season for outdoors eatin’. Create your own menu at a grocery store, or grab a ready-made basket, brimming with antipasti, from Provence Marinaside. Meat lovers order the picnic packs from Memphis Blues BBQ—barbequed meat and fixings aplenty—before sittin’ in the sun and tuckin’ in.—Jennifer Patterson