The Calgary Stampede is ten days of unequalled Western fun, music,
excitement, horses, cowboys & cowgirls, great food and the indescribable
GMC Rangeland Derby. But
With the city's enormous palette of opportunities for travelers, prioritizing your urban agenda may prove a challenging task
to begin your exciting excursions.
by W. Ruth Kozak. There are over 125 heritage buildings in Barkerville with rooms displayed in period furnishings just as if they are still occupied. A cast of actors including children, roam the streets and perform spontaneous dramas
as would happen in daily life. As well there is the Royal Theatre that presents a rousing vaudeville show. There's also demonstration of some of the mining equipment such as the Cornish Wheel that is sure to amuse
with a feisty prospector and an ever-so-proper British lady, daughter of the mine owner.
Read about Rollicking Barkerville: It's Still Rollicking Good Fun
by Patrice Raplee. Salt Spring Island is nestled between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia in the Strait of Georgia. This natural and beautiful island is the largest of the Southern Gulf
Islands and is accessible by three ferry routes; two on Vancouver Island and one by the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal on B.C.'s mainland. Moreover, the 70 square-mile island is also home to over
10,500 residents, many of them renowned artists, writers, specialty farmers and retirees who love the tranquil and picturesque setting.
The island offers an abundance of fantastic activities and great dining for visitors during spring through fall. From a famous Saturday Market and hiking, to artisan shops and wellness
treatments, Salt Spring is an ideal environment to renew and de-stress.
Read about Destination: Salt Spring Island
by Patrice Raplee. This harbor city is especially enchanting during the season when Christmas bacchanalia prevails and the city becomes a traveler's holiday destination. From artisan holiday markets to
decorated Victorian Castles and Festive Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, Victoria offers an abundance of enticing activities.
Read about Christmas in Victoria British Columbia
by Neala Schwartzberg. There needs to be balance in life. One can't just eat pastry and chocolate, and drink tea. Although I certainly did that. Victoria British Columbia
offered many reasons to push myself away from the table and head out into the city. Victoria is a great walking city with different neighborhoods offering different pleasures.
by Neala Schwartzberg. This is easily one of the finest gardens on the North American continent. Located on Vancouver Island about equidistant from Victoria and Vancouver, no
visit to the Vancouver/Victoria area would be complete without spending the day enjoying these spectacular gardens.
Oddly enough, much of the topographical interest of the gardens comes from its origin as a limestone quarry.
by George Bailey.
If you haven't visited lately, you haven't seen all the new attractions and fun you can have. Read more about New in Niagara Falls
Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec, and second largest
in Canada, is filled with great shopping and fashionable experiences alongside meltingly delicious pastries, and elegant yet friendly hotels. It adds a layer of French sophistication to North American welcome.
Read our Fashion Forward Guide to Montreal
by Teresa Bergen. The weather can be a mystery in Quebec City, especially in spring and fall. You might want to hole up in your hotel spa or spend all your time outside. But when the weather
cooperates you can experience both indoor and outdoor spa life. Hotel spas in Quebec City and Nordic spas about an hour outside offer very different pleasures and experiences.
Read about A Spa Weekend in Quebec
by Patrice Raplee. The early fall air is crisp, yet the sun's soft golden light illuminates the reds, golds, and burnt umbers of the apple orchards. Deep-hued apples, shiny
and ripe, send their heady and fragrant aroma across the island, signaling to the locals that harvest time is near on Ile d'Orleans.
The beautiful and rural island of Ile d'Orleans is located in Quebec, Canada about 15 minutes from Quebec City. This predominantly agricultural island is an ideal location to visit with a pristine environment and numerous produce, art, cheese and wine shops as well. In addition, there are several communities, outdoor recreation and sites that are located about 20 minutes away from Quebec City, such as the Huron Wendat community and the striking Montmorency Falls; and of course the attractions and architecture of the city itself.
by Patrice Raplee. Quebec City, located in Canada's eastern province of Quebec, reflects its unique and proud heritage of French, Amerindian and British roots. The
fascinating culture and history of the region is visible in the provinces' architecture, cuisine, language and the friendly Quebec residents.
With its spectacular attractions, scenic beauty, festivals, outdoor activities, shopping and sites, the city is an enticing and unique draw
throughout the year. But for the New France Festival, Quebec City pulls out all stops.
Multitudes of parade-goers line the streets at dusk on a warm summer evening, as anticipation fills the air. A rustle of taffeta skirts and the distinct
sound of a drumbeat draw the crowds' attention. All eyes are focused on the elaborate and artfully dressed festival marchers attired in 17th and 18th
century costumes that begin the exciting New France Festival.
by Patrice Raplee. The famous Ice Hotel, located just 45 minutes outside of Quebec City, celebrates the winter season. This crystalline snow bastion with cathedral ceilings is made entirely out of 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice.
Visitors can opt for a day tour or elect to spend the night in a magical atmosphere resembling the Narnia Ice Queen's palace.
Read more about Quebec's Ice Hotel
by Marty Essen. One man,
several wolves, and the opportunity of a lifetime. Excerpted from Cool Creatures, Hot Planet -- Exploring the Seven Continents