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Canada Completes World's Longest Hiking Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/07/2017, 8:45 PM

After 25 years of trying, officials in Canada have managed to stitch together a network of hiking, biking, and paddling trails that stretches across the breadth of the country from coast to coast. With a total length of 14,000 miles, the Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans-Canada Trail, is now the longest hiking route in the world. By way of comparison, the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to ...

Amid Conflict, New Trump International Hotel and Tower Opening in Vancouver

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/27/2017, 5:00 AM

A new Trump International Hotel and Tower is opening in Vancouver, and many in this proudly diverse and progressive British Columbia city aren't exactly what you'd call thrilled.   The 69-story building—the second-tallest in Vancouver—boasts a gleaming, twisty design by renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Owing to the structure's height and prime downtown location, its luxury cond...

The Travel Press is Reporting the 'Trump Slump,' a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/21/2017, 2:00 AM

Experts across the travel industry are warning that masses of tourists are being scared away from visiting the United States, and the loss of tourism jobs could be devastating....

Brighter, More Colorful Lighting System Now in Place at Niagara Falls

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/17/2016, 5:00 AM

A new lighting system at Niagara Falls should make for brighter, more colorful nighttime displays than was previously possible at the beloved brink on the U.S.-Canada border. In the first significant upgrade to Niagara lighting in 20 years, more than 1,400 LED luminaires have been installed along the shoreline on the Canadian side to illuminate the American and Horseshoe Falls. The new sys...

Artist Paints Portrait on Rapidly Melting Arctic Ice Floe

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/14/2016, 1:15 PM

(photo: Instagram / @the_hula) For his latest work, Hawaiian-born artist Sean Yoro traveled to the Canadian Arctic to paint the portrait of a local Inuit girl on a rapidly melting ice floe.  Titled "What if You Fly," the project was documented by photographer and filmmaker Renan Ozturk—whose work will be the only lasting record of the piece, due to the speed with which the ice flo...

Canada's Capital City Planning Yearlong Celebration of Country's 150th Birthday

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/14/2016, 1:00 PM

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday next year, and the country's capital city is going all out.  A yearlong event dubbed Ottawa 2017 will feature a slew of concerts, museum exhibits, sports tournaments, and fireworks shows—including a showstopping display on Canada Day, July 1.  The city's Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada are both getting upgrades for ...

Among Americans Fearful of Violence in Europe, There Appears to Be a Movement to Book Cruise Vacations in Areas Closer to Home

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/21/2016, 12:00 AM

For cruisers with security concerns, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean might be the safest bets....

The Strange Case of the Expired Passport....

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/19/2016, 11:15 PM

There was once a time when Americans traveling to and from Canada could do so with little advance preparation other than a hotel reservation. Almost any form of identification would be sufficient to cross the border into Canada and then later to return to the United States. So it was with upset and anxiety that my wife and I recently learned we might not be able to board a cruise ship leav...

Though the Timid Tourist is Frightened by a Number of Adverse Travel Conditions, the Value of the U.S. Dollar is Not One of Them. The Dollar is Today Unusually Strong

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/30/2016, 10:00 PM

Perhaps the biggest travel news of the current season is that the U.S. currency remains unusually strong against virtually every other currency. When you travel abroad in the coming months, you will enjoy lower costs at your destination for everything you buy, thanks to a mighty dollar. While the dollar's strength may have adverse consequences for American companies that manufacture goods for ...

Canada, Iceland, and Japan are Standouts in a Mostly Sluggish Year for Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/09/2016, 4:45 PM

       They call it the "election year curse." For reasons no one can really explain, travel declines slightly during years when the presidency is at stake. Statisticians cite the figures from the last 50 years, and whenever the nationwide election comes about, travel slows down.        Why? Are Americans so obsessed with the polls that they put off vacation travel? Depending ...

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