Canada Holidays

Indian Destinations Perfect For Any Family Vacation

Booking.com | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Travel
Booking.com

Forget about Disneyland. If you want to truly immerse your family into a magical world, book a trip to India. It might not seem like your typical family vacation spot, but India's colorful landscape and vibrant culture will leave an everlasting impression.

10 Ways To Make Canada's 150th As Big And Memorable As Possible

Bob Ramsay | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Bob Ramsay

You need to start planning for next summer -- Canada's 150th -- right now. Here are 10 ways to make next summer as big, memorable and different as possible. They all acknowledge that our huge nation with its tiny population density will be swarming with visitors, including millions of Canadians.

This Beautiful Memory Was A Gift From A Kind Stranger In India

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

We were in the South, in Kerala; and just getting ready to leave Munnar -- a tiny hill station where we'd spent a couple of days. We were headed for Cochin. There we'd spend our last, remaining day, until it was time to catch our flight to Mumbai -- and yet another flight back home.

Nicaragua With Niños: The Secret Destination Everyone Is Whispering About

Amanda Blakley | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Travel
Amanda Blakley

Like most remote and magical hidden corners, we heard whispers and rumblings from friends and colleagues about Nicaragua as a travellers' delight.

Where The Locals Love To Hang Out In Victoria

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Travel
Sacha DeVoretz

For me, the best part of traveling is when I chat with the locals. I learn from them what life is like in the town or city. Where do they eat? What shops do they visit? It can be an amazing way to explore a new destination. I asked those very questions to locals in Victoria, and here's what they told me.

5 Ways To Plan Early For A Meaningful Valentine's Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

We've all had the feeling of rushing to the chocolate shop just before closing time, picking through the last dismal cards on the rack, or sending panicked flowers and praying they're delivered on time. This year, why not show you've given some real thought to the gift -- and get it organized ahead of time?

How To Reset Your Body After The Holidays

Leah Morrigan | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

It was one of those moments when I proclaimed, "I'll never eat again!" For me, it was just that one meal, but for others, this may have happened daily for a couple of weeks, so you may not feel your best right now. The time has come to clean out your system and renew your energy.

Stressed During The Holidays? Fermented Milk May Help

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's the middle of the holiday season and despite the promises of comfort and joy many Canadians will be dealing with a plethora of less than cheery emotions. There is a route to help keep the stressors at bay that doesn't involve very much effort; all one has to do is eat or drink fermented foods.

How One Family Handles The Holidays

The Huffington Post Canada | Kate Wells | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Parents

Christmas is just around the corner - the hustle and bustle of going from store to store; the magic in the air; the joy of spending time with those yo...

The Meaning Of Christmas Extends Beyond Family

Silken Laumann | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I can feel the shift happening in our family, the shift from it being all about us being together and caring about one another, to Christmas being about caring for others as well. I think this most accurately reflects the true spirit of Christmas, whether we are Christian or not.

A Night Of Generosity Taught Me The Joy Of Giving

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I've heard it said that "it's better to give than receive," and I've always joked that that couldn't possibly be true. Yes, I give. I give generously, but I have never experienced such an incredible joy from making someone feel special for a few hours.

How To Survive And Thrive As A Couple This Holiday Season

Sue Nador | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

There is so much hype about the holidays. Unfortunately, our romantic notions are too often dashed and replaced with resentment, exhaustion and financial stress. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of compromise, perspective and goodwill, you can survive and even thrive as a dynamic duo.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

5 Tips To Survive And Thrive During The Holidays

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Before you aim your nosedive directly into the eggnog bowl, or begin firing Ferrero Rocher's into your mouth, keeping a few helpful tips in mind will allow you to remain festive and enjoy the holiday 'cheer' without completely sabotaging your health.

Make This Gingerbread Cake To Celebrate Holiday Happiness

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

If you're an avid baker like me and doing a LOT of swirling and mixing this time of year, I understand that it can be stressful. Supermarkets can run out of the necessities you need. But, I assure you that my gingerbread cake is easy to make and assemble. It's also stupendously forgiving.

Holiday Cheer In The Face Of Homophobic Fear

Ron Levy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Prior to the 1970s, house parties were an essential element of the homosexual social scene. Photographs of these private affairs are rare. The few that are available in archival collections memorialize a history of forced seclusion. One of the most tantalizing photographs I've come across in my research of Canadian LGBT history is of a trio of men attending a Christmas party in 1956. Standing in front of a decorated tree, a young man with a then-stylish pompadour delights in opening his gift while another man, who has his arm around him and another gentleman, looks on.

Review This Year's Expenses And Create A Budget For 2016

David Lester | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
David Lester

If you don't know where the money is going or how it is coming in, how will you change your spending habits for the better? This is the time to see where to cut next year to save for something that you really want.

Boxing Day Budgets: When To Splash Out And When To Save

Sandra Hanna | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

With so many amazing deals, it can be tempting to stock up on items simply because the price is too good to pass up. My golden rule is that if you don't need it, it's not a deal, no matter how good the price.

9 Ways To Make Your Gifts More Thoughtful

Shawna Scafe | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Shawna Scafe

Whether it's a simple letter from my husband saying all the things he knows I'd love to hear or a brand new food processor -- thoughtful gifts are ones that say, "You are someone special to me, I have gotten to know you, I want to make your life better with the ability to make beet hummus."

Let's Stop Enabling The Meddlers In Our Lives

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

This Christmas, their laser-beam eyes are focused on you. You're the dish of the day. You're gonna be stuffed with advice and ladled with criticism. Because they can't stand themselves. Deep in their souls, they feel like failures. What better antidote than subtly belittling you via the mechanism of meddling.

3 Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress

Renate Reimann | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Living
Renate Reimann

Why do we put ourselves through such agony? My guess: The hope that this year will be different and that we'll experience pure bliss with friends and family, feel loved unconditionally, and rediscover the warmth and magic of the holiday spirit.

The Organized Car: Your Guide To Road Trip Sanity

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living
Allison Weigensberg

Chances are you're getting in the car to drive somewhere for Christmas. Whether that trip takes thirty minutes or three days, the last thing you need is to be fumbling around the car for a snack for hangry passengers or a toy to placate a whining child.

Festive Feasting Inspired By Toronto's Café Boulud

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

If you do want to spoil yourself with lavish eats, I recommend any of the specialty meals at Café Boulud, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel. Crafted by Chef Sylvain Assié and overseen by Chef Daniel Boulud himself, you may have a difficult time returning to your regularly scheduled meal times afterwards.

Holiday Style: To Hose, Or Not To Hose

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

The great debate continues -- to hose or not to hose. In the winter, that really is the question. It's interesting that when it comes to pantyhose (or nylons), stockings (thigh high) and tights, both men and women seem to have an opinion. They're either for or against.

The Big Perk Of Spending Money On Others

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living

Buying for yourself is nice. Buying for someone else? Even better.