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VIA Rail Canada Unveils New 'Prestige Class' Train Cabins

Where: Canada
June 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a week ago, we gave you 11 benefits that train travel still has over the airline experience. Right on time, VIA Rail, Canada's national rail network, revealed the results of a $1 billion government investment in the form of a new "Prestige Class" on the Canadian, one of the network's flagship trains that runs between Toronto and Vancouver.

As the name would suggest, the highlights of the new Prestige Class provide passengers with a luxury experience, including personalized service, a cabin with 50% more space and bigger windows compared to the Sleeper Plus class, private bathroom with shower, flat-screen TV with on-demand, and a minibar. We're assuming that meals are also included in the rate (as they are for the Sleeper Plus Class), but those details have yet to come out. The first two photos in this post show the bedroom and sitting area of the new cabins, and you can take a virtual tour here.

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The Newest Airline with Checked Baggage Fees Goes North of the Border

Where: Canada
May 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now and then we have shared some praise for the planes and people over at Porter Airlines, but today we’ve got a little bit of bad news. Plenty of the in-flight freebies and customer service are still there, but it looks like bringing that bag along is going to cost you—and it’s a first for carriers up in Canada.

Baggage fees have crossed the border, and Porter Airlines is the first carrier to start implementing them on routes within Canada. Domestic travelers will have to shell out $25 for the right to check their first bag, but fortunately it does look like carry-on bags will continue to be complimentary.

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Why Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner Campaign Will Make You Misty-Eyed

May 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

Canada is psyched.

Why? Well, simply because they've finally received a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to call their very own—their first 787 landed in Toronto on Sunday, fresh from Boeing—and the campaign to promote it is one of the most endearing airline projects yet.

It begins with Air Canada's 787 slogan, "Everything You Dreamed Of," and continues to slick promises like, "All Jet. No Lag."

Beyond the snazzy photos of interiors and that icy blue livery, however, we're most in love with a touching video series introducing the aircraft with a sentimentality that's so delightfully Canadian.

Air Canada has 37 Dreamliners on order, and an incredible 15 of them will hit the skies come this autumn, with the full lot delivered by 2019.

In the above "Born to Fly" video, the experience of such a technologically advanced aircraft is paired with the journey of one Air Canada 787 First Officer to his spot in the right seat. With it, Air Canada is answering a question we always find ourselves asking those lucky enough to sit up front in a brand new airplane: "where did this passion of yours originate?"

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Plug In and Log On in Canada's National Parks

Where: Canada
May 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sharing on social media straight from the great outdoors is about to get that much easier, as Canada has big plans for some connectivity across their national parks.

Canada Parks is the group behind the new idea, as they’re responsible for keeping the signs looking good and taking out the tourist trash across almost 50 national parks and even more historic sites. Now they’re taking steps to improve the outdoor experience—at least in theory—as they’ll be installing WiFi hotspots across plenty of destinations.

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Float from Maine to Nova Scotia on a New Overnight Ferry Route

May 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just a few months ago we filled you in on the awesomeness that is the new ferry service planned between Maine and Nova Scotia, and now we have a little more information about when things will start cruising across the Atlantic just shy of the Bay of Fundy.

The back and forth between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia will all happen thanks to the Nova Star Ferry, beginning on May 15. Now that departures and arrivals are finally on the schedule, travelers can now view the ferry fares.

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End of the Line for the Passenger Terminal at Montréal–Mirabel Airport

Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
May 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s time to say au revoir to Montreal’s biggest airport, but it’s not that one you’re probably familiar with. Most of the commercial traffic to and from the city flows in and out of Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and that airport isn’t going anywhere any time soon. However, some parts of another area airport—Montréal–Mirabel International Airport—will soon be facing the wrecking ball.

According to the folks over at The Globe and Mail, the passenger terminal over at Montréal–Mirabel debuted in 1975 and was touted as the building when it came to all things airport. It was supposed to kind of be the air travel gateway to Canada, but it never really lived up to its hype or its expectation.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Over the Border to Vancouver

May 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Skip out of Uncle Sam’s jurisdiction and head north of the border to celebrate tax refund season, as this time we’re suggesting a trip to Vancouver. The Pacific Northwest is one of America’s many gems, but Vancouver may just be one of its best assets—just don’t tell that to the folks who call Seattle and Portland home.

Those flying out of New York should be able to score flights somewhere in the $700 region (the nighttime nonstop on Cathay Pacific is our pick), as we tried a couple weekend dates later this month. Folks heading from the left side of the continent will do better, as options from Los Angeles can be had for around $350. If the middle of the country is more convenient, there’s always Chicago; flights out of O’Hare should run you around $500.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Over the Border to Toronto

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
April 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Sure you’ve been to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, but there’s another big city in North America worth visiting—and this one has nothing to do with your adjusted gross income or itemized deductions. Up in Canada you’re outside of Uncle Sam’s jurisdiction, so we think a weekend in Toronto could be a great way to blow that tax refund.

Thanks to business travelers and a decent demand there’s usually a nonstop flight to or from somewhere nearby, and maybe even your local airport. All the big city airports and hubs do the nonstop thing, and Air Canada is always a good place to start. Sometimes the international taxes ruin the fun, but if you scored close to $3,000 like other people you should be okay.

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Gogo In-Flight WiFi Arriving Aboard Air Canada Next Month

April 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s time to fire up the social media at 35,000-feet, as Air Canada will soon be flipping the switch on the in-flight WiFi thanks to their technology team over at Gogo.

We’ll have to wait a little bit of time, as there’s still some of this and little of that to figure out; however, it looks like Air Canada will start doing the WiFi thing aboard their North American fleet as early as May.

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Street Food Friday: Montreal-Style Smoked-Meat Sandwiches

April 4, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was Detroit-style pizza. This week, we head to Montreal to see what's cooking.

Other than that Montreal has been making delicious smoked-meat sandwiches since the early 1900s, the history of the style's emergence is hazy. In all the speculation that exists, the general consensus is that it has Jewish origins and roots, brought to Canada rather than created within the country. No matter. It arrived, and it is now the most distinguished sandwich in Quebec's largest city.

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New Ferry to Nova Scotia Means More Excuses for Quick Trips to Canada

March 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

This spring, the Nova Star Ferry will begin service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, increasing accessibility for Americans in the northeast to Canada's beautiful maritime province. The ship is currently making its way from Singapore and is scheduled to begin service on May 1st.

We're sure it's a pretty ride across the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, but this ferry will do its best to keep you occupied and spending money onboard with three restaurants, three bars, live entertainment, a movie theater, and a casino. It will also have a fitness center and children’s play area to accompany 163 cabins and the capacity for 1,215 passengers and 336 cars.

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Why One Canadian Theme Park is Psyched to Play with Lasers

Where: Canada
February 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s some goodies heading to Canada this theme park season, as one of the country’s best park’s—Canada's Wonderland—is adding a brand new attraction just in time for the warm weather. It’s not exactly a roller coaster, but at the same time it kind of is one too.

Things are set to open for the first time around the beginning of May, as the park cuts the ribbon on its $10-million investment in fun and entertainment. Known as Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, the new slice of theme park awesomeness will feature a 60-foot coaster hill to enter the dark ride environment.

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