STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

“We’re almost at the top!” I exclaimed out loud — more so to motivate myself than my dad who appeared to be effortlessly leaping up the top of the Giant trail, whereas my legs felt like I had bricks strapped to my shoes with each step upwards. Standing on the shores of the Thunder Bay marina, it’s easy to make out the outline of the Sleeping Giant in the distance, but the sheer magnitude of the natural landmark truly comes to life when you’re faced with climbing some of the tallest cliffs in Ontario. According to an old Ojibway legend, the giant is Nanabijou, who was turned to stone when the secret location of a nearby silver mine was revealed to greedy white men. Today’s mission, climbing to the top of the mesa to reach the Giant’s knees, is no small task — the trail is 22.4 km round trip — but as I get a bird’s-eye vantage of Lake Superior shimmering in Caribbean-like hues between a dramatic gorge from nearly 1,000 feet below, I get the overwhelming sense that every single step of the elevation gain was worth it. Out of hundreds of kilometres of trails found in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, this is the view that continues to draw people in from far and wide. Howling winds on a crisp November morning mean we don’t linger too long, but I know that this shared experience will stay with us for much longer. The following afternoon, I’ve come full-circle settling in for a rewarding flight of beer in the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company’s taproom next to a wall lined with an assortment of beer bottles from around the world. The craft brewery utilizes locally-sourced fresh water from Lake Superior and malt from Canada Malting Co. to create its flavourful beers. For anyone looking for inspiration for their next great post-pandemic road trip, Thunder Bay, should be a top contender. While people often drive through the city on the way out West, it’s worth more than just a stopover.

WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN
The impressive landscapes in the region are what first drew the legendary Group of Seven to the north shore of Lake Superior nearly 100 years ago. Today, some of the places that inspired the iconic artists can be discovered along a new self-drive route that traces the places and scenery that inspired their paintings. “Having experienced the rugged beauty of Algoma from 1918 to 1921, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson decided to push further on to the north shore of Lake Superior in the fall of 1921,” explains Art Historian and Artist Michael Burtch. “From revelling in the riot of autumn colour on Superior’s east side to meditating on the broad mystical expanse of sky and inland sea on the north shore, Harris and Jackson, along with many other members of the Group of Seven, continued their annual painting expeditions to the region until 1928, and there produced many of their most iconic works, including Harris’ celebrated ‘North Shore, Lake Superior’ in 1926.” The Group is renowned for paintings that are inspired by the Canadian landscape, and initiated the first major Canadian national art movement. “Driving the route today from Marathon to Thunder Bay, the breathtaking beauty of the many vistas over the lake make it easy to understand the Group’s fascination with the region,” says Burtch. “The constantly shifting moods of the lake, the dramatic sky and the towering, majestic landscape make the north shore one of the most scenic areas in Canada.”

NORTHERN DELIGHTS
While it may be the scenery that attracts travellers to this part of the country, there are no shortage of delicious things to taste while here. One local delight is the Persian, a pastry that the owner of Bennett’s Bakery and The Persian Man says can best be described as a rich cinnamon bun with an incredible icing topping. “This pastry has been a staple in Thunder Bay since the 1940s and has grown from there,” says Danny Nucci. “People that have lived here and moved away, have not forgotten [Persians]. They phone our office wanting us to ship Persians to them. We have shipped them all over the country.” On the average, the bakeries produce 100 dozen Persians a day from a secret recipe. The story goes that the treat was meant to be named after General Pershing of the First World War. Despite the wrongful spelling, the name stuck, and it indeed has nothing to do with the Middle East. Another must-try is Heartbeat Hot Sauce Co., a local business that started off as a hobby and quickly developed into a full-fledged small batch hot sauce production company. These also make for a great gift to bring back for friends and family back home. Finally, a notable option for those seeking a meal out on the town is Tomlin restaurant, which works alongside local producers to create seasonal family-style sharing plates. At the beginning of the pandemic, the restaurant got a plug from Brian Baumgartner, the actor who played Kevin Malone on The Office.

 

IF YOU GO…

A WALK IN THE PARK

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, which was founded in 1944 as Sibley Provincial Park, has 200 campsites at the Marie Louise Lake Campground suitable for tents and RVs that make a great home base for embarking on hikes. The Park is also home to five full-service cabins that can be rented for a minimum of two nights that are available year-round. Advanced reservations are recommended, especially during prime summer season. For those seeking a shorter alternative to the Top of the Giant trail, which provides spectacular views of Lake Superior and the surrounding area, consider the Sean Lion trail, a 2.4km round trip from the parking lot to a unique geological feature that got its name for resembling a sea lion.

CHASE WATERFALLS

While the 40-metre-high Kakabeka Falls are the most wellknown waterfalls in the region and mark the second highest in Ontario, don’t miss out on the adjacent Little Falls, while visiting the Provincial Park. Those seeking a lesser-known spot to discover should head over to Silver Falls Provincial Park, which is known for its Holocene-era features. For the opportunity to stand behind a waterfall, visit Wolf River Falls.

DO IT FOR THE ‘GRAM
Situated on the north shore of Lake Superior near Nipigon — about 100km from Thunder Bay — Ruby Lake Provincial Park is a non-operating park that is like discovering a hidden gem. The trail offers multiple stunning viewpoints overlooking the lake and Lake Superior from steep cliffs. Another surefire bet is the Kama Cliffs trail, which also offers sweeping views of the surrounding area.

Story and photos by ANN RUPPENSTEIN

KOREA in CONTRAST

Old meets new in Korea, a country of contrasts. With more than 5,000 years of ancient history, expect to be transported with the country’s time-honoured, sophisticated traditions and, at the same time, charmed by the unabashed enthusiasm for trendiness and the rise of K-culture.
 
Located in Northeast Asia, the Korean peninsula is surrounded by water on three sides and comprised of 70% mountainous terrain, making South Korea the ultimate destination for outdoor adventures and sightseeing. In contrast, Seoul, the capital and heartbeat of the country, is a worldclass city known for its safety, cleanliness, culture, and cuisine. Korea also boasts 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto in Gyeongju; Jongmyo Shrine, Changdeokgung Palace, and Royal Tombs of Joseon kings in Seoul; to Hahoe Village in Andong; and Yangdong Village in Gyeongju. This rich history, culture, and geographic diversity combine to attract travellers from all over the world, with approximately 17.5 million foreign tourists visiting Korea annually. On this journey, delve deeper into the intricacies of Korean cuisine where seasonal ingredients plus exciting preparations equal a new world of flavours and the allure of traditional hanoks, or guesthouses, offer perfect calm and luxurious amenities for tired travellers. See for yourself that Korea is quickly becoming an epicentre of attention for the world’s tourists, who are increasingly drawn to this special country where the past, present and future are found side by side.
 
WELCOME TO SEOUL 
Naturally, the best place to start when visiting Korea is Seoul. It was Yi Seong-gye, the first king and founder of the Joseon Dynasty, who established modern-day Seoul as the capital city. The royal palace and shrines were erected first, and then a protective fortress connecting Bugaksan, Inwangsan, Namsan, and Naksan Mountains were built. Today, the city provides intriguing contrasts between the ancient and modern. Cities in Europe tend to separate the old from the new, but in Seoul, pre-modern structures and contemporary buildings stand shoulder to shoulder to create a unique cityscape.
 
CITY HIGHLIGHTS 
Shopping enthusiasts should consider a visit to the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market, which appears at night and vanishes by sunrise. The market runs each year from April to October at Yeouido Hangang River Park, Banpo Hangang River Park, DDP, and Cheongyecheon Stream. History buffs can delve into Korea’s long history at The National Museum of Korea (museum.go.kr) which has more than 300,000 artifacts on display, meanwhile art enthusiasts will be in their element at The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (mmca.go.kr). Korea House (koreahouse.or.kr) is a cultural space originally built as a guesthouse in the 1950s and later opened to the public. A variety of initiatives here promote Korean culture, including traditional cuisine and cooking courses, traditional weddings, and performances. Take in a concert of traditional Korean music or an exhibit of traditional instruments and audio/visual materials at The National Gugak Center (gugak.go.kr). The Jeongdong Theater (jeongdong.or.kr) is the first of its kind in Korea to embrace the spirit of Wongaksa Temple on stage and now leads the way in refining repertoire based on traditional subjects. Other programs like the Stonewall Project outdoor theatre series and Art Garden in Lunch Time aim to bring healing through arts for office workers.
 
BEYOND SEOUL
Get out of the city to enjoy Korea’s beautiful natural landscapes across the country. High in the east and low in the west, there are several impressive mountains, such as Mount Seoraksan. Small islands dot the southern sea coast, one of which being Hwasanseom Island that exemplifies the dazzling beauty of Jejudo Island. Each of Korea’s four seasons features a different charm. In particular, spring is a time of luscious flower fields and autumn is a time to take in gorgeous foliage across the country.
 
COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS 
Go island-hopping in Korea! Jejudo is the stunningly scenic southern island of the nation. Here, visit the village of Hado (seantour.com/village/hado) to experience the history of the island’s maritime culture and meet the women who dive into the ocean and collect goods without oxygen tanks. Tokki Island, which was designated a natural monument, presents the Hado-ri Migratory Birds’ Habitat, and the Haenyeo Museum. In 1972, on the southern end of the Imjingang River, a tall pavilion called Imjingak was built for displaced people. When the Nuri Peace Park was finished in 2005, Imjingak became a symbol of reconciliation, harmony, peace, hope, and unification. On weekends, various cultural arts programs are held at the park, and there are many sculptures and other sights to see. Taekwondo has gained international fame as the representative martial arts form from Korea. The Taekwondowon in Muju, Jeollabuk-do Province operates the Taekwondo Museum and Experience Center, Taekwondo Arena T1, and overnight stay facilities. The museum houses over 5,000 relics related to taekwondo (tkdwon.kr).
 
TRADITIONALLY ACCOMMODATING
Hanoks are the preferred stay for visitors wanting a particularly traditional Korean lodging experience. These recognizable square or L-shaped dwellings often centre around a courtyard and are constructed and decorated with sustainable materials like clay, bamboo, timber, paper, and tiles. With great attention to detail, many hanoks have been lovingly restored and thoroughly modernized across Korea, offering guests luxurious amenities and historic charm.
 
NAMWON YECHON
The restoration of Namwon Yechon, unveiled in summer 2016, followed traditional architecture methods like lacquering and used traditional materials like red clay, bamboo, and seaweed. The result is 22 finely appointed guest rooms, each fitted with a large window or loft with a spectacular view. Enjoy traditional craft programs in the common area like hanji fan making, rubber shoe making, and hanji pocket mirror making. For an instagram-worthy memory, dress in traditional Korean clothing by designer Hwang I-seul and take photos in Experience Hall. Guests also receive a medallion at check-in, which can be used for free admission to the Chunhyang Theme Park and Gwanghallu Pavilion. (namwonyechon.com)
 
GYEONGWONJAE AMBASSADOR INCHEON
Hanok hotel Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Incheon is located at Central Park in Songdo, Incheon. Guest rooms embody the elegance of a hanok and the conveniences of a modern hotel. Soft light filters through paper windows, the bed is positioned under exposed rafters, and each room is outfitted with a luxurious cypress wooden bathtub. The banquet hall or Gyeongwollu is a two-storied pavilion. Crested eaves contrast with the modern building jungle skyline. Guests can enjoy a number of à la carte dishes and traditional royalty multi-course meals at the renowned hotel restaurant, Sura. (gyeongwonjae.com)
 
RAKKOJAE
When the original house built in 1880 was in danger of being demolished, new owner, Jeong Yeong-jin, purchased the four surrounding hanoks to create one large residence, Rakkojae. Inspired to offer visitors an authentic traditional experience, but understanding the need to modernize, each room has been modified with private bathrooms and common areas like the pavilions, pond, and main halls have been carefully revived to retain their classical atmosphere. While staying here, guests can enjoy breakfast service, tea ceremony wares in each room, cooking classes, kimchi-making, plus the Korean-style sauna or jjimjilbang is a favourite among new guests. Though the hanoks stand in a square formation in the middle of bustling Seoul, Rakkojae signifies a “space of reverence for history and rest for the soul.” (rakkojae.com)
 
GURUME
Visitors to the Gurume hanok in Andong can watch talchum mask dance dramas and experience other aspects of traditional culture. Gurume is a traditional lodging facility that delivers the comforts of modern hospitality. Guests can experience Andong on this lush forest hillside without missing any contemporary conveniences. The 11 guest rooms offer private bathrooms, A/C, breakfast service, doorman service, and a wealth of information about attractions in the area. Enjoy seasonal food offerings at the café or take a leisurely stroll through the forest around the cultural complex. (gurume-andong.com)
 
CHI WOON JUNG
The Chi Woon Jung hanok stands as attractive as a traditional Korean painting in Bukchon. Each room is fitted with antique furnishings personally collected by the owner, including ceramics by Kim Dae-hoon, traditional Korean paper lanterns crafted by Jang Eung-bok, folding screens painted by Shim Sang-hoon, and fabric designed by textile designer Jang Eung-bok. There are only four guest rooms, each with a cypress wooden bathtub for ultimate relaxation. Guests are encouraged to request brief traditional Korean music performances or other cultural experiences during their stay. Programs for tea cake making, traditional sewing, and traditional Korean music performances are also offered. (chiwoonjung.com)
 
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD 

Foodies rejoice! Cooking is in its golden age in Korea. Chefs around the country are using traditional ingredients plus exciting preparations to equal a new world of flavours and a new generation of Korean cuisine. Naturally, many of the most notable dining experiences are in Seoul, but visitors will find great eateries everywhere they go.
 
KWON SOOK SOO
A modern analysis of traditional Korean-style fare, Kwon Sook Soo creates seasonal dishes with rare ingredients from all over the country. From 2017 to 2020, the restaurant has maintained two Michelin stars. From sauces to pastes to pickled fish, the restaurant is unleashing modern cuisine with a traditional essence. (kwonsooksoo.com)
 
GOTGAN
Located on the 50th floor of the Federation of Korean Industries building, Gotgan is a one-star Michelin restaurant that is part of a collective of restaurants with a “back to the land” philosophy of integrating agricultural practices into culinary art. Inspired by how people of the past used to eat, Gotgan chefs develop seasonal dishes that show off the best of nature with as little cooking and as few added flavours as possible. Chefs use only 50-year-old soy sauce, five year-old vinegar, and other fermented seasonings. The tableware and ambiance also live up to the elegance of the food for a full sensory experience. Reservations are required. (theskyfarm.co.kr)
 
BAEKSA
From noodles to fine dining, Baeksa is heaven for foodies. Chef Lee Jongkook has often been credited with giving new direction to Korean cuisine and once said, “I would not trade spring chives for meat,” suggesting that he uses seasonal ingredients to bring out authentic flavours. Slurp noodles on street level made of organic wheat and served with a main course and dessert. The third floor is where the chef himself prepares private dinners for VIPs.
 
SEOKPARANG
Seokpajeong has been transformed into one of the most stylish hanok restaurants in Seoul. Menu items include delicacies such as Daegu dumplings, fowls roasted with seven kinds of herbs, fresh fish, and steamed vegetables. Enjoy your meal overlooking the garden or climb up to the wooden staircase to see the entire premise at a glance. (seokparang.co.kr)
 
JINKWANSA TEMPLE
A culinary discovery tour of Asia includes a visit to Seoul’s Jinkwansa Temple, a temple famous for food. Here, visitors can taste the special recipes of the monks who cook with no artificial additives and only the freshest ingredients. There are five vegetables that are forbidden in Buddhist cuisine – garlic, green onion, chives, and wild chives – which keeps food from smelling pungent. There is also no meat used, and beans become a staple ingredient. But fear not fellow foodies, fermented soybean paste, Korean chili paste, and soy sauce make the dishes highly savoury. (jinkwansa.org)    

Story by IAN STALKER

ST. JOHN’S DAY & NIGHT

Day | Night

A city to steal your heart, St. John’s is small in size, but big in personality. There’s a photo-op on every corner – a bustling downtown core, side streets stacked with jellybean coloured row houses, Cabot Tower looming in the background, all set on the cusp of the windblown Atlantic ocean.

SUNRISE Start the day a short drive from the city at Cape Spear, the continent’s easternmost point, to see the sun rise before anyone else in North America. BRUNCH One of the best restaurants on the east coast, Mallard Cottage (mallardcottage.ca) is owned and operated by chef Todd Perrin. The brunch menu features mostly savoury plates, like the seasonal seafood quiche with dreamy, salty, crispy potato wedges. Splurge at the dessert table filled with cakes and breakfast pastries. Reservations recommended. STROLL Meander through downtown taking in the sights of the working harbour, imagining what’s inside the colourful row houses, and popping into cute shops, galleries, and cafés. Highlights include local favourite Rocket Bakery (rocketfood.ca) for coffee plus pastries; HOME on water street, a beautifully curated home decor shop; Le Boudoir Lingerie (leboudoirfit.com) featuring high-end swimwear and helpful sales staff; and the Newfoundland Chocolate Company (newfoundlandchocolatecompany.com) with local chocolate bars dressed in colourful row house wrappers. LUNCH Don’t be fooled by this modest east coast chain restaurant, Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca (piattopizzeria.com) is a stylish and friendly place doing Neapolitan pizza right. The “Stephanie” is a stand-out with a combination of goat cheese, prosciutto, caramelized pears, and balsamic glaze. Get the pizza and soup or salad lunch special for an absolute steal at only $14. HIKE Cabot Tower, atop Signal Hill, is the site of the first transatlantic transmission in 1901 and is a relatively easy 20-minute up-hill walk from downtown. Offering incredible city, harbour, and ocean views, there are a variety of longer trails available for eager hikers. At the foot of the hill, take a moment to reflect at the Terry Fox monument, where the 21-year-old embarked on his Marathon of Hope after dipping his artificial limb in the Atlantic ocean.

Day | Night

It’s the famous hospitality of the people of St. John’s who bring the city to life. From shouts of “sociable!” to roaring kitchen parties and twangy fiddle music, these are the sounds of Newfoundland at night.

LEARN Open late on Wednesdays and Fridays, early evening is a great time to explore The Rooms (therooms.ca) a public cultural space exploring the history, art, and traditions of Newfoundlanders. DINNER The Merchant Tavern (themerchanttavern.ca) features a tall-ceilinged, wood-panelled industrial dining room that exudes sophistication and warmth. From the menu try fresh catch and bistro classics, or the 5-course Chef’s Tasting Menu. If you’re looking for a little romance and a lot of refinement, find a reservation at Raymonds (raymonds restaurant.com). Elevated east coast cuisine in an elegant setting. REVEL Head to the historic, pedestrian-only George Street district for some late night fun and lively entertainment. Packed with bars, pubs, and clubs, George Street boasts crowds and live music every night of the week. Check georgestreetlive.ca often for updates on special events and annual festivals. SLEEP The exquisite Ryan Mansion (ryanmansion.com) is a 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of old St. John’s. The grand staircase, centrepiece of the inn’s dramatic entrance hall, was a custom commission by the same craftsmen as the grand staircase on the ill-fated Titanic. Capturing the spirit of this connection, Ryan Mansion offers Titanic themed dinners and getaway packages. But if tranquility is what you’re craving, head an hour out of town to stay in style at The Doctor’s House (doctorshousenl.ca). Recently updated, the 30-room inn sits on a 100+ acre oceanfront estate. For old-world charm book The Chestnut Suite, for something more modern, try a room in the new Lavender Bungalow, families seeking privacy should book The Guest House. Complete your stay with a trip to the spa, a walk among the wooded trails, and fine fare at the Secret Garden Restaurant.

Story by ASHLEY ROCHEFORT

Gift Guide

From trinkets to treasures, make this season meaningful with gorgeous gifts from artisans, artists, makers, and designers from around the country…

1. HANDCRAFTED SOAPS Organic, sustainable, and handcrafted in small batches using ingredients local to Vancouver Island, there’s nothing we don’t love about Tofino Soap Company’s delicate soaps, candles, and accessories. (Starting at $13) tofinosoapcompany.com

2. COUNTERTOP COMPOST BIN Stylish, discreet, and available exclusively at Toronto retailer Hopson Grace, this handsomely hand-crafted Ontario walnut compost bin, with removable stainless steel insert, is perfect for that special someone who has it all. ($150) hopsongrace.com

3. CHOCOLATE BONBONS Named one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America, Sweet Lollapalooza, based in Edmonton, hand-crafts chocolate confections using some of the rarest cocoa beans on earth. The popular assortment of 36 memorable morsels includes flavours like Burnt Butter Caramel, Iceberg Mint, and Raspberry Noir. ($80) sweetlollapalooza.com

4. FINE ART Specializing in eclectic Canadian art-work, the Auburn Gallery’s collection includes paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, fibre art, and handcrafted jewellry. Though located in Gravenhurst, the heart of Muskoka, featured artists range from coast to coast. (prices vary) auburngalleryoffineart.ca

5. NECKLACE Thoughtfully designed and sustainably produced, the effortlessly elegant Hera necklace features a single freshwater pearl perched in an organic oval pendant. Allison Asis, the artist behind Cadette Jewelry, crafts each piece by hand in her Toronto studio. ($790) cadettejewelry.com

6. RAINCOAT Every strong woman needs a strong raincoat. Designed with meticulous attention to detail and quality in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mernini’s flattering A-line raincoat – available in caramel or grey and sizes XS-XXL – is built to withstand any storm. ($279) mernini.com

7. BIRCH SYRUP So named for its location in northern Quebec, Escuminac is an award-winning producer of maple syrup. But for the foodie on your list, try their rare Birch Syrup. It takes 160 litres of sap to produce just one litre of the stuff. Smooth and strong, it’s a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, not unlike a quality balsamic vinegar. ($64.95) escuminac.com

8. HANDBAGS The CAP collection by Karen Wilson Handbags is inspired by her grandfather’s time in WWII when soldiers travelled overseas each carrying a canvas bag with handwritten names, numbers, and markings that told their individual stories. Karen’s vintage inspired bags are designed and handcrafted in Rockwood, Ontario, from elegant textiles, hand-waxed canvas, leather, and recycled fur. ($360) karenwilson.ca

9. PLATTER SET The Art Gallery of Ontario has a treasure trove of gifts. Like this set of Namwayut Recycled Glass Platters made by Kwakwaka’wakw-Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt, who designed the 2010 Olympic medals. Practical and beautiful, the lightweight serveware features Northwest Native forms and are great for everyday entertaining. ($94) ago.ca

10. MUKLUKS The stunning Metis Mukluk, with its signature beaded floral pattern, is made to carry you through winter in warmth and style. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Indigenous-owned Manitobah Mukluks, brings you the original winter boot of Canada ($359.99) manitobah.ca

WORKING from HOME

Almost 40% of Canada’s workforce is currently working from home, that means no commuting, no mind-numbing meetings, and no stuffy business suits. The only thing that could make working from home more dreamy? Working from a sunny, sandy beach in the Caribbean. But before you pack your bags, each country has different entry requirements, quarantine protocols, health and safety regulations, application processes, fees, and length of stay maximums, so it’s important to do your research in order to choose the right country to suit your WFH style. Here are a few of our favourites…
 

ANGUILLA

Trade in your humdrum home office and work from one of Anguilla’s 33 white-sand beaches this winter. Visit IvisitAnguilla.com for details on local telecom companies, schooling, banking, shipping of personal effects, and a list of resorts providing access to conference rooms, business centres, and state of the art technology. The Anguilla Tourist Board will also connect you with a dedicated concierge to guide you through the application process and fees.

Anguilla

BARBADOS

BAHAMAS

The one who started it all. Launched in July, Barbados was the first Caribbean nation to offer special visas for remote workers, encouraging people to move their home office to paradise by relocating to Barbados for up to a year. Want to be Bajan for a year? Take the first step by visiting Barbadoswelcomestamp.bb.

Work from one of Bahamas’ prettiest pool decks at Nassau’s famous Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant. Enjoy Graycliff’s elegant suites, daily continental breakfast, nightly turn down service, and high-speed internet throughout the property. Stay a minimum of 14 nights to qualify for savings of 50%. For details on Graycliff’s Workation Special and links to government protocols, visit Graycliff.com/seasonal-specials.
 
 
 
 
 
Visit Barbados

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Antigua and Barbuda’s Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) Program allows you to work safely from the twin-island paradise for as long as two years with the new NDR visa. Those choosing Antigua and Barbuda can also benefit from its no personal income tax status. Find out more at antiguanomadresidence.com.
If you’re looking for the finest in luxury hotels, check out Curtain Bluff’s (curtainbluff.com) extended stay packages developed to complement the NDR Program.
 
Antigua English Harbour
 
 
ST. BARTHS
Take quarantine to the next level at one of WIMCO’s (wimco.com) private villas in St. Barths. WIMCO also has properties in the Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, and more. Stay up to 90 days and get used to jumping in the sea to celebrate the end of a conference call.
 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Casa de Campo (casadecampo.com.do), a private gated community in the Dominican Republic, is the perfect spot to work from home this winter. After work, hit the beach, get in a round of golf, or savour the world-class cuisine. All long-term guests will enjoy a four-passenger golf cart, complimentary wifi and access to the business centre, housekeeping twice per week, and15% discount on food, spa, and laundry services.  
 
 

Story by ASHLEY ROCHEFORT

WINTER WONDERLAND

STAYING CLOSER TO HOME LEAVES PLENTY OF ROOM FOR ADVENTURE
 
The first snowfall of the season is typically when Canadians across the country start daydreaming about jetting off for a sunny escape. But could this be the time to embrace the winter wonderland in Canada instead of escaping for the hot, hot, heat? We talked to four travel experts for some inspiration on how to embrace winter travel in Canada. After all, there’s no place like home…
 

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS Have quintessentially Canadian experiences in the comfort of your backyard this winter, like the awe-inspiring northern lights in the spectacular Northwest Territories. “Many Canadians have not experienced the wonder of Canada. This year, we’re suggesting unique destinations of Canada that may not be on the radar, such as Haida Gwaii, Northwest Territories, Rocky Mountaineer, and the list goes on. Canada has so much to offer and now is the best time to explore our own country.” Kemp Travel Group kemptravel.com

SHEILA KEMP

GO WEST Why not venture west this winter? Tourism Vancouver Island welcomes all Canadians, encouraging them to get on island time… Vancouver Island, that is, especially the snowbirds who typically flock to Florida, Arizona, and California in the wintertime. “With our temperate winter climate, Vancouver Island is a natural alternative for Canadian Snowbirds. We are committed to supporting the 3,000+ tourism businesses in the Vancouver Island region by strengthening the visitor economy.” Tourism Vancouver Island Tourismvi.ca 

ANTHONY EVERETT

ONTARIO IS YOURS TO DISCOVER Instead of moping around this winter, set your sights on short-term trips around Ontario. Take the hassle out of your Ontario travel plans by booking a local tour with a travel agent. “We have a complete Canadian short trip program with day trips to Muskoka, Canada’s Wonderland, Kingston and the 1,000 Islands, Niagara Falls, the ever popular winery tours to Prince Edward County, as well as CanaDream RV rentals.” Marlin Travel marlintravel.ca

MARY LAROCQUE

POLAR BEARS, OH MY! So many Canadians still have the desire to travel, but so many more Canadians are simply more comfortable staying a bit closer to home this season. Luckily, we’ve got Churchill, Manitoba, a destination for travellers from all over the world who come to visit our mighty polar bears. “With so many amazing experiences right in our own backyard, it’s a fantastic time to take advantage of travel within Canada, whether it be a food tour of Vancouver Island, experiencing the majestic Rockies, a camper rental travelling with those within your own bubble, or enjoying a villa with family. Being from Manitoba, we have one of the most unique opportunities that people come from all over the world to enjoy – that being Churchill.” Travel Quest travelquestmb.ca  

CAREY DUNCAN

Story by ANN RUPPENSTEIN