Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle

Winter/Spring 2017

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DREAMSCAPES WINTER/SPRING 2017 60 TRAVEL GALLERY >> BY CYNTHIA DAVID DS L ocated on Florida's Atlantic coast two hours north of Miami and two hours southeast of Orlando, St. Lucie County is an undiscovered paradise featuring the City of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and 34 kilometres of breathtaking beaches on Hutchinson Island where you can enjoy horseback riding tours. Exuding Old Florida charm, the county has pre- served the period architecture of Fort Pierce where a weekly farmers' market is ranked among the top five in the U.S. Indian River Lagoon is the nation's most biologically diverse estuary while the Fort Pierce City Marina provides top-notch ameni- ties for boaters and anglers. Home to PGA Village where three PGA courses, a golf-learning centre and a 14-hectare practice facility are open to the public, Port St. Lucie also hosts the New York Mets during spring training. Endless dining opportuni- ties range from unique bistros to popular chain restaurants and the area offers a variety of accommodation choices including one of the country's only all-inclusive resorts, quaint hotels and motels, condo or home vacation rentals, as well as camping and RV sites. VisitStLucieFLA.com ST. LUCIE COUNTY W ith volunteer vacations gaining popularity among Canadian travellers to Jamaica, the Jamaica Tourist Board has posted a volunteer page on its website to help visitors connect with organizations. For instance, the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation works to improve the learning experience by building and renovating schools on the island. Also committed to community education through its Rockhouse Foundation, Negril's Rockhouse Hotel arranges volunteer experiences at a nearby school while the Sandals Foundation supports local conservation efforts. The Great Huts in Port Antonio provides complimentary or subsidized accommodation for volunteers working at their homeless shelter and rehabilitation centre. Individuals with specific skill sets in education and healthcare might contact Breds Foundation in the Treasure Beach community of St. Elizabeth. visitjamaica.com/volunteer SANDALS FOUNDATION C IBC has taken service to new heights by opening its first mountaintop ski-thru ATM installed outside the Round- house Lodge on Whistler Mountain. The new standalone ATM provides easy access to cash for purchases at cash-only ven- dors before heading back down the slopes and offers the same range of banking services available at all CIBC ATMs. The ski-thru ATM will be active throughout the 2017 ski season and is one of many experiences CIBC will be offering as part of a brand-new, five-year partnership with Whistler Blackcomb. cibc.com; whistlerblackcomb.com COURTESY CIBC S tarting in May 2017, Air Canada Express will add non-stop service to six new U.S. cities including southern hot spots Savannah, Georgia; San Antonio, Texas; and Memphis, Tennessee. All routes will be serviced year-round except Savannah, to which service will operate six times a week between May 1 and October 15. Flights to San Antonio, Mem- phis and Savannah will depart from Toronto while Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona, flights will originate in Van- couver. Daily service from Montréal to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, begins May 26. All routes will be served by regional jet aircraft and scheduled to ensure convenient connections with Air Canada's domestic and international schedule. aircanada.com VISIT SAVANNAH

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