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…

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.

Nearly 200,000 people are expected to descend upon Port Dover to celebrate the biker lifestyle and the machines they ride

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.On Friday the 13th, the Lake Erie town of Port Dover, Ont., (population 6,100) will welcome an estimated 200,000 motorcyclists and spectators to its annual celebration of two-wheeled freedom. The event is a tradition that started on Nov. 13, 1981, at the former Commercial Hotel, now known as Angelo’s, by Chris Simons and a few dozen…

Lake O’Hara Lodge: a timeless Rocky Mountain beauty

At every turn, a mind-blowing vista opened before us. But always – far below – lay Lake O’Hara, an artist’s palette in aquamarine

Lake O’Hara Lodge: a timeless Rocky Mountain beautyA Red Deer friend described Lake O’Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park, B.C., as the most beautiful place she’d ever been. My wife and I have done our share of travel to exotic and wonderful places so my expectations for our three-day visit to O’Hara were tempered with a grain of salt. The lodge, accessible…

Pleasure and pain: tree skiing at Whistler

The 2010 Olympics ended nearly eight years ago but the party carries on. The hills and streets echo with languages and accents from around the globe

Pleasure and pain: tree skiing at WhistlerI was navigating a black-diamond run at the end of our last day in Whistler. The path dropped through a steep mogul field, then narrowed to a single track in thick forest. I veered hard right through a tiny opening between two Douglas fir trees. I emerged blindly from the dark boughs. Terra firma vanished.…

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…

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feasts

From world-class theatre to fine food to fascinating history to micro breweries and distilleries, you'll find plenty to enjoy in this southwest Ontario city

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feastsMy favourite summer visit is Stratford, in southwest Ontario. It's an inviting locale with culture, fine food, history and world-class theatre. Stratford Festival musicals are a prime source of revenue, and with H.M.S. Pinafore at the Avon Theatre and Guys and Dolls at the Festival Theatre, artistic director Anthony Cimolino has added two more winners…