Manitoba’s beautiful capital city of Winnipeg has lots of new and updated attractions this year. The stunning new $43 million home of Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is now open, featuring 22 aircraft and 14 immersive galleries.
The 109-year-old Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, Ascend Hotel Collection recently restored its main dining room and relaunched it as Oval Room Brasserie, while also unveiling a new state-of-the-art fitness facility.
Dinosaur enthusiasts can see giant, full-scale skeletons of new and exotic dinosaurs from the Southern Hemisphere at the new blockbuster exhibition at Manitoba Museum, ULTIMATE DINSOAURS! The exhibit runs May 21–Sept. 5.
FortWhyte Alive’s on-site eatery, Buffalo Stone Café, teams up with social enterprise Something Beautiful and Chef Zack Ssenkungu to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Winnipeg’s food scene continues to welcome hot new spots to eat and drink this spring, including a Northern Manitoba-style pizza joint, Takoyaki takeout and several new coffee shops.
2022 is the Year of the Garden in Canada, and Winnipeg’s newest green gem is The Gardens at The Leaf, located in Assiniboine Park. Featuring six unique outdoor areas, The Leaf is an expansive new outdoor garden which will continue to evolve as the greenery matures each season. The six new outdoor areas are The Indigenous Peoples Garden, created by Indigenous landscape and architectural designers in collaboration with Indigenous elders and community leaders; Kitchen Garden, which focuses on active gardening with edible plants like vegetables, fruits and herbs; Seasonal Garden, a garden centered around the four-season Manitoba experience, celebrating change with perennial plants; Sensory Garden, which features garden beds with colorful, aromatic and tactile plants, tall prairie grass and hills with rock steps to climb; Performance Garden, an outdoor stage surrounded by tiered cement offering levels of grassy seating around the stage; and The Grove, a space showcasing impressively tall trees lining beautiful scenic paths.
Finally, CURRENT Winnipeg launches its new, weekend-long festival experience at The Forks, Aug. 12–14. This sophisticated summer experience highlights the city’s thriving drinks, music, visual art and culinary scenes.
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
Incentive travel has long been a way for organizations to drive sales and reward employees with opulent trips to exotic destinations. Today it encompasses even more.
Not a word was spoken as I settled into a cozy spot on the outdoor terrace just outside the main lodge at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Uganda. The air was so still the ice in my single malt seemed to echo off the forest in the distance as it clanked against the glass. I sat among a handful of fellow adventurers, each sitting silently beneath the night sky for one collective goal. Moments earlier, we learned a troop of mountain gorillas had made their way down the mountain near our lodge, and we left our meals to instead sit in eager anticipation of hearing the guttural grunts of the primates below. The chills on my arms never left me that night, even as I made my way up a stone pathway to my personal banda (guestroom). Thankfully, sleep came quickly for me that night as I drifted into dreams of what my next day would bring.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.
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In time for peak travel season to Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast, the region will welcome its own airport as early as this July. Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport is not only undergoing renovations but it also plans to open as a commercial airport.