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Winterlude in Ottawa

Pack your bags and head to the capital and shy star of Ontario province -- Ottawa, Canada -- for a winter wonderland.Among Canadian cities, Ottawa best straddles the nation's cultural schisms. It sits at the confluence of three rivers -- the Rideau, the Ottawa, and the Gatineau -- and right on the lingually-charged Ontario/Québec border. Queen Victoria picked it as the Canadian national...

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Ski and Stay Deals at Le Massif de Charlevoix in Eastern Canada

This winter, Le Massif de Charlevoix is offering special vacation packages for families to welcome them to one of Canada’s most beautiful mountain resorts. Book their "Happy Parents" promotion right away... or wait a bit longer, and there are still good deals to be had.Let's start with Happy Parents: if you book before February 12, 2015 and visit between February 16-March...

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Montreal, Quebec Attractions

With fun activities like ice-skating, visiting an unusual biodome science center, boat tours, eating crepes, and admiring 17th-century architecture, the city of Montreal in Quebec province, Canada knows how to keep the entire family entertained.Montreal, an island city founded on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, is one of North America's most vibrant destinations. With a wealth of classic...

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A Chilling Winter Weekend in Montreal

What better way to weather the wintry cold than to travel north for a long weekend of icy immersion in Montreal?The logic seems skewed, but the warmth of the staff, décor, and outdoor Jacuzzi of Hotel Le Crystal convinced us that Montréal, Quebec, Canada was the perfect city for a mid-winter (or summer!) getaway.At Le Crystal, all guests are quickly greeted by highly professional...

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Touring British Columbia Virtually: The Oculus Rift VR Experience

This December, I was able to take part in the Wild Within, Destination BC's virtual reality experience used to promote travel to British Columbia. As pioneers in the use of this technology, I was curious to see what this innovative marketing team had come up with to tantalize tourists.Upon arriving at the penthouse of the Royalton Hotel in New York, I was greeted by Janice...

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British Columbia, Canada by Rail

Here are some great train options for gliding your way through Canada's most scenic western province of British Columbia. Rail journeys are a multi-generational favorite for relaxing travel. Here are some great train options for gliding your way through Canada's most scenic western province of British Columbia. Rail journeys are a multi-generational favorite for relaxing travel.Rail travel...

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Vancouver, Canada Attractions

Vancouver, Canada's great Western city and the third largest in the entire nation was the host of 2010 Winter Olympics. In addition to the scenery of the rugged Pacific Ocean coast on one side, a myriad of forested islands, and impressive snow-capped mountains rising to the north; Vancouver offers a great variety of museums and outdoor attractions to choose from. Although beautiful and fun-filled,...

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Avid Skiers + Toddler = Thrills in Banff

Imagine taking your two-year-old on a ski trip to Alberta, Canada? Here;s how one Family Travel Forum family made it a success.Several years ago, my husband, 2-year-old son and I spent a one week ski holiday at the 3,200-acre mountain resort of Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta, Canada.The skiing was outstanding, with a...

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Halifax: By Sea and By Land

Our ship eases into Halifax' vast harbor, foggy with mist. The pilot ship has already come alongside to guide our cruise ship, Premier's SeaBreeze, into port. There we are greeted by bagpipers in kilts, a vivid reminder of the marvelously rich heritage of Halifax, in Canada's "New Scotland" province, and a hint at the wonderment that lay ahead.  [FTF Note: Premier Cruises to Halifax...

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True North: Off Road Wilderness, Luxury Nearby

The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello bills itself as a luxury wilderness retreat in the heart of the pristine Canadian backwoods, and that description is spot on the mark.Closer to Ottawa (1 hour drive) than Montreal (90 minutes distant), this historic resort, on the western slopes of the Laurentian mountain range (think Mt. Tremblant), Montebello offers visitors both wilderness and luxury...

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