Travelers flying to Canada starting Sept. 30 will experience a raft of new documentation requirements depending on their citizenship. The rules are part of Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), established in 2011 to facilitate travel between the U.S. and Canada. A result of the eTA was an effort to more closely scrutinize foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries. Up until the eTA, some countries authorized citizens to travel to Canada with only a passport, and without having to obtain a visa. As a result, foreigners from these countries were not subject to any screening until they arrived at an airport in Canada. These foreigners will now have to obtain an eTA in their passport before they can board a plane flying to Canada.
Canada’s most-preferred airline operates its inaugural flight to the U.K. CALGARY, May 29, 2015 /CNW/ – WestJet today launches non-stop daily service between Halifax and Glasgow, Scotland, with same-aircraft service beginning in Toronto. The inaugural flight on WestJet’s #TartanTail leaves Toronto Pearson tonight at 6:10 p.m. EDT with a brief stop at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, before departing for Glasgow at 10:45 p.m. ADT. “Today’s launch of service to the U.K. marks the start of another exciting chapter in the history of WestJet,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. “As Canada’s low-fare leader for nearly 20 years, we have dedicated ourselves to liberating Canadians from the high cost of air travel.
HELSINKI, May 27, 2015 /CNW/ – Every global traveler knows how jet lag feels. It kills productivity. Jet lag is the sleepy mid-day meeting when it’s difficult to keep focused, and it’s waking up at the wrong time in a hotel room, not able to re-charge. Jet lag is getting back home a week later, not able to be a great company and partner with friends and family, or to perform at work. HumanCharger (www.humancharger.com), the revolutionary new travel companion spells the end for jet lag by helping travelers make softer landings to new time zones – twice as fast.
As a couple of entrepreneurs-at-heart, you’ll often see us showcase travel-related products and services that we come across on Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank. As a Canadian-based Blog, we’re also always on the lookout for uniquely Canadian companies that can help all travelers around the world. ADDENDUM: Since we wrote this article we’ve sadly received a number of messages on our Facebook page relating poor experiences that people have had with FlightHub. Because we are here to promote the services we feel are the best or most useful to our fellow travellers, we’re adding this addendum to our article to make our readers aware.
What would you do if you won the lottery…or you just happened to have a few $ / € / £ lying around? How about this for your next vacation – perhaps something to aspire to enjoy…. TORONTO, April 23, 2015 /CNW/ — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world leader in luxury hospitality and service, unveils the new Four Seasons Private Jet – marking the establishment of a new standard in luxury hospitality experiences. The culmination of a vision to deliver a fully immersive Four Seasons Private Jet Experience both in the air and on the ground, every element of the private jet journey has been re-imagined and designed through the Four Seasons lens to capture the company’s signature aesthetic, style and legendary service in the sky.
DiscountMyFlights’ New Site Delivers a One-Stop Source for Flights On-line CALGARY, April 7, 2015 /CNW/ – DiscountMyFlights has launched a website specializing in aggregating fares for flights online. The company launched the site to achieve its mission of making travel more affordable for Canadians. Canadians can now easily find the best deal on airfare through DiscountMyFlights.ca. The site allows customers to easily compare fares from various sources with the click of a button.
Adventure seekers take note. Ziptrek preparing to launch a zipline spanning over 2 kms long, creating 7,000 feet of unmatched pure exhilaration! WHISTLER, BC, March 24, 2015 /CNW/ – Ziptrek Ecotours, based in Whistler, Canada, is setting the stage to launch a ground-breaking zipline this summer in the world-renowned resort destination.
One of the highlights on the IndyCar Series circuit is the July stop in Toronto. Each year the race in Toronto turns out to be one of the most exciting on the calendar. There are always bumps, crashes and controversy, a driver can still win the race even if he starts from the back – and that’s why the fans love it. But wait, there’s more! That’s right, there’s 2inTO! 2014 marks the second year in a row that Toronto will host two, back-to-back IndyCar races that are part of a fantastic annual Canadian Summer Festival by the shores of Lake Ontario. Having covered the Toronto Indy photographically for various media outlets since the year 2000 we were ready to experience it all from the other side of the fence. Last year (2013) we decided to cover the event from a fans perspective for our own website – TravelBloggers.ca. It was great to actually enjoy the festivities simply as real race fans –
ALGONQUIN PARK, ON, Jan. 22, 2014 /CNW/ – The Friends of Algonquin Park, a non-profit Canadian registered charity for those passionate about Algonquin Park, and EarthCam, the global leader in webcam technology have partnered to share live streaming video, panorama, and archived imagery of scenic Algonquin Park. “We know that people from around the world recognize that Algonquin Park is a place to be treasured. For most visitors, they can’t be here as much as they would like, so the new partnership with EarthCam allows them to see Algonquin Park in real-time. This opportunity was possible through the innovations of EarthCam and a generous sponsorship by the Couples Resort, a 5-star luxury resort outside the East Gate of the Park” said Lee Pauzé, General Manager, The Friends of Algonquin Park. “The Friends team knew from discussions with Algonquin Park visitors that seeing the seasons change, the lake ice form and melt, and watching the Park’s wildlife were important for those dreaming of their next Algonquin experience. Launching an EarthCam camera with high quality live views and amazing panoramas was critical to ensuring that we could do justice to such a beautiful place in Ontario, …
NIAGARA, ON, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ – The Icewine harvest had an early start this year as the temperature began to dip to below -8˚ Celsius in late November. Icewine harvest varies from year to year as growers are dependent on nature, but one thing that remains cool and dependable is the Niagara Icewine Festival – an annual celebration in January, that turns the region into an unforgettable wintery wonderland of Icewine-inspired experiences. The Icewine Festival, a one-of-a-kind celebration, is a time when consumers have the best opportunity to discover and enjoy Canada’s most cherished product. For three weeks in January, wine enthusiasts, cocktail fans, foodies and music lovers can all choose from a collection of Icewine related events reflecting the authentic and local flavours of Ontario. Events will be hosted throughout the Niagara region and at the outdoor street festivals in the towns of Jordan Village and Niagara-on-the-Lake, where visitors can admire sparkling ice sculptures, warm up to cozy open fires and enjoy live entertainment. New this year is Niagara-on-the-Lake’s ‘Sparkle & Ice.’ During the evening of Friday, January 17th, Icewine makers will be sharing …