Thursday, January 12, 2012

CNN Cable News Prefers Atlantic Canada

Jordana Divon wrote in Daily Brew:

For all its great beauty and charm, Canada's Maritime region has not traditionally pulled the same numbers as tourist hotspots like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. This year, however, it could all change—at least if CNN has something to say about it. The popular cable news network revealed its 2012 list of the world's leading travel destinations, among which Atlantic Canada figures prominently.

A panel of travel experts cited the area's roster of upcoming milestones and events as reason alone to check it out.  "The region will be in the spotlight next year as it commemorates its connection to the Titanic and the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking," the article states.

Halifax happened to be the closest major port when, on April 14, 1912, the fabled luxury liner crashed into an iceberg off the Newfoundland coast and began to sink. Three boats were dispatched to recover victims, while a number of passengers who did not survive were buried in Halifax cemeteries.

As Budget Travel reports:
Halifax will recognize its role in the event with a host of concerts, a town parade and a film festival. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will also mount a special exhibit paying tribute to the individuals involved in the recovery efforts.

Not Only for History Buffs:
Other highlighted features include a wealth of opportunity for outdoorsy types—everything from scenic kayaking around Prince Edward Island to whale watching on the Bay of Fundy.  For budget-conscious travelers, the site notes that Halifax, along with Charlottetown and Fredericton, topped the list of the least expensive Canadian cities in 2011 on