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Sunwing expanding operations from Victoria with the addition of two new flight services

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TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing is offering Victoria residents more options to explore the sunny south this winter with the addition of new weekly flights to Mazatlán and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Travellers can fly to Mazatlán on Saturdays starting December 21, 2019 until March 28, 2020 and to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo on Sundays starting December 22, 2019 until March 29, 2020. With the addition of these two new flights, Victoria residents can now choose from four tropical destinations this winter including returning favourites Huatulco and Los Cabos.

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, Mazatlán is characterized by its picturesque coastal landscapes and neoclassical architecture. Travellers can spend their days strolling down the cobblestone streets of Old Mazatlán or walking along the pristine beaches of the Golden Zone. Vacationers who choose to visit Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo can enjoy two destinations in one; Ixtapa is famous for its stylish beach clubs, while Zihuatanejo offers a more laidback and artsy atmosphere.

Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing, commented on the news, “We are excited to be returning to Victoria International Airport and expanding our operations in the region with the addition of two new flight services this winter. We’re sure the destinations of Mazatlán and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo will be well received by residents of the Greater Victoria region.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Sunwing’s new flights to Mazatlán and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and we appreciate their commitment to this market,” said Geoff Dickson, President and Chief Executive of the Victoria Airport Authority. “We know the Greater Victoria community enjoys travelling to sun-spot destinations during the winter months and the convenience these new non-stop services allows them to get to their destination sooner to start enjoying their vacations.”

Travellers who choose to take advantage of the new weekly flight service to Mazatlán could  stay at El Cid Castilla Beach, with activities and amenities for all ages including water slides and banana boat rides (at an extra cost). Another popular resort in Mazatlán is the newly-renovated Riu Emerald Bay. This recently-modernized, top-rated family resort offers an expansive pool complex and sweeping Pacific Ocean views from the majority of its rooms. In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, vacationers can stay at top-rated family resort Azul Ixtapa Resort, home to its own mini water park and action-packed kids club.

All Sunwing vacation packages from Victoria include direct flights* with a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance and onward local transfers together with the services of a local Sunwing Experiences representative. For additional perks, including priority check-in and security line access**, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector.

For more information or to book, visit www.sunwing.ca or contact your travel agent.

* Flights to Mazatlán and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo are operated by Viva Aerobus.
**Available at select Canadian airports.

A media bus damaged the Liberals’ election plane after it drove under the wing in Victoria

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The plane had just landed in Victoria, transporting Justin Trudeau, his team and journalists travelling with the campaign.

THE CANADIAN PRESS Updated: September 12, 2019

A picture showing the aftermath of the damage the bus left on the airplane wing. CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD/POSTMEDIA

VICTORIA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s election plane sustained some damage in Victoria after a media bus drove under one of its wings Wednesday night.

The plane had just landed in the British Columbia capital after transporting Trudeau, his team and several journalists travelling with the campaign across the country for Day 1 of the federal election race.

A bus was parked close to the plane to transport the journalists from the tarmac.

As it departed, it drove under the wing of the plane, making a loud scraping sound as the top of the bus slowly dragged under the wing.

Trudeau has a busy flight schedule planned for Thursday with stops in Kamloops and Edmonton.

A spokeswoman for Trudeau says everything about the plane will be properly assessed, but for now, Thursday’s plans remain the same.

More flights, more often with WestJet’s winter schedule

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Frequency increases to popular domestic, transborder and international destinations from airline’s hubs in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto

Seasonal service to Paris and Nashville from Calgary resumes early in March 2020

CALGARY, July 22, 2019 /CNW/ – As part of its 2019/2020 seasonal winter schedule, today WestJet announced increased frequency and improved connectivity from its hubs to more destinations across its network.

WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet’s seasonal schedule for winter 2019/2020 features more flights from Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto to domestic, transborder, international and sun destinations and includes WestJet’s seasonal service to both Paris and Nashville from Calgary, commencing earlier than past years on March 12 (Paris) and March 16 (Nashville). WestJet’s popular daily summer seasonal service between Calgary and Portland (PDX) will also extend through winter. 

“By executing on our hub strategy, we’re improving schedules not only for guests in Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto, but also building thousands of new connections for guests across the country,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “This winter Canadians have more flights and better access to popular leisure and business destinations and will benefit from schedule improvements, frequency increases and improved connectivity across our growing global network.”

For winter, WestJet’s 787-9 Dreamliner will also fly between Calgary and Maui and as previously announced, the airline’s new weekly non-stop service between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) begins November 5, 2019 and service between Calgary and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) commences on December 14, 2019.

Highlights of WestJet’s 2019/2020 winter schedule include:

  • Calgary-Halifax, from seven times weekly to 10 times weekly
  • Calgary-London, Gatwick, from three times weekly to four times weekly flights
  • Calgary-Fort Lauderdale, from once weekly to twice weekly
  • Calgary-Honolulu, from two times weekly to three times weekly
  • Calgary-Varadero, from once weekly to twice weekly
  • Calgary-Paris, seasonal service beginning March 12, 2020
  • Calgary-Nashville, seasonal service beginning March 16, 2020
  • Calgary-Portland, extension of daily summer route through winter
  • Calgary-Maui, 787 Dreamliner service
  • Vancouver-Winnipeg, from 13 times weekly to two daily flights
  • Vancouver-Orange County, from six times weekly to daily
  • Vancouver-San Jose del Cabo, from five times weekly to daily
  • Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta, from eight times weekly to nine times weekly
  • Vancouver-Huatulco, from once weekly to twice weekly
  • Vancouver-Cancun, from seven times weekly to nine times weekly
  • Toronto-Fort Myers, from 10 times weekly to 11 times weekly
  • Toronto-Aruba, from twice weekly to three times weekly
  • Toronto-Kingston, from three times weekly to four times weekly
  • Toronto-London, Gatwick, daily service offered on WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner
  • Ottawa-Fort Myers, from once weekly to twice weekly
  • Edmonton-Saskatoon, from 18 times weekly to 23 times weekly
  • Victoria- San Jose Del Cabo, new weekly service beginning November 5, 2019
  • Calgary-Punta Cana, new weekly service beginning December 14, 2019

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 2019/2020 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

Part of Victoria airport evacuated after aerosol sunscreen makes it through security

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BY NATHAN DUREC Posted Jul 13, 2019 1:11 pm PDT

Part of Victoria’s airport was evacuated on July 13, 2019 after a can of aerosol sunscreen made it through security. (Source: Victoriaairport.com)

Summary

  • Some flights were delayed while passengers went through rescreening
  • Hunchak says most people don’t realize they’re carrying a prohibited item

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – An aerosol can of sunscreen that made it through a security check at Victoria’s airport on Saturday forced the evacuation of part of the airport, and all passengers back through screening.

Rod Hunchak with the Airport Authority says most people don’t even realize they may be carrying a prohibited item.

“Sometimes people just forget and have items in their bags,” he says. “It happens pretty much every day here when items are being screened that items are found. Most times people just aren’t remembering what they have in their bag.”

He says there is a full list of banned items available online.

“So best thing to do is check the CATSA website and on the CATSA website there is a list of prohibited items. It’s very clear and very descriptive on what is allowed and what isn’t allowed.”

Hunchak advises travellers to check with their airline or the airport website for updated flight information, but says most weren’t that upset about the delays.

“The key priority for both the airlines and ourselves is passenger safety, so people are very understanding. It’s unfortunate that their travel plans may be a bit inconvenienced.”

Some flights were delayed while passengers went through screening again.

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers in Western Canada

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The airline is strengthening its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flights to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Florida

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers in Western Canada with its enriched winter 2019-2020 program for Sun destinations in Central AmericaMexicoFlorida, the Caribbean and Europe. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will be introducing beachgoers from the Vancouver area to new destinations in Florida, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Travellers will have a choice of 20 South and Europe destinations from Vancouver. The most scenic beaches in the South will be accessible to passengers flying out of Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton and Winnipeg as well.

New destinations and more flights to the most popular Sun destinations  
The addition of new Airbus A321neoLRs to its fleet next winter will allow the carrier greater flexibility to offer a wider choice of destinations to travellers. As of December, Air Transat will become the sole company to fly direct from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (two direct flights a week), while also adding departures to Liberia and San Jose, Costa Rica, (two flights a week) as well as a direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Along with its new destinations from Vancouver, Air Transat will enhance its flight program from Calgary, adding another direct flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a total of four direct flights a week.  

Europe in winterFrom Vancouver, several of Canadians’ favourite European Sun destinations—such as Faro and Lisbon in Portugal and Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga in Spain—will be readily accessible via Montreal and Toronto. Flying through Toronto or Montreal, passengers will also be able to holiday in LondonGlasgow and Manchester in the United Kingdom too, as well as in Paris, France. 

Discovering more destinations with domestic and connecting flights
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow British Columbians to explore other regions in Canada as well as South and transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights. The airline will continue its five direct weekly flights between Vancouver and Toronto and four direct weekly flights between Vancouverand Montreal.

From Vancouver: 20 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Costa Rica
Liberia2 flights a week
San Jose2 flights a week
Cuba
Cayo Santa Maria1 flight a week via Toronto
Holguin1 flight a week via Toronto
Varadero1 flight a week via Toronto
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 flight a week via Toronto
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week and 3 flights a week via Toronto
Florida
Fort Lauderdale2 direct flights a week
Jamaica
Montego Bay, Jamaica1 flight a week via Toronto
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta4 direct flights a week
EuropeNumber of flights (during peak season)
France
Paris3 flights a week via Montreal
Portugal
Faro2 flights a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 flights a week via Montreal
Spain
Barcelona1 flight a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Madrid1 flight a week via Montreal (as of December)
Malaga1 flight a week via Montreal
United Kingdom
Glasgow4 flights a week via Toronto
London5 flights a week via Toronto
Manchester1 flight a week via Toronto

From Vancouver: domestic flights

Canada
Toronto5 direct flights a week
Montreal4 direct flights a week

From Victoria: 2 South destinations

MexicoNumber of flights (during peak season)
Cancun-Riviera Maya1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta1 direct flight a week

From Calgary: 2 South destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta4 direct flights a week

From Edmonton: 3 South destinations

MexicoNumber of flights (during peak season)
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Huatulco1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week

From Winnipeg: 4 South destinations

CubaNumber of flights (during peak season)
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya3 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week

Canada’s Airlines, Airports Among World’s Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get Worse

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By Daniel Tencer 4 July 2019

Under a new “passenger bill of rights,” airlines will be able to leave passengers stuck on the tarmac for longer than the current standard.
An airplane taking off at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International
An airplane taking off at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

MONTREAL ― Canadian airports and airlines are some of the worst performers worldwide when it comes to flight delays, and new federal rules that allow passengers to be stuck on the tarmac for longer could make things worse.

All but one of Canada’s major airlines rank in the bottom half for on-time performance in a new survey from travel data provider OAG. 

Canada’s best performer, WestJet, ranks 57th out of 125 airlines surveyed, with 77.1 per cent of all flights arriving on time. The country’s worst performer, Sunwing, ranks as the second-worst airline in the world, 124th out of 125, with only 57.8 per cent of flights on time.

Sunwing experienced numerous flight glitches in recent years, including major delays in Toronto and Montreal in April, 2018, that led to a fine from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

Looking at airports, Canada doesn’t fare much better. Our best airport, in Grande Prairie, Alta., ranks 108th out of 505 airports surveyed.

Toronto’s two commercial passenger airports, Pearson and Billy Bishop, rank as the two worst airports in Canada and among the worst in the world ― 475th and 489th, respectively.

Interestingly, there is a yawning east-west divide, with western Canadian airports performing better than others.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

The survey comes as Canada is about to launch a new “passengers’ bill of rights” that some critics say will make it easier for airlines to delay flights.

Under the new regulations, airlines will be able to keep passengers stuck on the tarmac for up to three hours, plus an additional 45 minutes if the airline believes takeoff is imminent.

Currently, Canada has no government-enforced limits on tarmac delays, but airlines themselves had standards built into their tariffs. The industry standard was 90 minutes, which is also what a Senate committee recommended be the rule in the new passenger bill of rights. The government rejected that recommendation.

Airlines themselves have been pushing for longer tarmac delays. Air Canada extended its maximum tarmac time to four hours in 2018.

Additionally, it will be very difficult to get compensation from airlines in most cases where flights are delayed or passengers are denied boarding, said Gabor Lukacs, a prominent consumer advocate who has challenged airline practices in courts.

Watch: Here are the budget airlines in Canada. Story continues below.

Lukacs said he worries about the possibility of longer delays under the new rules because “when something becomes legal, they will do it. On the other hand, the counterargument is it’s in the airline’s best interest to get passengers to their destination as quickly as possible.”

Lukacs’ advocacy group, Air Passenger Rights, has accused the government of letting the airline industry dictate the new passengers’ bill of rights.

A spokesperson for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the tarmac delay rule was decided “based on operational realities and international best practices. For example, in the United States, air carriers are required to offer the option to disembark after a three hour delay on domestic flights, and a four hour delay on international flights.”

While airlines frequently blame weather for flight delays, data from the U.S. federal government shows that extreme weather events are responsible for fewer than 5 per cent of flight delays in the U.S. The most common reason for delays was late-arriving aircraft, meaning flights delayed because earlier flights were delayed. This accounted for nearly 42 per cent of U.S. delays. Canada does not currently keep track of this type of data.

But Lukacs points out that Canada has much harsher weather than most of the U.S., so it may not be a fair comparison. And Toronto’s worst-in-the-country Billy Bishop Airport has unique issues to deal with because it’s on an island.

“This may be an apples to oranges comparison,” he told HuffPost Canada by phone.

Nonetheless, Canada’s poor weather doesn’t explain why Alaska Airlines has a higher on-time percentage than any Canadian airline (80.7 per cent) and is the third best among U.S. airlines.

Lukacs argues these on-time rankings are incomplete: There isn’t enough data to determine, for instance, whether it’s a particular airport or a particular airline that’s behind delays in a given place.

Either way, airlines should be taking bad weather into account when planning their schedules, Lukacs said.

“If airlines and airports ignore the weather realities, then you have guaranteed, built-in failure,” he said.

Calgary, soak up some Dominican sun this winter

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WestJet announces Calgary/Punta Cana starting December

CALGARY, June 25, 2019 /CNW/ – As part of its 2019/2020 winter schedule, today WestJet announced a hot new reason to travel south this winter – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Starting December 13, 2019, WestJet will operate a nonstop overnight flight between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Starting December 13, 2019, WestJet will operate a nonstop overnight flight between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Starting December 13, 2019, WestJet will operate a nonstop overnight flight between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)*. The weekly service will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 767 that includes the airline’s updated Premium and Economy cabin service. Premium is the ideal combination of comfort, value and care including elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring sparkling wine and an amenity case.  

“Get ready for some spectacular beach vibes this winter with WestJet,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “With our new route between Calgary and Punta Cana, along with 24 other sun destinations to choose from, WestJet is getting our guests from Alberta to the sun and sand sooner than ever this winter.”

“This nonstop flight to the beautiful beaches of Punta Cana builds on WestJet’s commitment to put Calgary first when it comes to growing travel options. Congratulations from everyone at YYC Calgary International Airport,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority.

In addition, the airline announced a new weekly nonstop between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) starting November 5, 2019.

Details on WestJet’s new winter 2019/2020 routes:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary-Punta CanaOne-time 
weekly
11 p.m.8:45 a.m.December 
13, 2019
Punta Cana-CalgaryOne-time 
weekly
10:15 a.m.2:56 p.m.December
14, 2019
Victoria- San Jose
Del Cabo(Cabo San Lucas)
One-time 
weekly
8 a.m.1:14 p.m.November 5,
2019
San Jose Del Cabo(Cabo San Lucas)-VictoriaOne-time 
weekly
2:15 p.m.5:55 p.m.November 5,
2019

This winter, WestJet will operate more than 980 weekly departures from Calgary International Airport to more than 60 destinations in the WestJet network including 25 sun destinations. WestJet continues to be the airline that Calgarians choose the most with the most departures, destinations and seats out of YYC.

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 2019/2020 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

WestJet announces Victoria/Cabo San Lucas starting this November

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Victoria, get to the sun sooner this winter

CALGARY, June 25, 2019 /CNW/ – As part of its 2019/2020 winter schedule, today WestJet announced a hot new reason to travel south this winter – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Starting November 5, 2019, WestJet will operate nonstop between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) with weekly service that gets guests to the beach by the afternoon of the same day.

In addition, the airline announced a new weekly nonstop between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta CanaInternational Airport (PUJ), Dominican Republic on its Boeing 767 aircraft starting December 13, 2019*. The airline’s widebody 767 will also operate on flights between Toronto and both Montego Bay, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

“Get ready for some spectacular beach vibes this winter with WestJet,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “With new routes to Punta Cana and Cabo San Lucas, from Calgary and Victoria respectively, WestJet is getting our guests to the sun and sand sooner than ever this winter.”

“We’re excited to welcome service to Cabo San Lucas by WestJet, they are a valued partner,” said Geoff Dickson, Victoria Airport Authority President and CEO. “We know our community enjoys travelling to sun spot destinations during the winter months and the convenience of non-stop service allows them to get to their destination sooner to start enjoying their vacations.”  

Details on WestJet’s new winter 2019/2020 routes:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Victoria-San JoseDel Cabo(Cabo San Lucas)One-timeweekly8 a.m.1:14 p.m.November 5,2019
San Jose Del Cabo(Cabo San Lucas)-VictoriaOne-timeweekly2:15 p.m.5:55 p.m.November 5,2019
Calgary-Punta CanaOne-timeweekly11 p.m.8:45 a.m.December13, 2019
Punta Cana-CalgaryOne-timeweekly10:15 a.m.2:56 p.m.December14, 2019

This winter, WestJet will operate more than 90 weekly departures from Victoria International Airport to seven destinations in the WestJet network including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 2019/2020 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

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.