Although most rail tours through Canada cease operations in late fall, a couple of companies offer tours that capitalize on the beauty of the cold and proximity to skiing and snowboarding activities, while keeping you safely ensconced in a comfy, heated coach.
Although the tourist infrastructure isn't as elaborate as its northern neighbors, celebs like Mick Jagger, Donald Trump and the entire cast of The Pirates of the Caribbean series have set up shop here. Regular folks in the know come here for the low prices and the many small islands untouched by development.
From Stephan Gold: "I'm reading Dan Brown's 'Angels & Demons' while gearing up for Rome next week. We have a free day near the end of our trip, and I wonder if anyone ... felt that it was worth doing or something to avoid."
From mcaesar: "I just returned from St. Maarten the first week of December and none too soon. The recent construction on the island must have disturbed several rats nests as they seemed to be running rampant all over the island."