Skiing is probably the last thing on your mind at the moment.

However, sales have opened for Whistler's annual gay and lesbian ski week, with deadlines already looming.

Something important to note is that the festival has a new name.

The annual celebration had been called WinterPRIDE, but a number of other festivals have also taken on that name as well. In order to prevent confusion, it's been renamed as the Whistler Pride and Ski Week Festival.

The 2015 edition, which runs from January 24 to 31, 2015, will be the 23rd year of the annual event.

According to the official Twitter feed of Burning Man, the start of the week-long desert festival has been delayed due to unseasonably wet weather.

The event, which sees 50,000 people trek into the middle of Nevada's Black Rock Desert to practice "radical self-reliance" and "radical self-expression" while assembling massive art projects, burning a giant man-shaped effigy, and—let's be honest—do a bunch of drugs and have sex with near-strangers, has been held annually since 1989.

If you're planning to take a flight, you'll be pleased to know that Vancouver is home to the most efficient airport in Canada.

A team of international aviation academics at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business evaluated and ranked 200 airports and 26 airport groups in the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report.

They measured the airports according to operational and management efficiency and cost competitiveness. The more efficient the airport is, the cheaper the fees are for both passengers and airlines.

If you've travelled since the dawn of the wireless Internet age, you've probably noticed the quality of (free and paid) Wi-Fi service varies from hotel to hotel.

In a successful bid to get media outlets to write about it, Hotelwifitest.com has ranked the hotel chains and cities that have been tested the most by the percentage of hotels with bad Wi-Fi.

Top 20 most tested hotel chains

(Ranked by percentage of hotels with poor Wi-Fi)

1. Radisson Blu (17)

2. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (34)

3. Quality Inn (35)

4. Best Western (35)

5. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (36)

6. Marriott Hotels & Resorts (40)

7. Mercure Hotels (42)

8. Crowne Plaza (45)

If you missed Snowpiercer, we won't blame you.

It was initially playing only at the Landmark Cinemas Abbotsford Towne theatre, and then had a three-day run at Vancity Theatre, which had some sold-out screenings so it was a tough one to catch.

Thankfully, due to popular demand, you've got some additional shots at seeing it.

If you're booking a room at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, you no longer have to use your credit card.

The Vancouver-based Sandman Hotel Group, which has 44 hotels in Canada and the U.K., is now accepting Bitcoin for room reservations.

That makes it the first Canadian hospitality company to take the digital currency, according to a news release issued today (July 16).

While Surrey may have refused to fly a Pride flag at its city hall during its Pride celebrations, the West End is becoming even more rainbow friendly, believe it or not.

Last year, rainbow crosswalks were painted at the Davie and Bute intersection, mere steps away from Qmunity, B.C.'s queer resource centre. There are also a collection of picnic tables, each painted in a colour of the rainbow flag, in a cordoned off street area next to the intersection.

All India Bakchod bills itself as "India's edgiest comedy collective".

It's relentlessly politically incorrect and can compete with the best in offending people's sensibilities.

In its latest video, Honest Indian Flight, the troupe pokes some lowbrow fun at Indian air travel by showing what passengers and crew really think during a flight.

As this was being posted, Honest Indian Flight is approaching 1.3 million page views on YouTube.

The Amazing Race Canada has announced its final teams for Season 2, and there are some big names in the final lineup.

Rex Harrington and Bob Hope. Well, not that Bob Hope, but Harrington's fiancé.

The 51-year-old Harrington, named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, made his mark as the National Ballet of Canada's former principal dancer, and is currently the National Ballet's artist-in-residence. TV viewers may recognize him as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

The 47-year-old Hope is a dental consultant originally from Winnipeg.

The Asburn, Ontario, couple has been together for 10 years.

Would you believe that the best park in the world is in your own backyard?

It's true, according to TripAdvisor. The travel website announced the winners of their Travel Choice awards for attractions on June 17.

Winners were chosen according to algorithm that evaluated the quantity and quality of reviews over one year.

Stanley Park, which was created in 1888, tops the website's list of best parks in the world, and was the only Canadian park to make the top 10. Central Park in New York City came third.

As one of Vancouver's major tourist attractions, the 1001-acre park, surrounded by 8.8 kilometre paved Seawall and lined with several beaches, is located on a peninsula adjacent to downtown Vancouver and attracts about eight million visitors every year.

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