February 23, 2010 |
Drew Doughty started getting frantic calls and text messages before the shock waves had faded from Canada's 5-3 loss to the United States in the preliminary-round finale of the Olympic hockey tournament. What, they asked, was wrong with their hockey team? "Canada as a country is worried about how we've been so far," the Kings' precocious defenseman said Monday, "but I know in the room we're still confident. We're going to take a longer route to the gold-medal game, but I know we're still confident we're going to do it."
June 5, 2013 |
If you don't like a worm in your tequila, you probably won't like a human toe in your drink. Steer clear, then of the Sourtoe Cocktail at the Sourdough Saloon in Canada 's Dawson City, Yukon Territory, where a petrified human toe is part of the drink. Since 1973, more than 60,000 visitors have indulged in the libation. In that time, several big toes have startled, thrilled and grossed-out visitors. The toes do turn black over time, but they clearly are recognizable. “They've all been donated anonymously,” said manager Dick Van Nostrand.
November 18, 2011 |
In Canada, you'll soon have two choices when paying for things: plastic or plastic. The country is planning on phasing out paper money and replacing it with all-plastic notes made out of a single thin sheet of polymer. This week the country introduced the first of the plastic notes — the $100 bill. In a statement, the Bank of Canada asserted that the new notes would last twice as long as the old paper bills, and that they're recyclable. But the real reason the country is switching to plastic?
February 6, 2013 |
Winter in Vancouver , Canada , can be gray and dreary, but the Executive Hotel Le Soleil is offering a deal that promises to chase away the blues in that city in British Columbia. The “Discover Gastown” package invites guests to lace up their walking shoes and explore Gastown , Vancouver's oldest neighborhood and a national historic site. Nearly every building in Gastown boasts historic significance. The district is home to more than 180 shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.
January 28, 2014 |
See orcas up close and listen to them chatter underwater during a sea kayaking tour off the waters of Canada's Vancouver Island. The six-day trip to British Columbia is in part inspired by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which highlights the plight of orcas kept in captivity. ROW Sea Kayak Adventures based in Idaho invites kayakers on a guided "Blackfish" tour to the Johnstone Strait, Vancouver's inside passage and home to a sanctuary for the big black-and-white orcas, also known as killer whales.
December 20, 2012 |
Pack your parka and gloves plus your binoculars, camera and autograph book and head to Alberta at the end of January for some winter fun and celebrity-spotting in the Canadian Rockies. The Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational will draw Hollywood A-listers, plus athletes and other celebs, to Banff National Park for four days of fun and fundraising Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Best of all, the masses can enjoy most of the activities for free. The 2012 gathering brought dozens of familiar faces to the snowy slopes to snowshoe, toboggan, ski, and toast s'mores.
July 5, 2013 |
I ask you: Is there anything nicer than a Canadian? A puppy? A nun? No, Canadians are definitely nicer than nuns. All cheekiness aside, even when you visit this country often, you can't help but be struck by the genuine character of the people - the friendly conversations at lunch, the attentiveness of the hotel front desk. So when recent floods ravaged Calgary, site of one of the world's great rodeos , it's probably no surprise that volunteers raced to the rescue. Not only did they show up by the thousands to help salvage the rodeo venues, but they also worked on the little places that were devastated by the high water, such as the southern Alberta town of, ironically enough, High River.
February 27, 2010 |
Bodies and sticks and skates flew at Roberto Luongo while an entire nation tensed, praying there would be no deflection or bounce that would knock the puck into the net and wrest Team Canada's ticket to the Olympic gold-medal game out of its sweaty grasp. Slovakia, cautious for too long Friday in its semifinal game against the host nation, had charged within a hair's breadth of a titanic upset. "It was the most fun I've ever had," Luongo said, smiling. His enjoyment was soon shared by all of Canada, which watched him get his glove on a point-blank shot by his Canucks teammate Pavol Demitra in the dying seconds to preserve a 3-2 victory and set up a championship match between Canada and the U.S. at noon Sunday.
November 10, 2012 |
EDMONTON, Canada - With a daughter to feed, no job and $200 in the bank, Detroit pipe fitter Scott Zarembski boarded a plane on a one-way ticket to this industrial capital city. He'd heard there was work in western Canada. Turns out he'd heard right. Within days he was wearing a hard hat at a Shell oil refinery 15 miles away in Fort Saskatchewan. Within six months he had earned almost $50,000. That was 2009. And he's still there. "If you want to work, you can work," said Zarembski, 45. "And it's just getting started.