Ice, Ice, Baby: Endless Fun at the Quebec Winter Carnival

Quebec Winter Carnival

Close your eyes and imagine a winter wonderland similar to that in the acclaimed Disney movie Frozen, where snow covers the ground, entire buildings are made of ice, and a magical snowman befriends you. Now, open your eyes, head to TakeTours.com, and book a tour that will take you to the Quebec Winter Carnival, a wondrous annual event in Quebec City that celebrates the pristine beauty of the Canadian winter.

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The Quebec Winter Carnival – Ice is nice!

A party like no other, the Quebec Winter Carnival is a celebration of ice, snow, and all things cold! The seasonal amusement park combines the best Canadian Winter pastimes like ice sculpting, dog sledding, and snow sled slides into one fantastic event. Musical performances and parades create an amazing spectacle, the largest Winter Carnival in the world!

Quebec Winter Carnival

Have you ever visited a hotel made completely out of ice and snow? The Quebec Ice Hotel is made of 500,000 tons of ice and is a stunning feat of engineering. Built over a month and a half by 60 workers, the Ice Hotel is only standing from January through April. Book your trip today to this unique celebration before it all melts!

Things to Love About: Vancouver

Vancouver skyline
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So. Recent hockey-related rioting aside, most people agree that Vancouver is a pretty fantastic place. In fact, it’s consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and for good reason: combine the laid back vibe of the West Coast with mild weather, gorgeous scenery, locally grown wine, fresh produce and fish, and myriad outdoor activities practically right outside the door of your beautiful glass-walled high rise apartment, and you’ll understand why property values are soaring. It really is the way urban life should be. Really.

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Happy 144th Birthday, Canada!

Too often at this time of year we forget the Canadians. While on the Fourth of July Americans are busy at barbecues, parades and concerts, lighting fireworks late into the night, and generating lots of noise about declaring their independence from the British in 1776, many forget that just a few days before, Canadians are celebrating the birth of their country, too. (What’s a Canuck got to do to get a little attention, eh?)

A display of Canadian patriotism for Canada Day
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So we decided to do a little bit of research on this important holiday, and find out what it’s all about!

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William and Kate: Canada-bound!

William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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It seems like the whole world watched Prince William marry his commoner bride (and media darling) Kate Middleton, and the biggest news right now is their upcoming tour of Canada, a country perhaps best known for exports like maple syrup, hockey, and international teen sensation and hair trendsetter Justin Bieber. Responding to an invitation by the government of Canada, the royal couple will be conducting an official tour of Canada from June 30 to July 8, attending myriad festivities and giving royal addresses in this, Kate’s first official trip as a Princess.

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