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Duty-Free Snack Shopping: What to Buy Before Departing Canada

Where: Canada
May 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course.

While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we were scanning the maple syrup-stocked shelves when we came across a series of boxes that were beautifully decorated with various Canadian landscapes and nature photographs. Aptly named Tastefully Canadian, this brand of treats incorporates tastes that reflect the world's fourth largest country from coast to coast — and yes, it definitely sneaks in some maple flavors here and there.

Here are a few specific boxed treats that we'd recommend stocking up on before you catch your flight home. With them in your suitcase — and later in your mouth — you'll be sure to leave with sweet memories of your time in Canada.

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Toronto's Secret City is a Subterranean Shopping Paradise

Where: Toronto, Canada
May 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Need to give your credit card a workout? Street-level shops only scratch the surface of what you can find in Toronto, Canada's most populous city. Just below the sidewalk is PATH, an elaborate network of pedestrian tunnels that the Guinness Book of World Records considers the world's largest underground shopping complex. There are over 4 million-square feet boasting about 1200 retailers and services: everything from clothing shops to food courts, mall-like services to entertainment venues.

PATH links together dozens of office buildings, several subway stations (including Union Station), hotels and other points of entry. Once you head down into the maze-like sprawl, the corridors open up to shopping, food courts, services and entertainment totaling 18 miles of retail therapy. And from the Hockey Hall of Fame to the iconic CN Tower, PATH even paves the way to many of Toronto's best tourist attractions. Plus, since its hallways link downtown buildings in a weather-free and climate controlled environment, this subterranean shopping world is especially ideal when Mother Nature doesn't care to cooperate with the day-to-day lives of locals.

Naturally, being underground might make it more difficult to find your directional orientation. Fear not. Signs are color-coded and act as a compass. Blue for North, yellow for East, red for South and orange for West.

Your only challenge is choosing where to start.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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TGIF, Vancouver! You Deserve One of Gyoza Bar’s New Mojitos

Where: 622 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
May 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Gyoza Bar, we’re in love. Last weekend, we ate, drank and played our way around Vancouver, BC. But you, you industrial-chic beauty, stole our foodie heart. Between your delicious pan fried dumplings, family style Bao Boards and spot-on service, we swooned over our experience. Thank gawd for an ambitious, adventurous dining companion, who made it possible to try as many dishes as possible.

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Street Food Friday: East Meets West With the JAPADOG in Vancouver

May 1, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Terimayo dog, JAPADOG's signature hot dog, is topped with teriyaki sauce, mayo, and seaweed

Vancouver is known for its seafood and sushi, but budget travelers need not worry: The city also has one of the most unique Asian-North American street food fusions we've come across in a long time.

Known as the JAPADOG, the concept dresses up the classic hot dog with traditional Asian toppings. It goes well beyond wasabi mayo and cabbage. The east-meets-west theme is probably best embodied in the Yakisoba Dog, which tops an arabiki sausage with yakisoba noddles. Yes, noodles on a hot dog.

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What You Need to Know About Canada's Rocky Mountaineer

Where: Canada
April 28, 2015 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we took a ride across Western Canada from Vancouver to Banff on board one of Canada's few long-haul scenic train options, the Rocky Mountaineer. It was the first ride of the 2015 season, made even more special by the fact that the company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Step inside with us for a breakdown of what Rocky Mountaineer has to offer as well as insight into what you can expect from the experience.

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For The Best Views In Canada, Find the Red Chairs

Where: Canada
April 24, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve spent any time north of the border, you know that Canada has no shortage of absolutely breathtaking parks. There’s Banff National Park in Alberta, Saguenay-St. Lawrence in Québec and Mount Revelstoke and Glacier in British Columbia – to name a few.

Parks Canada has stepped up the park-going experience for visitors with its Parks Canada’s Red Chair Experience. To encourage outdoor enthusiasts to get out and explore, they’ve placed bright red recycled Adirondack chairs in the best places throughout the country’s parks. (Made in Canada, of course.) Some are located in iconic standout spots; others are staff picks hidden in hard-to-find places. Think Lake Minnewanka in Banff and Takkakaw Falls in Yoho.

If you don’t like the thrill of a scavenger hunt, you can print out a map from the Parks Canada website or use the GPS coordinates listed on the site to help sleuth the red chairs.

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Wish You Were Here: Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff

Where: Canada
April 23, 2015 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Gold Leaf observation car on the Rocky Mountaineer

Western Canada, specifically British Columbia and Alberta, is mostly comprised of wilderness and small, isolated mountain towns. The major bullet points like Kamloops, Revelstoke, Jasper, and Banff might be well known, but it's the scenery in between - typically tough to access for the general traveler - that does most of the talking.

As far as scenic passenger trains go, the Rocky Mountaineer is Canada’s most luxurious line. Contrary to the government-funded VIA Rail, which features sleeper cars and does a lot of its travel in the dark, the Rocky Mountaineer travels only during the day, stopping in "ports" along the way and putting its passengers up in hotels.

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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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