Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours-Chapel in Montreal’s Old Port. Credit Bart Beeson

By Melissa Coleman The upcoming warm months are an excellent time to visit Canada, what with the dollar so strong and the prime minister so hip. Its first- and second-largest cities, English-speaking Toronto and French-speaking Montreal, offer a refreshingly international flavor. Montreal  Montreal’s bilingual allure is evident the moment you

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Story & photos by Melissa Coleman Long the neglected next-door neighbor in the minds of American travelers, Canada has been experiencing an it-moment of late with the November instatement of 44 year-old Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and first lady Sophie Grégoire—a couple whose Kennedy appeal has since been all over

Each August the 17th century comes to life in Quebec City as the New France Festival  opens with a gala evening parade featuring larger than life costumed characters depicting historic figures from the city's early colonial days, Quebec City, Canada.

[SlideDeck2 id=12896] Story & Photos by Dave Houser Québec City, the cradle of French civilization in North America, celebrates its 17th century heritage each August with five exiting days of parading, dancing, dining, music, theatre, arts and fireworks officially designated Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France — or the SAQ New

Vancouver offers incredible sea kayaking opportunities at its doorstep .
Credit Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre.

By Everett Potter What the bicycle is to Amsterdam, the kayak is to Vancouver. People kayak before work and after work, and I have no doubt that some kayak to work. There are nearly a dozen kayaking outfitters and half a dozen kayaking clubs in the city, and lots of

A pregnant polar bear along Hudson Bay. Photo by Karen Glenn.

By Karen Glenn We saw the first polar bear even before we reached the Tundra Lodge. Devon, our driver, stopped the Polar Rover as Leah, one of our guides, pointed out the pregnant female resting on the rocks overlooking Hudson Bay. All 18 guests shot photos out the windows or

Via Rail Canada’s slogan is a “A More Human Way to Travel.” That’s not the only thing that sets it apart from Amtrak, its US counterpart. This summer, Via Rail Canada is offering a great opportunity for affordable family travel. From June 24-September 10, 2010, travelers pay only $10 for

Pasta man at St. Lawrence Pizza and Pasta in Toronto. Photo by Ed Wetschler. By Ed Wetschler Like most great cities, Toronto is a quilt of neighborhoods, each offering local flavor(s) and, if you know where to go, good deals. Now that summer is upon us, here's one man's take

It was 1997 when I first met Brian McCutcheon, owner of Rivers, Oceans, and Mountains, or simply ROAM. I had been hired by Men’s Journal magazine to write about the first descent of the Klinaklini River in British Columbia. It was a spectacular journey down a rip-roaring river dwarfed by

Heading to Whistler for the Olympics? Contributor Steve Jermanok gives you the rundown 1. Don't Rush The two-hour drive from Vancouver to Whistler is on Highway 99, otherwise known as the Sea to Sky Highway.  Take your time and savor the exquisite scenery as you ride along the quiet shores

The Deal: The world is divided between those who love Montreal in winter and those who, well, you get the point. For those of us who can't get enough of Montreal’s French style, lunch at Schwartz's and a last-minute table at L'Express bistro, the season is irrelevant. Now, 25 of