Frommer's Far & Wide: A Weekly Guide to Canada's Best Travel Experiences


Far & Wide recommends the top Canadian travel experience for each week of the year, along with corresponding suggestions that will appeal to travellers of every stripe:

  • Adventure: Hurtle down a bobsleigh track at 120 km/h or surf at the country's best beaches
  • Culture & History: Learn how to make traditional Inuit crafts or hunt for 300-million-year-old fossils
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Far & Wide recommends the top Canadian travel experience for each week of the year, along with corresponding suggestions that will appeal to travellers of every stripe:

  • Adventure: Hurtle down a bobsleigh track at 120 km/h or surf at the country's best beaches
  • Culture & History: Learn how to make traditional Inuit crafts or hunt for 300-million-year-old fossils
  • Nature: Search for the elusive white spirit bear or canoe along spectacular glacial lakes
  • Events & Festivals: Dance in the streets to Caribbean beats or cheer on competitors at a traditional Highland Games
  • Quirky Canada: Bet on miniature horse races or watch competitors paddle giant pumpkins across a lake
  • Relaxation & Rejuvenation: Savour dazzling meals at the country's top restaurants or soak in outdoor hot springs amid spectacular scenery

Sprinkled throughout are events that could only happen in Canada, famous Canadians revealing their favourite getaway spots and highlights of prominent Canadian historical achievements and events, all complemented by stunning images that take you inside these one-of-a-kind experiences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118091685
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucas Aykroyd is a Vancouverbased writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Westworld, Where Vancouver, Western Living, and The Georgia Straight. He serves as a director on the B.C. board of the Travel Media Association of Canada. Above and beyond the travel beat, he covers the Olympic Games, World Hockey Championships, and National Hockey League for He wrote the majority of the British Columbia entries for this book.

Pamela Cuthbert, author of Frommer’s Toronto, is a food and travel writer and editor. Her work is published in Maclean's, Saveur, The Edible City, Slow Food Almanac, and elsewhere. She wrote the Ontario top pick entries for this book.

Jillian Dickens has spent the last six years living, working, and playing in Nunavut. First as a news reporter, then in tourism development, now writing about the territory from her home base in Toronto. A tourism PR specialist moonlighting as a travel writer, Jillian has published her work in the Globe and Mail, Mercedes-Benz Magazine, and Up! Magazine. She is also a contributor to Frommer's Canada and wrote the Nunavut entries for this book.

During her Canadian travels Chloë Ernst has skied on the slopes overlooking her Vancouver home, boated on Montréal's Lachine Canal, and learned P.E.I. fiddle tunes. A freelance journalist, she has written guidebooks, articles, and blog posts, including contributions to Frommer's Best Hiking in British Columbia and Frommer's Vancouver & Victoria. Chloë thanks those who shared their travel tips and vacation memories for this book. Read more about her journeys at She wrote the My Favourite Places, It Happened This Week, and Canadian Moments sections of this book.

Patricia Gajo was born and raised in Toronto, educated in Vancouver (where she majored in linguistics at the University of British Columbia), and now works and plays in Montréal. In between gigs as Montréal editor at FASHION magazine, lifestyle writer at Sid Lee (The Montréal Buzz for Tourisme Montréal), and content editor of Cadillac Fairview's nationwide the Experience eMagazine, Patricia also freelances as a travel writer and media consultant. Things she finds hard to resist include: champagne, foie gras, cashmere, and romantic comedies—preferably all at once. Visit her website at She is the author of Frommer's Montréal & Québec City and wrote the Québec entries for this book.

Andrew Hempstead has been a full-time travel writer for 20 years. He has authored and co-authored more than 60 guidebooks to all regions of Canada, as well as to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Hempstead is also co-owner of Summerthought Publishing, which produces non-fiction books about the Canadian Rockies. He lives in Banff, Alberta, with his wife and children. He is the author of Frommer's Newfoundland & Labrador and a contributor to Frommer's Canada; for this book he wrote entries covering Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and eastern British Columbia.

Hélèna Katz is an award-winning travel writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in many publications including Up Here, Explore, the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, Canadian Geographic, Homemakers, and Above & Beyond. She is also the author of four books: The Mad Trapper, Gang Wars, Cold Cases, and Justice Miscarried: Inside Wrongful Convictions in Canada. She was raised in Montréal but now calls the North home. She lives in Fort Smith, adjacent to Wood Buffalo National Park, with her partner, their two dogs, a cat, a llama, and the only alpaca herd in the Northwest Territories. Hélèna wrote the Yukon and Northwest Territories entries for this book.

Denis Seguin is an award-winning freelance journalist and filmmaker based in Toronto. His writing has been published in magazines and newspapers around the world and on-line. He wrote many of the Ontario entries for this book.

Julie V. Watson is a prolific writer based in Prince Edward Island with 28 books and numerous articles to her credit. Her writing focuses on Canada's Maritime provinces, travel, food, lifestyles, seniors, and entrepreneurship. Julie and her husband travel extensively in the family RV where Julie writes along the way. The award-winning writer shares her passion for writing, POD publishing, and scrapbooking through workshops across Canada, working with her son—Vancouver photographer John Watson. She is the author of Frommer's Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island and she wrote the entries on those provinces for this book.

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Table of Contents


Week 1: Start the New Year Atop Eastern Canada's Highest Peak 2

Week 2: Volunteer to Help Pick Icewine Grapes 8

Week 3: Skate the Rideau Canal 14

Week 4: Celebrate Chinese New Year in Vancouver and Victoria 20


Week 1: Hunt for Bonhomme at Le Carnaval de Québec 28

Week 2: Participate in the World Pond Hockey Championship 34

Week 3: Relive the Olympic Winter Games 40

Week 4: Pursue Art and Adventure at La Nuit Blanche 46


Week 1: Drive the Ice Road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk 54

Week 2: Witness the Breathtaking Power of a Pacific Storm 60

Week 3: Welcome the First Day of Spring in Stanley Park 66

Week 4: Get a Taste of Spring at a Countryside Sugar Shack 72


Week 1: Catch a Cirque du Soleil World Premiere 80

Week 2: Head North for Toonik Tyme 86

Week 3: Take In the Vancouver Sun Run 92

Week 4: Enjoy Spring Skiing at Sunshine Village 98


Week 1: Raise Your Glass High on an Okanagan Wine Tour 106

Week 2: Take In World-Class Theatre in a Postcard-Perfect Town 112

Week 3: Tour the Bucolic Gulf Islands 118

Week 4: Drive the Spectacular Icefields Parkway 124


Week 1: Watch the Abundant Wildlife of Prince Albert National Park 132

Week 2: Search for Icebergs in Newfoundland and Labrador 138

Week 3: Spend National Aboriginal Day Delving into First Nations Culture 144

Week 4: Soak Up the Sounds of the World's Biggest Jazz Festival 150


Week 1: Celebrate Canada Day in the Nation's Capital 158

Week 2: Join the Party at the Calgary Stampede 164

Week 3: Paddle the Nahanni River 170

Week 4: Play amidst the World's Highest Tides 176


Week 1: Join the Week-Long Party Surrounding the Royal St. John's Regatta 184

Week 2: See the Full Majesty of the Night Sky 190

Week 3: Go Camping and Canoeing in the Ontario Wilderness 196

Week 4: Search for the Giants of the Deep 202


Week 1: Immerse Yourself in Hollywood North 210

Week 2: Play Golf’s Undiscovered Gem 216

Week 3: Get Inspired at the Terry Fox Run 222

Week 4: Hike along Breathtaking Lake O'ara 228


Week 1: Visit Your Favourite NHL Team on Opening Night 236

Week 2: Drive the Cabot Trail 242

Week 3: Meet Your Favourite Author at the Country's Top Literary Event 248

Week 4: See Dozens of Polar Bears Up-Close 254


Week 1: Stay in One of Canada’s Historic Railway Hotels 262

Week 2: Pay Homage to the Fallen in the Nation's Capital 268

Week 3: Hunt Down Unique Holiday Gifts (and squeeze in some time for pampering) 274

Week 4: Hit the Slopes for the Opening of Ski Season on Vancouver's North Shore 280


Week 1: Take In Two of Canada's Top Cultural Showcases 288

Week 2: Celebrate the Perfect Small-Town Christmas 294

Week 3: Watch the Northern Lights 300

Week 4: Bring In the New Year at Montréal’s Biggest Party Spots 306

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