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Why B.C.'s Cowichan Valley Is a New Tourism Hot Spot

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

A good argument could be made that Victor Vesely is living life the way it's supposed to be lived. He has set about pursuing his passion while marry...

Stargazing With Chris Hadfield In Jasper

Vacay.ca | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Travel
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When Chris Hadfield first visited Jasper, there was a twinkle in his eye but it had nothing to do with the stars. Hadfield was focused on raising a family -- thoughts of heaven secondary to his terrestrial responsibilities. "My wife and I first came to Jasper 29 years ago," recalls Hadfield, Canada's most famous astronaut. "We were here when our son was one-year-old and she was pregnant with our second child."

Why Victoria's Public Market Is a Find for Foodies

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

Olimpia Cisneros is one of those entrepreneurs who you root for -- and she makes it easy to do so because her product is exceptionally good. Cisneros ...

The #1 Place to Visit in Canada for 2015

Vacay.ca | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Travel
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Vacay.ca's travel journalists placed Toronto at No. 1 because of the Pan Am Games, the new Union-Pearson Express train and the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Best of Canadian Food in 2014

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

Fred Morin looked out at the gravel driveway and asphalt lane behind Joe Beef and said to me, "This restaurant wouldn't happen in most places. Not in California or New York. That's one of the things I'm most proud of. We try to keep things real and true to who we are."

Goats On a Roof and More Curiosities on Vancouver Island

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

More than one million visitors arrive every year to see this accidental tourist attraction. The goats first appeared 40 years ago, when the Coombs market was built by Norwegian immigrants who had grown up with sod roofs and wanted to bring that feature to their adopted country.

Why the Grey Cup Is More Than Just a Game

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada
Adrian Brijbassi

Rob Bridges was among the many visitors to Vancouver this week that reminded me why the Grey Cup matters. A proud Hamiltonian, Bridges travelled more ...

Vancouver Ready to Rock During Grey Cup Festival

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Even though the absence of the home team in the 102nd Grey Cup may disappoint fans in Vancouver, the city's mayor is still upbeat about the CFL championship game that takes place this weekend. It's an event that will entertain residents and visitors alike, mayor Gregor Robertson promised during a press conference on Wednesday.

Actress Lisa Ray Explains Her Passion for Travel

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Ray has managed to turn her passion for travel into a pretty cool gig -- she's the global brand ambassador for Insight Vacations, which has numerous high-end properties in India and elsewhere -- and that's not by accident. Born and raised in Toronto, she has wanted to explore the world for as long as she can remember.

A Tribe Called Red Brings The Noise

Vacay.ca | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Music
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A Tribe Called Red was also the first all-electronic act to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. And they are one of a group of emerging aboriginal thought leaders who are building what Campeau calls a "civil rights movement" for their minority community.

Small-Town Alberta Theatre Is A Big Deal

Vacay.ca | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Travel
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As I watched Rosebud Theatre's brilliant performance of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" on stage for the first time, I began to quickly see why so many people from Alberta make the trip to Rosebud, located 35 kilometres southwest of Drumheller (a 25-minute drive) and 100 km (one-hour drive) northeast of the Calgary airport.

In Search Of Sasquatch Near Vancouver

Vacay.ca | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Travel
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oday, Harrison has it own small band of full-time Sasquatch seekers -- their company is Sasquatch Country Adventures. I met with them in Sasquatch Provincial Park, where we set off on an all-terrain vehicle for an adventure in the mountains, where we were intent on finding the elusive wonder and to catch sight of some stunning views.

'Ole' and Other Montreal Jazz Fest Highlights

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Music
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If you missed this show, he's also performing at Festival d'Ete in Quebec City (July 7) and the Ottawa Bluesfest (July 9). Last year, Woodkid's show at Metropolis on the early days of the festival was the talk of the festival. It earned him a spot on the main stage as the headlining act on opening night. Shorty deserves another invite and hopefully for one of the free outdoor shows too.

The Best Food Trucks in Vancouver

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Pamela and Gerry Healy had one day to spend in Vancouver on their world tour and the couple from Sydney, Australia didn't head straight for Stanley Park or one of the city's beaches or even to the historic Gastown neighbourhood. Their first stop was a food truck tour.

Eat Up! 50 Of The Best Restaurants In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Living

Move out of the way Ontario and Quebec, it looks like there's a new foodie province in town. For the first time, Raymonds Restaurant of St. John...

Canada's Top 10 Best Restaurants

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada
Adrian Brijbassi

It takes time for kitchens and restaurants to hit their stride. Geoff Hopgood, based on the most recent meal I had at his establishment, is in the zon...

Could This Top Chef's Saskatoon Restaurant Be Canada's Best?

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Dale MacKay was the first winner of Top Chef Canada, he had established himself among Daniel Boulud's successful brigade of proteges, and he was living in Vancouver, a city in proximity to many of the exceptional products coveted by cooks. MacKay, though, opted for Saskatoon.

Chef Takes This Toronto Pizza Parlour to New Heights

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Jonathan Gushue could have opted for another fine-dining restaurant. He could have teamed with a pricey, established place in a big city and quickly turned it into a go-to spot for foodies to discover. But Gushue chose something radically different and it's a departure that could seriously shake up the Toronto dining scene. Here's why.

New Museum Makes Winnipeg the No. 5 Place to Visit in Canada in 2014

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada
Adrian Brijbassi

Winnipeg's reputation has languished for too long. Lambasted for its frigid temperatures in winter and buggy conditions in summer, the Manitoba capital has had to work hard to earn back some good PR. It has built momentum in recent years, thanks to an under-the-radar dining scene and the return of the city's beloved NHL team. But with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the city has a chance to regain the tourism spotlight.

How the Tourism Commission Gets the Word Out About Canada

Vacay.ca | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Travel
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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.

Canada's Coolest Restaurant Is in Winnipeg

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

It's the first day to purchase coveted seats for this year's RAW:almond pop-up restaurant and Mandel Hitzer is doing brisk sales. The project that started as a what-are-we-getting-ourselves-into experiment earlier this year enters its second go-round as the hottest table in a city that suddenly needs to be on every culinary travellers' itinerary.

I'm a Believer: How My First Men's Facial Changed Everything

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Adrian Brijbassi

After years of searching, I found the perfect hangover cure. It wasn't the hair of the dog that bit me, and it wasn't any sort of nasty concoction borne out of my medicine cabinet. It was, in fact, a facial. And I think I finally understand what all the hype was about.

Tourism Is Key to Nelson Mandela's Legacy

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

On Vacay.ca, a list has been published of the five Nelson Mandela attractions visitors to South Africa will have to make a point of seeing. The list includes Robben Island. This 12-square-kilometre dot of sand and limestone is where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years of incarceration.

'35 Million Directors' Winner Inspires

Vacay.ca | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
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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.

Chef Michael Smith's Legacy Lives On at PEI Restaurant

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

Legends can loom over a place long after they've gone. Dave Wilmer knows that better than anyone else on Prince Edward Island. The owner of the Inn at Bay Fortune still welcomes guests who expect him to be Michael Smith, the celebrity chef whose cookbooks and Food Network Canada TV shows have a massive following.