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$145 to Experience Authentic Newfoundland

October 14, 2011
$145 to Experience Authentic NewfoundlandJust because you’ve been to a Great Big Sea concert doesn’t mean you know how to party like a Newfoundlander. Woody Island Resort will get you straight as it invites you to discover Canada’s most quirky and fun-loving province. Visit a fishing village that includes a genuine, old-fashioned, pan-whacking, table-slapping Kitchen Party. You’ll be treated to live music (no, don’t expect the boys from GBS) and a night of merriment at Woody Island in Mount Pearl, a 12-kilometre drive from St. John’s. A night’s stay runs $145 per person and includes three hearty meals, a boat ride and magnificent scenery that could include whale sightings. To book, visit the Woody Island website or make a toll-free call to 800-504-1066.


October 13, 2011

Sip Fine Wine and Fight Cancer

Too often we go searching for deals that help us, but the great folks at Pic Nic Wine Bar in Toronto have come up with a way for you to give 15% of your dinner bill to beat cancer. On Wednesday, October 19, join Pic Nic hosts Ian and Seika (and some of us from Vacay.ca) for a three-course prix-fixe meal for $35 (with suggested wine pairings for an additional $22) and the fabulous wine bar at 747 Queen Street East will donate 15% of the evening’s sales to the Canadian Cancer Society. Now, that’s worth buying into. There will be two seatings, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., and you can reserve a table by calling 647-435-5298 or e-mailing picnicwinebar@rogers.com.

Read more about Pic Nic Wine Bar here.

October 12, 2011

$30 Dinners in Prince Edward County

You know you’ve got a good thing going when foodies are willing to trek a couple of hours to savour your dishes.

In Prince Edward County, the culinary heights continue to be scaled and from November 2-6 diners can take advantage of the second annual Countylicious. Find three-course prix fixe meals for $30 or $35 at several locations. See the Countylicious website to begin planning your yummy visit.

September 30, 2011: 50% Off Vacations with Sunwing

Half off of anything is always a great deal. When it’s your vacay you’re saving on, well, that’s all the more reason to grin. Sunwing Vacations cuts the price of 15,000 vacation packages in half, starting October 1, and throws in a glass of champagne on-board its flights. The promotion is valid from all 30 of Sunwing’s Canadian gateways on
most departure dates from November 1 to April 24.

To book, visit Sunwing Vacations website and click on Winter Champagne Sale. http://www.sunwing.ca

September 29, 2011: Oktoberfest Stay from Just $89 a Night

Beer. That’s one of the most wonderful words in the English language. In Kitchener-Waterloo, beer takes on an even more special meaning at this time of year. The annual Oktoberfest, the biggest such celebration outside of Munich, draws visitors from around the world to the famous Festhallen. The Cambridge Hotel lets you enjoy a night’s stay, with free parking and a buffet breakfast for as little as $89 a night.

To Book: See the Cambridge Hotel website www.cambridgehotel.ca.

Oktoberfest Info: This year’s good times roll from October 7-16 and packages are available throughout the Waterloo Region. See www.oktoberfest.ca.

September 28, 2011: Nova Scotia Foodie Delights for Just $255

Silver is known to ward off stress, reduce perspiration, and take care of vampires and werewolves when in bullet form. In Nova Scotia, travellers have long enjoyed all of the benefits of the Silver Dart’s namesake. The lodge in picturesque Baddeck is offering a romantic getaway featuring a night’s accommodation in a suite overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes, plus breakfast, dinner, a bottle of Nova Scotia wine, a Cabot Trail Touring kit and a Taste of Nova Scotia gift basket. Wow — now doesn’t all of that sound golden. The package for culinary travellers runs to October 17.

To book: Use coupon code P6544 when you visit the Silver Dart’s website or telephone the reservations desk at 888-662-7484.

September 27, 2011: A Bountiful Weekend in Ontario for $235

Nothing says fall quite like a feast. At the Little Inn of Bayfield, the Sunday Harvest Getaway package invites guests to take full advantage of the bounty of local delights. Every Sunday from October 16 to December 18, you can enjoy the famed inn’s special menu that includes Black Angus Prime Rib, Heirloom Beet Salad and French Toast Brulee (yum!). The getaway deal throws in a night in one of the charming suites and a comforting breakfast in the morning. The package cost is $235. To book, contact the inn directly at 800-565-1832 or visit the website for details.

September 26, 2011: A Stylish Stay in Calgary for $199

Boutique hotels don’t come more luxurious or romantic than those brandishing the Le Germain name. The franchise’s Calgary location is offering a $199 per night Weekend Pass that includes valet service, deluxe continental breakfast and a 2 p.m. late check-out time.  For a special night, leave the cowboy boots at home and strut your stuff on the town before snuggling into your divine suite. Visit the hotel’s website and book now! http://www.fairmont.com/winnipeg/HotelPackages/Celebration/KissWakeUp.htm

September 24-25, 2011: Jim Flaherty’s Sir John A. Macdonald Walk in Kingston

It’s not every day you have an opportunity to be in close contact with the finance minister of your country. On Thursday, September 29, that’s exactly what will happen when you sign up for the Sir John A. Macdonald Walk in Kingston, Ontario. Jim Flaherty will conduct the 60- to 90-minute tour around Canada’s first capital. Proceeds from the $40 admission charge benefit the non-partisan, non-profit commission that aims to have Canadians recognize the birth of Sir John A’s 200th birthday in 2015.

For tickets, call or email tour organizer Arthur Milnes (613-328-5592; arthur.milnes@sympatico.ca), and to learn more about the event, visit the Kingston Tours website.

Flaherty will conclude the tour by cutting the ribbon for the official opening of Sir John A.’s Public House, a new restaurant in the former law offices of our nation’s first prime minister. Read more about the tour on Vacay.ca!

September 23, 2011: Save 15% on Air Canada

Are you ready to fly? Air Canada is ready to take you – and you will save 15% if you book before September 25. That’s this Sunday. If you’ve got a dreams of Florida or the Caribbean for the summer, now’s the time to book that flight. Save 15% on any airfare where Canada’s largest airline travels. Use these special promo codes when you book at aircanada.com and you’ll save. Here are other details:

  • Within Canada and between Canada and the USA, including Hawaii your flight must be valid for travel until December 15, 2011 in order to receive the 15% deal
  • To the rest of our destinations worldwide the deal is valid for travel until February 29, 2012.

 September 22, 2011: Save 20% on a 2-night stay at 4-star Westin Trillium House

Apple pie, fall colours and charming folks ready to prove Ontario has a whole lot to offer besides Toronto and the Falls. Enjoy a weekend getaway at one of the finest accommodations in the Blue Mountains — and save 20% when you book online now.

Vicky is the worldly publisher of Vacay.ca. Having graduated from McGill University in Montreal, she has set about building a talented team of travel experts to deliver to you words and images of the very best places to see and experience in Canada. Based in Yorkville in Toronto, Vicky regularly jet sets around Canada — be sure to catch up with her when she's in your part of the country.

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