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39 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1J6, Canada
This is where I hang out on any given Sunday afternoon practicing my far niente. The coffee is absolutely delicious and the crowd an eclectic mix of regulars who have been going there for 30 years and hipsters.
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136 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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For me and for a lot of publications, this is the best Espresso in NYC. I used to go to the store in the 13th street. East Village. If you are in that área, try it.
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R. Quinze de Novembro, 95 - Centro, Santos - SP, 11010-150, Brazil
Santos is a large port city on the coast of São Paulo, Brazil. Its historic center is being revitalized. The highlight of its historic center is the Museu do Café, or Coffee Museum. For about $3, you can tour the beautiful interior, see where the...
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Rudolfskai 38, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Austria is known for its Kaffeekultur, but for the best coffee around, skip the traditional coffee houses and stop by Kaffee Alchemie. The owner, a Norwegian coffee-aficionado, is a renowned judge of such events as the World Barista Championships....
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128 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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Stumptown is a mainstay in Portland and a must on your list. The latte was one of the best I’ve ever had and the raspberry hazelnut scone was perfect. As I typically do in a new town, I struck up a conversation with the person next to me. There’s...
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R. Fradique Coutinho, 1340 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05416-001, Brazil
Isabela Raposeiras knows good coffee. Lucky for us, she's willing to share this wisdom at her incredible café and roastery, Coffee Lab. She sources directly from farmers all over Brazil and roasts the beans to perfection in this Vila Madelena...
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923 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Right around the corner from Powell's Bookstore and Sizzle Pie, the vibe here is fantastic. The walls are kind of spartan, there’s a record player in the corner, and you can roam on free Internet to your heart’s content. These guys definitely know...
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26 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR, UK
The name Nude Espresso might suggest something more racy than you find when you enter this Brick Lane coffee shop. However, if a perfect cup of coffee does it for you, then your pulse may race anyway. And not from the caffeine. Nude takes the...
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495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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My idea of experiencing a city and acquiring a sample of its flavor is to try its food. Food is unique to a city, and San Francisco is one of a kind. My first morning in the city was chilly for my island bones, so naturally the first stop was a...
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150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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One of my favorite coffee places in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is Bakeri. Well, it is not a spelling mistake. This is the name of the an artisanal bakery in the neighborhood, with a French feel in it.
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Hold forth with the French about coffee and you'll quickly understand its purpose. It's not meant to be consumed leisurely but rather serves to clean the palate after a hearty meal. They think of it as a digestif which they tend to down in one...
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Demel is a world-famous patisserie that's been in business for over 200 years. Serving the finest in baked pastries and chocolate, a visit is a must for anyone who travels to Vienna.
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Piazza della Repubblica, 35/r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Paszkowski's historic interior was originally founded in 1848 in what is now Piazza della Repubblica in the center of Florence. A great place to stop for a hot chocolate, espresso, or one of the cafe's beautiful sweet treats, Paszkowski not only...
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8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK
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Over the past two centuries, the covered market at Borough, not far from London Bridge, has become one of the country’s most famous foodie spots. From Wednesday to Saturday each week hundreds of traders gather to sell homemade breads,...
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12 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris, France
The limited-edition Nikes and kiosk of independent magazines (Corpus, Out of Order, System) at this brilliantly edited multibrand boutique in the upper Marais recall the city’s renowned concept shop Colette. But its abundant natural light, and...
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Via Roma, 1r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Piazza della Repubblica in central Florence has three of the city's most historic cafes. Gilli is one of them, and when you walk in, you feel like you are entering a piece of the city's history. The cafe was founded in 1733 but moved to its...
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325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4, Canada
If you’re a coffee nerd, Revolver is the place to go for personal-size, pour-over coffees brewed from their unique lines of beans. Hang out for a while and you’ll run into everyone who lives at this end of Gastown. (604) 558-4444. As told to...
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1228 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada
First opened for business in 1912, the iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal—known as "the grande dame of Sherbrooke Street"—began a $200 million facelift in 2008, opening its doors again in 2012. Quebec’s most luxurious and historic...
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97 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1J1, Canada
The Auberge du Vieux-Port is housed in a 19th-century leather merchant building and faces directly onto the St. Lawrence River, with its summertime cruise ships and wintertime snowy beauty. The hotel opened in 1997, with a second...
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Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0, Canada
In a remote spot off Vancouver Island in British Columbia, surrounded by rain forest, mountains, and beaches, the Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat first opened in 1998 as an overnight floating lodge experience; since then, it has grown into a luxury...
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405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was the brainchild of Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. On arrival at Banff, the tourism visionary made the canny observation, "Since we can’t export the scenery, we'll...
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801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada
Originally opened in 1927, Vancouver's Hotel Georgia was the celebrity haunt of everyone from Elvis and the Rat Pack to Errol Flynn and Katharine Hepburn. The hotel closed in 2006 for a multimillion-dollar restoration project, and reopened as the...
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4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2E8, Canada
This property is closed for renovations until late 2019.

Conveniently located near the subway, museums, and upscale boutiques and galleries of Toronto’s swish Yorkville neighborhood, the Park Hyatt Toronto originally opened in 1929. Seventy...
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200 Pipestone Rd, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
The Post Hotel & Spa is set in the heart of the pristine Banff National Park, surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains and overlooking Lake Louise. The original log-walled lodge—opened in 1942 as the Lake Louise Ski Lodge—has...
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118 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4, Canada
Toronto’s first five-star hotel, the Hazleton, was designed by superstars Yabu Pushelberg and located in the well-heeled Yorkville neighborhood. The discreet, residential-style exterior is a perfect fit for this tree-lined neighborhood...
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Opened in 1915 as Tent City—a string of luxury canvas tents along Lac Beauvert, with vistas of Whistlers Peak and Pyramid Mountain—this was possibly North America’s first "glamping" site. The destination proved wildly popular,...
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8 Rue Saint Antoine, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4C9, Canada
Auberge Saint-Antoine, a Relais & Chateaux property in Québec’s Old Port on the St. Lawrence waterfront, is a history buff's dream hotel. The site consists of an old wharf and a cannon battery that date back to the late 17th...
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210 Main Rd, Joe Batt's Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada
Fogo Island Inn sits at the very edge of the north Atlantic on isolated Fogo Island in Newfoundland. Designed by internationally renowned architect Todd Saunders, the inn's arrestingly modern appearance is meant to call to mind the shape of an...
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30 Mercer St, Toronto, ON M5V 1H3, Canada
Tucked away on a side street between King Street and Blue Jays Way in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, Hotel Le Germain is a cozy escape from the bustle of the city. The lobby has a library area where guests can curl up on...
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2050 Rue Mansfield, Montréal, QC H3A 1Y9, Canada
On a quiet street between McGill and Peel subway stations in downtown Montreal’s Golden Square Mile district, the boutique Hotel Le Germain evokes a feeling of calm amid chaos. The lobby's relaxing color palette of earthy browns and greens...
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1 Moraine Lake Rd, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
Open seasonally from June 1 through October 1, Moraine Lake Lodge is, as its name suggests, set right on the stunning turquoise waters of the glacier-fed Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. The lake is one of the most photographed locations in ...
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1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Fairmont Pacific Rim sits on the ocean’s edge, in the heart of Vancouver’s historic port and financial district. Soaring 450 feet high as one of downtown’s largest buildings, it offers unobstructed views of the North Shore...
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4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
At the foot of Blackcomb mountain, Whistler Four Seasons blends into and complements its gorgeous natural surroundings with a kind of "chalet-luxe" style. The spacious public lobby areas feature earthy tones, wooden beams, granite, and limestone....
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322 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5Z6, Canada
OPUS opened in 2002 in Vancouver’s funky Yaletown district, just across the street from The Canada Line station to the airport (25 minutes door to door). Although it’s surrounded by some of the city’s best bars, restaurants, and...
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4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Set against the towering backdrop of Whistler’s Blackcomb mountain, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler looks for all the world like a modern fairy-tale castle—albeit one with a classic ski lodge interior, huge, high-ceilinged lobby spaces,...
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1177 Melville St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3, Canada
Opened in 2009, The Loden’s floor-to-ceiling windows are designed to echo the waves in nearby Coal Harbour, with the timber-and-patinated-copper exterior reflecting the Pacific Northwest forest. A blend of Dornbracht and Philippe Stark...
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1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A8, Canada
Opened in 2009, the Asian influence on the architecture and interior design of Shangri-La Vancouver is clear to see. The rooms are tranquil, with warm rosewood panels and tapestries, walls, and furnishings that softly glow with gold, cream, and...
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550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4, Canada
The Thompson Hotel, Toronto, opened in 2010 as a modern, translucent glass building soaring above its low-rise, red-brick neighbors and staking a claim as a symbol of glitz and glam in the King West neighborhood. Thanks to its fashionable in-house...
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Alberta 5, Waterton Park, AB T0K 2M0, Canada
Banff and Jasper are top of mind when it comes to Alberta's Great Outdoors. Travelers flock to Moraine Lake by the busload for postcard-perfect snaps and zip through the province's northern parks on the trail of grizzlies, elk, and moose. Waterton...
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Icefields Pkwy, Lake Louise, AB T0L, Canada
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on Bow Lake just north of Lake Louise in Banff National Forest is a treasure, but then again, the entire Canadian Rockies makes for one unending series of aesthetically arresting moments. The Num-Ti-Jah lodge was built and run by...
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1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1, Canada
Calgary is famous for the Calgary Stampede, ten days of cowboys, rodeo events, chuckwagon races, a midway (complete with deep fried Mars bars and corn dogs) and great music. No one’s kidding when they call it The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
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Maligne Lake, Improvement District No. 12, AB T0E, Canada
It takes patience and good fortune to create a unique image in a place considered Canada’s second-most-photographed landscape. The Through the Lens Cruise on Maligne Lake gives amateur and professional shutterbugs such an opportunity. While...
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Grand Manan, NB, Canada
There's a little slice of New Brunswick, Canada, off the coast of Maine, and it's well worth a visit. Grand Manan Island is accessed by ferry from Black's Harbour NB. The island is only 34km long and 18km wide, so it doesn’t take long to explore...
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13315 Buena Vista Road & 87th Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7, Canada
More than 350 animals call the Edmonton Valley Zoo, tucked on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, home. And visitors can see them all, from seals to red pandas, from snowy owls to Siberian tigers—during their stroll through a habitat that...
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812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada
Whale-watching tours are one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the outdoors in British Columbia. Prince of Whales offers a number of different tour options, from zodiac adventures in the Strait of Juan De Fuca to their Northbound...
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Field, BC V0A 1G0, Canada
Beginning in a shutdown campground, which was incredibly fascinating to wander through - think abandoned places where nature is reclaiming the land, the hike meanders softly along the degrading road and over a river. Then, the switchbacks begin -...
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From the outside, the Royal Ontario Museum appears to have been struck by a mineral formation from outer space. When the original building was overhauled by starchitect Daniel Libeskind, many locals were dismayed by the new...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
With beautiful aqua blue water and high mountains, consider taking a day trip north from Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway. Maybe drive up to to Squamish for some outdoor adventures or a tasty craft beer while taking in a view of "The Chief" and...
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In the heat of the summer there is only thing to do: pack a lunch, grab some beers, hop on a bike, ride the ferry, and get yourself over to the islands. It doesn't really matter which ferry you chose (well, don't head to the airport) because the...
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205 Boulevard des Cèdres, Québec, QC G1L 1N8, Canada
The place to be right now and every February is Québec; specifically at the 60th Winter Carnaval de Québec. And if you're a fan of winter fun and ice buildings, this bit of info is for you. Bonhomme, the larger-than-life Carnaval mascot lives in...
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Guysborough, NS, Canada
As the old truck lumbered down the highway we talked about the type of photography I normally like to do and he was able to narrow down some key stops for our morning where I’d be able to get some great shots that fit my style. It really is rare...
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Ottawa, ON, Canada
The Canadian Tulip Festival is magnificent! The tulips are a gift of the Netherlands to Canada every year. If you're ever in Ottawa in the spring, you must visit this festival! I have never seen so many different colors and varieties of tulips in...
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Roper St, Bonavista, NL A0C 1B0, Canada
Fantastic scenery in Bonavista, Newfoundland. Yes, you can visit in the winter!
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No trip through Canada would be complete without a stop at Niagara Falls. The roar from the falls is impressive and watching the reactions of those on the boats below is entertaining. On a good summer's day, spend time walking the parkway before...
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Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Mountains are awesome, in every sense of the word. There’s no better way to experience the full glory of the Canadian Rockies than by taking an eight-minute ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Just a short drive from the center of...
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Hwy 16 E, Tofield, AB T0B 4J0, Canada
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a living history museum and one of Canada's premier historical sites. The Village, notable for the ethnic Ukrainian and Canadian cast members who live and act in full period costume, is both engaging and...
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Broadway - Assiniboine, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Every winter, the junction of Red and Assiniboine rivers, known as The Forks, transforms into a magic winterland called the River Trail. In January 2008, The Fork's River Trail captured the Guinness World Record for the longest skating surface in...
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108 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2, Canada
At the pinnacle of Blue Mountain—part of the Niagara Escarpment—you can find the highest point of the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest hiking destination. From here you get fantastic views of both the escarpment (a UNESCO-designated biosphere) at...
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Whitehorse, YT, Canada
The drive from Whitehorse to Skagway is a day-trip that offers a wonderful variety of scenery, from colourful lakes such as Emerald Lake to a tiny desert at Carcross to a high glacier-scoured valley, the White Pass. At each end are communities...
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Whitehorse, YT, Canada
The Northern Lights are one of the most magical, but also most elusive, bucket-list sights. Scientists will tell you that the phenomenon is the result of solar winds reaching the earth’s atmosphere, but that doesn’t capture the beauty of the night...
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Mount McIntyre, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5Y9, Canada
Mt McIntyre ("Mount Mac") offers an easily-accessible high-country experience very close to downtown Whitehorse. Although a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is needed to get to the summit, rentals are available in town. The hiking up top is simply superb —...
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Takhini Hot Springs Rd, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 7A2, Canada
A half hour drive outside of Whitehorse in the Yukon is the Wildlife Preserve where visitors can walk through the property and get up close, but not too personal, with Canadian wildlife — including elk, buffalo, mountain goats, deer, and all types...
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Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada
Since Collingwood is located smack on Georgian Bay, a day at the beach is a must. While Sunset Point in town is beautiful, it's also rocky. A short drive west to Craigleith or Meaford opens up sandier options, but head east along the bay to Wasaga...
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Valley Trail, Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The 25-mile Valley Trail provides an optimal circuit for anyone wanting to get in a daily run while on vacation or traveling. The locals' preferred route starts at the entrance of the Valley Trail beside Whistler Golf Club and...
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899 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 1B8, Canada
When award-winning CHARCUT Roast House started selling the best $5 burger in Calgary from the back alley of its restaurant, lines stretched around the block. Now the local, natural pork and roasted garlic sausage patties come from the hottest...
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Dunham, QC, Canada
Few places so close to Montreal can boast as many hiking options as the Eastern Townships. The numbers really do speak for themselves: Between the 25 summits (that's a euphemism—they're only just over 1,000 meters high), the 4 national parks, and...
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1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3, Canada
High Park, 399 acres of peace and recreation and playing fields and picnic areas, has a way of making you forget the city beyond. Grenadier Pond, a tranquil body of water that runs along the park's western border, is favored by runners....
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Fort MacLeod, AB T0L 0Z0, Canada
From a distance, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump looks like any other Canadian Rockies foothill area, but closer inspection reveals a UNESCO World Heritage site that holds 6,000 years of First Nations (native peoples') history beneath its grassy...
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Alberta, Canada
Dinosaur Provincial Park has more than a great name; the park also features dino bones (check them out on the self-guided interpretive trails or on a tour), an excellent museum, and some of the most beautiful countryside in Alberta, from...
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Cap Gaspé, QC G4X 6L7, Canada
At the very tip of the furthest extent of the North American continent—on the south side of the St. Lawrence—is the Cap Gaspé. The locals refer to the area as, "le Bout du Monde," or, the end of the world. End or not, it is one of the most...
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1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON L6A 1S6, Canada
What you see here is the most terrifying rollercoaster in the world. This thing is so big that one of Wonderland's original coasters runs beneath it—and is not even visible in this frame. The Leviathan, as it is called, is so large that it...
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1100 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 0A1, Canada
This is a 5-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Montreal, across the street from the Centre Bell, home of Les Montréal Canadiens, and tucked along famed rue Sainte-Catherine. Was I blown away during my stay here? Yeah, and then some. After...
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830 Valley Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J6, Canada
It’s been my experience that Saskatchewan gets a bad rap. I suppose it makes sense in a way, it’s hard to compete with flashier Canadian cousins like Vancouver and Montreal. My experiences in the entire province of Saskatchewan though have proven...
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2917 Early Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7H 3K5, Canada
Prairie Harvest Cafe is one of my favourite restaurants in Saskatoon. They serve local, organic, seasonal food and have lots of vegetarian and vegan options. My blog provides a full profile at...
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I've come to Grasslands many times and each time I discover something new. I can lose myself in the gorgeous skies, rolling hills, and sense of peace that comes from a place so untouched by civilization. Grasslands is one of Canada's dark sky...
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5542 Rochdale Blvd, Regina, SK S4X 4P1, Canada
If you have never experienced a sunset on the prairies then I suggest you do so. Since the plains are so flat in some areas you can see the sun set over the entire horizon. This sunset was on the north-west outskirts of Regina, SK and was right...
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987 Dogwood Drive, South Slocan, BC V0G 2G0, Canada
It’s the Norse word for a warrior’s paradise: Valhalla. Ski warriors will love riding the light powder in British Columbia’s Valhalla Mountain range. Two snowcats each carry 12 skiers and two guides to play on 21,500 acres of terrain. From $340....
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1196 Voie Camillien-Houde, Montréal, QC H3H 1A1, Canada
Not unlike the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Empire State Building in NYC, the Mont Royal acts as a natural landmark for orientation-challenged travelers. The "mountain" (some would call it a big hill) overlooks the entire city and offers...
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4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb receives lots of press about its big-mountain features, but the resort offers plenty of terrain for every family member and skill level. The Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, among the best in North America, is...
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100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B2, Canada
This is another fun adventure that's not strenuous in Banff. Take a gondola up Mt. Sulphur. That building in the photo is where the gondola comes in. Then you can walk along a boardwalk up to the summit, from where you have panoramic views of the...
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333 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E2, Canada
If you visit Montreal over the winter holidays, I advise anyone who wants to keep his/her blood flowing to go ice skating. Not only will it keep your fingers from turning into popsicles, but also it will allow you to take in the beautiful view of...
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5315 Big White Rd, Kelowna, BC V1P 1P3, Canada
At the Big White Ski Resort there is more to do than ski and snowboard which is especially useful to know when you're not a skiing Canadian like myself. Instead of hitting the slopes there are snowshoe excursions, ice wall climbing, sledding with...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains was considered a glitzy and expensive PR move when it opened in 2007. Today the 1.9-mile span, the longest unsupported span in the world, ferries hikers, bikers, and...
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6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
Part of the North Shore mountain range, this 4,039-foot peak offers jaw-dropping views of the city. It’s busiest in the winter, when four chairlifts service 33 ski runs, but remains popular in the summer thanks to the steep, 1.8-mile Grouse...
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103 Chemin du Parc-National, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, QC G3C 2T5, Canada
In winter, when many parks are closed, you can find one gorgeous trail open here. From the Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes trailhead, make the snowy two-hour climb through a forest of white birch, spruce, and lichen-covered rocks. You’ll emerge to a view...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
When you enter Banff National Park, you are immediately struck by its vastness. In the winter, the mountains tower above with their snow-covered peaks and the snowy pines go on like an endless, seemingly impenetrable sea. During my visit to Lake...
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a 1C5, 446 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B3, Canada
Cabane a Sucre is a small shop in the middle of Place Jacques-Cartier, located in the heart of Old Montreal. On the cold December night I was in Montreal, their apple cider helped to warm my hands and body. I would also like to mention that the...
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632 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Slide into your warmest winter boots, strap on a pair of ice cleats, and bundle on an extra layer before descending into the Maligne Canyon for a unique Jasper experience. Curving rock walls create the perfect labyrinth to explore the depths of...
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4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Beautiful resort village of Whistler offers 4 star dining, international shopping, and some of the best skiing in the world. Not only should you stay long enough to wear your legs down on the slopes, but don't leave before experiencing the bounty...
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4280 Montée Ryan, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1S4, Canada
Like all self-respecting Francophones, Quebecer's take well-being (bien-être) and relaxation (détente) seriously. So naturally we welcomed the Scandinavian Spa when it opened just outside of town. This a true Nordic-style spa based on the ritual...
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1 Whitehorn Rd, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
Lake Louise Ski Resort isn’t just the largest in the Canadian Rockies. With 4200 acres, it’s also one of the biggest in North America. Located smack-dab in the middle of Banff National Park, skiing in Lake Louise often seems equal parts sport and...
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6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, Vancouver, BC V0N 1G0, Canada
If you're visiting Vancouver and a winter sports enthusiast, Cypress Mountain is just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver in West Vancouver. There are 53 alpine ski runs, with many of those accessible at night, and 19 km of cross-country trails....
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235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada
This 10-acre cultural "facility" located on the shore of the mighty Lake Ontario is especially popular on summer weekends, but I enjoy it just as much in the winter. A lakefront outdoor Skating Rink (free) brings in the kids (curated DJ Skate...
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445 Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste Montreal (Vieux, Montréal, QC H2Y 2Z7, Canada
Maple taffy is an outrageous Quebecois treat. My friend here, dressed in her fantastic Canadian tuxedo, drizzled sweet, sweet maple syrup over clean white snow to create maple toffee. She let me flip the confection onto a stick, and deliciousness...
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4050 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
This is winter in Canada at its very best: wide open, blanketed in snow, and totally wild. Blackcomb Snowmobile outfits 2- and 3-hour rides into the mountains out of the Whistler base. The trails are well-groomed and easily navigable, which means...
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1000 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H3B 4W5, Canada
Call us crazy, but we Canadians dearly love our winter sports. So much so, we built a dedicated ice-skating rink in the heart of downtown Montreal that is accessible year-round. Yes, you read that right. Rain or shine, winter or summer, ice...
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There’s something romantic about a horse-drawn sleigh ride, but it’s even more special when it traces the shores of historic Lake Louise. Imagine snuggling beneath a fleece blanket on an old-fashioned sleigh as two mighty horses pull you away from...
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800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7, Canada
Open mid-November through the end of February, the Robson Square Ice Rink gives both residents and visitors an opportunity to skate for free in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Skate and helmet rentals and a concession stand are available on site....
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1505 17TH AVE SW, Kananaskis, AB T0L, Canada
Between Calgary and Banff you’ll find Kananaskis Country, a giant park in the foothills where in-the-know locals come with their skis and snowshoes to escape the city. There is one downhill ski area, Nakiska resort, as well as the Canmore Nordic...
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1 Sunshine access Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1J5, Canada
Most people travel to Canada in the winter to ski the famous big resorts like Whistler and Lake Louise. But 20 minutes from downtown Banff is a little "hill"—as the Canadians like to call their mountains—called Sunshine Village. The resort,...
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Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, NS B0E 2P0, Canada
The Queen of all of Nova Scotia’s driving routes – the Cabot Trail – is typically littered with superlatives such as best, greatest, and most scenic. It certainly deserves praise as it provides a whole different feel of Nova Scotia than the other...
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1860 Boulevard Valcartier, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0, Canada
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Smithers, BC, Canada
To become the King of the Back Country, you’ll need the right tools – the most important of which are undoubtedly skis. But if you’re relatively new to back country skiing, you’ll want to speak to an outfitter capable of putting the right...
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The Skeena River House is less a hotel and more an experience in Canadian hospitality. Run by the husband and wife team of Brad and Kim Zeerip, the house overlooks the legendary Skeena River, and offers up bedroom views of Sleeping Beauty...
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3763 4 Ave, Smithers, BC V0J, Canada
The Two Sisters Café in Smithers, BC is a fabulous place for apres ski, and a great place to rub shoulders with local Smithereens. The food is fresh, local, and delicious – wraps, sandwiches, big plates, desserts – each of them crafted with lovely...
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4805 BC-16, Terrace, BC V8G 0H3, Canada
In the local tongue of the Tsimshian, the Coast Mountain Range surrounding Terrace is known as Ganeeks Laxha, or the “stairway to heaven.” It’s not difficult to see why the First Nations stewards of this land named the area such – especially when...
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Bulkley-Nechako A, BC V0J 2N1, Canada
Imagine you’ve pulled yourself out of bed before dawn, poured yourself a fresh cup of coffee to go, and hit the open road from quaint Smithers, BC, mountains hugging you on both sides. You drive towards those mountains, park the car, and strap on...
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Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC, Canada
One of the first things I learned about Montreal while attending McGill University is that the tourists head to the Old City and western parts of town, while the locals go east. Vieux Montreal, while quaint and cobblestoned, is an overpriced...
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317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada
Frank Gehry was born inToronto, but his dramatic 2008renovation and expansion ofthis Beaux-Arts museum washis first Canadian commission.He first discovered art on childhood visits to its vast collection,which spans the world. Now themuseum...
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451 Rue Saint Jean, Montréal, QC H2Y 2R5, Canada
Contemporary art can sometimes be pretentious or obscure, but DHC/ART adds an edgy sense of wit, with exhibitions ranging from the visual puns of Ceal Floyer to the exuberant portraits of John Currin.451 rue St.-Jean, (514) 849-3742.
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Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
A trip to Toronto without a visit to Kensington Market doesn’t make any sense. Despite its diminutive size, this neighborhood packs plenty of activity within its boundaries. Arrive hungry: Restaurants and cafés dish out bites...
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Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Gastown neighborhood dates back to the Victorian era when “Gassy Jack” Deighton opened a saloon in a burgeoning sawmilling settlement. Now its grand heritage buildings—in Romanesque, Edwardian and Victorian Italianate styles—and brick-paved...
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178 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7, Canada
Massey Hall is one of Canada’s most important concert halls. A veritable encyclopedia of musical talent has played here, including Enrico Caruso, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Igor Stravinsky, Patti Smith, Lou Reed,...
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1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux Arts) is scattered across four different buildings, or pavilions. The Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion seen here is the institution's main building, with its international art collection. The other...
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Old Quebec, Québec City, QC, Canada
While walking within the walls of Old Québec a few years ago, (my fourth visit, but the first for my wife), this blond-maned horse caught my eye. Incidentally, in Québec French, "blonde" is more than just a hair color. It's often used to mean...
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750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
Western Canada’s largest public art museum weighs in at almost 12,000 works. The collection here is strong on Emily Carr, a modernist compatriot of the Group of Seven (Canadian landscape painters from the 1920s who were deeply...
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2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1, Canada
Sprawled over three floors, the recently renovated Art Gallery of Alberta—the oldest cultural institution in the province—maintains a collection that exceeds 6,000 objects. Welcoming and diverse, the AGA houses works from a variety of eras using a...
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1723 Hollis St, Halifax, NS B3J 1V9, Canada
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada, and has a varied collection, from historic Inuit stone carvings to Nova Scotian folk art, nautical paintings, classical portraits, and even the small home of one of the...
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The Vancouver area is home to many parks. The city is super green and designed for outdoor activities, from just hanging out on a bench to working out and playing with the kids. No matter where you go, you'll find art installations. They're such a...
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3515 McDonald Dr, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2H2, Canada
Yellowknife is small, as in you can walk the whole town in half a day. But give yourself the full day to take in the hike around the lake, a chance to pick out some white fish from the Great Slave Lake at the fish truck, which is parked in front...
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179 Grande Allée Ouest, Québec, QC G1R 2H1, Canada
This sprawling museum is located in four buildings near Battlefields Park—the most recent of them, the Pierre Lassonde pavilion, opened in 2016 and was designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas's OMA. The 25,000 works in its permanent collection...
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Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
Canada's metropolis isn't just skyscrapers and multinationals, apparently. Welcome to Graffiti Alley, or as the locals call it, Rush Lane. Canada's largest outdoor art gallery (from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street) is located in the...
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1271 Dundas St W #200, Toronto, ON M6J 1X8, Canada
I popped into Imperial Tattoo in Toronto's Land of Oz to meet with Ronan Gibney, one of the country's most famed tattoo artists. Ronan's chair is often booked two months out, which makes it tough to drop by and get a dragon, naked lady, or laser...
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550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8, Canada
The Evergreen Brick Works, a reclaimed quarry in the lush Don Valley, is a showcase for sustainable and green living, as well as for urban design. A community has been established in this once-derelict industrial site and former landfill. ...
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380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada
Featuring the works of Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, and the Group of Seven, the National Gallery of Canada is one of the country’s premiere destinations for paintings, sculptures, and contemporary art. The building also hosts the Canadian Museum of...
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1212 13 St SE #104, Calgary, AB T2G 5R3, Canada
This home of modern design is part gallery and part store. It’s full of innovative abstract art and functional contemporary decor such as John Greg Ball’s subsonic chair with built-in subwoofers, Eveline Kolijn’s sculptural installations, and...
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310 St Patrick St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5K4, Canada
From experimental, electronic music (Electric Fields), to performance art (Annie Sprinkle's White Wedding to the Snow), to the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, this deconsecrated Catholic church—now St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts—plays host to a...
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23 Rue Ambroise Fafard #100, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC G3Z 2J2, Canada
While it may come as a surprise, Baie-Saint-Paul is home to a rather large amount of art galleries for such a small village. In fact, there probably are more galleries per capita here than in Montreal or Quebec City! But when you take a minute to...
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1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada
Though the permanent collection may not be Met caliber, some worthy exhibits have made their way through the halls of Montreal's Musée des Beaux Arts, from the recent Chihuly show (pictured) to Pipilotti Rist, long ago. Those who will undoubtedly...
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4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Artwalk is an annual event put on by Whistler Art Council that strives to expose the community to local Whistler artists and promote their craft. During the two-month-long event (July and August), artwork is placed in various locations around the...
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109 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
The Adele Campbell Art Gallery provides art lovers an opportunity to view and purchase distinctive pieces by well-known west coast artists like Mike Svob and Cameron Bird. The gallery is locally owned and holds an exceptionally well-curated...
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67 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
A recent installation for the Creative Cities Summit. Galerie SAW Gallery is housed in a former courthouse next to the Ottawa Jail Hostel. The gallery programs high-quality contemporary Canadian and international group exhibitions, installations,...
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4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
The 34,400-square-foot  Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre engages visitors on many levels. Socially, it is the first joint cultural project between two separate native nations in North America. The center is also a stunning...
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1050 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L5, Canada
Once a month this Vancouver sports bar shifts is focus from hockey and football to a much different kind of contest - live competitive painting. Six artists gather round their easels with 20 minutes to create an original painting while a hundred...
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10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0, Canada
Whether it’s actually true or a myth that Canadians love to believe, there is something about the national psyche that insists that we are a function of our environment, a part of nature itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in a Canadian icon...
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205 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4, Canada
Kid Icarus is a wonderland of creativity, with rows of homemade cards, trinkets, jewelry, and gift ideas. It could take an entire day to take in all of the fun slogans and artful expressions that fill this store. It’s the perfect place to get...
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1050 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L5, Canada
Artists have 20 minutes to create an original painting while the crowd of fans circle around them and vote for their favorite. There are three rounds, followed by a championship among the round winners. The paintings then go to a silent auction.
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350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada
Presented by the Canadian Art Foundation, The Reel Artists Film Festival (RAFF)--North America’s only festival dedicated to documentaries on visual art and artists. Participants delve into the creative minds of some of the world’s most renowned...
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5587 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4H2, Canada
I met Arianna Garcia-Fialdini in Montreal during the last day of her exhibition at the Espace Pop Alternative Gallery. I found her work stark, detailed, and captivating, and I spent more time than I thought I would wandering from mural to mural...
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453 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4, Canada
It was the elite of the elite and I was walking amongst them. Great chefs from around the world had gathered in this building to learn the art of French cooking or pastry making... and I was now one of them. I didn't have a semester to master the...
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124 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z5, Canada
Bellwoods hasn't been open long, but it has already made an impression on the Toronto craft beer and food scene. Bellwoods and the Group of Seven Chefs put on a brilliant seafood feast that I was lucky enough to be in attendance for; it was the...
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1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth, Montréal, QC H2X 1L4, Canada
Tucked down a nondescript route off a much busier thoroughfare, the building out front isn't something to write home about. But the secret garden out back is one of the best places in town to grab a pint. The bar serves a litany of cocktails and a...
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85 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 3K8, Canada
Located in the historic Salt Building in Vancouver's Olympic Village, Craft is a beer lover's dream: From 140 taps flows Canada's largest selection of craft beer (eh!). Craft also features an excellent wine and spirit selection, and a menu notable...
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380 Rue Dorchester, Québec, QC G1K 6A7, Canada
The Saint-Roch neighborhood, a 15-minute walk from Vieux-Quebec (Old Quebec), is a popular place to hang out, thanks in part to this microbrewery and bistro. All the beers are handmade in old-fashioned styles. Try the Malgven, a toasty amber ale....
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345 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5, Canada
With more than 100 beers on tap, you could get overwhelmed when choosing from Craft’s beer list. Try sipping one of Calgary’s favorite local ales, the Village Blonde. Village Brewery started making unpasteurized, preservative- and additive-free...
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Toronto, ON, Canada
I've heard it said that the non-mainstream beer situation in Toronto is dire. Craft-beer enthusiasts spoiled by choice in other parts of the globe bemoan as oppressive the consumer beer-trade controls in Ontario, where 80% of beer sales is through...
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1149 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, Canada
Located next to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the Garrison Brewing Company opened its doors in 2007 and has been tickling Halifax's tastebuds with its fine brews ever since. At the brewery you can learn how the beer is made, try some taste...
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308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC V9A 3S8, Canada
Spinnakers has been quenching thirst since 1984 with their unique beverages. While they brew the expected craft beers on site, they also make their own sodas, ciders, and other creations. In addition the food and setting are worth sticking around...
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4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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The next time you're tired of the mountains and looking for a place to imbibe, check out Brew House, starting with the clever draft board (green means go!) and the choo-choo train that whips around the restaurant. Brew House has a fantastic...
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245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 3B7, Canada
It seems as though only diehard brew misers know about Granite, which is a shame, considering it's one of the very best brew pubs in the country. It could have something to do with the fact that the pub is located at Eglington and Mt Pleasant,...
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375 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8, Canada
Steamworks has been brewing unique craft beer in historic Gastown since 1995, utilizing the building's rare steam delivery system that to this day is the only one of its kind in Canada. The Steamworks craft list is tremendous. You'll find seasonal...
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16 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G6, Canada
Bitter Tasting Room is a thrilling little gastro pub located on the Gastown/DTES border that features a fantastic draft list, a well-curated craft bottle selection, and an accompanying menu with a handful of clever, shareable plates that demand a...
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117 Chemin de Kandahar, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1B1, Canada
Jazzy blues and a select menu of craft beers set thisbar apart from more boisterous ones in the village.Families and groups of friends come for theunique seven varieties they offer. Among the favorites are: Extreme Onction Trappist-styleBelgian...
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2049 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K8, Canada
Outrageously good craft beer and the best nachos in Montreal. A tidy little patio with views of one of Montreal's more eclectic neighborhoods, plenty of Canadian tuxedos, and a disturbing number of toque wearing folk. Good times had by all. I'm a...
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45 Esandar Dr, Toronto, ON M4G 4C5, Canada
Toronto's craft beer scene is exploding. Amsterdam Brewing has been at the forefront of the craft scene for many years, but with a brand new brewing facility in an up and coming part of town, and a line of great new suds—some experimental, some...
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1658 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K6, Canada
The Latin Quarter branch of this popular brewpub is a fab place for a bowl of delicious poutine and a few pints on a Friday night. I've met plenty of local folk and visitors while chest-deep in cheese curd heaven, and I've always had a good time....
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139 Mill St, Creemore, ON L0M 1G0, Canada
While this particular adventure in libation is hardly around the corner, it’s a must-do for a number of reasons. Item: Creemore, roughly thirty miles from Blue Mountain Village, is a picturesque hamlet boasting a handful of great shops, and...
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809 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1P1, Canada
Le Cheval Blanc is a beloved Montreal brewery that was doing craft before craft was cool. In 1986 this was licensed as Montreal's first brewpub. LCB pulls double duty as a busy diner in one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods, so it's worth...
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2876 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8, Canada
On the backs of every server in this alehouse (and it truly is an alehouse, no lagers or pilsners allowed!) is the phrase: Better Beer for a Better Life. As a customer, you get the sense that the owners really breathe this philosophy and love what...
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2471 Chemin Royal, Sainte-Famille, QC G0A 3P0, Canada
If you are traveling through Quebec and are looking for a taste of locally crafted beer, seek out anything produced by the Microbrasserie de l'Ile d'Orléans. I tried three of their brews, and loved every one (including one made using local maple...
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1579 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C3, Canada
Halifax is in love with "eat local," and well they should be. With bounty from sea and land, it's a food lover's destination. The Stubborn Goat pairs big flavors with local and other craft beers in a friendly, relaxed environment. Should you tire...
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Collingwood, ON L9Y 4B2, Canada
Few breweries can boast a setting as beautiful as the Blue Mountains, though the Northwinds suds do a might fine job of keeping attention focused on craft. Currently outfitting their physical location, Northwinds beers have already hit the Ontario...
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Halifax, NS B3H, Canada
The Halifax Public Gardens are one of the best places in the city to go for a stroll, have a picnic, get an ice cream, feed some ducks, and (literally) stop and smell the roses. The gardens opened in 1867 and occupy 16 acres of land in the middle...
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Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada should be on everyone's bucket list. It is spectacular in its natural beauty. This picture was taken from atop Mt. Gros Morne, which provides breathtaking views of the...
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1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
Located at the south end of the Halifax waterfront the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market is the oldest continually run farmer's market in all of North America, having opened in 1750. Here you can find fresh and local foods along with handmade arts...
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1707 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C6, Canada
The Wooden Monkey in Halifax is a restaurant made for all tastes. The menu features all organic and locally grown produce served with free-range meats and local seafood. There are also many options for vegetarians, vegans, and even those who...
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1740 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B6, Canada
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The Five Fishermen Restaurant and Grill has been voted the best Seafood Restaurant in Halifax for many, many years. While their oyster & wine bar is very popular, their formal dining room offers a surf-and-turf option, where you pick any kind of...
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10235 Peggys Cove Rd, Glen Margaret, NS B3Z 3J2, Canada
Drive the South Shore of Nova Scotia from Halifax to Yarmouth. One would think this route was full of lighthouses—it has its fair share—however there's much more than just lighthouses to satisfy your eyes. We left Halifax and headed for Peggy’s...
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323 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0, Canada
Fishing boats resting on the ocean bottom is not an uncommon sight around the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The Bay of Fundy tides are a unique and destination worthy phenomenon – it’s claim to fame is having the highest tidal range in the world....
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383 Keltic in Rd, Ingonish Beach, NS B0C 1L0, Canada
Don't miss out on the carrot and ginger scallops - they were a welcome site after the more rugged surroundings of the Cabot Trail. The Purple Thistle restaurant is a part of the Keltic Lodge resort that can be found on a picture perfect peninsula...
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1215 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3S8, Canada
With over 90 exhibitions, the Discovery Centre in Halifax is an interactive science museum for kids of all ages. You can spend an hour or the whole day exploring and learning. There is a room filled with more Legos then you can imagine, you can...
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5201 Duke St, Halifax, NS B3J 1N9, Canada
Scotia Square Mall in downtown Halifax has all of the necessities, from a pharmacy to a health club, travel agent, greeting card store, bookstore, tailors, hair salon, liquor store, and more. They also have one of the best food courts in downtown...
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5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
The Citadel National Historic Site is one of the most important and iconic preservation areas in Canada, and a must-see on any visit to the East Coast — but seeing it like this is an extra-special adventure. Hours of Operation: May 7 - June 30 – 9...
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Chef Jenna's gluten-free homemade cupcakes are the stuff of local lore, but the rest of her culinary delights are making a big impression on the East Coast. Vegan shepherd's pie made with lentils isn't something you're going to find in many other...
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After Newfoundland sheds its snowy mantle in spring, the coastline teems with nesting puffins, feeding humpbacks, and blue-flag irises. The province is also the best place in North America to see icebergs, a fitting way to honor the Titanic, which...

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Saint Bride's, NL A0B 2Z0, Canada
Newfoundland is a gorgeous province all around but one is truly in awe when they visit Cape St. Mary's. This cape is a bit of a drive from St. John's but there are some great villages and beaches on route. Cape St. Mary's has picturesque cliffs,...
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Saddle Island, Division No. 10, Subd. A, NL, Canada
Decades before Plymouth and Jamestown, Basque whalers established a bustling colony in Red Bay, Labrador and used the banks of Saddle Island to transform the carcasses of bowhead and right whales into oil and other commodities valued in Europe....
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Cabo Spear, San Juan de Terranova, Terranova y Labrador A1C 5H2, Canada
I moved to Newfoundland in the fall and couldn’t help but be excited for spring to arrive so I could witness the giant icebergs that floated along the coast during that time of year. Spring arrived and I received a phone call from a friend who had...
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230 Signal Hill Rd, St. John's, NL A1A 1B3, Canada
When I traveled to St. John’s, the first place a friend wanted to show me was Signal Hill. We drove through the scenic and colorful downtown area of the city to the bottom of a hill that winded upwards. A short but steep drive took us to the top...
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3622 Brackley Point Rd #15, Brackley Beach, PE C1E 2P2, Canada
When we visited Prince Edward Island in October of 2012, it was misty, drizzly, and overcast. Just the way I like it. The sweeping vistas of the island were best seen by car. We stayed at the Elmwood Heritage Inn, and the owners had recommended we...
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Americas
At first glance Prince Edward island might not look like that oaw, you've been there? place. Yet, let it work its magic on your soul and you will understand why every season people are flocking to this island. Here I was drawn to the image of hay...
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86 Queen St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4A7, Canada
Fantastic, colorful vibe, rich with old wood in a historic building from the 19th century in downtown Charlottetown. If you love oysters (they serve a variety from local bays on the island) and a flavorful cocktail, this needs to be on your list....
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1673 Barrington St, 2nd Floor, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z9, Canada
Nocturne is a fall art festival that takes place in Halifax between 6 p.m. and midnight on October 18, 2014. With exhibits set up in various galleries and other spaces, this celebration is completely free.
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5775 Cogswell St, Halifax, NS B3K 4B2, Canada
Constructed a few years ago for the Canada Games, the Emera Oval is a concrete oval located in the Halifax Commons. Built as a track for speed skating the city has invested money into it and now keeps it open year round. In the winter months the...
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1 Côte de la Citadelle, Québec, QC G1R 3R2, Canada
Drive half a day north from Boston, and you arrive in French-speaking Québec City, established in 1608 on a strategic bluff above the St. Lawrence River, still surrounded by its wall. Charles Dickens' 19th-century description of the place still...
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1 Côte de la Citadelle, Québec, QC G1R 3R2, Canada
I've been to Québec City several times, and it's never boring. Street art is all over Vieux-Québec (The "Old" city)—sculpture, plantings, frescoes... This is the Fresque du Petit Champlain, just a couple of blocks from the St. Lawrence River, a...
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1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada
This imposing yet elegant landmark, high above the St. Lawrence on Cap Diamant overlooking Old Québec, is as much a hotel as it is a tourist attraction—borne out by the claim that it’s the most photographed hotel in the world....
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34 Rue Saint Louis, Québec, QC G1R 4P3, Canada
Aux Anciens Canadiens in Upper Town is a venerable favorite among Québec City's restaurants. It opened in 1966 though the building it's in is almost three centuries older than that, having been built in 1676. It's easy to...
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699 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P7, Canada
Opened in 1871 as a general store, J.A .Moisan is now specialty foods store. When I’m in Old Québec, it’s my go-to place for items for a picnic lunch or lazy dinner. Stepping inside J.A. Moisan, you're greeted by old world charm—a dark,...
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310 Rue Saint-Roch, Québec, QC G1K 6S2, Canada
When I say that La Barberie is Québec’s coolest hangout I’m really not exaggerating. I promise! For starters, there is no food on the menu snacks (at least on the day I visited). This is actually not a bad thing because you can just bring your own...
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49 Rue d'Auteuil, Québec, QC G1R 4C2, Canada
Old Québec City looks and feels like a charming town in France that was transported to the shores of the St. Lawrence River more than four centuries ago. Step foot in Old Québec City and you’ll be surrounded by quaint, historic stone buildings...
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228 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC G1K 3A9, Canada
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While many travelers solely stick around Québec’s old city, I ventured to the Saint-Josephs area and boy was I pleasantly surprised. The street is comprised of trendy restaurants, fashionable boutiques, hair salons and underground music venues. I...
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Québec City, QC, Canada
While walking along the Promenade Champlain next to the St. Lawrence in Quebec City, I stumbled on this unique "Fog Fountain".
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1220 Place George V O, Québec, QC G1R 5B8, Canada
During my four day trip to Québec I stayed at Hôtel Château Laurier, which is located in the heart of Old Québec (1220 Georges-V Ouest to be exact) and minutes away from the Grande Allée and the Plains of Abraham, not to mention several other top...
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1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada
Thousands of people travel to Quebec City, Canada to catch a glimpse of the Frontenac Hotel - a landmark work of architecture. However, while visiting at dusk, we turned around and saw much more to the Old City: a sweeping vista of the St....
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481 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P4, Canada
The Cancalaise: Four large scallops, sauteed leeks, swiss cheese, and a lemon butter sauce. This quaint establishment delivered one of our best meals during our stay in Quebec City.
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5300 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 1S1, Canada
Under 20 minutes by car from Québec City (or, if you are feeling ambitious, less than an hour by bike, with most of the ride on a well-maintained path), Chute-Montmorency (Montmorency Falls) is the area's most impressive natural wonder. If...
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Quebec City, QC, Canada
The province of Quebec is notorious for its quaint, picturesque villages. The compact forests and the thousands of lakes in the Laurentides region certainly make for the picture-perfect Canadian postcard, including the beautiful lakeside chapel in...
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Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 5J5, Canada
Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the Terrasse Dufferin (Dufferin Terrace) runs along the top of a cliff, some 200 feet above the Lower Town, and is presided over by the grande dame hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. The terrace was...
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766 Rue Kirouac, Québec, QC G1N 2J4, Canada
If there was a place you could experience Europe without the hassle of traveling overseas, Old Quebec City would be your answer. With its narrow streets and historic architecture, you'll feel like you're walking around in old Europe. Bring along...
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4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
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My everyday diet goes off the rails when I visit Montreal. This is my favorite food town in the world, and I often begin an adventure with a visit to Patati Patata. Poutine for breakfast isn't a healthy option, but the beer I drink with it has...
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286 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T6, Canada
Ah, The City of Saints—La Belle Ville—Canada's glorious cultural capital. There's no better place to have a Canadian experience than in this great city. And there's no better place to begin your day than the gourmet cafe, Le Gros Jambon. It all...
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1251 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2J9, Canada
Hunting poutine is hard work, but it can do serious damage to your waistline if you're not careful. Call in at Fitz & Follwell and work off some of those excess curds on a bike, snow, or walking tour of Montreal. The shop is located on beautiful...
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351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
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Olive et Gourmando is the quintessential Montreal brunch/lunch spot, located in Old Montreal. Pastries are all up front and sandwiches/gourmet dishes ready to order are in the back. Grab a table, go to the back and make your order, cafeteria...
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1126 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1X8, Canada
I'll be honest—these are the first macarons I have had in my life. Not being an authority on the delicate little bundles, I can't say how these compare to what you'd find at other bakeries in the city, but from a dessert perspective these were...
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110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada
A church—or, at least, a small chapel—has stood on the site of the Basilica of Notre-Dame since shortly after Ville-Marie (Montréal's predecessor) was founded in 1642. The current building, however, dates to 1829 and was...
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Montreal, QC H2Z 1K4, Canada
Montreal's Chinatown isn't the most expansive East Asian enclave in North America, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in restaurants, shops, and shady dens of ill repute (just kidding). I like wandering up and down De la Gauchetière Street...
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2047 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 1J7, Canada
Few things make me happier than a good cocktail with friends after a long, hot day. Especially when said cocktail is inventive, delicious, and massive in size. La Distillerie, with four locations throughout Montreal (my favorite being on Mont...
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211 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K5, Canada
Let me tell you a secret. I'm a geek. Huge geek. Always have been. I've been into Lord of the Rings since I was 12, I have a world-class comic book collection, I'm a little obsessed with letterpress and typography, and I can't go anywhere without...
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214 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K4, Canada
A cozy, intimate vegan restaurant right across the street from Montreal's best indie bookshop. A great place to sit down for a bite and thumb through your new book, if you ask me. The menu has a number of exciting options, though I was quite...
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29 Laurier Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 2N2, Canada
I never pass up an opportunity to sample fresh concoctions at my favorite Montreal brewpub. The atmosphere is lively, the servers extremely knowledgeable, and the snackables extraordinary. I'm a huge fan of Peche Mortel (Imperial Coffee Stout),...
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7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3, Canada
After Toronto, Montréal is the Canadian city with the largest population of residents of Italian descent. For more than a century, the community has been centered in one of the city's most charming neighborhoods, Little Italy. The way to...
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404 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal, QC H2Y 2M3, Canada
I love Montreal, I love French food, and I love going overboard when I visit my favorite Canadian chow town. If you have any love for Charcuterie at all, this restaurant in Old Montreal will serve up plenty of your Basque favorites. If you're not...
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994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2J3, Canada
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I'm almost ashamed to admit to you how many times I visited La Banquise during one four-day trip to Montreal. Almost ashamed, but generally very proud to announce that I managed to put away the Classique on five separate occasions. Please don't...
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138 Avenue Atwater, Montréal, QC H4C 2H6, Canada
The whole province of Quebec takes its agriculture very seriously, and consequently you can find some incredibly fresh, tasty products. The vendors at Atwater Market are passionate about what they sell, and they are more than happy to talk all...
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301 Rue Émery, Montréal, QC H2X 1J2, Canada
I came upon this quirky cafe while trying to find a nearby brewery. Coffee doesn't often distract me when I'm in the mood for a pint, I can tell you that. The barista (is that the right term?) on hand knew an awful lot about Joe, and convinced me...
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1100 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 0A1, Canada
Parisian Brasserie dining, and a few hundred bottles of good wine standing sentinel for good measure. It didn't take me long to get used to afternoons and evening at La Coupole. I had an equally delightful time at breakfast; a bit of yogurt and...
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Port St, Montreal, QC H2Y 2N9, Canada
Toque flaunting is a Canadian game adored by millions. Toque flaunting is an all-season, all-weather game, despite the popular belief that it is only played during the winter months. Toque flaunting is best done in a public forum; Bonsecours Basin...