Summer Festivals In BRITISH COLUMBIA

As spring turns to summer, Canada's westernmost province proves an ideal backdrop for celebration -- from mountain adventures and meditating, to building sandcastles or listening to a symphony by the sea. Here are a few of BC's favorite fests. British Columbia festivals and events are as diverse as its geography and residents. Love arts and culture? British Columbia has festivals that focus … [Read more...]

Modern and Vibrant VICTORIA, British Columbia

Liz Laing checks into the Magnolia Hotel and checks out British Columbia's revitalized capital, Victoria. While there’s plenty of old world charm still found in Victoria, a modern movement has revitalized the city with new culinary offerings, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and global shops galore. Adding to its' appeal is the city's historic architecture, combined with the rugged … [Read more...]

A Peak Experience Awaits This Winter in WHISTLER, BC

Liz Laing nestles in at Nita Lake Lodge in British Columbia's winter wonderland. Now that it's November, summer already seems like a distant memory for those of us in the northern hemisphere. That means the search is on for the ultimate winter playground. So here's a haute tip: point your skis, snowboard or snowshoes towards one of the world's most coveted mountain resorts, Whistler … [Read more...]

NEW FOUNDLAND: Inspiration at the Edge of the World

Deirdre Mendoza travels to Canada's East Coast for an unforgettable stay filled with windswept waves, Humpback whale sightings and charming fishing communities.  Writers and artists periodically seek a kind of self-imposed exile, a chance to unplug from screens and gadgets, and connect with the beauty of the natural world. This desire to check out and check in was the motive for my … [Read more...]

Fast and Fabulous in VANCOUVER

Three Days In British Columbia’s Eco-Friendly Capital of Cool. Savvy travelers already knew about Vancouver’s appeal long before the 2010 Winter Olympics. But since the winter games, the city’s cachet has gone truly global. With something for nature lovers and urbanites alike, the city is ideally situated between the mountains and the sea, surrounded by water and natural beauty but also … [Read more...]

Roc On! At CANADA’S Festival d’été de Québec

This year, Canada’s largest music festival turns 45, and Quebec City is pulling out all the stops with a brilliantly eclectic line-up ranging from Aerosmith to The Wailers. It’s a pretty tough act to follow: Take a 400 year-old walled city with a historic core that’s an architectural marvel, mix it with 11 days of city-wide concerts, more than 1,000 artists, over one million festival-goers … [Read more...]

Going Native On Vancouver Island

Just a few hours from the gleaming towers of Vancouver, dancers in ornate costumes portraying crows, bears and mythical beasts swirl to a hypnotic drumbeat in a vast longhouse. This isn't British Columbia's blissed-out version of Burning Man; it’s a performance given by Komoks tribal members on Vancouver Island, a dance done by native peoples here long before Europeans arrived and spoiled the … [Read more...]

Give Peace A Chance: Montreal Museum of Fine Art Celebrates 40th Anniversary of John and Yoko’s “Bed-In”

It’s been 40 years since John and Yoko decided to protest the Vietnam war by broadcasting live to the world from their boudoir at Montreal’s Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Issues of war and peace still dominate the headlines, making this year’s anniversary of their headline-grabbing “Bed-In” as topical as ever.  To commemorate history’s most high-profile use of bedroom politics, the Montreal … [Read more...]