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Michelin Chef Brings Hot New Restaurant to Vancouver

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia
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When Stefan Hartmann gets his restaurant working the way he wants, Vancouver will feel a little more elite than it already does. After just two days, Hartmann has achieved the best fine-dining restaurant in the city, surpassing the likes of Hawksworth, Boulevard, Le Crocodile and Chambar with brilliant strokes of his culinary talent

5 Awesome Hiking Trails in Canada

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Travel
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Our country possesses one big backyard and some of the best hikes in the world. To get you moving, I've listed some of my favourite hiking trails in Canada, along with a handful that I aspire to trek in the future. Some trails are well-known; others may surprise you. And this is by no means a complete list.

Tofino's Feast Showcases Flavours of the West Coast

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

When I first visited Tofino in 2003, there were few restaurants besides the opulent Pointe. Now, the city is teeming with choice establishments. That community love for food explodes into euphoria on May 8. The two-week Feast Tofino festival features 17 events, several of which include visiting chefs from Vancouver.

The Youngest Pilot To Fly The World Solo

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada
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If you've ever thought a dream was too big to achieve or an idea too ridiculous to pursue, look to Matt Guthmiller to inspire you to your highest ambi...

2015 Juno Awards Set To Rock Hamilton

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada
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Blue-collar Hamilton is often derided for its lack of beauty and sophistication, but things are changing fast in southern Ontario's Steel City. One reason to host the Junos is to bring awareness of that shift.

Spring Destinations For Every Skier

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Living
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Not everyone looks forward to seeing the snow melt. Spring is often the best season to hit the slopes, what with the warmer temperatures and longer sunny days. It's a time of year when a wide range of travellers share Canada's hills and mountains, from students on spring break to families on March Break to couples embracing that frisky energy in the air.

Fresh Takes on Richmond's Tasty Chinese Food Scene

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

I visited Sun Sui Wah last month during Chinese New Year celebrations. It was one of a handful of Richmond restaurants I dined at. Here are some thoughts on others worth visiting.

This British Columbia Pizza Costs $850

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Living
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SeeNay is a pizza cake covered in tiger prawns, lobster ratatouille, smoked Chilean steelhead, Russian caviar and then snowed with Italian white truffles. If the $850 is a bit too steep for you, Hatami also offers several less expensive pizzas you will be tempted to try.

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

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Travel
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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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | Canada Living
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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 03.04.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
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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 02.07.2015 | Canada Travel
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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 01.31.2015 | Canada
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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 01.27.2015 | Canada Travel
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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
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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
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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.