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THIS ITEM WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON CANOE.COM/TRAVEL on TUESDAY Aug. 8… LIKE A LOCAL CALGARY – This is a series where I check out various cities and look at the sorts of places you don’t always find in the tourist guides; fun restaurants and bars and shops where you’re likely to find a good number of locals as well as visitors. Today we take a look at the increasingly cool scene in Calgary. DINING Vin Room Mission: Vin Room is a hip spot on 4th St. SW offers up a wide variety of foods, everything from charcuterie to lobster nachos ... continue reading →

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NIAGARA FALLS – The power is indescribable and the majesty almost impossible to comprehend. I managed a trip to the base of Niagara Falls with the folks from Hornblower Cruises on the weekend, and it was better than ever. I also got a chance to see the falls from the top of the wonderful Niagara Sky Wheel, had a fine lunch on a shady patio on a perfect summer’s day and took in a bit of shopping at the Outlet Collection at Niagara. I’ve seen Niagara Falls probably a dozen times or more. But nothing prepared me for the first ... continue reading →

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One of Canada’s best and coolest restaurants. And a sleek boutique hotel with a fabulous rooftop bar. I got to spend a night last week checking out two super-fun spots on Queen St. West in my hometown of Toronto and came away quite impressed. The Good Son began serving diners on Queen west of Dovercourt Rd. three years ago and has earned plaudits from many a food critic. I’m hardly a dining connossieur, but I eat at a lot of nice places around the world and think I know good food from mediocre, and I was won over big time ... continue reading →

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Now here’s a great contest: $100,000 in prizes from the folks at Rogers as part of their Spin to Win program. Rogers is giving away prizes this summer to customers who log in to the MyRogers app and play the spin to win game between June 28 and September 2017. How it works: Customers log on to their account in the MyRogers app. You then click the Spin to Win banner to enter the game, and can spin the wheel daily to earn entries for a chance to win great prizes including: gift cards to Canadian retailers (Roots, Boston Pizza, ... continue reading →

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NOTE: THIS ITEM FIRST APPEARED EARLIER TODAY IN POSTMEDIA NEWSPAPER WEBSITES ACROSS CANADA: LAC BROME, QUEBEC – “I don’t want something that starts big and then goes ‘pfffffttt’ after two seconds. I call that a quickie.” Leon Courville is pouring some of his wines for me at his pretty, barn-like winery in Quebec’s Eastern Townships and explaining how he emphasizes making wine with structure. His St.-Pepin, a white wine made with a grape that does well in cold climates, starts a bit thin to my taste but finishes with a nice, lingering, chardonnay-like finish I quite like. “I think people ... continue reading →

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