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With the ends of winter just lingering behind us, the great outdoors are bound to be calling our names as soon as the sun rolls around and the warm air breezes. Whether situated near the bustling downtown core of Toronto or near the picturesque mountains of Vancouver, Canada has no shortage of rolling hills to add to your weekend list of spring and summer activities. Kick start the outdoor season with a bike ride that is worth pedaling for. From turquoise lakes to wild forests, Canada offers a host of trails around the coast that will make you fall in love with your home and native land. Here are a couple of Canada’s most scenic bike routes to schedule for the balmy weeks ahead.
Take a pedal on the 780 kilometre route along the blue shore edges of Lake Ontario to explore Ontario’s Southeastern Waterfront Trail. Extending from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Ontario and Quebec, riders can cycle for as little or as much of the trail as their legs can handle. If you’ve got the stamina for 33 kilometres, start your ride with a courtyard breakfast at Chez Piggy in Kingston, Ontario and then head east towards Canada’s very own sightseer’s paradise, the Thousand Islands.
Meanwhile, those who are in Quebec can explore the Route Verte, and check out the sights and sounds of Canada’s most bike friendly province with National Geographic’s top rated route. A mix of dedicated bike trails, on-road cycle paths and dirt tracks, Route Verte shows adventurists all of what Quebec has to offer: from cosmopolitan cities to quaint riverside villages and the in-between. With over 5,300 kilometre’s of land to bike through, perhaps the most stunning of paths to follow is Véloroute des Baleines (the Whale Route), which goes from Tadoussac to Baie-Trinité. Whichever route you decide to follow this spring, one thing is for sure- with a beautiful natural landscape of the True North, you’re in for a real treat wherever you go. Just make sure you take a stop every now and then to explore the beautiful scenery of the region, and take a few photos whenever you do!
Budget Travel Destinations For 2019
2019 is in full swing and many of us are looking forward to new travel experiences. For those on a budget however, it can be particularly tricky to balance both a great travel experience and the pocketbook. That’s why news relating to budget travel is always of interest.
Forbes recently compiled their list of best budget travel destinations and its definitely worth a look. We’ve noted some of our favourites below. For the full list, check out Forbes.com.
- San Antonio, Texas, the United States of America
- Province of Laguna, the Philippines
- The Balkan Peninsula
- Transylvania, Romania
5 Festive Things To Do in Calgary
There’s no shortage of fun and festive events in Calgary, Alberta. If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit, check out our picks for five holiday-inspired things to do in Calgary this season.
1. Once Upon A Christmas At Heritage Park: Rejoice in the sights and sounds of the season at Heritage Park. Open until December 24, this annual tradition offers up an abundance of spirited activities including festive wagon rides, visits with Santa, snowshoe races, children’s crafts, cookie decorating and more.
2. Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo: Running until January 5, 2019, Zoolights is an annual tradition for many Calgarians. Now in its 21st year, Zoolights is all about the magic and celebration of light. The event features two million holiday lights and offers up many fun activities including a variety of activity zones, musical entertainment, and more.
3. Skating at Olympic Plaza: Strap on your skates and enjoy a day of fun at this downtown rink.
4. Lions Festival of Lights: Running until January 8, 2019 the Festival of Lights is the largest free drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of over 450,000 bulbs on 16,000 strings along 14th St NW.
5. Christmas in Kensington: Every Saturday in December is filled with complimentary holiday programming in Kensington. There will be horse and wagon rides, holiday movies by donation at The Plaza Theatre, Santa roaming the streets, a petting zoo, hot chocolate and more.
Rainy Day Activities In Vancouver
Vancouver, one of Canada’s prettiest cities, is also known to have some of the dreariest weather. Avoid the seasonal affective disorder by keeping your spirits and energy levels high and check out our list of indoor activities. From cooking classes to yoga to go-karting, we have an activity for every age group and personality. Don’t wait for the rain to stop to have fun, throw on a pair of wellies and venture out to one of these awesome places.
Embrace your inner racer at SPEEDERS Indoor ProKarts, located at 13471 Crestwood Place. Spend the day zipping around the track on an electric go-kart with your friends and playing some of the other games that the facility has to offer. On a busier day, you can sign up beforehand online for only $15 a person or just drop in for a last minute race.
2. Learn to Cook
At the Dirty Apron, at 540 Beatty St. you and your friends can book one of the many cooking classes offered on every day of the week. Demo and Dine classes start at 2.5 hours and cost $95 a person. The price might seem steep, but you’ll receive a gourmet meal and chef-grade tips and tricks all while spending a relaxing rainy day learning something new.
3. Get Some Exercise
At The Hive, located at 520 Industrial Ave, you can learn to climb on beginner walls or challenge yourself with some of their more advanced courses. The great thing about this activity is that you can do it alone or with a few friends. You can drop in for just $20.95 a person or look into buying a multi-visit pass. Shoes are also available for rent.
If rock climbing isn’t your thing, consider heading to one of the Extreme Air Park locations. This indoor trampoline gym offers 3-D dodgeball and zero-gravity basketball. If you’re not interested in sports you’re free to just jump around. For $15 you can get 1 hour of jump time or 2 hours for just $4 more. A $ 21-day pass is also available.
4. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is home to walruses, beluga whales and 70,000 other aquatic animals. This activity is a favorite among families with small kids as it is both fun and educational. Adult tickets sell for $38, student and youth for $30, and children ages 4-12 sell for $21. Children 3-years-old and under are free. Fast pass tickets to jump long lines are also available.
5. Visit an Art Gallery or Museum
Visit the Museum of Vancouver, located at 1100 Chestnut Street, and visit one of its latest art exhibitions. Currently, Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver features some of the big city lights that lit up the city between 1950 and 1970, a time when Vancouver had more neon signs than Las Vegas. Adult admissions cost $19, student and senior admissions cost $16, and kids age 5-18 cost $9. Children 4-years-old and under are free.
For those fascinated by art, pop by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Located at 750 Hornby Street, the gallery offers tons of interesting exhibits to view that are continuously changing. Admission fees range from $6.50-$24 depending on age.
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