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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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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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How to Find the Best Outdoor Patios in Tempe AZ

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Is there anything better than scoring a sweet spot on a sunny outdoor patio at your favorite restaurant? I didn’t think so. The college town of Tempe, Arizona, has no shortage of incredible outdoor patios serving great food in a relaxed setting. As in many sunny southwest destinations, the key to a great patio dining experience is a pretty space, lots of plantings to help cool the air, shade from the hot sun, and this being Tempe, Arizona, misters in…

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13 Amazing Reasons to Travel to Tempe, Arizona

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The American southwest is like a sun magnet for those of us living north of the 49th parallel. This is particularly true of Arizona, where the warm dry days, plentiful sunshine, cool nights and desert topography are completely appealing to Canadians and well, anyone who loves a change of scenery and time in the sun. It had been a while since I’d visited the Grand Canyon State, and after some rainy winter months this year, I was more than ready…

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Where to Eat the Most Amazing Food in Saskatoon

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The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has a reputation of being the ‘bread basket to the world’. The land is fertile, covered in wheat and canola fields, and is the largest exporter of legumes (think lentils and dried peas) in the world. I’m hitting you with these agricultural factoids for a reason – to demonstrate that food is a Really Big Deal in Saskatchewan. As the province’s largest city surrounded by such bounty and blessed by people returning home or from afar…

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11 Cool Things to do in Saskatoon in Summer

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I’m going to make a bold statement. That if you haven’t visited the prairie province of Saskatchewan, you haven’t really visited Canada. There, I said it. Of course, it took me fifty years to visit Saskatchewan myself, so what does that say? Well, it says that it’s never too late to enjoy the wonders of the prairies, and you should absolutely begin your exploration in Saskatoon. Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met are from this land of big skies…

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How to Plan the Best Disney Experience for your Family

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The wonderful world of Disney and I go way back. All the way back to 1973, when I first visited Disneyland in California at the age of five. At that time, visiting Disneyland from far away eastern Canada was a really big deal. The Park hadn’t even been open for twenty years at that point, not that I noticed. I was too interested in It’s a Small World, the sweet treats, and my shiny new Minnie Mouse coin purse, which…

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