RANGING FROM EXTRAORDINARY TO ABSOLUTELY ORDINARY, TRAVELLERS NOMINATED
MORE THAN 10,000 LOCAL GEMS, 25 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Reminding travellers that there are plenty of
local gems and hidden hot spots close to home, Travelocity.ca and their
friends at IgoUgo release the third edition of Local Secrets, Big Finds(R)
just in time to celebrate a slice of Canadiana this Labour Day weekend.
Travellers may be looking for destinations close to home with a unique flare
to help them enjoy their extended weekend this year. For those who want to
uncover lesser known local treasures while on vacation or in their hometown,
Travelocity.ca's online collection will send them straight to the heart of
their destination to the very places where the locals go.
Travelocity.ca's editorial team culled down more than 10,000 entries from
across North America to develop the exclusive Local Secrets, Big Finds list,
which includes 25 winners. From events such as the Exploits Valley Salmon
Festival in Newfoundland & Labrador to the very unique World Parrot Refuge in
British Columbia, these attractions are sure to pique the interest of locals
and visitors alike.
"Our authentic collection of local treasures uncovers a whole new set of
fascinating finds for locals, business travellers and leisure tourists," said
Amy Ziff, Travelocity's editor-at-large and industry expert.
"Our goal in compiling this list was to make local exploration simple and
fun by pointing travellers in the right direction to find authentic local
The Travelocity.ca Share Your Travel Experiences photo contest is a great
way to share your best images after visiting one of these insider spots. Go to
www.travelexperiences.ca to submit your pictures for a chance to win great
prizes. Also, call our insider's hotline at (877) 771-2007 to tell us what you
think about Local Secrets, Big Finds.
In addition to being named winners, five local hot spots were recognized
by Ziff in her "Editor's Choice Awards," giving them best-of-the-best honours.
Editor's Choice Awards include:
- Christian's Bar, St. John's, NL: Among the bars lining George Street,
cozy Christian's stands out for two equally prestigious reasons:
because it is the area's oldest establishment, and because it hosts
the "best screech-in in town." In a ceremony that "you cannot beat,"
visitors become honorary Newfoundlanders by kissing a cod, repeating
special phrases, and downing a shot of local Screech rum. For those
with more sensitive palates, "it's worth going just to watch," and
the bar and its beloved staff are "must-sees for every out-of-town
visitor." For a must-taste, try its famous coffee concoctions, with
or without Screech.
- Riverdale Farm, Toronto, ON: "Toronto's best-kept secret" offers a
welcome "sanctuary from the big city." Housing pigs, goats, rabbits,
and more four-legged residents "in the heart of town," Riverdale
gives city-dwellers and visitors a chance to learn about the workings
of a functional farm. Indeed, visiting the farmstead is "like
visiting the country," complete with a century-old barn, "ponds of
ducks and geese, the smell of hay, and the sound of little lambs."
Visit this "oasis" to "escape from the noise and stress" of Canada's
largest city, and don't forget to grab a bite of wood-fired bread
from the farm's kitchen.
- Yoga on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON: "Even if you've never tried yoga
before," you can practice under the Gothic revival architecture on
the banks of the Ottawa River. These "guerilla yoga" classes,
sponsored by yogawear designer Lululemon Athletica, "celebrates this
ancient tradition" and "spreads the benefits of yoga culture" in a
beautiful setting: Ottawa's Parliament Hill. Free classes are held at
Noon on Wednesdays during the summer. And don't worry if you're new
to this; "they'll even provide a mat for you."
- Slurp & Swirl Wine and Oyster Celebration, Vancouver, BC: More than
just a wine tasting and oyster sampling, Joe Forte's Slurp & Swirl is
a celebration of the shellfish for which the Pacific Northwest is
famed. Shuckers from across the continent compete while people pair
wines and oysters and try to win raffle prizes. Tickets can run you
$100, but the event is a charitable one. With "groovy music" and
"tons of fresh-shucked oysters", the event is a gastronomical
delight, not to mention that it's "great people-watching."
- The Berry Barn, Saskatoon, SK: Whether you prefer your berries ripe
for the taking on a bush, pre-picked and sorted in a barrel, or baked
between two crusts, The Berry Barn serves the morsels to your liking.
The "riverbank restaurant" offers local Saskatoon berry dishes in its
"park-like setting" while inviting visitors to pick their own snacks.
The Barn rises above being a mere food stop with scenic South
Saskatchewan River grounds that feature a greenhouse, gardens, and a
"berry-themed" gift shop. This berry bonanza is worthy of a veritable
"pilgrimage," as "a visit to Saskatoon isn't complete" without making
More Details on Travelocity.ca's Local Secrets, Big Finds for 2007
After querying millions of Travelocity.ca members to find out about the
favourite quintessential finds in their area, Travelocity.ca's team of editors
culled down more than 10,000 customer responses from across North America to
unearth the best local spots in each province and is now sharing the third
edition of Local Secrets, Big Finds with vacationers across the country. The
list highlights 25 winners in Canada. For the complete list of winners visit
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