Trail Canada Newsletter
Issue 19.0 - 8 February, 2007

February is the time to start planning your 2007 vacation. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner there are many romantic weekend getaways from coast to coast and it isn’t too late to reserve a special getaway.

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In this issue we set sail for St. John's, the remote capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. Then we zip all the way over to the West Coast, to Salt Spring Island (another great location for short getaways if you live in BC). With winter drawing to a close we take one last look at a Canadian Winterfest, this time the Children’s Winterfest in Charlottetown.

In this issue:

Set Sail for St. John's, Newfoundland

Salt Spring Island

Charlottetown’s Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest

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Set Sail for St. John's, Newfoundland

By Arlie MacGregor, Trail Canada

Canada's youngest province has been the site of some of North America's oldest European settlements. Isolated and remote seaside villages have preserved cultures and customs distinctly unique from her Maritime neighbours. A trip to the capital, St. John's, is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, in what this beautiful province has to offer.

Historical Points of Interest:
On the eastern tip of Canada stands the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland, at the Cape Spear National Historic Site of Canada. Fully restored to reflect the life of a light keeper during the 1800's, it also has visitor centre, gift shop and art gallery. Military buffs will enjoy a visit to Cabot Tower on Signal Hill. Used as a defence point until the Second World War, it was also the site of the first transatlantic wireless telegraph signal. The Signal Hill Tattoo brings history to life with its period costumed military drills. Quidi Vidi Battery gives another view of historical military life at this restored outpost. Wine enthusiasts will appreciate a stop at the Newman Wine Vaults, where port was shipped from England to mature in cellars. Music lovers, on the other hand, will gain some insight from the "History of Music Display" at Memorial University School of Music.

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Salt Spring Island

By Siena Anstis, Trail Canada

If you are looking for rest and relaxation between arduous West Coast trail hikes and bar hopping in glittery Vancouver, Salt Spring Island offers any traveller the perfect refreshment.

Salt Spring is the liveliest of the Gulf Islands, which spot the strait between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The Island itself is easy to access, from Vancouver, just hop on a direct ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and from Victoria grab a direct ferry from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

If arriving from Victoria, you will dock into Fulford Harbor, Saltspring’s hippie central. Salt Spring is world-renown for its natural-hippie products, clean soaps and vegan organic food: Fulford Harbour gave birth to these healthy and healing creations.

…And by Harbour, Fulford is a small gathering of cafes, with a small one-ferry dock, communal docks for private boats, a second hand store also selling natural India-imported cloths, clothes stores with funky hats and a jewellery store selling glass beads and random trinkets.

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Jasper National Park, Alberta

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Charlottetown’s Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest

By Wendy Bradley Reynolds, Trail Canada
Jack Frost…that elfish character, who is said to leave crystal patterns on windows on cold days, is the perfect celebrity to lend his name to Prince Edward Island’s third annual winter festival. This event, the Jack Frost Children's WinterFest, kicks into gear on February 16-18, 2007. As the largest winter festival east of Quebec City, the celebration attracts Islanders and visitors to the capital city in droves, for what has proven to be a delightful, fun-filled time. This year will be no exception, with new venues promising even more adventures for all age groups.

Aliant Snow Kingdom

Joining Jack this year, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of The Cat in the Hat, is the imagination of Dr. Seuss, himself! The Canadian Snow Sculpting Team will recreate Charlottetown’s Victoria Park into Seussville, a village based on the wacky locales of Dr. Seuss’ books, using 70 tons of compacted snow! Completing this Snow Kingdom is the TechnoMedia Snow Maze, with over 700 feet of walls, and the Cat Sled Ride where one can ride a150 foot long sled run! Be sure to observe the snow and ice sculpting demonstrations leading up to the Atlantic Snow Sculpting Championship, where you get to vote for your favourite team. Also, do not miss the chance to ride around Seussville in one of the horse and sleigh rides.

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That's all for now!

See you on the trail,

James Shearer
Trail Canada Editor

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