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British Columbia’s best island escape

British Columbia’s best island escape

BBC.com  Strolling around the crowded streets of Vancouver – Western Canada’s largest metropolis – it’s easy to be lured by what’s just outside the city. Looming mountains, the shimmering Pacific Ocean and dozens of tree-topped little islands constantly wink at you between downtown’s forest of shiny glass towers. But while the area’s peaks and beaches […]

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Canada unplugged

Canada unplugged

The Australian It’s 9.30 p.m. on tiny Beausoleil Island in Ontario and I’m sipping some pinot at a picnic table on a deserted, forest-fringed beach. A cloud-brushed tangerine sunset is unfolding ahead, my heartbeat has slowed to hibernation levels and the only sounds are gently lapping surf and the whir of helicopter-sized dragonflies buzzing the […]

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Canada’s castle hotels

Canada’s castle hotels

BBC.com  Canadian Pacific Railway executives breathed a sigh of relief when they completed the first railroad linking eastern and western Canada in 1885. But building the line was one thing; getting people to use it was another. Soon popular with migrants settling throughout the country, high-paying luxury passengers were also needed to maximize profits. Sumptuous […]

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Canada’s coolest town

Canada’s coolest town

Qantas: The Australian Way Canada is huge. From sprawling glass-towered cities to forest-fringed mountains that define the word gargantuan, the scale of the world’s second largest nation impresses even the most frequent flyers. But there’s more to this country than jaw-dropping magnitude. Ask Canucks for local flavour recommendations and they’ll point to their favourite small […]

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Hitting the high notes at B.C.’s rock and roll wineries

Hitting the high notes at B.C.’s rock and roll wineries

Toronto Star “Winemaking is like mastering a record,” says baseball-capped Tony Lewis as he pours some pinot grigio at a picnic table in his family’s sun-dappled Okanagan Valley vineyard. “You use tools to remove the bad parts and what you’re left with is the best result. After the mixing, comes the music.” He should know. […]

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