In case you haven't heard, a paralyzing blizzard of historic proportions is about to hit the Northeastern United States. If you're travelling anywhere near it, you're likely going to need to make alternative plans.

One of the world’s most popular online travel-booking companies has added to its portfolio of travel-related websites. Expedia, Inc. announced today that it has purchased Travelocity from Sabre Corporation for $280 million in cash.

The acquisition comes two years after the Bellevue, Washington-based travel company launched a strategic marketing agreement with Travelocity.

In 2013, Expedia started powering the technology platforms for Travelocity’s websites in the U.S. and Canada. In exchange, Travelocity was given access to Expedia’s customer services.

TripAdvisor has ranked 10 British Columbia hotels in its list of the top 25 places to stay in Canada.

Five of those hotels are in Vancouver, including L'Hermitage Hotel at 788 Richards Street, which was rated as the best in the country.

L'Hermitage includes a fitness studio and a heated outdoor lap pool.

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia Street came fourth. It's home to Hawksworth Restaurant.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim at 1038 Canada Place was eighth. It's home to Oru Restaurant.

Much attention is being paid to ride-sharing in the city, but what about longer trips?

Since 2010, HitchWhistler has matched drivers with passengers seeking rides up and down the Sea to Sky Highway. This week, the Vancouver startup announced that it's changing its name to HitchPlanet and expanding to 60 destinations, including Seattle, Portland, and Kelowna.

Trips arranged through HitchPlanet must cover a minimum distance of 50 kilometres. The platform already has 10,000 users, who have organized 8,000 trips in four years, from its HitchWhistler days.

This is not what you expect when you take a short flight from Penticton to Vancouver.

But according to a man identifying himself as Skips_LegDay on Reddit, his peace of mind was interrupted by a shocking incident.

"So about halfway through my flight I heard a loud POP, looked out my window at a bolt that flew off the prop and broke through the outer pane," he declared on the website.

In the comments section, he added that people around him sounded nervous. The pilot came by and assured him that everything would be fine.

Both snowfall and snowmaking are being credited for Whistler Blackcomb opening five days earlier than scheduled this year.

The resort will open for the 2014-15 ski season on Saturday (November 22).

That day, Whistler Mountain will start welcoming skiers and snowboarders.

"Blackcomb Mountain" will open as planned on November 27.

Ladies, ladies, ladies: we hear you like to travel. The Government of Canada knows this, too!

"Women travel for countless reasons, whether to discover new frontiers, pursue business opportunities, or simply to rest and relax – not unlike men."

"Not unlike men!" No, that's not a quote we just made up. That's a line from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada's travel guide for the fairer sex, entitled "Her own way – a woman’s safe-travel guide". (It's the companion piece to the ominously named "Bon Voyage, But... Essential Information for Canadian Travellers".)

It looks like a sunny and cold weekend ahead in Whistler...perfect for scenic drive up the Sea-to-Sky highway.

I made the trip for the start of the festival on November 6, and although there was no snow in the village, beautiful autumn leaves were everywhere. Here's a taste of what I experienced as a guest of the festival in its first few days. 

A new event called Cellar Door premiered on November 7. It was a more intimate version of the signature winetasting Crush, with about 30 wineries pouring (less than half the number at Crush) and a focus on higher-end bottles.

The Vancouver Native Housing Society opened its doors Thursday (October 16) for a tour of Skwachàys Lodge, a facility that the organization says is the first aboriginal arts and culture hotel in Canada.

The newly revamped boutique hotel on West Pender Street has been open for business since August, hosting visitors in 18 rooms that feature original work from aboriginal artists.

Vancouver Native Housing CEO David Eddy said the hotel was at about 75 percent occupancy in August. Seasonal rates for the rooms, which each feature different designs, start at $149 a night.

Whistler got an early taste of Oktoberfest last weekend (September 11 to 14) when the Whistler Village Beer Festival filled the mountain town with craft beer lovers. Amid educational seminars, cask nights, parties, and brunches, the main event was the Saturday afternoon tasting on September 13.

There couldn't have been a better day for it. The gloriously sunny weather felt more like July than September, which meant the sunscreen was flowing along with the taps. About 3,500 people flooded Whistler Olympic Plaza to sample from the 64 breweries in attendance.

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