Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta


Just in time for the holidays!

With great deals still available in Whistler this month we take a look at accommodations and activities in Canada's future home of the Winter Olympics.

If you thought that Canada was frozen solid 6 months of the year, you will be surprised to know that Canada is actually a very popular golf destination - even in the winter months! With the mild climate of Southern British Columbia and early thaws often seen in different parts of the country you might want to keep your clubs on hand for a little bit longer.

We have a new guide to golf in Canada with some suggested courses, itineraries and more.

Issue 25 : December 2007

Our Articles and Stories

» Whistler - Accommodations, Skiing and More

Whistler Resort is critically acclaimed as North America’s best four-season resort. The Resort is well known for skiing and snowboarding on the twin giants, Whistler Blackcomb Mountains. Continue reading » »

» Golf - Canada, land of the tee

By Ian Cruickshank

The driving range at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is skyscraper high, 300 m above the banks of the mighty St. Lawrence River. At this height, even the mis-hits soar like helium balloons. Seemingly snipped free from the pull of gravity, they float, rising above the tops of the red maples and white birches, finally disappearing into the watery blue horizon. Far below, a pod of 500 beluga whales that lives year-round off the edge of the resort patrols the banks of the river, the whales filling their deep bellies with white fish. Continue reading and visit our golf guide » »

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Destination Spotlight

What's in our guide to Banff :

Banff, Alberta

Banff food scene goes off

By Michelle Pentz Glave Canadian Tourism Commission

Ryan Rivard puts passion on the plate at The Bison.

Ryan and Camilla Rivard’s baby is one year old. It’s not the bouncing, bundled kind, though. The couple’s dear one is a bison. Or, to be more specific, The Bison Mountain Bistro and General Store, a white hot restaurant and gourmet grocery named after two 6,000-year-old skulls discovered on the site during excavation. Set in cowtown gone glam Banff, AB, the 74-seat eatery is clearly a labour of love, and you can taste the passion in every bite.

“Banff is finally growing up as far as cuisine goes,” says Rivard, a former chef and cheesemonger. “It’s hard to do local, but it’s getting easier.”

That may be because the Bison’s continental divide coordinates allow Rivard to pluck the best comestibles from both the Pacific and the Prairies—such as Alberta beef, charcuterie and extra virgin canola oil, British Columbia hedgehog mushrooms and Saskatchewan bison. In the general store, which channels epicurean goodies à la Dean and Deluca, you’ll find Denman Island (BC) chocolates, Raincoast Crisps, house grainy mustard and smoked tomato ketchup, bison jerky, BC fireweed honey, dried cherries and Okanagan pears, duck liver paté, Kicking Horse Coffee, plus a gleaming counter packed with specialty cheeses along the lines of Sylvan Star’s Grizzly Gouda—a dry, rich, naturally hickory smoked, 14 month old stunner.

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From the Editors Desk

Happy Holidays everyone.
See you again in the New Year...

Best wishes,


Did you know...

  • Vancouver and Whistler will be the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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