Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Living the High Life: at 61 stories the Shangri-La Hotel is the tallest building in Vancouver and at $300 million, one of the most expensive developments in Canada. Complete with a spa, a restaurant managed by french chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, staff that number two to every one guest room ratio, and unique meeting space complete with state-of-the art technology, this hotel has all that you need to make your stay in Vancouver memorable.
It was amazing as I drove over the Lions Gate Bridge last week, you could see the hotel dwarfing all the other buildings -
Leading international currency expert, ICE (International Currency Exchange), has named
With the strength of the US Dollar and Euro against the Pound, it is now the time to consider alternative holiday destinations. As the Pound has recently fallen an amazing 30% against the Dollar and a huge 12.5% against the Euro, ICE has looked at the value of
Top 3 alternative destinations for Family Breaks
- Exchange rate today 20.88 / rate 6 months ago 18.99 Mexico - Exchange rate today 9.96 / rate 6 months ago 10.10 Norway - Exchange rate today 1.80 / rate 6 months ago 2.00 Canada
Andrew Hamilton, Head of Marketing at ICE, says: "Our research has shown that while Europe and North America are getting lot more expensive for
Family breaks in
Then for outdoors, adventure, theme parks, camping, shopping, golf, mountains, skiing, festivals, culture and history;
A well deserved listing I think. I stayed there with the children a few years ago - great food - we stayed in the cottage so had masses of space. I would love to go back and see the Northern Lights there.
Friday, February 20, 2009
The city has plenty of historic sites, not least the Rideau Canal, which runs through the heart of downtown and was a major artery of the development of the country itself. In the winter, the canal has a further attraction – it becomes a massive outdoor skating rink, with many people using it as a route to work. The small, but interesting, Bytown museum charts the development of the canal and the city and the larger and dynamic Museum of Civilisation, across the water in Gatineau, traces its people and the origins of the country as a whole. The city is home to many other museums too, perhaps most interesting of which is the magnificent Canadian War Museum, with its detailed historamas and extensive collection of weapons and tanks. Our visit to Ottawa also took in the Canada Aviation Museum and the Parliament Buildings. The tour of the latter is enjoyable and the view from the top of its Peace Tower stunning.
Further afield we visited a delightful restaurant, L’Oree du Bois, in Chelsea, Quebec, for a lovely dinner, which was made all the more appetizing following as it did an evening snowshoe trip with a First Nations guide and storyteller, Daniel Richer. We also spent an evening watching the Ottawa Senators play at Scotiabank Place – Ice Hockey at its best in a 20,000-seater indoor stadium. We also travelled to Sucrerie de la Montagne, in Rigaud; a traditional sugar shack and log-built restaurant with a larger than life owner Pierre Faucher and his equally friendly pet wolf.
The ultimate highlight of the trip, however, was the morning we spent dog-sledding. Hosted by Aventures Nordik we spent three hours with the dogs and out sledding in the woods. A truly memorable experience.