Even the most seasoned skier will be overwhelmed by Red Mountain’s possibilities. Located in a remote corner of British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains near the U.S. border, Red Mountain is one of those unspoiled resorts where skiing comes before all else. Red Mountain is actually made up of two mountains, Red and Granite, which are both skiable 360 degrees around. Combine that with the resort’s ski anywhere terrain policy and skiers can choose from a virtually endless number of runs with each descent. The resort’s three lifts serve 1,200 acres of skiable terrain, much of it off-trail. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, winter visitors enjoy heliskiing, backcountry touring, and cross-country skiing. For those days you just have to get off the skis, hook up with a local to find sledding, snow hiking and the like. While there often aren’t formal programs, these winter activities are available. Those off-slope days might best be spent in the hot tub at your hotel resting up for the next day in this skier’s paradise. An expert skier won’t believe the bounty that awaits them at Red Mountain. One-third of the resort’s 83 trails are marked for “extreme caution,” offering thrills for the more adventurous. The resort offers a vertical drop of 2,900 feet. On your first day at Red Mountain take advantage of a free guided tour. Knowledgeable Snow Hosts will introduce you to the resort and ensure that you experience all of the excitement that Red Mountain has to offer. Tours leave the base area at 9am and 1pm daily. While nightlife in Rossland isn’t touristy, it is lively. You will feel like a local at the pubs. Just make sure you don’t stay out too late, because this mountain requires you to be in top form in the morning.
Canada is one of the celebrated countries of the world. The second largest country in the world has unique blend of French-English culture. With plenty of worth watching cities, the country is not densely populated. The cities of Canada have their own magnificence and grandeur that magnetizes people round the globe. The Land of Provinces The vast area of the country along with variation in flora and fauna varies in other attractions too. The different provinces have the aura that leaves no visitor from getting beguiled. They vary in not just flora and fauna but also the culture and other temptations. · The capital city of Canada –Toronto has any and everything. Where on one hand the city is the home for the longest street in the world- the Yonge Street, on the other hand it has the 1815 foot tall CN tower that is well known to be the tallest free standing structure in the world. This isn’t all. The visitors also take delight in the ravishing and enticing antiques displayed at the Sigmund Samuel Canadian Gallery and the eternal tourist destination-the Royal Canadian Museum. · The Prince Edward Island, the smallest province enthralls the visitors with its scenic splendor. The place is blessed not just with beautiful landscapes, sandstone cliffs on its southern coast but also sparkling green fields in the interior, crystal blue beach water of the sandy beaches around the coastline. · New Brunswick that is rooted in the French tradition s rich in seafood and fishing. The place has nestled the largest and busy town of Saint John that reminds of the history of the province. · Fishing and hunting are adored in the Newfoundland region too. It is the largest of the Atlantic Province that has the eleventh century Viking outpost as its outstanding attraction. · The New Scotland or Nova Scotia smells of Scotland as well as French fragrance. The amalgamation is also of the contemporary and the archaic structures like from the nineteenth century historic buildings there are exclusive latest shopping malls, apartments, hotels etc. · The British Columbia province is distinctively bifurcated into the lush green forests and the dry and arid region. · The Quebec province and the Quebec City have a lot to treat the visitors. The Montreal region of the Quebec province has special seasonal festivals. The winter season is a host to the La Fete des Neiges festival; the summers welcome all the Jazz and opera lovers with its Montreal International Music Competition and the International Opera Festival respectively. The Festival Internationale de Nouvelle Danse and the International film festival add to the beauty of autumn season. The Quebec City that is the capital of the Quebec Province is quite significant from the perspective of trade and commerce and its noteworthy historical buildings. · To hail all the golf, tennis, baseball and soccer lovers, the third largest city of Canada – Vancouver has more than numerous golf courses, tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields. The city has an exotic forty storey Harbor Center climbing up at which one can gaze at the Gastown (a renowned tourist spot) and Chinatown (the blooming Chinese community of Vancouver). For the children as well as the adults there is Stanley Park Zoo that is nestled in a thousand acre Stanley Park. · If Canada happens to be your holiday destination in the first two weeks of July, not to miss is the Calgary Stampede i.e. the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. This show has worldwide popularity that fetches innumerable tourists to Calgary. · Last but not the least are the Canadian Rockies- the Rocky Mountains on the edge between Alberta and British Columbia, the 4200 square mile Jasper National Park and the first national park of Canada i.e. the Banff National Park. Canada is the place where sports never say die. The country is known for its water sports like canoeing, sailing and so forth. Apart from these there is the national game of Canada- Lacrosse, the Canadians adorable game of Hockey, Basket ball and the like. The moment Canada ranks first on your dream destinations, just collect little information about the weather of the place that varies with the provinces there. For instance, the Quebec and provinces adjacent to it have hot and humid summers with cold winters. But the Northwest Canadian Territories are different with short cool summers and long cool winters. However, the concoction or fusion of diverse cultures and climate, picturesque attractions, cuisine, language, people etc. make Canada what it is- a place worth loving and visiting.
Niagara Falls which is one of the world’s great wonders is easily accessible from Toronto. It is one of the favourite getaways for many people. Niagara region has many locations which are worth visiting. Whether it is a one-day trip or a long trip, Niagara has many things to offer. Canadians don’t need any reason to visit Niagara. They visit it just like they visit a resort or a casino or any getaway for that matter. They may even visit Niagara just to check the falls!
Location of Niagara Falls:
Niagara Falls is located 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Toronto making it a hot spot for the locals.It attracts visitors from all over the world, all through the year. The falls are located on the Niagara river. The falls is collectively referred to three water falls which form a beautiful natural combination and eventually draining Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.
How to get to Niagara Falls?
There are many options available for you from Toronto to reach Niagara Falls. There are private tour operators who offer special packages, guided tours, group packages etc. Additionally, you can also try any of the following options:
1. Daily Bus and Train Tours from ‘Go Transit’ which is Greater Toronto Area’s commuter Bus and Rail service. ‘Go Trains’ use the Niagara Falls Train Station which is situated on 4267 Bridge Street where as the Buses use the ‘Niagara Falls Bus Terminal situated on 4555 Erie Ave. There is no advance seat booking. You need to carry your own food because no food and drinks are sold on board the ‘GO’ Trains. Washrooms are available in the Trains and not in the Buses.
2. You can also avail of the Summer trips from ‘Go Transit’. Train trip details are listed on the ‘Go Transit’s website.
3. Car Drive:Cars are available on rent and you may drive yourself if you wish. Downtown Toronto has many car rental providers. You can contact any of them. It is that simple. Rental rates vary from $40 to $60 for a day-drive.
4. You can use ‘VIA RAIL’ which is Canada’s national passenger rail service. Two trains run daily from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
5. There are more than 25 buses from ‘Coach Canada’ and ‘Greyhound’ which ply every day.
6. There is shuttle bus facility from ‘Pearson Airport’.
Other Options from Toronto to Niagara Falls tour:
Private tours: They provide you customized tour options based on your requirements.They engage well mannered, local, expert drivers to give you a highly professional and pleasurable sightseeing experience. They have 24 and 14 seater Buses, 9-seater vans, exclusive luxury and comfortable private car, minibus etc.
Private tour packages offer many flexible advantages like you can start the tour on any convenient day, you can decide the tour length, you can decide on the hotels, you can plan specific sightseeing spots, you can travel at your own pace, special assistance to elderly or disabled people or small children.
This Celtic Colors Festival is a marathon of 250 events and 45 concerts, 9 days long around 33 communities throughout Cape Breton Island, This is wonderful festival promoting the Celtic roots of the Island and showcasing the wonderful music that is well known around the world.
On the east Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton is a scenic Island known worldwide for the famous Cabot Trail. The island is steeped in Scottish History, and even has the ‘Glenora’ the only single malt whisky distillery in North America, and a Gaelic College at St. Anne’s where the Gaelic language is still taught along with the bagpipes and the weaving of the tartans.
The Scottish culture and traditions are strong and even today Celidhs (kitchen parties) are familiar all across the island particularly in the winter months when weather isolates the island. Its relationship with Scotland is obvious in the names of the places, surnames and road signs and of course the music.
Hundreds of years ago the Province of Nova Scotia was settled by refugees from the Scottish Highlands and islands, many settled in Cape Breton and the Gaelic culture they brought with them survived. Approximately 25,000 Gaelic speakers settled in Nova Scotia from Scotland in the 1770s. Gaelic endured even under pressure from Canada’s English speaking majority. Cape Breton’s road signs are printed in Gaelic and English.
Today younger generations make learning the language a priority and help keep Scottish traditions like fiddle music, step-dancing and piping alive. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 people speak Gaelic across Nova Scotia. The isolation of Cape Breton especially in the winter months has preserved traditions that came with the original settlers, but that have since declined in Scotland itself.
Traveling the island to visit the concerts in various community centers, halls and churches across the island it gives you a chance to see the island as well as enjoying the various elements of the festival. The festival is held mid October each year the same time of year as the fall colors are in full bloom, so it makes for a wonderful experience all around.
Travel the Cabot Trail, visit the many museums, enjoy the concerts and festival events and take in the wonderful scenery and if you are lucky you could even see a moose or two. However, the festival is not just for the tourists, but the locals and people from across the surrounding Provinces come to enjoy the music, the warm hospitality and the culture.
For the duration of the festival dedicated volunteer drivers will drive the Musicians around the Island to all their concerts and events and will sell their CDs at the concerts. Any small amounts they make from the proceeds along with support from Lakewind Sound Studios are given towards a grant for a new, young, up and coming Cape Bretoner to record their first CD and start their music Career. The Frank Sampson ‘Big Sampie.’ award is named after a member of the Festival Volunteer Drivers Association. These drivers are an integral part of the festival, they are proud of their work and wear their badges with pride. They contribute a great deal to the festival and attain almost the same status as the artists.
Buddy MacDonald one of Cape Breton’s legends, writes heart warming songs that have you singing them weeks later. During the festival he hosts the Festival Club at St Anne’s every night, and is an inspiration to all the young artists around him.
Cape Breton music is distinct and is meant for dancing, it has a strong melodic beat, and even the fiddlers and pianists will stamp their feet along with the music as they play. Of course you have the highland dancers and step dancers that often accompany the music. Many of the fiddlers themselves are step dancers and it is not unusual for them to step dance while playing the fiddle at the same time.
The concerts are a mix of local artists along with Celtic Artists from the rest of Nova Scotia, and the surrounding Provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and even some from as far away as Quebec. The festival even attracts Celtic artists from as far away as Scotland and Ireland.
Rita MacNeil is a local legend with her unique voice and I have known Natalie MacMaster since she was a teenager when she traveled around with our Travel Trade Shows. I have a wonderful memory of Natalie on her 19th birthday playing the fiddle whilst sitting on the shoulders of her uncle as he played the piano. All this while out on a boat on Lake Erie in Toronto celebrating the successful conclusion of Travel Trade Event with the historic Bluenose.
The venues for the Festival vary in size, the atmosphere is electric and the smaller venues more intimate. Community meals are often held close to the venues, some show off their local delicacies. All in all between the concerts and the community meals it really brings everyone together and makes for a wonderful atmosphere.
The festival hosts a Guitar Summit where some of the best come together on one stage, locals such as JP Cormier and Dave MacIsaac join the likes of Tony McManus, John Doyle and Tim Edey. They all provide backing for each other and it makes for a memorable performance.
The Irish and Scottish are well represented adding fiddlers, concertinas, harmonicas and bagpipes to the mix.
Baddeck is the most convenient place to stay put for the duration unless you choose to move around the Province. It is well located in the center so many of the concert locations and festival activities can readily be reached. The Festival Club takes place nightly during the festival at the Gaelic College in St Anne’s, about a 20 minute drive from Baddeck and a free shuttle bus is laid on for those wanting to get to and from.
The Festival club is a great place for mixing and meeting informally with the artists. Here the artists play informally with one another and experiment with their music.
The Celtic Colours International Festival has created an economic boom for Cape Breton. The festival takes place mid October each year attracting thousands from the Island and elsewhere. Every year Celtic Colours measures the economic impact using surveys and standard economic impact models and accordingly the impact of the festival is more than $15 million.
The Hospitality and Tourism sectors all generate a great benefit from the festival and it has extended their season. Many small businesses and artisans indicate that Celtic Colours is their busiest time of the year. The festival also contributes to the visibility and revenues of artists, venues, and community groups throughout the island. International talent spotters come from all over the world and book many of the artists. Many local churches and halls owe the upkeep of their buildings to the Celtic Colours. The festival and its programs contribute significantly to the quality and sustainability of many communities on the island.
To really appreciate the festival you have to try it for yourself.
Each season roughly 350,000 new immigration come to Canada. This voyage can be challenging because it becomes a bit difficult to select the right place to area. At times, it becomes very aggravating to select the right place. For example in case of Canada, there are a few locations which the new immigration desire. These are Greater, Scarborough, Markham, Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton etc.
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However, if you have kids, the best place for new immigration is Mississauga. With a inhabitants of roughly 700,000, it is one of the quickest increasing locations in Canada. It is known for its variety, excellent learning and low criminal activity rate. The retail center in Mississauga, known as the Block One Mall is the greatest retail center in Canada. If you are a new immigrant, you should want to live in an area where trains and buses is quickly available. Additionally, you should select an housing close to an excellent. Children in Canada usually move to their university. Based on your loved ones framework, you will then need to select the right housing. For a lesser loved ones, the accommodations around the Block One Mall in Mississauga has much to offer. For bigger family members a city home or a semi-detached or a removed home may be required. Moreover, for the first season, a property is the best place because there is less work in a property than a home. You also get to know a lot of people when living in an home challenging. The best option is to remain in a appointed home in Mississauga at first for monthly or two and then decide where you want to remain in your long run home or home.
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