Category: Canada

Realm of the Giant Pacific Octopus

“Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth…” (excerpt from The Kraken, by Lord Alfred Tennyson) “Supple as leather, tough as steel, cold as night!” was how Victor Hugo described the writhing tentacles of a giant octopus in his 1866 novel, Les Travailleurs de la Mer. Hugo wrote of an unimaginable account of a man embroiled in a life or death struggle with a malevolent blood-thirsty cephalopod.  Indeed, what could be more horrible than to find oneself suddenly trapped in a nightmarish death struggle with...

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Winner of the Best Sommelier of the Americas Announced

The International Sommelier Association (ASI) is pleased to announce MS Pier-Alexis Soliére as the winner of its first continental competition of the year, Best Sommelier of the Americas. Soliére won a dramatic final over Argentina’s Martin Bruno, who came in second, and Canada’s Carl Villeneuve Lepage, who took third place. The Final was observed by dozens of people in the Marie Gérin Lajoie Theater of Montreal and followed by thousands of sommeliers and aficionados around the world via live streaming. The event was organized by ASI in conjunction with the Alianza Panamericana de Sommeliers (APAS) and the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). This...

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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Classic Travel VIP Offer

Classic Travel is proud to present a special VIP offer for the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Classic. Before you go direct be sure to contact Classic Travel (888.212.6444) and have one of our luxury travel consultants find the best deal on luxury travel. Be sure to check out event details included along with the hotel special. The 34th annual L’International des Feux Loto-Québec will be in full swing July 7 through August 8, 2018. It’s known as the worlds leading fireworks competition. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has undergone a complete transformation to reinvent the hotel’s...

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Balenciaga, Master of Couture at Montreal’s McCord Museum

The Montreal’s McCord Museum North American exclusive fashion exhibition on Balenciaga. From June 15 to October 14, 2018, the McCord Museum in Montreal is pleased to present a North American exclusive premiere–Balenciaga, Master of Couture, a major fashion exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A). Revered by his contemporaries and future fashion designers alike, Cristóbal Balenciaga represents the pinnacle of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s. His exquisite craftsmanship, pioneering use of fabrics and innovative cutting set the tone for the modernity of late 20th century fashion. This exhibition takes an almost forensic look at...

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Book Review: On The Road With The Cooking Ladies, Let’s Get Grilling

Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, The Cooking Ladies, have outdone themselves one more time with another exceptional, entertaining, easy to follow cookbook. At Luxe Beat Magazine we are familiar with their outstanding work, as they are contributors, and I personally met them when I was president of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. These two women continue on an ongoing lifelong journey of food and exploration. You may see their stylish motorhome on the highways or back roads of Canada and the United States, but they have also made it to Mexico and the Arctic Circle. On...

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Explore the Saint Lawrence River and Discover All its Beauty

Adventure Canada Transports Adventurers to Remote Places Adventure Canada takes expeditioners to some of the most remote and awe-inspiring places in the world, such as the Saint Lawrence River. Whether travelers choose to circumnavigate Newfoundland, walk on Sable Island, investigate the Northwest Passage, navigate the Arctic or travel to other far-reaching destinations, they experience new exciting adventures and witness some of nature’s most breathtaking sights.  Matthew Swan, Director of Business Development and part owner says, “We want to give travelers a raw and genuine feel, not a scripted trip.” Adventure Canada launched its second expedition on the Mighty Saint...

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Tastes from BC’s Shellfish and Seafood Line-up

June is the magical month to revel in the bounty of shellfish and seafood in British Columbia, Canada. Comox Valley, located on the east side of Vancouver Island, is the aquaculture capital of Western Canada and home to the annual B.C. Shellfish and Seafood Festival. Each year the event grows in number of events, attendees, exhibits and astounding food creations. This year, at the 11th festival, many of Canada’s top chefs together with several guest chefs from around the world cooked and competed during signature events. Fresh Fest started the celebration on Saturday, June 10, followed by the Salmon...

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Canadian Fruit Festivals to Visit This Year

Fruit festival season is just around the corner and here we offer the best fruit festivals to attend in Canada. Never miss a chance to order season’s fresh fruit bouquets delivery in Canada for your loved ones. 1. Beamsville Strawberry Festival The Beamsville strawberry festival is celebrating its 33rd birthday. This summer enjoy big, red, ripe, juicy strawberries at this festival. There is no extra charge or admission fee for showing great fruits and amazing fireworks at the end of the day. 2. Abbotsford Berry Festival Abbotsford berry festival is another of Canada’s festival. Enjoy berries, including in pancake breakfasts...

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The Literal Translation of Places in Canada & the United States

What’s in a name? A noun, a sense of identity, a form of identification. The discovery of the “New World” has been written about extensively but what can sometimes be forgotten is how states and areas became known for what they are now. Many derive from indigenous languages of the Americas. Alaska for example is derived from the Yupik word, “Alyeska”, an idiom from the Aleut people and Kansas comes from the Native American Sioux language. Others come from an individual person — Georgia from King George II and Louisiana from King Louis XIV. We’ve taken the names of...

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The Yukon will leave you spellbound

To most folks, the idea of taking a vacation in the Yukon during the winter seems absurd. The geographically-challenged might first wonder where the Yukon is actually located. Then when they find out it’s in the far northwest corner of Canada, they immediately imagine enduring howling winds, thirty below temps and unfathomable amounts of snow and ice amid miles of forbidding wilderness, and emphatically say, “Thanks, but no thanks!” But, to those in the know, this remote Canadian Territory is a region of dramatic beauty with a rich history, vibrant culture, incredible natural wonders and limitless landscape that’s ripe...

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Don’t Expect Ordinary When you Journey to the ‘Edge of the World’

Kissing a codfish was never on my life’s to-do list. In fact, up until recently, I could honestly say it was not even in the realm of remote possibility. But there I was at Skipper Hots Bar in Straitsview, Newfoundland, puckering up to smack a big one on this buggy-eyed cod. I had been talked into taking part in a “Screech In,” a ceremony that folks in this Canadian province like to conduct to make visitors feel at home. Newfoundlanders are well-known for their friendliness and hospitality and they definitely live up to this reputation, though their methods are...

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Luxury and History at Quebec’s Auberge Saint-Antonine Hotel

Located on one of Quebec City’s richest archeological sites, the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel literally sits atop centuries of history. The hotel integrates three historical buildings of the 18th and 19th century, as well as a wharf and battery structure that dates back to the end of the 17th century. Directly across from the St. Lawrence River near the port in Quebec City’s Old Town, this famous hotel has been a member of the Relais & Chateaux Association since 2005. It also boasts a CAA-AAA Four Diamond rating as well as being named one of the top hotels in the...

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