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The Rocky Mountains 1

The Rocky Mountains

Banff

Banff

Anne of Green Gables House

Anne of Green Gables House

Oysters on Prince Edward Island

Oysters on Prince Edward Island

Avoid last minute disappointment at the Airport

To avoid disappointment at the airport this summer, a reminder that All British visitors to Canada arriving by AIR must as of November 2016 have an Electronic Travel Authority (Eta) to Travel to Canada. Those planning trips for 2017 are advised to apply in advance of booking airline ticket. The ETA costs $7.00 and is valid for 5 years. Purchase is done on line through : http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp

Please Note: Any site charging more than $7.00 is not the official government site.

Rocky Mountaineer introduce Two New Packages for 2018

Two exciting new packages that combine the best selling Rocky Mountaineer Holidays with culinary and adventure themes will launch in 2018. First Passage to the West Culinary Exploration includes additional top rated dining experiences and food tours on top of the five star dining onboard the train. With an increased desire for adventurous activities in Vancouver and the Rockies, the company has introduced Journey through the clouds Outdoor Adventures, creating new ways to explore the destinations with outdoor activities both at sea and in the mountains, from canoeing on Lake Louise to hiking in Jasper. Lake Louise will also be available on every First Passage to the West Journey between Vancouver and Banff.
http://rockymountainholidays.com/rocky-mountaineer/2018-vacations.html

Hop On Hop Off Bus Service in Banff National Park

HoPonBanff are connecting the top spots in Banff National Park. One ticket will allow you to get everywhere you want to go easily and without the hassle of parking or traffic. Guests are free to HopOn and off any bus going in either direction. Stops include : Banff, Johnston Canyon, Samson Mall, Lake Louise Gondola, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Bookings can be made on line at www.hoponbanff.com

Find your inner Anne

Anne of Green Gables seems to get more and more popular and with the new NETFLIX series Anne 2017 will be sure to bring even more Anne of Green Gables fans to PEI. The news series was created with a team of female powerhouses – this is a fact that Anne herself would love. Dreaming of the Lake of Shining Waters, running down a red clay road or walking through the Haunted wood and Lover’s Lane? Although fictional , Anne of Green Gables is very real in the hearts and minds of Islanders and fans alike. The island has attractions dedicated to their beloved Anne and Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author. In Charlottetown, see Anne of Green Gables – The Musical ™ at the Confederation of the Arts, or Anne & Gilbert : The Musical at The Guild. In Cavendish drop into Green Gables Heritage Place, visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum in Park Corner where Lucy Maud Montgomery was married, then go to Lower Bedeque and see the school where she taught. You can almost see Anne hitting Gilbert over the head with a chalk board! Feel the influence this Island had on Lucy Maud Montgomery and you will understand why Anne was so enchanted with life here. Braid your pigtails and come explore Anne’s land.
https://www.tourismpei.com/

The Shucking Truth about Oysters

Oysters grown and harvested in the waters of Prince Edward Island are among the best you will ever taste. In this class you will be joined by local island fisherman, George Dowdle who will teach you all about oyster and quahog aquaculture. You will get to experience a day in the life of an Oyster Fisherman by visiting George’s oyster lease and taking part in some of the daily tasks of farming oysters. You will get to taste oysters taken straight from the water and learn how to shuck your own oysters and quahogs. You will then use the fresh catch to prepare delicious delights back at The Table.
http://www.thetablepei.ca/classes

New Toronto First Nations Restaurant Opening

Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuettes Anishinabe catering company, NishDish, moved into new space in May 2017. Since then, the all day weekend brunch menu has had people lining up along Bloor West, waiting patiently for bison short ribs with eggs and cider tea. During the week, there’s no a la carte menu. Instead Whiteduck Ringuette serves a rotating selection of dishes informed by his catering gigs; dandelion – cranberry salad, elk with cranberries, roasted buffalo, thyme and sage spiced pheasant and a variety of stews. “ My father was a hunter, fisher and trapper, and he taught us to snare and clean rabbits from a young age, but I never learned about indigenous cooking”, says Whiteduck Ringuette. “ I talked to all the kokums (grandmothers) to find out what traditional food is”. Using this knowledge he closes every Monday to teach a culinary class of indigenous youth.

Many of the ingredients on the menu are sourced from First Nation Producers. The Moccasin-Jo coffee beans , for example are roasted in Kanehsatake, Quebec, They’re available for sale by the pound along with the maple syrup and some non edible items like moccasins and earrings.

Prices:

  • Creespresso $2.50
  • Deneccinno $4.00
  • A bowl of Three Sisters Stew (green beans, butternut squash and corn ) $6.00
  • Carrot, sweet potato and ginger soup with a hit of maple vinaigrette $6.00
  • Roast Venison and a fig balsamic reduction served with maple flake- topped butternut squash and shimeji mushrooms $16

NishDish
690 Bloor St. W
Toronto

www.nishdish.com

First Nation Theme for revamped Port Hardy Hotel, Vancouver Island

A redeveloped hotel in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island is revving up to serve as a tourism catalyst on northern Vancouver Island and to share and foster First Nation language and culture.

The 85 room Kwa’lilas Hotel held opening ceremonies in May. It is owned and operated by the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw First Nation. Kwa’lilas is a traditional word for ‘Place to sleep’.

Chief Paddy Walkus said that the hotel is “ the realization of a vision we had to proudly share all of who we are and where we come from as people”.

The hotel is inspired by the traditional Big House, the centre of the community, he said. “ Our roof features a smoke hole that vents steam as a signal to visitors that they are welcome to stay, rest and rejuvenate at any time”. It features a restaurant that seats 110 with First Nation inspired cuisine and a pub.

The hotel used to be known as the Port Hardy Inn. It has been completely redone at a cost of approx. $8 million, said Conrad Browne, CEO of the bands K’awat’si Economic Development Corp.

Training and jobs for Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation Members are a key part of this project. Browne added. He is hoping that the hotel and its offerings will encourage guests to stay at least a couple of nights. Storm watching and fishing are among the menu of activities he listed for off season travel . Cultural experiences are also available such as boat and wildlife tours, a salt water rapids and cultural tour, drum making workshops and cedar weaving.

For more information check out: https://kwalilashotel.ca/

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