ConnecTour Chronicles: Traumatic accident led former nurse to artistic success

Painting was therapy at first, ‘so I wouldn’t spiral into depression.’ Now she has her own gallery

ConnecTour Chronicles: Traumatic accident led former nurse to artistic successTroy Media publisher Doug Firby and travel editor Lisa Monforton are part of a group of Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour. Starting in May in British Columbia and ending in October in Newfoundland, they hope to make an 8,000-km bicycle journey across the country, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our…

ConnecTour Chronicles: Learning to roll with one of this tour’s unexpected twists

"Disappointment" doesn’t describe the feeling of being sidelined after a broken collarbone

ConnecTour Chronicles: Learning to roll with one of this tour’s unexpected twistsTroy Media publisher Doug Firby and travel editor Lisa Monforton are part of a group of Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour. Starting in May in British Columbia and ending in October in Newfoundland, they hope to make an 8,000-km bicycle journey across the country, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our…

ConnecTour Chronicles: A life-saving gift for our son-in-law

The average wait for a liver transplant in Canada is 287 days. Dax was one of the lucky ones – his wait was just a few weeks

ConnecTour Chronicles: A life-saving gift for our son-in-lawTroy Media publisher Doug Firby and Travel editor Lisa Monforton are part of a group of Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour. tarting in May in British Columbia and ending in October in Newfoundland, they hope to make an 8,000-km bicycle journey across the country, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our…

ConnectTour Chronicles: Highlights, lowlights and lessons learned so far

Learn to take it one pedal stroke at a time. And even though that hill can look intimidating, just get into the zone and take it slow

ConnectTour Chronicles: Highlights, lowlights and lessons learned so farDoug Firby, publisher of Troy Media, and columnist Lisa Monforton are part of a group of Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour. Starting on May 28 in British Columbia, they hope to make an 8,000-km bicycle journey across the country, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our sense of community. Watch for…

ConnecTour Chronicles: One man’s gear is another man’s gold

Across from our campsite sat a gangly young man named Scott, who had been homeless for 10 years and was trying to find some normalcy

ConnecTour Chronicles: One man’s gear is another man’s goldLisa Montforton is part of a group of Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour. Starting on May 28 in Kelowna, B.C. (B.C. travel restrictions derailed a planned start in Victoria), they hope to make an 8,000-km journey across the country, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our sense of community. Watch for…

B.C. rec sites a natural delight for hardy campers

Visitors just have to be prepared to go with the flow, consider unconventional approaches and be flexible enough to adapt to travel with no reservations

B.C. rec sites a natural delight for hardy campersTo say it is a challenging year to travel out of province is to put things mildly in the extreme. With the enduring COVID-19 threat, most provinces have residents-only campsite reservation policies and national campgrounds have been booked tight for months. Yet with a little ingenuity and adventurous spirit, we discovered that British Columbia is…

Isolation-ish escapes and one dreamy trip to save for 2021

The best little K-Country Lodge you may not know about, three mountain lodges made for escapism, Icelandic dreams

Isolation-ish escapes and one dreamy trip to save for 2021The best little K-Country Lodge you may not know about Mount Engadine Lodge has the warm feeling of walking into an old friend’s cabin: knitted slippers in a basket for guests and a roaring fire in the main entryway are the backdrop for the beautiful mountain views from the dining room. The lodge is located…

Tourism sector fears losing summer travel season and beyond

Tourism sector fears losing summer travel season and beyondCharlotte Bell, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, is at the helm of the organization that is the champion of Canada’s tourism industry. Travel generates $1.2 billion a year and employs one in 10 Canadians, making it the fifth largest industry in the country. Travel Like This asked Bell a series…

How to protect yourself when a travel company cancels your trip

Travel insider: Standard or economy airfares: Do you know the difference? And how the selfie generation is altering travel experiences

How to protect yourself when a travel company cancels your tripIt happens all too often – travel companies suddenly announce bankruptcy or face financial hurdles, leaving thousands of paying customers stranded and out of pocket for hasty alternate arrangements. Never mind the disappointment of missing out on a trip of a lifetime – the money can be gone, too. The sudden shutdown of British travel…

Chill out and recharge with this travel gear

Chill out and recharge with this travel gearWe are always on the hunt for lightweight, handy gear and gadgets to make our travels a breeze. This summer on a backcountry canoeing/camping trip to British Columbia’s beautiful Slocan Lake, we tested out a few new items to see if they’ll be worth packing next time. Cosmic Solar Charger – Yes, you’re supposed to…

Gearing up for travel in summer’s final days

Solar recharging, protein bars, whisky experiences, hammock options and celebrating Indigenous culture

Gearing up for travel in summer’s final daysChill out and recharge with these travel gear and gadgets We are always on the hunt for lightweight, handy gear and gadgets to make our travels a breeze. This summer on a backcountry canoeing/camping trip to British Columbia’s beautiful Slocan Lake, we tested out a few new items to see if they’ll be worth packing…

‘This is Mongolian rehab:’ Father and son go to extremes for digital detox

‘We have a chance to free ourselves from technology. It’s this wide-open space reflecting philosophically and spiritually. There are few fences and many roads’

‘This is Mongolian rehab:’ Father and son go to extremes for digital detoxWhat length would you go to break your kid from their 24/7 tech addiction? Even for a few weeks? It’s a modern parental dilemma – moms and dads fretting about how to slim down their teen’s ravenous digital diet. Some parents resort to high-tech means, like automatic kill switches (there’s an app for that!), while…

Hut-to-hut hike rewards adventurers with epic views

Comfy beds and incredible food await after a long, fulfilling day

Hut-to-hut hike rewards adventurers with epic viewsAs we gaped in awe at Talc Lake, a deep blue expanse hanging above Egypt Lake in the distance, a passing hiker said to us, “It only gets better.” Better than this? we wondered. How is that possible? In the vista before us, a waterfall ribbon from Talc seemed to put the cherry on top…

Travel Insider: Post-fire Waterton; Calgary chef cruises to celeb status; a ‘vine’ sleep

Travel Like This editor Lisa Monforton monthly travel insider tips

Travel Insider: Post-fire Waterton; Calgary chef cruises to celeb status; a ‘vine’ sleepWhat you need to know about post-fire Waterton Two years after the devastating Kenow Wildfire of September 2017 in Waterton Lakes National Park, the town and surrounding lands are still recovering. The flames destroyed more than 190 square kilometres (73 square miles) or 39 per cent of the park, including forests, hiking trails, campgrounds, buildings…

Get a little badass on two wheels in Alberta’s Badlands

Sometimes you just need to hightail it out of the city to a place that makes you feel free.

Get a little badass on two wheels in Alberta’s BadlandsBy Lisa Monforton and Doug Firby Sometimes you just need to hightail it out of the city to a place that makes you feel free. For us, that’s Alberta’s Badlands and our exit strategy is on a 600 cc Yamaha motorcycle. Escaping the daily grind cubicle, we exit Calgary within minutes. By Kilometre 100, we’re…

Eats, eccentrics and relaxation in Calgary and Winnipeg tours

Indulge in the ancient at two Winnipeg attractions: a fascinating tour of the legislature or the relaxing Thermea Nordic Spa

Eats, eccentrics and relaxation in Calgary and Winnipeg toursInglewood isn’t just one of Calgary’s oldest and coolest neighbourhoods – designated one of the best in Canada in 2014 – it’s also the destination for a unique meet-a-maverick cultural food tour. Inglewood Edibles: Made by Mavericks, one of Calgary-based Alberta Food Tours’ many offerings, was recently designated a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada.…

Eats, eccentrics and relaxation in Calgary and Winnipeg tours

Indulge in the ancient at two Winnipeg attractions: a fascinating tour of the legislature or the relaxing Thermea Nordic Spa

Eats, eccentrics and relaxation in Calgary and Winnipeg toursInglewood isn’t just one of Calgary’s oldest and coolest neighbourhoods – designated one of the best in Canada in 2014 – it’s also the destination for a unique meet-a-maverick cultural food tour. Inglewood Edibles: Made by Mavericks, one of Calgary-based Alberta Food Tours’ many offerings, was recently designated a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada.…

Off-season in Tofino: Surreal scenery, adventures, culinary treats

No need to rush south of the border for sandy beaches, sipping cocktails and freshly caught seafood. We have it all right here in Canada in Tofino, B.C.

Off-season in Tofino: Surreal scenery, adventures, culinary treatsPaddling in smooth, grey waters of Clayoquot Sound on a February afternoon, eagles, cormorants and blue herons soaring above in the moody, sun streaked sky, I felt an incredible sense of peace. That kind you get when you feel you’re getting away with something and all is right with the world. Affectionately known as the…

Passport? Check. Insurance? Better check

Are you game to be an eco-Adventure Junky? Or are you looking for some place quirky to stay on your next trip?

Passport? Check. Insurance? Better checkSpring break. Those two words make many people giddy with excitement right about now. But in the fever of getting ready to flee winter’s frigid temperatures, many of us – especially if we’re fortunate enough not to have health issues – often forget about buying health insurance for travel abroad. I can’t count the times…

Who’s most likely to check their inbox while on holiday?

Plus, warm up for less on the Tahitian islands, Alt Hotel opens in Calgary and the best ski months are still to come

Who’s most likely to check their inbox while on holiday?Anyone who’s said millennials are slackers at work have it wrong. Studies reveal that members of that generation, born between 1981 and 1996, have a strong work ethic that extends to when they’re on vacation. A new study by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, a travel insurance company, recently asked more than 2,000 Canadians about their…

Travelling inside out: Jake Haupert on getting out of your comfort zone

A Q&A on shifting the attention of your next trip from the what and the where to the why and the how

Travelling inside out: Jake Haupert on getting out of your comfort zonePeople travel for many reasons – to see some of the world’s great sites, to learn about different cultures and sometimes just for fun. Yet some people seek even more from their travel experience: to transform the way they view themselves and the world. Jake Haupert is one of the founders of the Transformational Travel Council…

Travelzoo’s top 2019 picks for deal-seeking Canadians

And one Calgary hotel helping you keep up your fitness resolutions while on the road

Travelzoo’s top 2019 picks for deal-seeking CanadiansYour news feed has no doubt been peppered with lists aimed at inspiring your travel choices in 2019. But here’s a list that speaks to what many Canadian travellers hold dear: good value. Travelzoo, an international publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for 28 million members, has curated a list of six diverse destinations around…

Holiday reading: Get lost in Lands of Lost Borders

Kate Harris’s book is a must for the travellers on your gift list; discovering Norway and Iceland; indulging in a wellness weekend

Holiday reading: Get lost in Lands of Lost BordersModern explorer Kate Harris’s story may not compel you to follow in the skinny tire tracks she left on an often-gruelling bicycle trip on the ancient Silk Road trading route. But one thing is for sure: She’ll leave you breathless with her beautiful writing about her 10,000-kilometre cycling odyssey through 10 countries in her book…

What you need to know about travelling with cannabis

Plus great wireless earbuds, off the beaten path in Alberta’s mountains, Cuba boosts its Wi-Fi and new Palm Springs flights

What you need to know about travelling with cannabisWhat does legalized non-medicinal marijuana in Canada mean for travellers who want to bring their stash or cannabis prescription with them when they go on holidays? What you don't know might hurt you. The rules around bringing cannabis with you when you hit the road are pretty straightforward – if you’re staying inside the country. In…

Urban sweat lodge latest Hollywood health craze

PLUS: A three-day raft, bike, hike Moab sampler; plus G Adventures sets sail along Sri Lanka’s east coast

Urban sweat lodge latest Hollywood health crazeLeave it the ever-creative and health-and-relaxation-seeking La La Landers to come up with a kind of wacky way to get your fitness glow on. The Shape House has set up its hot and happening “urban sweat lodge” in West Hollywood (there are also outlets in New York and Los Angeles) for the sweltering 55-minute experience…

Rent an RV, the high seas in style and airborne at cut rates

Travel Insider: RV rental operation gaining traction; eco-tourism adventures on Canada’s West Coast

Rent an RV, the high seas in style and airborne at cut ratesHit the road this summer with an RV from wheelestate.caHundreds of RV trailers sit idle in fields for a large part of summer. Cherie and Chad Ball noticed them and got the idea to start a company called wheelestate.ca. The Okotoks, Alta., couple thought that when the owners aren’t using their recreational trailers, they could…

What medical tourists need to know to stay safe and healthy

Plus Canmore caving adventures, California dreaming, and flight deals for April and May

What medical tourists need to know to stay safe and healthyMore Canadians frustrated with long wait times for elective surgeries are willing to leave the country and pay out of their own pockets for procedures and treatments. A 2017 report by the Fraser Institute reveals that more than 63,000 Canadians in 2016 elected to have non-emergency surgeries in a foreign country. Janet Bristeir, author of…

Get your vitamin D and do good in the Caribbean

Travel tips: Nordic baths in the Alberta Rockies, music and craft beer festivals for ski enthusiasts, and portable speakers for your next getaway

Get your vitamin D and do good in the CaribbeanBeginning with this column, noted travel writer Lisa Monforton will provide insider tips on new and popular travel destinations, hotel deals, gadget reviews, and unique and affordable experiences for Canadian travellers. If you're wondering how you might afford that surf-and-sand holiday in the sunny Caribbean, here's an idea to consider. In the wake of the…