August 13, 1998 |
Evidence of how Asia's sickly yen, won and other currencies have infected Canada abounds in this postcard-perfect setting in the northern Rockies. The tour buses that once delivered visitors by the hundreds from Tokyo and Seoul, fueling a boom that transformed this village into a resort with visions of rivaling Aspen, are fewer and fewer.
August 31, 1992 |
Bezal Jesudason keeps his table set for 15, here on remote Cornwallis Island high in the Canadian Arctic archipelago. He never knows who may be dropping in for dinner. There were the New Agers from Winnipeg, on their way by sledge to the magnetic North Pole, where they hoped to beget a super-baby. There was the Japanese film crew making a movie called "Antarctica"; because they were at the wrong end of the globe, they had to use stuffed penguins as props.
September 12, 1999 |
The old steamboat appeared on the horizon, smoke rising from its single red stack to dust the sky. It would take away another batch of families and the leftovers from their summer as "cottagers" here on the Muskoka lakes. From across the water a lone loon called. An answer followed. It was early morning on the lake. The water was flat, a perfect mirror for the blue sky and the trees' fall colors that flashed across the surface like dancing flames, yellow, orange, crimson.
May 21, 2000 |
Dusky rays of sun slipped through the stone corridors of 17th century Vieux (Old) Montreal as our carriage driver welcomed us in a lilting French accent. Speaking over the hollow clop of horseshoes on cobblestones, he asked what brought a family of four from California to this island city where the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers meet.
July 23, 2000 |
This quiet and beautifully preserved 19th century village on Lake Ontario would be worth a visit just for its atmosphere: very Canadian-British in sensibilities, American in history and language. But it's also a destination for theater lovers, with its May-through-November Shaw Festival. Theater sets this Niagara apart from tourist magnet Niagara Falls, 20 miles down the road.
December 19, 1999 |
It really was a dark and stormy night. But earlier in the day we had only the promise of a storm as we approached the west coast of British Columbia's Vancouver Island. The marine forecast on our car radio was encouraging: southeast gales, 45 knots to storm force 55, with occasional gusts to hurricane force. Waves 15 to 18 feet and rising. Wicked weather, you might think. Not at all. It is perfect weather for the seriously relaxing spectator sport of storm-watching.
December 3, 2000 |
We had left BC Rail's North Vancouver station at 7 a.m., and now the Cariboo Prospector was snaking up the narrow canyon side and clattering over wooden trestles on its way to Whistler. Maria was nervous, hardly touching her breakfast, but it wasn't the dramatic scenery that quashed my partner's appetite. It had been years since she'd skied at Whistler, where she had lived the life of a ski bum, working on the mountain cleaning tables at the old Roundhouse restaurant.
July 12, 1998 |
I flipped through the High Arctic lodge guest book to find decades of reminiscences by Korean, Swiss, Chinese, Australian and American adventurers setting out by dog sled, helicopter and ultra-light, on foot, by snowmobile, motorcycle and kayak to conquer the North Pole.
July 30, 1998 |
The Canadian dollar's value is tumbling, but exactly why is anyone's guess. In the meantime, the currency's slide is making Canada a cheaper destination for U.S. tourists. The Canadian dollar on Wednesday reached a record low against the U.S. dollar: One American buck now buys $1.508 Canadian. That's 6% more than the U.S. dollar bought in April and 12% more than in early 1997. To put the numbers in more perspective, a U.S. dollar was worth just $1.10 Canadian in 1992.