Canada Travel & Recreation
‘Shortest North American flight’ begins Feb. 2 linking Friday Harbor, Victoria
Why we need to expand the types of seafood we eat
GROCERY GOSSIP: Cooking for the community
13,000 tourists stuck in Matterhorn town amid avalanche risk
Cougar hunt in Alberta sparks debate among scientists, hunters and activists
Flames and screams after jetliners collide at Canadian airport
‘BAD CHOICE OF WORDS’: Chef feels heat after being accused of spiking vegan meals with meat
U.S. anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes but save Big Tobacco
2018-01-19 10:32:41 WASHINGTON - Regulatory moves that could one day make smoking an obsolete habit get underway next week when U.S. regulators hold a public meeting on a closely watched cigarette alternative. The proposal from the Food and Drug Administration is two-fold: cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are far less addictive. For those who can't or won't quit, allow lower-risk products that deliver nicotine without the deadly effects of traditional cigarettes   Read More ...
Checking In: Diplomat's $100-million update adds luxe to leisure
2018-01-19 07:41:11 What would you do with US$100 million? In the case of the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla., that cool chunk of cash bought a long, languid dip in the fountain of youth. This beauty queen has enjoyed as storied a past as any 60-year-old party girl. Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra sang. Joan Rivers, Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld killed   Read More ...
Ice-cream-eating bear at Alberta drive-thru raises concerns among wildlife experts
2018-01-19 06:21:20 Concerns are being raised about a video of a Kodiak bear from a central Alberta zoo being taken through a fast-food drive-thru and being hand-fed ice cream by the restaurant's owner. The video, posted on social media by the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, shows a one-year-old captive bear named Berkley leaning out the driver's side of a truck's window for her treat at the local Dairy Queen   Read More ...
‘Shortest North American flight’ begins Feb. 2 linking Friday Harbor, Victoria
2018-01-18 01:41:31 A small Canadian charter service will soon begin flying what it is calling the shortest scheduled international air route in North America, between Victoria, B.C., and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Victoria-based NorthStar Air Tours announced that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation to operate scheduled flights between Victoria International Airport, the San Juan Islands, and Bellingham   Read More ...
Canadian mountain trio has it all
2018-01-17 19:44:13 Planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies can be overwhelming. With so many great resorts to choose from, how do you settle on just one? The great news is you don’t have to. A visit to the mountains that make up SkiBig3, uniquely wonderful resorts all in the Banff National Park and all within a half-hour driving distance of one another, mean you can plan a Canadian ski trip that truly has it all   Read More ...
Why we need to expand the types of seafood we eat
2018-01-17 19:32:43 During the lunch rush at Sushi on Bloor, a no-frills sushi restaurant in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood, the line for tables often spills out onto the sidewalk. Meanwhile, impatient office workers elbow their way to the front of a take-out counter stationed in the back. They are all here for the restaurant’s two main attractions: the generously portioned salmon maki and their signature spicy honour roll, a concoction of salmon and avocado topped with a smattering of scallions   Read More ...
Popped with pride: Popcorn recipes to reinvent your favourite snack
2018-01-17 17:16:52 To truly enjoy binge-watching your favourite series, or taking in a film at your favourite movie theatre – ya gotta have popcorn. Plain or buttered, or sweet and salty, popcorn fits the bill. Considered the granddaddy of all snack foods, according to the Chicago-based Popcorn Board (a non-profit organization funded by U.S. popcorn processors), popcorn was discovered in the Americas thousands of years ago, yet through the ages, has remained relatively unchanged: It’s a seed, which just happens to do some nifty things when heated   Read More ...
GROCERY GOSSIP: Cooking for the community
2018-01-17 16:14:52 CHEFS FOR CHANGE: The city’s tastiest dinner series is back for a fourth year with another all-star chef line-up. Chefs for Change presents a Mid-winter’s Feast – a culinary mash-up that brings Torontonians together in support of community food programs in low-income communities with 46 of Canada’s top chefs – considered the biggest in the organization’s history. And they’re all coming together in a series of special dinners spaced out between January through to March, with profits from the series supporting the Community Food Centres Canada to build healthier, more inclusive communities across the country through the power of food   Read More ...
In Canada, Hunting and Preserving an Indigenous Way of Life
2018-01-17 05:52:02 MANIWAKI, Quebec — When the Algonquin chef Cezin Nottaway was 5 years old, her mother taught her how to kill and skin a beaver with her bare hands. The little girl also learned how to snare a rabbit and to draw a moose out of the forest by emulating its haunting grunt. “We were using local ingredients long before it became fashionable,” Ms   Read More ...
Track problems create RTM commuter train delays — again
2018-01-16 15:38:22 For the second time in as many days, a track switching problem at the Lucien L’Allier station led to more problems for commuter train passengers on Tuesday morning. he Réseau de transport métropolitain tweeted at 8:30 a.m. that trains on the Vaudreuil, St-Jérôme and Candiac lines were ending their routes at the Vendome métro, where commuters were told their train tickets would allow access to the subway   Read More ...
Antigua wants Canada to resume visa-free travel for its citizens
2018-01-16 06:33:12 ST JOHN'S, Antigua CMC — Prime Minister Gaston Browne has written to Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, concerning a response Trudeau gave during a recent town hall meeting on Canada ending visa-free access for holders of Antigua and Barbuda passports. In his response to a question, Trudeau said the reason for imposing visa requirements on Antigua and Barbuda is that the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) did not have the level of stringency and analysis to satisfy Canada's high standards for border control and security, according to an Antigua and Barbuda Government statement on the weekend   Read More ...
Canadian study shows fewer roads mean more grizzlies
2018-01-16 04:45:01 Roads don’t kill grizzly bears. People on roads kill grizzly bears. Whether that’s a truism or a wildlife policy debate, the claim earned some scientific credibility with a recent study of Canadian grizzly bears. The researchers found that as the number of roads in the woods goes up, the number of bears goes down — assuming those roads are used. “Not only do bears die near roads, bears also avoid these areas, making many habitats with roads through them less effective,” said Clayton Lamb, who led the research for his doctoral studies at University of Alberta   Read More ...
North Carolina promotes 'Three Billboards' film locations to tourists
2018-01-13 21:02:56 RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina is promoting the locations where the award-winning "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was filmed as tourist destinations. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the state's tourism division has organized a trip planner for the locations where the movie was filmed in western North Carolina in 2016. The three-day trip goes through Sylva, Dillsboro, Black Mountain, Asheville and Maggie Valley   Read More ...
Where Has This Treat Been All Your Life? Canada
2018-01-13 05:23:18 Photo You could be forgiven if you’ve never eaten a butter tart. There is no flashy frosting or elaborate lattice to entice you. It’s easy to pass by. But Canadians will tell you that these diminutive treats hold an expanse of flavor and textures: flaky pastry, caramelized crust and a bracingly sweet filling. The butter tart is celebrated in its homeland, where the preference for runny or firm fillings, plain or with raisins, is a matter of passionate national debate   Read More ...
Tim Hortons raises prices on some breakfast items following minimum wage dispute
2018-01-12 12:13:28 Increases are among 'regular adjustments' not connected to pay raise, spokesperson says Various Tim Hortons locations in select markets have "slightly" increased prices for some breakfast menu items, the coffee shop giant has confirmed. It wouldn't provide details on exact locations or menu items, or by how much items are going up. CBC News has heard reports that some breakfast sandwiches have gone up by 20 cents   Read More ...
Canada lynx no longer threatened by extinction: US wildlife agency
2018-01-12 03:31:05 PINEDALE, Wyo.: The Canada lynx, a wild cat found in just a handful of mostly western U.S. states as well as Canada, no longer needs federal protection from extinction in the Lower 48 states, U.S. wildlife officials said on Thursday, sparking an outcry from conservationists. The finding is one step in a process that will see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally propose removing Canada lynx from the federal endangered and threatened species list   Read More ...
Canada lynx no longer threatened by extinction: U.S. wildlife agency
2018-01-12 02:40:45 PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The Canada lynx, a wild cat found in just a handful of mostly western U.S. states as well as Canada, no longer needs federal protection from extinction in the Lower 48 states, U.S. wildlife officials said on Thursday, sparking an outcry from conservationists. Conservationists said it was mystifying how the Trump administration determined the lynx has recovered and should be delisted since the Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t know how many of the wild cats there are where they are protected in the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere   Read More ...
Saskatoon is only Canadian city to make New York Times travel list
2018-01-11 17:05:41 The New York Times has published an interactive feature listing the top 52 places in the world to visit in 2018, and the lone Canadian destination to make the list is Saskatoon. The feature selected the Saskatchewan city primarily because of the new Remai Modern Museum and its 8,000-work collection. "Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and other heavyweight 20th-century artists now have a home in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, thanks to the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan," reads the article   Read More ...
Piggy bank empty after a busy holiday? Here's how to fill it back up | CBC Life
2018-01-10 15:10:37 Saving money is no easy task, and it can seem particularly daunting after a holiday season full of spending. If you're looking to get back on track financially this January, there are actually some simple things you can do that will also help you achieve your money goals for 2018. Starting the new year off with some decluttering, a bit of a buying ban and some careful planning could actually have a huge effect on your finances over the coming months   Read More ...
Airline Threatens to Call Police Unless Passengers Delete Photos and Videos of Airport Delay
2018-01-09 22:05:35 Canadian airline Porter Airlines was operating a flight from Boston to Toronto, on the evening of January 5, following the impact of Winter Storm Grayson. The latch door to the luggage compartment wasn’t working, and the plane sat on the tarmac for about two hours before passengers went back inside to the airport terminal. Inside, the gateside loudspeaker was down and customers had to wait in line to speak with a customer service agent   Read More ...
13,000 tourists stuck in Matterhorn town amid avalanche risk
2018-01-09 15:04:43 GENEVA -- Swiss authorities near the famed Matterhorn peak have closed ski slopes, hiking trails, cable cars, roads and train service into the nearby town of Zermatt amid a heightened risk of avalanches, stranding some 13,000 tourists in the town. Janine Imesch of the Zermatt tourism office says power has been restored in the town and no people were at risk because authorities shuttered access to the nearby ski slopes and hiking trails a day earlier   Read More ...
Immerse yourself aboard Viking visit to Cuba
2018-01-08 23:09:45 Cuba has become one of the Caribbean’s most popular cruising destinations, but that doesn’t mean that every cruise line offers the same experience on this fascinating island. I just returned from a week-long cruise to Cuba aboard Viking Cruises’ (cruise.center/vikingsea) brand new Viking Sun. With just 930 guests on board, we sailed on an itinerary that offered a unique perk: three days spent in Cienfuegos, Cuba   Read More ...
Woman charged after allegedly returning to collect drugs left in Guelph hotel room
2018-01-08 21:34:32 GUELPH, Ont. - A woman has found that returning to claim drugs she allegedly left behind in a hotel room may not have been the best decision. Police in Guelph, Ont., say staff at a west-end hotel found crystal meth and cocaine in a room after the occupants checked out on Saturday. Investigators say a woman returned saying she wanted to collect items that had been forgotten in the room and was arrested   Read More ...
50 Outdoor Things to Do with Your Kids in Winter
2018-01-07 18:08:50 Before cabin fever sets in, check out this list of 50 fun (and free!) winter activities to get kids excited to play outdoors!   Read More ...
Cougar hunt in Alberta sparks debate among scientists, hunters and activists
2018-01-07 17:34:02 EDMONTON — Hunters have been killing cougars in Alberta for decades. They often follow prints in the snow or use dogs to track the big cats before they are shot with guns or bows. Last month, outdoor television host Steve Ecklund’s cougar hunt led to online threats and criticisms — including a penis comment from Laureen Harper, wife of former prime minister Stephen Harper — after he bragged about it on social media   Read More ...
Flames and screams after jetliners collide at Canadian airport
2018-01-06 21:04:35 Two jetliners have collided at a Canadian airport, setting a wing on fire and sending dozens of terrified passengers fleeing into the cold. A Boeing 737 landed at Pearson International Airport in Toronto shortly after sundown on Friday (Saturday NZ time), ferrying 168 WestJet passengers from Cancun, Mexico. A post shared by Stephen Belford (@stephen_belford) on Jan 5, 2018 at 4:21pm PST   Read More ...
Post-holiday slump? Here are 7 deep-freeze flicks that feel your pain | CBC Life
2018-01-06 00:37:24 The holidays are over, but winter is still here. It's so easy to get caught up in the snow-filled festivities of December, but now that even New Year's celebrations are in the rear view mirror, it may be freshly dawning on you that we have (at least) a good 3 months of hivernal horror to survive. You needn't suffer alone. While you're hibernating, there are plenty of classic movies that feel your frozen pain   Read More ...
‘Bomb cyclone’ leaves thousands of flights in Canada and U.S. delayed or cancelled
2018-01-04 18:04:12 Air Canada and WestJet are urging those travelling during the “bomb cyclone” winter storm to keep an eye on flight information, amid delays and cancellations hitting several airports along East Coast. The storm, which is bringing heavy snow and hurricane-strength winds, is threatening the U.S. East Coast and Atlantic Canada, and is expected to last into Friday.Dozens of flights have already been cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport   Read More ...
‘WHAT ABOUT US GUYS?’ Man says airline wrongly banned him for touching crew member
2018-01-04 04:04:29 SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man banned from Alaska Airlines for touching a flight attendant says he’s a victim of discrimination against men. Mike Timon, angry over his treatment by the airline, called the San Diego Union-Tribune and told the newspaper in a story published last week that he was banned for touching the female flight attendant on the buttocks as he sat in first class on a flight from Oregon to San Diego on Dec   Read More ...
600 fireworks explode from Dodge Charger’s trunk on New Year’s Eve
2018-01-03 23:33:01 This video of fireworks exploding from the trunk of a Dodge Charger is already a strong contender for Global News’ Top Videos of 2018.In the video, people at an outdoor New Year’s Eve party in a Houston, Texas parking lot are left dumbstruck by the impromptu fireworks display.According to, the fireworks ignited after a lit firework fell into the Charger’s trunk   Read More ...
‘BAD CHOICE OF WORDS’: Chef feels heat after being accused of spiking vegan meals with meat
2018-01-03 20:09:59 A British chef is feeling the heat after allegedly stating on social media that she had spiked some vegan meals with meat. Laura Goodman, chef and co-owner of Carlini, a restaurant in Shropshire, England, wrote in a posting to a Facebook group that she “spiked a vegan a few hours ago.” In a later posting to The Boring Group, Goodman stated that the “pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed, still believing she’s a vegan   Read More ...
Dead-of-winter trips from northern lights to festivals
2018-01-03 18:14:13 Despite frigid temperatures plaguing some parts of the U.S., winter does have unique charms, whether it’s getting cozy by a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate in a mountain inn or heading outdoors to a magical landscape of forests and mountains sparkling with snow. Here are a few ideas for shaking off the January blahs with a trip in the dead of winter to enjoy festivals, parks, natural phenomena and all kinds of recreation   Read More ...
Will new Canadian airlines save you money in 2018?
2018-01-03 13:32:16 New airlines are promising domestic flights at prices up to 50 per cent lower than what Canadians pay on Air Canada or WestJet in 2018. But will they really save you money? Ken Wong, a professor of marketing at Queen’s University, says it all depends on what level of service you expect. The savings will be possible, he says, but only for those willing to give up things such as hot meals, in-flight entertainment and, in some cases, carry-on baggage, for which the new airlines are expected to charge higher added fees   Read More ...
Mike Tyson developing cannabis resort in California
2018-01-03 03:07:00 Former boxing champ Mike Tyson is entering into the marijuana business. The athlete-turned-actor has broken ground on cannabis resort Tyson Ranch in California City, Calif., where state officials legalized recreational marijuana on Jan. 1. Tyson’s ranch will give growers an opportunity to develop various strains of cannabis in addition to conducting research on how marijuana can benefit a person’s health. The resort will also house the Tyson Cultivation School, where people can learn all about growing marijuana, a supply store, extraction facility, edible factory, campgrounds, and an amphitheatre, according to TheBlast   Read More ...
Entrepreneur foots bill for hotel rooms for 18 homeless people amid extreme cold
2018-01-02 21:03:56 An entrepreneur who footed the bill for hotel rooms for 18 homeless people who had no place to go amid the frigid cold on New Year’s Eve says the city has reached out to offer assistance transitioning the people to more permanent housing and getting them some needed medical assistance. Paramount Fine Foods CEO Mohamad Fakih put up an estimated $3,000 to pay for hotel rooms for the group after being contacted by a member of the public, Jennifer Evans, who had begun collecting money to pay for hotel rooms for homeless Torontonians   Read More ...
Food Network star Guy Fieri’s zero-star Times Square restaurant closes for good
2018-01-02 20:09:51 NEW YORK — A restaurant run by television star and celebrity chef Guy Fieri in the heart of New York City’s Times Square has shut its doors for good. The restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, served its last public meal Saturday. Restaurant officials held a private dinner event on New Year’s Eve for its last night of operation. The restaurant opened in 2012, where it was greeted with a no-star review from The New York Times’ restaurant critic   Read More ...
Brave locals brace the cold for Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim
2018-01-02 05:30:55 than a thousand of people gathered on English Bay Beach in Vancouver, Monday, to brave the cold for the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim. Subscribesubscribe Video ID: Video on Demand: Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: Facebook:   Read More ...
2017 the safest year on record for commercial air travel, 2 aviation groups say
2018-01-02 00:03:31 Odds of a fatal accident on a jet plane fall to 1 in 16 million based on data from last year Related Stories Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group that tracks crashes, making 2017 the safest year on record for commercial air travel. Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported Monday there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017   Read More ...
Lineups as California legalizes recreational marijuana sales on New Year’s Day
2018-01-01 21:32:02 OAKLAND, Calif. — Customers lined up early to purchase recreational marijuana legally for the first time in California as the new year brought broad legalization some two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use.Jeff Deakin, 66, his wife Mary and their dog waited all night and were first in a line of 100 people when Harborside dispensary, a longtime medical pot shop in Oakland, opened at 6 a   Read More ...
Oakville polar bear dip cancelled after beach freezes
2018-01-01 19:03:04 The other large polar plunge scheduled to take place in the GTA, the Oakville Polar Bear Dip, was abruptly cancelled Monday afternoon. Though it was colder when the group took a dip in 2014, organizer Todd Courage said the beach froze over with a thick sheet of ice and was unsafe to walk on, barefoot or otherwise. “With the ice and the rocks, it’s too unsafe to do it,” Courage said   Read More ...