Chic Canadian Getaways


 
Chic Canadian Getaways

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With the hot weather almost winding down, it’s time to start planning what you are going to do during the dog days of summer. Why not make summer ‘08 the year you set your wings to see the best of Canada. We’ve come up with the top five things to do this summer and beyond that will get you excited to play in your own backyard! Think the perfect Canadian cocktail, raw wilderness, sophisticated dining, natural beauty and splendid summer weather. After all, sometimes simply nothing compares to Home Sweet Home.



 



 



 



 



 



 

Humber Valley, NL Montreal to Halifax Toronto Ontario Whistler
BC
Niagara Falls Ontario Trans Canada Trail

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Humber Valley, Newfoundland

Humber Valley, Newfoundland
This mythic rocky island is home to sea kayaking, swimming, sunning, rock-climbing, whale-watching and just about any outdoor activity you can think of. Better yet, the scenery where you partake this outdoorsy venture is unspoiled, rich, and raw. How clearly Canadian! For the ultimate outdoor vacation, head to the Humber Valley Resort for the best of both worlds. We like to call it ‘upscale outdoor chic’. This luxe Canadian resort is set amongst 2,600 private and breathtaking acres and features chalets with huge stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and decks—complete with your own private hot tub for the perfect midnight nightcap. And as if that wasn’t enticing enough, chances are you’ll get a glimpse of a moose or two during your stay—stats show that there are more moose than people in Newfoundland! For more information, visit humbervalley.com

 


 

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Via Rail

Montreal to Halifax
The Ocean, Canada’s longest running train, has been transporting passengers from Montreal to Halifax for over a hundred years. This 21-hour luxury railroad journey takes you through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia—giving passengers a glimpse at the simple beauty of the Maritimes—in the comfort of their newly revamped cars. Classes are also available on board (called the “Easterly Class: A Maritime Learning Experience”) where you’ll get lectures on anything from culture to history to regional cuisine—all the while chugging along the St. Lawrence Seaway. You can even learn how to make a fishing net or sign-up for a Maritime cooking class. Think lobster and clam chowder. Yum. All workshops take place in the Ocean’s vintage double decker Park Car where you can also indulge in Maritime wines or microbrew while learning. Who says learning isn’t fun?! All aboard we say! For more information, visit viarail.com

 
 
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Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Toronto isn’t Los Angeles or New York. It just plays it in the movies and on TV. Head to Toronto, a.k.a. Hollywood North, in early September to get in on all the glamour when the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) rolls into town. One of the most important movie festivals in the world, especially among Hollywood producers with Oscar aspirations, the TIFF red carpet attracts la crème de la crème in the biz. Last year’s A-listers included Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie just to name a few. For 10 glorious days, the streets of Toronto simply don’t sleep. Why should you miss out? Toronto International Film Festival, September 4th to 13th, 2008. Tickets go on sale in August. For more information, visit tiffg.ca

Celebrity photo by George Pimentel

 
 
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Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia
The awe factor of the Rocky Mountains has kicked up a notch with the successful bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get in on the action while you still can. Come sun or snow, the majestic mountains that we are lucky enough to have on our own turf, warrant a trip or two. If sheer heights and golfing is your thing, then hire Blackcomb Helicopters that take you to the peak of Mount Currie where you can hit biodegradable balls (made of cornstarch!) out into the open sky. Hit your heart out and then head down hill for some après golf pampering. At Whistler’s Four Seasons Hotel you can indulge in a golfer’s massage (where they use heated golf balls instead of hot stones) and then rest your weary head on their 600-count Frette sheets all the while dreaming of the natural beauty that awaits you just outside your window. For more information, visit fourseasonshotel.com

 
 
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Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario
The world’s mistiest natural wonder is still attracting love-struck couples. The carnival atmosphere now however has been replaced by posh boutiques, gourmet restaurants and chic lounges for today’s sweethearts. In simple terms, the whole region has done a complete 360. Gone are most the heart-shaped Jacuzzi’s and wacky museums—whether you like it or not. Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the falls, is picturesque and quaint Niagara–On–the-Lake (look out for this travel special next month!) where wine lovers can partake in lectures and tours on all things red, white and sparkling! For more information, visit niagaraparks.com

 
 
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Trans Canada Trail

To look out for! Cross-Canada
In 2010, the Trans Canada Trail—the world’s longest recreational path—will be completed. Stretching coast to coast, across every province and territory, the TCT will measure 11,233 miles long (in comparison to the Appalachian Trail which is 2,174 miles)! Talk about blister-inducing fun! Designed to be shared among walkers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and horseback riders alike all Canadians will soon be able to rejoice together. For more information, visit tctrail.ca

 
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