News that has caught Chris' eye in the Travel World

Self-Drive Boats come to the Rideau Canal (25 April, 2017)

Le Boat, Europe’s largest self-drive boating company, is poised to launch the company’s first North American base of operations in 2018 on Ontario’s historic Rideau Canal. It will open in the picturesque town of Smiths Falls, “Heart of the Rideau Canal,” with a fleet of 16 specially designed Horizon cruisers.

As captain of your canal boat you live in, and drive, your own personal cruiser. These boats are very easy to operate - you don't need any license or experience!

The Rideau Canal, which opened in 1832, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Canadian National Historic Site as well as a Canadian Heritage river. It is 202kms long with 47 locks and is the oldest continuously operating canal in North America.

Booking will begin in spring 2017, with the boating season officially launching in May 2018 and running through October every year. For more information visit

Icefields Parkway Bicycle Trail (18 April, 2017)

Parks Canada often promotes the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff, Alberta as one of the most scenic drives in the world, but a plan to build a bike path along the route has hit some bumps in the road. Public consultations began in January on a proposed 107 kilometre bike trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefields. But there has been much concern expressed by environmental agencies that the process is being rushed through without full impact analyses being made. Apparently, the $66 million that Parks Canada received in the 2016 budget is only available for two years and there's a big push to spend the money before it's too late. If done properly, the bike route is destined to become one of the great scenic rides anywhere in the world. The final decision will be made by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, so watch this space for updates. 

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