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You Can Be a Mountie for a Day at the RCMP In Regina

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 5:34 PM

It's a dawn on a warm June morning when I head into the RCMP Depot for a day of education. I'm learning what it takes to be a Mountie. Mine is a crash course -- in more ways than one.

06h30 - Parade Square

"You can breathe, blink, shiver and...

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4 Canadian Hidden Gems You Should Visit This Summer

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Big-name destinations like the Rocky Mountains and Niagara Falls get a lot of attention from visitors to Canada, but there are plenty of other less iconic spots in the country that deserve more love.

Since the falling dollar will encourage a lot of Canadians to travel in their own country...

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5 Awesome Hiking Trails in Canada

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:35 PM

Let's face it: Canada is the bomb-diggity when it comes to nature.

We've got everything from fjords to rainforests to tundra to the world's largest non-polar ice caps. Our country possesses one big backyard and some of the best hikes in the world.

I have always found hiking to be...

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8 Must-See Shows at Canadian Music Week in Toronto

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:39 PM

You can put your earphones away and forget about sleep from May 1 to 10. The 33rd annual Canadian Music Week hits town this weekend to usher in festival season and face-time with some crazy Canadian talents and global gurus like shoegaze pioneers The Jesus and...

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Ocean Conservation Is a Family Affair for This Explorer

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:30 PM

I'm interviewing "Oceanaut" Céline Cousteau and I have to admit I'm finding it hard to imagine this elegant adventurer with oxygen tanks on her back courageously warding off ferocious sharks, or hanging on for her life on a flimsy rope bridge over a rocky canyon teeming with piranha...

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The Youngest Pilot To Fly The World Solo

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:40 PM

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 ambitions. Guthmiller, a sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spent his summer vacation last year flying around the world. On his...

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2015 Juno Awards Set To Rock Hamilton

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 9:02 PM

Given that its video has more 435 million YouTube views, you've likely heard "Rude," the catchy call for civility from brusque future in-laws by Canadian reggae group MAGIC! And maybe even that UK chart-topping hit from Kiesza, who hit the ground dancing in the EDM scene...

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Spring Destinations For Every Skier

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:40 PM

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...

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This British Columbia Pizza Costs $850

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:42 AM

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- In April 2014, Steveston Pizza owner Nader Hatami received a lot of press coverage for his high brow $450 C6 pie -- a medley of lobster thermidor, black Alaskan cod, smoked salmon, tiger prawns and Russian Osetra caviar.

At the time, the pricey pie...

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Have a Ladies' Getaway and Meet Molly Ringwald

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:02 PM

JASPER, ALBERTA -- When you think of a female movie icon from the 1980s, Molly Ringwald should easily come to mind. Starring in scads of hits from "Pretty in Pink" to "Sixteen Candles" to "The Breakfast Club" pretty much solidified her status...

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Three Reasons to Love the Canadian Auto Show

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 11:46 AM

You know you're a hipster-road-trip-junkie nerd when you walk into the car-porn extravaganza that is the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) and the first vehicle that catches your attention is a Volkswagen Camper.

That camper, part of a local 99.9 FM Virgin radio contest, is certainly not designed...

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Revelstoke Promises A Jolt Of Adrenalin

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 9:22 PM

REVELSTOKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- The morning view at the summit of Mount MacKenzie was definitely Instagram material: snow-covered peaks across the way, illuminated by a bluebird sky, with an otherworldly blanket of deep cloud shrouding the lower slopes and the town of Revelstoke below.

This top-of-the world vista,...

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Americans Are Coming -- Thanks To The Dollar

(3) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:10 PM

You don't need to be an economist to understand what's going on with Canada's currency. Our dollar is under pressure and this isn't great news -- unless you're exporting goods from Canada. It just so happens that tourism is an export business.

International visitors are one group that will benefit...

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Stargazing With Chris Hadfield In Jasper

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 5:12 PM

JASPER, ALBERTA -- 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...

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The #1 Place to Visit in Canada for 2015

(4) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 6:34 PM

The Year of Sport in Canada has begun. Governor General David Johnston declared in October that 2015 will be a 12-month celebration of athletics and there are two big reasons why: the Pan Am Games and the FIFA Women's World Cup.

These two large...

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Ron James Takes On Canada And The World

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Ron James may not be a towering figure in height but when it comes to comedic talent and astute observations on people and society very few can touch him. His comedy, whether live on stage or on his eponymous CBC show, James pulls no punches while...

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A Christmas Gift Ties Halifax And Boston

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 1:44 PM

A frantic call came in that a ship was aflame in Halifax Harbour. Firefighter Billy Wells didn't hesitate. He suited up and jumped into the driver's seat and within minutes he, along with nine other firefighters, were racing toward the floating inferno. Then everything went black.

It was...

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Canada's Best New Year's Eve Party Spots

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Locking down a great place to celebrate New Year's Eve is important for many Canadian travellers. For some people a new year's celebration will consist of bright lights, a big city, overflowing cocktails and an all-night party.

For others, a date with a flat-screen TV and a pair of comfy...

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Toronto Knows the PATH to Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 4:38 PM

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- The temperatures dipped.

It's below freezing, there's no end to the falling white powder and, to boot, slogging through slush isn't your idea of a dream holiday shopping romp.

Enter Toronto's acclaimed PATH -- the subterranean shopping mall with its warren of interconnecting paths that...

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Why the Grey Cup Matters to Canada

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 12:15 PM

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- 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 than 4,300 kilometres to cheer on his hometown team, despite the fact they were overwhelming underdogs.

Bridges arrived at

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