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Here on Salt Spring Island in western Canada, inside a 20-foot-wide canvas yurt—modeled after the round, portable dwellings of nomads in Mongolia and Central Asia—I feel closer to nature than ever. And yet the first thing I do upon waking is reach above me, retrieve my iPod Touch from the headboard, and refresh my Gmail inbox. In a matter of seconds, I find myself present everywhere but here.

Haida Gwaii, a misty archipelago off the British Columbian coast, how dramatically it has changed over the last years! The multinational timber companies that once dominated the economy and dictated public policy are gone. More than half of the land is now protected. Best of all, the collapse of industrial logging has coincided with a revitalization of Haida culture that few could have anticipated when the whine of chainsaws overpowered all other sounds in the forest.

I’ve been snowboarding for 17 years, but am a complete novice when it comes to skiing—just above the beginner’s ski school lesson of forming a “pizza wedge” to slow down, and straightening out to “French fries” to accelerate. Unfortunately for me, my snowboard boots were in baggage limbo along with the rest of my luggage and…

Five Family Travel Resolutions

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. But as winter continues its march (at least where I live in New York City), I’ve been dreaming up a few travel goals for 2014. Some are places, some are new services, all are experiences that will make this year of travel the best one yet.

When it’s cold outside, you either want to embrace (even celebrate) it — or you want to get as far away from it as you can. Here are a few of our Urban Insider’s favorite places to spend a week in winter — from the Alps to the islands.

This week’s I Heart My City contributor is Mehnaz Thawer, a communications professional in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mehnaz has lived in Vancouver for 20 years — ever since her family moved there from East Africa. Here are her recommendations for what to see and do in the city she knows and loves so well.

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re going to highlight some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. How do you think they’re…

Ferry Around Vancouver

Taylor Kennedy, who helped with our Olympic coverage last week, takes a break from bustling Vancouver and hops a ferry to Victoria, B.C. A lesser-known treat in the 2010 Olympic region is a water trip through the gulf islands on BC Ferries to Victoria. BC Ferries boasts the world’s largest ferry fleet, running residents around…

Vancouver: Beyond the Games

British Columbia has always been a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. The Northwest province is as big as California, Oregon, and Washington combined, but with only a fraction of the population, making its wilderness all the more enticing. Check out Adventure’s guide to all things outdoors in Vancouver, from kayaking, to hiking Canada’s highest falls, and…

Eat Like the Queen in Victoria

Victoria, B.C. might be known for its gardens and English charm, but it also has a bursting foodie scene, especially when it comes to seafood. Two of my top picks are Chandlers Seafood and the Wharfside Eatery, both located just a few steps away from the inner harbor. Wharfside Eatery‘s inner harbor location admittedly makes…

Wild Vancouver Island

Tobias Nowlan had some close encounters of the natural kind during his recent visit to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Just as it looked like the plane would perch on a Rocky Mountain peak, it dove into the coastal metropolis of Vancouver. I had arrived in British Columbia to visit Vancouver Island, lured by whales…

Plan My Trip: Victoria, B.C.

In just a few weeks I’m heading off to Victoria, B.C. for a much-needed weekend of R&R. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve been to Vancouver Island, and well over 15 since I’ve toured the elegant Butchart Gardens and ever-popular Royal British Columbia Museum. With hardly 36 hours in the city, I want to…

Castles in the Sun

2006 – 1st Place at World Championships of Sand Scuplture: “I Shall Fear No Evil…” Much to IT’s chagrin, summer will soon be drawing to a close. There’s still time for one last sunny fling, though, so this week our summer trilogy—successfully begun with the lowdowns on swimming pools and gelato—concludes with the highly anticipated…