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Adrian Brijbassi

Managing Editor, Vacay.ca

Adrian Brijbassi appears frequently on CTV News Channel, TSN Radio and CJSF Radio, discussing travel, sports and writing. He is the managing editor of Vacay.ca. He's also a former editor at the Toronto Star, and has formerly worked at New York Newsday and the Vancouver Sun. Adrian has won six travel writing awards from NATJA, including for best destination article published in a newspaper in both 2010 and 2011. He is a judge for the World's 50 Best Restaurants and spearheaded the Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada list that debuted in 2012.
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Does Calgary or Toronto Win the Grey Cup of Travel?

The Argonauts and Stampeders will battle it out on the gridiron for CFL supremacy on Sunday, but which of the finalists in the 100th Grey Cup game hails from a better city for travellers? Vacay.ca looked at how Toronto and Calgary stacked up against each other in seven categories. Here are the results...
11/23/2012 12:27 EST
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Romance is Alive and Well in Cape Breton

In February 2012, just prior to Valentine's Day, Vacay.ca named Cape Breton as the most romantic place in Canada to visit. Immediately, I received emails decrying the selection. I chose to come to this island to validate our selection for myself. And as soon as I crossed that bridge and glimpsed the Bras d'Or Lakes, Cape Breton did indeed spin its magic.
11/14/2012 12:09 EST
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Five Must-See Cemeteries

Cemeteries as tourist attractions? In some cases, yes, and not for morbid fascination either. You'll find unique links to history, unusual resting places for prominent people and, of course, more than a few entertaining ghost stories. In honour of Halloween, here are the five cemeteries I've visited in the past two years that rank as attractions by themselves.
10/31/2012 05:00 EDT
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How Sandy Will Impact the Travel Industry

The historic storm that's sweeping across the eastern part of North America is the most significant weather event to impact the travel industry since the eruption of an Icelandic volcano in April 2010. Sandy, the hurricane-turned-post-tropical cyclone, will be responsible for the grounding of more than 20,000 flights and the loss of millions of dollars in revenue for the North American tourism industry. But it appears the storm's disruption for travellers will be far less debilitating than predicted.
10/30/2012 05:31 EDT
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Thirsty for Oktoberfest? The Top 24 Brewpubs in Canada

In time for Oktoberfest celebrations across the country, we publish our first Top 24 Brewpubs in Canada list, giving attention to a growing segment that's important to Canadians and visitors to the country. The craft-brew craze has redefined how Canadians and visitors to this country drink beer. Here's the full list.
10/02/2012 12:06 EDT

Why You Should Visit Saskatoon -- Like, Now

Are you sick of hearing about the financial woes in your country or city? Think there's nowhere in North America, Europe or maybe the entire world where you can duck from the doom and gloom of an economic downturn that seems like it will never abate? Then you need to go to Saskatoon.
09/16/2012 12:10 EDT
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The Hotel That Will Steal the Show at TIFF

For all the glamour and glitz of the Trump Toronto, it's the simplest gestures that resonate most about a $500-million property that is fully poised to steal the show when TIFF 2012 arrives this week. For TIFF 2012, the Trump will host at least six "A-list celebrities," according to director of marketing John Bullock.
09/04/2012 12:00 EDT

Tips for Business Travellers: How to Get the Most Out of Your Hotel

An Embassy Suites' survey of business travellers published this spring revealed that travel is up and fear of an economic downturn has fallen. It also showed that the expectations and demands of business travellers are changing. As one hotel guru put it, "road warriors need to feel that they're getting more out of their hotel stay." Here are some tips for the weary traveller.
08/30/2012 05:07 EDT
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Small Budget, Big Tastes: 10 Tips To Save On Food While Travelling

One of the most costly expenses for travellers on vacation is food. As a result, what tends to happens is that they'll end up becoming more picky about where they eat on the road because they want to satisfy their hunger -- both for food and for a great dining experience. "Will the food be worth it?" is a question that takes on greater importance when you only have a few days in a place but "how do I stretch my budget and experience the best of local culture?" is another question many travellers ask.
08/24/2012 07:51 EDT
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Calgary: It's More Than Horses and Oil

Long considered a bland, western outpost thick with cowboy culture and thin on the cosmopolitan feel of Toronto and Montreal, Calgary is in the midst of a stark change. There's an emphasis on public art and on growing independent music and arts scenes, and people are coming to the city not only for its financial stability, but for what it offers in terms of new culture as well.
08/16/2012 07:13 EDT

You Want Hospitality? Visit P.E.I.

Mount Stewart, Prince Edward Island -- Olympic moments happen across this country on a daily basis. The participants may not be going for gold medals like the competitors at the London 2012 Summer Games, but they are striving to achieve ultimate success. Although they do it in obscurity, the spirit with which these entrepreneurs pursue their goals is similar to the dedication elite athletes have for their disciplines.
08/13/2012 12:41 EDT
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Will Momofuku Put Toronto on the Culinary Map?

It's not only the most anticipated restaurant opening in Toronto in recent memory, it may be the one notable event that finally gets Canada taken seriously as a culinary destination around the world. I'm talking about the opening of Momofuku. Toronto has many above-average restaurants and a handful of excellent ones. It's culinary scene has fallen short of greatness, however. With Chang's venture now in town that seems about to change.
08/08/2012 05:21 EDT
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Canada's Hottest Celebrity Hotel

A couple of weeks before I check in at the Hazelton Hotel, Biebermania strikes -- screaming fans everywhere. While Bieber is probably the celebrity who causes the greatest commotion on the planet, such encounters with fandom are hardly unusual for the Hazelton Hotel. Its staff knows what to do. It opened in 2007 to cater to attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF and are gearing up for this season's festival, and their star-studded guest list.
07/23/2012 12:03 EDT
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Would You Rather Be a Traveller or Vacationer?

Travel, of course, is about the joy of discovery. Vacation, though, is best spent re-discovering. I was reminded of that fact this week when I returned to New York, where I lived for 10 years. When you travel to places for the first time your time is often spent running from one tourist spot to the next, taking tours, and exercising your brain. Sometimes, however, you just want to feel the comfort that only comes when you know a place well.
07/12/2012 04:13 EDT

Why Is No One Travelling to Canada?

The World Economic Forum's 2011 Travel & Tourism Report, which rates nations on their attractiveness for tourism, ranked Canada ninth in the world. Canada has fallen behind Mexico, Turkey, Singapore, and even Malaysia in annual global tourism rankings, dropping to 16 in 2011 from a high of seventh overall in 2002.
06/25/2012 03:53 EDT
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Travelers, Don't Be Scared of Mexico

Many Americans and Canadians have struck all of Mexico off of their destination list because of an unfortunate string of violence in areas of the country nowhere close to La Paz -- home to what Jacques Cousteau called "the world's aquarium." But travel allows you to understand the rest of the world and lets you shed inaccurate notions you may have held before you arrived.
06/12/2012 05:18 EDT
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Expedia Won't Expedite Cheaper Hotel Deals

When you use the Internet to rent a room, the amount you pay is split between the hotelier and the online travel site you used. Why not cut out the middle man entirely by calling ahead? Here are some more tips on how to save some serious cash, and still get the best vacation you could hope for!
06/06/2012 04:00 EDT

Canada Has Yet To Be Enjoyed By Canadians

Canada's boring. It's too expensive. There's nothing to see. Other countries are way more exciting. This is what Canadians say about their own country. Foreigners love coming here, so why don't we take more pride in discovering our own great nation?
05/30/2012 10:28 EDT

Why Can't Canadian Restaurants Make It Big?

For the ninth year in a row, Canada has failed to make it into the World's 50 Best Restaurants. And for the second year in a row, we've also failed to make it into the next 50! Why is it that a country as multicultural as Canada fails at breaking into the international culinary scene?
05/28/2012 05:59 EDT