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TRAVEL GALLERY - SPRING/SUMMER 2021
 
(2021 - Spring/Summer Issue)

Writer: CYNTHIA DAVID



From the northern lights to the midnight sun, the Yukon is known for its spectacular skies. These skies are home to Whitehorse-based Air North, which is 100 per cent owned by Yukon residents including members of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Air North was founded in 1977 to provide charter flights for the mining industry. The award-winning airline now flies to the Yukon from major cities in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. The flight kitchen prepares all inflight complimentary meals and has begun a meal delivery service during the pandemic. Renowned for its hospitality, Air North offers two free checked bags. Additional health and safety precautions have been added to the airline’s program Air North Care First to keep passengers safe and comfortable throughout their journey. flyairnorth.com

A visionary restoration project has turned a 17th-century castle in Southern Italy into a luxury hotel, museum and world-class cooking school. Meticulously restored Castello di Ugento, located in the Salento area of south-eastern Puglia, is comprised of nine suites. Five minutes away sits Castello di Ugento’s sister property, Masseria Le Mandorle. The 18th-century farmhouse has 12 bedrooms ideal for families. The estate is also home to the destination restaurant, Il Tempo Nuovo and the Puglia Culinary Centre, which offers a delicious immersion in Italian cuisine for food lovers. castellodiugento.com

With sustainability a hot topic in the travel industry, Costa Rica offers plenty of eco-friendly experiences. Spend a day in a historic rural town and see hand-painted oxcarts, traditionally used to transport coffee. Tour a family-run coffee plantation or milk a cow at an organic farm in La Fortuna before enjoying a meal prepared with local organic ingredients. To truly appreciate Costa Rica’s rainforests, natural beauty and amazing array of animals and birds, take a two or three-hour canopy tour via zip line or visit one of the country’s 28 national parks. Visitcostarica.com

Not only has the downtown Las Vegas hotspot the D Las Vegas Casino & Hotel upped the ante with the opening of BarCanada last March but the owners have also opened another casino resort, the Circa Resort and Casino. Patrons can head into this giant sports book at Vegas’ tallest building while at BarCanada—an ode to Canadian sports and culture—it’s time to enjoy food and drink. Sip Canadian-inspired cocktails at the 20-seat bar and catch up on major sporting events in maple-leaf-embroidered chairs surrounded by 215-cm TV screens. Small groups can gather at communal tables to share Canadian-inspired eats from D Grill. The D also has renovated its second-floor casino, adding 74 square metres to its Circa Sports betting stations. theD.com

Almost four years after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Florida Keys, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa has reopened on Little Torch Key. Accessible by boat or seaplane, this exclusive adults-only property has been completely rebuilt. Its British West Indies design includes 30 thatched-roof bungalow suites accommodating up to 60 guests. Air-conditioned suites offer minibars, Wi-Fi, private sundecks and outdoor showers or copper tubs. The two Island Premier suites—ideal for honeymooners—offer a private fire pit and four-poster bed, while the 93-square-metre Island Grand suites feature travertine floors, crystal chandeliers, a king bed and deep claw-foot tub. Be sure to book an intimate dinner at the chef’s table in The Dining Room. littlepalmisland.com

Savour a slice of France mixed with Creole culture on the five Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe where temperatures average 27 degrees Celsius year-round. Hilly Grande-Terre has long beaches and sugarcane fields that once were used to make Guadeloupe’s famous rum. The Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park) on Basse-Terre Island encompasses foliage-rich walking trails, a trio of falls known as Carbet Falls and the towering sky-high La Grande Soufrière, an active volcano. Smaller islands include Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and La Désirade. Relax at a wellness spa or be more active as you hike, snorkel, cycle, even hang-glide. Lesilesdeguadeloupe.com

British Columbia’s Central Okanagan Valley is ready to welcome travellers. Stay at the 140-room Hampton Inn & Suites Kelowna Airport or the 161-room Hyatt Place Kelowna in the heart of the city’s retail district.  In wine news, the Crown & Thieves winery opened in West Kelowna in February, while Priest Creek Estate is the newest winery along Kelowna’s Southeast Bench. Beer drinkers are also well served with the taps now open at Welton Brewery. By the end of the year beer lovers will have three additional breweries, bringing the area’s total to fifteen. TourismKelowna.com

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which represents more than 750 independent luxury hotels, resorts and residences around the world, recently welcomed 18 new members to its global portfolio. Properties include Chatham Bars Inn, an iconic Cape Cod, Massachusetts retreat located along 10 hectares of stunning oceanfront. For an eco-luxe hideaway, head to Andronis Arcadia on the Greek island of Santorini; and for an art nouveau architectural masterpiece overlooking the harbour in Stockholm, Sweden, book a future stay at Hotel Diplomat. PreferredHotels.com

The Museum at Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY, site of 1969’s Woodstock festival, is dedicated to the sixties, an era of great social and cultural change. The site has reopened with Lights, Color, Fashion, a special exhibit that channels the sounds, colours and fashion of San Francisco from 1964 to 1972. Be dazzled by the psychedelic rock posters created by famous poster artists and clothing from counter culture hippie designers to street smart. Take in the light show from artist Bill Ham, known for his fantastic backdrops for ’60s rock concerts. Be transported back to the Summer of 1969 through a new interactive augmented reality tour, Meet Me At Woodstock! Museum guests will experience the sounds from the trippy Woodstock music festival, with recorded loudspeaker stage announcements to crowd groove and chants, from the half-a-million-strong festival spectators. The exhibit, Lights, Color, Fashion is open until Dec. 31. BethelWoodsCenter.org

On Canada Day (July 1), Niagara Falls invites you to experience its new landmark attraction, the Niagara Parks Power Station. The power station, which harnessed the energy of the Horseshoe Falls for over a century, is now a new state-of-the-art venue. Follow a water droplet through the towering turbines, and learn first-hand how electricity is produced through an interactive panel. At night, the historic building is illuminated via a light and sound show ideal for the entire family. Combine your visit with other summer activities from hiking, cycling or golfing to epic experiences with Niagara City Cruises or Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours to explore all the history, nature and adventure in Niagara Falls. Plan your overnight getaway with packages and itinerary ideas at niagarafallstourism.com.

 
 
 
 
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