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The Last Resort

Make a break for it with a weekend package at one of Canada's best hotels

British Columbia
Gourmet Getaway -- AERIE RESORT
600 Ebedora Lane, Malahat, BC V0R 2L0; tel: (250) 743-7115/(800) 518-1933; fax: 250-743-4766; email: aerie@relaischateaux.com; www.aerie.bc.ca
Travel Time: Twenty-five minutes north of Vancouver.
What you get: Posh Relais & Châteaux quality in the Pacific Northwest. Most of the 29 rooms are outfitted with Jacuzzis, private balconies and fireplaces. Sink into comfy beds with thick down-filled comforters, or sprawl on the over-stuffed sofas and Persian rugs. The Gourmet Getaway package includes one night's accommodation, afternoon menu discussion with the hotel's award-winning chef, a five-course dinner for two, a breakfast hamper delivered to your room in the morning, followed by a full breakfast in the dining room. You'll find fresh flowers and chocolate truffles from Bernard Callebaut in your room when you arrive.
What's close by: A nature-lover's dream. Hike, bike, golf, swim, fish, kayak, sail and more. Take a tour of a local winery (arrangements can be made through the hotel concierge) or treat yourself to a massage at the in-house spa.
Rates: Start at $315, double occupancy. The package is available year-round.

Bed & Breakfast -- FOUR SEASONS VANCOUVER
791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4; tel: (604) 689-9333/(800) 819-5053; fax: 604-684-4555; www.fourseasons.com/vancouver
What you get: West Coast urban luxe. The Bed & Breakfast package includes accommodation and a full breakfast for two in the Chartwell restaurant. All rooms come with marble bathrooms, all the little comforts of home (and even some you don't have) and wonderful views of the city.
What's close by: Theatre? Check. Shopping? Check. Art? Check. Robson Street has high-end retailers and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Catch a show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre or stop at a deli to pick up the makings for a picnic in Stanley Park, all within walking distance. Tennis courts and several golf courses are a drive away. And if it's raining? The enormous Pacific Centre is accessible through the hotel.
Rates: Start at $235, double occupancy. Available until December 31, 2003.

Storm Watching -- PACIFIC SANDS BEACH RESORT
1421 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC VOR 2Z0; tel: (800) 565-2322/(250) 725-3322; fax: (250) 725-3155; email: info@ pacificsands.com; www.pacificsands.com
Travel Time: Five hours from Victoria and five and a half hours from Vancouver.
What you get: Pristine BC coast. Flanked by a protected old-growth forest and a superb national park, the Pacific Sands is the ideal place to get back to nature. The Go Wild for Winter package lets you experience the pound and fury of a Pacific storm from the comfort of an oceanfront
suite. Curl up in front of your fireplace with a steaming mug of tea or step out onto secluded shores and do some beachcombing while watching the waves crash. All recently renovated suites come with a private deck and a fully equipped kitchen.
What's close by: You can tee off year round at the nine-hole Long Beach Golf Course, surrounded by a towering forest with a fabulous view of Barkley Sound. Explore the ancient rainforests and splendid fjords of Meares Island and Clayoquot Sound. The famous sandy beaches of Schooner Cove and Wickaninnish Bay, part of the Pacific Rim National Park, offer some of BC's best sea kayaking and surfing. Wildlife viewing tours in the area -- including whale-watching tours -- are available from March to October.
Rates: The three-night package starts at $99 per room, per night, double occupancy. Taxes not included. Available until February 3, 2003, excluding November 9 to 11 and December 23 to January 2.

 

Hit the Slopes -- FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER
4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4; tel: (604) 938-8000/(800) 257-7544; fax:
(604) 938-2291; chateauwhistlerresort@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com
Travel Time: Two hours from Vancouver and under three hours from Victoria, including the ferry ride. What you get: North America's longest vertical and lots of powder. Blackcomb and Whistler boast two gondolas and 33 lifts, giving skiers and snowboarders access to more than 200 trails, 12 alpine bowls and three glaciers. The Hit the Slopes package offers great savings of up to $110 per person each day during the off-peak ski season. Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the Chateau Whistler allows you to ski right to your door. The package includes nightly accommodation, buffet breakfast plus a daily lift pass for Whistler-Blackcomb.
What's close by: Whistler is the ultimate winter playground: cross-country skiing, dogsledding, heli-skiing and boarding, ice climbing, sleigh rides and winter fishing are just the tip of the iceberg. If you want a break from the slopes, wander into the Whistler Museum and Archives Society to learn more about the area's heritage, flora and fauna and the life of local First Nations. Or grab a spatula and sign up for a hands-on class with the guest chefs at the Whistler Cooking School.
Rates: Packages start from $250 per person, per night, double occupancy, taxes not included. Minimum three-night stay required. Available from November 22 (when the ski season is scheduled to start) to December 20.

Alberta
Ukrainian New Year -- FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE
Jasper Park Lodge Road, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0; tel: (780) 852-3301/(800) 257-7544; fax: (780) 852-5107; jasperparklodge@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com
Travel Time: Four hours from Edmonton and four and a half hours from Calgary. A shuttle from Edmonton International Airport can be arranged with the resort. Jasper is also accessible by train.
What you get: A boisterous Eastern European New Year's party. The Jasper Park Lodge hosts a Ukrainian New Year celebration January 10 to 12, 2003. The best Ukrainian music and traditions will be showcased throughout the weekend with frequent concerts, a performance by the Vohon Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, a celebration of the Feast of Jordan and Divine Liturgy, a visit from Saint Nicholas and a kids' program. The package includes two nights' accommodation, a welcome gift, buffet dinner reception and dinner-dance, Sunday brunch, family activities and
gratuities.
What's close by: In winter the resort's uncrowded ski slopes beckon, as do 25 kilometres of trails and two nearby ice rinks on Marmot Basin. Sleigh rides dart along Pyramid Bench overlooking the Athabasca River Valley. On a guided ice walk you'll experience the blue and green ice caves and frozen waterfalls of Maligne Canyon -- Jasper Park's deepest canyon. Or arrange for a heli-skiing, snowmobiling or dogsledding excursion.
Rates: The package starts at $598 for two adults, double occupancy, taxes not included. Minimum two-night stay required.

Ski the Rockies -- FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0; tel: (403) 522-3511/(800) 257-7544; fax: (403) 522-3834; chateaulakelouise@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com
Travel Time: Two hours from Calgary. Shuttles run from Calgary International Airport.
What you get: Pure mountain air and even purer powder. Get a good night's sleep in the Chateau Lake Louise's luxury accommodations and enjoy a hearty breakfast before filling up on rambunctious Rockies fun: your Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine tri-area pass will give you access to some of the best powder skiing, mogul fields, chutes and open bowls on the continent.
What's close by: In winter, Lake Louise freezes over and you can skate through a life-size ice castle. Guided snowshoe or cross-country ski tours are offered on the area's kilometres of mountain trails. Hit the horizontal for a change with guided canyon walks, traditional Nordic dogsledding and romantic rides on a horse-drawn sleigh. For a cultural break, head to the Banff Centre's gallery for exhibitions of contemporary art or year-round performances by top Canadian musicians, dancers and performers.
Rates: Start from $169 per person, per day, double occupancy in a Fairmont Room, taxes not included. Available from November to May.

Weekend Romance -- DELTA LODGE AT KANANASKIS
PO Box 249, Kananaskis Village, AB T0L 2H0; tel: (403) 591-7711/(888) 244-8666; fax: (403) 591-7770; email: deltanet@delta hotels.com; www.deltahotels.com
Travel Time: One hour from Calgary.
What you get: Cool mountains, warm nights. Set in a spectacular valley surrounded by the Rockies, the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis is not just a meeting place for G8 world leaders, it's a great place to light a flame under those smoldering embers. The Weekend Romance package includes one night's accommodation in a luxuriously appointed suite, strawberries and bubbly, evening turn down service and a couple of plush robes. While you're there take advantage of the spa or the indoor/outdoor salt water pools.
What's close by: For adventures in cross-country skiing, hiking, ice climbing and cycling, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is less than half an hour away. Or ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola 2300 metres up for breathtaking views and a chance to spot Bighorn sheep from the summit trails.
Rates: Start at $298 per night, per couple, taxes and gratuities not included. Mention special promotion code RM0 when booking. Offer ends December 31, 2002.

Murder Mystery -- KILMOREY LODGE
117 Evergreen Avenue, Waterton Lakes National Park, AB T0K 2M0; tel: (403) 859-2334; fax: (403) 859-2342; email: kilmorey@telusplanet.net; www.kilmoreylodge.com
Travel Time: Three hours from Calgary.
What you get: A real-life, weekend-long game of Clue. The Weekend Mystery Theatre starts the very evening you arrive. As you mingle with guests during an evening reception at the historic Kilmorey Lodge, the murderer strikes. You'll discover clues as the evening unfolds, and by the
third day of your stay you should be able to say whodunit. The package includes two nights' accommodation, a wine and cheese reception, a three-course dinner, your choice of breakfast or lunch both days and all room taxes and gratuities.
What's close by: Waterton Lakes National Park is located at the point where the Prairies meet the Rockies. Together with Montana's Glacier National Park across the border, the area has been recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. If you're feeling adventurous, the thermal drafts in the Pincher Creek/Cowley area, northeast of Waterton, are a hang-glider's dream.
Rates: The two-night weekend package is $315 per person, double occupancy, taxes included.

Saskatchewan
Body and Soul -- DELTA BESSBOROUGH
601 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G8; tel: (306) 244-5521/(800) 268-1133; fax: (306) 653-2458; email: bes.reservationsdl@deltahotels.com; www.deltahotels.com
What you get: Spa therapy in grand style. Located in downtown Saskatoon on private waterfront gardens, the newly renovated castle-like Bessborough is one Saskatoon's most distinguished landmarks. The Body and Soul Spa package includes two nights' accommodation in a gorgeously appointed room, a half-hour massage, a botanical body wrap and a hydrotherapy soak. You'll also have access to the swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room and sauna. What's close by: A little retail therapy in the trendy Broadway shopping area. Or Saskatoon's pioneer heritage at the Western Development Museum's Boomtown 1910, a main street replica featuring the shops and businesses of a thriving prairie town. The Wanuskewin Heritage Park protects the history of the Northern Plains tribes who roamed here for 6000 years; you can visit archaeological sites or enjoy aboriginal songs and dance.
Rates: Two-night packages start from $189 per person, per night, double occupancy. Taxes and gratuities not included. Mention special promotion code BBX when booking. Offer ends December 31, 2002.

Casino Royale -- DELTA REGINA CASINO
1919 Saskatchewan Drive; Regina, SK S4P 4H2; tel: (306) 525-5255/(800) 268-1133; fax: (306) 781-7188; email: deltanet@deltahotels.com; www.deltahotels.com
What you get: A little slice of Vegas in the heart of the Prairies. The Delta Regina's Casino Royale package lets you relax like a high roller in a one-bedroom parlour Jacuzzi suite, enjoying chilled Champagne (or non-alcoholic sparkling wine) before grabbing two tickets for a Vegas-style performance at the Casino Regina Show Lounge. The Casino is housed in the historic and beautifully restored Union Train Station next door. For that Vegas theme-park feel, head to the hotel's indoor waterworks complex with its three-storey waterslide, lap pool, children's area and whirlpool tub.
What's close by: Regina's 930-hectare Wascana Centre is a beautifully landscaped park with lakes, gardens and paths that's a destination on its own. But it's loaded with attractions: brush up on pure-and-applied facts at the Regina Science Centre or wonder at the imaginative experiments at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. You can also tour the hallways, chambers and galleries of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, Regina's most famous landmark. Canada's only training academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is in Regina and you can revisit their history at
the RCMP museum.
Rates: The package starts at $350 per couple, per night for Friday and Saturday night stays only. Taxes and gratuities not included. Offer ends December 31, 2002.

Buoyant Waters -- MANITOU SPRINGS RESORT AND MINERAL SPA
Box 610, Watrous, SK S0K 4T0; tel: (306) 946-2233/ (800) 667-7672; fax: (306) 946-2554; manitousprings@sk.sympatico.ca; www.manitousprings.ca
Travel Time: One and a half hours from Saskatoon or two hours from Regina.
What you get: A spa that rises to the occasion. You'll get carried away in the waters at the Manitou Springs. Literally. The very high mineral content is only found in a few rare places around the world, like the Dead Sea or Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. Overlooking Lake Manitou, the resort's European-style spa offers three soothing temperature sections in addition to the usual beauty treatments like wraps and facials. The two-night Spa package includes accommodation, continental breakfast, four single entries for the spa, a gift and discount coupons for the resort shop.
What's close by: The Big Rock Walking Trail, between Watrous and Young, will lead you through prairie grasses, and past tipi rings left by the Plains Indians. Or head for the tranquility of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area which includes the first bird sanctuary in North America. At All Saints' Anglican Church in Watrous you'll find a piece of 17th-century English history: a stained glass window created with over 2000 pieces of coloured glass.
Rates: In November and December, packages start at $200 per couple for a two-night stay, taxes included.

Manitoba
Prairie Romance -- FORT GARRY HOTEL
222 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0R9; tel: (204) 942-8251/(800) 665-8088; fax: 204-956-2351; email: ftgarry@ fortgarryhotel.com; www.fortgarryhotel.com
What you get: Hauntingly historic elegance. The landmark hotel, which opened in 1913, was built by the Grand Trunk Railway and rumour has it some of the rooms are inhabited by ghosts. The Romance Package includes one night's accommodation in a king or one-bedroom suite, Champagne breakfast for two in your room or the Broadway Room restaurant, a deluxe fruit basket and chocolate basket. You're also given a 1pm extended checkout time. What's close by: Take a dip in the hotel pool or a steam in the sauna. Across the street is Union Station -- designed by the same architects responsible for New York's Grand Central Station -- which has a handful of boutiques. The Forks National Historic Site, a five-and-a-half-hectare oasis at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, offers interpretive displays, the Heritage Adventure Playground, a perennial prairie garden and a four-season, open-air amphitheatre and festival parkland. The Forks Market -- originally stables servicing the early railway -- has tons of specialty food vendors, restaurants and shops offering handmade jewellery, clothing, folk art and contemporary crafts. Buskers entertain in and around the market and during the winter there's an outdoor skating rink. Rates: $199 per night, double occupancy.

Wild New Year's Eve -- GULL HARBOUR RESORT
Box 1000, Riverton, MB R0C 2R0; tel: (800) 267-6700; email: ghsales@mts.com; www.gullharbourresort.com
Travel Time: Two hours from Winnipeg.
What you get: New Year's Eve in a stunning provincial park. Get away from the holiday crowds on Hecla Island. The Gull Harbour Resort's New Year's package features one night's accommodation -- December 31, 2002 -- a New Year's Eve dinner in the ballroom, a band, a magic show and a brunch on New Year's Day. If you're bringing the family, there's also a separate New Year's Party for the young'uns, all in a peaceful wilderness setting.
What's close by: The seven-kilometre Hecla Village Scenic Drive winds along the shoreline. Stop at the Hecla Village, a restored turn-of-the-century fishing community, and you can sample fresh pickerel at the end of your tour in the fisheries museum. In winter, the area becomes a system of cross-country and snowmobile trails and there's a skating pond at the resort and tobogganing from the island's highest point.
Rates: The one-night package is $175 per person, double occupancy, taxes and gratuities included.

Ontario
Family Bliss -- DELTA PINESTONE RESORT
PO Box 809, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0; tel: (705) 457-1800/(888) 244-8666; fax: (705) 457-3136; email: deltanet@deltahotels.com; www.deltahotels.com
Travel Time: Two hours from Toronto.
What you get: A family getaway that won't break the bank. The kids have energy to spare? Tucker them out in the bracing air of the Haliburton Highlands. The Delta Pinestone's Family Package covers everything you need to get a family of four out into the country. You and the kids bunk for the night in a Delta Room and enjoy a full breakfast. Your parking, taxes and gratuities are covered. And after a day hiking with the kids, mom and dad can take turns getting pampered at the Whispering Pines Day Spa.
What's close by: Algonquin Provincial Park, a stunning nature made legendary by the Group of Seven's paintings. Located about two hours away, it's the oldest provincial park in Ontario and the largest in Canada: even a short trip will take you past maple forest, spruce bogs, beaver ponds, lakes and cliffs. You can get a bird's-eye view of the area from the Dorset Lookout Tower, a wooden structure that puts you above the treetops just 45 minutes from Haliburton. The views are spectacular, especially in the fall. In winter, the Haliburton Nordic Trails Association maintains close to 100 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails.
Rates: The package starts at $153 per room, per night, taxes and gratuities not included. Mention special promotion code FEZ when booking. Offer ends December 31, 2002.

Muskoka Golf -- DELTA SHERWOOD INN
PO Box 400, Port Carling, ON P0B 1J0; tel: (800) 461-4454/(888) 244-8666; fax: (705) 765-6668; email: deltanet@delta hotels.com; www.deltahotels.com
Travel Time: Just under two-hours from Toronto.
What you get: Great golf in cottage country. The Delta Sherwood Inn stands amid 100-year-old pines at the edge of Lake Joseph in Muskoka. The golf package includes a round of golf at one of three fabulous courses: Rocky Crest, Lake Joseph or Mark O'Meara Course at Grandview. The package also includes accommodation in an Inn Room, breakfast and a power cart. Dinner is not included, but you won't want to skip the restaurant at the Sherwood Inn: it has received five consecutive CAA/AAA Four Diamond Plate awards.
What's close by: Picturesque islands and lakes, winding roads and quaint towns -- just being in Muskoka is a treat. Nearby Bala is worth a drive: the charming village has waterfalls, bridges, hiking trails and beaches. Fifteen minutes away in Gravenhurst, the Bethune Memorial House is dedicated to Dr Norman Bethune, remembered for his heroism as a field surgeon and medical teacher in Spain and China. Exhibits illustrate Bethune's life and a visitor centre offers audio-visual presentations.
Rates: The golf package starts at $498 per room, per night, double occupancy, taxes and gratuities not included. Mention special promotion code GPK when booking. Tee-off reservation must be made at the time of booking.

Romantic Getaway -- MILLCROFT INN
55 John Street Alton, ON L0N 1A0; tel: (800) 383-3976/(519) 941-8111; fax: (519) 941-9192;
email: millcroft@millcroft.com; www.millcroft.com.

Travel Time: Forty minutes from Toronto.
What you get: A picturesque hideaway less than an hour from Toronto. Putting in too much time at the clinic? Make it up to your spouse with the Romantic Getaway package at the Millcroft Inn. Housed in a 19th-century knitting mill overlooking the falls of the Credit River, the inn is surrounded by a 45-hectare property in the rolling Caledon Hills. You'll cosy up for two nights in the historic inn, enjoy two country breakfast buffets and one gourmet dinner. You'll also be treated to a half-bottle of Champagne and Millcroft Inn flutes, truffles and a Millcroft Inn print and candle to take home.
What's close by: You can poke around antique shops, galleries and crafts stores in nearby Orangeville, Caledon and Erin or head to the Forks of the Credit Conservation Area for a peaceful hike to view the gorges and falls along the protected Bruce Trail. You may want to try a hot stone massage at the spa after an afternoon horseback riding in the hills. In winter, there's cross-country skiing and skating right on the property.
Rates: From $192 per person, per night, double occupancy.

Love and Romance -- FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAURIER
1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7; tel: (613) 241-1414/(800) 257-7544; fax: (613)
562-7031; email: chateaulaurier@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com
What you get: All the ingredients for a romantic getaway. The Château Laurier's Love and Romance package includes: one night's accommodation in a Fairmont Room, half a bottle of bubbly, two engraved Fairmont champagne flutes, chocolates, a decadent breakfast in bed (or a buffet breakfast for two at Wilfrid's Restaurant), valet parking and a guaranteed late (3:00 pm) checkout.
What's close by: All the major sights are within walking distance of the landmark hotel. Take a free guided tour of Canada's Parliament next door. Or stop off at the National Gallery where fall exhibitions include the work of Inuit artist Marion Tuu'luq, a collection of Chinese jade treasures and an exhibition of Italian Renaissance prints. The area around the ByWard Market is the place to stroll for unique craft and specialty stores. In winter, the Rideau Canal is transformed into the world's longest skating rink, complete with hot chocolate to warm up your hands.
Rates: The Love and Romance package starts from $239 per night per couple, not including taxes. Available until December 30, 2002.

Quebec
Great Canadian Wines -- FAIRMONT LE CHATEAU MONTEBELLO
392 rue Notre Dame, Montebello, QC J0V 1L0; tel: (819) 423-6341, reservations: (800)
257-7544; fax: (819) 423-5511; email: chateaumontebello@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com
Travel Time: Almost two hours from Montreal and an hour and a half from Ottawa.
What you get: Fine wines in the world's largest log cabin. Built for the upper crust who wanted to rough it in grand style, the Château Montebello pulls off being both rustic and luxurious. On November 22 to 24, 2002, the Discover Great Canadian Wines weekend will let oenophiles savour Ontario VQA appellation wines along with regional cuisine prepared by Chef Bourachot and guest chefs from three other Fairmont hotels. The package includes two nights' accommodation in a Fairmont Room with breakfast, a welcome reception, gala dinner and Sunday brunch, a food fair and curling tournament and, of course, wine tastings and seminars galore.
What's close by: Kilometres of groomed paths through the vast grounds along the Ottawa River and Laurentian mountains. The Old Train Station in Montebello is a historic site and museum on the main street in town. The safari-style Omega Park is where you can spot wildlife in their natural habitat as you drive through the 600-hectare grounds.
Rates: The package starts at $449 per person, double occupancy. Gratuities included but taxes extra.

Breakfast and Dinner -- FAIRMONT TREMBLANT
3045 chemin de la Chapelle, Mont Tremblant, QC J8E 1B1; tel: (819) 681-7000/ (800)
257-7544; fax: (819) 681-7099; email: fairmonttremblant@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com
Travel Time: An hour and a half from Montreal. The Mont Tremblant Express runs from the airport and train station from mid-December till the end of March and must be booked 48 hours in advance.
What you get: A mountain escape. Tuck yourself in a deluxe hotel in the heart of Quebec's Laurentian mountains and leave your charts and patients behind. The Fairmont Tremblant made the 2001 Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List and was voted one of the 10 best ski hotels in Ski Magazine. The Breakfast and Dinner package is a great excuse to get out of town. The price includes a one-night stay in a Fairmont Room, a buffet breakfast and a buffet dinner or table d'hôte menu at the Windigo Restaurant.
What's close by: Nature enthusiasts won't run out of trails through the unspoilt wilderness around the seven rivers and hundreds of lakes in Mont Tremblant Provincial Park. In autumn, hike the mountain, play the devilish Diable or Le Cerf golf course in Tremblant Village or try the indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzi at the hotel. In winter, Tremblant is one of Quebec's largest ski resorts, with high-speed chairlifts right at your door. Tremblant Village has great shopping and dining year-round.
Rates: From $311 per night, double occupancy. Gratuities included, taxes extra. The package is available year round (except December 21, 2002 to January 2, 2003).

Soothing Spa -- FAIRMONT LE MANOIR RICHELIEU
181 rue Richelieu, La Malbaie-Pointe-au-Pic, QC G5A 1X7; tel: (418) 665-3703; email:
manoirrichelieu@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com
Travel Time: An hour and a half from Quebec City, four and a half hours from Montreal.
What you get: A scenic spa on the St. Lawrence. One of Quebec's most historic retreats, the century-old Manoir Richelieu stands high on the wooded banks overlooking the great river. A multi-million dollar renovation four years ago restored the Normandy-inspired architecture and put the hotel on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List. The Spa package includes one night's accommodation, buffet breakfast, dinner at Le Saint-Laurent restaurant, a 60-minute treatment at the Amerispa and access to the sports centre and indoor and outdoor salt-water pools.
What's close by: Nearby Baie St-Paul became known as an artist's retreat in the early 20th century. Today, the picturesque town is dotted with boutiques, galleries and small museums that showcase local painters and artisans. An autumn drive through the Parc des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie -- where the river winds through the highest rock faces east of the Rockies -- is highly recommended. While you're there enjoy horseback-riding or hiking in the woods. From May to October whale-watching cruises are available on the St. Lawrence River.
Rates: Start from $255 per person, per night, double occupancy. Gratuities included, taxes extra. Upgrades to the hotel's CAA Four-Diamond dining room, Le Charlevoix, are $45 per person.

Cooking Class -- AUBERGE HATLEY
325 Chemin Virgin, North Hatley, QC J0B 2C0; tel: (819) 842-2451; fax: (819) 842-2907;
email: auberge.hatley@northhatley.com; www.aubergehatley.com
Travel Time: An hour and a half from Montreal, two and a half hours from Quebec.
What you get: Cooking skills that'll wow your guests. What better place to learn to become a five-star chef than in one of Relais & Châteaux's divine Relais Gourmand restaurants? Set in a colonial-style mansion overlooking Lake Massawippi in Quebec's Eastern Townships, the Auberge Hatley offers cooking classes with renowned chef Alain Labrie. You'll tour one of Canada's largest wine cellars with the sommelier and have a guided kitchen visit with the chef. The next morning, your class of six to 12 people will help prepare a three-course meal before sitting down at the chef's table to sample your creation along with four divine wines. You'll take home an Auberge Hatley chef's hat and apron, recipes and lots of wine information.
What's close by: Just half an hour from the US border, it's not surprising that North Hatley's colonial architecture and rolling hills have a kind of New England charm. Discover 55 kilometres of biking and hiking trails, or browse the art galleries and antique shops in North Hatley and nearby Knowlton. During the winter, 30 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails start right from the inn's door and five major downhill ski resorts are very near.
Rates: The cooking class is $150 per person, plus taxes. Accommodation and meals start at $150 per person, per night, double occupancy, including breakfast, dinner and gratuities. Minimum two-night stay required, taxes extra. Contact the hotel for a schedule of fall classes.

Nova Scotia
Tee Off -- KELTIC LODGE
Middle Head Peninsula, Ingonish Beach, NS B0C 1L0; tel: (902) 285-2880/(800) 665-6343; fax:
(902) 285-2859; email: keltic@signatureresorts.com; www.signatureresorts.com
Travel Time: An hour and a half from Halifax and two hours from Sydney, including a cable ferry ride to Ingonish Beach.
What you get: The closest thing to golfing in Scotland. The Tee Off package includes green fees for two and a cart at the Stanley Thompson-designed Highlands Links. You'll spend the night at the Keltic Lodge, high on a cliff surrounded by ocean vistas and the beautiful mountains of the Cabot Trail. Meals aren't included but stop in at the Purple Thistle Dining Room, the stomping grounds of award-winning chef Gilles Hostal.
What's close by: The 298-kilometre Cabot Trail loops around the Cape Breton Highlands, passing through Ingonish. Hike a section of the trail and enjoy spectacular views. The Fortress of Louisbourg was the first line of defense for French troops in their struggle against Great Britain in the 18th century. The site is now the largest historical reconstruction in Canada and it's worth a look. The Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site at Baddeck exhibits models, replicas, photo displays, artifacts and films about the life of the famous inventor.
Rates: The package starts at $99 per person, per night, double occupancy. Taxes not included. Available from October 15 to 26, 2002.

New Brunswick
Fall Golf Getaway -- FAIRMONT ALGONQUIN
184 Adolphus Street, St Andrews by-the-Sea, NB E5B 1T7; tel: (506) 529-8823/ (800)
257-7544; fax: (506) 529-7162; email: algonquinresort@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com
Travel Time: One and a half hours from Saint John, two hours from Fredericton and three hours from Moncton.
What you get: Great greens and historic digs. The Fall Golf Getaway package is a great way to end the season. The package includes one night's accommodation in a classically appointed room in the historic Algonquin Hotel, one round of golf on the hotel's new 18-hole seaside course, a pewter bag tag, a divot tool, a pocket guide and use of the practice range.
What's close by: St-Andrews by-the-Sea is a picture-perfect coastal town. Take a stroll down Water Street, the main drag, and explore the local shops and restaurants. A short drive away, spoil your sweet tooth at the Ganong Chocolate Museum in St. Stephen. With the highest tides on earth, the Bay of Fundy offers some dramatic and surreal landscapes: low tide around the Hopewell Rocks is always breathtaking.
Rates: The package is available until the end of the season, usually late October. Rates start at $239 per night per two adults, taxes not included.

Prince Edward Island
Chip-Inn Golf Vacation -- RODD CROWBUSH GOLF & BEACH RESORT
Box 164, Route 350, Lakeside, PEI C0A 1S0; tel: (902) 961-5600/(800) 565-7633; fax: (902)
961-5601; email: rodd@rodd-hotels.ca; www.rodd-hotels.ca
Travel Time: Twenty-five minutes from Charlottetown.
What you get: More greens than Green Gables. The Chip-Inn Golf Vacation package includes three nights' accommodation at the Rodd Crowbush, Rodd Brudenell River or Rodd Mill River resorts, three rounds of golf at one of 12 championship golf courses, including the Links at Crowbush Cove -- a British-style course surrounded by sandy beaches and spectacular ocean views -- and a full breakfast to get you going each morning. After a hard day on the fairways, relax in the indoor pool or outdoor whirlpool or take a walk along the Lakeside Beach. What's close by: The unique and fragile ecosystem of the Greenwich Dunes are a new addition to PEI's National Park system. Several trails wind along salt marshes, ponds and woodlands to the sand dunes and sandstone cliffs. If a road trip is more your style, hook up with the northern section of the Blue Heron Scenic Drive -- one of the most popular drives on the island -- as it rambles along the coast and into the countryside. Or hike or bike the Confederation Trail that spans the island tip to tip.
Rates: The package starts at $377 per person, per night, double occupancy, taxes extra. Add $12 per person, per round of golf at Crowbush Cove. Available until the end of the golf season in late October.

 

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