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Hart House Soldier’s Tower at Night—University of Toronto

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Why we chose it: In some cases, blatant colour manipulation really pays off. We love the use of black-and-white in the peek-a-boo image through the vaulted archway of the Soldier’s Tower on the U of T campus. It really brings focus to the intricate stonework. And it’s a great choice to let the archway itself take up most of the image. An excellent example of how shooting from a different perspective can paint something you see everyday in an entirely different light—literally and figuratively! (more…)

Double Rainbow in the Prairies—Great Sandhills, Saskatchewan

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Why we chose it: C’mon, now: double rainbow?! Not only did the photographer have the good sense to have a camera at the ready for this fortuitous occasion, but the composition is fantastic and the changes in lighting from left to right even more compelling than what you’d find on a perfectly sunny day. The sense of serenity from this image is overwhelming, with the rolling plains of Canada’s “middle child” province revealed in all their glory. Even overcast, the big, open skies look inviting.

Photo by Varina Crisfield

Happy Victoria Day!

Fireworks over Edmonton, Alberta (Photo: Robert Park)

Hudson Bay Sunset — Churchill, Manitoba

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination.

Why we chose it: Can anyplace on Earth possibly be this gorgeous? The still-as-glass water in this image conveys a perfect sense of calm and is a flawless mirror for the golden-orange sunset. Icebergs as far as the eye can see really set this landscape apart. Is there anything else to say? We’re speechless. Drink it in. (more…)

Port Mann Bridge at Sunset—Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: The reds, yellows and oranges of the mountains and sky are just too amazing for words. The way the red sunset burns off into the night sky is especially spectacular. But we also love how the bridge towers and cables echo the shape of the mountains and how the range eases into the silhouetted city skyline. (more…)

10 Weird and Wonderfully Hilarious Signs Across Canada

Photo: Alexander Somma

Everyone has snapped at least one photo of a strange, funny or just plain befuddling sign while on vacation. Here are some of the most entertaining we’ve seen in Canada—all of them official signs, for better or worse! (more…)

Strait of Georgia Sunset—Richmond, British Columbia

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: BC has some of the most enviable sunsets in Canada, as evidenced here. It’s a beautiful silhouette—and the fiery sunset makes winter feel almost warm. But it’s the reflections in the puddles that makes it a truly remarkable shot. (more…)

Where.ca’s 12 Cities of Christmas

Quebec City's Rue du Petit-Champlain decorated for the holidays. Photo by Jean-François Bergeron, Enviro Foto.

In this vast country of ours, landscapes, cultures, climates and in some cases Christmas traditions vary widely.

Here’s just a taste of the holiday season, from gorgeous decorations to quirky annual events, in top destinations across Canada.

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Take Better Photos with National Geographic’s New Book

By Carissa Bluestone

Eighteen megapixels, four lenses and thousands of bucks later and your travel photos still lack pizzazz? You might want to preorder National Geographic’s newest book, Complete Photography, due out October 14. The hardcover contains 408 pages of advice from long-time National Geographic shooters and is splashed with several hundred of the magazine’s most arresting photographs. The tone isn’t terribly engaging, and advice like, “Photograph food near a window, if possible, where the soft, indirect light makes it look the most natural,” won’t impress experienced shooters. But the rest of us will find plenty of insider tips covering everything from camera basics to the peculiarities of underwater photography, all simply and clearly laid out. National Geographic is meting out some teaser tips on its blog leading up to publication.

For more travel-photo tips, check out Stuck in Customs, the most popular travel photography blog on the interweb, and Burn magazine, by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey.