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Canadian West Coast March Break Getaways

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Whether you have young kids of your own or you’re simply a kid at heart who is coveting those good old playground days, March Break is always a great chance to escape from fast-paced everyday life. It doesn’t really matter if you’re taking your own young family on a getaway or simply taking a few days off from the office- few things can beat the tranquility of a relaxed, late winter break. Unlike the frantic family affair that signifies Christmas and the sweltering temperatures of summer, March Break is typically a low key respite. Following on the heels of the recent Winter Olympics, we may as well keep the Canadian pride going strong and explore the True North this March.  From sand and surf (yes! even in the winter) to the last of this season’s snowy hills, there is so much to see and do in Canada’s majestic West Coast. Here are some must-see Canadian vacation destinations for this month, whether you are with the family, with friends or even travelling solo. 

Tofino, British Columbia

Contrary to popular belief, you can surf in Canada. Tofino, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, is where you will find the most spectacular year-round surfing. Known as surfers paradise, the community is a great place to soak up some  surf culture. Offering more than just waves, the charming resort town has a variety of accommodations from luxurious beach front rentals to rustic cabins and cozy bed and breakfasts. As the tail-end of Tofino’s storm-watching season, visitors have the chance to sit by the shoreline and witness dramatic 20-foot swells crash along the edge.   

Whistler, British Columbia

Would it really be winter without a visit to a ski hill? It’s not too late to make it out to one of Canada’s most popular winter sporting destinations. With over 160 kilometres of trails, skiers and boarders of all levels can glide for days. When it’s time to give the slopes a rest, travelers can chill out in their home away from home – the Whistler Village. A quick stroll along the stone walkway will reveal all of the comforts you need. From shopping to cafes and restaurants, there is always an upbeat energy floating throughout the town’s crisp air.    

Banff, Alberta

If you’d like to steer clear of the Whistler crowds, Banff is another winter wonderland escape. With warmer temperatures yet plenty of snow on the slopes, skiing in the Canadian Rockies is often at its best near spring. Whether sticking to the winter classics of snowboarding or tubing or craving a little extra adventure with snowmobiling, dog-sledding or ice-climbing, there is no shortage of activities. When all of the adventure has knocked you out, relax in the mineral rich waters and harness the healing powers of nature at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

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Budget Travel Destinations For 2019

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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.

 

  1. San Antonio, Texas, the United States of America

 

  1. Province of Laguna, the Philippines 

 

  1. The Balkan Peninsula

 

  1. Transylvania, Romania

 

  1. Armenia

 

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5 Festive Things To Do in Calgary

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainy Day Activities In Vancouver

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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.

 

1. Go-Karting
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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