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Cape Breton’s Beggars Banquet

My heart sank when I saw it on the tour itinerary; a themed costume dinner, where you have to dress up too. My basic nightmare, in fact. But what I hadn’t counted on was the sheer joie de vivre of the Beggars Banquet experience which had...Read more...

Grouse Mountain’s New Light Walk

I’m ashamed to admit it but this is the first time I’ve been up to Grouse Mountain in the winter; I don’t ski and charming though a trip on Santa’s sleigh sounds, I just hadn’t made it up there. But whereas...Read more...

Crazy-Sexy-Cool: Montreal’s W Hotel

Maybe the W stands for ‘wow’, because that was certainly my reaction when I walked into my suite at the W Hotel Montreal. I’m not much given to hotel hyperbole but sometimes you open a door and all you can do is whoop with...Read more...

Seasonal Signs… It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas in Vancouver

I never used to get into the festive spirit: the sound of sleigh bells and carols on the radio left me cold, those supposedly-heart tugging Christmas adverts made me feel even more Grinch-like than usual and really, it just seemed so… ugh....Read more...

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2016 Tickets Released

It’s one of my favourite events in Vancouver’s culinary calendar, the Vancouver International Wine festival; a blizzard of fun wine-based events, tastings, and special winery dinners which takes place each February, just in time to give us all a...Read more...

Peddling through the Prairies: Explore Edmonton and Calgary by Bike

I guess it makes sense that the prairies are so utterly cycle-friendly: flat, wide open spaces and oh, those endless skies. I got to spend some time in Alberta recently on trips to Calgary and Edmonton, both cities that I’d always associated...Read more...

Marc Lepine’s Atelier: Canada’s Most Extraordinary Restaurant

Ever since I discovered that hummingbirds can exist on sugar-water it confirmed all my suspicions that these tiny vivid flying miracles were Disney-ish creatures, who, in all likelihood exist in cartoonish technicolour and probably help...Read more...

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...Read more...

See Black Bears on the Beach

Even the relentless drizzle of west coast rain couldn’t spoil the thrill of spotting bears on the beach just 20 minutes away from the surfers and ice cream shops of Tofino. Their coats shaggy in the downpour, twice a day as the tide rolls...Read more...

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