Canada’s Rideau Canal is over 125 miles of peaceful, scenic waterways, used primarily for boating. Historically, it was used for transport, but these days, it’s mostly pleasure boating. It’s the oldest continually operated canal system on the continent, and is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a great place to spend a calm afternoon on the water– tons of landmarks line the route. But the historic canal, opened originally in 1832, isn’t just useful for boats; even though the locks shut once winter sets in, the waterway is put to good use… as the world’s largest ice skating rink.
Each January, a 4.8 mile-long section of the canal is cleared away and frozen over– turning it into the massive skating rink. To put that in perspective, it’s roughly the size of 90 Olympic hockey rinks.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and halls across America are decked in holiday finery. Whether you’re toe-tapping to holiday tunes on Spotify or pining for summer, the holidays are upon us.
To celebrate the season, 10Best set out to find the most holly, jolly holiday experiences in North America – parades, theme park events, skating rinks, department stores, zoo lights and places to ring in 2018. We asked our readers to vote for their favorites, and the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best Ice Skating Rink: Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa
Throughout North America, the winter season offers the opportunity for travelers to swap flip-flops for ice skates and glide across the frozen water. The historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, snakes its way through the Canadian capital.
These destinations transform into must-see winter wonderlands.
Blinded by holiday hubbub and an unseasonably warm autumn, we nearly forgot that winter was inching ever closer. Once we realized it though, we busted out the hot cocoa and got to drafting the 9 best winter trips we could think of, from sleeping under the Arctic twilight in a private igloo, to breaking out the skates on an Olympic ice rink.
Quebec City, Canada
This stylish city has a lot to offer in terms of chic accommodation, but the castle-style Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac – right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Quebec – has it all. Old World glamour comes in the form of custom crystal chandeliers, Italian blue onyx paneling, and the real showstopper: a turreted copper roof.
Southminster United Church proposing 6-storey condo, townhouses.
Ottawa city councillors have asked a landmark church in Old Ottawa South to lower the height of a proposed condo development over fears it could ruin the view from the Rideau Canal.
Southminster United Church, which sits at the foot of the Bank Street Bridge alongside the canal, wants to demolish an ageing addition and replace it with a six-storey condo building and four three-storey townhouses, a redevelopment it says isnecessary to ensure the congregation’s financial survival.
But some members of the community say the height of the condo building will tarnish the view from the Rideau Canal because it will be visible over the treeline.
There are no city rules around the treeline along the canal and the height of buildings. City staff actually recommended committee approve the project.
Most tourists are content to take home a tiny bit of Quebec City — a souvenir from the Petit-Champlain shops or a selfie taken in front of the Chateau Frontenac. But some in China may want not a piece, but an entire district.
That’s the assumption on which a consortium of Chinese real estate investors, the JC Group, is staking a $20-billion bet.
They want to recreate the historical district of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a new township in Qidong, a satellite city across the Yangtse River from Shanghai.
The consortium’s Canadian office approached the urban design firm WAA Montréal with the concept earlier this year.
“When the JC Group told us they wanted to build a city like Old Quebec in China, we were intrigued,” Ziad Haddad, vice-president of the architectural firm, told Quebec AM.
Canadian Museums run the gamut from the grand to the tongue-in-cheek. Regardless, whichever of these you visit, you’ll discover insights into what makes Canada and Canadians tick. Although a few I’ve selected are not “museums” per se, they are either National Historic Sites or UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Starting from Canada’s Easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador to the westernmost British Columbia, here are some museums to put on your list.
1- Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre
Twillingate (Iceberg Capital of the World), Newfoundland and Labrador
“Off the beaten path from everywhere” is what many call Newfoundland and Labrador, as this province is remote, yet so worthwhile to visit.
At Prime Berth in Twillingate, you’ll get an insider’s peek into the historic yet nowadays, vastly changed fishing industry.
We’ve rounded up our picks for best places to visit as a solo traveler.
Traveling alone is probably not the first thing you think of when you hear “vacation.” But solo travel has had a renaissance in recent years, especially for women: It’s a chance to sit in the driver’s seat, flex your independence, experience a new place, and get to know yourself a bit better.
Plus, there are so many inspiring places with breathtaking sights, delicious food, and awe-inspiring views, that it’s becoming more and more appealing to travel unaccompanied with a custom tailored itinerary in one hand and an HD iPhone camera in the other.
While the holidays are typically family-heavy events, there’s no shame in taking a little you time to explore on your own. Think you’re ready to take the plunge?
Scientists are sounding the alarm over Wood Buffalo National Park, with its outlook deteriorating significantly over the last three years thanks to climate change and human economic development.
The park, Canada’s largest at more than 44,000 square kilometres, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It straddles the border between northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, far away from Canada’s major cities, but its remoteness apparently hasn’t saved it from human impacts, according to a report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The IUCN rates the park’s outlook as “significant concern,” down from its status as “good with some concerns” in 2014 when it was last assessed. It’s the only World Heritage Site in North America with that status, and only the Florida Everglades, rated as “critical” by the IUCN, is in worse shape on the continent.
Out of TravelSquire top 28 destinations for 2018, we are bringing you the top cultural and foodie locales in this upcoming year.
We’ve just announced our top destinations for the upcoming year in travel. The list is divided into 4 segments and includes something for every travel style – from urban destinations to cultural and foodie hotspots, to places ripe for exploration and adventure, and locations that are maybe new on your radar. You’ll find the complete list here, and you’ll find “Part 1, Top Urban Destinations,” here.
Now we turn our focus to destinations ideal for travelers seeking cultural and foodie experiences. We have 7 of the best: Lima; Ottawa; Taiwan; Jerez de la Frontera-Cadiz; Austria; Croatia; and Phoenix, Scottsdale, & Tempe. Here’s why we made the list:
Lima rises above the cliffs of the Pacific coastline where paragliders soar above the foggy shore.
The conservation outlook for Wood Buffalo National Park has been downgraded to one of “significant concern” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The group representing about 10,000 world experts lists the risks facing this World Heritage Site as climate change, massive alterations to the rivers and industrial development, “most strikingly from the expanding Alberta oil sands.”
Management response called inadequate
The 2017 assessment says the “threats and risks include water withdrawals and the potential for accidental and long term discharges of toxic material including petroleum products.” It mentions that experienced scientists have flagged leakage from and breaches of tailing ponds. It adds the management response “is inadequate in light of the scale, pace and complexity of the challenges.”