Punter’s Paradise

Sandy Cove is silent as I glide toward the sapphire-streaked icebergs in the distance. Slowly traveling south from Greenland, the behemoth blocks of ice glisten in the warm New­foundland sun, beckoning me to some imaginary finish line. I dip my wooden paddles down and pull, propelling the wooden punt across the surface with a powerful […]

Fairmont Gives Golfers Reasons to Travel this Summer

Travel offers new experiences, unique perspectives and provides a greater appreciation for the beauty and adventure all around. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is tapping into that truism by giving would-be golf travelers a host of good reasons to embark on an unforgettable golf getaway. Under the banner of “No Excuses. Only Reasons.”, Fairmont’s latest golf-oriented campaign […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Smoke on the Water

The GIFT An all-inclusive five-day, four-night fishing trip for 30 guests to King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia, hosted by chef Michael Mina. Nightly tasting menus created by Mina and his executive chefs, David Varley and Adam Sobel. One night at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, including a kick-off party hosted by chef David […]

Sport: Automatic First Down

Staring down a snow-choked chute that has never been skied, I take a shallow breath and shift my eyes to the horizon. All around me, craggy Canadian Rocky peaks pierce the cloudless sky; in the distance, British Columbia’s Kinbasket River slithers through the valley. Looking down again at the untouched powder below, I see my […]

Leisure: Above and Beyond Par: Going Pro

When selecting a pro-am tournament, you should consider the obvious (quality of course, strength of field) and the not-so obvious (three rather than four amateurs per pro, walking and caddies, tee times rather than shotgun starts, additional special events). Individual spots typically cost between $4,000 and $10,000 and may include VIP passes and extra tickets […]

Golf: Swinging to the Oldies

Without the bam of a Big Bertha behind it, my drive on the 602-yard, par-5 seventh hole at the Fairmont Banff Springs golf course falls 70 yards shorter than it normally would. My ball lands on the fairway, but it takes me two more strokes—one with the Spoon and the other with the Jigger—to get […]

Best of the Best 2008: Golf Courses

Canadian designer Doug Carrick took both the high road and the low road when building the Carrick at Cameron House (+44.1389.755.565,, which plays along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland. The front nine of the 7,086-yard course follows the lake’s level shoreline and incorporates several links-style features, such as sod-walled fairway bunkers […]

North American Adventures: Bearing Witness

Polar Bear Provincial Park, on Canada’s Hudson Bay, seems an unlikely spot for an extravagant wildlife safari. For one thing, the place has no visitors’ facilities, and its description on the Ontario Parks web site might deter, not encourage, guests: “Visitors to Polar Bear should be prepared for any eventuality. They should bring at least […]

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