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Plans are now un­der­way for the 2020 per­for­mance of The Pas­sion Play in the vil­lage of Ober­am­mer­gau lo­cated in the Bavar­ian Alps, eas­ily reached by train from Germany’s ma­jor cities. Nearly half the vil­lage’s pop­u­la­tion of 5,000 be­come am­a­teur ac­tors and sing in the choir to tell the story of the cru­ci­fix­ion of Je­sus. The play has only been with­held twice since 1634. It runs May 16 to Oc­to­ber 4, 2020. While there, ex­plore the pic­turesque vil­lage, visit nearby cas­tles and monas­ter­ies, hike in the woods or take the new Garmis­ch­partenkirchen gon­dola up to Germany’s high­est moun­tain. pas­sion­sspiele-ober­am­mer­gau.de

Lux­u­ri­ous and in­ti­mate, Nikki Beach Bar­ba­dos has opened in the north­west part of this Caribbean is­land on an acre of pris­tine beach­front. Guests can hang out on the dock on an over­sized pool bed with waves crash­ing around them or swim up to the oc­tag­o­nal bar for a sig­na­ture Nikki mo­jito. Dine on global cui­sine fea­tur­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing fresh fish, then en­joy the top en­ter­tain­ment for which Nikki ho­tels are fa­mous, start­ing with a res­i­dent DJ and in-house mu­si­cians. Heard over 50 speak­ers, they keep the prop­erty jam­ming. nikkibeach.com

De­vour!, Wolfville, Nova Sco­tia’s most de­li­cious film fes­ti­val, has trans­formed into a year-round fes­ti­val with 14 satel­lite events sched­uled for food and film buffs in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions rang­ing from Fogo Is­land to Sonoma Val­ley and Ber­lin to the Ba­hamas. For in­stance, ac­tor Bill Pull­man will host an ex­clu­sive De­vour! event at his Los An­ge­les home. Cana­dian events will be held in New Brunswick, Nova Sco­tia, B.C. and Toronto (Au­gust 29) be­fore the sig­na­ture event takes place in Wolfville, N.S., from Oc­to­ber 24 to 28, where top chefs from across Canada will col­lab­o­rate on a gala din­ner held on the fi­nal Satur­day. de­vour­fest.com

Amer­i­can Air­lines has opened its new Flag­ship Lounge and Flag­ship First Din­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Ter­mi­nal 4 of Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Cus­tomers can now en­joy a full-ser­vice din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and re­lax be­fore their long jour­ney across the Pa­cific or the U.S. The newly ren­o­vated Flag­ship Lounge of­fers in­ter­na­tional and transcon­ti­nen­tal first class and busi­ness pas­sen­gers high­qual­ity food and drink op­tions and the space to un­wind with quiet rooms and show­ers. The restau­rant fea­tures a hot and cold buf­fet and a chef sta­tion with made-to-or­der dishes paired with premium wine, cham­pagne and spir­its. aa.com

Build­ing on its out­stand­ing suc­cess in 2017, Mosaï­cul­ture Gatineau 2018 is get­ting ready to con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tions in Jac­ques-cartier Park in Gatineau from June 24 to Oc­to­ber 15. This year’s theme is “A Mag­nif­i­cent Jour­ney” and hor­ti­cul­tural ex­hibits will show­case 5.5 mil­lion plants and 45 mas­ter­pieces, such as The Tree of Birds, a flag­ship cre­ation ad­mired and ref­er­enced as one of the pin­na­cle pieces of the art of mosaï­cul­ture world­wide. Pre­sented in one of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s finest ur­ban parks, this awe­some event prom­ises to at­tract thou­sands of vis­i­tors and tourists to the Gatineau and the Ou­taouais re­gions, cre­at­ing a sense of be­long­ing and pride for all res­i­dents of Gatineau and in­creas­ing the re­gion’s recog­ni­tion on the world stage. mo­sai­cul­ture.ca

Spring, sum­mer and fall are per­fect cy­cling sea­sons and the year-round trails around Ed­mund­ston, NB, are ideal. Fea­tur­ing grades for hills never more than four per cent, the Petit-témis In­ter­provin­cial Lin­ear Park, a 134-kilo­me­tre grav­el­packed trail that winds along the Madawaska River, past Temis­couata Lake and through wooded ar­eas in be­tween, con­nects the prov­inces of New Brunswick and Québec. On the other hand, moun­tain bike and fat bike en­thu­si­asts might pre­fer 50 kilo­me­tres of sin­gle-track moun­tain bike trails, in­clud­ing 17 cir­cuits for dif­fer­ent lev­els, on 162 hectares along the Ap­palachian Moun­tain Range. All com­ply to In­ter­na­tional Moun­tain Bik­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (IMBA) spec­i­fi­ca­tions. tourismed­mund­ston.com

Just in time for the busy sum­mer sea­son, pas­sen­gers can now travel on Eurostar’s new high-speed rail ser­vice from the heart of London to Am­s­ter­dam and Rot­ter­dam for as lit­tle as $50 one way. Not only is travel via Eurostar’s Busi­ness Pre­mier class far more con­ve­nient and com­fort­able than fly­ing, it is also more sus­tain­able, emit­ting 80 per cent less car­bon per pas­sen­ger than the equiv­a­lent flight. Eurostar’s state-of-the-art fleet of e320 trains fea­tures bold de­sign and chic interiors as well as Wi-fi con­nec­tiv­ity and 300 hours of on-board en­ter­tain­ment streamed to cus­tomers’ per­sonal de­vices. eurostar.com

Nu­navut is home to many unique species na­tive to the re­gion, such as po­lar bear, cari­bou, muskox, wal­rus, seals and whales, in­clud­ing bow­head, bel­uga and nar­whal. Ev­ery spring and sum­mer, mil­lions of mi­gra­tory birds re­turn to their Arc­tic breed­ing grounds to join ravens, snowy owls and ptarmi­gan who make their home in Nu­navut year­round. Span­ning nearly two mil­lion square kilo­me­tres, the ter­ri­tory fea­tures strik­ing land­scapes, sculpted over mil­len­nia by glacial ero­sion, that in­clude rugged moun­tains, pow­er­ful glaciers, fresh­wa­ter lakes and surg­ing rivers, all of which sup­port the rich Arc­tic wildlife. Des­ti­na­tion Nu­navut brings “The Spirit of the Arc­tic” to its web­site to in­spire the imag­i­na­tion of ad­ven­ture seek­ers and in­form all about the amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences that await them. des­ti­na­tion­nunavut.ca

Search­ing for a spec­tac­u­lar sum­mer road trip ad­ven­ture this sum­mer? The North­west Ter­ri­to­ries of­fer plenty of op­tions, in­clud­ing parks and camp­grounds with spec­tac­u­lar views; 46 named wa­ter­falls, eight of which are read­ily ac­ces­si­ble by road; op­por­tu­ni­ties to pad­dle on the Han­bury, An­der­son, Yel­lowknife, Talt­son or other re­move wilder­ness rivers; and free ve­hi­cle ferry ser­vice across rivers on its high­way sys­tem dur­ing the open-wa­ter sea­son. End-of-theroad seek­ers might want to ven­ture along the Inu­vik to Tuk High­way, which ends at the Arc­tic Ocean, or drive along High­way 1 from the Al­berta/nwt bor­der to Wrigley, High­way 4 to Tib­bett Lake, High­way 5 to Wood Buf­falo Na­tional Park or High­way 6 from Hay River to Fort Res­o­lu­tion, pass­ing an aban­doned min­ing town along the way. spec­tac­u­larnwt.com

Mon­tréal is get­ting ready to host the 39th edi­tion of the Fes­ti­val In­ter­na­tional de Jazz de Mon­tréal and wel­come all to a sea­son of mu­sic in the streets of its vi­brant down­town core. Fea­tur­ing 150 con­certs per­formed by liv­ing leg­ends and ris­ing tal­ents from across the globe, this world-class event is sched­uled to take place from June 28 to July 7. Dis­tin­guished mu­si­cal guests in­clude Seal, Jann Ar­den, Her­bie Han­cock, Boz Scaggs, Snarky Puppy, Daniel Cae­sar and many more. mon­tre­al­jaz­zfest.com

Nine Euro­pean coun­tries have joined Lib­er­a­tion Route Europe to re­new their com­mit­ment to peace as the 75th an­niver­sary of the end of World War II ap­proaches. In 2019 and 2020, each coun­try will host com­mem­o­ra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the Europe Re­mem­bers 1944-1945 ban­ner to mark the lib­er­a­tion of Europe and the end of the war. “With this cam­paign, we aim to cre­ate the aware­ness that free­dom should never be taken for granted,” said Rémi Praud, manag­ing direc­tor of the Lib­er­a­tion Route Europe Foun­da­tion. “The project will also in­spire vis­i­tors to learn about his­tory and en­cour­age them to get on the road and come face-to-face with it.” Europe Re­mem­bers is ex­pected to draw close to 25 mil­lion vis­i­tors. eu­rop­ere­mem­bers.com

The Chicago Ar­chi­tec­ture Foun­da­tion’s world-renowned river cruise has set sail for another sea­son. Cer­ti­fied vol­un­teer do­cents lead the 90-minute tour aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, shar­ing their pas­sion and knowl­edge of more than 50 sig­nif­i­cant build­ings along the route. Chicago is con­sid­ered the birth­place of the skyscraper. En­joy open-air seat­ing on one of six lux­u­ri­ous ves­sels com­plete with a state-of-the-art sound sys­tem, tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled in­te­rior sa­lon, full-ser­vice bar and mar­ble wash­rooms. Ad­di­tional sum­mer cruises in­clude the week­end pho­tog­ra­phy cruise and Sun­day to Fri­day twi­light cruises. The new Chicago Ar­chi­tec­ture Cen­ter is sched­uled to open later this sum­mer above First Lady’s dock. Cruisechicago.com

Cel­e­brated Nova Sco­tia fid­dlers Natalie Mac­mas­ter & Don­nell Leahy in­vite you to the sec­ond an­nual Green­bridge Celtic Folk Fes­ti­val Au­gust 24 and 25 in Keene, On­tario, just out­side Peter­bor­ough. The fid­dlers will be joined by many Cape Bre­ton friends over at the Buddy Mac­mas­ter stage and a few Ir­ish im­ports at Rory’s Pub Stage. Main stage mu­sic will cel­e­brate the pair’s Scot­tish, Ir­ish, Cape Bre­ton and folk roots. Camp­ing is avail­able on-site. In­struc­tional work­shops in­clude square danc­ing, fid­dling and Gaelic. The cou­ple has also promised a few good jam ses­sions so bring your in­stru­ments if you care to join in. green­bridge­celtic­folk­fest.com

The Bethel Woods Cen­ter for The Arts is spon­sor­ing a se­ries of fall festivals at the site of 1969’s fa­mous Wood­stock fes­ti­val. On Sun­days be­tween Septem­ber 2 and 30, the 20th an­nual Har­vest Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates lo­cal prod­ucts and green ini­tia­tives from nearly 100 ven­dors. En­joy the unique blend of a farm­ers’ mar­ket, works by ar­ti­sans and crafters, fresh food, corn and hay mazes, horse and buggy rides and per­for­mances by re­gional mu­si­cians on the Fes­ti­val Stage. The Wine Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6 show­cases New York state’s top wines. On Oc­to­ber 13, the an­nual CRAFT: Beer, Spir­its & Food Fes­ti­val re­turns with more beer, spir­its, cider and mead from craft bev­er­age mak­ers across the re­gion. Guests will en­joy food trucks, food ven­dors and ar­ti­sans with a back­drop of live mu­sic. Bethel­wood­s­cen­ter.org

OWL Raft­ing, a three-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily re­sort lo­cated near Ot­tawa, of­fers the ul­ti­mate Cana­dian ad­ven­ture. Ex­pe­ri­ence the dy­namic wa­ters of Canada’s leg­endary Ot­tawa River in a guided raft as you splash and roll through one of the world’s great white­wa­ter routes. Each river trip fin­ishes with a de­li­cious BBQ meal on-board the pon­toon boat re­turn­ing to the OWL re­sort where you’re wel­come to re­lax on a sandy beach or in a sauna or spend more time on the wa­ter pad­dling a ca­noe, kayak or stand-up pad­dle­board. Later, re­live the thrills as you watch a video re­play of your day and fin­ish your night fire­side un­der the big open sky. owl­raft­ing.ca

Ap­par­ently, you don’t have to be rich and fa­mous to ex­pe­ri­ence a lav­ish life­style in New Zealand. For in­stance, you and nine friends or fam­ily mem­bers can share the cost and lounge on the very pri­vate Slip­per Is­land for a day for just $1,800 NZD (about CAD$1,665), in­clud­ing wa­ter taxi. Fea­tur­ing four vil­las, two five-star glamp­ing tents and white sandy beaches, Slip­per Is­land Re­sort is lo­cated three kilo­me­tres east of the Coro­man­del Penin­sula on New Zealand’s North Is­land. Or, for an un­par­al­leled level of lux­ury, con­ve­nience and seclu­sion, stay at the Blan­ket Bay Villa sit­u­ated in Glenorchy in the Otago re­gion on the South Is­land, where rates start at $6,900 NZD per night (ap­prox­i­mately CAD$6,378). slip­peris­landresort.com; blan­ket­bay.com

Eric Mc­cor­mack, of TV’S Will & Grace, will re­turn to the Strat­ford Fes­ti­val Oc­to­ber 30 to per­form the lead role in a con­cert ver­sion of The Fan­ta­sticks. The world’s long­est-run­ning mu­si­cal from 1960 is still a hit with songs like “Try to Re­mem­ber” and “Soon it’s Gonna Rain.” This year’s Strat­ford Fes­ti­val Fo­rum also in­cludes an af­ter­noon of pop mu­sic on Au­gust 25 with Brent Carver and the Art of Time En­sem­ble as well as a July 13 per­for­mance by Bare­naked Ladies’ co-founder Steven Page fea­tur­ing works by Leonard Co­hen, Randy New­man, Elvis Costello and more. strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca

Culi­nary ad­ven­tures are a won­der­ful way to ex­plore a des­ti­na­tion, es­pe­cially when fine food and re­fresh­ments are sprin­kled with good sto­ry­telling and lit­tle-known or long for­got­ten his­tor­i­cal facts you would never come across other­wise. Un­der the lead­er­ship of Kevin Dur­kee, for­mer owner of Cheesew­erks, the Culi­nary Ad­ven­ture Co. of­fers such tours pep­pered with in­ter­est­ing and en­ter­tain­ing in­sights into a va­ri­ety of neigh­bour­hoods lo­cated in Toronto, Kingston, Ot­tawa, Hal­i­fax, Char­lot­te­town and Win­nipeg. For in­stance, in Toronto, you can tour the St. Lawrence Mar­ket, the River­side/leslieville district or Chi­na­town & Kens­ing­ton. Prices start at $69/per­son plus taxes; gra­tu­ities are op­tional. VIP and din­ner tours can also be booked pri­vately for spe­cial events. culi­naryad­ven­tureco.com

Hol­land has a new web­site full of ideas for vis­i­tors. Ev­ery Fri­day morn­ing from now un­til Septem­ber 29, ven­dors at the cheese mar­ket in Alk­maar, 30 min­utes north of Am­s­ter­dam, line up 2,200 whole rounds, or 30,000 ki­los of cheese for sale as part of a tra­di­tion six cen­turies old. South of Am­s­ter­dam, visit the four re­gions of Hol­land’s Cheese Val­ley, in­clud­ing world-fa­mous Gouda. Con­tinue to Kin­derdijk to dis­cover 19 splen­did wind­mills and learn how the Dutch have con­trolled wa­ter for more than 1,000 years. The area is also on a ter­rific cy­cling route. If you’re plan­ning a fall visit, make it dur­ing Her­itage Days, Septem­ber 8 and 9, when about 4,000 his­tor­i­cal build­ings and sites are open to the pub­lic free of charge. Hol­land.com

Club Med plans to in­tro­duce 15 new all-in­clu­sive re­sorts by the end of 2020 and ren­o­vate oth­ers. A re­cent reno is adults-only Club Med Turkoise, nes­tled on award-win­ning Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos. En­joy new deluxe rooms with bal­conies, a re­designed din­ing space with wine cel­lar, the new well­ness area and tech­nol­ogy up­dates. Mean­while, the ex­panded Club Med Can­cun Yu­catan is set to re­open in July. Book one of the 60 new fam­ily rooms in the Agua­ma­rina area, fea­tur­ing 30 Fam­ily Club rooms and 30 Fam­ily Deluxe rooms and en­joy the new ocean­front pool. Fam­ily rooms fea­ture two sleep­ing ar­eas so par­ents and chil­dren can have their own rooms. Guests can tour the re­sort and their rooms prior to ar­rival via Google Street View. clubmed.ca

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