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The Pangea Pod Hotel In Whistler

Pangea Pod Hotel – Tiny Room But Big Value

Whistler's Pangea Pod Hotel is the first pod hotel in Canada to open. Its tiny pods are chic, well designed and big on value. The Pangea Pod Hotel is about half the price of a conventional hotel in Whistler and a giant step up from what you'd get in a hostel. With its prime location in Whistler Village just minutes away from the gondola, it's likely that the pod hotel will cause some commotion in the hotel…

Purcell Mountain Lodge – An Unforgettable Stay

"We call it the Purcell stair climber" exclaims Kevin Blades, a veteran mountain hiking guide at Purcell Mountain Lodge. The approach to Porcupine Ridge, our goal for the day, is certainly steep at times but with high alpine scenery that's in the world-class category, it's not a hardship to be hiking here, even if it means I'm sucking wind at times. In fact John and I reveled in the fact that we were able to…

Female Bear Seen On A Boat Ride From Great Bear Lodge

Great Bear Lodge – For Amazing Grizzly Bear Viewing

Great Bear Lodge, a top place for grizzly bear viewing, is accessed via a 30 minute float plane out of Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. You land on Smith Inlet, then maneuver up to a floating dock adjacent to the lodge smack dab in the middle of true Canadian wilderness. Visit Great Bear Lodge if you want to be immersed in nature for days on end. And if you've never seen…

Sundance Lodge: Banff’s Secret Winter Destination

I wouldn't call myself a creature of routine. I thrive on change and new experiences. But there are exceptions and a winter ski trip into Sundance Lodge in Banff National Park is one of those exceptions. I first learned about the lodge through a blog a number of years ago but for the most part this place remains a secret in winter. Few people have heard about it or even know that its open in…

Goutte D'O In Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Accommodation Options in Canada’s National Parks

If you haven't recently stayed overnight in one of Canada's National Parks you probably don't know about all the cool and quirky accommodation options that are now available. Forget your musty smelling tent you haven't dragged out in years. Instead check out options that include everything from micro-cubes to cocoon tree beds to double tents - exciting options to explore whether you're a couple, a group of friends or a family. It seems people are…

Start To Decompress With This Rice Lake View While You Wait For The Water Taxi

Island Spirits Vacation on Rice Lake

If you're looking for an off the grid spring or summer vacation within easy driving distance of Toronto check out Island Spirits on Grasshopper Island in the middle of Rice Lake. Owned and run by the energetic and enthusiastic Trudy Jo (TJ) Chernuck, Island Spirits is home to several off-grid eco-cabins and a number of campsites scattered around the island. Think rustic with a lake view, along with all sorts of unexpected cool things to do. Island…

The Sacacomie Hotel From The Air

Sacacomie Hotel For a Quebec Winter Holiday

Isn't it time for a made in Canada winter holiday? The Sacacomie Hotel in Quebec checks off all the boxes for exactly that.  It seems my best and most romantic winter vacations in the last few years have taken place in Quebec (except for the time John and I slept on the floor in the dorm the night before the Canada Ski Marathon.)  Another place to add to the must take John list is the Sacacomie…

Cross-country Skiing At Latigo Ranch

Latigo Ranch Colorado for an Unforgettable Stay

Latigo Ranch near Kremmling, Colorado is one of the best places I've been in the world for cross-country skiing. And good old western-style hospitality.  The landscape of rolling hills dotted with aspen trees and far-reaching views makes for a splendid backdrop. Run as a dude ranch in the summer, Latigo Ranch transforms itself into one of the top spots in the USA in winter for cross-country skiing. Try to imagine what it's like to have…

OTENTik Camping In 1000 Islands National Park

1000 Islands Camping – The oTENTik Way

Parks Canada has rolled out a new form of glamping - a tent like cabin that they coined oTENTik. They've been placed in numerous national parks across all the provinces and can now be reserved online.  On a three day kayaking trip in the 1000 Islands, John and I had the chance to try two oTENTiks on two different islands within Thousand Islands National Park. 1000 Islands camping the oTENTik way is ideal for people…

The Back Patio At Country Encounters In Coleman, Alberta

Country Encounters – The Place to Stay in Coleman

I've driven through the Crowsnest Pass area in southern Alberta many times, never with the intention of stopping. It was only when I heard that there was a B&B called Country Encounters that I had any interest in an overnight stay. The B&B – located in Coleman, the westernmost town in the Crowsnest Pass area, also offers private cooking classes. My plan was to stay at Country Encounters for a couple of nights and use it…

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