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Sweet Tweets: Who We Follow on Twitter and Why We Love Them


These days, it seems like everyone is on Twitter. And why not? In 140 characters or less, you can connect with people and businesses that offer insider tips, tell you what’s happening in real time, and sometimes serve up great deals. That’s why we’re sharing who we at @whereottawa follow — and why we love them. By Misa Kobayashi.

For entertainment, the folks at the National Arts Centre are tops. Their Twitter profile is alight with interaction between the NAC and arts and entertainment lovers, which shows the centre’s passion for connecting with its audience. Here you’ll find the latest news, plus neat features from the NAC’s blog, such as profiles and posts on what’s happening behind the scenes. They also do periodic Twitter ticket giveaways, so keep an eye out.
Heard on Twitter: @CanadasNAC What goes on in the mind of a composer? Watch this video to find out bit.ly/tyFjn1 #nacotour /JC

This is the place to go for hockey fans. Tickets are a steal ($12-$21.50), and Ottawa’s junior hockey team uses the account as a place to centralize the buzz surrounding the team. Here you’ll find tweets from players, fan comments, game news, recaps, and more. A very interactive space when you want to communicate with other sports fans.
Heard on Twitter: @Ottawa67sHockey Dalton Smith (@dsmitty33) scores the winner in the 6th round of the shootout and leads the 67’s over the Spirit 6-5!! #OHL #Go67sGo

Play Food & Wine

Play Food & Wine is a fine dining restaurant known for its evolving selection of small plates, as well as its large selection of wines by the glass. It’s also a favourite among local foodies for the attentive service. The same attention is paid to the restaurant’s Twitter account, which is manned by the Wine Director and Senior Service Manager, Grayson McDiarmid. Drop him a line before your visit and he just might stop by your table to say hello, or let him know what you thought of the experience (he loves hearing from customers). McDiarmid’s other tweets include musings on the local food and wine scene, plus great new menu items or wines they’re trying out.
Heard on Twitter: @playfoodandwine: @laurendorphin @nanceTO We are always happy to have vegans. Our chefs get creative with what we call “vegan surprise” with local produce (more…)

Tripping.com Launches New Home Rental Search Engine

Tripping.com search interface

By Amanda Yiu

Ever travelled to a new city and wished you had a local to show you around? That’s the idea behind Tripping.com, a site that connects travellers (“Trippers”) with member hosts. (more…)

Trending Now: Custom Travel Content

Frommer's Remix Guide sample

This month Frommer’s unveiled its customizable Remix guidebooks. Choose from a series of preferences and produce a guide with only the content relevant to you, including maps of the area around your hotel and personalized itineraries. The books are then bound and delivered via mail. (more…)

Go RVing Canada Launches Blog/Map Service for RV Travelers

RVing in Banff National Park. Photo by Erik B.

By Red Hunt

RV sales are on the rise and traveling across Canada by RV is steadily growing in popularity. Some Canadians prefer the freedom of the open road and ability to go wherever they want, whenever they want. RV travel eliminates many of the common hassles associated with travel including airports, car rentals and finding hotels. Other Canadians, in particular budget travelers and young families, like that RV travel can be as much as 70% cheaper than other forms of travel.

To help both novice and experienced RV travelers get the most out of this affordable form of travel, GO RVing Canada’s newest online tool is a blogging and mapping service. Whether you’re exploring the nature of Canada close to home or across the country, this new service is just one of many resources that GO RVing Canada provides for meeting other RVers, sharing your knowledge of traveling in Canada and finding the perfect campgrounds.

The blog/map service taps into the existing online RV community by providing viewers with personal stories, campground reviews, tips and advice from RVers in Canada. While it only recently launched, it already includes RV, provincial and national park entries from the Yukon to Newfoundland. Website visitors can see all of these submitted entries on a map of Canada, including exact campground locations, website links and reviews.

Learn more about the new GO RVing Canada map/blog service and benefits of RV travel at gorving.ca.

Interview With Travelfix Blogger Timothy Chan

Timothy Chan in India earlier this year.

Timothy Chan has traveled all over the world: India, China, Uganda, and Peru, just to name a few. He started tracking his experiences and inspirations on his travel blog, travelfix.ca over a year ago, and has been working at Gap Adventures Toronto HQ as a Public Relations Specialist for about a year. Travel, for Toronto-raised Chan, is a way to immerse himself in a “completely foreign country where chaos reigns and the culture, food, transportation, language and everything in between are virtually unfamiliar.”


Canada and the Social Media Travel Revolution

Photo: Rasmus Andersson

By Waheeda Harris

The planet has embraced Web 2.0: we’re on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube every day, and according to Swedish website Tripl, all this connectivity is having a major impact on the travel industry. (more…)