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What’s Up in Ottawa -Spring 2017 News

Ottawa Tourism
Not just tulips sprouting in Ottawa
GARDENS GALORE
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The year of celebration continues!
OTTAWA THE HEADQUARTERS OF CANADA’S 150TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
The year of celebration continues!
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Fun ways to continue the party
STEP OUT AND ENJOY OTTAWA’S NIGHTLIFE
Fun ways to continue the party
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Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site
EXPLORE THE RIDEAU CANAL THIS SPRING
Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Tempt your palate with these delicious offerings!
QUICK BITES OF OTTAWA’S FOOD AND DRINK SCENE
Tempt your palate with these delicious offerings!
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What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND
Get out and get active!
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What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
MUSEUM ROUNDUP
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REVAMPED! Canada’s National Museums Passport
REVAMPED! Canada’s National Museums Passport
3 museums, 3 days, $30
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Pedal power
CYCLING EXPLORATIONS
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Road Trip Itineraries in Maritime Quebec. Summer 2016 news

Road Trip Itineraries

The Gaspésie Tour is a legendary seaside drive that loops around the huge Gaspé Peninsula. Begin your journey in the region of Bas-Saint-Laurent. From the Kamouraska area, Route 132 will take you all the way to Gaspé, at the tip of the peninsula, via famous Percé Rock. Read more about this road trip itinerary.

This itinerary follows Route 138 from Tadoussac to Kegaska. From there, you can continue your journey aboard an authentic supply ship that will take you from village to village all the way to Blanc-Sablon. Out at sea and from the shore, you can observe up to 13 species of whales in this region, including blue whales, the largest animals on earth. Read more about this road trip itinerary.

In the maritime regions of Québec, ferries serve as an extension of the road network. In addition to allowing you to visit both shores of the St. Lawrence without retracing your steps, they are a novel way to travel and offer unique perspectives on the surrounding scenery and marine mammals. Read more about these road trip itineraries.

For a complete change of pace and scenery, nothing beats the Îles de la Madeleine. Whether you visit to enjoy the water and wind or to explore the rich culture of an island people surrounded by the sea, you will leave with wonderful memories and only one thought in mind: to come back for another visit! Read more about this road trip itinerary.

Exploring Sint Maarten with kids.

Traveling to Caribbean Sint Maarten, always was an expensive adventure, especially traveling with kids.

Calculating expenses, we found out that airflight takes half of budget.

Knowing that usually prices drop in October/November, then first week of January, and after April 15th, trips could become affordable with  Westjet, Sunwing, or Transat… We use mostly www.travelation.com or selloffvacations.com, or direct websites from airlines www.westjet.com, or aircanada.com, aa.com

Marigot Harbour in Saint Martin
Marigot Harbour Saint Martin

Last year our family stayed in villa on French side in Concordia district in Marigot.

Marigot
Marigot, Saint Martin , French West Indies

It was good immersion into local life, and good practice of French for kids.  We hiked on Fort Louis in Marigot, Tree Top Trekked at Loterie Farm, took windsurfing lessons on Galleon Beach (nearby is Butterfly Farm), fine dined in Grand Case, snorkelled and sun bathed on Friars Bay. The shopping we did in “U” supermarket, and fresh bread in local boulangeries. Few times we visited Grand Case for a nice evening stroll, beach comb and fancy dinner combination.

Saint Martin
Marketplace in Marigot, Saint Martin

From nearby Marigot Sea Port we took day trips to Anguilla and St.Barth. One day we spent in LoterieFarm. It’s a place to spend a whole day, first to go on Fly Zone (like Tree Top trek), and then soak and rest in the pool. We noticed many local families spent time on weekends here. I think our favourite beach in St.Martin is still on Happy Bay, and the runner up will be Friars Bay Beach.

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Philipsburg- the capital of Dutch side in Sint Maarten.

The choice and variety of hotels is also great in Dutch St.Maartten, from casino hotels, down to small boutique inns. We chose Joshua Rose guest house this time, cause of the good balance, price , location, and facilities.

Guest house located in the heart of Philipsburg, with easy access to transportation, beaches grocery stores and good restaurants. For dinner our favorite was “Green House” restaurant, with it’s great service, good variety and price combination. One evening we visited acclaimed “L’Escargot” with classy service and beautiful ambiance. Yes, it’s pricey, but you pay what you get, once for the trip is great. For lunch there are good places to eat like “GUSTO”, and few Chinese restaurants nearby.
I should mention the trip to “The Carousel” ice cream shop it’s well worth after lunch, and explore sophistication in ice cream variety. (Actually I tried once “Heineken Ice Cream”. It tasted good!). There are lots of photographs on display with famous people eating ice cream. Our kids, 8 and11, are too big for the Carousel to sit on, but they still enjoy the rides.

On the property of DIVI Resort, there are ruins of Fort Amsterdam, from there is a nice view of Philipsburg and Point Blanche Cruise Ship Terminal,. We spent hours there watching pelicans catch fish in blue waters down the cliff.

Sint Maarten
3D view of Maho Beach in Sint Maarten

Yes, we have to mention famous “Maho Beach”. The best time is after 1pm, when KLM / Airfrance jumbo jet is landing. It is really spectacular moment, quick and scary. Expect to see lots of tourists with cameras there.

 

16 weird and wonderful things to do in 2016 in WALES!

As Wales celebrates its Year of Adventure in 2016, VisitWales had highlighted 16 unique things to do in the destination – discover your own adventure! Choose from trampolining in a slate mine, experimenting with seaweed, catch some waves inland, find the world’s biggest Elvis festival and try to pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch…and much much more!

News from Montreal Tourism, Fall 2015 issue

Le 19 août 2015

Fall is an awesome time to be in Montréal. Things get cooking city-wide with three major food fests, a major photo exhibition and the best and brightest in new cinema. Plus, culture vultures can take in oodles of contemporary dance, a major indie music fest and a glittering line-up in symphony, ballet and the opera. Be here!

Visit the blog and see what’s happening in Montréal

Montréal indulges

Montréal’s got a crave-worthy calendar of events cooking for foodies. From August 20 to 24, Omnivore  features the freshest new talents in the SAT’s Foodlab kitchens. Celebrated Montréal chefs dazzle taste buds at the YUL EAT Festival in the Old Port, September 5 to 7. And MTL à TABLE  invites everyone to explore the city’s ebullient restaurant scene, October 29 to November 8. New food trends, up-and-coming chefs, cranked-up culinary classics, demos, dinners, parties: all this and more on the Montréal menu!

Montréal shows off

Montréal’s cultural calendar shines big and bright this autumn. Sensory Stories  at the Phi Centre invites visitors to rediscover narrative through virtual, interactive and immersive experiences until September 27. The World Press Photo  exhibition at Marché Bonsecours captures hearts and minds with prizewinning images until September 27, while the Festival du nouveau cinéma  provides a one-of-kind film fix by reeling in the planet’s newest and hottest works and talents from October 8 to 19.

Montréal is seriously festival

Fall’s bona fide festival time in Montréal too. Proving it is Festival Quartiers Danses  , which kicks it up with a fresh program of contemporary dance from September 9 to 20. On its heels is POP Montréal  , where seasoned and emerging musicians and plenty more happenings rock the city from September 16 to 20. The three-year-old Phénomena Festival  brings more boundary-pushing performances from October 16 to 23, while M for Montréal breaks out a huge new line-up of genre-spanning music, November 18 to 21.

Montréal keeps it classy

Montréal rolls out the red carpet to the classics this fall, with Maestro Kent Nagano conducting emBolero at the Maison symphonique de Montréal from October 20 and 21. The Opéra de Montréal thrills audiences with the emotion and intensity of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly  and Strauss’s Elektra  in September and November, respectively. And dance lovers can watch and wonder as the Grands Ballets steps it up with Kaguyahime  by choreographer Jiří Kylián, October 15 to 30.

New guided tour of the Olympic Park

As the Olympic Park’s 40th Anniversary fast approaches, we are offering guided tours that will teach you all about the highlights and proud moments of this mythic place  —located right in the city. The one-hour visit will take you on an informative tour of the Stadium and its brand new installations, showcasing the architectural masterpiece and its stunning history.

Race4Food

Three all-out food races around the Eaton Centre Food Court, with $1500 in prizes to be won! Place an order with a competitor, and they race around the food court at top speed to deliver the meal as fast as they can, without making any mistakes. Information at montrealeatoncentre.com

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel – The Exhibition
Until October 12
The chance to fully engage in the artwork in a way never before possible.

Gardens of Light
September 4 to November 1
This fall, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens will be offering two brilliant experiences you’re sure to enjoy.

24 Free Things To Do In Britain

Visit Britain

1. Many British museums and galleries offer free entry. Try former brewery The Tetley for modern art in Leeds, northern England or, for something tangier, Colman’s Mustard Museum in Norwich, eastern England. There’s also the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern in London, Tate Liverpool in… Liverpool (unsurprisingly) and hundreds more. http://thetetley.org, www.mustardshopnorwich.co.uk

2. Similarly, few of Britain’s famous churches levy visitors. Consider the Romanesque splendour of Durham Cathedral in northeastern England, or, in December, King’s College Chapel’s famous Christmas Eve carol service in Cambridge, an hour above London via train. Start queuing before 9am to guarantee entry. www.durhamcathedral.co.uk, www.kings.cam.ac.uk

3. While paid-for boat trips out into southwestern Wales’ Cardigan Bay give visitors the best chance of watching dolphins, climbing to the overlooking village of Mwnt makes an ace budget alternative. www.discoverceredigion.co.uk

4. Tickets to many BBC shows in London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Belfast and other cities aren’t priced; check www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tickets/index.html for the latest availability.

5. Peckish? Entry to August’s Clitheroe Food Festival in northwestern England is gratis, as are its demos and near-limitless sampling nibbles. clitheroefoodfestival.com

6. There’s no charge for staring at the Cerne Abbas Giant, a huge chalk sculpture in Dorset, southern England, and one of Britain’s finest man-made landmarks. Nor at Hadrian’s Wall, which spans the length of far northern England. www.nationaltrust.org.uk, www.visitnorthumberland.com

7. A true Northern Irish landmark, the 125ft-high Scrabo Tower has wondrous views over Strangford Lough, just south-east of Belfast. No disbursement is needed to climb up. www.discovernorthernireland.com

8. Or there are complimentary natural wonders. Up in Scotland, Ben Nevis is the UK’s highest mountain, but can be climbed in four hours. Ninety minutes’ drive west of Cardiff, Wales’s Rhossili Bay is a regular in charts of the world’s best beaches. http://ben-nevis.com, www.visitswanseabay.com

9. Look out for Common Blues and rare Marsh Fritillaries for no cost at Dunsdon Nature Reserve in south-western England: the marshy meadows attract hosts of butterflies, particularly in May and June. www.devonwildlifetrust.org

10. One of the Northern Irish capital’s grandest buildings, Belfast City Hall offers free, one-hour tours (Monday-Friday, 11am, 2pm & 3pm; Saturdays 2pm & 3pm) on a first-come, first-served basis. www.belfastcity.gov.uk

11. A fun, modern form of treasure-hunting, geocaching necessitates only a GPS device (i.e. your phone) and some common sense. Themed trails can act as an introduction to scenic British spots – for example, the Brecon Beacons Collection in eastern Wales. www.geocaching.com

12. When a major auction house – Christie’s in London, say, or Birmingham’s Fellows – has a big sale, why not go and view the lots, posing as a would-be buyer? No dues are required to do so. www.christies.com, www.fellows.co.uk

13. While some Banksy works sell for millions, others by the mysterious graffiti artist remain open to all. Follow a Banksy Walking Tour around Bristol to spy some of the best-remaining pieces, beginning with The Grim Reaper on a harbourside houseboat. http://visitbristol.co.uk.

14. Alternatively, head to Crosby Beach, near Liverpool, to see the Another Place installation: 100 ghostly, life-size iron figures by sculptor Antony Gormley, sprawling almost one kilometre out to sea. www.visitliverpool.com

15. Free guided walks, taking in the iconic Royal Crescent, are available in Bath, southwestern England. Further north, choose between culture and architecture by downloading the no-cost Manchester Walking Tours app to your iPhone. www.bathguides.org.uk, https://itunes.apple.com

16. Every August, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival incorporates thousands of freebie arts shows – drama, comedy, cabaret, spoken word and so on. Wander the city’s cobbled Royal Mile to collect flyer invitations. www.edfringe.com

17. Other than the expenditure of hiring a two-wheeler, Britain’s bicycle routes are free to enjoy. An hour from London, the Crab & Winkle Way is a leafy, seven-mile former railway line linking cathedral city Canterbury with the oyster-fishing hub of Whitstable. www.sustrans.org.uk

18. How about a free festival? There’s London’s famous Notting Hill Carnival on the August Bank Holiday weekend, or the Cardiff Summer Festival, a blur of street theatre, music and funfair rides. http://thenottinghillcarnival.com, www.cardiff-festival.com

19. City farms will delight small children, with pattable horses, mucky pigs and cuddly little lambs. There’s one within Birmingham’s Sheldon Country Park and also Rice Lane in Liverpool; entry to both is on the house. http://birmingham.gov.uk, http://ricelanecityfarm.org.uk

20. While Stonehenge charges visitors, Northern Ireland’s equivalent does not. The seven Beaghmore Stone Circles, a 90-minute drive west from Belfast, are wild and atmospheric; one, known as Dragon’s Teeth, boasts some 800 separate slabs. www.discovernorthernireland.com

21. One of Britain’s classic royal spectacles, Changing of the Guard ceremonies outside London’s Buckingham Palace don’t cost a penny to view. www.changing-the-guard.com

22. Just up the Norfolk coast is Britain’s best seal hotspot. Take a long-lens camera to Blakeney Point’s saltmarshes in December and you’ll get to see hundreds of cute grey seal pups. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

23. During September weekends in Scotland, Doors Open Days scheme enables complimentary access to a variety of heritage sites, buildings, farms and more. Last year’s highlights included Glasgow Cathedral and creative offices at Dundee’s waterfront District 10 development. www.doorsopendays.org.uk

24. Sure, some of Wales’ 400 castles impose an entry tariff; but not the little-known Dryslwyn – despite the fabulous Towy Valley views from its regal hilltop perch. http://cadw.wales.gov.uk

Giveaways from West Palm Beach, Florida

PalmBeachSummer.com Offers Free Night Stays at Hotels in The Palm Beaches, FL Enter the Sun & Fun Giveaway for a Chance to Win a Summer Escape

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 4, 2015)Discover The Palm Beaches’ annual summer travel promotion returned Friday, May 1 with the launch of its all new online deal hub at PalmBeachSummer.com. Source and book summer travel for less at leading accommodations from across The Palm Beaches, with tailored packages offering seasonal savings and free night stays.

New in 2015, the Sun & Fun Giveaway provides a chance to win a getaway to The Palm Beaches. The prize package features a three-night stay at Delray Sands Resort, rental car provided by Sixt, a $100 restaurant gift certificate, a $100 Macy’s gift card, $500 AMEX gift card and a catamaran cruise with Palm Breeze Charters.

“Summer is the perfect time to enjoy an affordable escape to The Palm Beaches to take advantage of free night stays at many of our hotels and discounted rates at local attractions and restaurants,” said Jorge Pesquera, President and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. “PalmBeachSummer.com provides access to The Palm Beaches’ best summer travel discounts in one convenient place. The site eliminates the lengthy research phase to book a vacation, ensuring a ‘stress-free’ start to a summer vacation in The Palm Beaches.”

With a lively assortment of accommodations, activities and events, The Palm Beaches offer an ideal place for a summer getaway. Experience eco-tourism adventures at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Loxahatchee Everglades Tours, paddle the calm waters of Jupiter Beach, tee off at the oceanfront Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course, or just relax on the destination’s 47 miles of Florida beaches. After hours of fun in the sun, cool off at Rapids Water Park, shop at the new Palm Beach Outlets or rejuvenate the mind, body and soul at Eau Spa.

Several of the destination’s award-winning hotels and resorts have created “free nights” packages, only available at PalmBeachSummer.com. A sampling includes:

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa – American Express Cardholders Receive 4th Night FREE American Express cardholders who book four nights at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, May 1 – September 30, 2015, will receive the fourth night free.

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa – Jupiter Jaunt Stay two nights and receive the third night free at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa. Promotion is valid May 1 – December 31, 2015, and is subject to availability.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa – Receive the 4th Night FREE When You Stay for Three Book three nights at The Seagate Hotel & Spa and receive the fourth night free. To book this offer, use the promo code STAY4. Valid on hotel stays June 1 – September 30, 2015.

Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place – Book Three Nights & Receive the 4th Night FREE Use the promo code DISPCVB to get the fourth night free on bookings made for three nights at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. Valid May 1 – December 23, 2015.

A sample of more great offers available at www.PalmBeachSummer.com, includes:

Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn – Get Paid $50 to Shop Book a two-night stay at Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn and receive a $50 AMEX gift card for shopping at the Palm Beach Outlets. Reservations must be made by calling the hotel directly at (561) 683-8810. Valid May 1 – September 30, 2015. Rates from $109 per night.

Boca Raton Resort & Club – Kids Eat Free Kids eat free with the purchase of a parent’s entrée at select Boca Raton Resort & Club restaurants, including Palm Court and SeaGrille for breakfast, as well as 501 East Kitchen Bar for lunch and dinner. This promotion is valid June 1 – August 8, 2015 for up to three children, ages 12 and under, per reservation.

The Breakers Palm Beach – Stay Two Nights or Longer Book The Breakers direct and receive a $50 Nightly Resort Credit when you stay two nights or longer. Credit applies to endless activities including dining, spa services, golf, tennis, valet parking and more. Plus, enjoy complimentary Everyday Summer Benefits. No Resort Fee.

Crane’s BeachHouse Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas – Stay Longer & Save More Stay two nights at Crane’s BeachHouse Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas and receive 20% off, or stay three nights and receive 25% off each night. Restrictions apply to this offer, which is valid May 1 – October 1, 2015 and subject to availability.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa – Beach Bum Water Sports OfferUse the promo code EWA when booking three or more nights at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa and receive:

  • All-day Beach Cabana access per night stay, which includes one beach set up, two chairs, one umbrella and one table.
  • Unlimited use of water activities, including ocean kayaks, snorkel gear rental (mask, snorkel, vest and fins), surfboard, stand-up paddle board, boogie boards and inner tubes.

Rates for this offer begin at $329 per night. Valid May 1 – June 27, 2015.

Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa – Summer Save and Stay Package Offers Up to 30% Off Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa is offering up to 30% off reservations made May 1 – October 31, 2015. Guests will receive 20% off 3-4 night stays, 25% off 5-6 night stays and 30% off stays of seven or more nights. The resort is also offering complimentary valet and 20% off spa services.

Waterstone Resort & Marina – Summer Escape Package Book a minimum of two nights at Waterstone Resort & Marina and receive a $25 daily food and beverage credit, free overnight parking, 10% off watersport rentals and a free upgrade to premium Wi-Fi. Reservations must be made May 1 – October 31, 2015 using the promo code PK3. Rates are from $184 per night.

Find a packed event schedule in The Palm Beaches this summer. Signature events include:

Summer in Paradise – June 4 – August 28, 2015 Enjoy internationally renowned and interactive art, exciting community events, and Intracoastal watersports, along with dazzling light shows and glowing games and activities on the Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront. A full schedule of events and a breakdown of admission rates for each activity can be found on the City of West Palm Beach website.

Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest – July 25, 2015 Attend South Florida’s only indoor craft beer festival. Located inside the air-conditioned South Florida Expo Center, this annual Beer Fest features 150+ craft and local beers combined with an entire day of tunes.Advanced general admission tickets are available online from $35 per person. General admission the day of the event is $55 per person.

Flavor Palm Beach – September 1 – 30, 2015 Experience cuisine that defines the art of dining in South Florida. Choose from The Palm Beaches’ best restaurants and enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 or dinner from $30 per person. Discover new restaurants and savor a taste for the local culinary scene from Jupiter to Boca Raton.

For more information and a complete listing of special offers and events, visit PalmBeachSummer.com or visit Discover The Palm Beaches’ website, www.PalmBeachFL.com. Blackout dates and special restrictions may apply. See individual offers for complete details.

About Discover The Palm Beaches

Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $42 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting more than 60,000 jobs.

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New attractions in Upstate New York. Spring/Summer News 2015

New Attractions:
* Roseland Wake Park: The first cable wake park in the Northeastern US.
Consisting of a 5-tower system and able to accommodate up to 9 wakeboarders,
waterskiers, kneeboarders, and etc. at a time.
* Corning Museum of Glass: The largest glass museum in the world is now even
bigger. The new Art & Contemporary Design Wing opened in March 2015 and
includes a 26,000 square ft art gallery, glass blowing demonstrations, live
glass design sessions, and more.
* Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures: A zipline canopy tour and big/little
sized ropes courses [uts you at the top of the trees on Bristol Mountain.
* Darien Lake Amusement Park: A family theme park, just 90 minutes from the
Canadian Border. This year with two new rides ­ the ³Rolling Thunder²
7-story coaster and the ³Brain Drain² waterslide.
* Seneca Art and Culture Center: Opening in July at Ganondagan Native
American Historic Site, fulfilling a 30-year vision of a permanent,
year-round interpretive facility to tell the more than 2,000-year-old story
of Seneca and Haudenosaunee contributions to art, culture, and society.
Special Offers (for Canadian Visitors only):
* BOGO during Victoria Day Weekend at Consesus Lake Campground.
* Book 2 nights, get one 50% off, and a free 4th night at Darien Lake
Amusement Park.
* Use Canadian dollars for admission at Sonnenburg Gardens & Mansion and
they will be accepted ³at Par² all summer long.
More deals and attractions listed on website www.awelcomesurprise.com
.

All of this and more is easily accessible at AWelcomeSurprise.com
<www.awelcomesurprise.com> under a program that was developed to help
Canadian visitors experience Upstate NY and understand what is available to
them just across the border. Our program features several attractions,
hotels, and destinations that offer deals specific to those visiting from
Canada.

Switzerland: News from Lake Geneva Region… Spring 2015 edition

Lake Geneva Region Spring 2015 News

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 14, 2015. This spring in the Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland, celebrate the revival of the legendary Narcissus Festival in Montreux, luxuriate in a reborn century-old five-star hotel in Lausanne, and participate in the 100th anniversary of the International Olympic Committee at the Olympic Museum. These are among the highlights of the season.

Montreux Narcissus Festival

Every spring, fields of wild narcissus bloom and transform the meadows above Montreux and Vevey into what locals call Neige de Mai, the “May snow.” Between 1897 and 1957, the white blossoms were celebrated with the yearly Narcissus Festival, which culminated in a procession of floral floats that signified the end of the traditional high season in Montreux. From May 2 to June 7, that tradition will be revived when the Fête des Narcisses is held once again in the Montreux Riviera after a 58 year pause. The highlight will be on May 30, when a floral float parade moves through the streets of Montreux, evoking the festival’s golden years. There will be marked mountain trails through the blooming fields, set against a dramatic backdrop of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The history of the festival, which began in the Belle Époque, will be honored by exhibitions in Montreux, La Tour-de-Peilz and Vevey. A folkloric market in Vevey will offer traditional wares associated with the festival, and the finale will be a gala evening and the election of the “Narcissus Queen” in Montreux.

The Hotel Royal Savoy Reopens in Lausanne

Lausanne is a city renowned for its five-star palace hotels and this summer, it will welcome the glorious reopening of one of its grand dames. After a dramatic refurbishment, the legendary Hotel Royal Savoy in the heart of the city will reopen as a five-star property. When it debuted in 1906, the palatial Art Nouveau hotel quickly became a favorite of royals from around the world. Located midway between the Lausanne train station and the shores of Lake Geneva, the hotel has undergone a more than $100 million renovation. The grand façade has been maintained but inside there are dramatic modern interiors, thanks to the award-winning Maria Vafiadis of MKV Design in London. The Royal Savoy will have 196 rooms, including 37 suites and junior suites, and one dedicated suite on a private floor. Ninety five of the rooms will be housed in the hotel’s new wing. The Royal Savoy will also unveil a new spa and fitness center that includes an indoor/outdoor pool. The hotel will have multiple dining choices, from a 120 seat main restaurant to a terrace accommodating up to 100 guests and a 60 seat lobby lounge. The spectacular new Sky Terrace on the roof will have 60 seats and a dramatic 360° panoramic view over the city of Lausanne, Lake Geneva and the Alps. The Royal Savoy, which is one of three properties of the Burgenstock Selection and is owned by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality, will reopen in the summer of 2015.

Aquatis Hotel

The Aquatis Hotel is new three-star property that opened at the end of March and anchors the new Aquatis Swiss Aquarium and Water Museum, which will open in 2016. The hotel has 143 rooms, two restaurants with terraces that provide seating for more than 700 people, conference rooms for more than 600 participants as well as a spa and fitness center. The Aquatis is situated close to Lausanne and has striking views of the Alps, Lake Geneva and the rooftops of Lausanne.

100th Anniversary of IOC in Lausanne

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded in 1894 in Paris but in 1915, it moved its headquarters to the waterfront of Lausanne, the capital of the canton of Vaud. From March 25 to June 28, 2015, a number of events are being organised by the IOC to celebrate its centennial ties to the “Olympic Capital.” There will be an exhibition at the Olympic Museum’s gallery and on the weekend of June 27-28, there will be a joint celebration with the city of Lausanne that will include a public road race.

Montreux Riviera Honors its Celebrities

The famous creative residents of the Montreux Riviera are legion, from Freddie Mercury and Charlie Chaplin to Ernest Hemingway and Lord Byron. To mark the presence of the musicians, writers and actors who took up residence in the region, Montreux-Vevey Tourism has launched a new mobile app called “Sur les traces de nos hôtes célèbres” (“On the Tracks of our Famous Guests”). Using location settings, the route can be followed on foot or on an electric bike, which can be rented. There is also an audio accompaniment available in English.

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Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland
Located in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, the Lake Geneva Region is an enduring, picture-postcard destination of classic mountain beauty, refined cuisine and legendary hotels. The region is seemingly timeless, with lakeside promenades, steamships and five-star Belle Époque-era hotels. The Lake Geneva Region is home to the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival and the annual winter Festival de Ballons in Château-d’Oex, the world capital of ballooning. For more information, visit www.lake-geneva-region.ch

Events schedule in Montreal for Spring 2015

FIFA [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/international-festival-of-films-on-art-fifa ]
March 19 to 29, 2015
The International Festival of Films on Art embraces multiple forms of creativity.

Festival TransAmériques [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/festival-transameriques ]
May 21 to June 4
Dance and theatre festival that builds bridges between local and international talent.

The Aztecs, People of the Sun [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/the-aztecs-people-of-the-sun-montreal ]
May 29 to October 25
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
A foray into the great Aztec civilization through hundreds of artifacts.

Rodin — [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/rodin-metamorphoses-in-rodins-studio-mbam-montreal ] Metamorphoses [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/rodin-metamorphoses-in-rodins-studio-mbam-montreal ]
May 30 to October 18
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Exhibition presenting 200 masterpieces created by legendary French sculptor Rodin.