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This time lapse was shot over four weeks in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. It is composed of over 15,000 individual pictures and a dedication of many hours of work. Film by Ryan Emond.
For many people, 2012 is a year for travel. Whether you are trying to find discounts for student flights, scouting for the perfect wedding destination or looking for a great family friendly spot, there is no shortage of amazing travel hot spots available.
1. The United States is not void of amazing travel destinations. New York is one of the top tourist spots in the country. The Hudson River Valley is a remarkable piece of rural America that almost seems misplaced. This is a taste of the country that most will never get the chance to experience. Of course there is always the Big Apple for the city slickers in the group.
2. Washington State’s Hoh Rainforest is one of the most exquisite beauties in the world. The mossy trees mask a treasure trove of trees, flowers and other wildlife. Located just outside Forks, this destination is great for photographers, families, hikers and campers alike.
3. Egypt’s lack of tourism in recent years should not deter people from visiting some of the most historical locations in our world. The Pyramids of Giza leave tourists star struck annually for just a small fee. It is best to visit Egypt after the hottest summer months pass, however.
4. The summer and fall months are ideal for a visit to Poland and its warm beaches. This tranquil land is home to some of the most historical sites from World War II and the Holocaust. History buffs and those with cultural links to Auschwitz will be able to connect with the heritage. In addition, Poland is home to tragic ruins, serene cathedrals and grand theaters.
5. If one country is known for its fantastic beaches reminiscent of paradise, it is Thailand. Thailand’s Koh Lipe is one of the top hot spots for travelers who want to avoid the crowds. Despite the fact that Koh Phi Phi is an amazing beach, it is typically crowded. Exploring the islands, shopping at the markets and visiting the unique festivals are all parts of Thailand’s interesting history.
6. Another must-see destination for the beach lovers of the world is Puerto Rico. It is a popular destination for Americans, considering it is not far at all from the coast. Playa Flamenco, located on Culebra, is one of the best beaches in the area, known for its beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.
7. Greece is quite inexpensive to visit this year, making it a great destination. Athens has a culture all its own with unique food, beaches and hiking options. Visitors can attend wine and music festivals one day and visit ancient ruins and artifacts the next.
8. The Bay of Fundy, located in Nova Scotia, is an ideal destination for those always seeking an adventure. It is great for kayaking, whale watching and even simply strolling through historical gardens.
9. Croatia is another top spot for history buffs or those with romance in mind. One of the most romantic spots in the country is Istria, famous for its white wines and scenic bike trails. Amazing views of the country are available to all who seek them.
10. San Diego is another great American destination known for its spectacular beaches that make surfing, swimming and tanning convenient. The city is also known for its theme parks and family friendly fun.
As a North American country consisting of ten provinces, Canada is a glorious place to explore. Frozen landscapes combine with luscious forests, geologically active volcanoes and one of the world’s most voluminous waterfalls – Niagara Falls – to make this a diverse and versatile holiday destination.
Canada also boasts numerous claims; being the second largest country in the world with the largest number of lakes, the longest coastline and the longest border (the common border which lies between the country and the United States of America).
All of these features make it a great place to explore, even for native residents – but what travel advice should Canadians follow when looking to travel around their home country?
1. Start local
The easiest way to begin exploring your own country is to start with what you know – your local environment. Many people who live in close proximity to key tourist areas, such as Ontario in Canada or London in the UK, often fail to visit the area’s main attractions.
If you are lucky enough to live close to these areas then make sure you give them the attention they deserve and take a short holiday. For most tourists, starting with the main attractions and working your way to smaller, lesser known, regions is the logical way to work. This allows you to see your country’s best features before taking a look at the hidden gems.
2. Plan in advance
Another important piece of advice is to make sure you plan your trip as far in advance as possible. Just because you are staying on home soil doesn’t mean you can afford to be lax with your preparation and having a clear idea of what you intend to do will help your holiday run as smoothly as possible.
Remember that popular areas will book up quickly during peak times when both national and international visitors flood to the area. Visit experts such as Hayes and Jarvis to get advice on the best places to stay and look at their extensive list of suitable hotels and holiday accommodation in your chosen area.
It may also be worth considering how you intend to travel to the destination and whether a self-drive option would be best. You could always combine the trip with a tour of the country or even cross the border into the United States if you fancy a more adventurous holiday.
3. Go further afield
Of course, if you have already travelled extensively within your own country then you may fancy going a little further afield. Whilst the United States would be the next logical choice, there are plenty of other options and luxury Dubai holidays would provide a unique contrast to the Canadian landscape.
As a country which is known for its arctic conditions, Canada could not be more different to Dubai – although surprisingly both destinations are home to ski slopes with Ski Dubai (the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East) proving to be a great attraction for winter sport lovers.
Other destinations, such as holidays in Caribbean, would also provide an interesting change for Canadians, offering the chance to relax in luxury on some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic beaches.
Canada – a place land of vast, demanding natural beauty. When we picture the country, it can be difficult to imagine being able to soak up all its sights – from the Rockies to Niagara Falls to its cosmopolitan and cultural cities, Canada simply has so much to offer. One of the most stylish, and exciting ways to explore this beautiful place is by one of many rail tours on offer. The Canadian has recently been modernised, with over 22 million dollars invested in its reinvention, to ensure an even more luxurious experience for its passengers.
One of the most distinctive and handsome trains still in operation, The Canadian boasts arched ceilings, gleaming stainless steel carriages and a domed car, allowing passengers to observe a full 360 degree panorama of the surrounding landscape from its observation area. It offers a range of accommodation choices, from comfortable single cabins, to more companionable berths with curtains for privacy, in similar style to the compartments in Some Like it Hot. The train also has an onboard chef, and its dining car oozes the ambience of a luxurious restaurant. No frill is too extravagant the menu is inspired by local produce, and tables are set with white linen, flower arrangements and chinaware.
The first notable landmark on any trip to Canada is the romantic cascade of Niagara Falls, trailing beams of glittering light in summer, crashing white against icy rocks below snow-laden branches in winter. This makes a wonderful bit of sightseeing before setting off in Toronto. The scenery shifts and surges into something new almost around every bend on The Canadian’s wending path. The train races through boreal forest and the western prairies to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Here it ascends to some breath-taking elevations, taking in stops at Edmonton and Jasper National Park, where the serene Lakes Pyramid and Patricia lie pooled reflecting the beauty of the surrounding peaks. With any luck, on the journey it might be possible to see Mount Robson, the Rockies’ highest point which reaches 12,972 up to challenge the sky.
Taking a rail tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy micro breaks along the way in the cities which punctuate the journey. Starting off in Toronto, head to the CN tower, the tallest building in the world. If you have a head for heights, it’s even possible to have lunch in the revolving restaurant at the top of the tower. With the best views of the city, and the knowledge no one else in the world is eating at a higher elevation, it’s an amazing experience. Vancouver nestles against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, upon a natural seaport, and forms one of the world’s most scenic cityscapes. Stanley Park, bordering the downtown areas of Vancouver, is a public space lush with both man-made and natural features, providing spectacular forests to walk through, a seawall to cycle, run or skate upon and its very own miniature railroad. Along the Canadian’s route, nearby settlements such as Victoria, Jasper and Edmonton may also enchant its passengers.
One year in the making, this timelapse montage by Dominic Boudreault was shot from late 2010 through early 2011.
Locations include :
– Montreal, Quebec, Canada
– Quebec city, Quebec, Canada
– Toronto, Ontario, Canada
– Manhattan, New York, USA
– Chicago, Illinois, USA
Throughout Canada, the province of Ontario is the most highly populated. This means that it contains almost all of the multi-national food chains, plus endless gourmet options which will surprise and delight. As well as this, travel to any large hub and you should be able to find almost every type of food. This is due to the large immigrant population creating a diverse, exciting experience. The city of Toronto is the capital of Ontario and is the most populous of all the Canadian cities. So if you decide to come here, you will be guaranteed to come into contact with much diversity.
One thing which many people think of when traveling to Canada is their famous Maple Syrup. Aside from Quebec, most of this is extracted and manufactured in Ontario. If you are a serious fan, there are tours and festivals here throughout March and April, so check out maple syrup festivals.html for more information.
To get back to more savory things, Vince’s Spaghetti is a highly recommended take out place with raving reviews. You can find it on 1206 West Holt Blvd, Ontario. However, if you want a lovely sit down meal in Toronto, try Bistro 990, which refines French country dishes in an upscale way. It is important to try out French cuisine when visiting Ontario, as here there is a large French speaking community. This means you are likely to find good quality, authentic French food. The website www.bistro990.ca contains directions and more information about it. There are also many Chinese restaurants as well as others, so you will be able to take your pick.
For places to drink, as long as you are 19 years old and have a valid ID, you will find an abundance of options. Beer is a speciality in Canada and there is also a thriving wine industry. The Niagara region of Ontario is one of the main places for wine production and here you can fine fragrances to wet your appetite, plus lovely scenery. For example, Niagara Escarpment will take your breath away with its glacier-carved ridge, which is responsible for the Niagara Falls.
So, food and drink in Ontario is abundant and varied. From French cuisine, to beer and wine, there is sure to be something for everyone. If you would like to know more about this area, please click for more information.
By Rosalea Collinge
One of the best skiing destinations in North America can be found in the province of Ontario, Canada. The Blue Mountain Ski Resort, located a 90 minute drive from the eclectic city of Toronto, is the province’s largest mountain resort and draws in over a 1.5 visitors annually. Don’t be put off by the numbers because they don’t just relate to the ski season – the resort is open all year, even when there’s not a snowflake in sight. Nevertheless, when the white stuff falls, you won’t find better Ontario skiing anywhere else.
The mountain boasts no less than 36 ski runs, two areas of different terrains and a giant half-pipe for all the daredevils out there. 24 of those ski runs have floodlighting, so the setting sun will do nothing to hinder your fun. Furthermore, the resort is the proud owner of the largest snow producing system in the whole of Canada, meaning the ski season can be stretched that little bit further each year. All abilities are catered for, from gentle, beginner runs all the way to icy slopes angled just on the sane side of 45 degrees.
Apart from offering a perfect base for great skiing, the Blue Mountain resort is crammed with great restaurants, bars and hotels. One of the best places to eat is the Copper Blues Bar & Grill. Situated in the heart of the village and with great views of Blue Mountain, this trendy venue has indoor and outdoor seating. The menu features no nonsense pub grub – albeit with a gourmet twist – with a good choice of chicken, beef and fish options.
A good place to wash the food down can be found in the form of Windy O’Neill’s – a relaxed Irish-themed bar that is owned and run by actual Irish people. Although there is food on offer here, most people come to sample (some of) the 19 different types of draft beer. Don’t go too mad though – sore heads do not bode well with skiing.
Being a resort, Blue Mountain has a huge choice of accommodation, which includes Village Suites, Historic Snowbridge Mountain Homes and slope-side condos. With regard to the suites, the Grand Georgian Hotel offers the best of the best. Built in the style of a historic railway hotel that once sat on the site, the hotel has 203 suites on offer, each elegantly furnished, and general facilities include a Jacuzzi, gym and heated outdoor pool.
For further information on Blue Mountain ski resort, or anything about Ontario in general, check out My Destination Ontario for a comprehensive guide.
When choosing a holiday destination, why not go for a place where action is guaranteed. Create stories filled with adventure and come back feeling invigorated and refreshed. British Columbia offers this possibility, with among others, skiing, hiking, golf, and wildlife viewing. This western province of Canada is naturally beautiful with many opportunities for exploration. Check out My Destination British Columbia to read more about the different regions.
Vancouver Island is a great place for snow lovers. Ski the day away in the Mount Washington Ski resort, famous for having deep snow and amazing conditions. For accommodation, traditional chalets and townhouses are available here, and if you are really eager, stay in one of the condominiums by the side of the slopes. Try accommodation Mount Washington to book one and before you know it you will be waking up, grabbing your sunglasses and skiing away.
If you still want to be outdoors, but like traveling a little slower and on flat ground, head to the city of Vancouver. Bring walking shoes and explore the 1,000 acres of Stanley Park, where you will forget you are in a city. Enveloped by the trees you can lose yourself in the wildlife and beauty. There are many hotels near this area, including Best Western Plus Sands, which includes a fitness centre and sauna. http://www.booking.com/ includes this and many more hotels ideal for a stay in Vancouver.
This is the largest city in British Columbia, so there is a lot more to do than explore the park. Being the host to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games shows that winter sports are in abundance here as well. Skiing and snowboarding are of course extremely popular. However, if you want to keep your walking shoes on, there are numerous hiking trails to follow, either independently or as part of a guided tour.
For golf lovers, there are also many areas to suit your interests. Try Furry Creek Golf & Country Club for a relaxing, scenic experience. Stay at Furry Creek B&B which is located on the golf course, so instead of grabbing sunglasses and ski’s, grab sunglasses and golf clubs.
Want more action? How about going to visit some Grizzly Bears. Travel to the Selkirk Mountains, and you will find the Grizzly Bear Ranch. If you are brave enough, visit Grizzly Bear Ranch and stay in a hand-built, private cabin by the riverside. Wherever you choose to travel to in British Columbia, there will be something to excite and entice. Adventures await, so choose your activity and begin your holiday to remember.
Post by Rosalea Collinge.
Idling on beaches and lazing languidly by the poolside is not everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to their choice of holiday. Some want action and non-stop adventure, where the sun might go down but the good times carry on regardless. If this sounds like you, make a beeline for some of the hottest and most exciting locations, where you’ll be assured of so much fun that you may just need that beach break to recover.
New York, the ‘city that never sleeps’, is the ultimate enticement for those longing for an endless parade of eateries, theatres, shops and museums. Dazzling lights, Broadway shows and cool cocktail bars will ensure you spend very little time in your hotel room.
Another Trans-Atlantic destination for all night fun and frolics is Las Vegas. Flights to Las Vegas will plonk you into the centre of a real life desert oasis, quite unlike any other. From palm trees and beaches to casinos and all night wedding chapels; in Vegas you can roulette the night away and even win some big bucks. Who needs sleep?
For a little European flair, travel to Moscow, the land of the Bolshoi, Chekov and Tchaikovsky. The intoxicating Russian capital will fill your nights with ballet and vodka and your days with culture. If you find yourself awake during the day, be sure to visit the Pushkin museum and the beautiful red-brick towers of the Kremlin. This city will wow you with its fashionable bars, pulsating clubs, bohemian art cafes and late night mood.
For far a flung and exotic adventure, you can’t do much better than Hong Kong. This city is Asia’s equivalent to New York but with a dash of spice and more than a hint of Eastern mysticism. Watch the old-fashioned junks sailing the harbour at sundown, to a backdrop of sky-scraping towers, neon lights and ancient temples. Get lost in Hong Kong’s bustling backstreets or wind your way through vivid markets, where the scents of lemongrass and jasmine wrap around. There is no better view of the city at night than from a spectacular sky bar. You’ll feel like you’re sitting on the roof of the world.
For an alternative all-night scene, take flights to Canada and head straight for the Yukon. In this breath-taking North West corner of Canada, the sun never sets in the summer months. In the land of the midnight sun, you can quite literally stay up all night and admire the majestic landscapes around you. Celebrate this ethereal Arctic phenomenon with solstice festivals and camping under the endless summer skies; just don’t expect to get much sleep.
Lonely Planet Helps Stranded North American Travelers with Free iPhone City Guide Apps
With ice and snowstorms continuing to delay flights across the US and Canada, Lonely Planet is offering 14 of its iPhone City Guide apps free to stranded travelers for a limited time.
“We recognize that travelers are stuck all over the country due to these recent storms and will need access to our content”, said John Boris, Lonely Planet’s Managing Director. “Thus, we made all our US and Canadian iPhone City Guide apps free so that regardless of whether they are stuck in a blizzard or on the beach, they can easily download the practical information and recommendations we provide straight onto their phone”.
The 14 guides will be free in the iTunes App Store from 6pmPST on Tuesday, February 1st to 6pmPST Friday, February 4th 2011.
The cities available are:
· San Francisco
· New York City
· Washington DC
· New Orleans
· Las Vegas
· Los Angeles
· Fort Myers and Sanibel
Travel Directory: Lonely Planet