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(2019 - Fall/Winter Issue)


Chef, forager and food culturalist Lori McCarthy has developed an exciting menu for the launch of Adventure Canada’s new Taste of Place program, featured aboard Adventure Canada’s Newfoundland Circumnavigation expedition in June 2020. From-the-land dishes feature meat steeped in Newfoundland food culture with new twists: moose pasta, rabbit risotto and deconstructed lamb ravioli. From-the-sea selections include hand-line caught Fogo Island cod, Quidi Vidi beer-steamed mussels, seared seal loin and maple-glazed salmon. Accompanying locally grown vegetables are field-foraged or pickled. McCarthy bakes berries—wild partridge, blueberries and bakeapple berries—into mouth-watering tarts, buckles, cobblers and Nan’s bread pudding. “I want people to go home with a piece of Newfoundland in their heart,” she says. adventurecanada.com

From a waterfront winery to a brewery housed inside a former car dealership, Oakland, California’s eight wineries and 12 breweries each offer a distinct flavour, style and atmosphere. In an effort to encourage visitors to explore this city across the bay from San Francisco, Visit Oakland has launched digital passports for its Urban Wine Trail and Ale Trail. Passport-holders can check into locations, redeem discounts and access business information and maps, all via their mobile phone. Members who collect stamps at each winery and purchase a bottle of wine receive a wine-and-cheese tote, while Ale Trail fans who visit all brewery taprooms receive a free growler (a container used to sell a measured amount of beer). oaklandurbanwinetrail.com

Rideau Hall, a national historic site, is set in an idyllic, 32-hectare oasis located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. You are welcome to visit the residence and workplace of the governor general and the grounds year-round. This winter, you can enjoy guided tours of the State Rooms, where ceremonies are held, as well as the special exhibition rooms. Tours are offered daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by reservation only. Bring your skates to experience Canada’s oldest outdoor skating rink and warm up in the Winter Pavilion where you can also see a small exhibition about winter sports at Rideau Hall. Public skating is available on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. from December through March. No reservations are required. Visit them online or call 1-866-842-4422 to prepare for a memorable visit! gg.ca/RideauHall

Did you know that 98 per cent of travellers have been shown to make a food or water mistake within the first three days of their vacation? That’s why it’s so important to talk to your healthcare professional about your travel plans well in advance of your departure to understand which vaccines are recommended for the area you’re visiting. And ask if DUKORAL, an oral vaccine, is right for you. Visit dukoralcanada.com for more information.

Just an hour off the Southern California coast sits beautiful, laid-back Catalina Island. Book your transport on board the Catalina Express passenger ferry, which offers departures up to 30 times daily from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Sample local food and seafood at the new Toyon Grill by Bluewater, located at the new Trailhead Visitor Center, gateway to the island’s 265 kilometres of recreational roads and hiking trails. Until January 19, the local museum features Wrigley’s Catalina: A Centennial Celebration, commemorating William Wrigley Jr.’s vision for the island in 1919 when he purchased the island. The newly renovated Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel, perched on cliffs overlooking Avalon Bay, offers scenic valley and ocean views from its 17 rooms, while the renovated Hotel Atwater, built in 1920, offers one-bedroom suites a block from the beach. visitcatalinaisland.com

Vancouver’s annual Bard on the Beach Festival has announced its 2020 lineup, from June 11 to September 26. On the BMO Mainstage, Shakespeare’s magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream will alternate with Shakespeare’s famous historical play, Henry V. The Howard Family Stage offers two contrasting productions, Love’s Labour’s Lost, a restaging of Bard’s 2015 music-filled Jazz Age production, and Paradise Lost, a critically acclaimed modern take on Milton’s famous battle between good and evil. Season Packs are already on sale for 2020 and offer a substantial discount for all four productions. Flex Pack sales begin November 6, and single tickets go on sale in April 2020. bardonthebeach.org

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