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.

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).

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