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It's the wee Scottish city that is spelled with only nine letters but pronounced with about fourteen syllables, six of which are variations on the rrrrolled rrrrr. It's got more pubs than you can dream of crawling 'round (indeed many Scots do dream about exactly this), a pretty little castle perched atop a rock and a year's worth of events stuffed into one month. From the home of haggis and heilan' coos, I give you my take on Edinburgh. Read more »
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Whistler offers whack loads of outdoor activities, including the adrenaline-pumping bungee jumping hosted by Whistler Bungee! Now, not everyone does the Charlie Brown dance when bungee jumping is mentioned but for 3 friends and me, we were cha cha cha-ing all the way to Whistler.
Check out this Global News Story on staying with HI during next years Olympics: With just six months to go before the 2010 games two of the largest hostels in downtown Vancouver are nearly booked up. Read more »
If you've seen The Sound of Music, you know all about Salzburg, Austria. If you're like me and you haven't seen it, then come to Salzburg and you'll feel like you have. The small city breeds child talent - with both the von Trapp kids and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart among its former residents. Whichever genre tickles your fancy more, there's plenty to see on the matter in Salzburg. Read more »
Opening in time for the 2010 Olympics, Translinks new Canada Line is ready to start running on August 17th, over 3 months ahead of schedule. This new skytrain route will run from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to the downtown core, taking a mere 25 minutes end to end and stopping at 16 locations. The route will connect with the Expo Line, the King George Line, the Seabus and the West Coast Express, at the Waterfront Station, providing an invaluable asset to Vancouvers transit infrastructure.
Check out the Canada Line video, route map and Translink's Tips for Opening Day after the jump. Read more »
It's a bit of a contentious issue but I don't think there's a better way to get around than by train. All things considered - price, convenience, comfort and time - the train wins. Canada doesn't come close to doing the train justice. Compare a rail map of Canada with a rail map of Europe and it's like comparing a single strand of spaghetti with a massive bowl of spag bol. Europe knows trains and if you're heading here any time soon, I suggest you get acquainted. Read more »
It's hard not to hop from city to city in Europe. It seems like that's what most backpackers do. So after a stream of Eastern European cities, I was happy to get to Slovenia, where even the capital seems like a glorified town and just outside there's a national park bursting at the seams with outdoor activities.
HI-C-PMR members Gerald and Alison Hankins recently attended the 100th Anniversary event at Bragg Creek. Read their letter about the event and about their personal connection with beginning of hostelling in Canada after the jump.