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Go Deep At Banff's Cave And Basin Site

The Canadian Tourism Commission unveiled the latest 28 tourism businesses joining the Canadian Signature Experiences Collection this week. Among the list is the Cave and Basin National Historic Site Discover Tour. The timing of this announcement was impeccable because I had just returned from Banff, and was able to lay eyes on the park for the first time in my life.
12/19/2013 12:21 EST
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How the Tourism Commission Gets the Word Out About Canada

If you're like me, then there are times you've probably asked this question: "how do international travellers view Canada? And what motivates them to visit?" Why choose Ottawa over Washington? Why pick Calgary as a travel destination over Buenos Aires? These are questions that the Canadian government must ask as well if our country is to be a competitive draw for travellers.
12/19/2013 06:03 EST

Dogtopia Paws Its Way Into Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- I have a frequent-flyer friend who lives with her yorkie and often finds herself having to run out of town at a moment's notice. Most times, she can leave home feeling c...
12/06/2013 12:35 EST
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The Legacy Of John F. Kennedy In Dallas

At the Dallas Museum of Art, a massive Robert Rauschenberg collage titled Skyway will catch any visitor's eye -- a bold combination of colours and arresting pop culture images are a brief summary of the early 1960s and one man: John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
11/22/2013 08:02 EST
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National Geographic Spotlights Toronto

National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren's career over the past two decades has seen him climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Matterhorn in the European Alps. But two weeks ago he flew into Toronto for a different challenge.
11/14/2013 05:36 EST

'35 Million Directors' Winner Inspires

Cecil Johnson's time-lapse video of icebergs in Quidi Vidi, a tiny village within the Newfoundland & Labrador capital of St. John's, won praise and votes from film buffs and earned him the Viewers' Choice Award from the 35 Million Directors project.
11/08/2013 12:38 EST

Massachusetts Means Business in Canada

OK, this may not be the most professional question that I could have asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick during his official Canadian visit, but I couldn't resist. "Mr. Patrick, could you talk about the reasons why you love Canada for business?" I asked. "Also, could you comment on your favourite attractions and places in Massachusetts that you would recommend to Canadians?"
10/17/2013 05:26 EDT
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Rock n' Roll, Fine Dining, and Grizzly Bears -- All In One Weekend

Three of Vacay.ca's dedicated explorers packed in as much as they could to enjoy the final days of summer and usher in autumn in Canada. Using the divide-and-conquer strategy, we spread out to cover and capture some unique and wonderful Canadian experiences. Here's a recap of outings made by our team on Saturday, September 21.
09/26/2013 12:25 EDT
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The Number One Street to Visit in Canada Is...

The street has boutique shops, artisan galleries, and restaurants, as well as a 200-seat theatre within centuries-old stone walls, a mural that depicts different stages of the city's history. Rue du Petit-Champlain, lined with shops that belong to an artists' cooperative, ranks No. 1 among the Top 20 Streets to Visit in Canada.
09/04/2013 12:24 EDT
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The Spa That Heals You at -110 Celsius

The cryotherapy lab at Sparkling Hill Resort, just outside of Vernon in the Okanagan Valley, takes the concept of being cool to another new level. Set at minus-110 Celsius degrees (-166 Fahrenheit), North America's only Ice lab offers sought-after treatment for those suffering from arthritis, depression, or muscle and joint pain.
08/18/2013 11:16 EDT
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The Top 10 Sounds of Summer

When summer arrives, it brings much more than just warm temperatures to Canada. Connect Hearing -- the nation's leader in hearing health -- has provided its list of the Top 10 Sounds of Summer in Canada to Vacay.ca.
08/13/2013 08:38 EDT

Soccer Fans Pack Into Toronto to See AS Roma Stars

Francesco Totti isn't a rock star, but he makes a very good impersonation of one. The soccer icon and his teammates from AS Roma paraded around a newly opened Toronto wine bar on Monday night while ad...
08/07/2013 12:03 EDT
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Momofuku's "Crack Pie" Comes to Canada

Crack has made its way from Brooklyn to Canada over the years. Christina Tosi and the team at Momofuku are making sure an addictive namesake crosses the border, too -- and no authority is giving them a hard time. The Crack Pie, which is a sugar high, has become one of New York's most celebrated dessert items. It is among the habit-forming treats available at the newly opened Momofuku Milk Bar in Toronto.
07/30/2013 12:16 EDT
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The World's Best Hotel Spa Is Right Here in Canada

Some days at Toronto's only five-diamond hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, are more memorable than others, though, as the hotel's spa operations manager found out earlier this month. The Ritz spa, called Spa My Blend by Clarins, had been named the World's Best Hotel Spa by Travel + Leisure magazine.
07/21/2013 11:19 EDT
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The Best of Canada's Beautiful Beaches

One of Canada's best-kept secrets is that it is full of beaches. In a country with a world-leading 265,523 kilometres of coastline. At Vacay.ca, we have spent recent months combing the sandy spots of the nation, determining which beaches are the absolute finest and deserving of a visit from you this summer.
07/10/2013 08:16 EDT
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Canada's Foodie of the Year Picks Vij's in Vancouver

As Canada's Foodie of the Year, Deborah Son could have chosen anywhere in Canada for the dinner of a lifetime. Her choice is one of Vancouver's most beloved restaurants. Son, a 21-year-old student from Winnipeg, will dine at Vij's, ranked as the best restaurant in Canada for 2013.
06/26/2013 12:19 EDT
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A Grizzly Adventure in British Columbia

While the black bear is common in some urban areas -- with sightings even in Vancouver's suburbs as the bears search for ripe fruit from the trees and troll the recycling bins -- the grizzly bear is British Columbia's wilderness giant. Visiting with grizzlies in the wild had long been a dream of mine, and this spring we decided to head up the coast to see if we could view some of BC's iconic mammals.
06/19/2013 05:47 EDT
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The Best Place in Canada for Wine Tourism

This wine-tasting thing is a breeze -- until you've had your fair share and are recommended to spit after sipping. It just seems like such a waste, but what's a tipsy gal (with two more wineries to visit before lunch) to do but comply?
05/30/2013 08:24 EDT

Wildlife Watching In Stanley Park

Stanley Park is 1,001 acres of forest that extends into the Burrard Inlet, the water that separates Vancouver from the North Shore mountains. It's one of Vancouver's most iconic views: looking up from the park onto the snow-covered peaks, or looking down from the peaks to the harbour and the ocean.
05/14/2013 12:56 EDT