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Enjoying smores on the patio at the Fairmont Empress Hotel is one of the treats of the Victoria holiday season. Rhymes With Orange Photography

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Find Christmas cheer in the heart of Victoria

From the iconic Fairmont Empress to decorated Old Town, seasonal activities abound in the harbour

  • Dec 7, 2019
Enjoying smores on the patio at the Fairmont Empress Hotel is one of the treats of the Victoria holiday season. Rhymes With Orange Photography
Mexico in December

Mexico in December

Why you should the country’s most popular beach destinations before peak season

  • Dec 6, 2019
Mexico in December
A no-stress guide to airports for every type of traveler

A no-stress guide to airports for every type of traveler

Here’s how to get through it with a smile, no matter your travel type

  • Dec 5, 2019
A no-stress guide to airports for every type of traveler
Members of Team Rubicon help clean up after Hurricane Dorian ripped through the Bahamas in early September in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Darragh O’Carroll

Hurricane season is ending, but the recovery from Dorian has just begun in the Bahamas

Bahamas reminding travelers that Dorian wiped out only the northern part of the archipelago.

  • Dec 4, 2019
Members of Team Rubicon help clean up after Hurricane Dorian ripped through the Bahamas in early September in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Darragh O’Carroll
Costa Rica cracks down on ‘cruel’ animal selfies with viral social media campaign

Costa Rica cracks down on ‘cruel’ animal selfies with viral social media campaign

‘Taking selfies with animals is cruel, negatively impacts endangered species and may be dangerous’

  • Dec 3, 2019
Costa Rica cracks down on ‘cruel’ animal selfies with viral social media campaign
A family cross the highway splitting Cathedral Grove. — NEWS File Photo

Design underway for Cathedral Grove parking lot upgrade

Median, pedestrian overpass, parking area expansion all in the works

A family cross the highway splitting Cathedral Grove. — NEWS File Photo
Flood hits tribal land days before camping season closes

Flood hits tribal land days before camping season closes

About 170 people were at the campground when a flood hit in the pre-dawn hours Friday

  • Dec 2, 2019
Flood hits tribal land days before camping season closes
Judy Norbury chronicles her adventures in Sometimes I Kiss My Feet – Wheelchair Adventures in Pakistan and India. Photo supplied

Wheelchair opens doors for traveller in India and Pakistan

For Comox Valley’s Judy Norbury, disability paved way for experiences she might not have had

Judy Norbury chronicles her adventures in Sometimes I Kiss My Feet – Wheelchair Adventures in Pakistan and India. Photo supplied
Children piled into the Divine Hands Orphanage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, singing a song to welcome a team of Rotary volunteers. (Black Press Media file photo)

Haiti orphans in desperate need as country warns to stay away

Former Langford fire chief postpones humanitarian mission due to political unrest

  • Nov 30, 2019
Children piled into the Divine Hands Orphanage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, singing a song to welcome a team of Rotary volunteers. (Black Press Media file photo)
Travel dilemmas: Are you the Satan of back-seat drivers?

Travel dilemmas: Are you the Satan of back-seat drivers?

Read this before you ruin the holidays

  • Nov 30, 2019
Travel dilemmas: Are you the Satan of back-seat drivers?
Hogwarts Castle at the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey amusement ride in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure amusement theme park at Universal Orlando in Orlando, Florida, illuminated at night. (David R. Tribble photo, Wikimedia Commons)

Universal Studios Orlando stuffs holidays with familiar festivities

Florida resort offers Grinch, Mannheim Steamroller and more favourites for the season

  • Nov 29, 2019
Hogwarts Castle at the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey amusement ride in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure amusement theme park at Universal Orlando in Orlando, Florida, illuminated at night. (David R. Tribble photo, Wikimedia Commons)
Ladymith elders still giddy for town’s annual for Festival of Lights

Ladymith elders still giddy for town’s annual for Festival of Lights

Vancouver Island’s most-celebrated Light Up event happens tonight in downtown Ladysmith

Ladymith elders still giddy for town’s annual for Festival of Lights
This Oct. 20, 2019 photo shows Karen Tara, of San Francisco, soaking in the views of El Capitan from the top of Sentinel Dome in Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)

Disturbing the peace? 5 hikes to avoid Yosemite crowds

Maximize your enjoyment of nature’s great temple without worrying about parking

  • Nov 28, 2019
This Oct. 20, 2019 photo shows Karen Tara, of San Francisco, soaking in the views of El Capitan from the top of Sentinel Dome in Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)
8 of the best things to do in Palm Beach

8 of the best things to do in Palm Beach

By Lara Grant Oyster.com Ritzy and historic, Palm Beach in Florida is…

  • Nov 27, 2019
8 of the best things to do in Palm Beach
A all-electric Teslas taxi fleet will roll out in Victoria on Sunday. (Current Taxi/Facebook)

All-electric Tesla cab fleet rolls onto Victoria streets this Sunday

Current Taxi says 15 Tesla cabs start operation on Dec. 1

A all-electric Teslas taxi fleet will roll out in Victoria on Sunday. (Current Taxi/Facebook)
A pedestrian makes her way across empty Speer Blvd. as a storm packing snow and high winds sweeps in over the region Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Denver. Stores, schools and government offices were closed or curtailed their hours while on another front, Thanksgiving Day travellers were forced to wrestle with snow-packed roads and flight delays or cancellations throughout the intermountain West. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Big snow storm causes travel mayhem in Colorado and Wyoming

Travellers sleeping in Denver airport as signs show Americans might be facing coast-to-coast storm

  • Nov 26, 2019
A pedestrian makes her way across empty Speer Blvd. as a storm packing snow and high winds sweeps in over the region Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Denver. Stores, schools and government offices were closed or curtailed their hours while on another front, Thanksgiving Day travellers were forced to wrestle with snow-packed roads and flight delays or cancellations throughout the intermountain West. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Paragliding above the Endless Chain Ridge in Jasper National Park. (Contributed)

‘People told me I couldn’t do it’: Film records first trans-Rockies paragliding adventure

The Endless Chain movie also explores masculinity through paragliding

Paragliding above the Endless Chain Ridge in Jasper National Park. (Contributed)
FILE - In this July 1, 2017 file photo, a snowboarder cuts throughout the snow at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Squaw Valley, Calif. A wilderness protection group has filed a lawsuit to try to block construction of a 2.2-mile long (3.5-kilometer-long) gondola that would pass through a national forest to connect Squaw Valley to a neighboring Lake Tahoe ski resort. The conservationists want a California judge to set aside Placer County’s approval of the project they say would destroy critical habitat for a rare, federally protected frog and lead to irreversible loss of natural landscape on the edge of a high Sierra wilderness area. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Critics try to block Tahoe resort expansion project

Sierra Watch calls it a “very high fire hazard severity zone” with a congested escape route.

  • Nov 24, 2019
FILE - In this July 1, 2017 file photo, a snowboarder cuts throughout the snow at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Squaw Valley, Calif. A wilderness protection group has filed a lawsuit to try to block construction of a 2.2-mile long (3.5-kilometer-long) gondola that would pass through a national forest to connect Squaw Valley to a neighboring Lake Tahoe ski resort. The conservationists want a California judge to set aside Placer County’s approval of the project they say would destroy critical habitat for a rare, federally protected frog and lead to irreversible loss of natural landscape on the edge of a high Sierra wilderness area. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General are urging British Columbians to prepare ahead of time for winter storms. (Black Press File Photo)

ICBC, province urge residents to plan ahead for winter weather

Greater Victoria should gear up and have a plan in place

  • Nov 23, 2019
The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General are urging British Columbians to prepare ahead of time for winter storms. (Black Press File Photo)
Resorts World updates plans for $4.3B Vegas Strip resort

Resorts World updates plans for $4.3B Vegas Strip resort

It will be the most expensive resort property ever developed in Las Vegas

  • Nov 23, 2019
Resorts World updates plans for $4.3B Vegas Strip resort