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5 Ways to Find Romance at Whistler Cornucopia

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The late fall on the west coast of Canada can be a dark and stormy time of year. There’s driving rain, wind that blasts the last leaves off of trees, and it’s dark early. Like really early, we’re talking 4:00 PM. It can all wear a parenting couple down just as the stress of the holidays approach. Our solution is for couples to escape the wind-driven rain and grey skies by planning romantic, culinary-focused weekend getaway from it all at…

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10 Cool Things to do in Surrey B.C. that’ll surprise you

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It’s the size of the place you notice first. The city of Surrey, British Columbia, is really, really big. The downtown is growing out and up to the skies, and the landmass just seems to go on forever. Then it’s the transitions, from city to country, from urbanity to vast farm fields with neat rows of vegetables and fruit vines. There’s an evolution of place happening, from a rural past to urban future. A tension about not wanting to grow too…

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How to Drive your Dream Car with Porsche Driving Experience Whistler

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We were hanging off of a cliff somewhere deep in Whistler’s scenic Callaghan Valley. I couldn’t see the ground below from behind the wheel of our luxury Porsche Cayenne. Our Porsche Driving Experience guide Mike was gesturing to continue but surely, it was madness to accelerate into open air, wasn’t it? I could do this. I had just learned how. My family assured me they were fine and I pressed the accelerator gently to get us up, over and down…

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22 Surprising Things to Do in Abbotsford, British Columbia

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Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the practice of travel reveals something about a place that you thought you knew and blows your preconceptions out of the water. That’s the beauty of discovery. As a frequent traveller, getting my mind blown by a destination doesn’t happen to me as often as I’d like. But it did happen recently, and in the most unlikely place, Abbotsford, British Columbia. The city has always been a drive-through kind of place that I thought had little to…

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Planning a Fabulous Girls Getaway in Victoria BC

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British Columbia’s charming capital city of Victoria is a fabulous and well known romantic travel destination. Though truth be told, the horse-drawn carriage rides, quaint little boutiques, cute inner harbour and floral displays galore make it a haven for all kinds of tourists. Including those embarking on a girls getaway in search of great shopping, food, libations and fun attractions. My friend Nancy of Luxe Travel Family and I did one such adventure recently, and I’m excited to share the…

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Best Spots to Eat and Stay in Sun Peaks

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As Canada’s second largest ski area, Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia has all the elements you’d expect for great family holidays. Great champagne powder skiing in winter, biking and hiking in beautiful wildflower-covered hills in summer, and seasonal activities galore. Of course, doing all of those great outdoor activities requires fuel in the form of food and drink, and downtime to rest up for the next day’s adventures. Fortunately, guests will find that Sun Peaks is a fully mature…

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How to Enjoy a Spectacular Summer at Sun Peaks

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If you’re thinking that visiting the second largest ski resort area in Canada is just a wintertime gig, think again. Summer at Sun Peaks Resort is a mountain playground of wildflowers, hiking and biking trails, and more outdoor pursuits and family fun than you can shake a marshmallow roasting stick at. Our family loves active adventures at any time of year, and we’ve made amazing ski memories at Sun Peaks over the years. Now that we’ve had the chance to…

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How to Prepare for Pacific Coastal Cruises in Desolation Sound

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I’ve done a few cruises in my time, and tended to think of them as relaxing leisure experiences rather than those of the transformative variety. You eat, lay in the sun, eat again, drink, do some shore excursions, you get the picture. But I’m excited that later this summer, I’ll have the opportunity to experience a transformative outdoor adventure on a small ship cruise and stay in the remote Desolation Sound region of beautiful British Columbia. This Pacific Coastal Cruises in…

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Ten things to do in Vancouver before the summer ends

Tips on How to Travel Better with Google Touring Bird

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If you’ve ever wanted to streamline your travel planning and research using the power of technology while simultaneously tapping into authentic experiences from local experts, welcome to the world of Touring Bird. Travel and trip planning just got a little better and easier, thanks to Google’s recently launched travel app site. Google Touring Bird is a web-based travel app from Google’s Area 120 (a workshop for experimental projects), where travellers can explore, compare and book over 75,000 tours and activities from top providers….

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How to Plan the Most Amazing Trip on Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer Train

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The sound of the train clicking along the tracks filled my ears as I leaned out to take a photo of one of my favorite sites in the Canadian Rockies, Castle Mountain. We weren’t going to pass this way again so I clicked away, hoping for at least one non-blurry photograph. I turned into the vestibule to get away from the wind, and smiled at the passenger next to me as the scenery raced by. Karen was visiting from England….

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