All Aboard Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer’s “First Passage to the West” route travels from Vancouver to Banff

The joys of train travel seem to be lost on most North Americans. Our devotion to the automobile and airplane has robbed most of us of the pleasures of watching the scenery roll by unencumbered by traffic snarls or flight delays. There’s something to be said for kickin’ it old school once in a while, and for a throwback travel experience, it’s hard to beat a trip on Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer.

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Your Guide to Vancouver During the Women's World Cup

Aerial view of Vancouver

Aerial view of Vancouver

**This post was written with assistance from Tourism Vancouver**

The coastal seaport city of Vancouver is the most populous metropolitan area in Western Canada and one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the country. It is known as a film production hub, a major port city, and an urban center surrounded by nature. And, in 2015, it is also one of the host cities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the final match held at Vancouver’s BC Place stadium on July 5.

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Five Reasons Why Skiing Is Not a Requirement in Whistler

Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

When skiers dream, there’s a good chance visions of Whistler Blackcomb dance in their heads. With more than 8,000 acres of snowy slopes and 200-plus trails, Whistler grabbed the world’s attention when it hosted the 2010 Olympic Games and has refused to let go. But with two mountains and a lively base camp at Whistler Village, who says skiers should get to have all the fun? This big snow-covered playground has plenty of adrenaline-boosting activities to go around.

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Winter Weekend in Whistler

Winter in Whistler at Nita Lake Lodge

Winter in Whistler at Nita Lake Lodge

Take two 30-something women, put them on snowboards for the first time, and embarrassment (or broken bones) will ensue, right? Not so fast. I grew up in Tennessee, which is not exactly a hotbed for winter sports. After living in Seattle for four years and listening to my friends tout the joys of nearby skiing and snowboarding, I decided it was finally time to learn. I recruited my friend Emmie to join me as she was in the same boat, a completely novice snowboarder. We discovered there was an all-women ski and snowboard camp being taught throughout the winter in Whistler, British Columbia. Making fools of ourselves in front of a group of women seemed like the ideal way to learn, so we signed up.

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