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Saturday, November 14, 2009

off-ice action in saskatchewan

Remember this when you're shivering your way into Regina's Brandt Centre or Saskatoon's Credit Union Centre to watch a game in the International Ice Hockey Federation 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship: It's a dry cold.

Location: Regina; Saskatchewan; Saskatoon;

Subject: tourism; travel; world junior hockey championship

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


It's so difficult to get tickets to Toronto home games that you often see Leafs fans at other NHL arenas. Now, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Philadelphia Flyers have teamed up to draw more of them to the City of Brotherly Love. The Flyers are taking $10 off their $47.50 and $42 tickets, based on availability, when the Leafs visit on Dec. 27. The tourism corporation is also offering a More Holiday Fun hotel discount of $50 on one-night or multiple-night stays with a minimum booking of $150. Hotel reservations can be made until Jan. 9. With the strong Canadian dollar, discounted hockey tickets and hotel discount, this is as well priced as you are going to get.

Location: Philadelphia;

Subject: travel; tourism; hockey

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Remembering the past London, Ont.In some ways, it's a testament to Canada's peaceful recent history that Remembrance Day ceremonies take on a certain sepia hue for kids. To give them a feel for what really went on, take the family to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum for its Remembrance Day service. Sit beside a Spitfire fighter plane, a B-25 bomber and at least 1,800 other people for a moment of silence. The indoor ceremony takes place in a hangar housing the museum's vintage collection of aircraft.

Location: Toronto; London; Oakville; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism; hockey; oakville christmas art and craft fair; remembrance day

Saturday, October 13, 2007


Austrian bargainOne of the best European deals around is the Incredible Getaways program offered by Kompas Express and Austrian Airlines. For a starting price of $558, you can purchase round-trip economy-class airfare from Toronto to Vienna and two nights' accommodation in any of 17 partner hotels. Nights need not be consecutive, and additional nights can be purchased from $55 a person a la carte. You can also add concerts, opera tickets, transfers, sightseeing excursions, day tours and any personalized service in the Austrian capital, one of the world's great cultural centres. Side trips to Budapest, Prague, Salzburg - hometown of Mozart and, perhaps more famously, the setting of The Sound of Music - Graz and Innsbruck are available from $131, including air from Vienna and two nights' accommodation.

Location: Vienna; Austria; Atlanta; Orlando;

Subject: travel; tourism; hockey

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


The Ottawa Senators, the Eastern Conference champions, are back as the star attractions of the Hockey Night in the Capital package. Available until Jan. 7 (a different package will be available for the second half of the season), this deal offers savings of up to 10 per cent. Prices start at $152 a person and include one night's accommodation for two at one of 38 participating Ottawa-area hotels, tickets to a game, a buffet dinner at Scotiabank Place's Senate Club and cash certificates worth up to $20 for Casino du Lac-Leamy.

Location: Ottawa;

Subject: travel; tourism; hockey

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Puck drops on hockey-tourism season

As the puck drops in earnest this week on the National Hockey League's regular season, travel operators have already hopped over the boards with packages that make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel market: sports tourism.

Subject: travel; tourism; sports; hockey; olympic games

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Any hockey fan heading to Vancouver this winter can book a hotel room and Canucks tickets for every home game through Accent Inns from $159 a person, double occupancy. This includes a game ticket with hotel accommodations at Accent Inns' Richmond or Burnaby locations. From the Burnaby property, fans can hop on the SkyTrain to GM place, home of the Vancouver Canucks. Tickets are guaranteed side by side when ordered in pairs. Package prices vary according to the quality of the seat.

Location: British Columbia; Vancouver;

Subject: hockey; travel; tourism

Saturday, June 2, 2007


Sure, the NHL playoffs are okay, but any hard-core hockey fan will want to head to Hong Kong for the World Ice Hockey 5's tournament, June 11-17. About 60 teams - spread out over 13 divisions, including women's, peewee and mini-squirt - will hit the ice at Hong Kong's first full-size rink, playing three 12-minute periods with only 30 seconds between periods. Anaheim Ducks star Chris Pronger is scheduled to make an appearance - probably to escape the humiliation of his team's agonizing defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators.

Location: Hong Kong;

Subject: hockey

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Just another hockey night in the Bavarian Alps

The slap of the puck and scratching of skates can be heard long before I see the kids skating on the lake, shouting and laughing in the thin air. The snow crunches under my feet and, as I break through the trees, I glimpse two dozen kids playing a pickup game of hockey, skate blades flashing in the sun, pucks flying.

Location: Germany; Bavaria;

Subject: travel; hockey

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Deal of the week: Flights to U.K. and IrelandA Scotland-based airline will launch an extensive summer schedule of low-cost flights to Britain and Ireland beginning May 1 using Hamilton International Airport to keep expenses down.

Location: England; Scotland; Great Britain; Ireland; Halifax; Ottawa;

Subject: travel; tourism; hockey

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Location: United States;

Subject: hockey; travel; u.s. pond hockey championships

Wednesday, December 28, 2005


Nostalgia reaches a new height this year in the form of a purist hockey championship. 128 teams of four will compete hotly for rank on the frozen waters of Minneapolis's Lake Calhoun in the first annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championship. The coveted ''Golden Shovel'' is this

Location: United States; Minneapolis;

Subject: pond hockey championships; travel

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Travelling exhibit honours Quebec hockey legend

The National Hockey League will soon resurface, and with it comes a new travelling exhibition dubbed ''Rocket'' Richard: The Legend -- The Legacy. Hosted by the Quebec Museum of Folk Culture and produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the exhibition recounts the life and career of one of Canada's greatest sports heroes.

Subject: hockey; exhibitions

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Winnipeg firm packages championship hockey

The NHL playoffs are kaput this year, but that doesn't mean fans have to go without top-tier live hockey this spring. The 2005 World Hockey Championships are set to get under way in Vienna and Innsbruck on April 30, and Winnipeg-based tour operator Roadtrips is offering a series of travel packages to the 16-day tournament.

Location: Vienna; Innsbruck;

Subject: travel; world hockey championships

Saturday, September 4, 2004

Hockey towns

If hockey is your passion, now is your chance to watch the world's best players on a tour of the world's best hockey towns. One advantage of this year's World Cup of Hockey is that it's being played in Europe and North America, finishing with the championship game in Toronto on Sept. 14.

Location: Toronto; Montreal; St. Paul; Stockholm;

Subject: hockey; world cup; travel; tourism

Wednesday, March 5, 2003


Waterfowl workshop Brighton, Ont. Every year in March, thousands of waterfowl, including a number of unique species, visit the waters surrounding Presqu'ile Provincial Park in Brighton, Ont. on the way to their breeding grounds farther north and west.

Location: Brighton; Owen Sound; Montreal;

Subject: birds; tourism; art galleries; hockey

Saturday, December 16, 2000

Hockey cup in Germany

Canadians headed to the International Ice Hockey Federation'sworld championship matches in Germany next spring should be able to benefit from the best currency exchange rate in 10 years.The Canadian dollar has gone up more than 40 per cent in relationship to the Deutch mark in the past year, says Ingrid Scherer-Mohr, director for Canada, with the Germany National Tourist Office. The hockey championships will be held from April 25 to May 10 in Cologne and from April 28 to May 13 in Hanover.

Location: Germany

Subject: travel; tourism; currency; hockey

Wednesday, April 12, 2000

He tans! He scores!

It's a clasically beautiful day in Los Angeles, sunny and warm. But we're not on the beach. In fact, we're not in the glorious California outdoors at all. We're standing in a tiny, cramped dressing room where 10 men, aged 24 to 45, are suiting up for a Sunday afternoon house league game -- of hockey.

Location: Los Angeles

Subject: hockey; people; list

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