You never really know what’s following you until it snows

I’ve adjusted my solo walk schedule and try to be alert to the possibility that a cougar is lurking

You never really know what’s following you until it snowsWe joke in our family about my living a city-mouse/country-mouse existence. Part of the time, I live in a 600-square-foot Vancouver condo and part of the time I live with the land at Skelhp on the Sunshine coast. In Vancouver, I’m visually connected to pigeons, seagulls, and the 4 p.m. return flight of northwestern crows,…

Canadians can’t get enough of this year’s international auto show

Thousands crowd Toronto convention centre to see the finest in modern and vintage automotive design

Canadians can’t get enough of this year’s international auto showCanada’s love affair with the automobile is still going strong. Just ask the thousands of people who are flocking to the Canadian International Autoshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Both of the centre’s large buildings are filled to the brim with 1,000 concept cars, luxury vehicles, regular automobiles and vintage models. There’s something to…

Who’s most likely to check their inbox while on holiday?

Plus, warm up for less on the Tahitian islands, Alt Hotel opens in Calgary and the best ski months are still to come

Who’s most likely to check their inbox while on holiday?Anyone who’s said millennials are slackers at work have it wrong. Studies reveal that members of that generation, born between 1981 and 1996, have a strong work ethic that extends to when they’re on vacation. A new study by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, a travel insurance company, recently asked more than 2,000 Canadians about their…

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitude

Jasper's spectacular ski resort may offer slopes less travelled but it certainly deserves wider attention

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitudeCue the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Duct tape a sombrero onto your helmet. Find a half-burned cigarillo (good luck!) to chomp on. The bad boys have arrived at Marmot Basin, Alberta’s quieter, family-friendly Rocky Mountain ski resort in Jasper National Park. These new rascals are Tres Hombres – a series…

Travelzoo’s top 2019 picks for deal-seeking Canadians

And one Calgary hotel helping you keep up your fitness resolutions while on the road

Travelzoo’s top 2019 picks for deal-seeking CanadiansYour news feed has no doubt been peppered with lists aimed at inspiring your travel choices in 2019. But here’s a list that speaks to what many Canadian travellers hold dear: good value. Travelzoo, an international publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for 28 million members, has curated a list of six diverse destinations around…

Holiday reading: Get lost in Lands of Lost Borders

Kate Harris’s book is a must for the travellers on your gift list; discovering Norway and Iceland; indulging in a wellness weekend

Holiday reading: Get lost in Lands of Lost BordersModern explorer Kate Harris’s story may not compel you to follow in the skinny tire tracks she left on an often-gruelling bicycle trip on the ancient Silk Road trading route. But one thing is for sure: She’ll leave you breathless with her beautiful writing about her 10,000-kilometre cycling odyssey through 10 countries in her book…

A mansion fit for a queen

You know you’re in grand company even before you pass through the wide iron gates: standing sentry are two members of the ceremonial guard

A mansion fit for a queenIt’s a mansion fit for a queen. It ought to be: Rideau Hall, after all, is where Her Majesty bunks down whenever she’s in town. And whether she’s here or not, her Canadian representative, the Governor General, works and lives on the premises. Fortunately, the villa is open to the public and. last summer, I…

Swinging and sipping in the South Okanagan

In the Osoyoos region, there’s an authentic, unpretentious aura that’s impossible not to appreciate

Swinging and sipping in the South OkanaganThe sting of a messy double-bogey on the first hole at the Osoyoos Golf Club doesn't last long. After traipsing up to the second tee, I grab my big bad driver and survey the scene. Below me a sweet, serpentine fairway careens toward a beautiful sand-guarded green that hangs high above the lake. In all…

Thousands gather to see some of the finest vehicles ever made

The Concours d’Elegance returned for a sixth year and lovers of fine automobiles couldn’t have been happier

Thousands gather to see some of the finest vehicles ever madeThe Concours d’Elegance at Ontario’s Cobble Beach Inn was another success par excellence. The annual event, which so far has raised $300,000 for Toronto’s Sunnybrook Foundation and $60,000 for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation in the past five years, is showing no sign of slowing down. In fact, show chair Rob McLeese and his…

Canmore Alberta’s first four-star hotel opening in November

But it is currently taking bookings for events and small group accommodation

Canmore Alberta’s first four-star hotel opening in NovemberAn Alberta-based hotel and resort developer is getting ready to open its latest offering, signalling it continuing confidence in the province’s hospitality industry. Clique Hotels and Resorts will open Canmore’s first four-star luxury hotel, the Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek. It plans to officially open in November but is currently taking bookings for events and…

Fundy Trail beckons you to get off the high-speed highway

The view along the Fundy Trail offers something at every compass point – crashing waves, rocks, hills, forests, waterfalls and streams

Fundy Trail beckons you to get off the high-speed highwayThis is the first of a five-part series on travel on Canada's East Coast. On my recent trip to New Brunswick, I finally drove the Fundy Trail and saw Fundy National Park. It inspired me to sell the province a new tourism slogan. The slogan, worth millions, is “Get Off The Road!” I’m also considering…

At Boulder Hut, every ski turn comes after a lot of (uphill) effort

Boulder Hut in the Purcell Range of southeastern British Columbia offers a rustic – and fabulous – backcountry skiing experience

At Boulder Hut, every ski turn comes after a lot of (uphill) effortThere are no baths or showers at Boulder Hut. Cleanup after a day of strenuous backcountry skiing involves soaping up in a wood-fired sauna, then dumping a bucket of water over your head. To my surprise, a fellow guest – fit, naked and female – offered to do the pouring. I reluctantly acquiesced. Thereafter, the absence…

In the heart of the world’s largest non-polar icefield

All was ice, white curving fingers spilling from mountain valleys. Dark lines of ground rock defined each icy highway

In the heart of the world’s largest non-polar icefieldKLUANE NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE, Yukon /Troy Media/ – I’ve been a geography nut since I was a kid. My noggin is full of useless facts. In pre-metric days, I memorized details of the world’s highest and lowest: Mount Everest, 29,028 feet; Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, 35,814 feet. As a proud Canadian, I…

Of sour toes, midnight golf, and birds singing for sex and war

Historic, colourful, quaint and sleep-deprived Dawson City; and up the perilous, muddy Dempster Highway

Of sour toes, midnight golf, and birds singing for sex and warUpon our return from six weeks exploring Canada’s north, friends enquired, “So what was your favourite place?” And each time, gazing distantly while recalling the amazing scenery, people and places we encountered, I answered: “Haven’t a clue.” But Dawson City, Yukon, is a good start. I love Dawson. Unlike cruise-ship destinations on the nearby Alaska…

A soft egg in the Nahanni National Park Reserve

Discovering Virginia Falls, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site – and learning a little German

A soft egg in the Nahanni National Park ReserveON THE ALASKA HIGHWAY – In German, weichei means soft egg. It defines a person’s character. In Canada, we call them wimps. Charly Kudlacek is from Frankfurt in the German state of Hesse and, as eggs go, is hard-boiled. We met Charly and his wife Marion in a remote campground at Summit Lake on the…