Are We There Yet? – Travel News To Know

Updates on destinations and hotels.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The press releases have been nonstop this week, globetrotters, so I thought I'd share some news with you to keep you in the know.

– Halloween is upon us and has put together a few haunting Canadian destinations for travellers. There are many ghostly reports at historic Fort York in Toronto, including a female spirit who walks around the officers’ quarters and a red-coated guard who has been sighted in the barracks. From October 23-27 visitors can also take part in the Fort York After Dark Lantern Tours to tour the grounds at night, hear the ghost stories, and learn about the history. Stay at the Fairmont Royal York during your spooky stay in TO. If you dare to visit Vancouver, apparently ghosts really like the Fairmont chain, as the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is another haunted hotel – but this time by a lady in red. Her name was Jennie Pearl Cox (no relation, I assure you) and she was a regular at the hotel before passing in a fatal car crash. Since then, reports of ghostly activity have included random elevator stops on floor 14 where a lady dressed in red (presumably Cox) comes out and floats down the hallway – chilling! And if you'll be in the capital region, book a visit at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Visitors and staff have reported sightings of a ghost who resembles Charles Melville Hays. Hays was the businessman who commissioned the hotel, left to Europe to purchase furniture and never made it home after drowning with the Titanic.

– If the country's gorgeous fall foliage is more intriguing, the newest Ascend Hotel Collection property to open is The National Hotel and Suites Ottawa, which offers an upscale boutique atmosphere in downtown Ottawa and is located close to Gatineau Park that features some of the best views for foliage enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Another great spot for a weekend getaway that is nearby Montreal is the St-Christophe Hotel&Spa located in Granby, a region that offers a wide choice of outdoors activities which can then be followed by a restful and peaceful time relaxing at the hotel spa.

– Fall is also abloom in beautiful Colorado, and with leaf-peeping season nearing its end, visitors to Colorado begin to train their eyes skyward when winter constellations come into view. With its dark night skies, Colorado is an amazing destination for stargazers. From one of the hottest outdoor music venues to an off-the-grid backcountry hut, the Colorado Tourism Office highlights eight of the best spots for stargazing in the state, from Chimney Rock National Monument and the UFO Watchtower to Rocky Mountain National Park and more. For more ideas and inspiration or to order a free copy of the 2012 Official State Visitors Guide, visit

– Looking ahead to winter, consider a trip to picturesque Wyoming. From new air service into Jackson to the first Wyoming Whiskey, you will find that it's never been a better time to visit. There's no shortage of sights and sounds to take in, like the Togwotee Trail, which offers great winter activities including snowmobiling, dogsledding adventures, and cross-country skiing, or the National Elk Refuge where visitors can partake in wagon and sleigh rides (depending on snow levels) that allow close viewing and photo opportunities of herds of elk.

– International travellers can experience different interior designs at the Sofitel in Bangkok with the "Five Elements" package. Sofitel Bangkok features themed accommodation focused on the five elements – water, earth, wood, metal, and fire, which strives to create harmony of place and individual balance through the synergy of the Five Elements, each of which has its own unique energy and characteristics. For more information, contact +66 2 624 0000 or email:

Bon Voyage,



Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at