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This Toronto Exhibit is All About Men in High Heels

April 10, 2015 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

These Italian Ferradini heels were worn by Elton John in the early 70s

Men sporting high heels out on the town may not be a regular sighting today, but a new exhibit upcoming at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto wants to show the public that there was a time where men too stood a few inches taller.

Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels opens May 8th, and attempts "to challenge preconceived notions about who wears heels and why." The 1970s saw many fashionable men reintroducing heels into their wardrobes, and the museum says that men have been wearing high heels for the past 400 years, everyone "from privileged rulers to hyper-sexualized rock stars." Intended to be provocative, the exhibition takes you through the history of men in heels from the early 1600s to today and goes into the specific use and meaning of heeled footwear worn by men.

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Calgary Reminds Us Alot of This American Mountain Town

March 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Calgary in Alberta, Canada

As your plane descends to land at Calgary International Airport, you will notice the city's modest skyline is backdropped by the Rocky Mountains. You can see that the downtown skyscraper area is quite small as compared to other metropolitan areas, and that the city seems to go out - not up - in all directions from the center.

At first glance, our initial thought was how much Calgary reminded us of our hometown of Denver. The Mile High City also sports a small downtown with sprawling suburbs and, of course, that same Rocky Mountain range hovering in the distance. Upon closer inspection, it turns out that these similiarities are not just on the surface. Calgary and Denver share a similar vibe, the feel of a mountain town that's quickly transitioning into a more traditional metropoliatain area.

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What's the Difference Between Banff's Three Ski Areas?

March 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

View of North American chairlift at Norquay

Alberta's Banff National Park has three ski areas within its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other. We took a look at the views you can expect from each of them yesterday, but what else differentiates them? Below, we break down the Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise ski areas:

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A Winter Photo Tour of Canada's Banff National Park

March 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

View of the North American Chairlift at Mt. Norquay Ski Area

Last week, we wrote that now is a great time to travel to Canada thanks to a favorable exchange rate for Americans. Taking our own advice, we shot up north of the border to Banff National Park outside of Calgary in Alberta. The northern part of the Rocky Mountain chain is known for its dramatic, jagged, glacier-carved peaks that shoot straight up from the sprawling, pine-covered valley floor.

Summer is the primetime season to explore its infamous alpine lakes - such as Moraine - but it is also an underestimated and often overlooked ski destination. Banff has three ski areas inside its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other: Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise.

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This Montreal Airport is The Bee's Knees, Literally

Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
February 27, 2015 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen all kinds of neat stuff in and around the airports from goats and critters to solar farms and other green initiatives—and now there’s bees!

Not a lot of flying for passengers in and out of Montréal–Mirabel Airport, but there are plenty of small flying friends that now call the airport grounds home. The folks that run things in Montreal gave a call over to Miel Montreal—think of them as all things bees—about setting up some hives on airport grounds.

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Now is a Great Time to Visit Canada...Here's Why

Where: Canada
February 24, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you're looking for reasonable vacation ideas with spring now on the horizon, consider taking a trip up north to visit our neighbors in Canada. Not only is the trip a feasible one in terms of logistics - doable for even a long weekend - it is as cheap as it's been since 2009.

As of this publication, the American dollar was worth $1.26 Canadian dollar. Two years ago, the exchange was about equal, with one U.S. dollar actually being a little less than one Canadian dollar. You have to go back as far as 2009 to find an exchange range as favorable as it is currently for the U.S. traveler.

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Where to Make Out in Canada's 'Most Romantic City' This Valentine's Day

Where: Victoria, BC, Canada
February 12, 2015 at 10:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re looking for a last-minute place to woo your Valentine, you may want to hightail it to Victoria, B.C. It was just named the “Most Romantic City” in Canada for the third year in a row by Amazon.ca.

As the romance capital of Canada, Victoria decided dress up accordingly, by wrapping its trees in pink and red fairy lights. Take a stroll down Government Street and check out the Fairmont Empress, Victoria’s most iconic hotel. The grand dame has outdone itself with twinkly pink and red lights.

If that doesn’t get you in the mood, the city has designated a few key "Kissing Spots" with pink and purple decals.

The four locations in the downtown area include near the Fairmont Empress, overlooking the Inner Harbour on Wharf Street, in Centennial Square overlooking the fountain and totem poles and behind the Empress at Humboldt St. It’s like a subtle cheat sheet for getting some Valentine’s Day A-C-T-I-O-N.

If you find yourself at any of these kissing spots (we know you’re going to look for them), snap a selfie (use a selfie stick) and share it with us on Twitter. Might as well let @VictoriaVisitor peek in on your kiss too.

For more romantic ideas and schmoopie things to do in Victoria, B.C., visit here.

[Photo: Tourism Victoria]

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What to Eat in Ottawa, Canada: 17 Foods That'll Rock Your World

February 5, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Why the heck would anyone go to Ottawa, Canada in the middle of the winter? That's a question we've already answered, but now have to add one more very important reason: to eat!

Ottawa is not only home to Canada's capital, but also to over 1,000 farms and the heart of the country's maple production. If you've not got an elk burger ordered and maple snow taffy in-hand within hours of arrival, then allow us to help you do that.

Here are 17 of our favorite eats and drinks in Ottawa (and Ontario, by extension):

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Why the Heck Would Anyone Go to Ottawa, Canada in the Middle of Winter?

February 3, 2015 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

What do you know about Ottawa, Canada? Okay, it's the capital of Canada and home to Parliament. Okay, it's in the province of Ontario and maple products are absolutely on offer. Okay, it's very cold and snowy in the winter.

What you may not know is that Ottawa has a dining scene increasingly adopting the "100-mile diet" concept of localized gastronomy, a booming hotel scene (for example, the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier is the midst of a full room remodel and Hyatt's Andaz is breaking ground), and an outdoorsy scene throughout the winter, thanks to the annual Winterlude/Bal de Neige Festival from January 30 - February 16.

So, why in the heck would anyone want to visit Ottawa in the middle of winter?! We have a few ideas...

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'The Most Beautiful Room in Canada' Lifts Ban on Tourist Snapshots

Where: Ottawa, Canada
January 30, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

You've just got to see the Library of Parliament, located within the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Ranked as one of the "7 Wonder of Canada," but more famously recognized as the "most beautiful room in Canada," the library is the only remaining piece of the original 1876 Parliament building, surviving the destructive 1916 fire thanks to iron fire doors. Inside are 1 million documents and 11 miles of books and, up until very recently, a "no cameras" zone.

Visitors to the Library fall into one of two groups: members of Parliament and their staff, or members of there public making the official (and free!) Parliament tour. The latter would find themselves disappointed by a major rule: photography was strictly prohibited if the room had anyone in it, either staff or politician. Occasionally a weekend tour would get lucky and find an empty library, but viewing the room with all its lights on, a librarian stationed, and in active use brings out the spirit of the space.

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There's a Secret Waiting Inside Canada's New Passport

Where: Canada
January 23, 2015 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Canada's old passport under a black light

Traditionally, how cool your passport is has to do with how worldly you are, aka, how many fancy stamps you have. But in the case of Canada's passport, the opposite may be true.

For at least the last two versions, our friends up North have been designing a passport where the addition of a stamp may deface what really makes it shine: When put under a black light, vivid colors appear and create a psychedelic party. Check out the images below:

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How to Get Tickets to Toronto's Solaris Winter Festival

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
November 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Solaris Winter Festival is returning to Toronto this winter where headliners Kaskade and Skrillex will be joined by Adventure Club, Boys Noize, Tchami, 31au, and many more acts for two days of non-stop EDM.

The event will take place on Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27 at the Direct Energy Centre. General Admission tickets are still available for CAD $129.50. Tickets can be purchased online at inktickets.com. All tickets are two-day passes.

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