$5,000 shopping contest in Calgary

October 18, 2011: Who couldn’t use a shopping spree to spruce up the fall wardrobe? Visit Calgary is giving away $5,000 plus three nights accommodation at a downtown hotel plus a style consultation. Contest details are here and while you’re at their site, check out their deals on weekend get-away packages . Book now and receive a $75 gift certificate to spend at the downtown CORE shopping centre.

October 17, 2011: $20 to see prisoners stage a show in Victoria

One of North America’s only inmate prison troupes is staging its 50th show this fall with a production of the English fantasy classic “Gormenghast”. The William Head on Stage (WHOS) is celebrating its 30th year and regularly performs for the public. Past productions include “Dracula” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. The stage adaptation by John Constable of Mervyn Peake’s trilogy about members of the House of Groan in the earldom of Gormenghast is a fitting choice, telling the story of a kingdom that’s almost a prison for the members of the family who live there. The cast features nine inmate actors and three local actresses. Gormenghast will run starting until November 12, 2011 and is held at the William Head Penitentiary, 40 minutes from downtown Victoria in Metchosin, B.C. Gates open to the public at 6 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m., with the performance beginning shortly thereafter. WHOS is located inside a Federal Institution and only adults 19 years and older are permitted to attend the performances. Tickets are $20 and are available online at For more information call 250-391-7078.

October 16, 2011: Save at Sun Peaks’ Resort

Time to think of gearing up for the ski season. Sun Peaks’ Resort in B.C.’s interior is celebrating 50 years this season. Visit the online store before Oct. 31 to get discounted season passes. Adults can get an alpine pass for $899 and children under 12 can ski this season for $449.

October 15, 2011: 20% Off with Porter Airlines

Ah, the Porter experience. So convenient, so comfortable and, these days, so cheap. You’ll save 20% when you book a flight by Monday, October 17 for travel by Friday, February 10 to anywhere the small airline with big-city destinations flies. Use promo code LAUNCH20 when you visit the website to snag the deal.

October 14, 2011: $145 to Experience Authentic Newfoundland

Just 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 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

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.

Vicky is the worldly publisher of 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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