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Train Service from Vermont to Montreal Once Again a Real Possibility?

March 17, 2015 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

The last time an Amtrak train ran between Vermont and Montreal was in 1995. Now, 20 years later, the whistle is a step closer to sounding off once again. According to reports, "a significant hurdle" was cleared Monday "when the United States and Canada signed an agreement allowing the creation of a U.S. Customs facility in Montreal."

Now, the agreement isn't specifically one made for Amtrak and the aforementioned route. The new customs procedures will make transporting anything - whether it's people or goods - more streamlined when it comes to crossing the border. That said, it will no doubt have a large impact on train travel and the services provided between the two countries.

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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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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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Slide the Ice at These 4 Bobsled Tracks Open to the Public

December 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re sick of the slopes this winter there’s a different kind of run to get your adrenaline going—the bobsled run. The tracks are few and far between, and it looks like there’s actually only a handful doing their thing within the United States and Canada—at least according to Wikipedia.

No experience necessary, as they’re eager to welcome newcomers and adventure seekers alike. So without further ado here’s the four spots where you can ride in a bobsled this winter:

Winter Comet Bobsled – Park City, Utah

Like we said, if hitting the slopes isn’t getting a little boring there’s always the bobsled run. Now through December 19 they’re even offering up a deal. Only $129.50 will get you a ride down the 2002 Olympic track, and of course the ultimate bragging rights to friends on social media. It’s all part of Utah Olympic Park—book online right here.

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Why Canada Banned a Science Museum's Tourism Ad

October 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

It seems like everyone in travel advertising these days is trying to tug on heart strings. Expedia regularly makes ads about how travel can bring families and lovers together. Their late summer campaign even managed to rope in Throwback Thursday nostalgia. A little while ago the Enjoy Illinois campaign made an ad that was almost too cutesy, but had so much charm that Buzzfeed described it as "honestly, the best state tourism ad ever created." KLM's recent puppy Lost & Found ad made people melt. Even when attempts go spectacularly awry - as so famously happened with Sinagpore's grating couples ad - the intent is still there.

The one consistent exception has been Kayak, which does in a very technical sense produce ads that have to do with families, though not the way you'd think. But that company has a long history of posting videos produced by people who were seemingly tripping balls, so no one really counts them.

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