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Beyond Bannock: How Feast in Winnipeg is Reconnecting Food with Culture

 Sometimes you get sobering answers to what seem like simple questions.  I’d often been puzzled by the lack of First Nations restaurants in Canada. I’d asked before why there were so few—you can pretty much count them on two hands, from Salmon ‘n’ Bannock in Vancouver to La Traite in Wendake—and never been given a satisfactory reply. Talking to Christa Bruneau-Guenther, co-owner of Feast Café Bistro in Winnipeg all the

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Winnipeg to Vancouver by train through a blizzard

  Try as you might, you can never plan for Mother Nature. We’d not anticipated so much snow so late in the year. Boarding ViaRail’s Canadian train in Winnipeg, on the way home to Vancouver, bundled up against an icy cold snap, I’d been dreaming of seeing the snow capped Rocky Mountains soaring high against a bluebird sky. 

Home-Grown Sparkling Wines Pop Canada’s Cork

The Vancouver International Wine Festival rolled into town recently, and to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, Canada took centre stage with wineries from across the country pouring their wines for a sold-out crowd.  The big hit of the festival? Sparkling wines. Bubble is booming in Canada with the country’s three main wine growing regions of British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia increasingly turning to bubbles and experimenting with different varieties

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All Om Board

I fought it for so long, but after almost four years in Vancouver I guess I’m finally worn down. Dear reader, at last I have given in and I’ve begun practicing yoga. I held out for longer than I’d imagined possible. Here in Vancouver, it seems like absolutely everyone does yoga. Head to the Kitsilano neighbourhood and see if you can find anyone who doesn’t have a mat and beautific

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A Few Words on Canada Day

Today I celebrate Canada Day as a Canadian for the very first time. I became a Permanent Resident back in January, which was one of the happiest days of my life. I fell in love with Canada back in 2009 when I came to the country for the first time. I went to Newfoundland and it was just going to be another story, just another assignment, but no. The warmth

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Vancouver International Wine Festival Tasting Room Quest: Find Five Alternative to Pinot Grigio

In the darkness and gloom of February in Vancouver there is one bright spot to look forward to: the Vancouver International Wine Festival. One of North America’s biggest wine fests, VIWF brings a head-spinning variety of wines from around the world –and from right here in B.C.– to sample along with seminars, winery dinners and plenty of fun events. I was inspired this year to try something new after talking

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On the Road for the Rough Guide to Canada in Beautiful British Columbia

It’s been an amazing few months travelling around British Columbia researching for the 2016 edition of the Rough Guide to Canada. It’s been exhausting, frustrating, hard work made a privilege thanks to exploring the jaw-clanging beauty of this huge province. Researching for a guide book means a life on the gallop, you never really have time to explore or to take a breath, always going on to the next place,

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Pondering Canada’s Complications Deep in its Desert

It’s the kind of sunshine that warms bone-deep. I close my eyes and feel soft morning rays as comforting as a cashmere scarf wrap me in a delicious warmth. I’ve missed the sun. I’ve dreamed of seeing Canada’s desert since I first knew it existed. It sounds like the most ridiculous of contradictions: to think of Canada is to imagine snow and skiing, moose and mounties, but here I am

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Challenge 9: Spot a Polar Bear

We had to wait for the all-clear before we could leave the arctic crawler. Our guide, rifle loaded and cocked, walked out onto the rocks and scanned the area making sure it was safe for us to explore. Once out there, I crouched down on the pebble-grey rocks, flecked with coppery lichen and picked a handful of the shiny jet-black blueberries which lay tucked under the sparse sprigs of greenery

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Challenge #7: Find A Truly Dog-Friendly Break in BC

“Come to Vancouver! It’s so dog-friendly!” they said. And yes, looking at the maps with all the amazing parks and beaches sure, it looks like a pooch’s dream. But the reality is that for a dog owner used to British rules and regulations, life here in Vancouver is pretty tough. I can’t take Freddie on a bus, in a pub, into any shops, restaurants or cafes – and most baffling

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