‘Tis the season to start getting stressed about what to get for those on your holiday gift list. If the idea of another tie for dad, a great book for mom or a gift card for the kids is not leaving you feeling too festive, this is the blog for you. We have all read…Details
If you are starting to look ahead to 2018 (It’s coming fast!) and your travel plans, you are not alone. As the weather gets colder, Canadians start to dream of their next getaway. Here are my five travel predictions for Canadians in 2018: “Everything Old is New Again” Fueled by a sense of nostalgia,…Details
As the owner of a small business I am always on the lookout for programs that can provide us with extra value. Saving money is always important and a wonderful perk but anything efficient that can make our lives easier is really nice too. Best Western has just that program. The Business Advantage Program is…Details
- Rich History - Québec City was founded by the French explorer and navigator Samuel de Champlain in 1608, commencing a string of French colonies along the St. Lawrence River and creating a region named "le Canada”. In fact, into the mid-1800s, Québec City was actually the capital of Canada. Even today, Québec City is still referred to in French as the “vieille capitale”, which means former capital. Being one of the oldest and most European cities in Canada, Quebec has amazing architecture, particularly in Old Quebec with cobble stone streets.
- Foodies Rejoice! Check out Quebec City Food Tours to choose from a couple of unique ways to discover and taste your way through the oldest and most European-like city. Sample varied dishes ranging from traditional to modern foods and get a feel for what it is to be Québécois! The “Old Quebec Food Tour” is made up of six food stops and 12 different tastings of food & drink. Enough for a hearty and satisfying lunch! This two and half hour walking tour is offered mid-day, Tuesday through Saturday for $54 CAD + tax.
- Unique Hotels - The Chateau Frontenac is a very historic castle in the heart of Old Quebec. In fact, it’s a national historic site in Canada and noted as the most photographed hotel in the world. It opened in 1893 and currently has more than 600 rooms. Just outside Quebec, there is a very unique hotel called the Ice Hotel. It is the first and only of its kind in North America. Open since 2001, the hotel is only open for three months: January through April. Best Western® Hotels & Resorts also has one of its only five Best Western Premier properties in Quebec. The Hotel Aristocrate is a gem of a property with very modern touches and all the amenities you have come to love from Best Western. The property was recently awarded with the TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence, so you can expect top-notch service and comfortable rooms!
- Whale Watching - All along the St. Lawrence, departures are offered daily in pursuit of offshore encounters with whales. Back on land, several sites are renowned for quality marine mammal-watching. There are plenty of whales and a surprising number of species that can be witness in their natural habitat. I have done this tour and there is something remarkable about seeing such a large creature up close. Truly memorable.
- Skiing - The Quebec area boasts some incredible outdoor activity including skiing with an average natural snowfall of over 400 cm each year! You can ski at any of the fun and friendly resorts just minutes from beautiful Québec City. Four top notch ski resorts offer exhilarating experiences for skiers of all levels: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Stoneham Mountain Resort, and Le Relais Centre. Each is equipped with snowmaking, equipment rentals, a renowned ski school, babysitting service, as well as a ski shop and restaurants.
When you hear or read about Quebec most of us naturally think of Montreal -the largest city in the province and on the international radar having hosted the Olympics, the Gran Prix and home of the legendary Canadiens hockey team. Montreal is a beautiful city, but a three hour drive to Québec City along the…Details
If you have not heard about the Invictus Games you aren’t alone, but the popularity and recognition for this relatively new event is growing fast. The inaugural event took place in March of 2014 hosted by London, England and was created by none other than Prince Harry himself. The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style…Details
We are just back from what I am confident is my favourite road trip ever! We packed up the truck and headed for a bucket list destination for both Ruth and me – Chicago! Amazingly neither of us had ever been, but have always wanted to go. After spending just three nights in the Windy…Details
This past weekend we set sail for Ottawa – actually, we drove – but never-the-less, we arrived for a fun weekend with friends. They have a beautiful place right on the Rideau River in Manotick, minutes from our nation’s capital, where we spent most of our waking hours aboard our boat. It was a blast,…Details
- Free parking - Some hotels actually offer free parking which can be a huge benefit and something worth calculating into the overall cost. A room that is $200 a night with free parking (and sometimes breakfast) can be better value than a room that $150. Make sure to add up all the components when deciding where to stay.
- Rent a car - If we rent a car with unlimited mileage we could drive it to Chicago, use public transit and Uber in the city and then rent another vehicle to return home. Rental companies like to ding you with charges for not returning to the same location, but to save the wear and tear on my truck and not have to deal with parking might tip the scales in favour of a rental.
- Park outside the city - Another option is to find a safe and secure lot on the transit line to park and then head into the downtown core. If you are not planning to drive within the city, this can be a great option.
- There’s an app for that! Parkopedia, Parkingmate, Parker, SpotHero . . . the list goes on. Some amazing parking apps that will help navigate nearby lots, pricing and height restrictions (comes in handy with a truck). Some will even allow you to pre-pay through the app and secure a better rate!
- Splurge on valet - If money is not your prime concern, then enjoy the hassle-free parking experience that is valet. In cities like Chicago, it removes a layer of stress and allows you to pull up, get out and get on to the reason you are there in the first place, to explore and have fun. It will cost you roughly $70 per day (and then you’ll need to tip the valet attendant).
I stopped dead in my tracks earlier this week because a back to school ad was on TV. I had to do that mental check of what month it actually was, quickly questioning myself, but positive it was still late July. Back to school already! For me, back to school ads and the CNE (Canadian…Details
We just got back from our annual family trip into majestic Algonquin Park. For a family that spends a lot of nights in hotels every year, roughing it for a week helps us all appreciate some of those amenities that we can start to take for granted. I don’t mean just things like free Wi-Fi…Details
- World Waterpark - Edmonton, Alberta
- Canada’s Wonderland - Vaughan, Ontario
- Calypso Theme Waterpark - Ottawa, Ontario
- Mont Saint-Sauveur Parc Aquatique - Saint Sauveur des Monts, Quebec
- Fallsview Indoor Waterpark - Niagara Falls, Ontario
TripAdvisor has recently released their 2017 Travellers Choice Awards. They ranked a number of categories, including hotels, resorts and airlines. You can read and learn so much from visiting TripAdvisor and seeing traveler reviews on all things travel related. With summer upon us, one category that caught my eye was the top amusement parks. After…Details