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Canadian Ski Hills to Visit this Summer

By KAT TANCOCK

Mountain Coaster at Blue Mountain, Ontario (Photo: Marc Landry)

Just like Canada itself, our ski hills are equated with winter. But there’s so much more to explore at the country’s coolest ski spots in the sizzling summer months. Here are 10 places to visit while the weather’s warm.

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Eastern Canada’s Best Beaches

By SHANNON KELLY

Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac Park, NB (Photo: Tourism New Brunswick)

Last week the west coast got all the beachy glory. Now we head east to focus on the top beaches in the east: sandy Maritime playgrounds, windswept dunes, surfer spots and crystalline beauties on eastern Canada’s ocean- and lake-fronts. (more…)

The 13 Best Photos of Crasher Squirrel, Canada’s Famous Rodent

By BRITTANY HENDRY

The original Crasher Squirrel photo taken by Melissa and Jackson Brandts in Banff. The image of the squirrel has gone viral since it appeared on the National Geographic‘s website on August 7, 2009 (Photo: Melissa Brandts)

As they balanced their tripod to capture a photo of themselves in front of Lake Minnewanka four years ago, Minnesota couple Melissa and Jackson Brandts had no idea that their innocent photo opportunity in Banff National Park would turn into a world-wide internet sensation. In the few seconds between starting the camera’s timer and photo being snapped, an eager ground squirrel (now aptly known as the Crasher Squirrel) popped up in front of them to investigate the situation. The lens refocused on the Crasher Squirrel, and the furry creature took one step closer to stardom, thanks to its impeccable timing and  inexplicably humanistic reaction of awe. The couple posted the photo online and sent it to National Geographic and within days, the Crasher Squirrel appeared all over the web in hilarious Photoshopped pictures with politicians, celebrities and in unusual settings. The photo was even discussed The Today Show and inspired its own app—the Squirrelizer.

We don’t know where the Crasher Squirrel is now, but we do know that it has left its paw prints on our hearts. With the Crasher Squirrel’s four-year anniversary approaching, we wanted to celebrate Canada’s famous rodent with the best examples of the meme. Here they are—let us know your favourite!

Start the slideshow of the best photos of the Crasher Squirrel »

 

The original story and photo [CBC]
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The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »

The Best Beaches of the Canadian West

By SHANNON KELLY

Tribune Bay Beach, BC (Photo: Tourism British Columbia)

We’re well into summer, and it’s time to get yourself beachside if you haven’t already. The best ocean- and lake-front beaches in the West may come as a surprise. First, they’re not all in British Columbia. (Though most are, since that province monopolizes Canada’s Pacific coast. Vancouver alone has 10 beaches!) Secondly, they’re not all hugging the southern border—some excellent northern lakes and oceanfront strands have made the list, too.

Check out Canada’s top beaches in British Columbia, the Yukon and Alberta »

 RELATED: Eastern Canada’s Best Beaches

Canada's 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Oversize Roadside Attractions

Mac the Moose—no relation to Mack the Knife (Photo: Matt Boulton)

Mac the Moose of Moose Jaw—no relation to Mack the Knife (Photo: Matt Boulton)

In the competitive field of World's Largest attractions, there are definite trends: moose, bison and other roaming animals are in abundance, same with fish and birds. Oversized sports equipment or tools are the de-facto if your town has a historical agenda, and, of course, everyone loves a nod to the thing everyone can identify with: money. (more…)

Star Wars Identities Comes to Ottawa: A Sneak Peek of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum Exhibit

 

Star Wars Identities Ottawa

Darth Vader in Star Wars Identities (Photo: © 2012 Lucasfilms Ltd. & TM)

Star Wars is coming to Ottawa! The Canada Aviation and Space Museum presents the blockbuster exhibition Star Wars Identities. From Yoda to Han Solo, this special exhibit explores the world of Star Wars with over 200 costumes, props, and models. The exhibition also looks at the identities of all your favourite Star Wars characters, and allows you to create your own Star Wars hero.

Star Wars Identities opens in Ottawa on May 10 and runs until October 14 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Here we take a sneak peek at some of the incredible sights that are part of this exhibition!

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Across Quebec: 10 Boutiques We Love

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By Phil Birnbaum

There's nothing like the bespoke pieces and hard-to-find labels that boutiques offer. From beautiful pieces for your home, or curated fashions, boutiques offer a unique shopping experience. Enjoy this slideshow of ten boutiques we love across Quebec. (more…)

Colourful Forecast: Toronto’s Best Shops are On-Trend for Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Trends from Toronto's Best Shops

We searched through the best shops in Toronto and emerged with spring 2013’s trendiest, most inspired indulgences—all in the brightest of seasonal hues, naturally.

Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the 25 carefully curated accessories, baubles and beautiful home products in our spring 2013 shopping guide.

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10 Best Great Lakes Beaches

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Great Lakes Beaches: Agawa Bay on Lake Superior (Photo: eskimo_jo)

Central Canada’s Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, and their combined coastlines add up to nearly 18,000 km—more than 40 per cent of the circumference of the Earth. That’s a lot of Great Lakes—and, consequently, a lot of Great Lakes beaches for landlocked folks to enjoy this spring and summer. See our list of the 10 best, must-visit Great Lakes beaches, and unpack those flip-flops!

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Muskoka Road Trip! How to Spend a Weekend in Ontario’s Cottage Country When You Don’t Own a Cottage

By TIM JOHNSON

JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort near Minett (Photo: courtesy of JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa)

Located just 200km north of Toronto, the Muskoka region has long been the favourite chill weekend getaway spot for hot, tired city dwellers. They arrive by the carload to experience its lakes, rivers and beaches. Until recent years, that commute was the only kind of Muskoka road trip there way—this beautiful area was considered “cottage country” and a visit here was dependent on having a place on the lake—or a friend who has one.

That was then. These days, there’s a new kind of Muskoka road trip emerging. With the addition of a number of great luxury properties—including a lovely JW Marriott set on the shores of Lake Rosseau—a new kind of Muskoka holiday is becoming possible. More and more “cottage-less” folks can now explore the area, checking out its quirky shops, interesting museums and great restaurants, then bed down for the night in style at a five-star resort. To celebrate this new kind of traveller, we offer our Muskoka road trip guide, loaded with tips on where to go, what to see and where to stay.

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6 Easy Weekend Getaways from Montreal

By LAUREN CRACOWER

Golf Le Diable (Photo: Tourisme Mont Tremblant)

Golf Le Diable (Photo: Tourisme Mont Tremblant)

With so many long weekends on the horizon this summer, now is the time to jump into the car and discover what local gems lie just beyond Montreal. Here are our top six picks for an impromptu last-minute getaway.

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