Fairmont Chateau Laurier and The Rideau Canal; Everett Potter; Forbes

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One of Canada’s grand hotels offers a winter respite and skating on the famous Rideau Canal

If there’s a single reason to travel to the Canadian capital of Ottawa in the middle of a cold winter, it can be summed up in two words: Rideau Canal. For several months each winter, the 7.8 kilometer serpentine canal that runs through the heart of the city freezes up and becomes the world’s largest skating rink.

Except it isn’t a rink. It’s a proper canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a thoroughfare where families and couples and solo adults of all ages lace up and get their daily exercise. In a country synonymous with hockey, men of all ages wear the requisite black Bauer hockey skates and make like Wayne Gretzky. There are giggling teens in white figure skates and determined moms with speed skates on, pushing strollers that are outfitted with skates instead of wheels.

“Have a good skate,” said a gentlemen of a certain age as I laced up. He had just finished his daily skate, a workout that is capable of keeping you in fighting trim.

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How to Spend a Weekend in Canada’s Ultimate Wintry Destination; Sarah Hagi; GQ

Canada – Historic District of Old Québec

Load up on art, poutine, and other types of food, and you’ll briefly forget that winter can be bad.

In the depths of winter, it’s difficult to willingly leave the comfort of your home. The twinkling lights of holidays are behind you, plus there’s a good chance you’ll get salt stains on your favorite boots, so going north—to somewhere even colder—for a weekend doesn’t sound like the most appealing weekend getaway.

Up in Quebec City, though, even the most winter-averse will find themselves charmed out of their crankiness by the historic capital. The city provides the best a Canadian winter has to offer (like show shoeing, ice skating, and eating poutine), with the sort of well-preserved historical sites you can’t really find in the tiny baby of a nation that is the United States. Case in point: it’s the only North American city with preserved ramparts (castle walls), which make a huge chunk of the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of the best places in the country to experience true Canadiana with a French Canadian flare.

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12 Of The Best Things To Do In Ottawa, Canada; Lloyd; Hand Luggage Only

Canada – Rideau Canal

You’ve probably guessed that Canada is one of my favourite countries. After exploring the gorgeous spots in Alberta (like those iconic Ice Castles) and delving into west coast city life in Vancouver, I just knew I needed to see every inch of Canada. Though, let’s start with baby steps, eh? After all, it’s the second biggest country in the world! There really are so many things to do in Ottawa and it’s a great starting point to visit so much more of the easterly provinces.

Now, even if it’s your first or fiftieth time in the city, you’ll always find something new and exciting to do (especially with all its buzzing festivals).

Take a look at some of the best things to do in Ottawa and places you shouldn’t miss on your first visit. You’ll love the city!

1.) Explore Parliament Hill 

Perched in the heart of Canada’s capital is the gorgeous Gothic-style building that looks similar to that of the Houses of Parliament (in London) and the Parliament Building (in Budapest).

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House Hunting in … Quebec; Lisa Prevost; NY Times

Canada – Historic District of Old Québec

Another stairway leads to the third-level guest rooms: three bedrooms with dormers, three full bathrooms and a small living room. (The city permit allows the booking of three bedrooms.)


$596,000 (745,000 CANADIAN DOLLARS)

This three-level brick house, built in 1832, is in Old Quebec, a section of Quebec City designated as a Unesco World Heritage site, in the Canadian province of Quebec.

The six-bedroom house, which is operated as a bed-and-breakfast, was originally a tavern and inn, said the owner, Jacques Brouard. The buyer may use it as a private residence or continue to operate it as a B&B under the terms of a city permit, he said.

The main floor has a living room, dining room, kitchen, office and powder room. There is a fireplace in the dining room, which has walls of exposed brick and limestone, a common building material in Old Quebec, Mr. Brouard said. A large wooden door separates the dining room from the rustic kitchen, which has a wood stove and a round center island.

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Breathtaking pathways around the world worth a stroll; MSN

Canada – Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

There is nothing like a walk down a beautiful pathway to refresh your soul. Here are some gorgeous walkways around the world that you need to explore.


The birthplace of the Buddha, with the world’s highest mountain—Mt. Everest—it is well known for its snow peaks, monasteries and wild national parks. According to the figures from the World Conversation Monitoring Centre, the country is known to have around 1,240 known species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.


A natural limestone arch, this pathway is located on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, U.K. The magnificent structure, formed around 140 million years ago, attracts millions of visitors each year. The walk to the site from the chalk hills offers spectacular coastal views. Durdle Door is privately owned by the Weld family.


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The world’s largest natural skating rink is officially open in Ottawa; Alex Butler; Lonely Planet

Canada – Rideau Canal

The world’s largest naturally-frozen skating rink has officially opened for its 48th year in Ottawa, allowing travellers to head to Canada’s capital and skate along a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Each year – weather permitting – the Rideau Canal in Canada’s capital freezes over, creating a massive skateway that winds through the city. This year, officials claimed the ice ready for skaters on 5 January.

The canal is a total of 7.8 kilometres and the official ice safety committee tested a stretch and determined that nearly all of that is ready to welcome those ready to get out on the ice. However, with constantly changing temperatures and ice conditions, anyone hoping to visit should regularly check the status of the ice online. Generally, the canal stays open from January to February or early March.

The massive skating rink welcomes an average of 20,000 visits each day that it is open.

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21 Bucket List Things You Need To Do In Canada In 2018; Elana Shepert; 604 Now

Canada – L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

While there are numerous things to do within Metro Vancouver, Canada has a number of incredible bucket list adventures that are truly amazing.

There are a number of amazing things to do in Metro Vancouver; however, the rest of the province holds a litany of amazing things to see and do. What’s more, Canada has an endless number of bucket list adventures that people seek out from all around the world.

Let’s take a look at some of the top adventures here.

21 Bucket List Adventures in Canada

Visit Old Quebec

Old Quebec is a historic neighbourhood of Quebec City. In addition, it is a designated UNESCO World heritage site. Indeed, this walled city, with its twisting, cobblestone streets and cathedrals, seems transports you back in time. Moreover, there is a plethora of upscale food, shopping, and entertainment to enjoy.

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Je Me Souviens Quebec / I Remember Quebec; Abdul Rastagar; Dave’s Travel Corner

Canada – Historic District of Old Québec

“Quebec is the most beautiful city in North America I’ve seen.” – Sebastian Bach

Leaving aside that Sebastian has quite clearly never been to Puebla, Mexico, I am inclined to agree with him. Quebec, indeed, is a most fanciful city, romantically trapped in an era long gone and full of Old World charm. I first visited it on a day trip from Montreal with my dad fifteen years ago. Dare I steal Quebec’s honored motto of “Je me souviens” as the title of this article? In fact, I remember it quite well. There was the gorgeous city wall that ringed the old city, the same ones that prompted Charles Dickens to name it the Gibraltar of the Americas. The streets were lined with homes from a time past, centuries ago when French colonists recreated the fine, cobble-stoned streets of Paris in Nouveau France.

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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac; Jessica Wong; NUVO

Canada – Historic District of Old Québec

Located within the walls of Old Quebec, the Château Frontenac is a hotel with a glamorous and storied history.

The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, one of Canada’s most iconic hotels, will mark its 125th anniversary in 2018 with a year-long program of celebrations. In partnership with local organizations, the Quebec City château will host activities ranging from free historical exhibitions to musical performances, and even festivals dedicated to maple syrup and chocolate. It will no doubt be a celebration to remember—and one would expect no less from a hotel with such a storied past.

“The château is more than a hotel—it’s an icon, it’s a symbol of our culture, it’s a landmark,” says general manager Robert Mercure. “I often refer to us as the Statue of Liberty for Canadians and Quebecers.”

The Château Frontenac was built in 1893 atop Cap Diamant.

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Memorable moments | Saying goodbye to an incredible year of cruising; SV Yahtzee; Rollin’ With Yahtzee

Canada – SGang Gwaay

Crouching at the water’s edge, I picked up a smooth black stone and gripped it in my palm. Magnus stood next to me — clad in his wetsuit with boogie board in hand — and I talked him through his latest attempt at setting out into the cold water of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Then he went for it and I smiled watching him splash his way into the clear blue water before launching the rock far beyond him.

Later, sitting next to a fire and fresh caught salmon roasting over hot coals, I thought aloud to Jill while watching Yahtzeebob just offshore: “Does life get any better than this? I don’t think it does.”

In many ways, that’s how 2017 went. By any and every measure we can think of, it was an amazing year of cruising aboard Yahtzee.

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