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(2018 - Spring Issue)


Home to 100 kilometres of sandy beaches, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been welcoming Canadians to its glistening shores and world-class golf courses for decades. Through May 2018, travellers carrying a valid Canadian passport are eligible for Can-Am discounts ranging from 25 to as much as 55 per cent at select hotels, golf courses, attractions, live entertainment venues and restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area. And with Porter Airlines and WestJet offering non-stop flights from Toronto, it’s easier than ever to enjoy Can-Am Days in Myrtle Beach. visitmyrtlebeach.com/hotels/deals/can-am

Launched in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon that is celebrated in 30 countries. On June 3, 2018, 20,000 to 30,000 people dressed in elegant white will gather at a secret location to celebrate this 30-year-old French tradition and share a gourmet meal and music with good friends in one of the most beautiful Parisian landmarks. Until now, the only way to attend was by invitation from friends and friends of friends. This year, for the first time, people from around the world are invited to sign up online to the waiting list to participate in this grand fête at international.dinerenblanc.com/paris2018.

Four months after the Caribbean’s record-breaking hurricane season and just in time for the sold-out Heineken Regatta, the Moorings and Sunsail, two of the most trusted names in the yacht charter industry, have reopened operations in the new base location at Marina Fort-Louis on Saint Martin. The companies lease a diverse fleet of monohulls, sailing catamarans and powerboats and new yachts are also expected to arrive in 2018. Located 20 minutes from Princess Juliana International Airport, the new Marigot Bay location also offers convenient access to shops and restaurants along the waterfront. moorings.com; sunsail.com

January 15, 2018, marked Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday in the U.S. and the debut of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, a collection of more than 100 churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks in 14 states and in the District of Columbia. All played a pivotal role in advancing social justice and the fight for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s. 2018 is an important milestone as it marks 50 years since King’s assassination in Memphis. civilrightstrail.com; travelsouthusa.org

Located in the Northwest Florida Panhandle and known as the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island feature some of the world’s finest beaches and experiences. Here, visitors will find more than 38 kilometres of sugar-white sand and emerald waters, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, a vibrant culture and friendly communities. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the beauty of ancient forests and pristine estuaries at Turkey Creek Park and Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park or the majestic shorelines along Henderson Beach State Park. This is also where you’ll find some of Florida’s highest rated restaurants serving the freshest Gulf-to-table seafood as well as a wide range of authentic ethnic dishes. Offering more than 12,000 lodging options at a variety of condominiums, hotels, resorts and private homes, the Emerald Coast delivers a laid-back lifestyle oozing with traditional Southern charm. EmeraldCoastFL.com

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport welcomed nearly 48 million passengers in 2017 and expects a busier 2018 summer with the introduction of new airlines, new routes and more frequent flights on popular routes. New Air Canada routes include Buenos Aires, Rhode Island, Nebraska, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Bucharest, Zagreb, Porto and Shannon, while British Airways will offer three weekly flights to London Gatwick. New Canadian carrier Flair Airlines takes flight this summer. Primera Air will be serving the United Kingdom and Europe and Ukraine International Airlines will operate three weekly flights to Kiev. torontopearson.com  

The Vancouver Art Gallery ushers in spring with the first Canadian show by contemporary art icon Takashi Murakami. The Octopus Eats its Own Leg traces Murakami’s development as an artist over three decades and explores the concepts and cultural conditions that have shaped his work. The 55 paintings and sculptures offer his take on the current state of Japanese society in the midst of a complex global world. A five-metre-high sculpture and two multi-panel paintings have been created especially for the Vancouver show. The exhibition runs until May 6. vanartgallery.bc.ca

Kelowna, B.C.-based Flair Airlines, Canada’s first ultra-low-cost carrier, is now taking off from Vancouver International, Toronto Pearson and Kelowna International airports. Service includes daily direct flights between Toronto and Edmonton and one-stop flights from Toronto to Vancouver and Kelowna, plus direct service from Vancouver to Kelowna and Edmonton. The new network also includes Hamilton, Winnipeg and Abbotsford. By the end of 2018, Flair plans to operate nine aircraft. flairairlines.com 

Air Canada Vacations’ 2018 Europe Your Way Collection features 122 vacation packages and 50 cruises, possibilities for short and long stays and additional guided tour options. The Collection focuses on vacations in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Iceland, Croatia and Central Europe. New routes on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge plus partnerships with Trafalgar and Contiki give travellers more ways to discover Europe. New options in the 2018 Collection include Seaside Escapes in Greece, Italy and Spain; Guided Rail Tours, where your luggage follows you from hotel to hotel for stress-free travel; and Family Getaways with handpicked activities designed for kids in London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome. aircanadavacations.com

This spring, Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach brings its iconic vibe and energetic beat to Florida’s world-famous Atlantic shoreline. The 200-room beachfront property features renowned, brand-exclusive offerings and amenities, such as The Sound of Your Stay music program, complimentary use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players for in-room jam sessions, a full-service Rock Spa and Salon, a Rock Shop and a Body Rock Fitness Center. The hotel also includes the signature Sessions restaurant and bar, the open-air Wave Terrace and 1,858 square metres of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a versatile ballroom terrace. The property’s beachfront pool features an expansive oceanfront party deck and outdoor pool bar and grill. Located at 918 N. Atlantic Avenue, Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach is just 15 minutes from Daytona International Airport. hrhdaytonabeach.com 

The new Eurostar route from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam eliminates hours of airport time and takes travellers to the central train station in the heart of each city. On-board Business Premier passengers and those visiting the Eurostar lounge in Gare du Nord in Paris will enjoy meals prepared by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc. Kids’ meals include paper picnic bags for the trip to Disneyland Paris. Show your Eurostar ticket at participating museums and galleries in France and Brussels to receive a two-for-one entry ticket. Eurostar operates about 30 services a day from the U.K. to the continent. Eurostar.com

Kicking off what is sure to be a star-studded lineup, American singer Patti LaBelle, who’s sold more than 50 million albums, multi-platinum-winning artist Lauryn Hill and Spice, a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter, will perform at the 22nd Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes place June 27 to July 1 in Basseterre. The annual festival attracts locals and visitors with its wide range of musical styles, including R&B, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, soca, calypso, gospel and contemporary music. St. Kitts’ natural beauty, sunshine and sandy beaches also make it a great island to visit. stkittsmusicfestival.com 

Air Canada was recently named the 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year by the airline industry publication, Air Transport World, in its 44th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards. ATW cited the carrier’s commitment to emissions reductions, which include its participation in the development and support of alternative fuels and its numerous green programs and partnerships. Air Canada has a four-pillar approach to reduce emissions through technology, operations, infrastructure and economic instruments. It has invested significantly in a $10-billion fleet renewal program, resulting in one of the most modern, fuel-efficient fleets in the world. Ongoing reduction targets for greenhouse gases include improving fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5 per cent per year from 2009 to 2020; capping aviation CO2 emissions from 2020 or carbon-neutral growth; and reducing CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 relative to 2005 levels. aircanada.com

Toronto is planning a one-time national salute to Canada’s heroes. Scheduled to take place June 23 & 24, the Heroes Festival was created to honour and pay tribute to Canada’s military and first responders. At this family-friendly, patriotic-infused, free weekend event, Canadians of all ages can head to Ontario’s Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater beach in the world, to shake the hands of the brave men and women of Canada’s Armed Forces and First Responder Agencies. Scheduled events include a world-class airshow featuring the Snowbirds, CF-18 Demo Jet and Skyhawks, an RCMP Musical Ride, Heroes Valour Awards to police, fire and EMS individuals and beach concerts. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on both days. heroesfestival.ca

A timeless classic celebrated for its spectacular design, gracious staff and seaside glamour, The Breakers is situated in the heart of the island of Palm Beach, only 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport and just over an hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. From May 1 through October 31, including Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th and Labour Day holiday weekends, nightly rates start at US$369 per room per night—a savings of almost 50 per cent compared to winter rates—and include an array of free daily benefits and additional summer savings. And there is never a resort fee. Discover shopping, distinctive dining, golf, tennis, family activities, indoor/outdoor spa services and an oceanfront private beach club with four pools, all within steps of your accommodation. thebreakers.com

The annual Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off on April 26 and runs until May 3. A historic Hollywood playground for icons such as John Wayne and James Cagney, Newport Beach, California, continues to attract star power. Noted as the fastest growing film festival in the U.S., the sought-after event in this tony enclave draws an audience of more than 55,000 attendees and showcases more than 350 motion picture screenings from around the world, with a focus on studio and independent films. The eight-day extravaganza will feature big-screen premieres, action sports film debuts, gala and award ceremonies and an in-depth U.K. architecture and design series. newportbeachfilmfest.com

The world’s only ski-thru ATM is back at Whistler Blackcomb Resort. Every time someone tweets to @CIBC including the hashtag #SkiThruATM, Percy the penguin, from the bank’s TV ads, will spin on his snowboard. At the same time, CIBC will donate $1 to Alpine Canada, up to $10,000, in support of Canada’s three national ski teams: Canadian Alpine, Para Alpine and Ski Cross. The promotion will end with the ski season. cibc.com

In 2017, 2,922,446 passengers travelled through the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), which is conveniently located in Seminole County, just 50 minutes from Orlando’s world-class attractions and resorts and Daytona’s world-famous beach. Serviced by Allegiant out of American airports just south of the border in Maine, New York, Illinois and North Dakota, as well as a number of rental car companies and ground transportation services, the airport’s simple, modern design facilitates faster airport processing and provides a better airport experience for all who pass through its doors. OrlandoSanfordAirport.com

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