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Contest: Ski Canada and Explore Like a Local

Contest: Ski Canada and Explore Like a Local

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To ski or snowboard in Canada is to reach the peak of modern-day winter experiences. Everyone – from beginners to heli-ski devotees – will find their perfect slope. Ski with your new chairlift friends, play with your family on the green runs or hike a pristine bowl for new lines. Enter the "Ski Canada and Explore Like a Local Contest" with National Geographic for your chance to win a seven-night ski getaway for two people at one of four premier resorts. Each resort offers its unique vibe – and mountains of snow. No matter which you choose, you're guaranteed great skiing or snowboarding, exciting après-ski activities, and the inside scoop on how best to experience Canada's winter wonderlands. To find out where, read more about our four Western ski resorts and Explore Canada Like A Local. Deadline is February 15, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

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Video: Canada is winter wonderful

Video: Canada is winter wonderful

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We don’t mean to brag, but no other country does winter quite like Canada. Whether you like to ski, skate or dogsled, we have it all. And we have the winter festivals to prove it. There is plenty of family fun at the 58th annual Québec Winter Carnival(Jan. 27 to Feb. 12, 2012) in Québec City including snow rafting, the famous ice palace and two magical night parades. See more here. In Winnipeg’s French Quarter, the Festival du Voyageur (Feb. 17-26, 2012) celebrates the joie de vivre of the fur traders who established the Red River Colony. A team of sculptors turns Whittier Park into a wonderland of ice carvings. In the nation’s capital, Winterlude (Feb. 3-20, 2012) is one cool party. Skate on the Rideau Canal – it runs 7.8-km (4.5 miles) through the heart of downtown Ottawa. And the Montréal en Lumiere festival (Feb. 16-26, 2012) combines performing arts, gastronomy and free outdoor family activities. Not to be missed by foodies.


Offbeat Off-the-Beaten-Track Learning Vacations

Offbeat Off-the-Beaten-Track Learning Vacations

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By Margo Pfeiff

A lazy beach stint is fun, but sometimes you want more. Here are a couple of unique educational vacations offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences when you want to move from looking to learning. How about volunteering with the polar bears in Churchill or visiting an Inuit village in northern Québec?


Canada remembers the Titanic 100 years later

Canada remembers the Titanic 100 years later

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By Kathy Eccles

On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sank off Canada’s Newfoundland coast with 1,517 souls lost. Now 100 years later, Canada remembers the maritime tragedy with special exhibitions and events in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.


Really cool: Snow Village opens in Montréal

Really cool: Snow Village opens in Montréal

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By Mark Stevens

Québec City has its ice hotel, now Montréal has a whole snow village. Open from January to March, there's a 30-room ice hotel, heated outdoor spas, a 60-seat restaurant, an ice bar with a terrace, plus lots of events and activities for the whole family. Kinda cool, eh.


Top chefs cookin’ in Canada

Top chefs cookin’ in Canada

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By Cinda Chavich

Think of some of the top chefs in the world – Daniel Boulud, Gordon Ramsay, Jean-Georges Vongerichton and David Chang – and you're soon going to find them cooking in Canada. These culinary stars, and many others, have already opened – or are about to open – fabulous new restaurants in cities across the country.


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