Travel News: Glamping Grounds, Delicious Quebec Trail and UK LGBTQ+ Museum | Travel
After spending its inaugural season last summer hosting campers on a Crown Land island, the Edmonton-based tour operator Urban adventures on the river announced his permanent residence. Located along the North Saskatchewan River, the new 128-acre property (open May through October) features 10 geodesic glamping domes, a hot tub, sauna, and kayak access. Just outside of Ottawa, the one-year-old Hammond Hill Wilderness Retreat is also fine-tuning its operations. In addition to yurts and trapper’s cabins, from June it will offer Skirt tents, designed by former SpaceX, Tesla and Airbnb employees. Eco-friendly yet futuristic, each unit starts at $125 per night.
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With the exception of hikers, perhaps no one knows exercise-induced hunger better than cyclists. If you nod your head in agreement, the new Gourmet cycle route Maybe for you. Connecting Montreal to Sherbrooke, the 235 kilometer trail showcases the best produce, food and drink that the Montérégie region and the Eastern Townships have to offer. There are over 120 culinary attractions along the way, including cider houses, breweries and award-winning restaurants. Riders can lighten their load by using the bag-carrying service, making this a beginner-friendly five-day trip.
Canada’s fine arts festivals are back in full force for the upcoming summer season. The first is Edmonton the Works (July 8-17), North America’s largest free outdoor public art and design festival. Taking place in Churchill Square, it is timed to coincide with the Edmonton International Street Artists Festival. From July 8 to 17 will also take place the Inuvik festival Great Northern Arts Festival. The longest running Arctic art and music festival in North America, the 10-day celebration includes soapstone carving and drum-making demonstrations, as well as musical performances from rising stars (throat singer Tanya Tagaq had his chance at the event in 2000).
London is now home to the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum. Located in Granary Square, King’s Cross, queer britain celebrated its grand opening on May 5, joining other LGBTQ+ museums around the world, including the one in Chicago National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame and New York Leslie Lohman Art Museum. The first exhibition features images of changemakers from the queer community, including Roberta Cowell, a motor racing driver and the first known Briton to undergo sex reassignment surgery in 1951. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday and the visit is free.