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December 2, 2021

 

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Cruise guide: From small-ship sailings to the world’s largest liner, find out what’s new on board and onshore
 

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  Cruise guide: From small-ship sailings to the world’s largest liner, find out what’s new on board and onshore
 
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Vacations
 
How luxury train trips are perfecting the art of slow travel
How luxury train trips are perfecting the art of slow travel
 

MARYAM SIDDIQI

We were just sitting down to lunch when a couple of fellow travellers started shouting, "Bear! Bear!" From the safety of our train car we all rose out of our seats to catch a glimpse of a young black bear, who seemed entirely nonplussed as our Rocky Mountaineer train rolled past it and continued on through British Columbia's interior.
 
The Rocky Mountaineer has perfected the art of slow travel; while on a journey, the only real requirement for a guest is to show up. Luggage transport, meals, transfers and activities are all taken care of so that travellers can focus on sitting back and enjoying the scenery.
 
 
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New ski terrain, off-mountain adventure: It's time to rediscover Blue Mountain
New ski terrain, off-mountain adventure: It's time to rediscover Blue Mountain
 

CATHERINE DAWSON MARCH

Panic rose so far up my throat that I choked. I could not, would not pull my body into the Niagara Escarpment through a hole the size of a toilet bowl. But everyone else had: my kids, my husband, the rest of the tour group – even the guides were on the other side. "There's lots of head room once you're through!" they called back. I did not find that encouraging.
 
What were we doing here anyway? This was supposed to be a ski trip. Albeit a ski trip that was still fun for a non-skier. It had taken months to persuade my husband to try a winter getaway somewhere cold, where the kids and I could indulge in our new-found skills on the slopes and he could – well, what could he do except watch us from the hot tub?
 
 
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Kananaskis Nordic Spa puts a Canadian twist on a Scandinavian experience
 

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Kananaskis Nordic Spa puts a Canadian twist on a Scandinavian experience
 

JODY ROBBINS

Kananaskis Country used to be one of Alberta's best kept secrets. While tourists explore Banff National Park, locals would quietly slip off to K-Country for their al fresco adventures. That all could change with the opening of Kananaskis Nordic Spa.
 
No need for prerecorded Gregorian chants here. Wind whispers through lofty lodgepole pines, the seductive scent of wood smoke wafts above cowboy cauldron fire pits, and you can't help but feel grounded when gazing up at Mount Kidd, one of the many snow-clad peaks encircling the spa.
 
 
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Tips and advice
 
Five ways to prep now for your summer vacation
Five ways to prep now for your summer vacation
 

DOMINI CLARK

 
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Packing for a ski vacation? Better know your layers
 

Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain

Packing for a ski vacation? Better know your layers
 

CATHERINE DAWSON MARCH

 
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What’s up at the resorts?: Better ski schools, faster lifts and Wham!
 

Jeremy Swanson

What’s up at the resorts?: Better ski schools, faster lifts and Wham!
 

ADAM BISBY

 
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Travel news
 
New wave of smart luggage leaves airlines scrambling
 

WHITTEN SABBATINI

New wave of smart luggage leaves airlines scrambling
 

SARAH TRELEAVEN

 
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The next airline IT outage could happen at any time – are you prepared?
 

Rebecca Butala How

The next airline IT outage could happen at any time – are you prepared?
 

CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT

 
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Five things you should always pack (no matter your destination)
 

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Five things you should always pack (no matter your destination)
 

DOMINI CLARK

 
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ASTROLOGY
 
Your daily horoscope: December 2
Your daily horoscope: December 2
 
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Budget travel: How to get away for cheap
 
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Portugal River Cruise
 
Experience Portugal’s unique landscapes, cuisine and history on this custom-built 11-day tour that begins in the vibrant capital of Lisbon and continues to the beautiful city of Porto where we embark on a Cruise through the spectacular Douro River Valley. All the while, Globe journalists will be there to narrate the very best the region has to offer, from UNESCO World Heritage sites to famed Port houses to the spectacular landscapes.
 
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