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    Visiting Quebec: Canada’s Own “Mini France”

    Wed, Oct 10, 2012


    Just a few hours north of Canada’s border with the U.S. state of Maine – and a short drive from Montreal, Quebec City, Quebec feels much like a small French city has been transported across the ocean to Canada.

    Located in the province of Quebec, a predominantly French speaking area (in fact, the official language of the province is Quebecois, a dialect of French), Quebec City is the oldest city in North America and offers all of the charms of France without the long flight. Winding cobblestone streets, stone buildings, charming cafes and world-class dining and lodging await visitors looking for charm, romance and history.
    While the city is highly influenced by French culture, it is still a modern Canadian city. If you want to experience this “mini-France” and capture the spirit of Europe, keep these tips in mind. (more…)

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    4 Ways to Smartly Budget a Road Trip Across Canada

    Tue, Sep 4, 2012


    As the second largest country in the world, Canada is difficult to cross by rail or bus. However, thanks to the beautiful terrain and the diverse attractions available throughout the country, those who hit the road instead of buying a plane ticket will be rewarded. A lot of foreigners coming from oversea countries like Australia prefer to take an extended road trip across this beautiful country. Regardless of if you are taking a road trip to a secluded hotel by the beach or are just looking for a night out under the stars, Canada has something for every type of traveler. Most foreign travelers from Australia like to fly into Toronto and stay for a couple weeks to a month in Canada. Here are a few simple tips for reaping those rewards without breaking the bank.

    1) Pace yourself.

    Having a one-night stand with a city can be exhausting and expensive. Those who choose to stay longer in each location will be able to explore the region, get a discount on their hotel stay, and spend less time and money per day on travel. (more…)

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    Ultimate Backpacking – A Guide to Canada

    Thu, Jul 12, 2012


    Canada backpacking guide

    Filled with diverse cities and breathtaking natural scenery, Canada is the perfect place for a backpacking adventure. From the bustling streets of Toronto to the spectacular beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the country is simply packed with incredible sights and fascinating destinations. In a country as large as Canada, seeing every backpacking destination can be tricky. However, there are a number of must-see destinations and attractions that every backpacker should make a point to visit.
    Vibrant Cities to Explore

    Canada is home to a number of fascinating and historic cities worth visiting on a backpacking trip. Many cities in Canada play host to affordable eateries and places of lodging such as hostels and bed-and-breakfasts. (more…)

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    Top Trails for ATVing in Quebec

    Wed, Jul 11, 2012


    ATVing in Quebec

    When it comes to ATVing in Canada, Quebec doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as it deserves. Quebec is geographically diverse, and it provides a nice balance between riding areas and urban proximity. Quebec is a great choice for a single-day excursion, but it’s also a spectacular option for a weekend adventure or even an entire vacation. It’s high time that you dust off the ATV, open the garage doors, and take it out for a spin. In that spirit, we present our top five ATVing locations in Quebec: (more…)

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    Couple Resort Destinations in Ontario

    Fri, Jun 22, 2012


    Couples resorts in Ontario Canada

    Couple Resort Destinations in Ontario provide that special getaway experience that couples desire. Much different and luxurious than what you’ll find at your typical Club Med all inclusive resorts, Ontario has that warm country appeal, that many couples find charming and relaxing. Whether you’re planning a special valentine’s day retreat or just want to get away with the special someone, here are five resorts in Ontario, Canada that couples can consider for a retreat off the beaten path: (more…)

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    Canada Tours 2012 – A Winter Rail Adventure

    Thu, Jun 14, 2012


    One of the most stunning places to visit in wintertime is Canada. The country is at its most beautiful at this time of year, covered in a dazzling coat of snow and ice. For those who don’t particularly want to brave the elements but still wish to enjoy the scenery, a rail adventure is a fantastic way to tour Canada.

    The Route
    It is possible to traverse the whole of Canada by train, with most tours taking around two weeks. Specialist trains travel the 2,000 miles through spectacular scenery and diverse terrain. (more…)

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    Weird Winter Sports in Canada

    Wed, Feb 22, 2012

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    Ice sailing in Canada

    Skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing and tobogganing – let’s face it, compared to what is offered below – these activities seem to be cast aside for the boring tourists and middle aged corporate execs who travel to find fun in Canada.

    Not for us – the ski slopes and the button lifts! No, no, no. We want something a little more right?

    How about the Skeleton?

    How about Skijoring?

    How about Ice Blocking?

    Confused? (more…)

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    The 5 Best Places To Go Boating In British Columbia

    Fri, Jan 20, 2012


    Atlin Lake, British Columbia, Canada

    When imagining Canada most people picture snow capped mountains, acres of forestry, and clear waters on which to spend a peaceful day. These images draw people from all four corners of the globe and it is British Columbia to which they flock.
    Travelers looking to enjoy the picturesque landscape couldn’t find a better method of soaking up the atmosphere than by hiring a boat to take on to one of the region’s many lakes. (more…)

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    Ten very good reasons to visit Canada

    Wed, Jan 4, 2012


    Canada is a very large country. That is something of an understatement as it is in fact the second largest country on the planet. With its diverse landscapes and vibrant multicultural cities, this beautiful country never fails to impress a first time visitor. As a reflection of the country’s colonial past it has English and French as its official languages.

    On Canada’s eastern seaboard is the Atlantic Ocean and to the west lies the Pacific. Its neighbour on its southern border is the United States, while to the north are immense pine forests, frozen wastes and eventually the Arctic Ocean. However, do not be deceived, Canada is not all snow and dog sleds. The climate is as diverse as its terrain, with a warm spring season and hot southern summers. Much of the country is agricultural in nature producing huge quantities of high-quality wheat from its rolling prairies.

    The Rocky Mountains with their beautiful lakes are perhaps Canada’s best-known geographical feature and are one of the main attractions for visitors. If you choose to stay at a luxurious mountain hotel you will find numerous ways in which to indulge yourself when not enjoying some sightseeing or winter sports. Excellent standards of accommodation are provided and the cuisine is top quality.

    Here are ten very good reasons to visit Canada:

    1. Skiing in Whistler
    Whistler is one of the most famous ski resorts on the planet and you have a large choice of luxury hotels from which to choose. They provide all the modern amenities that you now expect from quality hotels. Explore the mountain slopes by day and retreat for some great dining, fine wine and relaxation by a cosy fire in the evenings.

    2. Enjoy Banff’s Rimrock Resort
    If you love spa treatments, then Rimrock Resort Hotel will be ideal for you. There is a gym, spa, pool and hot tub on offer. After you have enjoyed the stunning sights across Sulphur Mountain, you’ll be able to indulge in some fine French cuisine.

    3. Banff hiking
    If you’re a hiking enthusiast, Banff is a great base. With its routes ranging from easy trails through to the more physically challenging ones, Mount Rundle and the surrounding forests provide ideal daytime activities before returning to your luxurious hotel accommodation.

    4. Visit the Niagara Falls
    Most of the visitors to Canada try to fit in a visit to the amazing Niagara Falls in Ontario. There are numerous observations points from which to view this natural wonder. If you are adventurous you can take a trip on one of the whitewater jet boats. To view the falls up close take a more sedate boat trip on the famous Maid of the Mist – be prepared to get wet. There are numerous luxury hotels in the town of Niagara Falls.

    5. Lake Louise water sports
    For many visitors a holiday in Canada isn’t complete without some canoeing or kayaking, and Lake Louise is the ideal spot. With the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise located on the banks of the lake, you need only step out your hotel room to enjoy the numerous water activities.

    6. Explore the wilds of Nova Scotia
    Nova Scotia has a distinct air of mystery and wilderness about it and if you want to explore this area while enjoying a little luxury, the Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia is an ideal location. This boutique five-star hotel is the perfect place to relax after taking a guided bike tour or after enjoying some amazing stargazing.

    7. Indulge in Montreal culture
    Montreal is a much-loved Canadian city and a visit to this metropolis offers the chance to discover Old Montreal, the Montreal Museum of Arts, and the lively downtown. The excellent W Hotel is perfect for luxurious stays with its acclaimed AWAY Spa. The cuisine is certainly something special at the hotel’s Ristorante Otto.

    8. LHotel, Montreal
    Another very popular and beautiful hotel in Montreal is the LHotel. This former bank building is much more than a five-star luxury hotel and is home to a huge contemporary and pop art collection; works by Chagall, Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana adorn the walls. This establishment is perfectly placed for visiting Montreal’s many visitor attractions.

    9. British Columbia skiing
    Like Whistler, the Kicking Horse Resort in British Columbia has gained quite a name for itself amongst keen skiers. Located in the Rocky Mountains, it has famed powder snow and wonderful scenic views. If you are a very brave and accomplished skier it has some of the best vertical drops in the Rockies.

    10. Explore Toronto
    The Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville is perfectly placed for discovering one of Canada’s most popular tourist cities. Located near the Bata Shoe Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardener Museum, this hotel is the ideal location for a five-star trip to Toronto.

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    Planning a Canada vacation

    Wed, Nov 30, 2011

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    From sea to shining sea, there is nothing better than a vacation in Canada. Although you might be tempted to visit only in the summer months, when you can experience the lakes, warm weather, and sunshine that Canadians are accustomed to, you shouldn’t discount a leisurely visit in the winter. Just book your flight, pack your winter gear, and do a search through Hotel Club Canada for the best accommodations. After that, it’s smooth sailing through the frozen north.

    From the West Coast to the East Coast, there are so many things to experience in Canada during the winter months. Start your trip in Whistler, BC; home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Whistler is a Mecca of skiing, snowboarding, and après ski fun. Check out the numerous restaurants where you’ll find international cuisine or partake in the hot nightlife where you can dance for hours.

    Heading across the prairies, and making a pit stop in the capital city of Regina, Saskatchewan, this is a city you’ll want to visit if you want to experience the beauty that comes with extreme cold. Saskatchewan often achieves temperatures of -40 and beyond, forming great puffy snowdrifts and huge icicles that hang from the buildings and home. It’s also home to some phenomenal snowmobiling.

    Heading over to the East Coast, there are so many amazing activities to choose you’ll have a hard time picking just one. Skate the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa and experience a frozen winter wonderland. The Skateway opens in January, giving you the opportunity to glide for over 7.8 km on the world’s largest skating rink.

    Head over to Montreal and partake in the ultimate winter activity. Visit the Quebec Ice Hotel and experience what it’s like to stay in an icy palace. All of the furniture and even the light fixtures are created entirely from ice. You can sit back in the blue light of the ice bar and have a frozen vodka or try to keep warm on the blistering cold ice bed.

    Embrace the winter weather at the Quebec City Winter Carnival. Families come out in droves for this event, where you can experience the fun and frolic of the Quebec winter season.

    There are so many reasons to book a trip to Canada this winter. Visit many of the country’s beautiful locations and see why Canada is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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