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Spring Skiing and Lots More

This year has seen lingering freezing temperatures and plenty of snow. Frustrating for most, but 2014 will have an extended spring ski season, so why not make your warm weather plans while you're riding the chairlift.

Canada Travel Spotlight10

Be Cautious of Ontario's Soggy Spring Conditions

Tuesday April 15, 2014
In the last year, I have started going down stairs like an old lady: clutching the rail, sideways, one stair at a time. Nothing has particularly changed about my ability to negotiate a flight of stairs, but I have had a mental shift in my willingness to take risks of any sort.

So on this morning's walk through our hilly, mucky back woods, I was particularly cautious of the wet slopes and camouflaged obstacles ready to take this middle-aged body down.

Despite utter mindfulness to the hazardous conditions, down I went.

I am relatively unscathed, but others have not been so lucky. Police in several municipalities in Ontario can tell you stories of people acting non-nonchalantly around steep banks and waterfalls and suffering falls. One woman lost her footing at Tews Falls, which is 41 meters high, in Hamilton. Firefighters took 45 minutes to get to her. Amazingly, she endured only a broken ankle.

After heavy snowfall this winter and significant rain in the last week, Ontario trails can be treacherous. So, take care. If you walk like an old lady now, you have a better chance of becoming one.

Do You Like To Go Where Tourists Don't?

Monday March 31, 2014
The touristy spots of Quebec City are really what everyone comes to see. Old Town Quebec is touristy for a good reason - it's gorgeous and unlike anything else in North America. However, Old Quebec can overshadow some other interesting neighbourhoods that are worth visiting.

The Saint Roch area - about a 15/20 minute walk from Old Quebec - is trendy and still growing with many excellent restaurants and shops appealing especially to Gen X and Gen Y crowds. Think along the lines of Gastown in Vancouver or Queen Street West in Toronto.

In addition, more affordable hotels are located in Saint Roch, including TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR, which was refurbished in 2011 and today evokes clean, minimalist chic at rates more affordable comparable hotels in Old Town.

Photo is of view of Saint Roch Church from TRYP Quebec Hotel Pur guestroom.

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10 Things to Know about Toronto Pearson International Airport

Monday March 31, 2014
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is Canada's biggest and busiest airport. Though it may have status by the number of passengers it hosts, in terms of amenities, this airport hub tends to fall short. However the airport has been upgrading constantly throughout the 2000's and 2015 will usher in a shiny renovation complete with improved dining options and expedited passenger and baggage processing.

In the meantime, here are some of the things to watch out for and ways to make your time at Pearson as painless as possible: 10 Things You Should Know About Flying In & Out of Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Visiting Canada in April

Sunday March 30, 2014
Winter finally seems to be melting away in southern Ontario, so the idea of planning some outdoorsy, springtime activity is on my mind.

April is a great time to travel in Canada as warmer weather has arrived but not the peak-season travel costs of summer. Check out Travelzoo for deals to spring ski destinations (which are enjoying a long 2014 season) or tap into a maple-inspired meal at one of the hundreds of sugar shacks open in early spring around Ontario or Quebec. Toronto streets are brimming with action with the arrival of spring temps.

Treat yourself to an urban experience of shopping and theatre and stay at any one of a number of downtown Toronto hotels. Deals abound.

Photo of Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver Connie Coleman / Getty Images

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