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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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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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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.
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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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 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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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.
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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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:
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.
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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There once was a time long, long ago when we breathlessly reported the globe-hopping antics of the reality TV show Amazing Race. Alas, we gave up after Season 18 and, now that they're still going strong with what surely must be Season 81, all the Amazing Race excitement fails to raise even an eyebrow.
That is, until we heard about Amazing Race Canada.
The competitors north of the border are the usual mix of cutesy couples, inspiring athletes, and curmudgeonly strange bedfellows; the destinations are as exotic and far-flung as ever; alas, it's the grand prize that's worth sitting up for.
The winning team of Amazing Race Canada's Season 2 will receive $250,000 CAD, two Chevrolet Silverados, gas for life from Petro-Canada, and a year of unlimited Business Class travel on Air Canada.
When it rains, it pours. This is especially true for our friends in Canada, since the aviation game up there is rife with low-cost carriers this year. It began with Air Canada Rouge earlier this year and, just Monday, we brought you the news of Jet Naked; now we announce the dreams of a start-up named Jetlines
Similar to that "airline in the buff," Jetlines is planning to bring a bare bones approach to air travel in Canada. With fares 40% less than the two dominant carriers, the airline plans charge for carry-ons, food, drink, seat selection, and any other extras. It also plans to offer specialized in-flight services such as nannies and iPad rental, obviously both at a premium cost.