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‘Green light’ for St Patrick’s celebrations around the world!

16 March 2017:  Over 250 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2017 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The annual initiative, now in its eighth year, which sees a host of major landmarks around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day, has grown from strength to strength, with many new landmarks signing up to take part this year.

Stadiums, statues, castles and towers will go green to celebrate our national day (17 March) with exciting additions for 2017 including the One World Trade Center in New York – the main building of the re-built World Trade Center in New York and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Canadian landmarks going green this year include the Toronto Sign, Casa Loma, Whistler Ski Resort, Calgary Tower, Cabot Tower, The Big Fiddle, the Museum of Nature, the Big Nickel, the Distillery District, the Sails of Lights, the Futalognkosaurus (dinosaur) in the Royal Ontario Museum, Montreal City Hall, Complexe Desjardins, and La Tour McGill.
Click Tourism Ireland’s Global Greenings for footage of the world turning green.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the eighth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see even more well-known attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved. The eagerness of cities and countries everywhere to take part underlines the strength of the deep connection that people all over the world feel to Ireland. More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage.”

Of course, the ‘greenings’ are just one part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The place to be on 17th March is Ireland where there are two festivals which shouldn’t be missed.

In Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, the ‘St Patrick’s Festival’ will last for four great days, taking in the weekend and running from 16-19 March.  The city will be alive with music, film, arts, dance, culture, fun and even international rugby.

Each year the festival has a different theme with this year’s ‘Ireland We Are’ giving the city a chance to showcase all that Ireland stands for today.  Festival favourites include the world’s largest outdoor céilí, world-class museums hosting free workshops and guided historic walks including famous sites such as the Guinness Storehouse. The main event, the St Patrick’s Festival parade, is held on Friday 17 March in Dublin’s city centre.

In Northern Ireland, the newly curated ‘Home of St Patrick Festival’ celebrates St Patrick, the man and the saint, as one of the world’s most inspiring and loved saints of all time. Taking place in the beautiful landscape of Counties Armagh and Down, which was once Patrick’s home, the festival will culminate on Sunday 19 March with ‘The Voice of the Irish’ closing concert in spectacular Newry Cathedral.



Vancouver, March 15th 2017: The spotlight shines on Canada’s North this year as the world is invited to discover epic locations in Canada celebrating 150 years of confederation. This event has inspired Canadian cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) to introduce more in-depth Canadian Arctic exploration…


The intimate and immersive nature of OOE’s small ship expedition cruises impacts travellers’ lives, while enhancing their appreciation for the Arctic and other Canadian destinations. Exploration of the Arctic is slowly becoming a journey of choice and a “Trip of a Lifetime” for Canadians and global travellers. OOE has been developing sustainable Arctic tourism for over a decade and are consistently innovative in creating itineraries taking visitors to some of the most unspoiled places on earth with programs that focus on education, science, history, arts & culture and exploration.  OOE’s small ship adventures take travellers further afield providing access to archeological sites, remote Inuit communities and wildlife viewing opportunities few often experience.


OOE’s 2018 cruise season continues to inspire, with the introduction of a ‘Circumpolar Art in the Arctic’ program that bridges the Norwegian High Arctic and the Canadian High Arctic through visual art. Internationally acclaimed visual artists include Cory Trepanier, David McEown, Bruce Pearson, Christopher Cran, wildlife documentary producer Karen Bass, internationally award winning photographer Daisy Gilardini, as well as polar scientists, historians and ambassadors of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.


A new and exceptional voyage for 2018 is the inaugural Canada’s East Coast Golf Expedition.’ The seven-night expedition cruise invites guests to experience some of the best golf courses along Canada’s East Coast.  Passengers enjoy the luxury of waking up every morning to a new course and the ease of boarding an expedition zodiac to take them ashore for their next round of golf. With additional expedition stops to Sable Island and Iles de Madeleine, this program offers unbeatable golf and cruising memories for golfers and non-golfing partners alike.


From early July to the end of September, OOE operates several 12-night ‘Classic Northwest Passage voyages emphasizing early Arctic exploration. Along with an historical focus, guests travel to some of the last remaining great wilderness regions on the planet with sightings of polar bears, whales, and myriad bird species.


The 11-night ‘Baffin Island – Jewel of the Arctic trip that was introduced in 2016 has already become one of the top selling voyages. The stunning nine-night ‘High Arctic Explorer voyage commences in Resolute, Nunavut, one of the most northern outposts in the Canadian Arctic. This trip offers the perfect blend of wildlife, history, culture and scenery.


The 10-night ‘Labrador and Torngat Explorer cruise departs from the historic town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia and explores two iconic National Parks, Gros Morne and Torngat Mountains. Exploring the rugged Newfoundland & Labrador coast provides an abundance of wildlife experiences that can be seen all the way up to Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit. This itinerary is special and a gem of new offerings launched for the 2017 summer travel season.


A number of early booking offers are in place for 2018 summer travel. On Canada’s East Coast Fins and Fiddles and Golf Expedition a complimentary pre-voyage hotel and US$100 shipboard bar credit is provided. For all other Arctic and Labrador voyages, early bookings benefit with a flight credit ranging from US$500 to US$1000. All offers expire May 31, 2017. ONE CLUB Loyalty Program members (past travellers with OOE) can apply their 10% loyalty savings to any current booking offers.

Canada Day celebration with Parks Canada

Free admission to Parks Canada sites to celebrate Canada Day

OTTAWA, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ – Parks Canada reminds that admission will be free in all 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas on Canada Day.

To celebrate Canada Day, Canadians are invited to participate in an array of activities offered across the country.

For details on celebrations across the country including activities involving Parks Canada in Canada’s Capital, please visit:

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Travelling with Wild Women Expeditions

Canada’s leading outdoor adventure company for women celebrates 22nd anniversary
Wild Women Expeditions unveils 2012 schedule of wilderness adventures, getaways and retreats

12 October, 2011 (Woody Point, Newfoundland) — Wild Women Expeditions (WWE), Canada’s largest all-women adventure travel company, enters its 22nd season with fun and unique adventures in every region of Canada. Wild Women Expeditions specializes in outdoor adventure travel exclusively within Canada.

In 1991, the company started as an all-women canoe tripping company and over the last 20 years, Wild Women has expanded across Canada and is now offering kayak, flatwater and whitewater canoe, hiking, cycling, surfing and yoga adventures in eight provinces and territories. Yoga and art retreats compliment multi-sport adventures in a variety of outstanding wilderness destinations, including Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim, the Rockies, Charlevoix Quebec, Northern Ontario, New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy and Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park.

In 2011, WWE broke new ground with the wildly popular “Wild Yoga Retreats” in Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, combining a wellness-based program with outdoor adventure activities. WWE Director Jennifer Haddow said, “Women are looking to experience the wild in a holistic way, with other women who share their values and interests. Women’s-only travel resonates with more and more women who want more than a typical getaway vacation. They want to be part of a meaningful wilderness experience and they talk about the connections with other woman on our adventures as being as valuable as the experience of the destinations themselves”.

From the beginning of June through to September 2012, many traditional favorites and some brand new expeditions are available. A greater number and range of trips have recently been added to meet the growing demand of women wanting to explore and experience the natural beauty of Canada’s wilderness.

Recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in all-women wilderness trips, Wild Women Expeditions accommodates both the absolute beginner and the well-seasoned tripper.

“WWE has had a steady climb, increasing our activities and business by almost 20 per cent in the last year, and is poised to grow even more in 2012.” said Haddow. “We are increasing our specialized trips, such as trips exclusively for lesbian and bisexual women, as well as building on trips for mothers and daughters and meeting more specific needs of the women’s travel community”.

The complete 2012 schedule is available at, or for more information               1-888-WWE-1222       .

In 2011, WWE also launched a unique new blog ‘Women Going Wild’ ( as a forum to share the stories of women about their empowerment and experience in Canada’s wilderness.

News from Fredericton Tourism. March 30, 2011 issue

Fredericton Tourism

March/ 30/ 2011



Like Town Square Social Hub to Win 2 Harvest Ultimate Passes and lots more Prizes!

Fredericton Tourism has launched its new “Town Square Social page and an exciting new contest that aims to create a unique social community appealing to both visitors and local residents alike. The “Meet in our Town Square Contest” offers new page fans the opportunity to win all-access passes to the City’s best festivals along with gifts certificates to some of the City’s top restaurants.


“Our Town Square Social Hub will be a place to engage locals in a conversation about all that’s great in Fredericton. It’s where you’ll go to learn and talk about great festivals, attractions, events, concerts, shows, gallery openings and unique stories about our rich heritage. We want to create a space that reflects the cultural dynamism that emerging in Fredericton, a pool of local insiders conversation that visitors can dive into as they plan their visit,” says David Seabrook, manager of Fredericton Tourism. 

“We’ll also have lots of contests and special deals for people meeting in the Town Square,” says David Seabrook, manager of Fredericton Tourism. “We’re grateful for the participation of our major festivals and downtown restaurants to help launch this new initiative.”

Fans joining Fredericton Tourism’s new “Town Square Social Hub” facebook page before April 30 will have a chance to win passes to all the City’s best events, including  the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, the New Brunswick Highland Games, Maritime CountryFest, and the Summer Music Festival.


The Grand Prize is a weekend package for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (September 13-18). The package includes downtown hotel accommodation during the festival (three nights), A Deep Blues Experience Package that features two Ultimate all-access passes, backstage moments with a festival guide, and dinner with a Harvest headline artist.  This package includes tickets to world-class artists like Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, Johnny Lang, Matt Andersen the Pimps of Joytime.

Other “Meet in Our Town Square Contest” prizes include passes to the New Brunswick Spirits Festival and a $50 gift certificate to the Blue door restaurant; passes to Summer music Festival and a $50 gift certificate to Bruno’s at the Delta Fredericton; passes to the Highland Games and a $50 gift certificate to the Lunar Rouge restaurant; and passes to Maritime CountryFest and a $50 gift certificate to the Garrison Ale House.

Other prizes will be drawn when the Town Square Social Hub reaches 500, 1000, 1,500 and 2,000 member fans. These prizes include tickets to the Playhouse, edVentures learning vacation workshops, free bike rentals, and more.


“Our goal is to create a community conversation that reflects the rich heritage and cultural dynamism of Fredericton. We want to reflect the excitement that exists here. We want to talk about great food, awesome events, kick around old stories that engage us in the place we live and provide a visitors with a sense of who we are,” says Seabrook.


“As we get into tourism season, we want to encourage visitors to share their Fredericton vacation experiences with us. At Fredericton Tourism, we get lots of great feedback from visitors. We’d like them to share that with our community and other potential travelers,” adds Seabrook.


There are 250 million people a month using Facebook. Fredericton Tourism says it will be an important part of its marketing strategy into the future.

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Tourisme Fredericton lance le concours Bienvenue à la Place publique   

Pour diffusion immédiate : le 10 mars 2011

Aujourd’hui, Tourisme Fredericton lance sa nouvelle page Facebook Place publique, carrefour social ( ainsi qu’un passionnant concours visant à créer une communauté sociale unique qui intéressera aussi bien les résidents que les visiteurs. Le concours Bienvenue à la Place publique offrira aux adeptes de la nouvelle page la chance de gagner des laissez-passer complets pour les festivals de Fredericton ainsi que des chèques-cadeaux pour des restaurants parmi les meilleurs de la ville.

« Place publique, carrefour social sera un endroit où les Frederictoniens et Frederictoniennes raconteront ce qu’ils trouvent de fantastique dans leur ville. Ils y parleront des festivals, des attractions, des événements, des concerts, des spectacles, des lancements et vernissages et d’histoires associées au riche patrimoine de leur ville. Nous voulons créer un espace pour mettre en valeur le dynamisme culturel qui règne Fredericton. En fait, ce sera une sorte de discussion entre gens du coin que les visiteurs pourront consulter – et enrichir – lors de la planification de leur voyage », explique le gestionnaire de Tourisme Fredericton, David Seabrook.

« Il y aura aussi beaucoup de concours et d’offres spéciales pour les gens qui se retrouveront sur cette page Facebook, ajoute M. Seabrook. Justement, nous voulons remercier les grands festivals et les restaurants du centre-ville qui ont contribué à cette initiative. »

D’ailleurs, les gens qui iront sur la page Facebook de Tourisme Fredericton, Place publique, carrefour social, avant le 30 avril courront la chance de gagner des laissez-passer pour les événements les plus populaires en ville, entre autres le festival Harvest Jazz and Blues, les Jeux Highland du Nouveau-Brunswick, le Festival country des Maritimes, et le Festival de musique.

Le grand prix, une fin de semaine au festival Harvest Jazz and Blues (13-18 sept.), comprend trois nuitées dans un hôtel du centre-ville (pendant le festival) et le forfait Jazz et blues au max! Ce forfait englobe deux laissez-passer complets, une visite en coulisses avec un guide du festival et un souper en compagnie d’un artiste en vedette au festival ainsi que des billets pour des spectacles d’artistes aussi renommés que Gregg Allman, membre du panthéon du rock and roll, Johnny Lang, Matt Andersen et the Pimps of Joytime.


Le concours Bienvenue à la Place publique donnera la chance de gagner d’autres prix, notamment des billets pour le Festival annuel des spiritueux du Nouveau-Brunswick avec chèque-cadeau de 50 $ échangeable au restaurant Blue door,  des laissez-passer pour de musique d’été et le Festival avec chèque-cadeaux de 50 $ pour le Bruno’s (Delta Fredericton), des laissez-passer pour les Jeux Highland du Nouveau-Brunswick avec chèque-cadeaux de 50 $ échangeable au restaurant The Lunar Rouge et des billets pour le Festival country des Maritimes avec chèque-cadeaux de 50 $ pour le Garrison District Ale House.



D’autres prix – billets pour le Playhouse, ateliers de vacances éducatives éducAventures, location gratuite de vélos, etc. – seront tirés quand la page Place publique, carrefour social atteindra 500, 1000, 1500, puis 2000 adeptes.

« Notre cherchons avant tout à susciter une conversation communautaire à l’image du riche patrimoine et du dynamisme culturel de Fredericton. Nous voulons répandre la vitalité de notre ville en parlant des bonnes tables, des événements fantastiques, des histoires d’autrefois qui renforcent notre attachement pour cet endroit où nous vivons… bref, faire comprendre aux visiteurs qui nous sommes », indique M. Seabrook.

« Comme la saison touristique approche, nous voulons encourager les visiteurs à nous raconter leurs vacances chez nous. Les visiteurs font beaucoup de commentaires enthousiastes à Tourisme Fredericton… ce serait bien que les gens d’ici et d’ailleurs puissent les lire aussi », ajoute M. Seabrook.

Chaque mois, 250 millions de gens vont sur Facebook. Tourisme Fredericton indique que ce site sera désormais un élément important de sa stratégie marketing.

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THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

A Journey to the Land of Spirits. Summer 2010 events

A journey to the land of spirits 

Your guide is really a guardian, a storyteller, someone to keep you safe from polar bears. He will take you to places sacred and ancient: some of the rocks here date to 3.9 billion years ago. He will show you how to fish, how to read the sky for weather, and introduce you to the elders who will welcome you to kANGIDLUASUk, share their stories and knowledge. It’s the experience of a lifetime. Have a look 

kANGIDLUASUk is the base camp for one of Canada’s newest and most exotic destinations. In Inuit mythology, the northern Labrador mountains area where their ancestors lived for millennia was known as Torngat, land of spirits. This spectacular wilderness ranges from Saglek Fjord to the northern tip of Labrador, and from the highest mountains east of the Rockies across a plateau to the jagged fjords of the Labrador Sea. Its 9,700 square kilometers comprise Torngat Mountains National Park.  

At base camp you’ll meet scientists studying the environment, hike to archaeological sites with Inuit guides, take a boat trip along the coast, go harvesting, and soak up camp life. 

This is a park like no other. It is, first and foremost, home to the Inuit. There are no roads, and no way there except by boat or air. It’s a place where the adventure is a safari of the mind, a discovery of the rhythm of the land, and a new yet ancient culture. 

Cruise ship and small group are the two modes of travel into the park. Vision Atlantic Vacations of Corner Brook, NL, offers a 7-night Lure of the Labrador Wild excursion by air from Happy Valley-Goose Bay that also takes side trips to the abandoned villages of Hebron and Ramah for $5,900CDN single. Cruise North Expeditions offers two Torngat Safari – a 4-day cruise ship-based excursion for $3,190US air included, and 7-day stand-alone tour for $4,361US plus air. 

Other cruise ship operators who cruise Torngat as part of a larger expedition include Polar Star Expeditions, Travel Dynamics International, and Wanderbird Cruises. 

For more information on Newfoundland and Labrador travel packages, please check our website.

Dive In to Prove Your Love on Valentine’s

Dive In to Prove Your Love on Valentine’s Day


It’s almost question-popping time – you know, Valentine’s Day – but
going down on one knee is a little…boring, right? Predictable, safe,
and just not either of you. Life is a big adventure, and the two of you
are adventurous. So, let’s go deep, 89 feet deep, in SCUBA gear, to the
deck of an historic shipwreck, and spring the ring. Now, that’s a


This one-of-a-kind Dive In package is available through Leaside Manor
<>  and Ocean Quest Adventures
<>  in Newfoundland and Labrador,
Canada. Leaside Manor is a high-end boutique bed-and-breakfast in
downtown St. John’s, and Ocean Quest is a dive and adventure operator
just 15 minutes away. The dive is to a ship sunk off Bell Island in
Conception Bay by a German U-Boat in the 1940s. The ship is sitting
upright and the water is wonderfully clear.


The extra element in this package is a ring hand-crafted by jeweler
Chris Kearney
<>  of
St. John’s from diamonds, silver, gold and labradorite.


There are other romance packages available that come with just a tinge
of adventure. There’s a Love on the Rock
<>  snowmobile ride combined with a
romantic dinner and dancing offered by Leaside Manor; Humber Valley
Heaven <>
featuring, among other things, cooking classes paired with zip lining;
Molding Your Romance in Newfoundland which features pottery making at
Riverwood Inn <> , Springdale; and our
Titanic romance <>  at the Ryan Mansion in
St. John’s.


Newfoundland and Labrador a romantic place. Heart’s Delight, Heart’s
Desire, Little Heart’s Ease and Cupids are just some of our romantic
place names. Cupids, which is also on the shore of Conception Bay, is
celebrating its 400th anniversary
<>  in 2010, so we’re romantic
and steadfast.



Gillian Marx
Media Relations
Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6
Phone:               709-729-2832         709-729-2832
Email: <