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By now you’ve likely heard about the controversy surrounding SeaWorld. As a result of the documentary film Blackfish, and its exposure of what animal rights advocates claim is mistreatment of the orcas used in SeaWorld shows, calls for a boycott of the marine mammal theme park chain have grown. The debate goes on: SeaWorld released an open letter stating that, among other things, their research on captive whales benefits those in the wild, but the Oceanic Preservation Society then rebutted the claims.
And there are signs that public opinion is turning against the theme parks. The company recently posted a 13 percent drop in attendance. If you the claims have gotten the better of your conscience and you’re looking for an alternative, here are seven places in North America where you see the same animals that you’ll find at SeaWorld, but in their natural habitats. Read more
Summer is a great time to visit our neighbor to the North, thanks to an abundance of festivals and excellent weather. You can jet to Toronto to discover the city’s vibrant food scene, visit Montreal or Quebec City for their Old World charm, or cool down in Mont Tremblant‘s fresh mountain air. The trouble is, summer airfare to Canada tends to skyrocket in the summer months.
We recently discovered this summer airfare sale from 4-star Porter Airlines, however, which makes it makes it pretty easy and affordable to get there. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy their exclusive airport lounges and free snacks onboard.
Sample fares from New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago include:
- Toronto… from $86 each way
- Quebec City… from $127 each way
- Montreal… from $127 each way
- Mont Tremblant… from $146 each way
- Ottawa… from $127 each way
Click here to book on the Porter website. The sale ends on June 16. Travel is valid on select dates now through November 5.
Summer’s the time to get out and get on the trail – but why share a popular hike with the massive crowds when there are more serene paths to follow? For an outdoors experience that truly allows you to appreciate nature in all its glory and in ultimate peace, here’s where you should go:
City forests, trendy neighborhoods, and a formidable dining scene make Vancouver one of Canada’s most popular travel destinations. It isn’t the cheapest, though. Without a strategy, you could easily overspend in this seaport city. Here’s how to visit Vancouver on a budget without scrimping on experiences.
It was 1970, the summer after the Christopher Street Liberation Riots, that New York City held its first Gay Pride March in June. Since then, the LGBT community has been uniting worldwide to celebrate equality and diversity, and cities big and small are taking to the streets to encourage tolerance and equal rights. Hopeful messages aside, these festivities provide dynamic travel opportunities for travelers interested in exploring a destination’s gay culture and simply have fun, whether they’re ready to jump into the parade route or cheer from sidelines. Here, three celebrations to consider for your itinerary:
When you think shipwrecks, images of the ghostly, wooden pirate ships, the Titanic, and James Cameron exploring in a tiny bubble may come to mind. It’s often assumed that to explore a wreckage you’ll require scuba gear and extensive training. While scuba diving will always lure adventurous travelers, snorkeling can be as equally enthralling and much easier on the budget. In fact, scuba dives can cost more than $300 for an hour-long experience. Snorkeling? An entire day may cost a mere $10 for a mask rental. For those of you looking to explore hauntingly beautiful shipwrecks, but aren’t willing to spend the time or money on scuba diving, here are some options where snorkeling the wreck provides an equally intimate view.
Walking out from a 918-foot-high cliff and stepping above a sweeping valley is not for the faint of heart, but thanks to the brand new Glacier Skywalk in Banff, Canada, we all want to give it a whirl. Standing on the glass-floored observatory platform at the end of the trail, we imagine, is as close to floating as we’ll ever get. Read more
As views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across their surface, dive for shipwrecks, or simply go bird-watching, all in the safe knowledge that land is never too far away. More than anything, lakes can provide a refreshing change of scenery from days spent shopping in town or hiking in the surrounding mountains.
Here are a few lakefront views worth traveling for.
Now that spring has sprung, it’s become much more comfortable (and sensible) to head north on vacation. What better way to take in the blooming landscape than by traveling at ground level? You can with Amtrak’s “Weekend Getaway Fare” on its scenic Adirondack train between New York City and Montreal for $89 round-trip.
On vacation, we tend to keep different schedules. That’s why, at 1 a.m., with all the regular restaurants closed and the bar having stopped serving food, you may decide you’re ready for dinner number two. Offering unique insight into local culture, late-night eats can enhance your travel experience as much as they can satisfy your craving. For a few bucks, you can fill up on local dishes like tacos, oyster omelets, and crepes, and get a candid glimpse into a city’s after-hours culture. Every country has a specialty; here are the best bites served past midnight in cities all over the world. Read more
Take a few flights outside of the United States, and you’re likely to notice a slightly disappointing observation: Many U.S.-based carriers simply don’t measure up when it comes to perks in economy class. Whether it’s a free snack, or real wine glasses filled with (free!) vino, here are a few coach class airline perks we love on the foreign carriers… Read more
There are cities where winter is something to be endured, where the cold months from November to March reduce citizens to shut-ins. Québec City is not one of those places. In Quèbec, the winter is celebrated. In fact, it may be one of the best times of the year to visit. Here’s how to enjoy it … Read more
Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is emerging from the long shadow cast by its neighbors, Montreal to the east and Toronto to the southwest. Primarily known for its arts and culture attractions (Ottawa is home to all of Canada’s national museums and galleries), the city now also prides itself on a standout food scene, affordable local attractions, and easy access to the surrounding countryside.
We spoke to Jantine van Kregten, a long-time resident of the city and Director of Communications for Ottawa Tourism, about the best ways to see the city, her favorite neighborhood spots, and some off-the-beaten-path places to visit. Here are some of her recommendations…
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