New and Improved: Travel

The latest in the world of travel—from hotels to luggage (and more!)

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The latest in the world of travel—from hotels to luggage (and more!)


Coast Hotels is adding a fourth Okanagan location to its existing properties in Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos. The B.C.-headquartered company plans to start construction of the 80-room Coast Oliver in October, with an opening planned for May.


Outdoor gear supplier Mountain Equipment Co-op has launched Good Times Outside, a website that helps city dwellers find outdoor activities near urban centres, along with advice, gear recommendations and events. Users can filter by vibe, GPS, skill level and time preferences.


Business-class travellers flying from Vancouver to Hong Kong via Hong Kong Airlines can now enjoy Cantonese cuisine from Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. The award-winning Vancouver eatery is the first in the city to collaborate with the airline.


Vancouver-based Westcoast Sightseeing and the Vancouver Trolley Co., which uses San Francisco–style streetcars, have merged. Operating as separate entities in 2017, next year they will work together to improve routes and services.


French luggage brand Lipault Paris will get you coming and going–its first freestanding store in North America recently opened at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport. Lipault is known for its colourful lightweight nylon suitcases.