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Vacay.ca is the leading source of Canadian travel and the original publisher of the Top 50 Restaurants
in Canada List. Independently owned and produced by award-winning Canadian journalists and travel experts, Vacay.ca uses the wealth of its editorial experience, knowledge and industry contacts to deliver authoritative information about the best places to see, sleep and eat in Canada.

A comprehensive resource and growing online community, Vacay.ca is dedicated to celebrating Canadian destinations. In its short existence, Vacay.ca has been featured on CTV News Channel, CHCH-TV News, CBC TV, TSN Radio and other media outlets in Canada, the United States and beyond. Destinations, notable deals, exclusive news and travel products are spotlighted during our broadcast segments.
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Paragliding High in the Sky in British Columbia

All it takes is five or six running steps full-tilt through an alpine meadow to become airborne, soaring with the eagles high above the town of Revelstoke. Alan Polster and two other pilots, Chris Delworth and Scott Watwood, started the company, which has provided the same breathtaking experience to tourists and bucket-list subscribers since the resort opened five years ago.
05/07/2013 12:35 EDT

Saskatchewan Hot Spots for Visiting Juno Celebs

The Juno Awards are just days away and Regina is buzzing as stars prepare to descend into the city. With the Saskatchewan capital not being the most well-known of Canada's destinations, we thought we would offer some advice to the nominees who may be wondering what to do in town.
04/17/2013 05:05 EDT

Rural Ontario Restaurant a Hidden Gem in Canada

Canadians from coast-to-coast have been naming their favourite restaurants in a first-of-its-kind national poll to discover the nation's best choices for dining out. Vacay.ca follower Louise Dorfman's...
04/04/2013 02:57 EDT

The Provinces With the Best Restaurants in Canada

The 2013 Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada will be decided by votes from the public and 34 judges who include noted chefs and food industry professionals. The public, however, determines the annual People's Choice award.
03/13/2013 12:02 EDT
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St. Patrick's Day Brings Joy All the Way to Canada

The whole world loves the Irish. How could anyone not? No other country is as stereotypically drunk, fun and friendly. Maybe that's why we take St. Patrick's Day so seriously in Canada. But how do Canada's festivities hold up to the main event in the founding nation?
03/11/2013 05:20 EDT
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Stompin' Tom Tribute: How to Visit Sudbury On A Saturday Night

There are things every Canadian should have on his or her "to do" list. Visiting Sudbury, Ontario on a Saturday night has to be on your list, too. It just has to be. Why? Because Canadian music legend Stompin' Tom Connors said so. And even though Stopmin' Tom is no longer with us, visiting Sudbury on a Saturday night is still one of those things you just have to cross off your list.
03/07/2013 12:24 EST
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Restaurants Battle to be Canada's No. 1

Canadians' appetite for naming their favourite restaurant is proving to be insatiable. With six weeks left in public voting for the 2013 Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada, two of the nation's most acclaimed establishments are in a tight battle for the People's Choice award -- which is determined by votes from Canadians.
03/06/2013 12:25 EST
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The Gathering Calls Canadians to Ireland

2013 in Ireland will be different -- the gloom is replaced with optimism. This year all of those who left, all who claim Irish ancestry and all who love Irish culture have been invited back for The Gathering -- the world's ultimate homecoming, running from Galway to Dublin, Cork to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. The Gathering is not an event. It's a year-long series of events and happenings developed by the Irish government.
03/05/2013 05:26 EST
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Wayne Gretzky's Chef: A Great One In His Own Right

The night Beau MacMillan first cooked for Wayne Gretzky, he was the one who was given Hall of Fame treatment. The chef offered some insight into what it was like to be that close to one of Canada's icons last week when he visited Toronto to help promote Scottsdale, Arizona as a travel destination.
02/27/2013 12:50 EST
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Is the Air Passenger Bill of Rights Ready to Take Flight?

An increasing number of Canadians are supportive of NDP MP José Nunez-Melo's Air Passenger Bill of Rights, which has received plenty of attention this month following a deplorable flight delay aboard a Sunwing Airlines flight on February 8. But more public pressure is needed to sway the ruling Conservatives.
02/22/2013 01:09 EST
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Want to Eat at Canada's Best Restaurant?

Are you Canada's greatest food lover? If you are, you could be in for one fabulous treat. In conjunction with its Top 50 Restaurants in Canada Guide for 2013, Vacay.ca will crown the Canadian Foodie of the Year in April. The winner will have the opportunity to dine at one of the 2013 Top 50 Restaurants in Canada.
02/19/2013 08:16 EST

Fans Make Oilers The NHL's Hottest Draw

Story by Karen Evenden Vacay.ca Writer EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- If you happen to visit Edmonton this week, one of the first things you will notice is the buzz. After a 113-day lockout, the NHL is back and...
02/11/2013 11:53 EST
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Canada's 10 Most Amazing Sounds

At Connect Hearing, I deal with clients who are often rejuvenated when their hearing is improved through treatment or prescription of a listening device. Their experiences have made me wonder what sounds I would long to listen to again if my own hearing was damaged. In Canada, we have an abundance of special sounds from across the country. Here are the 10 best.
02/07/2013 05:48 EST

Polish Cooking Gets A Dash Of Star Power

The cookbook, From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food, is co-written by Anne Applebaum, whose Gulag won the 2004 Pulitzer for non-fiction, and Danielle Crittenden, the international blog editor for the Huffington Post. The pair are good friends and were inspired to redefine Polish cuisine after Crittenden visited Applebaum's home.
01/28/2013 05:10 EST
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How Don Cherry spent the NHL lockout

What was Don Cherry doing while the NHL owners and players were feuding? Turns out he spent one memorable evening leading a tour of his hometown and the historical sites related to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Macdonald and Cherry were both raised in Kingston, Ontario.
01/18/2013 05:26 EST
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20 Best Places To Travel In Canada In 2013

Go east. That's the advice from Vacay.ca writers, editors and photographers who selected the 20 Best Places to Travel in Canada in 2013. Six entries, including four in the top 10, are east of Quebec. Ontario led all provinces with four destinations on the list, while British Columbia, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador notched three spots each.
01/03/2013 12:14 EST