Thursday, November 25, 2010

Acadian Culture - Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has long been a favourite of mine - I came across this article today which I hope you enjoy.

"The spirit of l’Acadie runs deep in Nova Scotia. Throughout the province, there are reminders of the intrepid French settlers who first claimed Nova Scotia as their home in the seventeenth century: the historical sites, the culture, the language, the music, the food and the crafts.

At Port-Royal, Acadian history is reconstructed at the French Habitation, providing a glimpse into life as part of the first European settlement in Canada. See Acadian-built dykes as you journey to Grand-Pré National Historic Site, once home to the largest Acadian community on the Bay of Fundy and immortalized in Longfellow’s poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.

Head up the Fundy coast from Yarmouth, along the Acadian shore, where you will pass through several French-speaking villages and marvel at the soaring beauty of Acadian churches, such as L’Église Saint-Alphonse or St Mary’s Church at Church Point. On the Southern Acadian Shore, the collection of Pubnico villages makes up the oldest Acadian settlement in the province. Their colourful history is celebrated at Le Village historique acadien, which takes you back to another age.

For a taste of Acadian music and culture, visit Church Point, an Acadian village dating back to 1761. It hosts the music-filled Festival acadien de Clare each summer. Cape Breton also has rich Acadian roots. Enjoy typical Acadian food in a local restaurant, watch the ancient art of rug hooking first-hand, and marvel at folk art in Chéticamp. The Acadian Museum at La Co-opérative Artisanale and Les Trois Pignons cultural and information centre will open the door to this area’s rich Acadian history."

For my favourite Nova Scotia holiday, please do visit Unique Properties of Nova Scotia

Monday, November 15, 2010

Timberwolf Tours - Western Canada

Timberwolf Tours is a western Canadian tour operator, based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the gateway to the Canadian north. The private company, established 1986, is a well known and reliable outfitter for adventure travel and group travel.

Thanks to our experience we deliver a high level of service. From your first contact with us to our last fare-well, we strive to make you feel comfortable and your vacation a safe and enjoyable adventure.

Our 2011 program, SPACES AND TRAILS, is a selection of guided active and adventure tour packages for small groups in western Canada, from the Rockies to Vancouver Island and the Yukon Territories. The outdoor vacations are combinations of sightseeing and activities in and around the Rocky Mountain national parks of Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Glacier, parks of northwestern BC, the Yukon, Vancouver Island and the Pacific shores. Our fully outfitted and escorted canoe adventures in Alberta and the Yukon are suitable for beginners. New for 2011 is a 5-day camping tour along the Sunshine Coast near Whistler, BC with fun activities and great hikes. This tour can easily be combined with other programs on Vancouver Island and in the Rocky Mountain Parks.

A complete package! No hidden costs or unpleasant surprises. It is clearly spelled out in the detailed itineraries if meals or activities are not included. We at Timberwolf Tours are known to take care of every detail, big and small. Our guests shall have enough time and leisure to enjoy their holidays in Canada without stress and also to get a little closer to nature.

Frontier Canada can book all the Timberwolf Tours and can highly recommend this operator.
Canoeing in the Canadian Rockies

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Great River Journey of the Yukon

The Great River Journey is a unique world-class geotour. It combines the adventure of a wilderness river safari with a journey of personal discovery — there is no other product like it in North America. The Great River Journey begins in Whitehorse and unfolds over eight days and 600 kilometers (373 miles) of wilderness leading to Dawson City. Along the way, it passes through the traditional lands of our four First Nations partners, whose citizens are among the people who will be hosting, guiding and caring for guests.

Small groups (maximum 10 people) travel in their own riverboat with a pilot and an experienced local guide. Frequent landings are made to view wildlife, explore the wilderness and historical sites, rest and relax. The small group size and the wide variety of Yukon attractions permit each tour to be personalized to accommodate special interests such as wildlife viewing, nature photography, bird watching, hiking, paddling and participating in cultural and interpretative programs.

Each step in the Great River Journey takes visitors further back in time and deeper into the wilderness, history and culture of the Yukon. Overnight accommodation is in small, private, remotely situated lodge facilities. Each lodge has been designed and themed to harmonize with and accentuate the unique wilderness and historical aspects of the surrounding area. Private “tented” sleeping cabins provide guests with all the security and comfort of a first class hotel suite with the feeling and appearance of a tented cabin.

Fine cuisine featuring local ingredients and traditional foods is served throughout the journey. The lodge accommodation at each overnight stop becomes more rustic, closer to nature and themed in the time period being explored. The tour is comprised of two nights at Upper Labarge Lodge (a Yukon riverboat stop of the 1930s), two nights at Homestead Lodge (a wilderness homestead from 1901) near Fort Selkirk (an historical site preserved in the wilderness), one night at Wilderness Outpost (a trading post of the 1840s) and two nights in Dawson City (the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898) now a Canadian Historic Site.

The Great River Journey has been developed as a responsible tourism product, with respect for the environment and First Nations culture as its cornerstone values.
Great River Journey

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Aurora viewing

Aurora Village - Northwest Territories

Aurora Village is largely made up of tepees, kept warm for your enjoyment, while waiting for the aurora. Guests can learn about the scientific and legendary element of the aurora borealis and receive information on how to photograph them. We have heated seats for your aurora viewing comfort. Food and drinks are served nightly in our dining hall.

Conveniently located on nearby Aurora Lake, Aurora Village offers both day and night activities that will make the memories of your stay in Yellowknife last a lifetime.

At 62.27 degrees latitude, we experience up to 20 hours of darkness.
W e have designed Aurora Village to maximize the viewing pleasure of our guests and introduce them to our culture, the northern environment and offer them some good wholesome fun!

Since we are located on a hilltop overlooking the lake our guest have an excellent panoramic view, without any distractions from city lights or passing vehicles.

Soft light from lanterns provide enough light for safe walking without interfering with a guest's view of the Northern Lights.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Sightings on the Coast

Captain Neil Shearar reports some great highlights from the just completed 7-day North Coast / Khutzeymateen trip aboard the Island Roamer. With the early spring salmon runs now coming in, various pods of orcas from the "A" clan were in the area providing some excellent whale watching. The Khutzeymateen Conservancy lived up to its reputation with some incredible grizzly bear viewing with local guide Greg Palmer. The finale was coming upon a howling wolf pack and a lone wolf out along the shore; followed on the last morning by a visit to one of the most famous petroglyphs (rock carvings) on the coast, "Man who fell from Heaven", accompanied by a Tsimshian native guide. If you haven't visited this area book now for 2011 and find out why everyone is talking about the Khutze!

June 3-6, 2011 (4 days) £1450
June 7-10, 2011 (4 days) £1450
June 11-14, 2011 (4 days) £1450
June 15-21, 2011 (7 days) £2550

NB These trips can be combined with a wonderful holiday in the Galapagos of the North, the Queen Charlotte Islands

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sevilla Island Resort - British Columbia

I went here a few years ago and loved it.

At Sevilla Island Resort we focus on providing both relaxing oceanside vacations and memorable eco-adventures to guests of all ages. We offer oceanfront accommodations, exquisite meals, Desolation Sound Sea Safari Boat Tours , Snorkeling Tours , Savary Island Biking/Beachcombing Trips , Sea Kayaking Tours and a wide range of other eco-adventure activities with either individual pricing or all-inclusive packages. You can relax at the Resort, select from one of our standard all-inclusive adventure packages, or have us arrange a custom activity package to meet your specific BC Sunshine Coast vacation needs.

The Resort is located on Sevilla Island just across the bay from Lund harbor on the world renowned BC Sunshine Coast. The area around the Resort offers a rich ecological diversity with five protected marine parks, towering mountains, lush rainforests, sandy beaches, rocky islands and hundreds of miles of rugged coastline. The area around the Resort is a mecca for sea kayaking, hiking, sea safari's, snorkeling/scuba diving, canoeing, beachcombing, mountain biking, fishing and 4x4ing. There are few places in the world where you can engage in so many different outdoor activities in such a wide range of diverse settings.

For those looking for a more relaxing vacation the stunning scenery, diverse marine life and broad array of local flora and fauna provide for excellent exploring, sightseeing, bird watching and photography. You can relax and enjoy the scenery around the Resort from one of our many decks, lounge in our oceanside hot tub, explore the warm waters and sandy beaches of Savary Island, experience Desolation Sound on one of our Sea Safari's or go golfing or fishing.

It is not our website because it is so small, but give me a ring on 020 8776 8709 and we can certainly help you include Sevila Island Resort on your BC holiday itinerary

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tin Cup Lodge, Yukon

When Tincup Lodge was built in 1991, no expense was spared in constructing the finest of facilities. The main lodge offers sweeping views of the lake and surrounding mountains, and features a dining room, bar, kitchen and large outdoors deck with a hot tub. The duplex cedar-log guest cabins can accommodate 10 guests and each have their own cozy wood stove, covered verandah and private bathrooms.

Owned and operated by Larry Nagy and Jose Janssen, the Lodge is a labor of love, it expresses the commitments we have made to their guests' comfort and enjoyment, to the Yukon wilderness and to the fine art of fishing and relaxing.

Pictures are worth thousands of words!

Tincup Lodge guests are met either at the arrivals in Whitehorse Airport or at their Whitehorse Hotel Lobby and are then transported to the Alpine Aviation floatplane dock.

They are then flown by a Beaver or Cessna 206 floatplane, 250 km to Tincup Lodge.

The cost of this chartered flight is included in the 4 or 7 day Tincup Lodge package.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gatherall´s Puffin & Whale Watch - Newfoundland/Labrador

This is a note from the company that we use to see puffins and whales near St. John's in Newfoundland.

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce Gatherall's. Our Family firmly believes that if you compare Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch with all of the other marine tour operators in Newfoundland, you are sure to determine that Gatherall's is the overwhelming choice to include as part of your Newfoundland itinerary. We look forward to an opportunity to demonstrate our ability to your clients first hand this season.

Gatherall's takes pride in the warmth, sincerity, and professionalism of our staff.

We have taken great care to select those unique individuals whose enthusiasm is contagious. Gatherall's goes to great lengths to retain our staff so as to ensure our clients receive the highest level of service possible. Local guides--to whom hospitality comes naturally--will captivate you with their enthusiasm, energy and spirit. Their goal is to bring to life all of the wonders of the Reserve and the rich and varied history of our area.

Gatherall's goes to great lengths to ensure that we provide the highest level of service to all of our clients. Our guides receive the most in-depth training and on the job experience provided by any operator. Attention to detail pervades our entire operation and is one of the reasons why Gatherall's continues to thrive while many others have come and gone.

The live commentary presented during the 90 minute tour is a blend of adventure, excitement, and education your group will cherish for a lifetime. This program has been specially prepared to offer our guests a deeper appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of our province. As it is a live presentation, this program remains flexible so as to satisfy the particular interests of each group.

The program is intended to be both educational and entertaining. Information offered on the trips is now available in both German and French, in written and audio form. Live entertainment is also available upon request.

Gatherall's dedication to providing memorable experiences is matched only by our commitment to quality, innovation, and integrity.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Le Manoir Richelieu Resort in Charlevoix, Québec

Nestled majestically between the sea and the mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Quebec Resort in Charlevoix is a vision of historical splendor. Rich in tradition, this exquisite paragon of hospitality blends the quiet charm of the countryside with the sophistication of a world-class resort.

The expert Quebec resort staff and well-equipped facilities guarantee successful meetings and conferences. Outdoor activities abound at Manoir Richelieu - golf, whale-watching cruises on the St. Lawrence River, downhill and cross-country skiing and tennis are but a few of the activities that would make your stay worthwhile. There is a world-class casino where you can test your lucky streak! Experience the magnificent landscape surrounding Fairmont Manoir Richelieu’s Charlevoix hotel – a source of inspiration for artists and a delight to both business and leisure travellers.

At the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord, Baie-Ste-Catherine is perched between the cliffs and the sea. Known as one of the world’s most beautiful bays, it is home to several species of whales during the summer. Croisières AML gives you the chance to encounter these astounding marine mammals.
You can expect to see the white beluga whale; if you are lucky you might run into into one of the might blue or fin whales that inhabit the St. Lawrence.

Manoir Richelieu

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Participate in Actual Whale Research - Newfoundland/Labrador

Our Whale Study Week is a great opportunity to participate in actual whale research.

Your experience will start with an introduction to the ocean and the whales during a 2.5 hour trip on the Atlantic Whaler. We also view puffins and hundreds of thousands of other seabirds. We review the marine ecology of the North Atlantic (get our sea legs) and prepare for our onboard assistance to local whale census and acoustic research. We also travel to the eastern edge of the continent to do more whale watching.

We spend six hours on board our coast guard certified vessel looking at whales. Humpbacks and minkes are the most common whale species but dolphins and fin whales are also occasionally seen. In fact, 20 varieties of whales are reported from Newfoundland waters so you can expect an occasional surprise. We will focus on tail fluke photography, individual whale recognition, behavioral observations, feeding ecology and just enjoying the sights. We have also been involved with hydrophone development research and may try to listen in on humpback feeding sounds together with any vocalizations associated with their other behaviours.

On we go whale watching from the land as we try to take in some of the range of the world's largest population of humpbacks. A caribou herd, moose habitat, a humpback-feeding beach and seals usually add to the day's sightings. Scenic photographers will enjoy the coastline and the lighthouses should they want to see more than just the whales. Bird lovers will enjoy the small seabird colonies near our whale study lookouts. This day is sometimes the holiday highlight as we enjoy up-close encounters with the humpbacks as they cruise their feeding beach.

Humpback tails are as distinctive as human faces or fingerprints; and we use this six hours on the water attempting to get scientifically useful tail shots that allow us to identify individual whales and mother calf pairs. This provides insight into their range and life history. You'll learn how we contribute to the worldwide study of both humpbacks and orcas. If the science doesn't excite you just sit back and enjoy the gentle antics of the whales and the other wildlife of the North Atlantic.
Whale Research

Friday, June 04, 2010

Golf in British Columbia

A few spectacular suggestions for golfing in British Columbia

Discover the Okanagan… Renowned for its natural beauty, abundant sunshine, crystal-clear lakes and extended golf season, it's truly a golfers' paradise! Situated on the eastern shore of th e Okanagan Lake mid-way between Penticton in the south and Vernon in the North, Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley. With fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural like - yet orchards and vineyards within 10 minutes of the downtown core, Kelowna is the perfect setting for any golfer.

GolfBC is pleased to offer two wonderful facilities centrally located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Golf Club, consisting of The Bear and The Quail courses, and Gallagher's Canyon are both nestled amongst spectacular ponderosa pine forests and emerald greens. If time is limited and you want to be able to enjoy all the highlights of the breathtaking city of Kelowna, perhaps our 9-hole mid-length Pinnacle Course would be more fitting.

Furry Creek is not a course that one merely plays - it is an enriching adventure to be savoured. Considered one of the most beautifully landscaped playgrounds in the province, Furry Creek delivers an unforgettable experience with its breathtaking beauty, dramatic play and first-class facilities. Be sure to visit the Sea to Sky Grill - serving the best in West Coast cuisine.

As BC's most scenic golf course, Furry Creek perfectly captures the most spectacular qualities of this part of the country. This par 72, 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Muir Graves and built in 1993 offers panoramic ocean views and encounters with abundant wildlife.

Snowcapped peaks. A brilliant emerald-coloured lake. Majestic fir trees. Fresh, invigorating mountain air. This is the setting that inspired the great Jack Nicklaus to create a course as unique as himself.

This par 71, 18-hole course winds along a gentle valley floor offering you a spectacular setting as your golfing skills are tested to the fullest. Just minutes from cobblestone walkways and street side cafes of the resort town of Whistler, Nicklaus North stands out as one of the great courses in North America. It's no wonder this is only one of a few rare golf courses in the world bearing Jack Nicklaus' name.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Parksville, Vancouver Island - British Columbia

During the winter, adventurous locals and tourists alike flock to BC's hills and valleys for skiing, snowboarding, and dog sledding, During the summer, escape to the great outdoors for rock-climbing or white-water rafting.

Looking for family-friendly fun in British Columbia? Water activities abound, including whale watching, kayaking, fishing, and scuba diving. Or stick on dry land at one of BC's renowned golf courses.

Sheltered on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Parksville lays claim to long stretches of sandy, white beaches, hot summer days, and incredible scenery. Each August, the city is host the annual Parksville Beach Festival. The weeklong event caters to families, but will be enjoyed by all. The highlight of the festival is the sandcastle building competition, which features professional teams from around the world. The public is invited to watch the teams create their amazing sand structures and vote on their favorite. Build a castle of your own, have your face painted, or simply stroll down the beach collecting sand dollars.

Explore the beauty of Englishman River Falls Park, only 12 km (7.5 mi.) west of Parksville. The park was named after a First Nation's legend that told of natives discovering the remains of a white man beside the river over 100 years ago. Hike the scenic trails that wind through the park, up stairs and across bridges over rushing streams. Pack a picnic and settle beside the magnificent waterfalls for a relaxing afternoon before you trek out of the park again.

Parksville sits 147 km (92 mi.) north of Victoria on Highway 19. Commercial bus routes service the area, while commercial airlines fly into Nanaimo, 37 km (23 mi.) south of Parksville. BC Ferries depart from Tsawwassen and Horseshoe ferry terminals in Vancouver, and dock in Nanaimo Avg. July Temp: 23.5ºC (74ºF)

Hotels recommended by Frontier Canada: Tigh-na-mara Resort and the new Beach Club.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wine in British Columbia - a hidden and excellent secret

Did you know that BC produces some excellent and award winning wines? Burrowing owl is just one, but one of the best. Situated in the very pretty Okanagan Valley, Frontier Canada can incorporate it in a fly-drive holiday for you.

The Winery at Burrowing Owl Vineyards - Osoyoos Lake - British Columbia

Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way of life at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Founder Jim Wyse is committed to balance, well beyond that of the fine, world-class wines being produced. A kind of Hippocratic oath ("to do no harm") underlies the creative viticultural and enological practices at Burrowing Owl.

The varied and deceptively fragile desert ecosystems within the adjoining vineyards continually challenge the environmentally sensitive team at Burrowing Owl. Alternative pest control systems are the standard. More than 100 bluebird boxes and two bat nurseries invite insect-eating guests to stay awhile and dine in the vineyards. Ground nests of meadowlarks are protected by barriers in springtime to prevent farm machinery and vineyard workers from inadvertently destroying them. Snakes are safely relocated. Bears and big horned sheep are discouraged from sharing the harvest but never harmed.

The winery and vineyard lie within one of Canada 's most unique ecosystems which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. The location (on a southwest-tilting, sandy plateau) near the north end of Osoyoos Lake, is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada.

On weekends at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, a tour guide is available to personally lead you into our cellars and describe the inner workings of the winery. There is no cost and reservations are not needed.

Live the legend that is Great Slave Lake - Northwest Territories

Great Slave Lake stretches to the northern horizon like a vast inland sea. It’s one of the biggest, deepest freshwater lakes on the planet, and the second largest lake within Canada. Great Slave stretches 456 kilometres from east to west, and feeds the 1800 km long Mackenzie River, which flows north to the arctic coast. With typical northern understatement, we call Great Slave “the Big Lake”.

Hay River is the largest community, a town, shipping port and home of the Great Slave fishing fleet. Take a local boat tour, or seek out the headwaters of the Mackenzie River in a sea kayak. Go camping or fishing with our experienced outfitters. With a population of 3253, the North's largest shipping hub has accommodations, restaurants, a seaport atmosphere and Great Slave Lake. Visit Katl'odeeche Reserve, home to the Dene Cultural Institute and Hay River Mission National Historic Site. Sports events and fishing derbies are yearly highlights, and don't miss the fiddling and jigging contest at the Metis Friendship Centre. Hay River is accessible via Highway 2; regular air service is available to and from Yellowknife. Then, drive east to the wildlife-rich Slave River Delta and Fort Resolution, once a fur trading outpost. Explore the story of the wood bison at a local ranch, or tour the Delta with an aboriginal guide. At Lutsel’ ke, accessible by air (from Yellowknife), the fishing really heats up. Here in the East Arm of Great Slave Lake you’ll find world class lake trout fishing, and the site of a future National Park.

A quiet stronghold of Chipewyan and Métis culture, Fort Resolution was established in 1786 as a fur-trade centre on the Slave River Delta. today it's a base for sport fishing adventures and explorations of Great Slave Lake. Drive here via Highway 6, or fly from Yellowknife. Accommodations include B&Bs and wilderness cabins at Little Buffalo River.

Lutsel K'e ("Place of small fish"), a Chipewyan settlement, is the only community on Great Slave Lake's legendary East Arm. You can engage an outfitter for memorable large trout fishing on the Big Lake, or to take you on a boat tour. There's a summer fishing lodge, and Lutsel K'e receives regular air service from Yellowknife.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sunshine Coast

While staying at the beautiful Rockwater Resort,

Talaysay Tours - Kayaking and Cultural Adventures - Sunshine Coast - BC

In the spirit of caring and sharing, you are invited to visit the calm waters and majestic forests of the Sunshine Coast. Learn about the ecological practices of the shishalh (Sechelt) First Nations while viewing the many species of marine life. Experience first hand the history, legends and stories of the shishalh people.

Discover the beauty of the Sunshine Coast by seagoing canoe. Your local Shishalh guide will take you on an exciting canoe adventure filled with stories and legends about the Shishalh First Nation who have lived in this area for over centuries. Discover traditional camp and village sites and learn about our ancestors' way of life. On this experience you will make your own craft – a friendship bracelet – and learn its meaning and story. Along the route you will have many opportunities to enjoy the stunning scenery and to observe the bountiful wildlife and marine life in the area. This is a smooth water adventure for all ages and abilities. * Lilly Dip is an expression for a leisure paddle. With humour intended, a paddler who is called a Lilly Dipper, is perceived as a casual paddler.

Or, you may want to take a leisurely walk and listen to the legends and whispers of the forest. Or, for the more energetic, take our day hike through the primal forest and magnificent landscape of the Tetrahedron. Our hiking guides are first-aid certified and they're bursting with traditional knowledge and stories to share with you

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nova Scotia

Just spent an awesome day on the Cabot Trail of Nova Scotia - what a day.
Have been checking out some hotels - Crown Jewell resort which is a ranch, Keltic Lodge in Ingonish with some of the best views I have seen from any hotel anywhere in Canada, an hour hiking with stunning views, a two hour whale watching experience - still a bit early in the season but still saw Minke and porpoises. Back to the Inverary Hotel in Baddeck in time to eat a lobster and swallow a couple of glasses of excellent Nova Scotia Chardonnay.

Back to real work soon - oh well :(

Monday, May 17, 2010

Nova Scotia

No pictures I am afraid - but I am working my way around Nova Scotia.
Just had two amazing days at Trout Point Lodge. What a vision those two men had when they create the lodge. In the middle of nowhere - just south of Kejimkujik and north of Yarmouth; it is a beautiful log built building on the shores of a river. The food is amazing, the rooms lovely and the fishing supberb. If you are not a fisherman - don't panic, there is still walking, canoeing and kayaking if you can pull your self away from the comfortable chairs in the great room or your bedroom. mORE SOON, but if you cannot wait, go to and put Trout Point Lodge into the search
Lap top running of battery - must rush

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

UNESCO´s Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Get yourself to the sea! Explore the historical buildings and vessels in the UNESCO town of Lunenburg. The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, recently named as one of the top 1000 best places to see in the US and Canada before you die. The Museum commemorates the fishing heritage of the Atlantic coast of Canada. Housed in brightly painted red buildings, with floating vessels at wharfside, the Museum offers a host of attractions, a maritime gift shop and restaurant.

I am going next month and really looking forward to it.

Three floors of exhibits including the world's largest collection of BLUENOSE artifacts. Wharf side exhibits, which include full access to the schooner Theresa E. Connor and the side trawler Cape Sable, where you can attempt to get your 'sea legs'. Visit the aquarium and get the scoop on scallops and lobster lore. Launch a model schooner and listen to a yarn from our old salts that have lived on the North Atlantic all of their lives.

You can fit Lunenburg in on a fly drive holiday to Nova Scotia - try this one

Lunenburg The Lunenburg Inn is highly recommended.

Friday, April 23, 2010

on of my favourite places on earth - the Pacific Rim National Park

Rainforest Trail Pacific Rim National Park - British Columbia

The trail system is a two part adventure and experience into the history of a living rainforest. The walking trail is mostly boardwalk with many interpretive signs along the route. i did it in December and it was gorgeous!

The Rainforest Hiking Trail weaves in and out of fallen trees surrounded by gigantic red cedar and western hemlock trees which tower high above, reaching towards the sky, creating an umbrella-like forest canopy. The trail is an audio theatre experience filled with wilderness sounds like singing birds, trickling water, crackling twigs, scurring wildlife and drifting ocean breezes mixed with a moist scent of forest.

The Pacific Rim Hwy divides the Rainforest Trail into " Loop A" and "Loop B" trail sections forming the number 8. Each loop trail is approximately 1 kilometre in length, mostly an easy going boardwalk trail with, what some would call, speed bumps like wooden stair climbing. There are areas to rest while reading the interpretive signs along the route.

The trail is an up and down affair, dropping in and out of sunken forest valleys passing alongside fallen trees buried in moss sprouting new trees growing from the decayed wood and vegetation.

"Loop A" starts on the otherside of the parking lot, across the Pac Rim Hwy. The route is lined with interpretive signs discussing the history and life cycles of a rainforest. From the parking lot, you can walk to the beginning of the "Loop B" portion of the Rainforest Trail. The interpretive signs discuss the forest environment and the wildlife which inhabit the forest.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Crowsnest Pass - Alberta

The Canadian Pacific Railway and a series of coal mining communities at the end of the nineteenth and turn of the twentieth century founded the Crowsnest Pass.

For over the past century the Crowsnest Pass has experienced an exciting, unique, and often tragic history. Shootouts and train robberies reminiscent of America 's wild west, Emperor Pic's rum-running empire during prohibition, numerous mining disasters, and the Frank Slide make up just part of the Crowsnest Pass ' unique history. The Crowsnest Pass is the essence of Canada 's old and new wild west.

Located two hours southwest of Calgary, Alberta in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Alberta, the Crowsnest Pass is a Mecca for outdoor recreation, history buffs, and artisans. Today you can experience the Pass by partaking in awesome outdoor recreation, taking in incredible mountain scenery, revisiting its unique history, or experiencing the artisans within the community.

A fantastic mountain playground for both summer and winter recreation the Crowsnest Pass offers its visitors activities like mountain biking, hiking, all terrain vehicles, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and world-class fly-fishing.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mountain Bike Park in Whistler

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park opening day is just around the corner, scheduled for Saturday May 15 - weather dependent.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park has something for every level of rider. Gentle, banked cruisers through the Coastal forest. Tight and twisty single track - perfect for intermediate riders. For the armour clad, full face wearing, 50lb. bike group there are steep rock faces, gnarly, root strewn lines, drop offs of all descriptions and more.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Touch the Artic - Manitoba

Churchill is more than just bears! Spring in Churchill is not prime polar bear season however it is the best time to see the aurora borealis. Area residents have been marveling over the aurora for centuries, however, they weren't watching them from the comfort of a modern home or lodge; they were watching them from the comfort of an igloo. Out of respect for both the native people and natural architecture of this land, igloo building was made a central tenet of this exciting and authentic Arctic adventure.

The Fire and Ice adventure is certainly our most rugged. The tundra is frozen and snow covered at this time of year which makes for an amazing Antarctic-like experience while being somewhat further south. This trip also offers the opportunity to participate in Inuit traditions. You will build your own igloo (for a night's stay if they feel so inclined) and will witness an authentic dog sled race, the Hudson Bay Quest, move right past your lodge.

Our Great Ice Bear adventure takes place in prime polar bear season in October and November. This is the time when polar bears in the Churchill area congregate in large numbers on the coast of the Hudson Bay as they wait for the ice to freeze so that they can begin their annual hunt. Great Ice Bear is undoubtedly the most diverse and holistic polar bear viewing package offered in the Churchill area. It combines 4 days at our wilderness lodge where bears are seen and photographed on foot or from the lodge, with one day in Churchill on the Tundra Buggy.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Columbia River Cruises - Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise West Small Ships

Scenery. History. Native American culture. You’ll find it all here.
While most river cruises carry you past urban centers and crowded shorelines, much of the Columbia & Snake Rivers remains pristine and wild. You can clearly see evidence of the great floods that carved this region thousands of years ago in the breathtakingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge, the golden coulees and scablands, the great black pinnacles of basalt that guided Lewis & Clark. The volcanic forces of the coast are apparent in snow-capped mountain peaks and the emerald evergreen forests coating the Cascade Range. And you’ll find that the past and present coexist here, from Oregon Trail wagon ruts to the eight locks and dams built to tame the mighty Columbia River.

Adventures beckon daily. Take a jet boat up Hells Canyon past 7,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs. Wander the hidden city beneath wild and wooly Pendleton, where Chinese emigrants once carried out their daily lives. Visit fascinating museums or Lewis & Clark landmarks like Fort Clatsop, where they spent the chilling winter of 1805-1806. The history of the Columbia River region is not one preserved in amber, but one you can touch, breathe and experience first-hand when you travel with Cruise West on our unique Columbia River cruises.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Moose Photography Workshop

Want to get close to a few moose - so close they stick their tongue out at you? Well we offer an opportunity to join professional photographer Rob Stimpson for a few days of shooting up in the northwest corner of Algonquin Park in Ontario on a fun-filled canoe trip. Bring your long lenses and lots of card space or film - which ever you prefer.

Arrive at the Algonquin Log Cabin for lunch (12:30pm). Enjoy a hike around the cabin before a late afternoon introduction of wildlife photogrpahy.
Wine and cheese and dinner at the Algonquin Log Cabin followed by sunset photo shoot of the point.
Accommodation double occupancy at the Algonquin Log Cabin

Breakfast and short transfer to "put in" of canoe route. Travel through lakes to base camp with lunch on the way. Enjoy basecamp on a scenic point covered in Red Pine and enjoy dinner and sunset/ dusk photo shoot with Rob.
Camping accommodation in Algonquin Park

Early morning canoe to wildlife viewing location, with great opportunities to see and photograph beavers, Great Blue herons and loons as well. Return for coffee and breakfast. After packing, out we go for a photo shoot and hike through mixed maple forest. Paddle back to the take out, stopping along the way for a large smorgasbord lunch.

The above itinerary is intended to give you an idea of a 3 day Algonquin photographic workshop. The exact program is tailored "on trip" to the preferences of the group and weather. Please note Algonquin park in June is bug season. Be prepared for black flies and mosquitoes!

Rob Stimpson is back showing all of us amateur photographers how to take great pictures of wildlife. This will be our third year offering the workshop and if the last two years are any indication, we can guarantee you will see moose - lot’s of them! One of our trips counted 28 moose in over 24 hours.

June 4-6 and June 11-13, 2010
£466 per person

"Thanks so much! This was a great trip. I wasn't sure at first - not having canoed before - but it was fantastic! The guides were great and very knowledgeable. And Rob (Stimpson) was great too with lots of advice! So, thank you Rob! And thank you Voyageur Quest for a wonderful weekend!

- 2009 participant, Marilyn Scott

Monday, March 29, 2010

Free $500 on Rocky Mountaineer

This offer came into the office today:)
Until May 14, 2010, Rocky Mountaineer are celebrating their 20th year with a very special offer. Book a qualifying Rocky Mountaineer rail tour of 7 nights or more between April 12 and May 14, 2010 and receive a credit worth $500 per couple to enhance your vacation with your choice of added experiences!

Where Canada´s Wilderness Begins

"On British Columbia’s North Coast you don’t control nature, you pay attention to her every mood. This is a place where eagles, bears, and whales outnumber people. An area with over 10,000 years of First Nations history. Where fishing is both a job and a form of recreation. A place where being friendly and out-going is just the natural way to be. This is Canada like you have never experienced. Join us in Prince Rupert, and let us share with you the history, the people, and the many moods of British Columbia’s North Coast."

Ideally situated on British Columbia's beautiful North Coast, only a short distance from the Queen Charlotte Islands and Ketchikan Alaska, Prince Rupert is easily accessible by air, rail, cruise ship, ferry, car, or rv.

The excellent sport fishing, exceptional wildlife viewing, top notch attractions, and extensive outdoor activity options make Prince Rupert the ideal choice for a family vacation, a corporate retreat, or a solo getaway.

This year, we invite you to discover, experience and explore Prince Rupert, BC.

The Northwest Coast of America came to European attention during the Age of Discovery, when Spain, England and Russia all competed to expand their influence on the Pacific coast, but it was trade that brought Europeans into direct and lasting contact with the First Nations of the coast. At first British and American ships visited in search of the prized sea otter pelts but eventually the Hudson’s Bay Company expanded their territoryto include permanent trading posts. The fur trade led the newcomers to see that the real wealth here was salmon, the bounty of the sea that formed the foundation of the First Nations lifeways. By the end of the 19th century dozens of cannery villages were scattered throughout this area to take advantage of the rich salmon runs of the Skeena and Nass rivers. The selection of Kaien Island and the Port of Prince Rupert as the terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and the arrival of the first surveyors on the future site of Prince Rupert in 1906, was the beginning of today’s city.

Today, the city of Prince Rupert remains at the edge of wilderness, secure in a sheltered inner harbour and protected by a rim of islands along the famed Inside Passage. We are a diverse mix of people, with varied interests, and guests often comment on the rich cosmopolitan culture found in our city. Superb museums and outstanding attractions defy our small population and remote location, and our lives are enriched by an extraordinary visual and performing arts community. Scenery, wildlife, sportfishing, heritage, and culture are part of our daily life.

Outstanding ferry and rail connections and new cruise facilities offer fun and easy travel alternatives, and have brought us into a new chapter in the Prince Rupert story

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Trout Point Lodge - Nova Scotia

I am off here in May - reading this makes me even more keen to check it out as it is one of the very few places on our website that I have not visited. Nova Scotia is developing an excellent reputation for good food and of couse is lucky enough to have a vast larder in its backyard!

Savor beautiful Nova Scotia river country at Trout Point Lodge, a luxury nature retreat offering superb outdoor recreation, outstanding cuisine, & engaging culinary vacations. An unparalleled place for relaxation & enjoyment of the outdoors, Trout Point's 200 acre wooded estate borders the Tobeatic Wilderness Preserve & the pristine waters of the scenic Tusket & Napier Rivers. Enjoy kayaking, cooking lessons, wood-fired hot tubs, river swimming, hiking trails, & nature walks amidst natural splendor. A true eco-lodge, Trout Point follows sustainable tourism practices. Your stay includes gourmet Creole-style meals—so just arrive in our serene world, and relax with no further worries, bills, or concerns. (Non meal-plan options are also available.) The Lodge is located just 30 minutes by car from the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal, with daily service from Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine, USA.

The Dining Room serves fresh Nova Scotia seafood in daily-changing fixed menus inspired by the French New World, including Cajun, Creole, and local Acadian specialties. Salmon, scallops, halibut, haddock, tuna, mussels, and other seafood pulled straight from the sea just hours before; wild chanterelles, porcini, or seabeans; garden-fresh organic produce; and always homemade breads and desserts form a part of every candlelit dinner.

Trout Point's cooking vacation programs offer participants complete culinary get-aways, including double occupancy in luxury Trout Point guest suites, all gourmet meals, culinary instruction in the Lodge's teaching kitchen, and field trips to unique food destinations. These learning vacations generally focus on the use and preparation of fresh seafood. Daily cooking lessons are also offered to regular guests, happening almost every afternoon. The Seafood Cookery School teaches beginners and advanced cooks alike how to identify, choose, and prepare fresh fish and shellfish using the French Creole sensibilities of our Louisiana-trained instructors.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Norstead Viking Village - Newfoundland/Labrador

A Viking Village and Port of Trade on L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland is a non-profit organization that was created to take history out of the exhibit case and place it in the hands of visitors. Join costumed interpreters in the dim light of the Viking-style Chieftain's Hall and listen to mysterious Viking tales.Check out info on the blacksmith forging iron. Step aboard the full-scale replica of the Viking ship "Snorri". Learn how the Vikings mastered the North Atlantic. Use a simple notched stick to measure distance by the stars. Get you "Runes" told by the wise women. Shape clay into pottery the way the Vikings did. Spin sheep fleece into yarn using ancient drop spindle technology, dye the yarn bright purple, pink, or rusty yellow using local plants and berries....weave it into cloth at the loom.

Located about two km from L'Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Viking Site, the only authenticated Viking site in North America, Norstead replicates a Viking port of trade as it may have looked during the Viking era (790-1066 AD). The four-hectare site has a boat shed with its very own Viking ships, including the 54 foot replica Viking knarr which sailed from Greenland to L’Anse aux Meadows in 1998 with a crew of only nine men. There is also a chieftain's hall, church, and a workshop, with costumed interpreters who bring the site to life. All buildings, which consist of wood paneled walls and earthen floors, have been created to convey the look and feel of the Viking Era.

Norstead, which won the provincial Attractions Canada award for “Best New Attraction”, was the centerpiece of a series of events held in 2000 to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the Vikings' arrival in the New World. Those events generated widespread media coverage and helped the site attract 28,000 visitors in its first season of operation. The aim of the site is to ensure that visitors have the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of Norse life, while having fun through an enriched travel experience.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Gaspé Peninsula - Québec - a journey around Canada from the Canada holiday specialists

The imposing Gaspé Peninsula, jutting out into the Atlantic, offers its inhabitants and the many visitors who flock to the area beautiful vistas of the sea and mountains. As big as Belgium, with just over 30,000 square kilometres, its population of more than 100,000 people is concentrated in waterside towns and villages, and the mountains of the interior have largely remained a wild and virgin territory that is much appreciated by outdoors enthusiasts.

The mountains at the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula are among the tallest in Quebec. Mount Jacques-Cartier, for example, reaches 1,268 m and is the highest summit in the southern part of the province. But these mountains are only a shadow of what they once were, as gradual erosion – particularly by glaciers during the most recent ice age – transformed the once towering peaks into undulating plateaus.

The Gaspé is but the northeastern tip of the Appalachians – an extensive mountain chain that begins as far away as Alabama in the United States. Hikers who walk the length of the famous International Appalachian Trail are very proud of their accomplishment once they reach the end at Cap-Gaspé. But few of them realize that they have only seen half of the Appalachians, the next section beginning on the island province of Newfoundland in the Atlantic, and continuing to the other side of the ocean, into the highlands of Scotland and Norway...

Thursday, March 04, 2010

The Heritage of Banff National Park - Alberta

It was the first in Canada and third in the world when it was created in 1885 after a natural hot springs was discovered. Banff National Park soon became a tourism icon around the world, as well-known as our Mounties in red serge jackets and felt hats. Maps were charted, luxury hotels were built, mountains were climbed and tourists arrived with the train, then cars and air travel. Banff - named for Banffshire, Scotland - and Lake Louise are located within the park which forms part of the UNESCO.

In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.

Banff National Park and Lake Louise encompass a vast, untamed territory begging to be explored. Find adventure in the stunning Canadian Rockies – home to breathtaking wild animals, soaring eagles, and pristine rivers flowing from 1,000 glaciers. Treat yourself to a scenic drive on The Icefields Parkway, Bow Valley Parkway, or TransCanada Highway. Each of these roadways offers spectacular scenery and a sublime, relaxing escape. You’ll love natural wonders like Columbia Icefield, Johnston Canyon, Castle Mountain Junction, and Bow Glacier.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Fossil World Discovery Center - Alberta

Drumheller Alberta Canada leading attractions are the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Fossil World Discovery Center, World's Largest Dinosaur and Reptile World.

Fossil World Discovery Center delivers quality family edutainment for memories and learning that will last a lifetime. There is real magic in coming into the Drumheller badlands and experiencing as a family all the dinosaur models, the world class Fossil World Discovery Center.

Drumheller is a total immersion into understanding dinosaurs, fossils, minerals and the natural history of Alberta. There is something here for everyone in the family and we can promise you a memorable and meaningful family learning time together.

Drumheller is known as the Dinosaur Capital of the World, because of its location in the heart of the Canadian badlands and the abundance of dinosaur fossils found here. The hills of Drumheller are still filled with buried dinosaurs. There are so many dinosaurs in our hills that new excavations could continue for a 100 years or more.

This is as close as you will get to a real T.Rex and live to tell about it. This dinosaur is simply the finest animatronic dinosaur made in the world. It is so well done and so realistic you will be amazed. Be sure your batteries are charged up to capture and bring home your family memories.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


I am just back from a fabulous few days in Whistler and Vancouver - the sun shone, the atmosphere was unbelievable and of course the sport was amazing. However, Whistler is also really good in the summer as well.
Summer in Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia

There are few places in the world that can match the endless adventure and entertainment that Whistler Blackcomb squeezes into a summer. From a sightseeing gondola ride to a mountaintop restaurant to an alpine hike with 360 degree views; from a bear viewing tour to a glacier walk; from a day in our mountain bike park to an afternoon of mini golf, there is an activity with just the right amount of adventure to suit just about anyone.

Nothing compares to the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience. The journey between the two Mountains provides a 360-degree window into Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment, its surrounding peaks, changing seasons and wildlife habitat, but sightseeing is just the start of your adventure. Looking for an epic hike to an ancient glacier? A gentle stroll on an alpine walking trail? A tour of black bear habitat? High tea at an alpine hut? Wine tasting on a mountain-top patio? The choice is yours with the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Access 50+ kilometres of hiking trails spread over 19 trails, including six new options on Blackcomb Mountain. From easy to epic, there’s something for everyone.

Whistler is truly North America's finest four-season mountain resort with golf to match. In the summer Whistler is home to some of the finest signature golf courses in the world.

Nicklaus North is the only golf course in the world to bear the name of its legendary designer. One look and you'll see why it was this spectacular track to which Mr. Nicklaus decided to attach his moniker. It is 6,908-yard, par 71 gem framed by snow-capped peaks and glacier-fed lakes. Nicklaus North Golf Course weaves between ancient fir trees and blends seamlessly with the incredible natural surroundings. It contains all the hallmarks of classic Nicklaus design, from the trademark bunkering to long, challenging par threes and is a must-play for any golfer visiting Whistler.

Rising above Whistler Village are the vast coastal hemlock-cedar forests of the Whistler Blackcomb ski area. These forests interspersed with ski trails provide diverse food and shelter for some 50 black bears. Experience the pristine views of wildlife, glacial peaks and memorable sunsets in a 4x4 vehicle. Travel through deep old growth coastal hemlock-cedar forests, visit active bear dens, daybeds and feeding sites. Witness evening play between a mother and her cubs.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Yukon Horseback Riding Adventures

Enjoy a horseback ride through the scenic country around Fox Lake or Lake Laberge, just a short drive north of Whitehorse in the Yukon. The legendary Midnight Sun provides not only long days, but a type of light that photographers dream of.

Join us for a day horseback ride, or just stop by the lakeshore and relax or cast a rod into the pristine waters where Arctic grayling and lake trout live. Watch a beaver build his dam or a bald eagle soaring high overhead. Listen to the varied sounds of the many different species of waterfowl in the area. Traveling by horseback offers a superb way to enjoy the sights, the sounds and the feel of the wilderness.

If you're looking for a longer excursion, join one of our multi-day horsepacking trips. These trips can be customized to suit your needs, and range from overnight to seven days in length. Ride to the top of a mountain for some breathtaking scenery, listen to an owl hoot from outside the glow of a cozy campfire, explore the many hidden lakes in the area, learn to pack a horse, or observe wildlife from a distance. Explore natural game trails with an experienced guide and learn the local lore and history of the region.

To expand the multi-day adventure possibilities even more, there is cabin and bunkhouse accommodations available, and "ranch stay / pack trip" combinations.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies - Alberta

The Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience is located on Canada’s most scenic mountain roadway; The Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff. This is the route to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing waterfalls and numerous hiking trails, picnic spots and campgrounds. Getting to the Columbia Icefield is a remarkable attraction in itself!

The Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience™ reveals the most unique attraction in the Canadian Rockies. Massive Brewster Ice Explorers, specially designed for glacial travel, take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Each 90 minute journey is lead by an experienced driver-guide, who shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Mid-point in the tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and stand on this powerful ancient ice. Tours depart every 15-30 minutes from the Icefield Centre on the Icefields Parkway.

Facing the Columbia Icefield Visitors' Centre lies the Athabasca Glacier - a tongue of ice 6 kilometres long and one kilometre wide. Take time for Brewster's "Ice Age Adventure", a tour onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier. You will travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer to the middle of the glacier, on a 5 kilometre round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the mid-point, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 400 years ago.

The Columbia Icefield is located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. One of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, it covers an area of nearly 325 square kilometres, sometimes reaching a depth of 300-360 metres. The continuous accumulation of snow feeds eight major glaciers including the Athabasca, Dome, and Stutfield Glaciers, all visible from the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is a true "hydrological apex," for its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Visit to Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria - British Columbia

The Gem of the Pacific North-West, the Garden City of Canada, is the preferred destination of millions of international visitors each year. Many British Columbians also call Victoria home. One little known fact is that Victoria receives 65% more sunshine than Vancouver. Said another way, Vancouver receives 65% more rain than Victoria.

Victoria offers a unique blend of old-world British charm and 21st Century comfort. In 1862 Victoria was described as: "The largest town north of San Francisco; population 4,000 to 5,000, or about four-fifths of the entire population of the colony. Four years ago it was a trading post of the Hudson Bay Company, and contained about 250 people."

Whether you wander the vibrant gardens and parks, stroll the lively Harbour or break-water, visit the museums and stately homes, go to a spa or rest in the sun as you watch the world go by, Victoria has something for everyone.

For exciting shopping, visit the quaint shops on Government Street, the open-air craft market in Bastion Square, Antique Row, Murchies the Tea merchant, the many art galleries or the excellent specialty stores in the downtown.

Discover fine dining at one of the many local restaurants offering everything from North West Cuisine to exotic ethnic fare. And consider doing Victoria in Victorian style by staying at one of Victoria's fine Bed and Breakfast Inns where your hosts can point you in all the right directions.

With its mild weather and temperate climate there is always a flower in bloom from the cherry blossoms in January, through daffodils and tulips in March, lilacs in May, to the abundance of roses and rhododendrons in the Summer and Fall. The air reflects the aroma from the blossoms, especially during the long summer nights.

The sun shines on Victoria year round and, when it rains, the rose petals glisten, the rich greens deepen and the fragrance in the air sweetens - encouraging the abundant bird life to sing out.

This is the city that breaths in an abundance of fresh sea air and soaks up more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Canada. It’s the perfect place to hold hands with nature and witness marine wildlife in its natural habitat; and to feel safe, free, and refreshed.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Parliament Hill - Ottawa - Capital of Canada

Following on Dave's visit last winter, here is some information about the summer in Ottawa

Parliament Hill is the seat of Canada’s government, home to both the House of Commons and the Senate. Free tours are offered every day, but are occasionally rescheduled due to the business of the House. You must pass through security similar to an airport.

In the summer, there is a free Changing the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill each day at 10:00 a.m. Modelled on the version performed in London, the ceremony runs from late June to late August 25 annually. Pure pomp and ceremony.

There’s also a free Sound and Light Show, entitled Canada: The Spirit of a Country, on Parliament Hill every night after dark between early July and early September. Images are projected onto the Parliament Buildings.

Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill are spectacular—the only place to be on July 1 if you’re Canadian, or even if you’re not. Free concerts, short speeches by politicians, the Snowbirds, the Musical Ride, maple leaf “tattoos,” face painting, fabulous fireworks, and everyone in a patriotic mood.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bear watching on Vancouver Island

This amazing picture was taken from Hidden Cove Lodge near Port McNeill on Vancouver island.
The northern part of Vancouver island is one of the many hidden gems of British Columbia. It is one of the best places to see whales, sea otters and both grizzly and black bears.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Newfoundland - good news

Air Canada have resumed direct flights from Heathrow to St. John's in Newfoundland - the closest bit of Canada to England. This is splendid as it now only takes a few hours to get to this wonderful province.

The Artisan Inn has operated since 1997 and, by Canada Select, is Trinity’s highest rated inn. In addition to the main building of the Artisan Inn there is a fishing “store” at the shoreline. Originally used to store and maintain nets and gear, it is now home to the Twine Loft dining room, recommended in Where to Eat in Canada. We also offer Vacation Homes and operate the Campbell House B&B.

The Inn provide full breakfasts, soup and a sandwich lunches and, in the evening, affordable fine dining. Our evening menus are table d'hote using local produce and products and employing eco-friendly practices.

There is an in-house sommelier and careful attention is given to our wine list and to food and wine pairing.

Twine Loft dining is open to the general public and we encourage visitors to Trinity to drop by, visit us and view the menus. The Twine Loft is also a venue for artisan workshops and artistic presentations.

The accommodations are in several buildings, each with only a few bedrooms within minutes walking distance of Trinity’s major attractions. Trinity itself is centrally located on the Bonavista Peninsula and within an hour’s drive of other popular area attractions. Trinity is about a 3 hour drive from St. John’s.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Historical Trains in Saint Constant, near Montreal Quebec

Exporail - Canadian Railway Museum - Saint-Constant, Québec

Exporail's new exhibit pavilion showcases 44 historic pieces of rolling stock in a spectacular climate-controlled 90,000-square-foot building. With a total of over 160 streetcars, interurban railway cars and locomotives, Exporail is recognized as one of the world's most important railway museums – and is, bar none, the largest such collection in Canada.

MTC streetcar 1959 runs every day from 10 AM to 4 pm.

The "John Molson" locomotive, a replica of an 1849 steam engine locomotive, is used for demonstrations on occasion throughout the summer. Check our schedule for details.

Barrington Station, an example of a rural flag stop station from southwestern Quebec, brings visitors back to the nineteenth century.

Other vehicles from the collection are on view in the railway yard; Visitors will frequently see railway cars and locomotives in motion. You will feel the sensation of being in a real operating rail yard.