Nicole Feenstra is the National Online Travel Editor for Sun Media and Canoe.ca. Some of her favourite all-time travel destinations include Chicago, New York City, Dublin, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic.
Have you ever driven across the border to an American airport to catch your flight? According to new data from New York state’s Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 2 million Canadians did just that from Buffalo alone when vacationing last year.
Drawn by a trio of cost-and-time saving benefits, Canadians have decided that an extra hour spent driving to the airport is well worth it. By crossing the border, travellers avoid ever increasing airport taxes and fees, save by booking domestic U.S. fares and go through customs and immigration at a land crossing instead of at the airport.
“Southern Ontarians have to bear some of the highest travel costs in the country,” Pascal Cohen, senior manager of marketing & aviation business development at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, said in a statement. “We are here to offer an attractive alternative for travellers to save on their travel by flying from across the border.”
Using fare pricing from Travelocity.com, the Buffalo Airport estimates a family of four will save more than $500 by flying to Orlando, Fla. from Buffalo instead of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Rates for parking are also about $20 cheaper per week in Buffalo.
“We are rolling out the red carpet to Canadians to experience all of the benefits of flying from Buffalo,” said Cohen. “Once they do, we know we will see them again.”
Fee comparison example for a party of four, flying roundtrip to Orlando in February 2015 (Tuesday to Tuesday). Includes first checked in bag per traveller and parking for one week in lowest priced discount lot. Average of lowest available airfares inclusive of taxes per Travelocity.com.
Think of Chile and visions of a long country – 4,300 km in length to be exact – with fantastic wine, UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Easter Island and Valparaiso, and delicious seafood come to mind. But at a Tourism Chile event at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, I discovered Chile offers much more – from skiing to whale watching, magical caves to relaxing spas and retreats. To learn more about travel to Chile, visit chile.travel.
The leaves are falling off the trees and Halloween costumes are being prepared, but Canadians can experience an entirely different fall celebration during Mexico’s Day of the Dead – or Dia de los Muertos – Festival of Life and Death.
The three day festival from Oct. 31 to Nov.2 is a time for Mexicans to remember and honour loved ones who have passed away. Traditions include building colourful altars to the dead, designing sugar skulls, baking sweet breads and creating candles or paper decorations.
Velas Resorts in the Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Vallarta want to share these traditions with Canadian visitors with travel packages that include unique Day of the Dead experiences. Take a trip to a cemetery to smell the scents of incense on the altars, savour the food of the feast for the souls and witness ancient rituals that culminate in pulsating drums and hypnotic dances.
Rates range from $167 per person, per night for a studio suite at the Velas Vallarta to $613 per person, per night at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s grand class suite. For more details, visit velasresorts.com.
Earlier this year, Florida’s Westin Cape Coral shared their take on a Canadian classic – poutine – with three interesting recipes incorporating a Florida twist. Now, the executive chef shared another take on one of our national dishes with the festive turkey cranberry poutine.
Turkey cranberry poutine – Courtesy Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village · 5 oz. French Fries · 4 oz. Cheese curd · 3 oz. Gravy · 4 oz. Oven roasted turkey (sliced thin) · 1 oz. Mayonnaise · 0.5 oz. Cranberry sauce Preparation Instructions: 1. Mix mayonnaise and cranberry sauce together in a bowl, set aside 2. Deep fry French fries in oil preheated to 350 degrees. 3. When French fries are finished, remove from oil and let drain. 4. Once drained place French fries onto plate. 5. Top French fries with sliced turkey. 6. Sprinkle French fries and turkey with cheese curd. 7. Spoon French fries, turkey and cheese curd with gravy. 8. Drizzle with cranberry mayo and serve.
The InterContinental Toronto Centre’s Azure Restaurant and Bar, meanwhile, is planning a full Thanksgiving menu for the occasion, but chef Grace Di Fede has made the recipes easy for any family to make at home. Below, we’re sharing the recipe for the maple-glazed turkey and yummy pumpkin cheesecake.
Happy Thanksgiving and eat well!
Maple Bourbon Glazed Ontario Turkey – Courtesy InterContinental Toronto Centre
A new survey has revealed more Canadians plan to travel this winter and we are headed to sunny-south locales with the possibility of skinny dipping in the forecast.
The national survey by the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada shows 36% more Canadians plan to travel this winter over last. Residents of Ontario (36%) and Quebec (48%) were most eager to escape the cold winter temperatures, while residents of milder British Columbia (24%) were least likely.
Of those planning to travel, 70% are headed to sunny south destinations, with 17% admitting they have gone nude on holiday. Twenty per cent of Ontario residents say they have skinny dipped on vacation, followed by 18% of Quebec travellers, 15% of British Columbians and 13% of Maritimers.