Butchart Gardens is a blooming wonderland

Every path leads to another spectacular view. It’s Fantasyland for the horticulturist and Wonderworld for the masses. Famed Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is a blue-ribbon showplace in one of the loveliest corners of the world. Visitors marvel at the variety and harmony achieved by co-mingling easily recognizable flowers like dainty purple daisies and ruffled pink geraniums with unusual specimens such as teardrop fuchsia and delicate drooping trout lily. Since passing the century mark in 2004, privately owned Butchart Gardens has featured more spectacular scenes than ever within its 55 acres.

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Yippee Yi Yay! The Calgary Stampede

For all of the images of the Wild West as being in Montana and Texas, the biggest cowboy show and rodeo isn’t even in the U.S. It’s in Calgary, Canada, and it’s the Calgary Stampede.

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Sled dogs just want to run at Sun Peaks Resort, B.C.

Mountain Man Adventuresis located near Sun Peaks Resort in Interior British Columbia. The snow in the Interior is light and dry, perfect for running dog teams in the woods. Chris Schwanke, one of the owners, showed us around the kennel and explained his philosophy. He acquired the kennel last year and has been working hard to socialize the dogs so they are comfortable being handled by different people. He wants people to understand how special these canine athletes are, and took the time to introduce us to every dog.

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Advanced skier’s guide to Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb is consistently rated the top ski area in North America and it’s quite possible it’s the best ski resort on the planet.

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Yukon Quest Dog Sled Race, a unique winter vacation

The crazed dogs leapt in the air at the start of the Yukon Quest, the toughest dog sled race in the world, in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Exploring the Valle Bras du Nord, Quebec

Slipping peacefully down the Bras-du-Nord River we enjoyed the warmth of the late summer sun.

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