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Book now to take a walk on the wild side

By Bob Boughner, Special to The Daily News

The Toronto Sun's Jenny Yuen (second from the left) hangs out over Toronto at the CN Tower's new EdgeWalk attraction. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)

The Toronto Sun's Jenny Yuen (second from the left) hangs out over Toronto at the CN Tower's new EdgeWalk attraction. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)

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Bookings are now being accepted for EdgeWalk at the CN Tower in Toronto. The walks begin May 1.

New for 2012, the entire experience can be booked online. For special requests call 416-601-3833.

The extremely popular new attraction is expected to sell out in its second season.

EdgeWalk is the CN Tower's newest attraction in its 36-year history and the first of its kind in North America.

It is the world's highest full-circle, hands-free walk on a five-foot-wide ledge encircling the top of the tower's main pod.

Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system.

Tickets cost $175 and include a keepsake video, photos and certificate of achievement.

EdgeWalk runs 1.5 hours with the outdoor walk lasting 30 minutes.

WAR HORSE PACKAGES AVAILABLE

A theatre, dinner and overnight hotel package to celebrate the arrival of War Horse on stage is now available at the downtown Toronto hotels.

The package is available at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, the Westin Harbour Castle and the Le Meridien King Edward hotel.

The package is priced from $197 per person and includes top-tier tickets to War Horse, a voucher for a three-course meal at one of more than 20 local restaurants, and overnight accommodation.

To purchase tickets, call 1-800-461-3333 or 416-872-1212.

CELEBRATE ECCENTRIC ANNIVERSARY

Howard Hughes, the world's most famous and elusive billionaire, once checked into the Westin Bayshore Vancouver (then known as the Bayshore Inn).

The eccentric business and Hollywood icon lived in the hotel's three-room penthouse for six months and was never seen outside of his room during his entire stay.

This spring visitors to Vancouver can take part in the 40th anniversary of the visit with a special package available at the hotel.

Guests who book the package can experience the hotel much like Howard Hughes did during his stay. The offer includes a one-night stay in the luxurious Howard Hughes penthouse suite with stunning views of Stanley Park and Coal Harbour.

The suite is available on stays through April 30 and is priced from $799 per night.

The hotel also offers a Howard Hughes room package for $189.

NIAGARA OFFERS SWEET DEAL

How about a $99 Niagara Falls escape with $150 in meals and activities for free?

The offer is available through Travel Zoo, but ends today.

It features an overnight stay at the Oakes Hotel overlooking the falls and wine tasting for two at four local wineries.

To book call 1-877-665-0000.

LOCK IN YOUR PRICE

WestJet Vacations has launched a price guarantee on vacation packages booked until May 31 for travel between April 16 and Oct. 31.

“We want our guests to know they can book with confidence,'' says Chris Avery, the company's general manager. “If they book a vacation package and then see a lower price anytime up to 21 days prior to travel, we will refund the difference.''

Visit westjetvacations.com for more information.

FERNIE RESORT READY TO SHOWCASE RENOVATIONS

A resort and spa in Fernie, B.C., which has undergone a $30 million restoration, is now accepting reservations.

The restoration involved the old Fernie schoolhouse built in 1908.

For more information visit www.ferniecentralreservations.com.

ENJOY AN URBAN GETAWAY

Chicago welcomes the world this summer with a full calendar of things to do, see and experience.

With vibrant neighbourhoods and a sparkling lakefront setting the scene, Chicago is the ultimate urban getaway.

Downtown, visitors can kayak through a canyon of soaring skyscrapers, visit a world-class museum or sit back while musical greats take to the stages of Grant Park and Millennium Park.

In the neighbourhoods, discover chic boutiques, sample edible delights at local restaurants and farmers' markets or turn the sand and surf into a beach playground.

This summer, there is adventure waiting around every corner and with hotel rates starting at $119 per night, Chicago can't be beat.

For trip-planning assistance and help with a customized itinerary, visitor representatives are on hand at Chicago's visitor information centres – across from Millennium Park and at the historic Water Works pumping station at Pearson Street and Michigan Avenue.

WESTIN WILL SOON OPEN No. 200

The Westin brand hotel chain is on track to open its 200th hotel in the next 12 months.

Westin will open 11 new hotels this year, all but three outside the U.S. More than half will open in China, the brand's strongest growth market.

Westin will also add new hotels in Indonesia, Panama City, New York and Snowmass, Colorado.

SHERATON TO PARTAKE IN EARCH HOUR

On March 31, the Sheraton Centre Toronto joins the worldwide movement of people and businesses planning to turn off the lights for Earth Hour 2012.

For the evening the lobby will be transformed with tents, canoes and coolers, courtesy of Mountain Equipment Co-Op, allowing guests to connect with nature in the centre of downtown Toronto.

Children of all ages can gather around a candlelight fire for story time and sing along to camp songs played on guitar. 

LAKE ST. CLAIR GUIDEBOOK AVAILABLE

Pleasure boaters take note!

Free copies are available of a colour booklet entitled “Lake St. Clair Guide and Surrounding Waterways.''

It's a must-see book for not only boaters but the public wanting to know what is available in the way of lodging, fishing charters, dining establishments and marinas on Lake St. Clair.

For your copy visit www.lakestclairguide.com. Or call 1-586-20203100.

The pages of the book contain a wealth of information about places to visit, things to do and see, medical care and coast guard numbers.

Another free booklet I picked up at Marine West in Algonac, Mich., last week is entitled “Great Lakes Scuttlebutt” – the ultimate Great Lakes boating resource. 

 

• Readers are encouraged to share their travel experiences or questions with Bob by calling 519-354-2000 ext 317, faxing 519-436-0949 or e-mailing bboughner@chathamdailynews.ca.

 


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