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Video: Full Mountie - Lonely Planet in Saskatchewan

Video: Full Mountie - Lonely Planet in Saskatchewan

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Ever wonder what it would be like to be a Mountie? Robert Reid, Lonely Planet’s US Travel Editor, got to find out recently. Reid spent a couple of nights and full day training at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan. As an RCMP Cadet, he learned how to march, arrest a suspect and sweated it out during fitness training. Oh, you should what they did to his hair.

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Let's go shopping with fashionista Jeanne Beker

Let's go shopping with fashionista Jeanne Beker

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By Michele Sponagle

Fashion Television's Jeanne Beker has covered the fashion industry for more than three decades, so you can count on her to know the places to shop for the best in shoes, clothes and accessories. While she may spend some time in fashion capitals such as New York, London and Paris, she knows some of the world's finest designer fashions are right here in Canada. So, let's go shopping with Beker for some must-have items.


Bloggers visit Canada - and you can too

Bloggers visit Canada - and you can too

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Three US-based bloggers visited Canada this fall and you can enter to win one of their trips. Matt Armendariz of Mattbites.com had a very tasty foodie tour of Vancouver and Richmond; Alison Stein Wellner made cupcakes and hats and tasted oysters and sake in Toronto; while Mike Richard of Vagabondish backpacked three national parks in Québec. If you would like to follow in the footsteps of one of our bloggers, click here to enter to win.  


Icewine festivals: puttin' on the sweet

Icewine festivals: puttin' on the sweet

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By Margo Pfeiff

Canada is the Icewine capital of the world. The sweet, sweet nectar is produced mainly in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario. To make Icewine, grapes are left to freeze on the vine until temperatures fall below -8C (17.6 F). Then the grapes are crushed to drip out a concentrated juice containing 35-45% sugar. While Canada didn't invent Icewine, we've certainly perfected it. In January and February, Icewine festivals in wine-growing regions celebrate the popular ambrosia. Yes, there's sampling.


Aurora Borealis: The greatest show on Earth

Aurora Borealis: The greatest show on Earth

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By Mark Stevens

December through April is the ideal time to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).All those colors dancing across the night sky are best viewed in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. While that's nighttime fun, there's plenty of activities to keep you moving by day.


A fairytale Christmas in Québec City

A fairytale Christmas in Québec City

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By Margo Pfeiff

Surely, the term 'picture perfect' was created with Québec City in mind - especially at Christmas when the 18th-century Old Town is under a blanket of snow. It becomes a wintry fairytale of twinkling lights, joyous carollers and celebration.


Five MORE cool winter activities in Canada’s national parks

Five MORE cool winter activities in Canada’s national parks

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By Lori McNulty

Exploring Canada's national parks is an excellent way to discover the beauty and wonder across the country. And it can be especially exciting in winter. Here are five activities to get you exploring. 


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