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(2017 - Fall Issue)


Air Canada is adding new non-stop international routes for the winter season. Toronto passengers can jet to Belize and St. Vincent in the Caribbean, while Montrealers can fly directly to Phoenix starting in February 2018. The new Montréal to Lima flight begins mid-December, giving Québec and Atlantic travellers convenient access to Peru. This winter from Toronto, fly non-stop to Cartagena, Colombia. From Vancouver, fly directly to Melbourne, Australia, or fly to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to watch the aurora borealis up close between December 15 and April 1. To book an Air Canada or Air Canada Vacations flight via Mastercard quickly and easily, use the new Masterpass digital payment system. aircanada.com

The Manitoba Museum has new exhibits and events planned for fall 2017. Until January 7, 2018, the Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History exhibit features iconic artifacts and specimens relaying the effects of Confederation on the Red River people and the land that would become Manitoba. From September 27 to October 15, two exhibits, Eyes on the Arctic and Northern Stars, focus on historical and modern stories of Indigenous groups, revealing their adaptability, the global significance of the region, and the important cultural connections and institutional ties between the U.S. and Canada. From October 28 to November 5, Journey of a Lifetime explores the seminal role the railway colonist sleeper car played in opening our country to settlement. Upcoming October events include World Space Week and Indigo Arrows. manitobamuseum.ca

There’ll be no post-holiday blues for rock fans thanks to three explosive five-day music cruises that set sail from Florida in early 2018. The New Year kicks off on January 2 aboard Celebrity Galaxy with The Moody Blues Cruise featuring the Nights in White Satin icons, The Zombies, Little River Band, Strawbs and other classic rockers. On February 3, Rock Music Hall of Fame Inductees YES are joined by Marillion, Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy, Carl Palmer and other prog legends aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas’ Cruise to the Edge. And, on February 11, it’s all bands—heavy metal bands, that is—on deck for Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas’ Monsters of Rock starring Tesla, Queensryche, Lita Ford and 32 other head-banging artists. moodiescruise.com; cruisetotheedge.com; monstersofrockcruise.com

Volcano Bay, a new 10-hectare water theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort with a South Pacific vibe, offers unique attractions including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, a twisting multi-rider raft ride and speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below. With the watch-like TapuTapu, included with admission, guests can virtually wait in line for rides while enjoying other areas of the park and be alerted when it’s their turn. The device can also be used to pay for all purchases in the park and offers interactive experiences like controlling the streams of water spurting from whales or shooting water cannons at guests snaking down the Kopiko Wai Winding River. universalorlando.com

Budget-conscious travellers should check out Trafalgar’s new CostSaver program, starting at $168 a day. CostSaver’s 2018 Americas brochure includes four new destinations: Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina and Brazil, and five new itineraries. Choose one of two different travel styles, panorama or regional experiences. Itineraries include the Peru Explorer—a seven-day regional tour stopping at Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Meanwhile, the nine-day South America Samba panorama tour visits the highlights of Argentina and Brazil including Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires.  costsaver.trafalgar.com/can/deals/usa-and-canada

Go behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas and see how the magic is created. Three free 30-minute tours are open to all ages. Mondays at 4 p.m., watch cast members as they rehearse for the evening’s performance of Mystère at Treasure Island Hotel. Saturdays at 1 p.m. join the Magical Technical Tour at The Beatles LOVE inside the Mirage Hotel and Casino. Saturdays at noon and Tuesdays at 11 a.m., peek behind the curtain at the KA Theatre Spectacular at MGM Grand. Get an inside look at the state-of-the-art technology used in this US$165-million production such as how the 36,287-kilogram KA stage is rotated 360 degrees. Guests can present a special voucher at the box office to buy discount tickets. cirquedusoleil.com

One of the world’s most iconic luxury trains, the Venice-Simplon Orient Express is adding three spacious Grand Suite cabins in March 2018. Each cabin is named for a world-class city with decor to match. There’s a private bathroom with shower and sink, a separate living area with table and chair, a double bed or two twins and a fold-out sofa perfect for kids. Enjoy private dining, your own butler, Champagne and souvenir art deco bathrobes. The new cabins start at about US$7,000 per person. belmond.com/luxury-trains

Consider a fall drive through Colorado when the aspen leaves turn brilliant yellow, red and orange under a blue sky. The state boasts natural hot springs, seven major rivers, peaceful lakes and reservoirs, national parks and high mountain peaks. Capture photos and memories along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, dubbed “The Most Beautiful Drive in America,” passing Durango, straight from the Old West, Telluride, Silverton and Ouray, Victorian jewels tucked in deep alpine valleys. Or take the one-hour Boulder County Farm Trail, stopping for fresh farm produce and picnicking on the barn balcony of Lone Hawk Farm. Before you set off, enter the lottery for dinner at Meadowlark Farms or dine at one of Boulder’s top restaurants. colorado.com

The Disney Magic cruise ship will stop in Québec City in 2018. The historic capital will be featured on two Disney Cruise Line itineraries from New York beginning in September 2018. Both sailings include two full days in Québec City. The 2,713-passenger ship, designed for families, will also stop at Saguenay and Baie-Comeau. disneycruise.disney.go.com

Adventure travel specialist World Expeditions has partnered with Atlas Obscura to offer a new series of adventures for travellers seeking unexpected destinations and access to unique sites around the world. The adventure begins in December 2017 with Space Out in Chile’s Atacama Desert, a rare opportunity to explore the deserts, mountain geysers and geoglyphs of San Pedro de Atacama, one of the driest places on Earth. worldexpeditions.com

After a decade of planning and hard work, Palm Springs’ downtown revitalization project is set to open in mid-November 2017. The massive project brings new hotels, restaurants and retailers to Hollywood’s playground, known for its 350-plus days of sunshine, beautiful scenery, growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe. The Kimpton Rowan, one of the new boutique hotels, features the city’s only rooftop pool and bar. New retailers include specialty women’s brand Free People and Starbuck’s Reserve, the chain’s exciting upscale brand. gritpalmsprings.com 

To regulate the flow of tourists visiting the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru, new government rules came into effect on July 1, 2017. There are now two periods allowed for visits—from 6 a.m. until noon and from noon until 5:30 p.m. If a visitor wishes to remain the entire day, they must purchase both tickets. Visitors must also hire a guide, who will give them a ticket to re-enter the site the next day if they wish. It should be noted that tickets already booked and purchased between now and December 2017 will not face the new restrictions. peru.travel

Retrace British explorer John Franklin’s route in search of the fabled Northwest Passage with adventure travel specialist Great Canadian Trails. This 10-day polar voyage will appeal to both wildlife lovers and amateur historians. Among its many highlights, Pathways to Franklin includes visiting grave markers on the remote, windswept beach of Beechey Island where the expedition spent its last winter before disappearing. Pass by the towering cliffs of Prince Leopold Island, one of the world’s largest migratory bird sanctuaries, and sail through the Franklin Strait and into Peel Sound, the heart of the Northwest Passage, only open to vessel navigation for a short period each year. greatcanadiantrails.com

Kingston, Ontario, is perfect for your next getaway. Here, small-town charm meets big-city offerings, most within walking distance of the downtown core. Enjoy a walking tour of historic limestone buildings or view the city by water on board a relaxing 1000 Islands cruise. A hop on, hop off trolley takes you to key attractions including Fort Henry, where 19th-century military life comes alive. Dine in fine restaurants or try a local craft beer while listening to live music in an authentic pub. Take in world-class performances and exhibits at The Grand Theatre, The Isabel, Agnes Etherington Art Centre and more. visitkingston.ca

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