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12 Memorable East Coast Fishing Villages

By ALINA SEAGAL

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo: Alina Seagal)

An adventure through Atlantic Canada is not complete until you visit a fishing village or two. Here, you’ll find the freshest seafood, a new lifestyle and some stunning coastal views. Marvel at the postcard views of Peggy’s Cove, walk along the ocean floor during incredibly low tides around Alma or simply head to the village known internationally for its tasty oysters. Hundreds of fishing settlements dot the East Coast, yet we’ve selected some of the most memorable ones for you to see. (more…)

10 Cool Kid-Friendly Hotels Across Canada

By LIZ BRUCKNER

FantasyLand Hotel at the West Edmonton Mall

Complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi aside, when visiting a hotel with the shorter set, it’s the kid-specific perks that garner real praise with parents. From kid concierges to in-hotel scavenger hunts, these nationwide homes-away-from-home earn serious child-friendly clout. (more…)

Top 5 Backcountry Lodges of the Canadian Rockies

By SARA SAMSON

Lodges of the Canadian Rockies

Top Canadian Rockies backcountry lodges: Skoki Lodge (Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka)

Luxury hotels are in abundance in the Rockies, but for a more rustic—some would say a more authentic—stay try one of our backcountry lodges that serve gourmet meals and are only accessible by hiking, cross-country skiing or (in a few cases) helicopter. Located throughout the region, these accommodations offer some of the greatest views, activities and comforts of the Canadian Rockies.

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Hiking Canada’s 5 Highest Trails

By KAT TANCOCK

Hiking Canada

Hiking Canada’s highest trails: a couple strolls near Whistler Summit (Photo: Paul Morrison)

Hiking Canada’s high-altitude trails has loads of advantages over trekking at sea level: the terrain is unusual, the views are spectacular and the thin air is refreshing. For adventurers interested in the extra challenge of mountain hike, we offer this visual tour of the best high-altitude trails in British Columbia and Alberta.

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Best Restaurants in Canada to Open in 2012

Best Restaurants in Canada—Vancouver

The Vancouver pick on our list of the best restaurants in Canada to open last year (Photo: KK Law)

Where magazine’s Best Restaurants in Canada is an annual award program that celebrates the top dining establishments to open in the past year. Recognizing some of the best restaurants in Canada from coast to coast, this award serves as the highest recommendation from the editors of Where. One amazing eatery from each of the Where regions is highlighted below in the Best Restaurants in Canada 2012 list—Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Edmonton, Halifax, Muskoka-Parry Sound, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg. From classic comfort foods to refined fusion fare, this year’s selection offers a range of cuisines that’s as diverse as the regions they come from.

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ARC The Hotel: A Photo Tour of Ottawa’s Boutique Gem, ARC The Hotel

By ERICA EADES

ARC The Hotel

Click the photo to start the tour of ARC The Hotel

Located in the heart of Ottawa, ARC The Hotel stands out as a model of modern elegance. The glass storefront entrance is unassuming, but leads into modish lobby of ARC The Hotel—Ottawa’s first luxury boutique accommodation.

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ARC The Hotel guests are greeted with champagne and chocolates upon arrival, but this is just one of many unique touches. Guests can take advantage of the free THANN products and Frette bathrobes in their rooms, or peruse the newspaper, which is delivered daily.

RELATED: Ottawa’s 8 Best Cheap Hotels

Location is always a key factor when choosing a place to stay, and ARC The Hotel is perfectly placed for visitors wanting to explore the city. The Byward Market, Ottawa’s cultural hub, is within a 10-minute walk, and offers a variety of dining and nightlife options for all tastes. Some of Ottawa’s finest attractions—Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre and the Ottawa Convention Centre—are a short stroll away.

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• ARC The Hotel, 140 Slater St., 613-238-2888, arcthehotel.com
• Map and reviews

BC Wineries: 5 Awesome Ways to Tour the Wine-Makers of British Columbia

By KAT TANCOCK

BC Wineries

BC Wineries: Experience them by helicopter (Photo: courtesy of Valhalla)

When it comes to wine tours, conventional wisdom dictates that if you’ve been to one, you’ve been to them all. BC wineries, however, have never been fond of convention. These New World players are coming up with clever ways to experience vineyards, and introducing people to new BC wineries and vintages along the way. Here are five west coast tours that showcase BC wineries in a way that you’ll never forget.

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12 Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Labrador, on Canada’s east coast, is one of the best places to see the northern nights

We admit it, we’re a bit aurora borealis obsessed here at Where.ca. But can you blame us? Canada is one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights in all their glory. Travellers interested in seeing the show should know that the phenomenon is most vibrant in winter, though they can be seen all year in certain spots. In this gorgeous slide show, we’ve singled out the best places to see the northern lights from coast to coast.

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Locally Produced Spirits: 5 Amazing British Columbia Distilleries

Just some of the ingredients used by Victoria Spirits

By KAT TANCOCK

Along with a renewed interest in locally made, artisanal foods has come a revival in craft spirits. In British Columbia, home to many high-quality base ingredients, a number of small-scale distilleries have opened their doors to make tasty drinks out of fruit, organic grains, even potatoes and hemp seeds. Most products are not available in stores, so if you want a taste, you’ll just have to visit. Here, a slide show of our picks for five of the best »

 

A Foodie Road Trip Through the Maritimes

By ALINA SEAGAL

The Wharf Village Restaurant of Moncton (Photo: Alina Seagal)

When on a road trip, finding the right spot to eat can turn into a scavenger hunt—especially if you’re on a seafood sampling adventure in Maritimes. Lobster rolls, seafood chowders and crab cakes are served at every corner, and it’s next to impossible for the uninitiated to know the place that they’ll like best. Here, our list of great lobster shacks, oyster bars and family-run establishments that will help you find the perfect place to stop.

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12 of Canada’s Most Unusual Hotels

By MIMI SZETO

Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew, BC (Photo: TJ Watt)

These twelve unique hotels, from icy igloos to luxury yurts, range from the strange and adventurous to the fabulously one-of-a-kind and luxurious. For travellers seeking fun, nontraditional romance, the most remote of nature retreats or get-away-from-it-all relaxation, any of these hotels will earn ultimate bragging rights back home. (more…)

Touring Canada’s Most Stunning Badlands

By ALINA SEAGAL

Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park (Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Douglas E. Walker)

Some of the world’s most spectacular badlands can be found in Canada. Alberta is the most popular destination to view dry geological formations of rock and clay eroded by wind and water. But towering hoodoos, gullies, canyons and other badlands shapes crop up in other provinces too. These enigmatic planet Mars-like sites, often hiding dinosaur fossils, are always worth a visit.

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