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.

The District of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast says it is the first community in B.C. to provide free public wireless Internet access in its downtown area.

Sechelt Innovations Ltd., the business development arm of the municipality, announced the free Wi-Fi network today (September 15).

For those who love to travel, wine tasting isn't just about sipping and swirling: it's about discovering the culture and the landscape behind the bottles.

Here are 10 wineries that I visited as a guest of Wines of Argentina. I've singled them out, in no particular order, not just for their wine but their impressive scenery and unique experiences on offer.

Familia Goyenechea

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.

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