150 Travelzoo Tips: #21-30
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we’re bringing you 150 Travelzoo Tips -- one per day until July 1 -- to help you explore and enjoy this great land.
Tip 21: See whales and icebergs at the same time in Newfoundland and Labrador
“Most people think July and August is the best time to go to Newfoundland and Labrador. However, if you want to see whales and icebergs at the same time, then June is actually the best time. Sea kayaking will allow you to get up close and personal with whales and be able to touch an iceberg! After June the icebergs start to float elsewhere. There is no place like Newfoundland and Labrador on earth.” -- Travelzoo staffer Tatia Cashman
Tip 22: Visit Almonte, Ontario, the birthplace of basketball inventor James Naismith
“While you're downtown, take a stroll along the River Walk, stop in at Baker Bob's for coffee, amble along Mill Street, maybe head over to The Barley Mow Almonte for a bite to eat, or Cafe Postino. Sit and have your photo taken next to the statue of James Naismith. Stop in at Hummingbird Chocolate Maker -- a world class chocolate manufacturer -- and head over to Equator Coffee Roasters. We also put on outdoor festivals. In summer, the Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival and Light Up the Night in celebration of the Christmas season.” -- Sandra, Travelzoo member
Tip 23: Spend the Night at North America's Only Ice Hotel
In a guest blog, Lauren of Justin Plus Lauren shares advice on staying warm in this cool Quebec hotel.
Tip 24: Swimming (or even bodysurfing) in Milk River at the Writing on Stone Provincial Park in Alberta
“It was a blast and totally unexpected. Southern Alberta has some stunning views, from the mountains to the south and hoodoos in the Milk River area, not to mention dinosaur bones and the deserted RCMP outpost at Fort Walsh. There’s lots of great camping and hiking.” -Member Sharon
Tip 25: Drive on the Squamish Spit
One of the greatest hidden gems in B.C., if not all of Canada is Squamish. Located on the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish is a small community with outdoor adventure activities and the gorgeous Stawamus Chief granite mountain.If you catch a view of it as the sun is coming down, the sun will glimmer off of it and you’ll think you’ve entered a dream world. The best views of the Chief and other Squamish mountains can be found by driving out on a gravel road to the Squamish Spit. It is a popular place for kitesurfing and offers incredible, unobstructed 360-degree views. -Travelzoo staffer Darren Moore
Tip 26: Fit in Some Fitness on the Meewasin Trail in Saskatchewan
This "beautiful 20+ kilometre trail through the heart of Saskatoon" is a "happy place" for the city's runners, walkers and bikers." -Member Rhonda
Tip 27: See the Bottle Houses of PEI
Travel writer Jim Byers shares his experience exploring these unusual structures made from empty wine bottles.
Tip 28: Get a taste of Quebec's wineries
Member Donna from Quebec suggests exploring the vineyards and wineries of the Eastern Townships. "Some have restaurants," she writes; she also recommends seeking out those with "walking tours" and "displays from local artists."
Tip 29 - Rise and Dine at the CN Tower
"If you reserve a table at 360, the restaurant at the CN Tower, your trip up the tower is free! -- Travelzoo deal expert Mandy Michals
Tip 30: Chuck Hughes suggests tasting the bounty of Prince Edward County
"There’s something unique about how they grow vegetables and produce the wine. You can taste it. You can actually taste it in the food," says celebrity chef Chuck Hughes. Read more in our special feature that follows Chuck and colleague Danny Smiles across Canada on their new Food Network show, “Chuck and Danny’s Road Trip.”
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