Happy Birthday Canada! Celebrating Canada's Travel Treasures

Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation on July 1, 2017.  Of the many celebrations, events and legacy builds taking place in Canada this year, one of our favorites is the free admission to Canada's National Parks and historic sites for the entire year. Parks Canada is inviting Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at national treasures from coast to coast to coast with free admission to all Parks Canada locations.  You can order your...

Top 5 Souvenirs from Canada

Among the many pleasures of travel is the opportunity to bring home mementos of your journeys, even doubling your pleasure by giving some to loved ones (and the dog sitter.)  It works the same in reverse; taking symbolic, beloved, or impossible-to-find-elsewhere local treats when you travel abroad to thank friends and hosts for their hospitality.  BestTrip.TV's producer/host Lynn Elmhirst is Canadian, and here is her list of her most-loved gifts she takes abroad, and recommends as souvenirs to people traveling...

Canada's Northwest Passage: An Epic Arctic Journey with Adventure Canada

Following a route less traveled in the footsteps of intrepid explorers and today's First Nations in one of the last frontiers: the Arctic. Story and Photographs by travel and sailing journalist Elizabeth Kerr Knowing that I was setting out on the same route that Franklin took in 1845 somewhat intimidated me. After all, he didn’t make it home. However, once aboard Adventure Canada’s Ocean Endeavor expedition ship surrounded by 110 like-minded adventurers, 30 experts in every field and a crew...

Why Canadian Gardens Rock

Not all of Canada's natural wonders are wilderness. Communities across Canada have cultivated oases of trees and greens, colorful flowers, fresh air and serenity in the heart of busy urban centers. Tara Nolan is a garden and travel writer, author of the best-selling book Raised Bed Revolution and co-owner of popular gardening website Savvy Gardening.  She shares her list of favorite Canadian gardens, from west to east. You don't have to be an avid gardener to appreciate Canada's public gardens. ...

Falling for Small-Batch Spirits in Niagara

Plan a trip to Ontario’s Niagara region, and your list may include the iconic Falls (top photo credit), world-class theater at the Shaw Festival, fine dining inspired by the region’s orchards, most definitely a wine tasting, especially Niagara's famous ice-wine. Visitors have another way to taste the fruit of those vines in a most unexpected way.   BestTrip.TV's Lynn Elmhirst Meets the Maker: Master Distiller Geoff Dillon. Local small-batch distiller Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22 is a true product of Niagara:...

Video: Fogo Island Inn: Daring Design meets Ancient Fishing Community

In colorful Newfoundland turn of phrase, you might say that Fogo Island is far away from far away.  The island is remote; only accessible by ferries and helicopter flights that defy dramatic weather and waves to drop visitors on a a rocky outpost in the North Atlantic that until recently was a centuries-old, declining fishing community.  This is not where you might expect to find a hotel that has won world-wide acclaim for its architecture, experience, social responsibility, and design....

Outdoor Active Travel in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver may be Canada's most famously 'outdoorsy' major city. Even in a city that drives Canada's vast Asia-Pacific business, athletic wear is more common than pinstripes!  Nature thrives right on the city's doorstep: a gorgeous, picturesque harbor and bay, snow-capped mountains surrounding the city, and breathtaking Stanley Park, one of the world's top urban green spaces. For vacationers and cruise travelers in Vancouver, outdoor activities top the list of things to do.  Even if you're traveling to Vancouver on business,...

The 'Height' of Luxury: Train and Stay in Peru's Andes

South America has its first luxury sleeper train. The Belmond Andean Explorer pioneers a new way to discover Peru on its two-night journeys at altitudes of up to 4,800 metres climbing in the Andes en route from Cusco to Arequipa. It's one of the world's highest rail routes, and you'll be glued to the large picture windows as the elegant carriages take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery on our planet.  Expect to see vast, uninterrupted views of...

The Bicycle's Big Birthday

This month marks a big milestone for the bicycle. We've had two hundred years of two-wheeled travel.  On June 12, 1817, German inventor Karl von Drais took a little ride on his new invention, the 'Laufsmaschine'. His first reported trip, from a castle courtyard in Mannheim to a coaching inn 5 miles away on Baden's best road, took a little over an hour – and changed travel forever. Reproducing Karl von Drais' First Ride.  Image courtesy of City of Mannheim...

MSC's 'Wonder' at Sea

There's a new Wonder at Sea.  The MSC Meraviglia.  If your language skills are rusty, that's Italian for 'wonder', and this European cruise line's new flagship is a wondrous destination at sea for five thousand guests. The MSC Meraviglia is the biggest ship to be built by a European ship owner, and also the biggest cruise ship to come into service in 2017. The 13th addition to the MSC Cruises fleet brought wonder to the northern French port of Le...

Video: Cycling Tour of 'One of the Best Cycling Destinations in the World'

Sometimes we think that the best travel experiences can only be found in distant, exotic destinations. And they're waiting for you right in your back yard.  Kieran Andrews of Wild Rock Outfitters leads cycling tours in some of the most famous and storied locations in the world.   But when BestTrip.TV's Ryan McElroy asked him about one of his favorite places to cycle, it was at home in Canada in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.  In this BestTrip.TV video, Kieran takes Ryan...

Grocery Delivery Program makes Hotels more like Home... or an Apartment Rental

Imagine a knock on your hotel door. Instead of a voice saying 'Room Service', you hear: 'Grocery Delivery'. Long stays at hotels just got better for families, business road warriors, and anyone who wants the health, comfort, choice, and even cost benefits of cooking in your hotel rather than relying entirely on restaurants or wasting time trying to find a grocery store in an unfamiliar city. According to research done by Hawthorn Suites, Wyndham Hotels' extended stay hotels, 2/3rds of...

Face to Face with the World's Largest Solid Gold Buddha

Most of the time, breaking an historic religious icon does not turn out well. But when workers moving a large and very old but otherwise unremarkable plaster statue of Buddha in Bangkok in 1955 dropped their load, they got lucky. The accident revealed an amazing secret: the plaster with modest inlaid glass decoration was a decoy shell concealing the world's largest solid gold Buddha. By Lynn Elmhirst, Producer/ Host, BestTrip.TV Hidden in Plain Sight The design of the Buddha suggests...

Grand Sunset princess

   The Grand Sunset princess you have to travel here!!!!  The hotel has a total of 676 well-appointed guest rooms that are categorized into several distinct classes including Junior Suites, Delightful Villas, Platinum Suite, Junior Suite Deluxe and Junior Suite Deluxe Pool. If your ‘happy dreams’ include living like a king, at the Grand Sunset Princess this dream will come true. For your dining needs, you have the option of going to any of the 7 theme restaurants at the...

Uncover the History Behind Cancun

The name Cancun is derived from the Mayan name 'Kaan kun'. Linguistic scholars have different translations of the name. Some like to think it means 'nest of snakes' while others think it as 'place of the golden snake'. Whichever translation that takes your fancy, one thing about Cancun holds true - there are very few places on earth that can rival Cancun in attracting tourists.

Three Local Restaurants You Must Check Out in Cancun

Cancun is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. It boasts warm weather, high waves that are suitable for surfing and white sand beaches with beautiful palm trees. If you don’t have an idea of what paradise looks like, visit Cancun and see your idea become a reality.

40 Years Later: Where is the 'Hotel California'?

It's one of the most loved travel songs of all time.  And February 26th marked the 40th anniversary of the Eagles' Hotel California.  It really was forty years ago, in 1977, the band's most popular song was released as a single from the Eagles' album of the same name, and entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Hotel California quickly won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978.  But it also became a cultural icon for generations since. ...

BestTrip.TV Travel Video: Juice Fasting Resort in Costa Rica

Is health and weight loss at the top of your resolutions this year? Did you also resolve to travel more?  What if you could marry your two goals?  Travel to a dream destination AND come home healthier? Foodie BestTrip.TV travel video host Lynn Elmhirst trades in cocktails and cuisine for a juice fast at an extreme wellness, weight loss and fitness retreat in Costa Rica. Every year, I make, like everyone else, New Year’s Resolutions. This year I wanted to...

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