"Relax, it's Qualicum!" I heard this many times during my visit to this small Vancouver Island community, whose population of 8,900 swells to 16,000 in the summer. They boast the dubious honour of having the highest median age of any city in Canada. But if you think that means this is a sleepy, tea-room filled community, think again.
There are a lot of perks you'll notice when you skip the expensive international journey and travel close to home during your spring break holiday. The following are a few reasons why staying close to home may end up creating your most exciting, relaxing and productive spring break yet.
As the Canadian dollar continues to fall in comparison the U.S. dollar, Canadians will look for ways to save on winter travel. A tool offers Canadians useful estimates for the total cost of a vacation to 119 different countries around the world. These estimates include all the important factors that go into planning a vacation: flights, hotels, meals, transportation, activities and shopping.
Despite the importance of travel and tourism to the Canadian economy, the Conservative government's failure to show leadership in this area has created serious challenges for the sector over the past decade. By cutting the budget of the Canada Tourism Commission, the Conservatives are moving Canada in the wrong direction.
Summer's the perfect time to escape the busy urban lifestyle in Canada. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying fine dining in
"Never leave a local place without a meal with a local person." That travel advice came straight from Bruce Poon Tip, founder
Being polite certainly is a must for those Islanders who depend on the tourism sector that helps fuel their economy. I have had run-ins with people, both from the Maritimes and not, who don't understand the value that being nice has for their business. Bottom line, no kindness, no repeat visit.
My wife, Sandra Wells, had a conference to attend in Toronto and suggested I go with her five days earlier for a much-needed
A Kids in the Hall skit once offered this pithy observation: "Americans know as much about Canada as straight people do about gays."