Accolades for Canada

In 1969 the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) created the Phoenix Awards to recognize conservation, preservation, beautification and anti-pollution accomplishments as they relate to travel in the United States and Canada. These awards were presented at SATW’s annual convention on 18 October this year, and of the five awards, three of them were Canadian.  … Read more

Flying With Your Pet

The holidays are coming, and for many people that means family travel to see relatives who live a flight away.  But when you arrive, is an important member of your family missing?  As pets evolve more and more into fully-fledged members of the family, owners have begun including their four-legged friends in travel plans. And … Read more

Heidelberg, Germany

Destination Europe 2012

A number of tourism representatives from various European countries have been in Canada recently, telling of their new – and reminding us of their old – offerings for the 2012 season.  The state of the euro notwithstanding, Europe always has been and will no doubt continue to be an endlessly fascinating destination for enquiring travellers.  … Read more

Cruise past the Kremlin

A Cultural Tour of Russia

story and photos by Jennifer Parkyn If you sometimes dream of onion domed churches and ancient monasteries, of vast palaces and galleries, of operas and ballets, then a visit to Russia should be in your plans. In late May and early June last year, I and three friends visited Russia with a small-group tour company … Read more

News Release From Passport Canada

PASSPORT Canada will start issuing higher-security electronic passports, or ePassports, to Canadians next year.  With the ePassport, Canadians will have the option of getting a new, security-enhanced passport that is valid for five years, starting next year, or a 10-year passport, starting in early 2013. In accordance with the User Fees Act, Passport Canada is … Read more

Enjoy A Layover In Montreal

Your airport layover suggestions have been interesting and stimulating and here’s a recommendation of my own.  Canadians heading across the pond – to France, Morocco and other destinations – often face a connection in Montreal.  To reduce the stress of making these connections (for example, if my initial flight were delayed) I take an early … Read more

London Arrivals Lounge

It seems maximizing time during airport layovers is a popular subject.  Here are two more suggestions for passing what is usually a rather dismal time. On a recent Air Canada flight – economy class – to London’s Heathrow, I was reminded of your call for airport lay-over ideas when I was handed a small card … Read more

More News from the Camino

We have received another message containing notes from Maria Wu, who is walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  This e-mail was dated 2 October. My stay at Leon was good. Yesterday, it was a relaxing day, doing what tourists will do.  I went to the Church San Isidoro which is quietly beautiful although it … Read more

Spa Experience at a French Timeshare

A timeshare with a difference?  At a spa in France?  Yes, indeed, and a very rejuvenating experience it was too.  We spent a week in late October last year on France’s Ile de Ré, on the Atlantic coast near La Rochelle, at Thalacap Ile de Ré just outside the village of Ars-en-Ré.  For five days … Read more

Take a Tour to the War Sites

Many thanks to fellow members Judy and Ted van der Veen for their help with visiting the European war sites.  These sites have long been on our wish list, but we do not want to ‘go it alone’.  In case there are others who feel like us, I’d like to share this news: tour company … Read more

Park’n Fly … tried at last!

Ann Wallace The last time my husband and I flew from Toronto’s Lester Pearson airport together we decided to give Park’n Fly a try, and after our experience we kept saying to each other “Why didn’t we do this before?”  And I’m sure many of you have used this service and are wondering why we … Read more

India and Nepal with Road Scholar

India and Nepal with Road Scholar

story and photos by Linda L. Reid A trip to India wasn’t high on my wish list but an e-mail from Elderhostel (now rather wittily called Road Scholar … see below) soon changed that.  Since 1975 this American-based non-profit organization has been providing educational travel opportunities to Americans (and many Canadians) with programmes in North … Read more

Motel 6 at Your Fingertips

If you are setting off soon to enjoy a self-drive trip it’s good to know the location of some dependable motels.  And now Motel 6 has made it easy to find their more than 1,000 locations in the States and in Canada too.  They have just launched a new mobile website through which you can … Read more

Winter In Québec

Winter In Québec

by Ann Wallace I really wanted to put that photograph of Québec City’s Ice Hotel on our cover this month.  If we can’t or choose not to go away, winter is a reality we Canadians have to face and although in our hearts we know that it’s usually terribly cold, that driving can be hazardous … Read more