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Air Canada Announces Longlist for Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018

Top 10 to be revealed in November issue of Air Canada enRoute Magazine

TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada is proud to present the 30 nominees for Canada’s Best New Restaurants presented by American Express. The highly anticipated longlist, drawn from a coast-to-coast culinary exploration, is out today on CanadasBestNewRestaurants.com.

From an Italian-inflected seafood menu in a beachy Halifax room to the wildly creative charcuterie cabinet of a French bistro in Victoria, this year’s finalists celebrate the delectable diversity of Canadian cuisine. Based on the recommendations from a panel of food experts, Air Canada sends one writer on an anonymous, month-long, cross-country dining marathon to determine the most notable new openings that become contenders for the coveted annual Top 10 list.

“For over 15 years, Air Canada has been committed to discovering the latest Canadian culinary innovations and dining destinations, and celebrating the central role they play in our customers’ travel experience,” says Andy Shibata, Managing Director, Brand, Air Canada. “This year, we want to celebrate diversity in Canada’s culinary culture and highlight chefs and restaurateurs with global backgrounds. Their achievements will be honoured and featured online and in Air Canada’s enRoute onboard magazine.”

“Our Cardmembers are passionate about food and look to us to point them towards the country’s best restaurants and chefs,” says David Barnes, VP of Advertising and Communications, American Express Canada. “That’s why it’s a natural fit for us to pair with Air Canada and sponsor Canada’s Best New Restaurants for the fourth year running. We’re so excited about the contenders on this list this year.”

The 2018 nominees for Canada’s Best New Restaurants are:

1909 Kitchen, Tofino, BC; Aloette, Toronto; Atlas, Toronto; Avenue Restaurant, Regina; Bar Kismet, Halifax; Biera, Edmonton; Bistro Rosie, Montréal; Bread and Circus, Calgary; Bündok, Edmonton; La Cabane d’à Côté, Mirabel, QC; The Courtney Room, Victoria; Cruz Tacos, Calgary; Donna Mac, Calgary; Elena, Montréal; Giulietta, Toronto; Hopkins, Montréal; Il Covo, Toronto; Kanto 98th St., Edmonton; Kiin, Toronto; Kūkŭm Kitchen, Toronto; Vin Mon Lapin, Montréal; Omai, Toronto; Oxbow, Winnipeg; Passero, Winnipeg; The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette, Jordan Station, ON; Sand and Pearl, Picton, ON; Seedlings, Bloomfield, ON; Skippa, Toronto; St. Lawrence, Vancouver; Tanto, Toronto.

Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018 highlights the top restaurants that have launched across the country over the last 12 months and deliver memorable experiences through the quality of their food, level of service and original contribution to the Canadian dining landscape.

The annual Top 10 ranking will be unveiled at a celebration in Toronto on October 25, 2018. Tickets for this event go on sale August 24, 2018, giving diners an opportunity to sample Canada’s Best New Restaurants all in one place. The winners will also be showcased on CanadasBestNewRestaurants.com and in the November issue of Air Canada enRoute magazine.

Sunwing expands Victoria service with 3 new Pacific Mexico destinations

TORONTO — Sunwing passengers flying out of Victoria, B.C. will have more options to the sun this winter with new flights to Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Huatulco.

FlySunwing_Mobile-SUNWINGWeekly Saturday departures begin Dec. 22, 2018 and run until March 30, 2019 to Puerto Vallarta. Monday flights to Los Cabos start Nov. 5, 2018 and continue through April 22, 2019. And weekly service on Tuesdays to Huatulco runs Nov. 6, 2018 through April 16, 2019.

“Enabling our customers to save time and money by departing from their local airport is very important to us and we are delighted to be returning to Victoria again this winter and to be able to increase our vacation options to include three of our most popular destinations for the first time,” said Sunwing’s President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson.

Air Canada Completes Inauguration of 25 New Non-Stop International, Transborder and Domestic Routes This Summer


  • Five regional services launch today: Montreal to Windsor and London ON; Edmonton to Kelowna and Victoria; Calgary to Comox

MONTREAL, July 2, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today inaugurates five new non-stop regional services from Montreal to Windsor, Montreal to London ON, Edmonton to Kelowna, Edmonton and Victoria, Calgary and Comox, completing the successful launch of 25 new year-round and seasonal routes this summer.

“We are very pleased to launch our newest domestic regional services today to offer customers more choice and convenience when travelling. The 25 international, transborder and domestic routes that we have strategically added this summer broaden and deepen our already expansive global network by adding new destinations and city pairings, and are consistent with company growth plans,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada.

The 25 new routes were inaugurated between May 1 and July 2, 2018 and include a combination of Air Canada mainline, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express services:

Departure City Destination Service
Toronto Buenos Aires Mainline
Toronto Shannon* Mainline
Toronto Zagreb* Rouge
Toronto Porto* Rouge
Toronto Bucharest* Rouge
Toronto Omaha Express
Toronto Providence* Express
Toronto Nanaimo* Rouge
Toronto Kamloops* Rouge
Montreal Tokyo Narita Mainline
Montreal Dublin* Mainline
Montreal Bucharest* Rouge
Montreal Lisbon* Rouge
Montreal Baltimore Express
Montreal Pittsburgh Express
Montreal Victoria* Rouge
Montreal Windsor Express
Montreal London, ON Express
Vancouver Zurich* Mainline
Vancouver Paris* Mainline
Vancouver Sacramento Express
Edmonton San Francisco Express
Edmonton Kelowna Express
Edmonton Victoria* Express
Calgary Comox* Express

*Indicates summer seasonal route
Flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global network at major hubs, provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access where available, priority boarding and other benefits.

Air Canada Inaugurates Three New Non-Stop Domestic Routes

Rouge-Boeing-767-300-Coastal-5Air Canada today inaugurated the first of three new, non-stop domestic services from BC communities with the departure of AC1976 from Kamloops to Toronto. Tomorrow, Air Canada will inaugurate new non-stop seasonal services from Victoria to Montreal, and from Nanaimo to Toronto. These newest domestic long-haul services are operated onboard the airline’s leisure carrier Air Canada Rouge, which will be celebrating its fifth birthday on July 1.

“We are very pleased to launch the only non-stop services from Nanaimo and Kamloops to Toronto, and from Victoria to Montreal in time for the busy summer travel period. The convenience of these new services makes it easier than ever for customers from other parts of our network to travel to beautiful British Columbia’s Vancouver Island and Thompson Okanagan areas. Customers from Nanaimo, Victoria and Kamloops now have the convenience of non-stop flights to Toronto and Montreal, where unparalleled connecting options are also available throughout our far-reaching North American and global network,” said Benjamin Smith, President,  Airlines and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada.

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