There are certain parts of the year where there is no life for Don Rice outside of Bear River, Nova Scotia. To live in a village in an outlying area with 800 people might seem like a prison sentence for some, but for Rice, one of 50 artisans living in the community, the area is a gift for artists looking to nurture their own gifts.
If you are a wilderness lover, or an adventurer of any kind, Labrador should be on your list of "must sees." So much of Labrador's nature remains a mystery. It's not hard to see why the New York Times listed Labrador as one of four "Up-and-Coming" travel destinations in 2011, describing it as one of North America's last frontiers.
Perhaps the notion of voluntarily opting into more snow was so twisted I couldn't help but to be intrigued. But, this year as spring sprung, I took the plunge toward perpetual winter and packed my bags for a long weekend in Alberta's Banff National Park, home to the longest ski season in North America.
When the World Tourism Organization revealed statistics this month that showed China was the new No. 1 in travel, the implications became clear. Chinese travellers primarily visit neighbouring Asian countries like Singapore and Japan. When they do take long-haul flights, their preferred destination is Australia. It is that country that could potentially help Canada attract more Chinese tourists.
I spent the summer on the road, touching down in nine of the 10 provinces in Canada. Tourism opportunities abound in big centres and small, with people eager to search out local experiences, whether it be culinary finds or historic tours that are short on gimmicks and strong on depth and personality. In all, 2012 was a fantastic year for seeing 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.
It's arrived! The Huffington Post Canada Travel is up and running. This launch represents an opportunity to do what we do best -- highlight the things that make our country cool and showcase interesting locations around the world.
One of the most amazing things about Canadians is that you can't go anywhere in the world without running into one. We're aware of our world. We care about it. And we love travelling, meeting people, seeing different cultures up close and having fun.