While parts of the rest of Canada was lying under a blanket of snow, I took a roundtrip walking tour from Victoria's Inner Harbour, along the Dallas Rd seawall via Oak Bay and back to the Inner Harbour. Come join me! http://clubgeographic.com/victoria-bc-harbour-and-seawall-walking-tour/
This season, there will be a new altogether relaxing- alternative activity for those at Sunshine Village. A brand new restorative yoga mountain retreat is being opened. The new program will combine a majestic Rocky Mountain ski experience with the serenity and relaxation of an on-mountain yoga practise.
The weekend retreats, slated for spring 2014, will also include a specialized menu featuring healthy, organic fare crafted exclusively by Executive Chef Martin Brenner of the Sunshine Mountain Lodge.
This ingenious means of transport was invented by the Aboriginals and later adopted by the coureurs de bois, or woodsmen. There’s still no better way to stay atop the powder on a winter hike. Snowshoes are great for scaling snowy slopes and striding through vast wooded areas. In the cold season, don’t leave home without them!
Perched at 1500 metres amidst the natural wonders of Banff National Park you will find the Lake Louise lodge. Canada’s largest ski area is just minutes away with an abundance of snow.
The Post Hotel wine cellar has an inventory of over 25,500 bottles and more than 2200 selections of the finest wines available. Thanks to the efforts of Lake Louise Hotel owner George Schwarz, the wine list at the Post has become one of the most comprehensive in the country and continues to impress dining room guests.
“Living proof that god’s a skier”. So say those who spend winter exploring the pistes of Banff National Park - home to three of the world’s finest ski resorts; Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village.
One of the local heli-ski operators claims that Revelstoke offers the best skiing on the planet, and that may not be an exaggeration.
A huge amount of Kootenay Rockies terrain that is accessible by helicopter and snowcat, combined with massive winter snowfall, places Revelstoke in a class of its own for heli-skiing and cat-skiing. With tenure over their own vast areas of powder covered slopes, guides are able to share an intimate knowledge of their particular piece of this awesome landscape. Boarders are welcome too.
There are a number of heli-skiing and cat-skiing outfits based in and near Revelstoke (each offering various packages): CMH Heli-Skiing, Mica Heliskiing, Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, Eagle Pass Heliskiing, K3 Cat Ski, Revelstoke Cat Skiing, and Mustang Powder.
It is a feeling that most parents have probably experienced at some point. That moment in a supermarket or a playground when you suddenly realise that you do not have a clue where your child is. You fight to contain the panic that is rising and almost overwhelming you until perhaps a couple of minutes later you see your little one idly strolling along, completely unaware of the nightmare you have just endured. Now, just imagine you this scenario on the side of a mountain covered in snow. Finding your child suddenly becomes a whole lot more difficult.
Thankfully, modern day technology has found a solution. The ‘flaik’ GPS system has been introduce into a handful of ski resorts around the world, including the stunning Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec, Canada. Children under 12 who enroll in the snow school –English speaking instructors are available are given the apparatus and they give you real-time tracking of the wearer and let you know precisely where your kid is on the mountain.
Harness racing has a rich history in Prince Edward Island - Farmers raced their horses back before Confederation in 1867. It has evolved into an important sport in the Maritimes with one of the country's most significant races taking place in Charlottetown every summer....the Gold Cup and Saucer Race. It attracts some of the top horses and drivers from across North America in pursuit of this prestigious trophy Imagine what it must be like to own one of these magnificent horses and know the thrill of watching your horse moving up along the rail on its way to the finish line. Well, imagine no more. Head to the Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park and be an Owner for an Evening.
The first mode of transportation for early settlers was the sea. Lighthouses were as important to them in their trade and commerce, particularly in shipbuilding, as the railway was after Confederation. Many colonial or "first-generation" lighthouses – those built before 1873 – are octagonal shaped, and were constructed when timber was abundant in this province.
The "second- generation" lighthouses, those built after 1873, are square tapered. Some of the largest timber had to be imported from New Brunswick as the Island timber supply had been depleted by the shipbuilding industry. Each lighthouse had its individual day markings and distinguishing flash patterns.
West Point Lighthouse, constructed in 1875, was the first of the second generation lighthouses on Prince Edward Island.
Prince Edward Island is the perfect province to cycle. The Confederation Trail runs tip-to-tip from Tignish to Elmira and includes 400 kilometers of excellent rolled stone dust surface for cycling. The trail was developed on abandoned railway lines and takes you into wetlands and hardwood groves, through quaint villages and along sparkling rivers. No matter what your game -- quiet rides in the country that provide frame after frame of breathtaking photographs, day-long tours that test skill and endurance, or bone-shaking terrain that will challenge both bike and rider, PEI is the destination of choice for die-hard and casual cyclists alike. For touring enthusiasts, just get on your bike and start pedalling. The rolling hills, lush farmlands and postcard coastlines that keep our visitors coming back for more will reveal to you a whole new appreciation for your two-wheeling hobby. Frequent villages along the way offer cyclists a convenient selection of places to stay, things to eat and all round service.