Columbus Day 2017: When is it, and what are Americans celebrating?

Every October, grateful Americans get a day off work to, ostensively, celebrate the life of explorer Christopher Columbus. The explorer was originally credited with discovering America, but centuries of research have roundly debunked this claim. Columbus is now holds the slightly less-exciting title of being the first European to explore America since the Vikings in the 11th century. So why do people...

Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

Grab your camping gear and prepare for August 21 America will witness, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast on August 21. The Sun, Moon and Earth will sit perfectly in a line. The Moon will block out the Sun, making the solar corona, a crown of hot plasma, visible. A shadow of darkness will be cast over the Earth in a 70-mile (112-kilometre)-wide swath. Fourteen...

Meet the cecropia moth, the largest moth in North America

Butterflies get all the love. While the sight of a monarch or a painted lady can set human hearts aflutter, moths are often dismissed as a drab nocturnal nuisance, something that exists only to engulf porch lights and invade personal space. It’s worth looking past moth mythology, though, and seeing these strange insects with fresh eyes. They come in about 160,000 species worldwide, compared with...

Traveling to Mexico this summer? Condé Nast Traveler recommends Merida

According to Condé Nast Traveler it’s worth hopping on a plane down to Mérida this summer for its sherbet-hued architecture alone. The weather is (finally) warming up and we’re turning our attentions to summer vacation. Here’s where to go. Planning summer travel is exciting—but it can also be daunting. Do you stay domestic or opt for an adventure further afield? Bite the bullet and book a...

Where to celebrate Canada Day besides Ottawa

Canada’s 150th birthday is coming up quickly. It promises to be one heckuva party, so if you haven’t already booked that great concert or figured out where to watch the fireworks, you might want to start. Ottawa will be jumping, and probably a little crowded. So here’s a look at what’s happening in other parts of the country on the Canada Day weekend. EDMONTON The Blues on Whyte Block Party...

4 of the best helicopter sightseeing tours in North America

It’s magical. And it’s very loud. That moment when a helicopter lifts off is a sweet sensory overload, with turbine engines screaming and the main rotor beating the air into submission just a few feet above your head. But coddled in a good set of noise-canceling headphones or cocooned in a super-soundproofed cabin, you can experience the wonder of rotary-winged flight while marveling at the spectacular...

Garlic mustard has no enemies in North America

The woods where I walk my dog most often are now green with new growth. Unfortunately much of that new green growth is a highly invasive plant – garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolate). I really don’t believe in labelling a plant as noxious or bad — all plants, all life is doing what it is programmed to do — successfully produce young that will carry their parents’ genes into the future. The...

Here’s how you can celebrate President John F. Kennedy’s 100th bday

The 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth is Monday and many Americans are taking some time on the Memorial Day holiday weekend to remember the nation’s 35th president. The array of options to commemorate JFK’s centennial year spans high culture to pop culture: Books, lectures, museum and art exhibits, performances and touch football, a commemorative U.S. stamp and...

USA tourism chief hits out at Trump’s plans to axe budget

The head of the US Travel Association has hit out at president Donald Trump’s budget proposal to axe the Brand USA tourism marketing agency. President and CEO Roger Dow hit out at the suggestion which came as part of budget proposals to slash $3.6 trillion from government spending in the next decade. Trump’s plans would eliminate Brand USA and shift the revenue to Customs and Border Protection...

Could this be the year that Canada finally recovers from its 15-year tourism slump?

Could sesquicentennial celebrations and the weak loonie help Canada to finally bridge its 15-year tourism gap? Canada hasn’t yet bounced back from a tourism slump that started after 9/11, with security-conscious Americans skipping on international travel, and was later exacerbated by the financial crisis and a strong Canadian dollar, according to RBC economist Laura Cooper. But in a newly released...