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History, adventure on tap to celebrate Canada Day -- Niagara-on-the-Lake prepares for tourism influx for Canada’s 150th anniversary July 1, 2017

Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month  at the Canadian Museum of History

Power Down and Look Up for Jasper's 7th Annual Dark Sky Festival

Ontario's Top 5 Must-See Festivals & Events This Summer

50th Anniversary of Expo 67 Celebrated in Montreal

Festival D'E'TE' De Que'bec Announces 50th Anniversary Season Highlights July 6-16, 2017

Check Out The Canadian War Museum for Interesting events

The Greeks exhibition draws half-a-million visitors on North American tour

EdgeWalk in Toronto Offers the Thrill of a Lifetime

History comes alive at the Musée du Fort! A fascinating experience in the heart of Old Québec!

ALBERTA

What to See & Do

Meet 'Hellboy': New Species of Dinosaur Discovered in Alberta

The most impressive horned dinosaur discovery since Triceratops now on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Introducing 'Hellboy', a new species of dinosaur discovered in @TravelAlberta  

In an article published today by Current Biology, researchers at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology have announced the discovery of a new dinosaur species in the province of Alberta, Canada, a region known globally as one of the richest sources of dinosaur fossils in the world.

The announcement follows the discovery of a nearly complete fossilized skull of a previously unseen horned dinosaur in the province’s southwest. “I like to joke that you can recognize it as being a new species from 100 meters away,” commented Dr. Caleb Brown, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and co-author of the Current Biology article announcing the discovery. The dinosaur, a member of the Ceratopsidae family whose official name is Regaliceratops peterhewsi meaning ‘royal horned face,’ is notably different from other known relatives in both the size and shape of the horns on its face and a distinctive, crown-like frill at the back of its skull. The beaked, herbivorous dinosaur dates from the Cretaceous period, a time that saw the highest diversity of ceratopsian dinosaurs.

Dr. Brown explained, “The discovery is scientifically significant because it provides evidence of unexpected evolutionary traits in horned dinosaurs.” The fossil specimen, nicknamed ‘Hellboy’ by its researchers in reference both to the horns above its eyes reminiscent of the Dark Horse comic book character of the same name, as well as the gruelling, multi-year process of excavation, preparation and study, was first discovered in a cliff near the Oldman River by a member of the public. The find was reported to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, who then assigned a team to retrieve and research it. Led by Dr. Donald Henderson, Curator of Dinosaurs, the excavation of the site took place over two summers, while preparation in the museum’s laboratory took an additional 18 months.

Now, as the centrepiece of the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s new Fossils in Focus exhibit, the skull will be on display to museum visitors. “The rate at which we are finding new species today is higher than any time previously. It is a very exciting time for dinosaur research in Alberta,” said Dr. Brown. For dinosaur lovers who want to follow in the footsteps of palaeontologists, Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park offers 1, 2 and 3-day guided excavation programs in which participants take part in real dinosaur digs that contribute to ongoing scientific research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

For more information to to web site www.tyrrellmuseum.com

About Fossils in Focus 
Fossils in Focus is a new feature gallery that provides visitors with the chance to learn about some of the most significant specimens of the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s collections. Designed to be a space that can evolve with our changing understanding of palaeontology, this rotating exhibit will highlight some of our most remarkable and scientifically significant fossils. New specimens reflecting current research will be also be featured as new discoveries are unveiled, which gives us a timely way for visitors to interact with specimens after their discovery or publication.

About The Royal Tyrrell Museum 
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is located near Drumheller, Alberta, approximately 1.5 hours northeast of Calgary. It houses one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs and is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology.

About Alberta, Canada 
Located in the heart of Western Canada, bordered by the Rocky Mountains to the west and the prairies to the east, the province of Alberta is a vacation destination known for surprising even the most experienced travellers. The picturesque mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are revered by hikers and nature lovers for their awe-inspiring terrain, jaw-dropping vistas and abundant Canadian wildlife. From exploring Calgary and Edmonton, lively cities brimming with music, culture and nightlife, to discovering dinosaur fossils in the mysterious Canadian Badlands, visiting Alberta promises an experience unlike any other. 

For more information click on web site www.travelalberta.com

Muttart Conservatory Now Open  

The Muttart Conservatory is Edmonton's premier horticultural attraction, featuring four beautiful glass pyramids filled with more than 700 species of plants from arid, temperate and tropical climates. These rare and wonderful plants come from all over the world.

With more space for students, a revamped gift shop, greater wheelchair accessibility and a new outdoor courtyard, the renovated Muttart Conservatory is better than ever. Prior to the renovation, the Conservatory could accommodate 20 students at one time and it can now accommodate more than 120 students and offer programs for all ages, year-round. There are now two dry classrooms and one wet classroom (for planting and exploration). The new outdoor courtyard will take programming to new levels as the educational experience can be transported to the great outdoors.

The Tropical Pyramid has been renovated to create a setting that is now completely wheelchair accessible. The new waterfall, stone work and plants create a tranquil environment for study and reflection. The Arid and Temperate pyramids have been refreshed with new and unique plant material and the Feature pyramid showcases the “All Jazzed Up” theme, which will be on display until September 27.

A new café and gift shop have been moved to the front of the building to better serve Muttart visitors and to allow easy access for the community. The new café will be a perfect stop for people using the river valley trails.

The $6.3 million project was completed on budget and funded by the Muttart Foundation, Provincial Government and the City of Edmonton. www.muttartconservatory.ca

Magic in the Mountains, A Girls Getaway Weekend in Edmonton & A Men's Weekend in Edmonton, Too!

Edmonton has plenty of fun for a girls’ weekend! From learning new cooking techniques, indulging in some quality ‘you’ time at the spa, shopping at the infamous West Edmonton Mall, Canada’s largest shopping centre, or strolling down Whyte Ave, one of Canada’s five best shopping neighbourhoods, known for its boutiques, bars and eateries:  Edmonton is the perfect getaway for you and your friends.

Shopping

If shopping is a passion, Edmonton is your destination. Both Old Strathcona and West Edmonton Mall are excellent shopping meccas with great selections of exclusive and one-of-a-kind stores. Other local gems are the High Street area (minutes from the downtown core) where you'll find distinctive jewellery, giftware, home decor and fashion items. Other hot spots include downtown Edmonton where Edmonton City Centre transforms three city blocks into a retail destination of more than 170 stores and services. For shoppers who savour the big-box store experience – from fashion to electronics and more – Edmonton rolls out another North American retail milestone. South Edmonton Common weighs in as North America’s largest open-air retail development.

§         Sophies Rubies Shopping Tours

Enjoy chauffeured comfort and a personal shopping guru! Discover amazing boutiques and the most exquisite one of-a-kind gems that showcase Edmonton's local talent as well as world renowned designers. Enjoy five-star service with royal attention to detail on a customized shopping tour. Chose from Mother & Daughter packages, to the Goddess weekend package with accommodation at the luxurious Union Bank Inn.

Telephone: (780) 901-3178
Website: www.sophiesrubies.com

§         Bamboo Ballroom

Among several new additions to the Whyte Avenue area this store is a standout, rolling fashion and beauty into one tidy concept. Up front you’ll find cool Canadian labels like Covet, House of Spy and Industry, plus in-store line Suka Designs. In the back stylists and estheticians make sure your hair and skin are worthy of your new duds.

Telephone: (780) 439-1363
Website: www.bambooballroom.com

§         Colour Blind

This trendy shop features a selection of street, contemporary, urban and leisure wear for both men and women. Brands include Ben Sherman, Domino, Gsus, Kangol, KenzieGirl, Oakley, Sang Real Jeans and more.

Telephone: (780) 431-0981
Website: www.colourblindonwhyte.com

§         Gravity Pope

Gravity Pope is a popular and successful street side store on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue. Gravity Pope provides much of western Canada with fashionable footwear and clothing. From grunge Dr. Martens to raver style platform shoes, Gravity Pope has built a reputation for keeping up with and staying ahead of fashion trends.

Telephone: (780) 439-1637
Website: www.gravitypope.com

§         KAJ Clothing

KAJ Clothing is a unique 1,200 square foot space located in a trendy and upscale area of Edmonton. Downtown’s 124 Street provides style and character in the different shops that it showcases, and in the unique variety of products and items that are provided. KAJ Clothing stands out among these retailers as being the young and trendy place to shop for longer length styles with unique detailing and main stream branding.

Telephone: (780) 702-7122
Website: www.kajclothing.ca

§         Maggie Walt Design

Edmonton designer Maggie Walt presents a fusion of East meets West with rich and exotic textiles that create unique pieces. Original jewellery, shoes and accessories are also offered.

Telephone: (780) 482-1238
Website: www.maggiewalt.com

§         Red Ribbon

This cozy yet trendy boutique carries an eclectic mix of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, jewellery, framed photographs, handbags, vases, coffee table books and bath products. With designer labels and a knowledgeable staff that will help you find the perfect gift or the hard to find perfect pair of jeans.

Telephone: (780) 454-4336
Website: www.redribbon.ca

Wineries

§         deVine Wines

Located just off Jasper Avenue, in the historic Birks Building in Edmonton's downtown heritage zone, this store offers old world sophistication with a dose of urban chic. Original plaster moldings, warm wood fixtures, Italian tiles, Spanish sconces, designer drapes, high ceilings, oversized windows and elegant lighting set the mood. Consumer education is a main focus at deVine. Participate in one of the many in-store tastings and seminars offered on a weekly basis, there are top 10 wine samplings, high end Canadian Wines, Zinfandels, Malbecs or for something stronger participate in a Cask Strength Whisky tasting.

Telephone: (780) 421-9463
Website: www.devinewines.ca

Chocolate Tastings

Chocolate Exquisite is dedicated to the manufacture of high quality, hand moulded European style chocolates. Join them for a chocolate tasting of 20 different samples including: 18 single origins of which ten are 1er cru de plantation, plus two special blends of 85% and 99% cocoa mass. One port and four dessert wines will accompany the French chocolate.

Telephone: (780) 488-7852
Website: www.chocolateexquisite.com

d’Lishious meal design

d'Lish is Edmonton's first urban meal assembly studio. What makes d'Lish a truly unique studio is the focus on local fresh produce and organic meat and dairy products. D’Lish has fabulous packages with MUD Salon and Spa (Modern Urban Designers) - urban stagettes, new mom survival kits...the list is extensive.

Telephone: (780) 289-1441; Website: www.dlish.ca

Cooking       

Seasoned Solutions Cooking with Gail

Seasoned Solutions focuses on local and regional Alberta ingredients. Gail hopes to impart her passion, knowledge and life-long love affair with food to others. Classes are held in Gail’s private loft kitchen in the historic warehouse district of downtown Edmonton. The cooking classes are fun, educational and inspirational - great for special occasion celebrations or just to spend time with a group of friends. Private classes for groups of six or eight can also be arranged.

Telephone: (780) 437-0761
Website: www.seasonedsolutions.ca

La Cucina Italiana Cooking Classes at Sorrentinos

At Sorrentino’s they know this old proverb is tried and true, he who eats well eats Italian! Sorrentino’s hopes to share the secrets of Italian cooking with you through their La Cucina Italiana Cooking Classes. Besides the rich and varied flavours of Italian cuisine, you can also discover other wonderful things about this style of cooking. Italian cooking offers endless opportunities for creativity! Don’t forget the most important ingredients for an Italian meal with friends and family – a glass of wine and lively conversation!

Telephone: (780) 477-2789; Web site: www.sorrentinos.com      

Horseback Riding

Do you want to enjoy horseback riding, or perhaps a wagon is more your style? MP Stables is open year round and proudly offers formal carriages for special events: hay, wagon, cutter and sleigh rides. Horseback riding services are available anywhere in Edmonton and surrounding areas, or drive out to MP Stables and enjoy the picnic and bonfire areas that provide a peaceful, picturesque country location.

Telephone: (780) 973-3352; Web site: www.mpstables.com

     Spas

Peaches and Cream Spa is all about esthetics. Each client at Peaches and Cream should expect to enjoy warm, personal attention and the very latest in technique and expertise. Located on the main floor of Edmonton's historical LeMarchand Mansion, the spa offers eleven large windows overlooking Edmonton’s river valley – the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America.

Telephone: (780) 482-2664
Website: www.peachesandcreamspa.com

Shop at IKEA, Edmonton Marriott

Shop ‘til your heart’s content and unwind in the comfort of your guest room after your successful day of shopping. Package includes: deluxe guest bedroom, $50 IKEA gift card for each night stayed, complimentary shuttle to West Edmonton Mall and parking.

Telephone: 1-800-960-4913
Website: www.edmonton.com (vacation packages)

Village Creek Country Inn & Essentials Spa & Wellness (Pigeon Lake, AB)

Welcome to the Village at Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Nestled among the evergreens you will discover a picturesque boardwalk of country shops, beautiful beaches at the Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and a great chance to unwind. Check out the ‘Pyjama Party’ package which is ideal for Girls’ night out! This package includes one night accommodation, with a movie rental and a pizza. Plus a chance for you and your friends to re-energize your body, mind & spirit with a choice of treatments: Botanical Pedicure, Organically Eminent Facial, Aromatic Body Scrub, or Aroma Massage. 

Telephone: (780) 586-2332
Web site: www.villagecreekcountryinn.com

Where to Stay

Citadel Theatre Package, Campus Tower Suite Hotel

Looking for something to do for the weekend? Come stay at Campus Tower Suite Hotel and enjoy an evening of theatre. The package includes one night accommodation at the Campus Tower Suite Hotel, two tickets to a performance at the Citadel Theatre and parking at the hotel overnight. For more details on any of the shows, please visit the Citadel Theatre website at www.citadeltheatre.com.

Telephone: (780) 439-6060
Website: www.edmonton.com (vacation packages)

Newman Country Retreat Farm (Carvel, AB)

Walking and enjoying nature provides a sense of calm and tranquility as we rediscover ourselves. Rejuvenate with healing workshops, crafts, meditation and energy workshops, Reiki sessions, channeling or astrology reading or just enjoy the nature hikes or the Labyrinth. The farm has a holistic health and well being philosophy. Participants can relax and enjoy strolling, swimming and working on the farm in this serene environment.

Telephone: (780) 892-2910
Website: www.heartbeatangels.com

For more information contact Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (780) 969-0481 or kbertoncini@edmonton.com

Edmonton Canoe

Edmonton Canoe offers a series of canoe programs for active minded individuals looking for outdoor activities and fun on the water in and around Edmonton. Choose from guided and unguided trips on the North Saskatchewan and Athabasca Rivers or on a quiet lake in Elk Island National Park. Perfect for families and individuals are the popular weekend day trips down the river between the Genesse Bridge, Devon and Edmonton or the Sunday afternoon paddle along Edmonton’s river valley. Want more; create your own wilderness getaway and Edmonton Canoe can provide the canoe and transportation to and from the canoeing destination of your choice.

Telephone: (780) 470-5352
Website: www.edmontoncanoe.com

Get Hooked Fishing Adventures

Two day’s of great fishing with the award winning Get Hooked Fishing Adventures where your guide will choose either the river or a local lake as the setting for your fishing trip. Package includes: three nights stay at The High Rigg Retreat, three hearty home cooked breakfasts, two days of fully guided fishing (all tackle and rain gear provided), gold panning or fossil find at lunch (river only), two full sit down lunches (snacks and beverages also provided), a valid Alberta Fishing License is required. When booking ask for the Riverview package or choose another seasonal fishing package from Get Hooked Fishing Adventures web site.

Telephone: 1-866-963-1888
Website: www.gethookedfishing.com  

Reel Angling Adventures

Reel Angling Adventures has all inclusive guided fishing tours and outdoor adventures on some of Alberta’s finest lakes and rivers within one – five hours of Edmonton. Explore and experience the great fishing on the Athabasca River, Calling Lake, Rock Island Lake or the many other lakes in the Athabasca region. Cabins by the Athabasca River fishing package includes: two nights' accommodation in a beautiful handcrafted log cabin on the Athabasca River with a fire pit and barbeque, two full days of guided fishing with use of all fishing gear, a shore lunch for your day out fishing.

Telephone: 1-866-961-3425
Website: www.reelangling.com

Watchable Wildlife Tours

Do the Blackfoot Tour and experience unique Alberta wilderness just 45 minutes from downtown Edmonton hotels. Observe wildlife in their natural habitat, including deer, moose, elk, bison and beaver ... along with a wide variety of the birds of Alberta. Discover Canada's first forest reserve Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Grazing, Wildlife Area (est 1895). Enjoy a hearty trail meal in a backcountry setting. Complete your evening with a wildlife viewing driving tour through Elk Island National Park.

Telephone: (780) 405-4880
Website: www.birdsandbackcountry.com

The Great Canadian Adventure Company

The Great Canadian Adventure Company offers many planned unforgettable wilderness adventure vacations. One of the trips lets you experience a weekend of wilderness survival in the rugged environment of central Alberta. Learn the basic survival bush skills with an experienced guide while at the same time enjoying a challenging and fun adventure trip. The course covers fire making, shelter making, identification of wild edibles and much more! Everything you need to survive with relative comfort is out there if you know where to look!

Telephone: 1-888-285-1676
Website: www.adventure.ca

Stay to Golf

Edmonton, the Gateway to the North, is fast gaining a reputation as a premier golf destination in North America. With over eighty courses to choose from in Edmonton and surrounding area, every golfer, at every skill level, will find a suitable and appealing course to play. Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself at courses rated in the top one hundred of Canada, or play a tranquil game with a few buddies at a serene and secluded riverside course, the choices are vast and abundant.

Website: www.staytogolf.com

Laser Quest

Laser Quest is a fast paced game for ages 5 to 85 – a high tech combination of tag and hide and seek. With the world’s most advanced laser tag equipment available, Laser Quest is played in a large, multi-level arena with specialty lighting, fog and heart pounding music. Players, whether individually or on teams, use their lasers to tag their opponents’ sensors, and score as many points as possible.

Telephone: (780) 424-2111
Website: www.laserquest.com

Paintball Action

Play Hard - Play Fast - Play safe on seven well groomed and challenging fields located just 30 minutes south of Edmonton near Leduc. Paintball is a recreational game and an organized sport played year round, outdoors and indoors. The basic game is "capture the flag," where the object of the game is to capture the other team's flag and return it to your team's home base ("flag station") for the win-while keeping the other team from capturing your flag!

Telephone: (780) 469-0882
Website: www.paintballaction.ca

Northlands

Northlands is Edmonton’s horse racing and slots entertainment extravaganza. There’s excitement around every turn with year-round horse racing. There are more than 1,400 live and simulcast thoroughbred and harness races a year, plus more than 625 slot machines.

Telephone: (780) 471-7210
Website: www.thehorsesatnorthlands.com

The Boardroom: Men’s Grooming & Spa

As one of the top men’s spa’s in Canada, The Boardroom: Men’s Grooming & Spa is growing even more in popularity. Relax in the privacy of the “executive lounge” and enjoy tons of complimentary extras with any service such as: internet access throughout the spa, big screen TV, shoe shining, scalp massage, your choice of beverage, magazine, TV or audio, and much more. The Boardroom offers the most comfortable and luxurious atmosphere for men to come and relax.

Telephone: (780) 439-7727
Website: www.boardroomspas.com

Edmonton Oilers

Join the loudest fans in the league and cheer on the Edmonton Oilers as they do battle with their National Hockey League rivals on the ice at Rexall Place. 
Tickets: (780) 414-4625
Website: www.edmontonoilers.com

Edmonton Eskimos

For the armchair quarterbacks in the vacation crowd, catch the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League at Commonwealth Stadium, where grass, not artificial turf, rules the day. The Edmonton Eskimos will kick off the 2009 CFL regular season at home against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Esks made CFL history as the first “crossover” team to win a playoff game when they defeated the Bombers in the ’08 CFL East Division Semi-Final.

Tickets: (780) 488-ESKS (3757)
Website: www.esks.com

Oil Kings

The Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League play a brand of hockey that delivers end-to-end action and thrills galore. Discover the next generation of hockey superstars as they strap on the blades and do battle at Rexall Place.

Telephone: (780) 409-3700
Website: www.oilkings.ca

Rush Lacrosse

The Edmonton Rush of the National Lacrosse League will wow you with a fast-paced display of professional indoor lacrosse action. Professional indoor lacrosse combines the action and physical play of hockey with the tempo and playmaking of basketball.

Telephone: (780) 732-7874
Website: www.edmontonrush.com

Alberta Is Tops for Winter Sports

Famous for its dry, powdery snow and uncrowded slopes, Alberta, Canada is a skiers’, snowboarders’ and winter sports heaven that slices through the Canadian Rockies, from the northern spires in Jasper National Park to the dramatic, pristine mountains of Banff and Lake Louise.

The fabled mountain towns of the Alberta Rockies: Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise, offer a wide range of charming accommodations, world-class resorts, fine restaurants, winter festivals, unique shopping opportunities and some of the best skiing and winter sports in the world. 

Optimal for skiers and boarders of all levels, Alberta’s most popular winter resorts include:

Jasper

Marmot Basin (www.skiingjasper.com)
Tucked into Jasper National Park, Marmot Basin offers over 1,675 acres of powder terrain, with 3,000 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding on dry, Rocky Mountain powder. 

Castle Mountain (<www.skicastle.ca)
Castle was the only ski resort in all of North America that opened up an entire mountain last season - Mt. Haig is finally accessible to more than backcountry skiers. Castle is also known for its relentless fall-line skiing, 2,833 feet of vertical rise and 70 trails perfect for extreme skiers and snowboarders.

Banff/Lake Louise

Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort (www.skibanff.com)
For more than 80 years, Sunshine’s uncrowded slopes have offered 107 runs just 15 minutes from the town of Banff.  This year, the Sunshine Mountain Lodge has undergone a $6 million renovation featuring several luxurious lofts with floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the slopes, gas fireplaces and custom-made furniture. And starting this winter, overnight visitors eager to hit the slopes won’t have to get out of the bed to check out the conditions. TV channels at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge will allow guests to view the runs from high-res web cams live and in real time.

Ski Norquay (www.banffnorquay.com)
Widely considered to be Banff's best family ski resort and known as the ‘locals’ mountain in Banff, Ski Norquay boasts a family-friendly atmosphere and the only night skiing in the Bow Valley.

Lake Louise Mountain Resort (www.skilouise.com)
Consistently ranked No. 1 for scenery in North America, Lake Louise also snared “Best Steeps,” “Best Scenery,” “Best Terrain Park” and “Best New Off-Piste Tour” by Ski Canada Magazine in 2006. With over 4,000 acres of terrain covering four mountain faces, the resort is both vast and varied. 

Nakiska (www.skinakiska.com)
The site of the alpine events in the 1988 Winter Olympics, Nakiska is now most noted for its family friendly layout and programs. Its proximity to Calgary makes it a favorite half-day ski getaway and it is also known for its state-of-the-art grooming machines that keep slopes in buttery corduroy shape.

Any Way You Arrive in Alberta . . . .

Whether you arrive by train, car or plane, Alberta is also renowned for its other resorts and winter activities in and surrounding --Banff National Park.
Ranked in SKI magazine's "Top 50 Ski Resorts in North America" last October, the Lake Louise Mountain Resort hosted the 2006/7 World Cup ski races as well as its annual Winterstart Festival. In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, you can also enjoy other winter activities in and around Lake Louise, such as dog sledding. King Mik Dog Sled Tours features sledding tours pulled by Alaskan Huskies. Rates start at CDN$125 per sled that accommodates two adults and one small child for a 30-minute tour.

Castle Mountain Resort --

a popular resort in Southern Alberta has expanded its terrain for both intermediate and expert skiers. Intermediate skiers will discover a new chairlift and territory that have been opened for them, while expert skiers will be delighted by the newest terrain including steeper and deeper slopes.

For more information on Alberta visit web site www.TravelAlberta.com.

CALGARY, Alberta

Where to Stay

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Located on beautiful Tunnel Mountain, a few minutes from the heart of Banff Avenue, Buffalo Mountain lodge is an oasis among the mountains. You'll love the wood burning fireplaces, cherry furnishigs, and copper light fixtures in the lodge. Treat yourself to a glass of fine wine in the lounge, warm up in front of the fieldstone fireplace, and enjoy a gourmet meal in the dining room or - unwind in the outdoor hot tub.

Deer Lodge

Within walking distance from legendary Lake Louise, Deer Lodge is ideal for those seeking peace, quiet and breathtaking scenery. Relax in the rooftop hot tub overlooking the awe-inspiring Victoria Glacier, followed by a first class meal of Rocky Mountain Cuisine in the dining room. After a nightcap by the fire, the evening comes to a glorious conclusion when you slip under the feature comforter!

Emerald Lake Lodge

Follow in the footsteps of legendary guide Tom Wilson when you visit Emerald Lake. He discovered this wonderful location more than 100 years ago. With its century-old fireplaces and an oak bar salvaged from an 1890s Yukon saloon, there is no shortage of history here. And there's no shortage of comfort and good food, either.

Where to Eat in Calgary

Cilantro

With its unconvential Californian-Southwestern flare, Cilantro is a casual dining restaurant specializing in flat bread style pizzas and homemade pastas in a cozy environment.

Divino

This Wine & Cheese Bistro offers a comforting, pure cuisine in an upscale, warm and energetic environment. Featuring an extensive international chesse and wine program, Divino has successfully integrated the distinctive bistro style into Western Canada.

The Ranche

Take a trip back in time and treat yourself to an elegant dining experience featuring Rocky Mountain Cuisine. Built more than 100 years ago as a gent's mansion, this sprawling ranch house is an excellent location for meetings, dinners, and weddings.

Velvet

Located in a restored historical building, it fuses the building's old architecture with a sleek contemporary design while featuring upscale cuisine and outstanding wine.

For more information on these resorts, contact Canadian Rocky Mountain resorts, Suite 900-600 6th Avenue S.W., Calgory, Alberta, Canada or sales at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, 800-661-1367; Deer Lodge, 800-661-1595; Emerald Lake Lodge, 800-663-6336, or e-mail info@crmr.com or check www.crmr.com.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

What to See & Do

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains:

Big White Ski Resort Awarded Among the Best by Ski Canada Magazine

It's been nothing short of amazing for Big White Ski Resort this year. Kicking off 2015 with a record-breaking 56cm of fresh powder in just 36 hours, the mountain has never been busier.

Adding another 'notch' to the belt, Ski Canada Magazine just released the winners of its annual 'Best of Skiing in Canada' awards and Big White Ski Resort received top honours throughout. Big White Ski Resort brought on the 'pow' this year ranking as the number one ski resort in Canada for 'Best Powder.' The resort was also ranked within the top for 'Biggest Vertical' ski runs, with a height of 777 metres.

A very important note for those family travelers - Big White Ski Resort's Door to Ski Kids Shuttle Service won 'Best Parental Break,' and for those searching for romance - the horse drawn sleigh rides won the 'Most Romantic Road Less Traveled.'

And off the hill, Big White Ski Resort's favourite après ski watering hole, Sessions Taphouse & Grill, received 'Best Million Dollar-Makeover.' The massive renovation now includes a fully licensed deck (the largest on the mountain) complete with an outdoor fire-pit. Big White Ski Resort was also crowned 'Best Place to Be Named Patrick,' since on St. Patrick's Day, The Blarney Stone, Big White Ski Resort's lively pub, is offering free lunches to anyone sharing a name with the beloved Saint.

About Big White Ski Resort

Big White offers up big outdoor adventures in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Nestled in the picturesque Monashee Mountain range, Big White Ski Resort is just 45 minutes from Kelowna International Airport. Boasting Canada's largest ski-in, ski-out resort village, Big White can accommodate more than 17,000 guests. And all that winter fun hasn't gone unnoticed. Big White has racked up numerous accolades, such as the people's choice for 2014 Family Ski Resort of the Year.

For further information, please check web site www.bigwhite.com or write to
Big White Ski Resort | 1894 Ambrosi Road | Kelowna | BC | V1Y 4R9 | Canada

Check Out BC's Fresh Blooms:

When Spring is in the air, that's good news for green thumbs, those less horticulturally inclined are also sure to be charmed by the kaleidoscope of colourful blooms on the horizon. In Vancouver, for example, take an outdoor stroll at the Queen Elizabeth Park Arboretum to view a comprehensive collection of exotic and native trees, with its ever-changing backdrop of woody, leafy and multicoloured gems. A quick jaunt to the Bloedel Conservatory, located atop Queen Elizabeth Park, promises visions of the tropical kind, with lush displays of plants (from palms to orchids) and over 100 free-flying tropical birds and parrots. Over at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 255,000 plants from around the world populate the year-round draw's 22 hectares (55 acres), where favourite strolls include the lusciously lined Rhododendron Walk and the blushing expanse of the David C. Lam Cherry Grove.

For a tour of Mother Nature's finery a little farther flung, hop in the car and head east to the Fraser Valley's Minter Gardens. Considered one of the province's "secret gardens," this forested flourish was planted over 30 years ago as a labour of love by Brian and Faye Minter, and has since bloomed into a revered 13-hectare (32-acre) show garden. An added touch? Each spring, the masters at Minter showcase over 100,000 tulips that bloom throughout the grounds, promising hillsides awash with bold, vibrant hues. www.vancouverparks.ca; www.mintergardens.com

Northern BC:

Thompson Okanagan: Call It a Night in BC's Wine Country:

It's no secret that BC's vine-fringed Thompson Okanagan is a region rich with red and white pours. What may be surprising, however, is the fact that a few wineries are opening their doors for more than just a swirl and sip, with overnights showcasing everything from quaint stops to luxurious stays. Your sleepovers could begin, say, up in the trees at Elephant Island's own home-away-from-home. Perched on the wine-rich Naramata Bench, this unconventional tree house suits its winemaking roots: unlike many of its contemporaries, the family run Elephant Island specializes in fruit wines, rather than grapes. And May through September, overnight guests can sip the sparkling apple Pink Elephant or the almond-and-chocolate Cherry Wine in this tree-top space perched above the winery's tasting room.

For accommodation of a different sort, Crowsnest Vineyards, situated south in the Similkameen Valley, stays true to its European roots. Beyond the authentic German cuisine and old world-style Chardonnay and Merlot served by the Heinecke family in the winery's new lounge, guests can overnight in one of seven simple, airy rooms in the country inn, or Landgasthof. (On your way home, be sure to snag one of the bakery's tasty offerings, including home-made breads, cakes and turnovers.) Should you wish for an escape that's decidedly upscale, check your bags at Oliver's Mediterranean-styled Hester Creek Estate Winery, further east, in the Okanagan Valley. Set on one of the province's oldest vineyards, the winery's ulta-luxe villas boast every stylish creature comfort, complete with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding valley. Pair that with the Hester Creek's fresh, lively vintages, and you've got more than enough reason to raise a glass.

www.elephantislandwine.com;

www.crowsnestvineyards.com;

www.hestercreek.com.

What to See & Do

Wild Sea Garden Tea

Victoria, BC is a city renowned for afternoon tea and Outer Coast Seaweeds has developed another innovative product in its line of fresh, hand-harvested seaweed and Seaflora spa and body care products - Wild Sea Garden Tea. As the most nutritional plant in the world, seaweed puts a new twist on both the tradition and health benefits of drinking tea. Nutritionally complete and mineral rich Alaria, Ulva and Macrocystis seaweeds hand-harvested from the cold, clean Canadian Pacific Ocean are blended with organic green tea and local mints to create a balancing, calming and revitalizing tea. Outer Coast Seaweeds and Seaflora were founded by Vancouver Island's Seaweed Lady, Diane Bernard, to harvest wild seaweeds for culinary use by some of the world's finest chefs and in spas and body care products. Wild Sea Garden Tea is available in select spas, online or by calling 1-877-713-7464.

For more information visit www.sea-flora.com.

Music to the Mouth at Merridale Ciderworks

Throughout the summer, Merridale Ciderworks, located 45 minutes north of Victoria, BC, not only offers a variety of award-winning ciders, but al fresco dining options including Friday jazz and Sunday pizza nights. On Fridays, the Bayside Jazz Band takes up residency while guests order from the al fresco menu on the outdoor deck overlooking the orchard. On Sundays, pizzas baked in an outdoor brick oven on sourdough crusts and topped with ingredients fresh from local markets. Perfect for the whole family, children are welcome to play in the orchard and encouraged to find the fairy doors. Merridale Ciderworks is Canada's largest producer of craft cider from English and French cider apples, but fit for the season also features cider sangria and Forbidden Fruit; the apple ale developed with local Victoria microbrewer, Matt Phillips of the Phillips Brewing Company. Weekend dining at Merridale Ciderworks is available from 5:00-9:00 pm.

For more information visit www.merridalecider.com.

One Okanagan Apple Proves Mighty Tasty

In BC’s Thompson Okanagan, you’ll find apples by the bushel - but only one worthy of five stars. Five stars from Canada Select, to be exact. As the only property in the Okanagan to receive this distinction, Apple d’or, overlooking orchards, vineyards and the oh-so blue Okanagan Lake, has made its mark since opening its doors in May 2007. And then some. Designed, decked out and operated by owners Holly Stevens and Colin Moores, the property’s name was plucked from a nearby branch…literally. Originally an orchard (the property still boasts apples throughout), the haute couture “log cabin” situated near Penticton in the Naramata Bench promises an intimate getaway, May through October. With just three guestrooms, each stylishly appointed with king beds, spa bathrooms, kitchens, fireplaces and even individual patios with views of the lake, the question is: Do we explore the surrounds or burrow deeper under those fluffy covers? With days that start bright and sunny, thanks to a decadent breakfast in bed or amid the splendour of the great room, you might just be tempted to continue the fun indoors. That is, until you realize the Naramata Bench awaits with wine-tasting, hiking and biking along the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. There’s also the promise of sand between the toes at nearby beaches, tasty market finds and a smattering of shops rife for exploration. And post excursion, a glass of wine awaits on the patio. Tip: In 2009, it’ll be a flute of the bubbly, as Apple d’or expects their first vintage of sparkling wine early next year. Raise a glass, with a nod to the orchard, and soak it all in. After all, this is one apple that is truly golden delicious.

 For more information check web site www.appledor.ca

Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours

On April 5, 2008, Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours opened in Victoria, BC with thrill-seeking aerial rides and a new name. Opened last summer as Zipwest Eco-Adventure Tours, the zipline park will sling visitors above the treeline and mossy mountains on weekends throughout the month and open daily in May from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Adrena Line is situated on 100 acres of coastal temperate rainforest in the Sooke Hills, 45 minutes west of Victoria. The site features two suspension bridges and eight ziplines ranging from 150 to 1,000 ft. in length and 60 to 150 ft. off the ground. The company has added new equipment to increase its maximum weight to 275 lbs. allowing kids age five and up, and 40 to 60 lbs., to ride tandem with adults. Two new six-passenger ATVs will transport riders to the line launch pads. Zipline tours are fully guided and approximately two hours. Transportation from downtown Victoria is also available. After ziplining, visitors can relax over a pint or bite to eat in the historic 17 Mile Pub located at the base of the park.

For more information visit www.adrenalinezip.com.

Canoe Brewpub and Habit Cafe & Culture - Make it a Habit

Canoe Brewpub and Habit Café & Culture, two innovative local producers in Victoria, BC, have joined forces to launch a new locally crafted beer; Habit Espresso Stout. Canoe Brewmaster Sean Hoyne conceived the idea while participating in the Great Canadian Beer Festival held annually in Victoria and approached coffee maverick Shane Devereaux with the concept. With a healthy respect for each other's craft, a partnership was formed to create a dark, creamy and deliciously smooth beer with just the perfect hint of espresso. Recently opened in Victoria, Habit sources the best fair traded, organic coffees from around the world and has quickly become a local favourite famed for its "cuppings;" free public coffee tastings and seminars on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm.

For more information visit www.canoebrewpub.com.

Eager for a Taste of the Fraser Valley? Try a Circle Farm Tour

Circle Around: Succulent jams and golden honey. Farm-aged cheeses and hand-crafted ice cream. If these tasty treats top your weekly grocery list, then perhaps it’s time to forgo the supermarket in favour of a far more earthy, out-of-doors experience. Think of it as seasonal shopping, BC-style. And thanks to an array of self-guided Circle Farm Tours of BC’s Fraser Valley, all that’s required is a full tank of gas, a Circle Farm Tours map and plenty of trunk space to gather your grabs. Where to start? A hop, skip and a jaunt away from Vancouver’s hub…and hello Vista D’oro Farms. Just east of the city in Langley, Vista D’oro has mastered the art of artisanal preserves, marrying in-season fruits with a variety of tasty flavours. Blueberry and Bourbon, anyone? Also in Langley, seek out scenic and scented excursions at Full-Bloom Farm (think: lavender treats for the senses). Keep travelling east to Abbotsford, and flourish amid lush Tanglebank Country Gardens, stop in for a few licks at Birchwood Dairy or indulge in a few chef creations at Restaurant 62. Nearby Chilliwack is all about choice; you could find yourself checking out the offerings at Greendale Pottery & Country Guest House, sampling the wares at Rustic Soap Co., or buzzing about at Honeyview Farm. And there’s plenty more by way of specialty farm-gate vendors, artisans, open air markets, charming eateries, heritage sites, fairs, and other special events (six Circle Farm Tours for a total of 61 stops, to be precise). Can’t make it to the farm? Drop by Edible British Columbia’s signature shop on Granville Island for a taste of all things BC. Time to set your GPS for the Fraser Valley. 

For more information check web site www.circlefarmtour.com

Where to Stay

Whistler --

is Canada’s premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, B.C.

The Four Seasons Resort is a 5-Diamond world-class luxury resort that affords our   guests the most luxurious, stimulating, adventurous and delicious Passover Program to date! Monumental in scale, Whistler dazzles with its vast acreage, summit glaciers and towering vertical rise. It also charms with a lively European-esque village and alpine meadows.  
 
The Entire Hotel is Reserved for Special Guests Only. 
 
#1 Rated Year Round Ski Resort in North America. The hotel is situated at the base of the Blackcomb Mountain which is minutes away from the world famous Whistler Mountain slopes. Whistler Link

For more information contact Kosherica, e-mail info@kosherica.com or check web site www.kosherica.com

King Pacific Lodge

King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort introduces the Family Expeditions package.  You and your family will experience life away from the electronic world and introduce your children to multiple expeditions of fun, education, adventure as well as imbue respect for the natural world.

The customized expeditions are intended to maximize time together as well as to share in the excitement that each day brings. Start the day with breakfast looking out across Barnard Harbour and watch what the whales, eagles and otters do to prepare for their day. Pick up your gear from your private locker and head out with your adventure guide in search of the secrets of the Great Bear Rainforest. Return back to the lodge for lunch and relax while your children brim with excitement. Refreshed, you and your family journey back again into the natural world for more stories to be told over dinner and to be relived for many years to come.

Family Expeditions package rates start at C$13,450 based on room category; a savings of $7500 for your family (two adults and two children between the ages of 8 – 16). And, with a strong U.S. dollar, you can expect to save thousands more! U.S. dollar exchange rate subject to daily fluctuations. In continued recognition of the importance of family and King Pacific Lodge’s continuing relationship with the Gitga’at of Hartley Bay, each family expedition sold will trigger a $500 donation from King Pacific Lodge to the Hartley Bay School.

Day One: Arrival
Enjoy a 15-minute scenic helicopter trip across Princess Royal Island upon arrival. Then, prepare for the next day’s adventure with Hermann Meuter and Janie Wray, our resident whale researchers who offer a dynamic and educational presentation prior to your whale watching expedition; learn about their home on Gil Island where they live full-time studying Killer Whales, Humpback Whales and Dall’s Porpoises.

Day Two (Morning): Day Whale Watching
Listen to whale calls and gain an understanding of the biology and history of coastal marine mammals. At the research station, Janie and Hermann will explain their whale research and give your family better insight into these magnificent creatures. On the water with your guide, your family will view these majestic creatures in complete silence, free of commotion and human activity.

(Afternoon): Day Ocean Fishing
July mark’s the height of Chinook salmon season on the saltwater and August is the time for Coho. Chinook is the largest of the Pacific Salmon species and can grow to over 50 pounds. Imagine landing one of these fish with your son or daughter. Feel the excitement mount on the boat when the reel spins out line and the challenge is on, who will reign victorious? If the salmon is brought to the side of the boat we encourage conservation and selective retention of all fish.

Day Three: (Morning) Day Interpretive Rainforest Hike
Walk through an ancient temperate rainforest amongst thousand-year-old hemlocks, fern-clad canyons, and pristine glacial waterfalls while your guide shares knowledge about indigenous plants and animals. This hike is a great opportunity for your children to search for fresh blueberries, salal berries and huckleberry. Enjoy them on the trail or bring them back to the lodge to have with desert. You will climb gradually up the trail, keeping a watchful eye for the rainforest residents. Once at the pond, a refreshing swim is in order before continuing up the trail to stop for a drink and snacks.

(Afternoon) Day Kayaking
Kayak silently beneath ancient cedar branches and experience the stunning beauty and serenity of Barnard Harbour and Cameron Cove with your family during this relaxing paddle. Low tide is an excellent time to view the diverse marine life in the inter-tidal zone on the rock wall located on the south side of the harbour. Chances are favorable that you may be paddling with our local marine friends, the harbour seal and river otter. Your destination is Cameron Cove, the area’s best spot to view black bears feeding on sedge grass and berries in the spring and fishing for salmon in the fall. Cameron Cove is an estuary and sensitive ecosystem that supports a wide range of wildlife. You may also observe wolves, Sitka deer and various birds including Bald Eagles.

Day Four (Morning): Day First Nations Cultural Tour
King Pacific Lodge is located in Gitga’at first Nations territory. It is in partnership with the Gitga’at of Hartley Bay that we offer cultural interpretive tours with a First Nations guide from Hartley Bay exploring the rich cultural and spiritual history of the Tsimshian territory. Your guide will take your family to the summer fishing village of Kiel, where seaweed and halibut are traditionally harvested in the month of May. From Kiel you will be taken on a scenic boat ride up Whale channel to Hartley Bay to tour this remote northern community focusing on various special points of interest including culturally modified trees, longhouses and other artifacts.

Family Expeditions Package includes:

Scenic round trip flight from Vancouver to Bella Bella following the coastal mountain range over snow capped mountains & glaciers 1-1/2 hour’s breathtaking flight.
30 minute journey from Bella Bella to Barnard Harbour aboard a Grumman Goose float plane.
Accommodation in a Barnard Harbour Suite
Complimentary 15 minute sightseeing helicopter trip
Daily guided expeditions
Safety and adventure gear provided
Complimentary fishing licenses
The Great Bear Rain Forest book autographed by Ian McAllister
Limited edition Great Bear Rainforest DVD
Fly tying & fly-casting lessons
Unlimited use of classic canoes and row boat to explore the bay (unguided).
Tour below decks of the lodge to see the secrets of how it all works
Personalized DVD of all the pictures the family has taken
A contribution of $500 from each package booked will be made to the Hartley Bay School

About King Pacific Lodge: King Pacific, A Rosewood Resort, is a 17-room luxury wilderness lodge located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in Gitga’at territory along the central coast of British Columbia. For more information: www.kingpacificlodge.com or call 1-888-888-592-5464.

Hummingbird Beach Resort at Mara Lake Is Popular With Families and the 'Right Now' generation

Hummingbird Beach Resort, a beachfront resort on Mara Lake, is a new beachfront cabin and town home resort. A unique hybrid of cottage, cabin and town home, Hummingbird is a completely different approach to the now typical Okanagan multi-storey condominium.

According to rareEarth Project Marketing, the exclusive listing agent for Hummingbird Beach Resort, interest has been high in the beachfront cabin and townhome concept, particularly with young families. "Today's buyer wants to enjoy the resort life right now," says James Askew, president of rareEarth, "They don't want to wait and they can start enjoying the cabin at the lake experience right now."
Based on rareEarth's market research and client feedback, it was found that many of today's buyers are not as interested in the typical large scale resort amenities such as swim-up pool bars or multi-million dollar penthouse suites. Hummingbird Beach Resort instead chose to adhere to a simple, low-density development model, focused on celebrating the Mara Lake tradition of family, community and leisure.

Hummingbird has designed its beach resort to appeal to vacationers who are looking for an easy, uncomplicated holiday experience that emphasizes memorable family experiences on the Shuswap lakes. Tucked away from the busyness of life, it is located near the Town of Sicamous, the houseboating capital of Canada.

Hummingbird provides family vacationers with a reasonable entry cost recreational home option that was designed with high architectural integrity and quality to provide comfort and ease of access without having to break the bank of the buyer. The ultimate objective is for buyers to be able to invest in their family.

With its warm year-round climate, excellent fishing, horseback riding, water skiing and houseboating, Hummingbird Beach Resort offers families a quality alternative to the frenzy of activity commonly found at high-density resort properties. Hummingbird provides a quieter, simpler way of life for those wishing to escape and spend their summers with their family in quiet retreat from the busyness of the big city.

Hummingbird Beach Resort offers buyers a selection of:

. 12 Townhomes averaging 1,883 sq. ft.; ($975,000 - $1.3 Million)
. 31 Cabins averaging 1,071 sq.ft.; ($460,000 - $550,000)
. 33 Creekside Park Model Cottage sites averaging 2,400 sq.ft.; $325,000

Resort Amenities include:

. 500 Ft. Sandy Beachfront
. 81 slip Marina
. Pool & Hot Tub
. Hummingbird Creek
. Warm Lake
. South West Orientation

Mara Lake boasts:
. Hot summers, mild winters
. Sandy beaches and recreational trails
. An extended golf season
. Plentiful fruit orchards
. Warm Lake
. Hiking, horseback riding and water skiing

Background

Mara Lake Estates. Ltd
Hummingbird Beach Resort is being developed by Mara Lake Estates Ltd., a private company whose owners have strong roots in the Okanagan and a passion for quality real estate. Inspired by fond memories of spending summers by the lake as children, and deriving great joy from reliving the experience with their own children, is what shaped the developers' vision for Hummingbird Beach Resort. Great care is being taken to preserve the natural beauty of the site, to build townhomes and cabins of exceptional quality, and to transform Hummingbird Beach Resort into a valued family tradition. Local trades are doing the bulk of the building as part of the developers commitment to supporting the existing community.

Want a Guest Ranch Experience in the Kootenay Rockies?

For a Guest Ranch Experience in the Kootenay Rockies, Think Three: Guest ranches seek to bring out the cowboy in just about everyone. With one foot in the stirrups, it’s so long status meetings and howdy Stetsons. And at Three Bars Guest Ranch, nestled in the picturesque Rocky Mountains, you’ll be banishing the BlackBerries before sunset. Situated near Cranbrook, Three Bars ropes up a rustic program ideal for city slickers – and their young ‘uns. Hailed for their stellar horse program run by professional horse train Jeff Beckley, a day in the saddle promises memorable views, varied terrain and plenty of lessons learned. Indeed, with some 40,000 acres to explore, there’ll be ample opportunity to rope and ride.

And for adventure minus the chaps, white water rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking and more will fill days, while evenings sidled next to the campfire promise toasted treats and a few shared stories. Add a post-adventure swim (pool) and soak (hot tub), and you have just the ticket for contemplating another day on the range. Come time to bunk down for the night, Three Bars offers comfy log cabins to rest the weary – after you’ve rustled up a ranch-inspired menu complete with the country trimmings. At lights out, zzzs might just be replaced with thoughts of threes…Three Bars, that is. 

For more information check web site www.threebarsranch.com

King Pacific Lodge launches "Playing For Good" Challenge

Long known as a home for trophy salmon fishing, coastal British Columbia is also Mecca for adventure activities. King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort, located in the Great Bear Rainforest offers a host of world-class eco-adventures from whale watching and glacier walks to fly fishing and the search for the rare Kermode “Spirit Bear.”

This year, King Pacific is offering its guests the opportunity to vacation and be part of the solution – ‘playing for good’ rather than ‘playing for keeps’. The resort’s “Playing for Good” promotion will generate donations to local conservation, wildlife and cultural charities on behalf of guests.

Be warned, the activities the Lodge has in mind will ensure their guests will earn their donations. For example, only ardent kayakers should attempt the five-mile open water circumnavigation of Ashdown Island. Other adventures appeal to those interested the history and culture of the area, including mastering a Sm’algyax language guide of place and animal names on a cultural tour of the territory. Each endeavor earns the Hartley Bay School C$100.00.

King Pacific’s relationship with the Gitga’at Nation is a story itself: The lodge was the first private operator to sign a working protocol with the Gitga’at Nation (2001). Since then, the two parties have worked together on a wide variety of programs including a student mentoring program, an elders’ breakfast program, joint educational initiatives and hospitality training. King Pacific Lodge also holds its annual staff training in Hartley Bay, home of the Gitga’at Nation, where staff are billeted at private homes in the community.

Other adventures include photographing four marine or land mammals ($100 donation to North Coast Cetacean Society); releasing three salmon caught on self-tied flies ($100 donation to Hartley Bay School); photographing 2 of 3 bears of the Great Bear Rainforest ($100 donation to Gitga’at Cultural Centre) and summiting X Mountain and photographing three edible plant species ($100 donation to Gitga’at Cultural Centre). A special bonus donation of $1000 will be made to the Hartley Bay School on behalf of any guest that completes all 7 activities during their stay. Guests who master 3 activities will receive a complimentary spa treatment. All successful participants will receive a commemorative photograph and certificate as a memento of their contribution and lasting connection to the Great Bear Rainforest and its indigenous people.

King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort is a luxury wilderness lodge located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in Gitga’at territory along the central coast of British Columbia. Three, four and seven night all-inclusive packages are available starting from $4,750 per guest.

Visit www.kingpacificlodge.com or call 1-888-987-5452 for details.

Where to Eat

Mountain Top BBQ --- Dine in the Alpine

A longtime local favorite, this special sunset Mountain Top BBQ is the last of the summer season, featuring mouth watering BBQ chicken and pork, fresh corn on the cob, oven baked biscuits, and desserts - all enjoyed at 6,000 feet on Whistler Mountain. Watch the sunset and take in the views while listening to live country and blue grass music.

Tickets are available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations or call reservations at 1-800-766-0449. Information: www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/summer/dine.htm

Lost Lake by Bike - Family Getaway Package

The Lost Lake by Bike package includes two nights in Whistler Village in a one-bedroom unit with a fully equipped kitchen where kids under 12 stay for free. Spend your first day at Lost Lake Park on your bikes as your guide shows you the stunning trail options which are suitable for all riding abilities and an excellent choice for families with small children. Spend the rest of the weekend at your leisure, at the hotel pool or visiting one of Whistler's fabulous parks. Package price of $174 CDN ($152 USD) per person* includes two nights accommodations, and a one-hour bike tour including bike and helmet rentals**. Call 1.800.WHISTLER or visit www.tourismwhistler.com.

* Package prices based on 2 people sharing a 1 bedroom (kids under 12 stay free with parents)
** Equipment rentals: Cost of children's bike tour not included in the package price. Some conditions apply.

Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

Described as “an earth-toned oasis of casual chic” by the New York Times, the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is just a 2-hour scenic drive North from Vancouver and the ideal base from which to explore nature’s spectacular playground.

Enjoy ski-in-ski out access to the mountains, easy access to championship golf courses, plus spectacular hiking and biking trails. Whistler’s vibrant village also offers food lovers and party goers some 90+ restaurants, bars and clubs to explore and retail therapy enthusiasts won’t be disappointed – Whistler is home to some 200+ shops and boutique stores.

Within the newly renovated Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, discover spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms (many with wood burning fireplaces, kitchenettes and balconies), luxury Spa facilities, innovative Pacific Rim fare at the Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille, as well as indoor and outdoor pools and hot-tubs, sauna and health club for year round enjoyment.

Rockwater Tenthouse Suites in British Columbia

If the thought of drifting off to sleep in a treetop tent excites your inner child but surfaces fears of ‘roughing it’, look no further than the Rockwater Tenthouse Suites. Inspired by nature, this luxurious new development at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort on BC's Sunshine Coast offers guests the pristine views and natural surroundings that only tent camping can offer, without the need to sacrifice comfort or luxury.

Accessed from a 1500’ treetop boardwalk, the seven private Tenthouse Suites bring a new meaning to the term ‘high class’. Nestled among the Arbutus trees with a clear view of the Pacific Ocean, these penthouse-style tents are built with luxury and comfort in mind. Each suite features heated slate floors, hydrotherapy tubs, private fireplaces, Japanese-inspired shoji screens, and king-size beds. A private balcony completes the tenthouses, each furnished with quality loungers from which to soak in the pristine sunsets or starry nights.

At present, seven Tenthouse Suites are completed, and a second phase of nine units will be constructed by Spring 2007. For guests who want to keep their feet closer to the ground, additional accommodations are available in one, two and three bedroom oceanside cabins, along with rooms in the main lodge.

While guests may be happy to laze away their holidays inside their treetop sanctuaries, a resort full of activities and amenities awaits on the ground. From beachcombing the shoreline to strolling through old growth cedar forests, choices for places to explore are abundant. More active pursuits available onsite (or nearby) include kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and golfing. Rockwater’s guest amenities include a spa, swimming pool, meeting facilities, outdoor sun decks, library, and lounge. A restaurant featuring West Coast dishes caters to guests’ culinary desires, with dinners highlighted by sunsets over Malaspina Strait.

Rockwater is open year round, and can be accessed via floatplane directly to the dock or by BC Ferry service to Langdale followed by a 60-minute scenic drive along the coastal highway. Guests arriving by yacht are welcome to moor at Secret Cove Marina, a full service deep-water marina with 150 berths, located a short drive from the Resort. Reservations for moorage are required, and the Resort offers a shuttle service.

Room rates for the Tenthouse Suites begin at $299CDN per night including breakfast, while rates in the oceanview rooms start at $99CDN per night including breakfast. A variety of special packages are is offered, including a Princess Louisa Inlet Tour Package, which features a six-hour marine tour to the renowned inlet and a gourmet picnic shore lunch.

For more information on Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, call 1-877-296-4593 or check web site www.rockwatersecretcoveresort.com.

BC’s Kootenay Rockies is Rife with Sacred Rides:

For those seeking a holiday which requires grit, determination and the desire to traverse terrain on two wheels, Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays is one adventure geared up for a wild Rocky Mountain ride. Known as a trailblazer, Sacred Rides (formerly Fernie Fat-Tire Adventures) is not only the province’s first locally-operated mountain bike tour operator in BC, but they were also first to offer multi-day, singletrack excursions as well as women-only skill camps. Enough incentive to load up your two-wheeled steed?

Strap your Rocky Mountain Slayer to the bumper and head out for the Ultimate BC Holiday – a 13-day singletrack mammoth journey which features plenty of opportunity to ride classic trails throughout the region, including the famous Seven Summits trail. Not enough time to take on this terrain? Then load up for a Rocky Mountain Singletrack eight-day excursion which offers world-class trails and stunning canyon rides in Invermere and Golden. The Weekend Getaway also supplies a quick fix with two to three days of tackling the tracks in Elk Valley (near Fernie). And, of course, there are those getaways just for the gals with one week of instruction, led by former national downhill champion Cassandra Boon.

Climbing, steeps and obstacle riding will be but a few of the skills one will acquire during this challenging and inspiring women-only pedal. As a bonus, each adventure is led by a local guide – those intimate with the terrain who share a love of the landscape. With a pedigree for providing a premium adventure, Sacred Rides also demonstrates a dedication to responsible, sustainable mountain bike tourism, ensuring that two per cent of their proceeds in BC go to Wildsight, an environmental organization dedicated to preserving wild spaces in the BC Rockies. Let Sacred Rides showcase the very best of BC’s terrain. Braking is optional. 

For more information check www.sacredrides.com

VICTORIA (British Columbia)

What to See & Do

On beautiful Vancouver Island, just a short ferry from Vancouver, Victoria offers a mix of art, wilderness and urban style but retains the feel of old world charm – apparent in red double decker buses and clip-clopping horse drawn carriages.

While visiting Victoria, indulge in scrumptious afternoon tea at the famous Empress Hotel, or head north of town and wander through the legendary Butchart Gardens. On Saturday nights in the summer, bring a picnic blanket and watch fireworks blast off over the illuminated flower beds and fountains. If you’re feeling energetic, paddle a kayak in the city’s Inner Harbour (just a 5-minute walk from downtown Victoria), an ideal place to take in the city’s skyline and view harbour seals. Of course that’s not the only way to get around: you can also explore downtown by harbour ferry, or take a float plane tour.

AN APPLE A DAY
With the mildest climate in Canada, Victoria, BC boasts beautiful gardens, rich agricultural land and a cornucopia of fruit trees. However, much of the fruit grown in back yards is not harvested. This led to the creation of the Fruit Tree Project by LifeCycles; a non-profit group promoting awareness of food, health and sustainability in Greater Victoria. The project connects willing homeowners with volunteers who harvest the fruit and donate a portion to food banks and community organizations. Local businesses such as Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Sea Cider Farm & Cidery, Salt Spring Island Gelato and several caterers participate by processing some of the fruit into products such as jam, vinegar, cider and ice cream. They pay over-market prices or donate the proceeds of their products back to the project. The 2007 harvest saw over 70 volunteers pick more than 14,515 kg (32,000 lbs.) of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste.

For more information visit www.lifecyclesproject.ca.

Wildlife Viewing Spawns in Victoria

Every autumn, visitors to Goldstream Provincial Park in Victoria, BC can witness an amazing spectacle of nature as the spawning salmon make their annual return to the Goldstream River. Located only 20 minutes north of downtown, Goldstream Provincial Park is easily accessible to visitors and the river is steps from the park entrance. The salmon begin to appear in October and are seen for approximately nine weeks. Of the five kinds of North American Pacific salmon, it is Chum that is most abundant in this river. Come December, Goldstream's Eagle Extravaganza begins. Over 250 bald eagles and other birds of prey move into the park until February to feast on the salmon. The newly renovated Freedom King Visitor Centre, nestled at the mouth of the river overlooking the Goldstream Estuary, offers educational programs, wildlife viewing and children's activities.

For more information visit www.goldstreampark.com.

Vancouver Island’s Paradise Found Tempts You to Swim with the Fishes

There are few opportunities where one can immerse themselves wholly with nature. That is, unless, you’ve experienced the exhilaration of swimming with the fishes off Vancouver Island…and no, we’re not talking about an outing with Tony Soprano. At Paradise Found Adventure Tours, situated in Campbell River, guests can suit up for a once in a lifetime opportunity to snorkel with salmon. Imagine floating along the shallow pools and running waters of Campbell River, mere inches from coho, steelhead, chum, chinook and pink salmon.

These remarkable creatures ebb and flow, engulfing those there to witness their mighty migration and spawning habits. For your outing, each adventurist is guaranteed two floats downstream for a combined excursion of four kilometres, promising plenty of face time with your new fish friends. And Campbell River is sure to provide an ideal backdrop for your adventure. Enveloped by more than 31,000 square kilometres (12,000 square miles) of wilderness, the scenery is bound to be breathtaking – that is if you can tear your goggles away from the view down below the watery surface.

Lauded as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” the destination is certain to provide plenty of watery fun – and Paradise Founds owners and operators Brad and Jennifer Brock showcase other soft adventure tours which include fishing, whale watching and diving. This salmon run is available to the end of October, and with Paradise Found at the helm, all you’ll need to do is take in the silvery scenery (equipment, instruction and guide are provided for guests). Time to suit up and submerge into the watery depths. This is indeed paradise found.

For more information contact www.paradisefound.bc.ca

WalkAbouts Tours

offers year-round historical tours of The Fairmont Empress and this year will present a new Festival of Trees Tour and Tea. Visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the hotel hearing stories of Christmas past and present followed by the world famous ritural of afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress. Offered Wednesdays, tours are at 10:30 am and tea at 12:15 pm for $49.00 CDN ($5.00 supports the Christmas Children's Hospital Fund).

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 250-995-4688 or 250-592-9255. For more information visit www.fairmont.com/empre

Spas

Haven Spa at The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa--

located 25 minutes north of Victoria, BC, has created a signature Spa in Season program inspired by its natural surroundings on Vancouver Island. Available exclusively at Haven Spa, the series utilizes the fragrant, healing benefits of local plants, herbs and wildflowers at their seasonal peak of freshness combined with a mineral-based skin care line to rejuvenate the skin. Situated on the agriculturally rich Saanich Peninsula, Haven Spa uses such local ingredients as lavender, honey, cucumber and pumpkin. Each signature fresh recipe is blended daily to capture the natural benefits each ingredient offers, while customizing the overall blend for each guest's needs. Customized Spa in Season treatments are available for manicures, pedicures, body wraps and facials and range from $65.00 to $125.00 CDN. Guests can also opt for the Signature Spa in Season Package which features an exfoliating body scrub, mini-facial, essential oil body wrap and half hour massage for $225.00 CDN.

For more information visit www.sidneypier.com/haven.

Villa Marco Polo's New Spa

Villa Marco Polo Bed and Breakfast Inn in Victoria, BC has opened a spa for the exclusive use of guests. The only Condé Nast Johansens recommended Bed and Breakfast in Victoria, the Villa Marco Polo has always offered spa treatments to guests in the privacy of their rooms, but the new spa will now provide a dedicated, indulgent space for these treatments.

Foot reflexology, aromatherapy facials, massage of various types including hot stone massage, manicures and pedicures will be offered.Built in 1923 as a gift to a young bride, the Villa Marco Polo Bed and Breakfast Inn is an Italian Renaissance mansion that continues to be a romantic setting for getaways and celebrations; especially weddings and honeymoons. Guest suites feature double soakers, fireplaces, fine linens, luxurious beds, down pillows, hardwood floors and Persian carpets. Generous gourmet breakfasts featuring locally grown produce are served each morning. For more information visit www.villamarcopolo.com.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea and eye-popping art have come together under one roof at Mela's Tearoom in Victoria, BC. Situated in the booming Humboldt Valley neighbourhood, the new tearoom is a shared business venture in a shared space between Winchester Galleries and Café Mela. Gunter Heinrich, a partner in Winchester Galleries, acquired the space for his new, and third, gallery location and would sit in the expansive plaza out front drinking coffee from Café Mela, a European-style coffee house located next door. That's when he and Café Mela owner Elizabeth Levinson, a well-known local foodie and author, hatched the idea of a combination tearoom-gallery. The gallery provides a beautiful, elegant setting to have tea and drinking tea gives visitors time to linger over the art. The tea menu features 14 varieties of tea, a fruit cup, scone, sweet and sandwiches. A light lunch is also available. Winchester Galleries features Canadian and contemporary art.

For more information contact (250) 382-8528 or visit www.winchestergalleriesltd.com.

New Victoria Gallery Guide

A new, self-guided tour of the art galleries in downtown Victoria, BC has been developed by the Downtown Victoria Business Association. The free gallery guide and map features 18 galleries and is designed to showcase the vibrant local gallery scene as well as Victoria's reputation as one of the country's most walkable cities. Anchored by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, all galleries are within walking distance and feature a variety of work including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, crafts and First Nations art. The tour includes: Alcheringa Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Dales Gallery, Eagle Feather Gallery, Gull Circle Studio Arts, Gallery of Artisans (GOA), Legacy Art Gallery and Café, Lighthouse Gallery, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Mercurio Gallery, On Canvas, Out of the Mist Gallery, Pacific Editions Limited, Studio 16 1/2 Art Emporium, View Art Gallery, West End Gallery, and the two downtown locations of Winchester Galleries.

The gallery guide is available at all participating galleries and the Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre (812 Wharf Street, 1-800-663-3883).

Winchester Cellars in Victoria Has Launched Gin - A First for Vancouver Island

Ken Winchester of Winchester Cellars in Victoria, BC has launched British Columbia's only handcrafted gin. Winchester's Victoria Gin has already won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit amongst more than 1,000 wines and spirits. Victoria Gin blends 10 locally grown organic botanicals from juniper berries to rose petals and is distilled in small batches in a gleaming handmade wood-fired copper pot still. A secret 11th ingredient is known only to the distiller. Barking Dog Vineyard, the first and only certified organic vineyard on Vancouver Island, produces the organically grown fruit and botanicals for Winchester Cellars. A renowned Victoria winemaker in Canada's fastest growing wine region, Ken Winchester travelled to Scotland to learn the art of distilling from the masters at Bruichladdich Distillery. The first licensed distillery on Vancouver Island, Winchester Cellars will now turn its attention to single malt whisky. For more information visit www.winchestercellars.com.

Get Fresh at Fairburn Farm Culinary Retreat

Fairburn Farm Culinary Retreat and Guesthouse, located 45 minutes north of Victoria, BC in the Cowichan Valley, has refreshed its 1930's caretaker's cottage. This charming, two and a half bedroom cottage is self-contained and perfect for Fairburn's week-long culinary boot camps, summer family vacations, wine enthusiasts, weekend cyclists or a girls' getaway. The bathroom and kitchen have been renovated and a new front porch added for guests to watch the world (and water buffalo!) go by.

Fairburn Farm is home to North America's only herd of genuine European River Water Buffalo. Fairburn Farm Culinary Retreat and Guesthouse, recently listed as one of the 45 most memorable cooking vacations in the world by Gourmet Magazine (May 2008), offers field to table cooking classes featuring fresh garden ingredients, buffalo mozzarella, locally raised meats and seafood. For more information visit www.fairburnfarm.bc.ca.

Tour Victoria - The Cycling Capital of Canada

Victoria, BC is rated the cycling capital of Canada (Statistics Canada 2006) and visitors can experience the city on two wheels with a new tour from Cycle Treks called the Seaside Touring Route. This guided, full-day tour (approximately 6 hours), follows some of Victoria's best cycling routes along Victoria's stunningly beautiful waterfront. Cyclists will ride through the historic neighbourhoods of James Bay and Oak Bay, and Beacon Hill and Mount Douglas Parks. The tour stops for lunch in the Village of Cadboro Bay before connecting with the Galloping Goose Trail to take cyclists back to downtown Victoria through local farms, past bird sanctuaries and over trestle bridges. The seaside tour is offered daily through October and costs $99.00 CDN including lunch. Cycle Treks also offers Victoria City, Cowichan Valley Winery, The Butchart Gardens, Port of Sidney and West Coast Adventure (Sooke Hills) cycle tours as well as multi-day tours of Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. For more information visit www.cycletreks.com.

Hatley Castle - 100 Years Celebration

Hatley Castle, located 25 minutes west of Victoria, BC in Hatley Park National Historic Site, elebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. Built in 1908, Hatley Castle was the home of James Dunsmuir; former British Columbia Premier and son of coal baron Robert Dunsmuir who built Victoria's Craigdarroch Castle and the E&N Railway on Vancouver Island. The castle is situated on a 565-acre Edwardian estate surrounded by 10 heritage gardens, old-growth forests and spectacular vistas overlooking the Esquimalt Lagoon and Juan de Fuca Strait to the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Hatley Park has also recently restored its greenhouse - the only building on site that has continually been used for its original purpose. Hatley Castle is now home to Royal Roads University, but offers daily tours to visitors of the castle, museum and gardens. Hatley Park also offers a number of visitor programs from geocaching to birding and Hatley Castle is a popular site for meetings, retreats, conferences, corporate team building, motion picture films, weddings and special events. 

For more information visit www.hatleypark.ca.

Where to Stay

Sheraton Scores Four Points in Victoria

The Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Gateway opened in Victoria, BC on March 31, 2008. The hotel has 119 rooms, an on-site restaurant, the Araina Day Spa, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, and over 5,100 sq. ft. of meeting space. Comfortable contemporary guest rooms include choice of such features as free high speed internet, a 42" flat screen TV, Jacuzzi tub, kitchenette, gas fireplace, connecting room or balcony. Located 20 minutes north of downtown Victoria, the hotel's gateway location was chosen for its proximity to the Trans-Canada Highway providing convenient access to a variety of recreation and shopping. The Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Gateway is situated between Bear Mountain Resort and Olympic View Golf Course and minutes from Goldstream Provincial Park and Hatley Park National Historic Site. For more information visit www.fourpoints.com/victoriagateway.

For more information, please contact Tourism Victoria, 4th Floor, 31 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC Canada V8W 1J1 or check web site www.tourismvictoria.com

Villa Marco Polo Inn: Take the Silk Road to Victoria, BC

A leisurely game of bocce, a glass of Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, a stroll past the reflecting pool and fountains in an Italian Renaissance garden, and a tranquil sleep in a lavish suite filled with antiques and fine art. Tuscany or Umbria perhaps? In fact, the exotic Villa Marco Polo Inn is located in Victoria’s elegant Rockland quarter, just blocks from Craigdarroch Castle and Government House. This classically designed Heritage mansion was built in 1923 as a gift to a young bride, and is now one of Victoria’s most sumptuous inns.

Italian by design, the Villa Marco Polo keeps true to its well-traveled namesake and features an exquisite collection of Silk Road keepsakes. The Inn’s proprietor, Eliza Livingston, has lived in the Middle East, and showcases her fascination for these rich cultures by decorating the Inn with oriental rugs, objets d’art, collectables, and décor acquired on her travels.

From the moment you enter the Italian Renaissance-style Villa, with its four enchanting suites and generous public spaces filled with art and antiques, you’ll want to take life at a gentler pace. From the Tuscan Room with its exquisite Persian carpet, to the formal dining room with its Italian crystal chandelier, or the sun-splashed Orangerie, this is a place where time stands still. The Renaissance-style gardens filled with flowers lure guests outside to a lush lawn, often used to host fairy-tale style wedding receptions. In cooler weather, guests retreat indoors to the wood-paneled Library, a cozy space complete with wood-burning fireplace, and stocked with books, magazines, and board games, as well as an iMac for guest use.

The spacious bedrooms -- the Silk Road Suite, the Zanzibar Suite, the Persia Suite and the Alexandria Suite -- each offer their own special charm. Double soaker tubs and separate tiled showers, romantic fireplaces, desks, fine European linens, hardwood floors, and premium king-size beds are found in every room. Special touches are the hand-made books, classical works of art, and antiques from the owner’s family collections. With a nod to the 21st century, each suite features pre-loaded iPods and docking stations, wireless Internet and private telephones.

Guests awaken each morning to the aroma of freshly baked breads wafting through the halls. Breakfast is a memorable affair, with four inspired courses changing daily. Freshly baked muffins, such as Buttermilk Ten-Grain Muffins are served with butter and preserves made from Island fruits. A savoury course follows, such as Baked Eggs Florentine. A sweet finale rounds off the meal, treating guests to Caramelized Pineapple Pecan Cakes, or Piping Hot Lemon Lavender Soufflés. Ingredients are locally sourced, organic whenever possible, and of the freshest quality imaginable.

This 5-Star Canada Select Inn is endorsed by Condé Nast Johansens, and by Select Registry, the North American Guide to Distinguished Inns.

To experience the enchantment of the Villa Marco Polo Inn, contact proprietor Eliza Livingston or Associate Manager, Liam Morton at (877) 601-1524.

SALT SPRING ISLAND (British Columbia)

Salt Spring Island's Saturday Market

A walk around Salt Spring Island’s famed Saturday market is an epicurean’s delight: freshly baked organic breads, locally made chèvre topped with basil leaves and olive oil, organic ‘just-picked’ apples of all varieties, and island-smoked salmon are just a few of the treats to be found. Long renowned as a culinary epicenter, Salt Spring Island has reached a new peak and is attracting visitors from around the world interested in tasting and learning from the best. While a stroll through the Market is a must-do for those lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, there are plenty of epicurean delights to explore every day, both at Hastings House, and further afield on the Island.

Hastings House Country House Hotel

For guests staying at Hastings House Country House Hotel, a deluxe waterfront hotel situated on Ganges Harbour, the culinary adventure begins upon arrival. Guests are welcomed to their deluxe suite accommodations to find a welcome treat waiting, specially prepared by Executive Chef Marcel Kauer. Each afternoon, a selection of freshly baked treats is offered in the Snug, providing guests with a rejeuvenating break before embarking on afternoon activities.

For the ultimate ‘foodie’ day out, take an Island Gourmet Safari tour, with local Salt Spring resident Wendy Hartnett. These custom designed tours visit a wide variety of vendors right at the source, guided by Wendy’s knowledge of the local growers and farmers, and her evident love of the Island. Take a tour of David Wood’s famed Salt Spring Island Cheese Company, where you’ll observe the variety of goat’s milk cheeses being made before your eyes. Taste test the variety of cheeses, before purchasing a selection of travel-friendly samples to take home. Wendy will take you high atop a scenic lookout to visit “The Bread Lady”, a true artisan who bakes hundreds of loaves of organic breads daily in her wood-fired oven. A stop at one of several local wineries offers the chance to sample and purchase some of Salt Spring’s award-winning vintages, whereas a stop at local organic apple orchard will present a chance to sample countless varieties of crispy fruits bursting with flavour. Arrive hungry, as there are plenty of tastes along the way, as well as a full lunch stop complete with local beer tasting.

No gourmet visit to Salt Spring Island is complete without a meal in Hastings House renowned dining room. The Zagat-rated restaurant, managed by Chef Kauer, is rated as one of the best restaurants in the world. The menu changes daily to reflect the freshest local ingredients, but is always sure to include a selection of locally caught seafood and Salt Spring lamb, as well as Island-grown herbs, greens and fruits. A daily 4-course Chef’s Tasting Menu is offered, as well as a full à la carte menu. The culinary experience at Hastings House extends far beyond the dining room. Guests are encouraged to stroll through the fragrant kitchen gardens, where a wide variety of greens, vegetables, fruit and herbs are grown for use in the dining room. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Hastings House can even arrange for you to spend an afternoon with a local crab fisherman, where you’ll learn how to catch Dungeness crab, one of the signature dishes. After a full day of gastronomic adventures and a restful sleep, you’ll awaken to the scent of fresh coffee and homebaked muffins resting just outside your door - a delicious start to another day on Salt Spring Island.

About Hastings House

A member of Small Luxury Hotels, Hastings House is located in Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Accolades include the “Best Canadian Resort” vote from Zagat and a Grand Award from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway. Built between 1900 and 1940 as a working farm on 22 lush acres of gardens, meadowland and forest, the property reflects the charm and elegance of an English country manor, making it an ideal choice for romantic getaways and weddings.

For more information contact:

Canada and Western USA:

Jayne Lloyd-Jones
(604) 925 8187
jayne@spectacularink.com

Eastern USA:

Meryl Pearlstein
(917) 359-3512
meryl@mdppublicity.com

Escaping to Salt Spring Island Has Never Been Easier

No need to wait until check-in to let the allure of Hastings House Country House Hotel refresh your spirit. With the new Salt Spring Island Escape Packages, planning your getaway to Hastings House has just become effortless. Imagine setting off on a delightful getaway, confident that every indulgence has been considered, and every detail arranged. All you need to do is pack your bags, and look forward to the most relaxing vacation of your life.

The new Salt Spring Island Escape packages offer guests all the elements of a peaceful getaway:

Two nights in an elegant room, a four-course Chef’s menu dinner, a picnic lunch, continental breakfast both mornings, a $100 spa credit, and a choice of transportation from Vancouver or Seattle. Each package includes all of these indulgences, plus the following options for transportation:

Gold Level Package

Experience the ultimate in luxury, with private round trip air charter, from either Vancouver International Airport (starting at $812.50 per person) or Seattle (starting at $1837.50).

Silver Level Package

Discover how close Salt Spring Island truly is when you travel by floatplane on a round trip scheduled flight from Vancouver International Airport (starting at $587.50 per person) or from Seattle (starting at $825.00 per person).

Bronze Level Package

Perfect for guests who want the freedom to explore Salt Spring Island with their own vehicle, this package includes gift vouchers for return ferry services for 2 passengers plus vehicle from Tsawwassen (near Vancouver), starting at $512.50 per person.

Room rates are based on Hayloft/Sealoft/Woodland rooms. Upgrades to suites are available. All prices are based on double occupancy, exclusive of taxes.

Optional add-on services include:

• Additional nights: summer rates from $345.00 per night (5% off) and spring/fall rates from $235.00 per night (20% off).
• For guests who fly to Salt Spring Island, compact car rentals can be arranged for $49.00 per day.
• Gourmet safari tour with driver (up to four guests): $300.00 for half day excursion, or $500.00 for full day excursion.

For more information contact:

Canada and Western USA
Jayne Lloyd-Jones , (604) 925 8187; jayne@spectacularink.com

Eastern USA
Meryl Pearlstein, (917) 359-3512; meryl@mdppublicity.com

CALGARY

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CANADIAN ROCKIES

What to See & Do

Canadian Rockies Walk, Wheel, and Whitewater Rafting Tours

Imagine walking, wheeling, and whitewater rafting through the most scenic parts of the Canadian Rocky Mountains this summer. Guests of Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours’ Rockies Adventure Sampler begin their five night/six day adventure in Banff, Alberta. From there, they coast down the Continental Divide into British Columbia on top- quality 27-speed Rocky Mountain Bicycles. Hiking in Yoho National Park the next day offers fantastic wilderness discoveries. By day three, they’re on a rollercoaster rafting ride on the Kickinghorse River. The wide variety of activities makes this trip a popular choice for families with children aged nine and up as no day is the same and there’s never a dull moment. Passionate, certified guides bring the history and folklore of the region alive and a support van ensures comfort and safety throughout the trip.
 
Since 1977, family owned and operated Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours has been providing first-class guided tours in Western Canada—no other tour company has a longer track record of guided cycling vacations in the Canadian Rockies. These trips include all accommodations and necessary equipment, most meals, support vehicle and luggage transport and all applicable National Park fees and permits. Bike rental is available, or bring your own. Professional guides lead each tour and are part chef, part naturalist, trained in wilderness first-aid and professionally certified. Passionate about their work and delighted to share their background in natural history, geology, anthropology and folklore, these guides add an element of enjoyment to the tour.
 
For more information view the Rocky Mountain Cycle Tour web site at www.rockymountaincycle.com, e-mail res@rockymountaincycle.com, or call 800-661-BIKE(2453).  

EDMONTON

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JASPER

Power Down and Look Up for the 7th Annual Dark Sky Festival

Prepare to venture beyond to the cosmos at the 7th annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival Presented by Rocky Mountaineer from October 13-22, 2017.

The first weekend of the festival is a Music Under the Stars concert series. With signature events like Symphony Under the Stars, stargazers and music lovers alike are invited to take in the ethereal sounds of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Bundle up under the Milky Way at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on Saturday October 14th.

The second weekend of the festival is to satisfy the curious interstellar wonderer with space and science presentations at the base terminal at the Jasper SkyTram. Shuttles will be provided for ticket holders to whisk them up to join world-renowned physicist and rock star scientist Brian Cox and the Bad Astronomer Phil Plait as they tackle some of the hottest topics in the universe on Friday, October 20th. This dynamic duo teams up to captivate, entertain and educate their audience with the title presentation: Bring Deep Space Down to Earth. The shuttles continue on Saturday, October 21st, bringing ticket holders to revel as the great minds of Bob McDonald, Natalie Panek, and Rob Thacker join together for SPACEtalks: To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond: The Future of Space Exploration.

Signature events like Beyond the Stars at Lake Annette, the Big Bang Expo Presented by TELUS World of Science ˆ Edmonton, and stargazing with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) ˆ Edmonton Centre will be taking place throughout the second weekend.

For more information about the Jasper Dark Sky Festival Presented by Rocky Mountaineer, check out asperdarksky.travel/

LAURENTIANS

What to See & Do

Food Tourism in the Laurentians

Today's tourist is more cultured, well traveled, searches new experiences, is interested in taking part in health and well-being style and loves local culture. Food tourism shapes more and more gastronomic destinations.

Consumers spend more money on organic food, gourmet products or food with health and ethical benefits; the tourist search out fresh and good quality cuisine reflecting the authenticity of the destination. Authentic restaurant experience becomes more important, and authenticity  is about food that is simple, rooted in the region, natural, ethical, beautiful and human; all the making for food tourism destination.

The Laurentians are convivial, have authentic restaurants using regional food, many organic growers, fine wines, mead, great cheeses and of course the French culture. We think that there is a great potential for food tourism to offer a sustainable tourism product.

Why not visit to experience it yourself?

On the Shores of the Lac des Cyprès:Yurt Stay in the Great Outdoors

On the shores of the Lac des Cyprès, it is now possible for you to enjoy a stay in the great outdoors with your family, your spouse or your friends! Built in the heart of a piece of heaven and peacefulness, four yurts are available at the Pygargue and Balbuzard in the L'Assomption sector. The yurt is the traditional dwelling of nomads living in the steppes of Central Asia. This new type of accommodation is cosier than traditional camping and is the definition of charm and simplicity. Its rounded shape is perfect to relax and escape as the keystone lets you see the stars. You can also enjoy the fenestration offering a breathtaking view of the Lac des Cyprès.

The package includes the following:

Bed with mattress and pillows

Refrigerator, range and propane lighting

Equipment for preparing and serving meals

Wood stove

Outdoor fireplace

Picnic table

Access to a canoe

Capacity of 4 people

$149 per night, per yurt.

LET'S GO CAMPING!

For visitors wishing to discover the joys of camping: the park will be offering a series of ready-to-camp sites with a tent-trailer tent. The package includes the campsite, the tent or tent-trailer for four, a propane burner, a lantern, and dishware. All you need to bring are your sleeping bags and toothbrushes!

Starting at

$88 per night, per site.

Half-Day or One-Day Activity

Exclusive!

Did you know that the park is offering special activities with a park warden/naturalist? For a different way to discover the meandering Diable, enjoy a unique day with loons, hear a wolf story or learn more about the via ferrata secrets.

Agricultural Tourism A Treat in the Laurentians

As you know, agrotourism is a mild form of sustainable tourist development and multi-activity in rural areas through which the visitor has the opportunity to get acquainted with agricultural areas, local products, traditional cuisine and the daily life of the people, as well as the cultural elements and the authentic features of the area, while showing respect for the environment and tradition. This activity brings visitors closer to nature and rural activities in which they can participate, be entertained and feel the pleasure of touring, learning and discovering.

Here are some products in this wonderful region:

Maple

Available in the sugar shacks and different boutiques: syrup, sugar, butter, taffy and pies.

Exceptional maple alcohols from early and late sap, available at L’Ambroisie in Mirabel. Check web site www.lambroisie.com

Honey

All goodies from the beehive. A panoply of different honey flavours, candies, candles and mead.

To get a sample of all of these a visit at Intermiel in Mirabel  web site www.intermiel.com and Apicole Desrochers in Ferme-Neuve (certified organic honey) www.fermeapicoledesrochers.com is a must.

Apple

From picking to tasting, especially in Oka and St-Joseph du Lac, orchards await.  In their boutiwues, pies, jellies, butter and different ciders, including the famous ice cider. Check web sites www.lesveregerslafrance.com  www.vergerlamarche.com

Pumpkins & squashes

In St-Jospeh du Lac. Numerous varieties of pumpkins and squashes at this cucurbitaceae interpretation centre.

Learn all the savours and the multiple uses. Homage is paid in full on the culinary, artistic and touristic levels. You can pick yourself and get some recipes.

Ostrich farm

In St-Eustache. Grain-fed ostrich. Visit the gift shop, go on a safari, enjoy country style meals, look at ostrich races and try meat samplings (sausages, brochettes, steaks, etc). May and June open Saturday and Sunday. August and July, daily.    

Vineyards and wineries

In St-Eustache and St-Joseph-du- Lac. Red, white, rose, organic wines and the “must”, the fortified wine ( ice wine).  Everywhere, a heartfelt greeting and marvellous sites. Check web site www.rochedesbrises.com

Flour

MoluinLégaré in St-Eustache is Canada’s oldest water-driven flour mill still in operation. Built in 1762 the miller produces wheat and buckwheat flour the old fashion way.

Cheese

In Brownsburg-Chatham the Vierge Marie Monastery offers to consumers different products, including goat and sheep’s cheese.

In Mirabel, Fromagerie Mirabel has been making cheddar since 1916. Check web site www.fromageriemirabel.qc.aira

Organic farms                                                                                                                                                        Medicinal Plants in La Conception-(web site www.millefeuille.ca) First inn and gardens certified organic.                      

Morgan Farm in Montcalm (web site www.fermemorgan.com)  produces a variety of organic meats (beef, boar, calf, lamb, Barbary duck, guinea fowl, wild turkey) as well as transformed products (tourtieres, a variety of sausages, confits) and fresh eggs.

Ferme Picadier in  Brébeuf produces, year-round, organic chicken and beef. Their chickens are free-range (during the summer) and their cows are fed a diet with the emphasis on grains and hay produced at the farm.

Some Laurentian’s bakeries are still making bread the old-fashion way.

Summer outdoor markets with fresh produce

And numerous food festivals.

For more infos, check web site: www.laurentians.com

Extreme Sports In The Laurentians!

What is an extreme sport?

An extreme sport (also called action sport, adventure sport, and adventurous sport) is any sport featuring speed, height, danger, a high level of physical exertion, highly specialized gear, or spectacular stunts. A feature of such activities in the view of some is their alleged capacity to induce a so-called adrenaline rush in participants or increased levels of dopamine endorphins and serotonin. This definition was designed to separate the marketing hype from the activity. Another characteristic of activities so labeled is they tend to be individual rather than team sports. Extreme sports can include both competitive and non-competitive activities.

Adventure Racing - In adventure racing, you will learn more than you ever wanted to know about yourself and your team mates. Adventure racing is the most addictive sport you will ever try, and once you get sucked in, there's no going back. 

Some sports considered Xtreme:   

Aerial Corridor-  (branch to branch)                                                                            Free fall with stimulator

Gliding

Ice Climbing

Motorcross

Motorsports     

Mountain Biking

Mountaineering

Paragliding

Parachuting

Skiing - (jump, kite, etc.)

Skydiving   

Snowboarding

Whitewater Rafting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

All these can be found in different parts of the Laurentian region. The Laurentians, a vast and welcoming region, a fascinating land, North of Montreal and of course a palette of different emotions. For more information, check web site  www.laurentians.com

Where to Stay     

Wyndham Cap-Tremblan

This establishment now has its own Country Club. In this luxurious four million dollar setting, we find the domain’s reception bureau, an Italian restaurant, “Il Pinnacolo,” a conference centre and an interior practice room for golf “Golf-O-Max”. This service is offered to both guests and owners. Two interactive screens are also available for golfers either for a game among friends or to just simply practice and perfect their swing. For more information, check web site www.captremblant.com

Village Windigo

The Hôtellerie Champêtre chain added The Village Windigo to its group. Added feature to this banner, it has endowed as a deluxe establishment in a very wild environment. With this special feature, the Villlage Windigo reaffirms Hôtellerie Champêtre’s engagement to please and answer to the demands of the outdoor fans and furthermore to win over followers who enjoy bucolic comfort. For more information , check web site www.hotelleriechampetre.com

Le Relais Saint-Denis

The Relais Saint-Denis is renovating and will eventually change all their rooms to suites which all have double whirlpool baths. Also, in the very near future, a solarium, including a swimming pool which will always be accessible and directly linked to the hotel. For more information, check web site http:/www.relaisstdenis.com/relais.html

Impéria Hôtel and Suites in Saint-Eustache

The Hôtel Imperia is set to open next summer. The four-star hotel establishment will be situated on 25th Avenue and rue Dubois, next to the autoroute 640. It will notably have 129 rooms and great comfort suites, a reception and banquet room able to accommodate 20 to 300 guests. It is a 12 million dollar investment.

Manoir Saint-Sauveur  New Pavilion

Manoir Saint-Sauveur has inaugurated its new pavilion. Pursuing its tradition in naming their pavilions with renowned mountain names, Manoir Saint-Sauveur named it Pavilion Avoraz, after the high-scaled resort in the French Alps.. This new pavilion wears its name well as it has luxurious executive mezzanine suites, 14 junior executive suites together with the Avoriaz suite which can accommodate groups of up to 25 people for receptions. It is an investment of over 3 million dollars.

Gïte La Petite ïle

This Inn is very well laid out to welcome its precious clientele. A small island in full nature with a certain tranquility and peace and is situated at only fifteen minutes from Saint-Sauveur. It has a private lake with a cascade, water jet, a lakeside terrace which has access to the charming small island where one can rest, read and take advantage of the spa. For more information, check web site www.gitelapetiteile.com

Oasis de l’ïle – New bed and breakfast and spa

L’Oasis de l’ïle is situated on a private island, broadside the Mille-Ïles River. The country style bed and breakfast has 23 luxurious rooms, a living room, two meeting rooms, relaxation room and a dining room offering health food which will satisfy your taste buds. Outside, the visitors will be charmed by the magnificent site: pools, falls, hot baths, sauna, vapour bath and rest areas. Furthermore, l’Oasis de l’Ile offers a complete scale of corporal and aesthetic care. For more information, check web site www.oasisdelile.com

SPA Le Finlandais

Situated in full nature at the heart of the wildlife reserve of the Mille-Ïles River, the Spa Finlandais proposes a very unique experience. This is one of the nicest thermal stations in North America. For more information, check web site www.spalefinlandais.com

L'Auberge du Lac Rémi B&B

L’auberge du lac Rémi has now become a health center. Care is offered by qualified therapists who hold diplomas from renowned schools. They offer massotherapy, reflexology, therapeutic touch, flotation tank, pressotherapy, exfoliation with salt water, turquoise clay wrap, exterior spa, etc. For more information, check web site www.aubergedulacremi.ca

Manoir Saint-Andrews Spa and relaxation

The Manoir Saint-Andrews domain offers you a very unique experience, a voyage towards a universe of relaxation. Intimate ultra-comfort suites with therapeutic baths, double treatment rooms, and private salon.  The exterior treatment and relaxation stations are situated in the exhilarating energy of the forest. Private lake so you can enjoy the pleasures of swimming, fishing and other water activities. Exotic care offered on site, whether it be winetherapy, chocolatetherapy, or truffletherapy as well as a complete selection of massages and body care. For more information, check web site www.manoirstandrews.com

Where to Eat

Restaurant de l’Auberge Caribou                                                            

Completely restored, L’Auberge Caribou restaurant proposes a most refine cuisine which features homegrown product from here and abroad. Suzanne Boulianne, the young chef, harmoniously weds the classic values of French cuisine with exotic regional savours. Her specialty is small game and she excels in the way she prepares it. Gastronomy and homegrown product : a happy marriage which produces an original and colourful “table d’hote,” with much savour. The restaurant which is classified four-star, is open every morning for breakfast and every evening for supper. For more information, check web site www.aubergelecaribou.

Restaurant le TRE MONTI Chantecler Hotel                                      

In operation since 1938, this hotel of 200 rooms and suites is quite an institution as noticed by its classic architecture and its rustic décor while still offering a most contemporary service. We invite you to  try out the brand new TRE MONTI restaurant and its fine Italian cuisine. You will discover a mixture of different savours combines with a  refined cuisine that is sure to tickle your taste buds. For more information, check web site www.lechantecler.com

Nid’Otruche; Ostrich products in a country style setting                     

Discover the country style table setting during one of the exotic safari lunches from 10 am to 2 pm. You will have the occasion to sample typical ostrich products. Situated in the Lower Laurentians, ten  minutes from Laval and 25 minutes from Montreal.  Reservations  for the country style setting requires a minimum of six people. For more information, check web site www.nidotruche.com

Spas

Looking for a great spa with accommodations or just a day spa? Here are many in the Laurentians to choose from -- along with web sites for additional information. For general information, check web site www.laurentians.com.

WITH ACCOMMODATIONS:

DAY SPA:

MONTREAL

What to See & Do

50th Anniversary of Expo 67 Celebrated in Montreal

In 1967, Montréal hosted Expo 67 - a universal exposition that would change the face of Québec. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of this historic encounter presented as part of the festivities honoring the 375th anniversary of Montréal and learn all about this game-changing event in Montréal’s history through exhibitions, movies and outdoors fiestas.

There's also a new, free connected passport available for 14 events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 that are part of the official program for Montréal's 375th anniversary.  Inspired by the iconic original passport as a tribute, the new version, connected via RFID chip, will allow holders to take advantage of a range of exclusive content and additional offers for the exhibitions.

The new passport will be available in paper and electronic formats. Holders will be able to collect stamps – either physical or virtual – showing the activities they visited. The limited edition paper passport is available from participating businesses– McCord Museum, Stewart Museum, Biosphere, and Montreal City Hall, or the electronic version can be found on the 375MTL mobile app on Android and IOS. Visitors are encouraged to show the passport during visits and collect virtual and digital stamps to collect the most stamps possible for a chance to win a VIP experience!

Highlights include:

EXPO 67 – 50 YEARS LATER EVENTS, Mode Expo 67 McCord Museum, through October 1 - The McCord Museum plunges you into the world of Expo 67, taking a look at cutting-edge fashion in Montréal and Canada at the time.

Expo 67 – A World of Dreams – Stewart Museum, through October 8-  The Stewart Museum celebrates the big dreams and innovative spirit of Expo 67 through an immersive multimedia exhibition put together from the archives of the NFB and Radio-Canada.

The Shape of Things to ComeCentre de design de l'UQAM, through August 13- This exhibition celebrates Habitat 67, the revolutionary housing complex created by architect Moshe Safdie. The exhibition also takes a look at the architect's subsequent projects to present-day, through work directly inspired by Habitat 67.

La Balade pour la Paix: An Open-Air Museum, throgh October 29-  A major international public art exhibition designed and organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will showcase 67 pieces that convey a message of peace, reflecting the universal values of humanism, tolerance and openness that inspired Expo 67.

For a complete list of the 14 events please click on www.newswire.ca%2Fnews-releases%2Fexpo-67---50-years-later---the-society-for-the-celebrations-of-montreals-375th-a>link.

The Planetarium and the Botanical Garden Still Open

Although the Biodôme and the Insectarium are still closed indefinitely because of a labor dispute between the city of Montréal and its blue-collar workers, Montréal’s Nature Museums want to remind everyone that the Botanical Garden and the Planetarium remain open and will be offering a “life size” line-up of summer activities.

Eyes on the sky with the Planetarium team

On the Planetarium’s dome or in the skies above, the stars are ready to be admired all summer long! Montréal’s Nature Museums invite the general public to get an introduction to astronomy through the multimedia shows at the Planetarium and see how the heavens look through a telescope during its The Stars Put on a Show! stargazing sessions presented by Rio Tinto Alcan.

A New Multimedia Show at the Montréal Planetarium-- Extinctions!

More and more these days, we are told that the Earth is going through its sixth great wave of extinctions. But what exactly does "massive extinction" mean? The Montréal Planetarium's new multimedia show, Extinctions!, for ages 12 and up, invites audiences to learn about the hows and whys of a phenomenon that could affect a very recently emerged species: our own!

The show written by Marc Jobin, an astronomer at the Montréal Planetarium, is packed with fascinating - and disturbing - information. The narrator first takes us far, far back into our planet's past, looking for fossils that allow paleontologists to painstakingly reconstruct the very turbulent history of life on Earth. We learn that fossilization isn't for everyone! We also see how the five massive extinctions that have already occurred didn't all happen at the same pace or for the same reasons.

The second part of the show explores phenomena in space that could affect our biosphere and its fragile ozone layer. There are some chilling possibilities, from an interstellar cloud to a supernova or even a hypernova, or a huge meteorite that could disrupt our entire climate if it collided with the Earth. But don't give up hope! The good news is that since human actions are to blame for what's happening at the moment, each of us can do our part to avoid this sixth wave of extinction. The show is sure to interest everyone looking to get a broader perspective on the global environmental situation and prepared to take action to change what can be changed!

Schedule for Extinctions:

Admission to the Planetarium: Adults: $8 Seniors/Students: $6 Ages
5-17: $4 Ages 4 and under, free. Discounts for Accès Montréal cardholders.

General information: 514 872-4530

Montréal Planetarium: 1000, rue Saint-Jacques (Bonaventure metro station). Tel.: 514 872-4530
Check web site www.museumsnature.ca for show times

General information, detailed schedules: museumsnature.ca
Montréal’s Nature Museums – the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium – helping people enjoy nature to the fullest.

Explore Life at the Botanical Garden

Montréal’s Nature Museums invite you to experience the living world all summer long at the Botanical Garden, starting today. You can admire some thirty thematic gardens (Alpine Garden, Garden of Innovations, Rose Garden, Flowery Brook, etc.) and breathe in their heady fragrances. Take a virtual trip around the world in our cultural gardens (Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden and First Nations Garden) and rediscover the plant life of Quebec and many lands as you stroll along the new paths in the Arboretum. Read on for brief descriptions of the immersion experiences and encounters with nature you won’t want to miss this summer.

Guided tours of the outdoor gardens
Daily, departures at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Length: 60 min.)
Discover nature, guided by botany enthusiasts.

Guided tours of the Arboretum ** “Sundays under the Trees”
Every Sunday, departures from the Tree House at 2 p.m. (Length: 45 min.)
Learn about carvers’ favorite wood, the fruit used in making gin, and a tree that dates back to the days of dinosaurs.

Tour the Tea Garden

The Tea Garden, or roji in Japanese, is a transition between the hustle and bustle of the outside world and the perfect tranquility of the tea house. It allows visitors to attain the state of inner calm required to properly appreciate the tea ceremony. The tea ceremony is offered on Saturday at 1:30 and 3 p.m. (Length: 45 min.)
Cost: $6 for participants and $3 for observers

Tour the First Nations Garden
First Nations Garden (Length: 30 to 45 min.)
Saturday and Sunday – in English at 2:30 p.m. and in French at 1:30 p.m. How much do you know about deciduous trees and conifers? Come find the treasures hidden in nature and learn about the knowledge and know-how of the First Nations.

Tour the Dream Lake Garden
Chinese Garden (Length: 20 to 30 min.) - Every day, in English at 3 p.m. and in French at 2 p.m. See how harmonious garden design in China draws on four main elements: plants, water, stones and architecture.

Tour the Courtyard of the Senses -  FAMILY ACTIVITY – Courtyard of the Senses (Length: 20 to 30 min.), Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit a garden specially designed to appeal to your senses of touch, taste and smell. Close your eyes and explore the fascinating universe of plants with different textures (soft, rough, prickly and sticky) and fragrances.

For more information on Montréal’s Nature Museums museumsnature.ca

The Insectarium’s Discovery Zone --An outdoor area for children and families

The Montréal Insectarium and the Botanical Garden, two of Montréal’s Nature Museums, held the official ground-breaking ceremony for the Insectarium’s Discovery Zone, close to $2, 1 million project intended for children and families. Visitors young and old, are now able to learn more about the world of insects as they picnic, play and follow the insect trail.

According to Anne Charpentier, Director of the Insectarium, “This is just the first in a series of projects for families being planned by the Insectarium team. Over the coming years, the museum will more than ever become a place where families can learn all about the world of insects.”

Educational, fun and practical
The Insectarium’s Discovery Zone includes three educational, fun and practical areas. The first area takes visitors on a unique stroll through a discovery-filled garden with hands-on activities, modules where they can learn about and interact with live insects, a butterfly house, a pond and an agora, or space for groups. The second area has games for two different age groups, ages 18 months to 5 and 6 to 12, on the theme of insect habitats. The third area is a 240-seat restaurant and eating area, with explanations of how insects and insect-eating plants feed.

An environmentally friendly project
In building the Insectarium’s Discovery Zone, the Botanical Garden and Insectarium have made a point of recycling and reusing as many materials (paving stones, flat rocks, etc.) as possible. For instance, the old concrete benches will be turned into a bridge over the pond, and excavated fill will be used to build a mound for the future agora. The landscaping concept for the Insectarium’s Discovery Zone was also designed around the existing layout and trees and vegetation on the site.

The Insectarium Is Counting on the BuzzGround To Bring Families Closer to Nature

Montréal's Nature Museums inaugurated the BuzzGround, the new outdoor discovery space at the Montréal Insectarium, that is designed to bring children and families closer to nature, the BuzzGround has three discovery zones (games, an interpretation trail and a dining area), all focusing on movement and fun. For Helen Fotopulos, Executive Committee member responsible for Mount Royal, Nature Parks and Major Parks, the Nature Museums and the Status of Women, ”the BuzzGround offers exceptional activities and a wonderful environment, giving Montréal families the opportunity to enjoy unique experiences in direct contact with nature.” The BuzzGround, with a $2.1 million budget, is a discovery space comprising a discovery zone, a butterfly house (native Quebec butterflies and moths), a pond (aquatic wildlife), an agora (outdoor presentations), interpretation modules (Quebec insects) and hands-on activities. There are also two playgrounds for ages 18 months to 12 years, a picnic area and a patio restaurant.

For more information go to web site museumsnature.ca

Montréal Biodôme

514 868-3000 & www.museumsnature.ca

The Biodôme is not only one of Montréal's major tourist attractions, but also a place of learning devoted to studying and preserving biodiversity and promoting environmentally and ecologically responsible behaviour. It welcomes over 800,000 people each year. Montrealers, visitors from around the world and thousands of schoolchildren enjoy the different temporary exhibitions and educational programs offered by the Biodôme, one of Montréal's four Nature Museums.

The Montreal Botanical Garden Receives A Bouquet for its Well-loved Rose Garden

Just as the first roses of summer are bursting into bloom, the Montréal Botanical Garden has announced that, following a lengthy evaluation process, its Rose Garden has been recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) as a reference collection of North American roses. With this designation, the Montréal Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden joins the prestigious ranks of the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC), a network of botanical gardens and arboreta dedicated to preserving biodiversity and managing plant collections across North America.

The Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden, created in 1976, covers 2.5 hectares. It includes over 10,000 rose bushes and 1,200 cultivars of modern garden roses, old roses and wild roses, in a rainbow of hues. The rose collection includes some 115 species, a phenomenal number. By comparison, it has more than three times as many botanical species as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York, or the one maintained by the University of British Columbia, both of which are renowned for their large rose collections.

Maintaining and developing the Montréal Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden all year long is a tremendous challenge. Claire Laberge, the horticulturist responsible for this collection, has done a masterful job since 1989, in co-operation with a team of gardeners and the plant biology research institute (Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV)). With the support of the Garden’s administration, the rose collection continues to grow thanks to the work of a panoply of experts, including curator Michel Labrecque, botanist Stéphane Bailleul and a number of other members of the horticultural team. The Rose Garden’s development is also the result of many partnerships with universities and gardens across North America that have rose collections. In one initiative, a major taxonomic study of the Rosa genus drew on the wide variety of specimens in the Montréal Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden collection. The expertise of the Montréal Botanical Garden’s team and of its contributors augurs very well for the future. All these factors impressed the members of the NAPCC jury.

Montréal Botanical Garden

4101, rue Sherbrooke Est

Montréal, Quebec H1X 2B2

Montréal Insectarium

4581, rue Sherbrooke Est

Montréal, Quebec H1X 2B2

Information: 514 872-1400 / www.museumsnature.ca
On-site services: gift shops, cafeteria, mini-train (in summer)

The Hydro-Québec Celebration of Light – the festive and free outdoor program

The Hydro-Québec Celebration of Light has definitively made itself at home in Old Montréal and on the Quays of the Old Port! Like a comfortable old coat you pull un and never want to take off, they’re a perfect fit, confirmed by each visit: the thrilling 120-metre Milk Ice Slide entirely made of ice, the artistic illumination of De la Commune St., whose coloured lights still twinkle in the mind’s eye, the stunning 20-metre GiveItYourMinimum AXA Sphere, a heated, inflatable pleasure zone, as well as the Milk Jumpaï, the braziers, the Bistro SAQ and the new 15-metre giant LED screen, where fans could project the designs they’d created at the interactive console at the Hydro-Québec Stage. And while Loto-Québec Fireworks lit up the scene, the Hydro-Québec Concerts warmed up the masses, who danced, sang and cheered along madly to performances by Les Respectables and Antoine Gratton, Taktika, Numéro#, and CEA! The wildly popular GiveItYourMinimum AXA Sphere, the evening home to super-contemporary DJ and VJ sets, found an afternoon purpose as well, welcoming the Little Winter Circus by Milk, thrilling all the kids. And let’s not leave out the brave bathers of Quebec City and Montreal who, wearing nothing but bathing suits and cheered on by the Bonhomme Carnaval, plunged into the Snow Bath presented in collaboration with the Office du tourisme de Québec and the Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec. Long story short—every day offered different, dynamic, uninterrupted programming that thrilled our discerning crowd of High Lighters!

A Treetop Trek in the Heart of Foret de l'Aigle --

After the aerial trek, outdoor enthusiasts can rise to the challenge of a course of 10 zip lines overlooking the Hibou River. For more information, check web site www.cgfa.ca.

Guided Walks --

The National Capital Commission offers three new guided walks through downtown Ottawa to introduce visitors to Canada's capital. Choose one of three 60 to 90 minute tours. For more information, check web site www.canadascapital.ca.

Stay in a Yurt --

These traditional shelters from the steppes of central Asia offer a convenient and comfortable 'turnkey' camping experience. Located in the heart of Plaisance Provincial Park, these two waterside yurts are round canvas tent structures with hardwood floors and plenty of windows. For more information, check web site www.sepaq.com/plaisance.

Theatre du Casino --

Experience distinctive entertainment in the comfort of a sumptuous performance hall where no seat is more than 25 metres from the stage. For more information, check web site www.casino-du-lac-leamy.com.

A Zip Line Traverse Right in the Heart of Forêt de l’Aigle!

Outdoor enthusiasts can do more than cross the aerial trek—they can pit their wits against a brand new vertigo-defying trail composed of 10 giant Tyrolean traverses high above the Hibou River! What a way to discover the majestic pine forest! Also available: 3 luxury cottages for rent at Lac Mary, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse riding, and more... For more information, contact Claudia Meloche at 819-449-7111, or check web site www.cgfa.ca

Chocolate Economuseum

Introducing the Outaouais’ first economuseum—the new Chocomotive chocolate factory, opening in a heritage railway station. The sky’s the limit for its owners, who plan to offer customers a whole range of products for every occasion, use the finest local ingredients in their chocolate, and enter into partnerships with other economuseums. For more information, contact Gaëtan Tessier at 819-522-6063, or check web site www.chocomotive.ca

NEW BRUNSWICK

About New Brunswick

Visit New Brunswick for the kayaking, whale watching, salmon fishing, hiking, exploring, wildlife viewing and much more. While in this beautiful province you'll have an authentic experience -- one that will allow you to sample the famous lobster but also to head out onto the bay with a local lobster fisherman to learn about fishing and his way of life and to enjoy the freshest lobster dinner on the boat. Under the new 'Inner Journeys' program you'll find more than 100 favorite New Brunswick experiences to make it easier for you to match your interests.

For example:

Learn about sacred medicine with an Elder at the Metepenagiag Heritage park

Follow in the footsteps of world-renowned celebrities and fish for some of the world's best salmon on the Miramichi or Restigouche Rivers. Speciall classes for women and first-timers

Learn how to carve wood with a specialist from the O'Toole Gallery and leave with your own carving in hand

Sample the local specialties - fiddlehead ferns, freshly-caught salmon and blueberries - on a two-night canoe excursion

Work with a chef to prepare and savor a ourmet meal, from the choosing of the freshest ingredients in the garden, to the catch of the day.

What to See & Do

ST. MARTINS

The Village of St. Martins is a serene seaside community of 400 people on New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy coast. Setted in 1783, the village became a major ship building community in which 500 sailing ships were built and launched to sail the world. The wealth of the shipbuilders has left a lasting architectural legacy in the grand homes throughout the village. Over the past decade, St. Martins has been emerging as one of New Brunwick's most beautiful seaside vacation resort communities. The highest tides in the world govern everyday activity here. The fishing fleet of 18 boats must depart and return on the high tide. The low tide leaves their fishing boats sitting in the mud of the harbor floor. Visitors in the village await the low tide to walk the ocean floor out to explore the sea caves and many of the secluded beaches in the area.

Attractions include:

Sea Caves and cliffs on the easts side of the village

The Fundy Trail-east of St. Martins

St. Martins Harbor - fleet of about 18 fishing boats

Quaco Museum and library

Salt Marshes, Lighthouses, Covered Bridges

The Bay of Fundy's giant tides.

Numerous hiking and walking trails are available; kayaking, biking and hiking tours; bird watching, mini horse farm, exotic animal farm, great opportunities for photography, rock hounding, swimming, and horseback riding. Here you'll also find scenic lookouts, footpaths to beaches and a suspension footbridge. The Big Salmon River Interpretive Centre is a historical re-creation of the area's logging, fishing and shipbuilding days with interpretive displays, historic artifacts.

There are also 3 golf courses within a 2 hour drive; downtown Sant John, Fundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks and much more.

ONGOING 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30-11:00 am. Theme-based stories, songs, fingerplays, and lots of crayons, too! Ages 3-5;
younger children welcome with an adult.

FAMILY DROP-IN PROGRAM. Children and their parents/caregivers can enjoy books and activity sheets based on a different theme every week. Available any time the library is open.

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS. If you are at least 12 years old, friendly, and would like experience with tasks such as shelving books and preparing children's programs, please pick up a Young Volunteer application in the Children‚s Dept. Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm.

ADULT PUBLIC SKATING.  8:30 pm to 10 pm most Mondays and Wednesdays. Harbour Station, 99 Station Street. Skate to live music! Schedules available at the door. For more information, call (506) 652-5732

MEDITATION IN MOVEMENT.  Every Saturday. 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Church of St. Andrew & St. David, 164 Germain Street (side door entrance, upstairs gym). Fee: $6. Let go and let loose as you release youself to the beat of the music! Relish in the freedom of the movement and dance as though nobody is watching. (506) 657-1595 

Where to Stay

The following are restored historic inns:

Hotel Paulin, Caraquet - www.hotelpaulin.com

Rossmount Inn, St. Abndrews - www.rossmountinn.com

Maison Tait, Shediac - www.maisontaithouse.com

What to See & Do

Mount Carleton Provincial Park

On a clear night you can see forever from this, the highest peak in the Maritime provinces which is now a Dark Sky Preserve. www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

85 contested masterpieces can be seen here.www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

Fiddleheads

Picking fiddleheads along the banks of these rivers is a spring tradition. Guides will paddle with you on the Miramichi River, stopping to harvest this New Brunswick delicacy. Back at the lodge, learn how to clean and prepare your harvest. www.odonnellscottages.com

Rolling on the Retigoouche River

Stay at Larry's Gulch and join the ranks of Canadian dignitaries, American presidents, Hollywood entertainers, and professional athletes who have all fished for the Atlantic Salmon on the world-renowned Restigouche River. http://larrysgulch.ca

Kite surfing mecca

Here you'll also find a world-class kite-surfing school. www.clubwindandkite.com

Fundy Trail

One of the ast coastal wilderness areas between Labrador and Florida, the Fundy Trail opens up previously inaccessible areas along the Bay of Fundy Coast. www.fundytrailparkway.com/en

NIAGARA

What to See & Do

History, adventure on tap to celebrate Canada Day -- Niagara-on-the-Lake prepares for tourism influx for Canada’s 150th anniversary July 1, 2017

Not only does the lakeside town have fascinating history — it was once the capital of Upper Canada and was pivotal in turning the tide of the War of 1812, which led to the birth of the nation — but also it’s surrounded by stunning natural scenery, including vineyards, fruit farms and the rugged Niagara River.

Tour operators across the region are going all out to give patriotic Canadians and visitors who want to share in the festivities reason to celebrate on Canada Day.

Here are a few truly Canadian ideas for visitors to make the most of Canada Day in Niagara:

· Fort George National Historic Site in Niagara-on-the-Lake is ramping up its annual Canada Day party this year for the country’s big day. The fort, which helped turn the tide of the War of 1812, is open free until the end of the year. The July 1st festivities include a parade lead by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps, period music, canon and musket demonstrations and a night of entertainment, including a BBQ dinner, musical performances and a fireworks show.

· Explore Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake and soak up the history and charm of one of Canada’s prettiest towns. Once the capital of Upper Canada, Old Town has deep historic roots that stretch back well over 200 years. In addition to wonderful heritage buildings, Old Town has fantastic shopping in its many boutiques and specialty stores, as well as great dining and entertainment, including world-class theatre at the Shaw Festival. Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake is offering a guided walking tour on Canada Day at 11 a.m.
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The day after Canada’s birthday, on July 2nd, The Commons at Butlers Barrack’s National Historic Site in Niagara-on-the-Lake will host a birthday bash concert, featuring Canadian favourites City and Colour, Blue Rodeo, Starz and Dear Rouge. The event will be hosted by Letterkenny stars Jared Keeso (Wayne) and Nathan Dales (Daryl). More information is available www.dinealonerecords.com/NOTL2017/.

· For those who want to really experience the power and the majesty of the Niagara River, https://www.whirlpooljet.com/ Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours takes adventure-seeking passengers on unforgettable jet boat rides from the mouth of the Niagara River through the Class 5 Devil’s Hole Rapids and to just below the incredibly powerful Niagara Whirlpool. The trip includes commentary from guides on historic locations along the route. Passengers can get onboard at three departure points: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Floral Clock on Niagara Parkway to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.

· Visitors looking for a more leisurely boat tour on the Niagara River can go for a ride on the www.niagarasunsetcruises.com/ Niagara Belle, a fully restored New Orleans-style paddle wheeler. Niagara Sunset Cruises operates a variety of tours — including lunch and dinner cruises — aboard the Belle, taking passengers down the Lower Niagara River, through Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the mouth of Lake Ontario. Tours depart from docks in Queenston. The Belle is offering a special three-hour Canada Day dinner cruise where passengers will end the night watching the spectacular fireworks show off Fort George from aboard the boat.

About Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours:
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has been giving passengers a taste of adventure on the white water of the Niagara River since 1992. Passengers experience a thrilling and educational one-hour guided tour, where they can take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Niagara Gorge, feel the rush of the Class 5 Devil’s Hole rapids and marvel at the power of the Niagara Whirlpool. Headquartered in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the tour company’s fleet of custom-built jet boats depart from three locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Floral Clock on Niagara Parkway to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.

For more information, go to www.whirlpooljet.com.

Getaway to Niagara Wine Country this Spring

As the weather gets warmer and the vineyards awaken from their deep slumber, Niagara wine country is the perfect place to embrace the change in climate. No matter the season, the alluring romance of Niagara wine country is a unique experience. From the wine to the food, the people to the events, there is no shortage of items to fill up your itinerary.

PondView Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

“What happens in Niagara wine country is a story worth telling.” Planned properly, a Niagara wine country excursion can be a diverse experience that takes in all that the region has to offer, and with the strength of the U.S. dollar offers exceptional value. When coming to Niagara, Marcel puts the following on the must-see and must-do list:

·         The unparalleled scenery. Whether at the iconic Niagara Falls, along the scenic Niagara Parkway, in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake or in a vineyard, the backdrops and picturesque landscapes are unique unto themselves.
·         The bed & breakfasts. While the major hotel chains dot the Niagara Falls skyline, a stay in a quaint bed and breakfast adds to the allure of your trip. It’s quiet, cozy and comfortable and relaxing.
·         The culinary scene. Niagara College has a culinary school that is quite literally pumping out talent that is cooking away in restaurants, bistros, hotels and wineries across the region. The focus is on local food, and it is fantastic.
·         The wineries. It is, after all, wine country. Niagara’s landscape is dotted with more than 100 wineries, most of them independently crafting stunning VQA wines that are on par with anything you will find from around the world. And you can’t miss trying some of Canada’s own Icewine, the rich, sweet dessert wine for which it is world renowned.
·         The breweries. Building on the success of the wineries, Niagara is fostering a burgeoning craft beer culture. Niagara-on-the-Lake alone is home to Oast House Brewers, Silversmith Brewing and the Niagara College Teaching Brewery.
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Please visit www.pondviewwinery.com for more information, Like PondView on www.facebook.com/pages/Pondview-Estate-Winery Facebook, follow it on Twitter www.twitter.com/pondviewwiner> @pondviewwinery and share your photos on instagram.com/pondviewwinery Instagram.

About PondView Estate Winery:
Drawing on more than three generations of winemaking experience, PondView Estate Winery is one of the newest additions to the Four Mile Creek appellation in the heart of Niagara’s wine country. Family owned by Luciano and Adriana Puglisi, PondView crafts exceptional Ontario VQA wines rooted in an Italian heritage. Luciano’s enthusiasm and respect for the winemaking process, alongside his dedication and commitment to excellence, earned him the prestigious title of Grape King in 2008, awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture to the finest vineyard operator in Ontario. The secret to the success of PondView Estate Winery is the long-held belief of the Puglisi family: Great wine is a harmony of earth and vine.

The Niagara Wine Escapes Package.

Packages start from $189 Canadian per night and includes:

· 1 or 2 nights Fallsview accommodations
· 2 VIP wine tasting passes for Jackson Triggs & Inniskillin Wineries (value of $40 - guests experience 2 VQA wines and Icewine at each winery!)
· $40 dinner voucher redeemable at the Terrapin Grille
· Fallsview Buffet Breakfast for two each morning (Approx value of $40 each day)
· Casino & Attractions Shuttle passes for 2

The package also features the ability to view Niagara Falls from the comfort of your own room and WEGO shuttle passes; WEGO is the special transportation system of Niagara, made especially for tourists, travelling to highlight tourist locations. Passes include unlimited hop 'on/off' access

Cruise into the sunset on the Niagara Belle

A new Niagara boat tour allows passengers to soak up the beauty and history of the stunning Niagara River from the decks of a fully restored New Orleans-style paddle wheeler. The Niagara Belle, which previously operated as a cruise boat in Toronto Harbour on Lake Ontario and in the Upper Niagara River, has been given a new lease on life by Niagara Sunset Cruises, a sister company to Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara Sunset Cruises bought the boat in 2013 and gave it a complete overhaul, including more than $1 million in renovations. After running private charter trips last summer, the Niagara Belle is offering cruises for the general public for the first time ever this season. Departures are available to passengers on both sides of the Niagara River from docks in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. and Lewiston, N.Y. Dinner cruises depart from both the Canadian and American docks, while lunch, wine tasting and a special Sunday Captain’s Cruise are offered from the Canadian side only.

The Niagara Belle takes visitors on a leisurely cruise down the Lower Niagara River, through Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the mouth of Lake Ontario. The ship can accommodate up to 80 people for a seated dinner and about 140 for cocktail cruises.

Niagara-on-the-Lake departures include:

·        Dinner Cruise – Watch the sunset over Lake Ontario on a three-hour cruise that includes a buffet-style dinner prepared by the award winning culinary team, followed by post-dinner dancing to the professional sound system.

·        Lunch Cruise – Spend a relaxing afternoon on a two-hour sail of the Niagara River that includes a delicious buffet-style lunch.

·        Sunday Captain’s Cruise – Enjoy a two-hour afternoon ride featuring a unique surf and turf lunch of Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Tail available only on Sundays.

·        Wine Tasting Cruise – Sample some of the finest VQA wines, from rich reds to robust whites and world-famous ice wines, made on the shores of the Niagara River in the heart of Ontario’s wine country. This 90-minute cruise includes a wine tasting flight paired with a complimentary bar snack.

Lewiston, NY departures include:

·        Dinner Cruise – Enjoy the three spacious decks and take in the sunset and sites along the Niagara River as you enjoy a buffet-style dinner prepared fresh by Waterstreet Landing.

Along with public cruises, Niagara Sunset Cruises also offers private and corporate charters on the Niagara Belle in Canada and the U.S., which can be booked in advance for events such as birthday parties, banquets, fundraisers, team-building retreats or VIP events.

Thrill-seekers can also try the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, which provides the exhilaration of getting soaked by Class 5 whitewater while speeding along the Niagara River in custom-built jet boats.

For more information on Niagara Sunset Cruises, visit www.niagarasunsetcruises.com, follow @NiagaraBelle on twitter.com/NiagaraBelle>Twitter and instagram.com/niagarabelle/ Instagram and Like Niagara Sunset Cruises on www.pinterest.com/niagarasunset/Pinterst and www.facebook.com/niagarasunsetcruises Facebook. To learn about the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, visit www.whirlpooljet.com,

About Niagara Sunset Cruises:

Niagara Sunset Cruises is a sister company to Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, offering leisurely cruises on the Lower Niagara River aboard a New Orleans-style paddle wheeler called Niagara Belle. Tours depart from docks in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Lewiston, N.Y. Dinner cruises depart from both the Canadian and American docks, while lunch, wine tasting and a special Sunday Captain’s Cruise are offered from the Canadian side. The cruise takes visitors along the Niagara River between historic villages of Queenston and Lewiston. The genesis of Niagara Falls, the human struggles to reach the western frontier, the battles between the French, British, First Nations and U.S. colonies all occurred in this 11-mile-long corridor.

About Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours:

Celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has been giving passengers a taste of adventure on the white water of the Niagara River since 1992. Passengers experience a thrilling and educational one-hour guided tour, where they can take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Niagara Gorge, feel the rush of the Class 5 Devil’s Hole rapids and marvel at the power of the Niagara Whirlpool. Headquartered in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the tour company’s fleet of custom-built jet boats depart from three locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Niagara Glen Nature Centre check-in to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.

ONTARIO

What to See & Do

Ontario's Top 5 Must-See Festivals & Events This Summer

Okay, so it isn’t officially summer yet – but warm weather is here, folks! Which means it is time to grab your friends, get outside and take advantage of all the awesome events taking place across the province.

“From music lovers, to cultural history buffs, foodies, and beer and wine enthusiasts, there is certainly something for everyone this season,” says Gabriel Mattacchione, President of Beyond Oz Productions. “That’s the great thing about Ontario – you don’t have to go away or travel far and wide if you’re looking for a great time or something to do this summer.”

For a full season of fun, friends, laughter and one-of-a-kind memories, be sure to check out these cool fests and events taking place across several cities in the province:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer — July 28th–30th, Toronto

At Bandshell Park inside Exhibition Place, beer fans from across the country will gather to celebrate their favourite golden beverage. This year, the festival will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing various breweries from across Canada, and offering food curated from some of Canada’s amazing Top Chefs that showcase the culture from our various provinces.

Canal Days— August 4th–7th, Port Colborne

For those looking for a little taste of history and culture, the Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each August holiday weekend, for a jam-packed, four-day celebration. This annual marine heritage festival will include vendors, buskers, food merchants, and many attractions including a fully supervised children's area featuring live entertainment, a carnival midway, and a live bird of prey and reptile exhibit. Tall Ships moored along the canal wall will be open for exploration, and special cruises are available on these historic ships, including a day-long journey from Lake Ontario, through the canal locks.

Canadian National Exhibition— August 18th – September 4th, Toronto

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest annual community event – and a fantastic family event as well! The CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, an aerial acrobatics and ice skating show, a working farm, parades, a three-day Air Show, Midway rides and games, wacky fair food, international food and tons of shopping! Be sure to come out and experience one of Toronto’s major annual highlights.

Niagara Grape & Wine Festival—  September 8th-24th, St. Catharines

What a better place for oenophiles to visit this summer than the Niagara Region? The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is a celebration of Niagara and the bounty of harvest. The Montebello Park food and wine experience truly showcases all that the region has to offer, as the park comes alive for two weekends in September. Experience regional cuisine presented by top local chefs and sip and savour VQA wines, while enjoying Canadian talent on the Centre stage.

With so many events, festivals and celebrations going on this season, it’ll be awfully hard to be bored this summer. “No matter what you are into, you’ll definitely find something to do and enjoy this warm season,” adds Mattacchione. “The time is now for making lifelong memories and summer 2017 is certainly the place to start.”

About Ever After Music Festival:
Ever After Music Festival is not only a show, but an experience for all to share. Ever After brings festivalgoers into a fantasy fairy tale experience that will not only entice them with the sounds, but also with the stunning visuals, high-class performances, and an unforgettable weekend.

Jet boat rides through Niagara River rapids back with a splash

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours is hitting the water to help passengers get their summers off to a thrilling start. The Niagara-on-the-Lake tour operator has launched its 23rd season, taking adventure-seeking visitors on unforgettable jet boat rides from the mouth of the Niagara River through the Class 5 Devil’s Hole Rapids and to just below the incredibly powerful Niagara Whirlpool.

Passengers can choose between two types of trips — wet or dry. Guests in open-topped jet boats are guaranteed to return to the dock soaking wet, doused with gallons of water while their boat pilot powers them through the rapids at high speed and expertly spins them through the chop in a complete 360-degree turn. Passengers in the covered Jet Dome get the same thrill ride, minus the splash, and return as dry as they were at the outset.

Tours last approximately one hour. Along the way, tour leaders on the boats also give passengers highlights about the river’s geology and fascinating history. “Our jet boat rides are a great way to add some fun and adventure to your trip, whether you’re in Niagara to check out the Falls, visit some of our great wineries or explore Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake,” Kinney said.

In addition to individual bookings, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours offers special rates for corporate groups, family groups and residents of Niagara. More information about tour packages, rates and reservations can be found at www.whirlpooljet.com.

About Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours:

Celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has been giving passengers a taste of adventure on the white water of the Niagara River since 1992. Passengers experience a thrilling and educational one-hour guided tour, where they can take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Niagara Gorge, feel the rush of the Class 5 Devil’s Hole rapids and marvel at the power of the Niagara Whirlpool. Headquartered in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the tour company’s fleet of custom-built jet boats depart from three locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Whirlpool Aero Car check-in to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y. For more information, go to www.whirlpooljet.com.

Canadian War Museum

Note: The Canadian War Museum (in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization (in Gatineau, Quebec) are both operated by The Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation.

About the Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum is the national museum of military history. It attempts to help all Canadians better understand their country’s military history in its personal, national and international dimensions. The Museum emphasizes the human experience of war to explain the impact of organized human conflict on Canada and Canadians, and how, through war, conflict and peace support operations, Canadians have affected, and have been affected by, the world around them. Special exhibitions and programs also explore non-Canadian and general themes related to the human experience of war and the subject of armed conflict, past and present.

Details on www.warmuseum.ca/remember

Activities are free with Museum admission unless otherwise noted

Events & Exhibitions

Preserved in Stone – Underground Art of the First World War
Until January 7, 2018
Lobby | Free
Explore the chalk quarries that sheltered Canadian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and discover the names and images they scratched into the soft stone walls. One hundred years after the First World War, reproductions and photographs of the carvings reveal life in tunnels and caves beneath the battlefields.
This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum, and Michael and Anne Gough.

Musical Day Camps
Join us for a memorable summer!
New in 2017, Sonart is offering a musical day camp in partnership with the Canadian War Museum. This bilingual camp, for children ages 5 to 12, includes music workshops, games, sports and Museum activities.
Information and registration:
sonartdaycamp.com/canadianwarmuseum 1-844-383-CAMP | minfo@campdejoursonart.comail

The Fenians – Unintended Fathers of Confederation
Until September 4 Display Corridor

The Fenians — Irish-American veterans of the American Civil War — hoped to conquer Canada and trade it for Irish independence from Britain. Instead, Britain’s North American colonies united against them in mutual defence, thereby contributing to the Watercolour by Alexander von Erichsen, achievement of Confederation. Twenty-three rare around 1866 Fort Erie Historical Museum 994.085.008
Photograph of a carving in Blenheim Quarry, Arras, France © Brett Killington 2015
and historical watercolour paintings portray the battles of Ridgeway and Fort Erie, where Fenian invaders clashed with Canadian militia.
An exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Fort Erie Historical Museum.

Preserved in Stone – Underground Art of the First World War
Until January 7, 2018 Lobby | Free
Explore the chalk quarries that sheltered Canadian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and discover the names and images they scratched into the soft stone walls. One hundred years after the First World War, reproductions and photographs of the carvings reveal life in the tunnels and caves beneath the battlefields.
This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum, and Michael and Anne Gough.

Activities are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise indicated.

For more information please check web site www.warmuseum.ca

Canadian War Museum acquires Second World War portrait by F. H. Varley

The Canadian War Museum has made a significant addition to its Beaverbrook Collection of War Art: a 1943 portrait of Naval Officer Harry Kelman painted by Frederick Horsman Varley, official First World War artist and original member of the Group of Seven.

During the First World War, Varley was commissioned by the Canadian War Records Office to be an official war artist. He accompanied troops to Europe and produced a series of paintings illustrating the devastation on the Western Front. These First World War paintings brought him to the forefront of Canadian artists, and his wartime experience had a lasting influence on his style. Varley was not granted an appointment as an official Second World War artist, but he was commissioned to paint several portraits of military personnel stationed in Kingston, Ontario, where he befriended artists in the Naval Art Services. One of these artists was Naval Officer Harry Kelman, who also worked on Meet the Navy, a popular musical revue that toured Canada and overseas from 1943 to 1945.

The Canadian War Museum’s Beaverbrook Collection of War Art includes seven large Varley canvases from the First World War, and the Museum’s acquisition of this Second World War portrait will help paint a clearer picture of Varley’s experiences during both world wars. Varley’s portrait of Kelman also adds to the Museum’s collection of Royal Canadian Navy artwork.

The painting was acquired from auction with support from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation’s gift to the National Collection Fund, which was created to acquire and conserve artifacts of significance to Canada's heritage.

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national, and international dimensions. Work of the Canadian War Museum is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

Regular Hours:

Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information is available at www.warmuseum.ca.

Knitting for War
Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
John McCrae Gallery

There were no idle hands during the world wars. People knit on buses, in university classrooms and while waiting for dinner in restaurants. Take a closer look at the patterns, touch replica samples of the finished product and try your hand at spool knitting.
This program is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition World War Women.

The Canadian War Museum is proud to unveil The Home Front, 1917.

This new exhibition module explores the social pressures caused by more than three years of overseas conflict — pressures that transformed Canadian society and provoked a major political crisis. The Home Front, 1917 is a permanent part of the Canadian Experience Gallery 2 – For Crown and Country.

“As Canada’s national museum of military history, we are concerned not only with our country’s role in overseas conflicts, but also the impact of those conflicts on Canadians at home,” says Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. “The First World War had particularly far-reaching effects that altered the very fabric of our young nation, and that continue to be felt and remembered a century later. This new content introduces a fresh dimension to our permanent exhibitions, sharing deeply personal stories about Canadian families, and shedding light on the social, cultural and political dynamics surrounding Canada’s role during the First World War.”

The Home Front, 1917 is divided into two sections. The first, called “The War at Home,” examines the impact of the First World War on Canadian families, children, culture and industry. It tells stories of heartbreaking sacrifice and loss, as well as of resilience and determination through family letters, photographs and personal items, including medals presented to the mothers and widows of fallen soldiers.

War-inspired toys, books and children’s clothing reflect the patriotic sentiments of the time. Movies and popular songs demonstrate the pride Canadians felt when it came to their participation in the war effort, even as they questioned the conflict and lamented the heavy human toll. Art and artifacts related to factories, food production and other industrial and economic sectors round out content that explores the war’s immediate and lasting effects on Canadian lives.

The second section, “Canada in Crisis,” uses interactive elements, an audiovisual presentation, artifacts, art, photographs, newspaper clippings and other archival documents to explain the Conscription Crisis. This 1917 political firestorm exposed the deep rift that existed between Canadians who viewed compulsory military service as necessary to win the war, and those who saw it as a gross violation of individual rights.

Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden’s decision to introduce conscription — after stating that he would not — provoked an acrimonious national debate over the extent and cost of Canada’s contribution to the war, leading to a bitterly contested federal election in 1917. The crisis served to heighten feelings of alienation and distrust brought on by years of sacrifice in the name of war, and the discontent sparked widespread conflict, labour unrest and the deadly 1918 Easter Riots in Québec City.

The Home Front, 1917 shows how regular Canadians responded to the increasing demands their country placed on them in wartime. This new module, with its candid and informative approach, is a valuable addition to our permanent exhibitions and to the overall War Museum visitor experience.

Canadian War Museum's exhibition: The Navy: A Century in Art

To mark the Centennial of the founding of the Canadian navy, the Canadian War Museumopened an exhibition of paintings from its unparalleled Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. Some 40 of the best works of art portraying the Canadian naval experience from the First World War to the present relate the story of the Canadian navy in a visual, engaging way.

The exhibition, The Navy: A Century in Art, created specially to mark this important anniversary, has traveling across Canada, and was shown in Calgary at The Military Museums earlier this year and presented at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax this past summer. The exhibition has already been seen by more than 85,000 visitors.

Some of Canada’s finest artists have captured the Canadian naval experience in times of war and peace — from dramatic depictions of the Battle of the Atlantic to intimate portraits of life at sea and ashore. Their works show us the human face of this experience, while helping to illuminate the important role that the navy has played in Canadian history for the past 100 years. This exhibition features paintings from both official and unofficial war artists, including Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville, Harold Beament, Donald C. Mackay, Anthony Law, Ted Zuber and Pegi Nicol MacLeod.

The oceans that surround Canada on its Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific coasts have protected our nation from external threats, and connected it to global conflicts. This dual role — security at home and service abroad — has defined the Canadian navy for more than a century. The exhibition is organized into four thematic sections: A Canadian Navy; The Navy at Sea; The Navy’s Wars; and Legacy.

The War Museum also took advantage of the event to launch a new website exploring the navy’s first one hundred years. warmuseum.ca/navalhistory

ABOUT THE ONLINE EXHIBITION

The Canadian War Museum’s new online exhibition, Canada’s Naval History, provides a fascinating and extensive overview of the country’s naval history in war and peace over the past century. The exhibition’s launch takes place during the centennial year of Canada’s navy, which was created in 1910.

Visitors to the online exhibition will discover almost 750 historical objects, photographs, artworks and archival documents that have been photographed and digitized specifically for this project. Each item can be examined in detail and is accompanied by an extensive caption.

Drawn from the collections of the Museum and its partners, the Department of National Defence, the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, the Naval Museum of Alberta, and the Naval Museum of Quebec, these artifacts present Canada’s unique naval heritage, including the experiences of Canadians at sea and ashore, and the navy’s roles in war and peace.

Canada’s Naval History contains seven main sections:

1. Introduction
Michael Whitby, the distinguished Senior Naval Historian at the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of History and Heritage, provides an overview of the Canadian naval experience since 1910.

2. Explore History
Presents Canada’s naval history across the past century, including the birth of the navy (1910–1914), the First World War (1914–1918), the interwar period (1919–1939), the Second World War (1939–1945), the early Cold War, including the Korean War (1945–1968), the later Cold War (1968–1990) and the navy today (1990–2010).

3. Special Themes
Presents works from The Navy: A Century in Art, a travelling naval art exhibition created by the Canadian War Museum, and materials relating to naval culture and traditions.

4. Objects and Photographs
Allows visitors to explore the exhibition’s collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, documents and artworks.

5. Teacher Resources
Offers educators and students of all ages access to a wide variety of activities and curriculum-linked programs based on content presented in the exhibition. Visitors can also find resources that include references for further reading and links to external online resources.

6. Navy at 100
Contains information and links for events and programs related to the Canadian navy’s centennial celebrations.

7. My Navy
Allows visitors to store their favourite objects and exhibition content for future reference.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Create a personalized poppy and add it to a wreath along with those made by other Museum visitors.

Canadian War Museum acquired art by Tom Thomson, Louis-Philippe Hébert

The Canadian War Museum has acquired two significant works of Canadian war-related art: a painted illustration by Tom Thomson and a sculpture by Louis-Philippe Hébert, two of the country’s best-known twentieth-century artists. Both pieces were purchased November 23 at an auction in Toronto, with the help of the Museum’s National Collection Fund. They will be added to the Museum’s Beaverbrook Collection of War Art.

Thomson’s The Foot Path of Peace, painted circa 1915, was purchased for $48,875. It is the first Thomson work to be accessioned to the Museum’s collection. Hébert’s Mademoiselle de Verchères was sculpted in 1905 and purchased by the Museum for $8,050.  

To create The Foot Path of Peace, Thomson hand-lettered the text of a poem by American Henry Van Dyke and illustrated the work with watercolour pines and an idyllic, pastoral landscape. The poem speaks of a path to personal and spiritual peace. However, Thomson painted the work during the First World War, in which he did not enlist. One theory suggests that he embraced the words of Van Dyke as a pacifist statement. Although Thomson’s true motivation remains unknown, the painting is a unique catalyst for a Canadian discussion about war and peace.

Mademoiselle de Verchères is one of the most famous of Hébert’s smaller sculptures. It honours the French-Canadian heroine Marie-Madeleine Jarret de Verchères. As a 14-year-old in 1692, say contemporary accounts, she led the successful defence of her community’s fort during an eight-day siege by Iroquois attackers when most of the men were away or had been captured. The statue brings her story to life, providing a striking example of a woman’s courage in time of war.    

The National Collection Fund campaign was launched in 2006 by the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation to support the acquisition of artifacts by its two museums: the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. Donations to the Fund help ensure that important pieces of our national heritage are not lost or dispersed. 

For more information call 819-776-8600, 1-800-555-5621, or check web site www.warmuseum.ca

Where to Stay - and Play

Living Water Resort & Spa Launches Highly Anticipated Phase 3 Development

The Phase 3 investment has added:

100 new luxurious one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites;
Additions to the 5,000 sq. ft. onsite spa with an exclusive Aquapath™-- the only one of its kind in Ontario, for wellness experiences and re-energizing retreats. The spa’s features include a Swiss shower, detoxifying mineral bath, river walk, four-stage waterfall benches, glacier shower, Eucalyptus steam sauna, replenishing mineral bath and exfoliation tub;

A 5,000 sq. ft. new contemporary waterfront restaurant exclusive to the region offering an earth-to-table menu approach focusing on the freshest seasonal ingredients, savoury dishes cooked to perfection on our state-of-the-art infrared broiler, an open presentation kitchen for educational events and our private dining room overlooking Georgian Bay.

From an industry prospective, Larry has created and built a community of over 450 staff and has grown the Cranberry Village brand from an existing Inn that was on the property into an entire village made up of multiple types of accommodation including two hotels of close to 400 rooms, 9,000 vacation memberships, homes, multiple restaurants, a championship golf course, marina, a wedding and conference center, and one-of-a-kind spa. Larry looks to continue to help grow the tourism sector and community of Collingwood even further.

About Living Water Resort & Spa

Located in Simcoe County at the southern tip of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, Living Water Resort & Residences is the only resort in the area situated right on the shores of Georgian Bay. With 91 luxurious one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites equipped with living/dining room and kitchen areas perfect for extended stays and a five-star rating from Interval International, the interior of each unit reflects a combination of elegance and comfort. Each room and its accompanying amenities use the highest quality products with great care taken for personal space and well-being. For further information, please call (705) 446-3282 or visit www.cranberryvillage.com.

Cobble Beach

About Cobble Beach

Just outside the city of Owen Sound, two hours northwest of the Greater Toronto Area, Cobble Beach is one of Canada’s top golf destinations and most sought-after residential enclaves. The 600-acre development on Ontario’s stunning Georgian Bay opened in 2007, anchored by a thrilling, Doug Carrick-designed, links-style course with omnipresent water views.
 
Cobble Beach’s diverse mix of year-round and seasonal detached homes includes villas, townhomes and luxury estates linked by a pedestrian friendly network of streets and sidewalks. More than 14 kilometers of hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing trails promote symmetry between work, play, indulgence, health and wellness.

A Nantucket-style clubhouse features a five-star restaurant, bar, resort-caliber spa and fitness center, and 10 tastefully-appointed guest suites at The Inn at Cobble Beach. Guests also have access to The Cottages at Cobble Beach, each with two bedrooms, wet bars and living rooms. The Cottages offer the luxury of an all-inclusive resort with the relaxation and privacy of home.

The pedestrian-friendly, stress-free Cobble Beach environment features roof lines, site-positioning and strategically-placed windows encouraging residents to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of their home. Even the outdoor lighting follows Dark-Sky guidelines promoting privacy and stargazing. Landscaping complements the natural setting by using native plants and trees.

 For more information go to web site www.cobblebeach.com, or call 888.278.8112.

Cobble Beach Golf Links Open for Play -- Exceptional Doug Carrick Layout Features Mesmerizing Water Views

Cobble Beach – Georgian Bay’s extraordinary waterfront golf resort community two hours northwest of Toronto – has announced its acclaimed Doug Carrick-designed golf course is open for play.
 
Ranked No. 17 in SCOREGolf’s “Best Public Golf Courses in Canada,” Cobble Beach Golf Links features mesmerizing water views from most every hole along its 7,134-yard routing. Pure-rolling fescue greens with challenging pin locations emphasize strategically-placed approach shots. Closely mown chipping areas, small pot bunkers and hollows surrounding greens provide for the classic bump-and-run opportunities associated with links-style courses.
   
The resort features two outstanding “play-and-stay” packages. Starting at $135 per night (per person, double occupancy) the Inn Play and Stay features one round (or a soothing treatment in the resort’s tranquil spa), luxury accommodations in one of the Inn’s individually-decorated suites and “Grab and Go” breakfast for two.
 
Starting at $144 per night (per person, based on quad occupancy), the Cottage Play and Stay also features one round of golf on the Doug Carrick-designed layout (or a spa treatment). One night of accommodations is included in a comfortable private cottage as well as a “Grab and Go” breakfast for four.
 
Each cottage sleeps six to eight and provides an open concept living space and waterfront views of scenic Georgian Bay. Containing all the conveniences of modern living, each unit is outfitted with two bedrooms, two washrooms, living room area with queen size sofa bed, wet bar with under counter fridge, and three flat screen televisions. Select cottages have gas fireplaces.
 
Enjoyment of the resort’s myriad amenities – first-class practice facilities, Jacuzzi, steam room, pool, 14 kilometers of hiking trails, beach club and more – is also included in both packages.
 
Another highlight is Cobble Beach’s chef-driven Sweetwater Restaurant & Bar. Conveniently located at the Inn, it features classical cuisine with modern innovation highlighting organic, local and seasonal ingredients for all appetites. Lunch and dinner are enjoyed in the dining room, or fireside lounge with an intimate gastropub ambiance.
 
For more information please check web site www.cobblebeach.com, 888.278.8112.

OTTAWA

What to See & Do

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, hosts a diverse selection of enticing activities

Canada's largest waterpark offers high-tech biometric payment options; the newly revamped Canadian Museum of Nature displays architectural wonders… and a rare skeleton of a blue whale. delicious local products—from elk to cranberries—on the menus of a growing number of chef-owned Savour Ottawa restaurants; easier access to the four-storey underground bunker built to withstand a nuclear attack that is now Canada’s Cold War Museum; free weekly yoga classes on the lawn of Parliament Hill—Canada’s seat of government; and whitewater kayaking lessons in downtown Ottawa and more!

Couple these events and attractions with the buzz of the eclectic ByWard Market neighbourhood’s four square blocks of outdoor patios, live music venues, shops, bistros and more; the pomp and pageantry of the Changing the Guard Ceremony on Parliament Hill; boat cruises along the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and you have an action-packed summer.

For information on Ottawa’s festivals and events, restaurants, attractions, neighborhoods, or to book packages or access Ottawa videos and images, visit www.ottawatourism.ca

QUEBEC / QUEBEC CITY / QUEBEC PROVINCE (THE OUTAOUAIS REGION )

What to See & Do

Festival D'E'TE' De Que'bec Announces 50th Anniversary Season Highlights July 6-16, 2017

Opening Weekend Features P!NK and Kendrick Lamar and Festival Closes with Metallica and Muse Backstreet Boys, Kelsea Ballerini, DNCE, Melissa Etheridge, Flume, Lady Antebellum, Migos, Pink Martini, The Strumbellas and Fetty Wap featuring Monty Join the 11-Day Celebration with nearly 1,000 Artists and 300 Performances

Special Free Anniversary Events:

Festival d'été de Québec has just announced the highlights of its landmark 50th anniversary celebration, which coincides with the 150th anniversary of Canada. The impressively broad line-up features international and local headliners, the latest trending talents, and tomorrow's big names for a ticket price that can't be beat--less than $75 U.S. for the entire 11-day Festival. The 2017 edition will take place at the world heritage UNESCO site of Québec City, from July 6 - 16.

Big names will bookend the different outdoor and indoor stages, including the Bell stage, Canada's largest and one of the biggest outdoor stages in North America. The powerhouse rock vocals of P!NK, who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, and a hip hop night with Best Rap Album-winner Kendrick Lamar will light up the opening Festival weekend. Metallica, the legendary heavy metal band that just announced its WorldWired tour, will headline the closing weekend along with the progressive rock sounds of the English rock band Muse. In between, the return of 1990s heartthrobs the Backstreet Boys, now playing to sold-out crowds at their 10-week Larger Than Life show in Vegas; country pop from Kelsea Ballerini; DNCE, whose debut single with frontman Joe Jonas, Cake by the Ocean, was Canada's 2016 second most-played song; the unique stylings of folk-rocker Melissa Etheridge; Trap & B hip hopper Fetty Wap featuring Monty; Australian electronic music, DJ, and record producer Flume, fresh off his first Grammy for Skin; ten-time Academy of Country Music Award-winners Lady Antebellum; the chart-topping hip-hop trio Migos, the smooth jazz/Latin music of Pink Martini performing in several languages with a dozen musicians; and the "folk popgrass" music of the Canadian band The Strumbellas. Other artist highlights feature top Canadian band the Arkells, hip hop from DJ Shadow, heavy rock punk-pop from MxPx, and electronic rock with Phantogram.

Additional artists include Amadou et Mariam, Andy Shauf, Ben L'Oncle Soul, Bobby Bazini, BROS, Dead Obies, DVBBS,Fred Fortin, Groenland, Isabelle Boulay, Jesse Royal, La Chicane, Les Cowboys Fringants, Les Trois Accords, Lisa LeBlanc, Los Lonely Boys, Matt Holubowski, Men Without Hats, Michel Fugain, Michel Louvain, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, The Barr Brothers, Bassekou Kouyaté & Amy Sacko, Tony Allen (Tribute to Art Blakey), and Yann Perreau.

Complete programming details for Festival d'été de Québec's 50th edition will be announced shortly. For more information, visit www.infofestival.com.

"As we look forward to marking the 50th year of Festival d'été de Québec, I couldn't be more excited," said General Manager Daniel Gélinas. "I'm so proud that in today's world of business globalization, we remain one of the few major non-profit, independent Festivals in North America. Throughout our history, we've been able to make the music of both emerging artists international celebrities alike accessible to all. That has always been our mission, and the 50th anniversary will more than ever continue to showcase that vision."

FREE 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
The Festival d'été de Québec is celebrating its grand 50th anniversary with an epic, retrospective exhibition of the Festival's history and three original street performance shows with a unique French flair:

A massive 50 Summers of FEQ exhibition will present photos, news articles, posters, and other mementos culled and curated from the archives of the past 49 Festivals. The collection will be on view to the public at the Parc de l'Amérique-Française from late June through the end of July.

Also at Parc de l'Amérique-Française, L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres, which creates musical instruments from everyday objects, will delight audiences every night before the Festival concerts with music performed on a wild assemblage of recycled materials by its forty-plus members. The show salutes Canada 150, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Festival d'été de Québec.

The French street theater troupe Plasticiens Volants and its extraordinary giant puppets has created a show especially for the Festival's 50th anniversary. Part puppet, part kite, its magical, colossal characters will float overhead and mingle with the crowd in an original dramatic and musical production. The mobile street performances begin around 11 PM, and travel from the Grande-Allée -- one of Québec's main thoroughfares -- to the Coeur du FEQ, the Festival's central rendezvous, for a grand finale, July 7 - 9.

The Transe Express troupe of street performers has cooked up a collection of trapeze artists, violinists, and an opera singer for a stunningly inventive show combining theater, acrobatics, and music, all performed while suspended from a giant mobile. The production's soundtrack, Lâcher de Violons, is composed of memorable musical moments from the Festival's history. These overhead performances will start around 11 PM at the Grande-Allée and end at Coeur du FEQ from July 13 - 15.

FESTIVAL PASSES AND INFORMATION
Passes can be purchased online at www.infofestival.com and by phone at 1-855-800-3347 (toll-free), with a limit of eight passes per transaction. They will also be available at the box office during the Festival, pending availability. Children up to 11 years old accompanied by an adult do not need a pass, except for Metallica. \

Additional ticket info is available for Front Stage Gold, Silver, and Signature zones. Starting on June 6, the Festival pass will be available for $105 CAN.

FESTIVAL VENUES
Bell Stage
- largest outdoor stage in Canada, located on the historic Plains of Abraham overlooking the St. Lawrence River, host to international superstars and headliners
Loto-Québec Stage | Parc de la Francophonie - open-air amphitheatre next to the Parliament Building on Grande-Allée, perfectly suited for showcasing some of the indie music and hip-hop world's latest trend-setters
Imperial Bell - Intimate concert hall on St. Joseph St. for emerging artists
Hydro-Québec Stage - located at D'Youville Square in the heart of old Québec City by the historic fortifications and Saint-Jean's Gate, offering world music and local talent from Québec, the music and dancing is free all the time
Family Place - FREE outdoor activities for children and families, a few steps from the main stages
District St-Joseph - Concert hall, bar, and restaurant offering a chance to discover an eclectic mix of new talent over cocktails each night
L'Anti Bar & Spectacles - located in the Saint-Roch area, the venue showcases alternative music
Fibe Stage - located in the Coeur du FEQ (Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale), this outdoor stage presents free local and international music discoveries during happy hour

Free Access at All Times
D'Youville Square (Hydro-Québec Stage)
Family Place
Coeur du FEQ (Fibe Stage)
Street performers

About Festival d'été de Québec
Festival d'été de Québec, Canada's most important outdoor music festival, is set in modern, yet historic and picturesque Québec City. With global attendance usually topping more than one million entries each season, the Festival celebrates music for 11 days in July at 10 indoor and outdoor venues. It offers the perfect setting to discover up-and-coming artists and enjoy world-renowned stars. Over the past few years, the Festival has presented artists including The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Sting & Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Selena Gomez, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Keith Urban, Aerosmith, Skrillex, Lionel Richie, The Offspring, Metallica, Elton John, The Black Eyed Peas, Billy Joel, Iron Maiden, Plácido Domingo, Sting, Charles Aznavour, Megadeth and KISS. Every year, more than 1,000 artists and close to 300 events, from rock to pop and French song, hip-hop, electro, blues and world music are showcased. Festival d'été de Québec also features FREE entertainment with numerous street performers, and outdoor activities for children. The Festival is easily accessible and affordable for American and international travelers.

About Québec City
Set in the heart of the province of Québec and founded in 1608, Québec City's European appeal and North American lifestyle, combined with a rich history, thriving arts scene, and vibrant French-speaking culture, make it truly one of a kind. The only fortified city north of Mexico and Old Québec and a UNESCO world heritage treasure, the city is famous for its well-preserved architectural treasures. The Old City offers visitors 400 years of history in the cradle of French civilization in North America. Québec City is also a busy cultural destination with numerous festivals all year round. Parks, wildlife reserves, and scenic attractions are minutes away, with a host of outdoor activities available.

Often called the gourmet capital of North America, eating well in Québec City is part of the lifestyle. With hundreds of restaurants, the cuisine is one of the best reasons to visit Old Québec. Offering more than 17,000 rooms in a variety of categories, the city's hotel and service network enjoys an enviable international reputation. Québec City can be easily reached by car over a network of expressways and national highways. Train and plane travel connections are also very convenient, with numerous national and international flights daily to and from Aéroport International Jean-Lesage (YQB), a short 10 miles from downtown.

Family Fun Galore in Quebec

There are much more activities for children in Québec than it would take to get them tired! There’s so much to do, indoors and out! Fun museums, amusement parks and special events add up to spend unforgettable moments.

Family Friendly Activities

Get to know the 10 000 marine animals at the Aquarium du Québec.
Have some fun at Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale, the second largest indoor amusement park in North America.
Become the best parent in the entire world by taking your children to Village Vacances Valcartier, an outdoor recreation centre.
Let your children burn off their excess energy safely at the Récréofun or Carie Factory recreation parks.
Spring into action at iSaute, the largest trampoline centre in the province.
Become a kid again at Benjo, the most delightfully fantastic toy store in Québec!

Fun for all Ages!

Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale

Kids 0 to 5 years
Récréofun entertainement center

Kids 6 to 11 years
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency | Credit: Steve Deschênes

Teenagers 12 to 16 years

More Ideas

Aquarium du Québec

Pools and Spray Parks

Québec counts many spots to cool down.
Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge

Parks and Gardens

Enjoy the warmer weather while exploring the city's parks and gardens.
Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale

Amusement Parks

Discover the area's indoor and outside amusement parks.

Méga Parc Galeries de la Capitale

Located within Les Galeries de la Capitale, the Méga Parc is the largest indoor amusement park in Québec offering 17 major attractions.

In the heart of Old Québec

Award-winning 45 roomed family hotel. Walking distance to attractions, shops and restaurants. #1 rated family hotel on TripAdvisor. Details

Family Pleasure

The perfect place for all the family members. Everything under the same roof for a perfect stay!


Québec City brims with activities and attractions on every street corner! Use our search engine to find out what to do in the area.

For more information contact one of Quebec's experts at 1-877-783-1608
Connect Québec City on your mobile. Look for mobile apps that help you discover the Québec City Area—they are free and will make your visit even better!

The Grands Feux Loto-Québec firework displays are back!

Chevalier House!

The new exhibits and activities organized at Chevalier House mark a new step in the relationship between the Musée de la civilisation and the Québec City Urban Interpretation Centre.

A designated historical monument
In this gorgeous historical monument dating back to the 18th century, visitors will find miniature models, multimedia presentations and narrations on how the building evolved through the years. On the top floor, several rooms from typical 19th-century working- and upper-class households have been recreated using artefacts from the extensive collection of historical furniture owned by the Musée de la civilisation.

Deluxe Motorcoach Will Take You to These Destinations

It is now easier than ever to get to the Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif ski resorts.

A new deluxe 56-seat motorcoach will take passengers to and from these two destinations every day.

Québec City Tourism, in association with Mont-Sainte-Anne, Le Massif and the Québec City Region Hotel Association, has established a new ski shuttle service.

The SKI BUS will travel from hotels in Sainte-Foy and downtown Québec City to the Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif ski resorts. You may make reservations for a seat on this shuttle at the front desk of your hotel, online at www.toursvieuxquebec.com/en/ or by telephone at 418-664-0460.

Schedule:
7:30 a.m.: Departure from Sainte-Foy
8:00 a.m.: Departure from downtown (Place d'Armes)
8:45 a.m.: Arrival at Mont-Sainte-Anne
9:30 a.m.: Arrival at Le Massif
4:00 p.m.: Departure from Le Massif
4:30 p.m.: Departure from Mont-Sainte-Anne
5:15 p.m.: Return to Sainte-Foy
5:45 p.m.: Return to downtown

The adult rate is $24.95 and the child rate (6 to 12 years) is $19.95, taxes not included.

For information on the wholesaler rate, call 418-664-0460 or send an e-mail to info@toursvieuxquebec.com

Tours du Vieux-Québec
418-664-0460
info@toursvieuxquebec.com
www.toursvieuxquebec.com/en/

Québec City Given a High Rating by Condé Nast Traveler

In the list of top 100 cities appearing in the November 2010 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, Québec City is ranked 2nd out of the ten best cities in the Americas (excluding American cities), 5th including cities in the U.S. and 10th among international destinations (from all continents).

Québec City went from being 3rd to 2nd favourite destination in the Americas (excluding the U.S.), 6th to 5th favourite destination in the Americas (including the U.S.) and 12th to 10th favourite international destination. These are the highest rankings Québec City has ever obtained since the magazine began publishing its top-100 list.

This list is based on a survey Condé Nast Traveler conducts among its 3 million readers, who are asked to rate the top 100 destinations in the world in the following categories: cities, resorts, islands, hotels, carriers and cruises. Cities were rated according to their atmosphere/ambience, culture/sites, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping.

Vieux-Québec Through Augmented Reality and 3D exhibit

Since 2008, the Québec City Urban Interpretation Centre has been located at Chevalier House, near the entrance to Place-Royale. A brand-new experience is being offered this year to celebrate the Interpretation Centre’s 25th anniversary.

The Vieux-Québec Through Augmented Reality and 3D exhibit recounts the past of this historical borough from the last Ice Age to today by means of an image archive, a multimedia presentation projected on a giant screen, a 3D model and more! Watch as the original fort that once stood at this site, Champlain’s “Habitation”, is rebuilt right before your very eyes! Travel through time to witness the major developments in the city’s past.

SAQ New France Festival added to the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Signature Experiences Collection

The SAQ New France Festival is one of the events in the Signature Experiences Collection (SEC) selected by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) to promote Canada as a tourist destination. For the past 16 years, the New France Festival has been offering activities, shows and ongoing entertainment that leave visitors feeling they have been transported back to the early days of the colony.

A one-of-a-kind event!
Every year, nearly 200 000 visitors come to relive moments of Québec City’s past and celebrate age-old joie de vivre throughout the Old City. The festival activities will be held at historical sites or on the cobblestone streets. The official program includes shows, re-enactments, a parade of giants, historical and archeological conferences, demonstrations, interactive workshops, a farmers’ market and countless figures in historical dress! This year, join the thousands of participants in 17th- and 18th-century costume and experience an era of great inventions, discoveries, exploration and artistic achievement.

For information about the program, go to nouvellefrance.qc.ca/en as of mid-July.
Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France
418-694-3311
jmoffet@nouvellefrance.qc.ca
nouvellefrance.qc.ca/en.html

Major $5 million investment at Valcartier Vacation Village

Valcartier Vacation Village invested $5 million to create its new summer attraction:

Mirage.
Wide selection of water games!
Mirage is a fun family attraction. The recreational complex comprises walls of water, countless water games and a giant sandcastle with towers and a fortress that is surrounded by an enormous 30 000 sq. ft. heated swimming pool “moat”. As far as water parks go, Mirage has it all!

This attraction boasts twelve new water slides that both thrill-seekers and families with young children will enjoy. Mirage also has over 40 interactive water games at various locations, including inside the fortress and on an island playground. For a well-earned break, Mirage has a rest area with beach chairs.

Village Vacances Valcartier
418-844-2200, poste 283
www.valcartier.com/en/

History comes alive at the Musée du Fort! A fascinating experience in the heart of Old Québec!

The Musée du Fort’s thirty-minute sound and light show, complete with a model of the city and stunning special effects, vividly depicts the military and civilian history of Québec City from 1608 to 1775. Learn what made Québec City such a sought-after prize through the years.

You can set off to explore Québec City at the Musée du Fort on your own or as part of a group!

France Bilodeau
Musée du Fort
418-692-2175
fbilodeau@museedufort.com
www.museedufort.com/

Station Blü — Bains nordiques is located less than 60 km (37.5 mi.) from Québec City, halfway between Mont-Sainte-Anne and the Massif de Charlevoix. This spa is known for its distinctive architecture, trendy installations, stunning natural environment, musical ambience and curious house rule: clients are forbidden to speak. Here you will find, among other things, a wood-heated sauna, a steam bath with a refreshing fountain and an enormous, two-level hot tub affording a gorgeous view of the surrounding area.


Chalets Village – A flawless network
Every Chalets Village cottage has free high-speed wireless Internet that can accommodate over a hundred computers simultaneously. A high-tech Silicon Valley company held its 10-day business meeting here, and the network operated perfectly during that period. Note that the network capacity had been doubled at the company’s request.

Located only 30 from Québec City and 20 minutes from the Massif de Charlevoix,
Chalets Village has fifteen cottages available for short stays (week or weekend) in a village near the mountains and several rivers. The large, comfortable and well-equipped cottages each have 4 to 32 bedrooms and can accommodate groups from 12 to 80.

Gilles Éthier
Chalets-Village Mont-Sainte-Anne
418-826-3331
1-800-461-2030
info@chalets-village.com
www.chalets-village.com/index_en.html

One of the fifteen Chalets Village cottages.

One-of-a-kind tourist attraction in Québec City! Zip over the St. Lawrence River in a Zodiac™ piloted by a local guide. Customized excursions (route, speed and services) for groups of 2 to 17. Sights you will not want to miss: Brown Cove, Île d'Orléans, Montmorency Falls, the two bridges to Québec City, Beauport Bay, the Champlain Boardwalk, Lévis and the South Shore. Longer trips possible! Historical, port, maritime and ecological commentary provided by your tour guide or an audio guide. Packages available and protective clothing included!

Excursions maritimes
418-845-4554
info@excursionsmaritimesquebec.com
en.excursionsmaritimesquebec.com/index.php

Station Blü –

Bains nordiques ranked 33rd among the 100 Most Amazing Spas in the World
In 2011, less than six months after opening its doors, Station Blü — Bains nordiques was awarded the Grand Prize for design in the Business Establishment — Recreation category. In 2012, Condé Nast Traveller UK, a world-renown reference in luxury tourism, mentioned that Station Blü — Bains nordiques was possibly THE new standard in the spa industry.

Today, Station Blü — Bains nordiques is ranked 33rd (tied with a spa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates) among the 100 Most Amazing Spas in the World. Station Blü — bains nordiques has been the subject of over 200 articles and news stories in over 18 countries since April 2011.

For more information contact Station Blü — Bains nordiques; 418-647-3868; e-mail info@stationblu.ca; www.stationblu.ca/en/

Canadian Museum of Civilization

About the Canadian Museum of Civilization

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is the centre for research and public information on the social and human history of the country. Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Museum is Canada’s largest and most popular cultural institution, attracting over 1.3 million visitors each year. The Museum of Civilization’s principal role is to preserve and promote the heritage of Canada for present and future generations, thereby contributing to the promotion and enhancement of Canadian identity.

Activities are free with Museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

IMAX® Theatre

(located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization)

For film schedules, please visit website www.civilization.ca/imax or call 819-776-7010.

Museum of Civilization

Hours:

Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information is available at www.civilization.ca, or by calling 819-776-7000 or 1-800-555-5621.

Studio

Aurora Borealis

Young visitors can create their very own aurora borealis as they test their balance and get creative using marbles and paint. 

New Aquarium du Québec Pavilion

Aquarium du Quebec’s new pavilion houses jellyfish, sea dragons, seahorses, rays and bonnethead sharks. Under the supervision of animal care personnel, visitors are given the opportunity to touch these rays in their a tank.

The Aquarium’s new pavilion has three sections that are decorated and illuminated to create different atmospheres. The jellyfish section recreates the mysterious atmosphere of the seabed, the seahorse section, which includes several seahorse species, is linked to the world of pirates, and the touch thank represents a coastal environment. This area also gives visitors a chance to touch rays and bonnethead sharks.

The building’s cozy yet elegant atmosphere will also be perfect for corporate events, such as cocktails and other business occasions.

Aquarium du Québec
418-659-5266, # 24

CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY

Latest Events

   Activities are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise indicated.

Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month  at the Canadian Museum of History

Be part of the Canadian Museum of History’s celebrations of National Aboriginal History Month in June, and experience First Peoples’ dynamic traditions and contemporary expressions of their heritage. Visitors will be inspired by the many activities on offer: a fun-for-all-ages artifact hunt; an uplifting new Canadian musical; a heartwarming documentary about Cree communities and hockey; and Aboriginal art workshops and performances.

Throughout the month, the Museum will hold a daily artifact hunt in the First Peoples Hall that is sure to be a hit with children and adults. Discover fascinating objects that reflect the diverse histories, beliefs and cultural traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Thursday, June 29, at CINÉ+, the documentary Suuhk! Suuhk! Hockey reveals how one of Canada’s largest annual minor-hockey tournaments brings isolated Cree communities from throughout northern Quebec together in a multi-generational cultural event in Val-d’Or. The film’s producer will be present to answer questions.

Artifact Hunt Daily in June
First Peoples Hall
Free with Museum admission

Suukh! Suukh! Hockey
(French only)
Thursday, June 29
7 p.m.
CINÉ+
Free with Museum admission

What better time than National Aboriginal History Month to explore the Museum’s exhibitions of Indigenous cultures? The soaring Grand Hall is home to the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles and to the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast exhibition, with its dramatic house fronts each representing a different people. Inside the houses, visitors can view exquisite historical and modern wooden masks, decorated boxes, blankets and ornate headdresses.

Other outstanding works of art in the Grand Hall include The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, world-acclaimed Haida sculptor Bill Reid’s largest and most complex work. Floating on the pond outside the Grand Hall is the striking sculpture of a life-size wolf in a canoe, ‘namaxsala (To Travel in a Boat Together) by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Mary Anne Barkhouse. At the far end of the Hall, marvel at the ceiling mural Morning Star by Alex Janvier, a masterwork full of vivid imagery telling the history of our land from the artist’s Dene Suline perspective. And in the First Peoples Hall, more than 2,000 artifacts help visitors see more deeply into the rich stories and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples across Canada.

More information on all National Aboriginal History Month activities at the Canadian Museum of History is available at historymuseum.ca, or by calling 819-776-7000 or 1-800-555-5621.

Canadian Museum of History hit the ice in March 2017 with a new exhibition on hockey

Hockey is a beloved Canadian pastime, a rite of passage for kids, the heartbeat of small towns, an economic engine in big cities and a source of patriotic pride that so permeates our culture, we might call it a national obsession. But how did this sport come to be Canada’s game? What does our love of hockey reveal about us as a people? These questions and more will be explored in Hockey in Canada – More Than Just a Game, an exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History that celebrates the sport’s evolution and its widespread appeal.

The puck dropped on March 3, 2017 at the Museum of History — 150 years after Canadian Confederation and 100 years after the birth of the National Hockey League.

“With Hockey in Canada – More Than Just a Game, we want to step back and look at the big picture: hockey’s cross-cultural origins, its historical impact and its place in our daily lives and in the collective psyche of Canadians,” said Jean-Marc Blais, Director General of the Canadian Museum of History. “It’s not about which team has won the most Stanley Cups, or which elite players have scored the most goals or the richest contracts. It’s about why Canadians love to play and watch hockey. It’s about team spirit, the fans and the emotional appeal. It’s about hockey’s role in our society and even in international diplomacy. It’s about why hockey matters to Canadians.”

The exhibition will feature items from the Museum’s National Collection and other Canadian memory institutions. The overarching motifs of community, family and popular culture will be anchored by star objects, not so much to glorify hockey’s heroes as to show their enduring influence. Jacques Plante’s “pretzel” goalie mask will illustrate innovations in player safety, while Hayley Wickenheiser’s skates will represent the growth of women’s hockey and the commitments and challenges of hockey families. Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s jersey and his Hall of Fame and Stanley Cup rings represent the relevance to hockey of politics, identity and the power of media.

Other one-of-a-kind artifacts, such as singer Shania Twain’s hockey-inspired stage costumes, plus hockey cards, souvenirs and table hockey games show far-reaching cultural impacts beyond the rink. These objects, along with video clips of historic highlights, memorabilia and more, will add up to an exciting, interactive experience that evokes the smell of sweat, the flick of a wrist-shot and the roar of a Canadian crowd.

Hockey in Canada – More Than Just a Game will be presented at the Canadian Museum of History through October 9, 2017.

Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum’s principal role is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, as well as to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture. Work of the Canadian History Museum is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

For more information, visit historymuseum.ca and follow on Twitter: twitter.com/CanMusHistory

Where to Stay in Quebec City

A 4th Star for Hôtel des Coutellier

Hôtel des Coutellier is set to receive a very special gift in time for its 10th anniversary: a 4th star. The Corporation de l'industrie touristique du Québec (CITQ) has recently evaluated Hôtel des Coutellier and gave the establishment a 4-star rating, a fitting reward for years of hard work. Every effort was made to obtain this rating since the hotel first opened its doors. Following the addition of a meeting room in 2004 and the lobby expansion in 2008, several improvements were made to the suites to increase guests’ comfort.

For more information contact Hôtel des Coutellier
418-692-9696
info@hoteldescoutellier.com
www.hoteldescoutellier.com

Valcartier Vacation Village shows its environmental leadership

Hot water and environmentally-friendly efforts. Village Vacances Valcartier has invested over one million dollars this year for a water heating system and recycling bins. This investment is part of an important initiative to become more environmentally-friendly and promote sustainable development. The new reversible water heating system recovers the heat so that swimmers can enjoy heated water in all the pools on the site. This project will enable Village Vacances Valcartier to cut its kilowatt-hours of electricity consumption by half during the summer season. The purpose of these water heaters is to maintain the water temperature of all the attractions at approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the visitors' comfort.

The Village Vacances Valcartier has also added 45 recycling bins for glass, plastic and aluminum. These containers, which are placed throughout the water park and campground, will make it easier to recycle a wider variety of material.

Auberge Saint-Antoine

Auberge Saint-Antoine, renowned for its installations and four-star service, has opened a banquet lounge on Samuel de Champlain Promenade at Brown Cove. This new lounge, called Le Quai du Cap Blanc, can accommodate up to 300 guests for a cocktail. This tasty little dish affords a stunning view of the St. Lawrence River! The perfect place for those who wish to celebrate a special event in style and savour the delicacies prepared under the watchful eye of chef Julien Dumas of Panache Traiteur. For more information, e-mail vgosselin@saint-antoine.com

Le Priori --

Winner of a 2013 TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Award as one of the 25 best small hotels in Canada, as selected through online voting by savvy travellers. The timing of this award is perfect, as the hotel is celebrating the first anniversary of its successful Junior Suites. The one with the hot tub on the balcony affording a gorgeous view of Place-Royale is especially popular!

For more information contact Hôtel Le Priori, 418-692-3992 or e-mail to rwan.franchet@hotellepriori.com; www.hotellepriori.com/en/

Where to Eat

The Panache --

continues to innovate with its Sommelier’s Menu Selection every Wednesday night. The concept is quite simple: you choose the wine, and the chef chooses the food. This reverse twist on the traditional relationship between restaurant patron and cook is an idea whose time has come!

For more information contact Ingrid Lemm at Auberge Saint-Antoine, 418-692-5007, www.saint-antoine.com/en/

1Beauport Bay

Arnaud Marchand is working on his latest project in 1Beauport Bay, which he will inaugurate very soon. The catering company Grain de poivre in Beauport Bay has hired a new head chef, Benoît Huot, a cooking genius whose culinary imagination knows no bounds! Prepped and ready to go in his new kitchen, Chef Benoît is already bursting with new ideas for deliciously inventive meals. With seventeen years’ experience, ten of which he spent working as a chef, Huot has become a leader in the restaurant industry. Creative, dynamic, dedicated and customer-driven, he knows how to meet the culinary needs of all of his clients. He takes great pleasure in preparing original hors d'œuvres, canapés, epicurean buffets and personalized menus for weddings, business meetings, parties, family reunions or any other special occasion.

Grain de poivre

Once again this year, the Grain de poivre is offering its creative bistro-style boxed lunches! The perfect solution for meetings with business partners or clients, these boxed lunches are a healthful time saver!

Marie-Michelle Gagné
Gestev inc.
418-561-6762
mmgagne@gestev.com
www.baiedebeauport.com

Auberge Saint-Antoine

After searching for months to find just the right person, Auberge Saint-Antoine, the Price family and general manager Jean-Louis Souman are pleased to make the long-awaited announcement that Julien Dumas has been named head chef at the Panache. A skilled culinary craftsman from France, Dumas started exercising his new functions in early May. Julien Dumas studied at the well-known Lycée hôtelier de Grenoble in France. He began his career working for one of the biggest names in haute cuisine: famous French chef Alain Ducasse. Four years later, in January 2004, he became second chef at Les Ambassadeurs restaurant (a Michelin two-star establishment) at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, under Jean-François Piège. In 2007, he rejoined the team of Alain Ducasse as head chef and restaurant manager at the Domaine des Andeols of Auberge Alain Ducasse in Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt. In 2009, he became head chef at the Rech restaurant owned by Alain Ducasse. An expert in seafood, Julien Dumas will be cooking up something new and oh-so-delicious at the Panache. Customers and guests of Auberge Saint-Antoine will be able to sample his talent and expertise this spring.

www.saint-antoine.com/en/

Domaine Cataraqui

Located at the very center of the Sillery’s historical district, Domaine Cataraqui was originally part of one of the grand English gardens popular in the XIX 19th century. Stretching out over 9.7 hectares of land, it is home to a villa and nine outbuildings.
Domaine Cataraqui belongs to Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec, and was recently the object of some major restoration work. The $8.5 million project modernized the villa, outbuildings, and gardens, which can now be used to host special public and corporate events, and included the construction of facilities for a satellite of École hôtelière de la Capitale. Inaugurated on September 29, the prestigious site has recaptured the charm and appeal of its heyday.

Domaine Cataraqui is bursting with unique charm and boasts gorgeous facilities nestled at the heart of a stunning estate. The site can be adapted to suit any event both indoors and out, making it an ideal location for weddings, business meetings, corporate events, workshops, and other special occasions.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization

Day of the Dead

The museum is celebrating the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead. During this holiday family and friends gather to remember departed loved ones by making their favorite foods and decorating their houses. Come learn about the art of papel picado – a unique Mexican art form that uses patterns and symmetry.

IMAX® Theatre
(located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization)

For film schedules, please visit website www.civilization.ca/imax or call 819-776-7010.

Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information is available at www.civilization.ca, or by calling 819-776-7000 or 1-800-555-5621.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is looking for your old uniforms!

The Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum are developing a collection of material related to industrial production work in the 1940s and would like to acquire period civilian uniforms. The new material will enrich the collection of objects connected with the social history of war and will fill gaps related to 20th-century women-and-labour history. The items will be added to the Second World War Home Front collection, which is currently being developed.

The Museums are interested in everything people may have kept from that period, such as items from Canadian Car (uniform smock, hat, photographs, books, awards, commemorative ashtrays, pay stubs, lunch box, ID badge) and items that were used during the war (clothing, keepsakes, hair ornaments, household items, kitchen or gardening tools, children’s items, etc.).

For more information about the project or to donate an item, please contact Krista Cooke, Archaeology and History Division, at 819-776-8366 or krista.cooke@civilization.ca

For more information, visit www.civilization.ca. Follow on Twitter: @Civilization.

New Direct Flights

Air Transat offers direct flights between Marseille and Québec City and between Bordeaux and Québec City. These flights will meet the demand of French travellers living outside of Paris. A cultural and urban destination, with the great outdoors only a 30 minute drive from downtown, Québec City will now be more accessible thanks to the direct flights offered by Air Transat.

QUEBEC CITY ACTIVITIES

For a great adventure, plan a fall or winter vacation in Quebec City. Go sea kayaking with whales in the St. Lawrence River, hike in the valleys and mountains of the Hautes-Gorges national Park, canoe through the habitats of moose, beavers and blue herons in the Jacques-Cartier National Park, take an archery class, hit the trails at the Duchesnay Ecotourism Station, or zipline across a 900-million-year old canyon! Nearby Charlevoix owes its magnificent geography to a 15-billion-ton meteorite that fell to earth 350 million years ago. See the dramatic shifts between the 'seascapes' and 'mountainscapes' that have drawn artists to this area for centuries. The outskirts of Quebec City are great, too. Just a few minutes from the cobblestoned streets of the historic walled city, you'll find yourself deep in the countryside or in the heart of one of the largest natural parks in the area.

If you're here during the Christmas season, there are sensational shopping opportunities, decorated Christmas trees, twinkling lights, caroliers, concerts, nativity scenes and sparkling snow. Learn new ways of preparing meals with local produce and game to create dishes that represent the best of Quebec cuisine. Or, go in time for the Quebec Carnival where you can join locals right in the heart of Quebec City as they celebrate winter. This year the Carnival will feaure athletic competitions and spectacular shows on snow to a wide range of participatory activities for carnival-goers.

Winter is also an opportunity to experience the Ice Hotel, the largest structure of ice and snow in North America. Engage in various sports, including skiing, dogsledding, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and much more.

For further information, contact Tourisme Quebec, 51 East 42nd Street, Suite 500, New York 10017; 212-599-1340, or check web site www.bonjourquebec.com. For Carnival information, check website www.carnaval.qc.ca.

Sleeping in a Huttopia Tent - The New Ready-To-Camp Facilities of Quebec's National Parks

Constantly seeking to play a leadership role and to innovate through the tourism products and services that it offers in a natural setting, Sépaq was introduced in the summer of 2008 an entirely new ready-to-camp concept, Huttopia tents.

Developed and marketed by the French firm Huttopia, the biggest European firm in the nature camping field, this modern product meets the criteria of space, comfort and authenticity sought by outdoor enthusiasts wishing to live a camping experience, without having to worry about bringing along all the necessary material. Moreover, the partnership that Sépaq is developing with the Huttopia firm is making it possible to reach, by way of the firm’s marketing plan, the clienteles of  France, England, Belgium, Germany and Holland who may be interested in experiencing an overseas Huttopia adventure.

60 Huttopia tents have been added to the 37 tent-trailers already in place in the 13 national parks since the summer of 2007, thereby increasing the supply of ready-to-camp facilities. Indeed, the occupation rate for tent trailers has shown beyond a doubt that “turn-key” camping is meeting a growing demand on the part of visitors who are looking for a higher level of comfort while simplifying the planning arrangements associated with their stay. This summer, it will cost $99/night to rent a Huttopia tent that can accommodate 2 adults and their children under 18 years of age. The progressive integration of Huttopia tents in the network of national parks will span a period of three years, at the end of which 150 units will have been set up.

Thirteen national parks will offer this possibility to discover Québec outdoor life in the heart of nature, while respecting the environment and enjoying the comfort of a well thought out accommodation unit: wooden platform (13 ft x 23 ft), canvas walls and roof, two rooms separated by a canvas curtain, common areas located inside and outside under a canopy, all this entirely furnished and equipped with camping in mind. Campers will have access to washroom facilities located near their site. In addition, Huttopia tents will be equipped with electric or gas heating, which should help to extend the camping season and allow outdoor enthusiasts to go camping in June, September and October, months when Europeans visit Québec in significant numbers.

All of the wooden structures and the floors will be manufactured in Québec. It is a Gaspé firm, Contact Signature, who will make all of these elements, using cedar locally produced according to a sustainable development approach. This choice is entirely in keeping with the development philosophy of the French firm, whose environmental concerns, like those of Sépaq, remain a fundamental consideration. With the Huttopia tents, Sépaq is extending an invitation to all those visitors who wish to discover exceptional protected territories, while respecting nature.

For more details about Huttopia tents, consult the Sepaq web site www.sepaq.com or call the Sales and Reservations Department at 1 800 665-6527.

On the Shores of the Lac des Cyprès: Yurt Stay in the Great Outdoors

On the shores of the Lac des Cyprès, it is now possible for you to enjoy a stay in the great outdoors with your family, your spouse or your friends! Built in the heart of a piece of heaven and peacefulness, four yurts are available at the Pygargue and Balbuzard in the L'Assomption sector. The yurt is the traditional dwelling of nomads living in the steppes of Central Asia. This new type of accommodation is cosier than traditional camping and is the definition of charm and simplicity. Its rounded shape is perfect to relax and escape as the keystone lets you see the stars. You can also enjoy the fenestration offering a breathtaking view of the Lac des Cyprès.

The package includes the following:

Bed with mattress and pillows

Refrigerator, range and propane lighting

Equipment for preparing and serving meals

Wood stove

Outdoor fireplace

Picnic table

Access to a canoe

Capacity of 4 people

$149 per night, per yurt.

Ready or Not—

LET'S GO CAMPING!

For visitors wishing to discover the joys of camping: the park will be offering a series of ready-to-camp sites with a tent-trailer tent. The package includes the campsite, the tent or tent-trailer for four, a propane burner, a lantern, and dishware. All you need to bring are your sleeping bags and toothbrushes!

Starting at

$88 per night, per site.

Half-Day or One-Day Activity

Exclusive!

Did you know that the park is offering special activities with a park warden/naturalist? For a different way to discover the meandering Diable, enjoy a unique day with loons, hear a wolf story or learn more about the via ferrata secrets.

Canadian Children’s Museum
(Located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization)

More soon!

Further information is available at www.civilization.ca, or by calling 819-776-7000 or 1-800-555-5621.

Canadian Postal Museum
(Located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization)

Activities presented in partnership with Canada Post

More information is available at www.civilization.ca or by calling 819 776-7000 or 1 800 555-5621.

QUEBEC'S GREAT SPORTS!

Tube Sliding!

Slide down snowy trails only 25 minutes from downtown Gatineau/Ottawa. With 11 tube slides, the Edelweiss resort will allow you to rediscover the joys of winter. Take advantage of the ski lift and save your energy to tackle the hills until nightfall!

For more information, call 819-459-2328, or check web site www.edelweissvalley.com

QUEBEC's OUTAOUAIS REGION

Web site www.agro-outaouais.com is now online! With this bilingual website, a host of information on the Outaouais agrifood industry is now just a click away! Find out everything you need to know to buy fruit, vegetables, or meat directly from the producer, visit a farm, locate a public market, discover a restaurant featuring local produce and country-style dining, and more... For more information, contact Emmanuelle Znaty at 819-669-1060.  

Latest Events

Moonlight Snowshoeing... With Port, Chocolate and a Spa!

Experience a unique adventure: night snowshoeing in Gatineau Park with a professional guide and storyteller. Tall tales and legends, port and chocolate are on the menu! Your moonlight excursion concludes with a delicious table d’hôte dinner at the renowned restaurant L’Orée du Bois and a relaxing soak in the Nordic baths at Le Nordik - Nature Spa. An unforgettable evening! www.oreeduboisrestaurant.com, www.lenordik.com, www.votreforfait.com

What’s up at Edelweiss?

Skiers will love the improvements at the Edelweiss ski centre! The brand-new high-speed quad chair, over a kilometre long, can whisk nearly 2,400 people to the summit every hour, making the whole mountain—including a brand new trail—more accessible. And white is green at Edelweiss, thanks to our 12 new energy-efficient portable snow guns. www.mssi.ca>www.mssi.ca

A $15-Million Reno!

The Société immobilière du Québec is completing major renovations to the Palais des congrès de Gatineau to make it a top-notch destination for conferences and business meetings. The improvements include upgrading the architectural finishes and kitchens, replacing the electromechanical systems, and bringing the building up to code, particularly with regard to full accessibility. www.congresgatineau.com

A New Work Rhythm!

Percussimo, a training company that uses African drumming workshops to help organizations improve their employees’ well-being, has a new concept. As its name suggests, Surprise is a short performance (10 to 15 minutes) that employers can use to surprise their clients or work teams with a short musical performance specially adapted to the nature and context of the event. Surprise can also be used as an icebreaker for meetings, conferences and other activities. www.percussimo.com

Nordik Spa… Natural Appeal That’s Bigger Than Ever!

The Nordik recently opened its wood lodge to welcome business meetings, retreats, receptions, and more. Soon joining it will be six new massage therapy rooms in addition to the nine already there, along with bigger changing rooms, a new bath with relaxation area, outdoor fireplace, and waterfall.

For more information, contact Kim Morissette at 819-827-1111, ext. 28, or check web site www.lenordik.com

Centre de plein air et d’aventure des Montagnes Noires Adds a String to Its Bow!

In addition to its nine cross-country and snowshoeing trails and off-trail sections, plus its breathtaking view of Mont-Tremblant and Petite-Nation from an altitude of 428 m, the outdoor center is now adding the north face of the mountain! New chalet for 20 people with outdoor deck and fire, three downhill trails for skiing, luge, and snowboarding (beginner 1 km, intermediate 800 m, and expert 600 m). Climb back up by car, ATV, snowmobile, or foot. Free entry, parking, pit toilets, and two shelters.

For more information, contact Gilbert Brosseau at 819-983-2000, ext. 28, or check web site www.ville.ripon.qc.ca

Surprising excursions!

Snowshoeing

-- is a sport that has changed a lot in recent years.

Outdoor enthusiast and animal lover?

Think of an excursion among the white-tailed deers, at Parc Oméga.

Romance

Maybe you prefer a nice romantic outing? Opt for an excursion under the stars in the Gatineau Park! www.parcomega.com; Réservation Outaouais: Marc Cadieux 819-778-2344, reservations@tourisme-outaouais.ca

Massage and grapes!

At Spa Espace Urbain, discover an extraordinary relaxation treatment: the winetherapy. Make the most of a massage, a bath, an exfoliation or a body wrap and reap the benefits of grape pomade, grape must and wine. An experience that promises to revitalize both the body and mind! vpare@mac.com>vpare@mac.com, www.espaceurbain.ca.

Not so Mini! -- Dunn-D’s Mini Golf -

Discover the most spectacular mini-golf in the Outaouais region! The challenge and the beauty of the natural setting of the 18-hole course make a visit to this mini-golf an unforgettable experience. In addition, the first nine holes are accessible to persons with reduced mobility. You’ll have a great time… Every time! www.dunnds.com

A Fun Ride!

Timberland Tours -

Did you know that, in the Outaouais region, dog sledding is offered all year round? At Timberland Tours, live an unforgettable experience and meet a remarkable breed – a mix of greyhound, husky, and pointer – that makes the 40 dog team. This summer, hop on a wheeled cart pulled by dogs along 15 kilometres of beautiful sandy trails. A warm welcome, a campfire, and a wood cabin complement the adventure. timberland.tours@hotmail.com,; www.timberlandtours.com

Fly High Above a Lake... Right in the Heart of Winter!

North America’s biggest aerial park is once again opening up one of its adult trails for the winter! Laflèche Aventure’s aerial park includes games and two Tyrolean traverses—all the better for appreciating the winter wonderland down below! Thrills guaranteed!

For more information, contact Renaude Poirier at 819-457-4033, ext. 8, or check web site www.aventurelafleche.ca

Country-Style Dining in the Outaouais

Le Pommier d’Argent will satisfy even the discriminating palates with its fine French cuisine composed of the most mouthwatering farm produce. A standout dining attraction with its homemade game terrines, its succulent boar, duck, and rabbit variety meats, and its delicious bison tournedos steaks.

For more information, contact Philippe Salmon at 819-669-5417, or check web site www.lepommierdargent.com

Animals to Delight Young and Old!

Parc Oméga-

At the wheel of your vehicle, visit the Outaouais’ animal park and meet its 400 residents, such as bison, moose, white-tailed deer, boars, wapitis, wolves and coyotes. This 1,500- acre site is absolutely wonderful, with its rocky hills and valleys, as well as many lakes and diverse forest.

For more information, call 819-423-5487, or check web site www.parcomega.com

OUTAOUAIS GETAWAYS

What to See & Do

Laflèche Adventure-

One of the adults-only trails in the largest aerial park in North America will once again be open all winter! The trail features two zip lines and several recreational games on cables that will allow you to enjoy winter landscapes in a most unusual way! Also on site: visit the largest natural caves in the Canadian Shield!

For more information, call 819-457-4033, 1-877-457-4033, or check web site www.laflecheadventure.ca

“Brunch and Swim” at a Five-Star Hotel!
Hilton Lac-Leamy-

It’s summer all year long at the Hilton Lac-Leamy! The “Brunch-Pool” package is available every Sunday and includes a brunch at Arôme Seafood and Grill restaurant, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free access to heated indoor and outdoor pools, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 819-790-6444, 1-866-488-7888, or check web site www.hiltonlacleamy.com

A Bird’s Eye View of the Outaouais!

DécouvAIRte Aviation- Aboard a Cessna C172, DécouvAIRte Aviation, a company specializing in tourism packages and aerial overviews, allows you to discover the beautiful Outaouais region from above… in any season! Departure from the Gatineau Airport.

For more information, call 819-669-9375, or check web site www.decouvairte.com

For additional information on the area, contact Outaouais Tourism by calling
819-778-2222 or 1-800-265-7822, or check web site www.outaouais-tourism.ca

Parc Oméga-

From the seat of your car, visit the unique animal park of the Outaouais region and meet its 400 or so animals, including buffaloes, moose, deer, wild boars, wapitis, ibexes, wolves and coyotes. A wonderful, beautiful 1500 acres pen where prairies, lakes, valleys, forests and rocky hills can be admired as you drive along. During winter, rent snowshoes and discover with the entire family, both the “Truite” and “Chevreuils” trails! 819-423-5487, www.parcomega.com

Three new Aerofil (zip lines courses) for a soft landing!

Forêt de l’Aigle-

Adding to its Aerotrek and Aerofil, the Forêt de l’Aigle has just inaugurated three new zip lines which will allow the altitude aficionados to land gently on the patio of Pavilion Black Rollway! Five new comfortable cottages, will accommodate snowmobilers and guests. 819-449-7111, 1-866-449-7111, www.cgfa.ca

For more information contact Outaouais Tourism, 819-778-2222 / 1-800-265-7822 -- or check web site www.outaouaistourism.com

Observe black bears in their natural habitat!

Fairmont Kenauk at Chateau Montebello Resort

Souvenirs sauvages- Spend a couple of hours with a certified guide on a safari-bus and ride into the world of the black bear at Fairmont Kenauk at Château Montebello resort. Observe them up close in their natural habitat, in complete safety… only a few feet away! 819-986-6877, www.souvenirssauvages.com

For more information on this great region, contact Outaouais Tourism, 819-778-2222 / 1-800-265-7822; www.outaouaistourism.com

A new lakeside chalet!

Birla Center for Hast Jyotish-

This holistic health and training center on the shores of Lake Dumouchel now features a new chalet with four bedrooms, living room, dining room, stone fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen, cathedral ceiling, large screened porch, and private beach. Also available are Ayurvedic message, palm readings, far infrared sauna, yoga, a modern gym, and more.

For more information call 819-428-4298, 1-866-428-3799, or check web site www.palmistry.com

Yurts in Parc national de Plaisance!

Parc national de Plaisance-

The Park is offering a new concept in accommodation—yurts. These traditional shelters from the steppes of central Asia are a convenient and comfortable "turnkey" camping alternative. Located in the heart of the park, by the waters of Baie de la Pentecôte, these two yurts feature a round canvas tent, a hardwood floor, and plenty of windows.

819-427-5334, 1-800-665-6527, www.parcsquebec.com

Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train-

Discover the most beautiful rail route in Quebec on board one of the oldest operational steam locomotives in Canada! The Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train follows the Gatineau River to the picturesque village of Wakefield. Tour guides, musicians, and singers accompany you on your journey, and the “Sunset Dinner Train” excursion is also available.

819-778-7246, 1-800-871-7246, www.steamtrain.ca

Birla Center for Hast Jyotish - A new lakeside chalet!

This holistic health and training center on the shores of Lake Dumouchel now features a new chalet with four bedrooms, living room, dining room, stone fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen, cathedral ceiling, large screened porch, and private beach. Also available are Ayurvedic message, palm readings, far infrared sauna, yoga, a modern gym, and more.

For more information, call 819-428-4298, 1-866-428-3799, or check web site www.palmistry.com

Bungee: Experience the thrill

Great Canadian Bungee-

Come to Morrison’s Quarry for the big leap! The jumping platform towers 200 feet above the sparkling waters of a spring-fed lagoon—one of the world’s most beautiful bungee sites. Your 160 ft rebound surpasses the entire height of any other bungee jump in Canada or the U.S.!

819-459-3714, 1-877-828-8170, www.bungee.ca

For more information, contact Outaouais Tourism, 819-778-2222 / 1-800-265-7822 -- www.outaouais-tourism.ca

10 Museums, 7 days and 50% off!!

Canada’s Capital Museums Passport-

Explore Canada’s cultural treasures, its national museums, with this Museums Passport. Ottawa-Gatineau provides a uniquely capital experience through its national attractions. With your Passport, you will travel through major civilizations, the history of art and photography, and all the sciences: nature, physics, and space. You can also discover Canada's aviation history, better understand Canada's military history, learn how currency is made and visit the residence of Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

For information, check web site www.virtualmuseum.ca/passport/index.html
More information is available by calling 819-778-2222 / 1-800-265-7822
or check web site www.outaouais-tourism.ca

Complex Lac-Leamy-

A novelty is offered exclusively at the 5-star Hilton Lac- Leamy hotel; how about a customized bubble bath right in your own room! The “Bath Butler” will propose a luxurious bath menu to pamper yourself during your next getaway. Choose from Cleopatra’s Bath, Awakening Senses for 2, Tutti Frutti, Gentlemen’s Retreat.

For more information call 819-790-6444, 1-866-488-7888, or check web site www.casino-du-lac-leamy.com

For more information about this region, contact Outaouais Tourism
819-778-2222 / 1-800-265-7822, web site www.outaouaistourism.com

SAINT JOHN

BAY OF FUNDY

Saint John's Bay of Fundy --

has lots to offer -- unspoiled natural parks with views carved by the Bay. Steep, history-lined streets bustling with maritime charm, along with uptown arts, dining and entertainment inspired by the passion of the region. Cruise, drive, fly to Saint John, on the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the St. John River. It is a 90-minute drive from the U.S. border at Calais, Maine; a 3-hour drive from Bangor, Main; a 6-hour drive from Portland, Maine, or a 3-hour ferry crossing from Saint John to Digby, Nova Scotia.

Check out top attractions, such as:

Reversing Falls -

Where the Bay of Fundy's highest tides in the world meet with the St. John River forcing it to flow backwards, twice daily. There are two restaurants overlooking the water, a gift shop, observation decks, trails along the waer, a theatre and harbour cruises. For information and the tide tables, call 506-658-2855. For restaurants, theatre and the boat tour, call 506-635-1999, or check web site www.TourismSaintJohn.com.

Saint John City Market -

Experience Canada's oldest continuing farmers' market, where the roof, built like a ship's inverted hull, reflects the shipbuilding past. Visit merchants at colorful stalls displaying local produce, meat, fresh seafood, and handcrafted items. See artists at work or have a bite to eat in one of the any eateries featuring local and ethnic foods. For information call 506-658-2820 or check web site www.sjcitymarket.ca

The New Brunswick Museum -

Whales, ships, fossils and fine art surround you at the New Brunswick Museum, located in Market Sqare. Treasures from New Brunswick and the world are interpreted in stunning world-class exhibits. Visit the 'Hall of the Great Whales," the Fundy tidal tower, or the family discovery gallery, unique gift shop, and try one of the uided tours. For more information call 506-643-2300 or check web site www.nbm-mnb.ca.

More things to do at Saint John on the Bay of Fundy --

Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site

(506-636-4011 or check web site www.pc.gc.ca.

Fundy Trail -

A spectacular tour along the Bay of Fundy in St. martins. Call 506-833-2019 or check web site www.fundytrailparkway.com

Harbour Passage -

A walking trail along Saint John's Inner Harbour. (Call 506-658-2855 or check web site www.sjwaterfront.com

M.V. Voyageur II Riverboat -

Cruise the St. John and Kennebecasis Rivers. 506-738-8484 or web site www.saintjohnmarina.com

Reversing Falls Jet Boat & Harbour Tour -

Witness the phenomenon of the Reversing Falls. 1-888-364-8987 or check web site www.jetboatrides.com

Water Street Dinner Theatre -

Music, fun and great food - 506-648-2325 or web site www.waterstreetdinnerthreatre.com

Phoenix Dinner Theatre -

A lively, ineractive evening of great food and music. Call 506-693-8720 or check web site www.phoenixdinnertheatre.com.

Princess of Acadia Ferry -

Saint John to Digby Nova Scotia. Call 1-888-249-7245 or check web site wwwbayferries.com.

Reversing Falls -

The Reversing Falls are n important part of the Bay of Fundy ecosystem and an integral part of a visit to the region. Twice each day the powerful tides of Fundy, the highest in the world, push the 450-mile long St. John River backwards for a period of several hours. The intensity, speed and volume of the water displaced because of the tidal action has been amazing residents and visitors alike for centuries. It all starts when the moon's gravitational pull causes massive tidal fluctations in the Bay of Fundy. The Falls are located near the mouth of the St. John River between limestone banks stretching 100 feet into the air. At low tide in the Bay of Fundy, water rushes through the mouth of Saint John Harbour and into the downward-flowing St. John River causing turbulent rapids as it encounters two ridges and a bottleneck gorge at Reversing Falls. At high tide, as the water in the Saint John Harbour rises, the downward flow of water in the St. John River is gradually slowed then stopped. The push of the Bay's high tides continues until the river runs in reverse-upstream creating the rapids once again. This happens twice in every 24 hours - each high and low tide.

Reversing Falls Jet Boat

Although the waterway is passable by any type of boat during ebb (slack) tide, visitors to the Reversing Falls can take the ride of a lifetime aboard the Reversing Falls Jet Boat. It is 24 feet long and has a 420-horsepower engine, and is the only watercraft which can navigae the Falls at any point in the tide cycle. Owner Marc Gosselin has been called in by the Canadian Coast Guard on a number of occasions to rescue other waterecraft in distres in the Falls. Located at Falls View Park off Douglas Avenue, the Reversing Falls Jet Boat offers both 'dry' and 'wet' rides twenty minutes in duration for an affordable price.

Water Taxi -

For a more peaceful, scenic boat cruise, others prefer to take a Harboour tour aboard the Falls water taxi. The owner of the Reversing Falls Restaurant, Sakis Faltsetas, has launched a 35-passenger tour boat from a wharf just south of the restaurant. The glass-roofed tour boat, emblazoned on the side with a "Reversing Falls Shuttle Tours,' was built a few years ago in Quebec.

New Brunswick Museum -

Learn about the natural and human history through a series of exciting interactive displays and exhibitions. Spend time exploring antique shops, galleries, pubs and the architecture of the Trinity Royal Heritage preservation area and stroll up King Street to visit Canada's longest running City Market - or relax in the beautiful gardens in King's Square and the Loyalist Burial Grounds.

Harbour Passage Cranberry Trail -

The trail is accessible on a year-round basis and is suitable for all ages, including those persons who require wheelchair accessibility. The length is just less than 3 kilometers and now connects the north side of the city to the downtown with a safe walking, running and biking trail. You'll have access to a series of public green spaces designed to create a positive and lasting impression of the region. The interpretive structures and panels offer a truly unique way to interpret the city's rich and layered heritage as well as the exraordinary natural environment.

SASKATCHEWAN

What to See & Do

Colors of Fall in Saskatchewan

Prairie landscapes come alive in autumn. As the leaves change, their vivid colours invite you to get out and explore.

5 Scenic Fall Spots

Vivid fall colors are a season spectacle – the shades of harvest, green leaves turn to copper and gold after an early frost. It’s quite a picture. Fall is a great time to discover new areas!

Saskatchewan is known as the Land of Living Skies because it:

has amazing sunrises and sunsets
is on a major migratory bird route
provides views of the northern lights

Athabasca Sand Dunes Bucket List Experience

The most northerly active sand dunes in the world are right here in Saskatchewan. Spanning 100 kilometres along the south shore of Lake Athabasca, the Athabasca Sand Dunes reach heights of 30 metres.

Fall & Harvest Themed Events

Celebrating the bounty of this province is one of the best ways to truly understand what life on the prairies is about. Take in one of these fun events that celebrates Saskatchewan and all that fall has to offer.

Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Package

Sit back and indulge your taste buds with first class food during a gourmet three course dinner in the Harwood's dining room. After that, retreat to your guestroom or relax in Canada's largest natural geo-thermal mineral water pool.

For full details contact Tourism Saskatchewan at 1-877-237-2273 or by e-mail at travel.info@sasktourism.com or contact Tourism Saskatchewan | 189 - 1621 Albert Street | Regina, SK | Canada | S4P 2S5

Ice Fishing with the Pros

Saskatchewan is a top notch fresh water fishing destination and not just in the summer. Ice fishing is a popular sport among residents and visitors alike. Recently, we had the opportunity to catch up with Tom of Tom Gruenwald Outdoors as he went fishing on Last Mountain Lake.

High Tea at Hotel Saskatchewan

Looking for something special to do in the Queen City? Go for High Tea at the Hotel Saskatchewan during your next visit. This traditional afternoon tea is offered weekly, but be sure to bring your appetite as a mix of petite sandwiches, scones and sweets is included.

Paws'n'Paddles Wilderness Tours - The Northern Lights Tour

Want to try out winter camping? Hit the "road" with a dogsled team and travel over a series of small lakes until you reach your destination where a trapper-style wall tent awaits. Spend the evening by the fire, sharing campfire stories and listening to the dogs howl.

For more information contact Tourism Saskatchewan at 1-877-237-2273 or by e-mail to travel.info@sasktourism.com

New to Prince Albert National Park

Prince Albert National Park is an amazing place to visit any time of the year, but late summer or early fall are especially great because the crowds are smaller and there aren’t many bugs!  

Travel bloggers had a chance to visit the park in early September to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and to stay in the newly opened oTENTiks. These camping accommodations are a cross between a tent and an A-frame cabin. Raised off the ground with comfy beds that sleep up to six each of the 10 oTENTiks, in the R loop of the Beaver Glen Campground, has a propane heater and they are perfect for late season camping. You can make reservations now and all you have to do is bring your personal belongings, a sleeping bag and a pillow. Then you can cook your meals over the camp fire and gaze at the sky full of stars before heading off to bed for a good night’s sleep.

Prince Albert National Park and area is full of great things to do for all ages; paddle boarding, hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, and golfing are a few things you can do at this time of year. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Centre and talk to the knowledgeable staff to make sure you don’t miss anything!

New App for Saskatchewan Anglers

Tourism Saskatchewan recently launched iFish Saskatchewan, a fishing app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. iFish Saskatchewan includes lake and species information, outfitter listings, regulations, and more.

Celebrating Harvest Time in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan harvest and threshing day celebrations are a great way to get a taste of what harvest time on the prairies was like long ago. Upcoming events offer a wide range of activities.

Saskatchewan Boasts World-Record Rainbow Trout

Saskatchewan’s status as a premier North American destination for fresh water fishing was reaffirmed by the recent catch of a world record-sized rainbow trout in Lake Diefenbaker, located in the province’s southwest.

Caught by Adam Konrad of Saskatoon, the record breaker weighed in at 43.6 pounds, with a length of 38.75 inches and a girth measurement of 34 inches. The previous world record holder, weighing 43 pounds, 2 ounces, was caught in Alaska in 1970.

Adam Konrad and his twin brother Sean have made past news headlines, breaking the provincial rainbow trout record three times last July with catches weighing 28.39 pounds, 30 pounds and 33.3 pounds. By fall, the brothers smashed their own record with a 34.5 pound catch. In the past two fishing seasons, the Konrads have reportedly caught and released back into Lake Diefenbaker more than 200 rainbow trout exceeding 20 pounds and at least a dozen more weighing over 30 pounds.

Recreational anglers spend an estimated $200 million annually in Saskatchewan. The province is home to 100,000 lakes, boasts an abundance of species and offers some of the most unique fishing environments in Canada.

Where to Stay

Wathaman Outpost Package (Light Housekeeping Plan)

Wathaman Outpost is a remote camp on Wathaman Lake, accessible from Davin Lake by pontoon boat and portage (no plane trip required, but fly-in is an option). Davin Lake Lodge and Wathaman Outpost are located approximately 270km north of La Ronge.

For more information contact Tourism Saskatchewan at 1-877-237-2273 or travel.info@sasktourism.com>email

TORONTO

What to See & Do

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto is a must-see attraction when visiting Toronto

With summer vacations, travellers are descending upon Toronto with the family. One attraction families don't want to miss is LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto, where children are encouraged to exercise their imaginations and discover learning through play.

The 34,000 square-foot indoor attraction, the first of its kind in Canada, focuses on hands on activities, including:

·        Kingdom Quest – An interactive ride where guests can shoot trolls and skeletons with laser guns to save the Princess.
·        LEGO® Star Wars MINILAND Model Display - The walk-through exhibit offers a galactic immersion into the sights and sounds of Star Wars™ Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
·        MINILAND® – Guests will see iconic landmarks in Toronto and surrounding areas created out of LEGO bricks.
·        DUPLO® Village – Specifically designed for the younger members of your party where they can learn the concept of building with bigger bricks.
·        LEGO® Racers – Build your own race car and race it down the track against your friends.
·        LEGO® Friends – An area where kids can sing karaoke while building with your favorite LEGO Friends character.
·        LEGO® City – LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s own climbing zone! Climb the fireman’s ladder, brave the climbing wall, or even swing from the demolition ball.
·        4D Cinema – A 3D theatre with added effects such as wind blowing and rain.

With all these attractions and 3 million LEGO® bricks under one roof, the sky’s the limit at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, Toronto. To guarantee entry please purchase your tickets online at www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca

About LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto is a 34,000 square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than 3 million LEGO bricks, geared towards children ages 3-12 and their families. Its range of interactive attractions will include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO rides, special party rooms and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Toronto and the GTA, made entirely out of LEGO bricks. For more information visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca. Follow at www.facebook.com/LDCToronto and twitter.com/LDCToronto. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a part of the Merlin Entertainments Group.

EdgeWalk at the CN Tower

EdgeWalk at the CN Tower, Toronto’s most extreme attraction is now open to the public. Adventure lovers will once again walk on the edge of one of the world’s greatest man-made wonders, 356m/1168ft (116 stories above the ground. Demand for reservations has been high since bookings began earlier this year. This experience can be booked online at www.edgewalkcntower.ca.

The first of its kind in North America, EdgeWalk is the world’s highest external walk on a building, a full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower’s main pod. Thrill seekers walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them.

EdgeWalk first opened to the public on August 1, 2011. Walkers as young as 13 and as young at heart as 90 experienced EdgeWalk. On November 8, 2011 EdgeWalk at the CN Tower was presented with the Guinness World Record for the “Highest External Walk on a Building”.

Designed with the highest international safety and security standards in mind, EdgeWalk runs 1.5 hours, with the outdoor walk lasting approximately 30 minutes. Tickets cost $175 CAD and include a keepsake video, photos and certificate of achievements. Participants also receive a Total Tower Experience Ticket. EdgeWalk operates seasonally from May to October in all weather except for electrical storms and high winds.

CN Tower
Defining the Toronto skyline, at a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 inches) , the CN Tower is Canada's National Tower, an engineering Wonder and Toronto's must see attraction visited by over 1.5 million people each year. 416-868-6937. www.cntower.ca

Canada Lands Company
CLC is a federal Crown corporation that optimizes the financial and community value obtained from surplus strategic properties no longer required by the Government of Canada. The company is self-financing and implements innovative property solutions to create strong and competitive communities wherever it operates. www.clc.ca

Toronto
Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, where Canadian culture is enriched by over 100 cultures found here. Toronto’s skyline includes CN Tower, glass skyscrapers juxtaposed with historic limestone facades. Miles of waterfront, parks and trails nestle with urban delights like cafés and one-of-a-kind shops. www.SeeTorontoNow.com

Where to Stay

Grand Opening of New Delta Toronto® marks Delta Hotels and Resorts® Brand Transformation in Canada

As Americans celebrated an eventful Thanksgiving weekend, north of the border Delta Hotels and Resorts celebrated the grand opening of the highly anticipated Delta Toronto. Launched as the flagship property for the Canadian hotel management company, Delta Toronto is the first dedicated standalone hotel to open in downtown Toronto in more than 20 years.

From new designs to new properties and innovative use of technologies, Delta’s brand transformation across its more than 40 properties in Canada invites guests to Expect Even More™. At Delta Toronto, interactive televisions in each room provide information about the hotel and the local destination, as well as enable guests to remotely upload content from mobile devices to the television screen to watch their own content.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s South Core neighborhood, or SoCo, Delta Toronto provides convenience, elevated service, and comfort for business and leisure travelers. The property’s direct connection to Toronto’s underground PATH walkway allows guests to visit all or most attractions without ever going outside. Union Station and The Metro Toronto Convention Centre are accessible using the PATH system, while the hotel is nestled between The Air Canada Centre and CN Tower.  The Rogers Centre and Ripley’s Aquarium are also right beside the hotel.
Designed by Page+Steele/IBI Group Architects, the 46-storey glass tower features 567 modern guest rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool and 17,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. Interiors were designed by Champalimaud Design in New York. In the spacious and welcoming lobby, guests and local residents will find the hotel’s exclusive whisky bar, Char No. 5 and restaurant, SOCO Kitchen + Bar, led by executive chef, Dan Craig.

About Delta Hotels and Resorts®
As Canada’s largest full-service hotel company, Delta Hotels and Resorts welcomes more than three million guests each year to its 43 city centre and airport hotels and resorts across the country. Building on a 52-year reputation for genuine hospitality, Delta offers a fresh approach to the guest experience. From new ModeRoom™ guest room designs, innovative use of new technologies, and new properties, including its flagship Delta Toronto, guests can Expect Even More.  Delta’s more than 6,000 associates across the country are active leaders in their local communities and environmental stewards through programs such as Delta Helps™ and Delta Greens™.  Delta has been named one of the country’s 50 Best Employers for 15 years and a Green 30 company since 2010. For more information, please visit www.deltahotels.com.

Canada's Newest Urban Boutique-Hotel -- Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square -- to offer the inimitable style and service

Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square - a new 167-room Boutique-hotel - brings Groupe Germain style to guests at Toronto's Maple Leaf Square. This is the company's second hotel in the city and its fifth Le Germain Boutique-hotel across the country. Guestroom, meeting and event reservations for 2010 and beyond are welcome now.

Steps from Air Canada Centre, a glimmering glass-and-metal facade fronts the 75 Bremner Boulevard address. Architecturally eye-catching, the street view hints at the striking interiors created by LeMay Michaud Architecture Design in harmonious Le Germain style.

In the main lobby, natural ash wood combined with crystallized glass distinguishes the reception area. Leather-clad columns and metallic tile flooring are lit by a dramatic window wall. Precision acoustic panels ensure an intimate atmosphere within a grand setting. Warmth, comfort and sophistication result.

On storeys above, the grand corridors are anchored by an elliptical glass column transcending the property's core. Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square guestrooms range in size from 400 to 1,500 square feet. Each is defined by detail: inspiring ergonomic workspaces; complimentary Wi-Fi; windows that open; glass enclosed rainfall showers; luxurious Frette linens and goose-down bedding.

From an eco-engineering perspective, the building incorporates responsible energy features such as low-E windows to provide maximum light with minimum heat loss, dual-flush toilets in all guestrooms and domestic hot water heating from HVAC heat rejection.

For business and special occasions, contemporary meeting and event facilities include up to 4,600 square feet of venue space with high-quality finishes and flooded with natural light. Unique group offers will combine business and pleasure, taking advantage of the cutting-edge technology and the proximity to some of the world's best events. With the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and the NBA's Raptors as neighbours, Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square's concierge will have exclusive, advance access to some of the hottest tickets in Toronto.

The doorstep access to spectacular sport and event facilities, major downtown attractions as well as Union Station, combined with a deep array of amenities within Maple Leaf Square, guarantees our guests not only convenience but rewarding moments and memories.

Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is offering introductory rates starting at $229 per night plus taxes including deluxe continental breakfast, based on single occupancy. Advance reservations are now available online at germainmapleleafsquare.com or by calling 416 649 7575 or toll-free 1 888 940 7575.

About Groupe Germain
A family-owned Quebec company, Groupe Germain owns and operates Le Germain Boutique-hotels - in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary - as well as two "no-frills-chic" ALT Hotels in Montreal's Quartier DIX30 and Quebec City. Groupe Germain is renowned for the impeccable hospitality and style it brings to its Boutique-hotels.
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About Maple Leaf Square
The vision for Maple Leaf Square is a collaboration among Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd and Lanterra Developments, bringing together one of North America's most successful sports and entertainment companies with Canada's leader in commercial real estate and an award winning residential property developer. Located in the heart of Downtown Toronto and connected to Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square is a destination for both Torontonians and tourists. This experience destination includes Real Sports Bar & Grill, Real Sports Apparel store, Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, a 48,000 square foot Longos grocery store, two condominium towers with 872 units,
commercial and retail space and E11even, a casual fine dining restaurant. Maple Leaf Square's modern, contemporary architecture combining glass, concrete, stone and metal, responds to the context of Downtown Toronto and overlooks the Public Square which serves as a gathering place, a focal point for the destination with its large outdoor videoboard.

Hilton Toronto

During the holiday season, Hilton Toronto offers its Signature Suites in premium holiday packages. The suites honor Canada's unique history and set a new standard for modern luxury with exotic woods, sleek metals, sumptuous fabrics, and a palette inspired by Canada's natural grandeur. Avoid the holiday hustle and bustle in the Hudson's Bay Company Suite ($4100 CDN), a two-bedroom sanctuary of modern comfort set amidst nature's raw beauty. Shop in the privacy of your suite with the assistance of a personal shopper, the Hbc catalogue, and a custom gift-wrapping service. End your day with a private Chef's Table dinner in the Suite.

For more information, check web site www.cl.exct.net or e-mail to barbara.mccully@hilton.com.


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