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O Canada!: Why You Should Visit Canada




When Travel & Leisure turned its sights to the 2017 Destination of the Year, all signs pointed to the Land of the Maple Leaf. This being the year of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the destination was chock-full of things to celebrate, but that isn’t the only reason to consider Canada for your upcoming travels. With an abundance of cultural attractions, world-class metropolitan cities and eclectic cuisine, there are plenty of reasons why our northern neighbor is the perfect spot for your next trip -- not the least of which is a strong U.S. dollar, which makes traveling here more affordable than ever.





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Topics: Americas, Canadian Rockies


Summer’s Best Road Trip: Canada’s Kootenay National Park




As summer approaches, travelers are hitting the highways and planning the ultimate road trip. More than just a way to get from point A to point B, road trips let you get up-close and personal with the landscape, proving that the joy truly is in the journey. Undoubtedly, our favorite excursions are scenic treks through National Parks and world heritage sites like Canada’s Kootenay National Park.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies, Travel Tips


Best Travel Value for Summer 2017: Why Visit Canada Now




Forbes Magazine recently called Canada one of the Cheapest Places to Travel in 2017. Not only is the Canadian loonie lagging at 70 cents to the U.S. dollar, but the current historic high of American currency means you’ll pay 30 percent less on those coveted travel experiences.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


Cheers! Exploring Victoria, B.C.’s Craft Beer Scene




Perched on the rocky southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a haven for outdoor activity, stately Victorian architecture, and exciting culinary finds. But what you may not know is that this vibrant Canadian city is also known for its craft beers. Home to the oldest brewpub in Canada, it offers a wide variety of micro-breweries and a host of self-guided walking tours that let you explore the locally-crafted suds. Here are our tips for exploring Victoria’s craft beer scene:




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


Rocky Mountain Canada: Top 5 Things to Do in Yoho National Park




Just west of Edmonton, the Canadian National Parks of Banff, Jasper, and Yoho combine to form 300 miles of the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. While you’ve no doubt heard of the first two, Yoho may just be one of the best-kept natural secrets of North America. With rugged peaks and alpine meadows, dramatic waterfalls and turquoise colored cold-water lakes, the smallest park of the trio is virtually unknown, and as such, features draw-dropping landscapes with very few crowds to contend with.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


The Best of Sea to Sky’s Roadside Attractions




For travelers who are looking to explore highlights of British Columbia, the Sea to Sky Highway offers plenty! Here are some of our favorites:




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


Traveling the Sea to Sky Highway: Tips for One of the World’s Top Drives




Climbing up from Horseshoe Bay through the rainforests and coastal mountains of British Columbia is one of the Canada’s most breathtaking drives, the Sea to Sky Highway. Rich with wildlife and jaw-dropping views, Highway 99 follows an ancient trade route used by aboriginal coastal tribes and inland people groups. And while the name implies a journey of ascent, there’s no accounting for the views as you make your way down from the mountaintop village of Whistler. With the sea spread out before you, the descent toward Vancouver affords you spectacular glimpses of the coast blanketed out below you.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


Tips for Visiting Alberta’s Icefields Parkway:  The Canadian Rockies Tour of a Lifetime



Named for the famous Columbia Icefield and the sheer density of glaciers that pepper the route, the Icefields Parkway is one of the planet’s most picturesque drives. Before you embark on your YMT Vacations journey, here’s what you can expect when traveling Highway 93:




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


Dining Out in Vancouver: Our Top 10 Culinary Tips




Vancouver, British Columbia is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. A cosmopolitan city that also sports a laid-back West Coast vibe, locals love its picturesque setting and multicultural make up. From outdoor activities to an eclectic array of neighborhoods and magnificent waterfront views, there’s a lot to love here -- not the least of which is an exciting culinary scene. So if your upcoming travels take you to this beloved Canadian city, here are our top ten recommendations for dining out in Vancouver:




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Topics: Canadian Rockies, Planning a Vacation


Tips for Avoiding Altitude Sickness




When you vacation in mountain settings like the Canadian Rockies, you may find yourself feeling the effects of such an otherwise spectacular journey. Having a plan beforehand can mean the difference between getting sick and having an unforgettable getaway. It’s not uncommon for travelers to have difficulty adjusting to the altitude. The higher you climb, the thinner the air gets, making it hard for your body to get the oxygen it needs. In fact, 75 percent of all people experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness: headache, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath and tiredness. Whether or not you’re planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies or other mountain setting, this advice on how to stay healthy up high is just great information to know:




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Topics: Canadian Rockies, Planning a Vacation