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Winter in Mont Tremblant arrives with Porter Airlines seasonal service

Porter Airlines welcomes ski season with winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant on December 8, 2017. Flights are available until April 2, 2018, with service up to five times weekly. Connecting flights to Mont Tremblant via Toronto are also available from a number of Porter destinations.

In 70 minutes, passengers can travel from downtown Toronto to the snow-covered hills of Mont Tremblant. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, winter in Tremblant offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. For those seeking slower-paced activities, enjoy the serenity of a spa retreat, and dine or shop in the vibrant pedestrian village.

Porter Escapes offers flight and hotel packages from $600 per person for a three-night stay. Prices are based on double occupancy, including taxes, fees, and airport transfers.

Plan ahead and save on ski lift tickets, rental ski equipment or spa services by adding these to your Porter Escapes package prior to travel. For a full list of packages including hotels and activities, visit porterescapes.com.

The Mont Tremblant International Airport (MTIA) is offering passengers two special promotions this ski season. Passengers receive two free weekday ski lift tickets when they arrive on a Sunday or Monday and depart on a Thursday or Friday. Passengers travelling with children ages 2 to 12 years old are eligible for an airfare rebate courtesy of MTIA airport. For full details of both offers, visit www.mtia.ca.

About Porter

Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Stephenville, N.L., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Burlington, Vt., and Orlando-Melbourne, Fla.

Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com or call (855) 372-1100 for more information.

Expedition will allow Canadians to explore never-before seen parts of Canada's oceans with innovative underwater robot and round-the-clock live streaming

Today, Oceana Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, along with Alexandra Cousteau, will set sail to explore never-before-seen areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The week-long expedition is the most in-depth visual exploration of the area in Canada's history, and its findings will help understand and protect habitat essential to the health of our oceans.

Sailing from Québec City, the Canadian Coast Guard Science vessel Martha L. Black and its crew will explore important coastal and deep-water areas of the ocean floor using ROPOS, a state-of-the-art underwater robot that will collect samples and scientific data while capturing high-definition video. For the first time ever, Canadians and the world can participate in all aspects of ocean exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence through a round-the-clock, live broadcast -- from a first-hand view of the seafloor, to daily life on a research vessel and what it takes for scientists and technicians to work in the control room. Viewers will have opportunities to interact with the expedition team and learn about oceanographic research with real-time question and answer periods.

Throughout the expedition, the CCGS Martha L. Black will host scientists, technicians, videographers and Alexandra Cousteau, Senior Oceana Advisor and granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. In addition to collecting scientific information, the expedition will capture images and video that brings the richness of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to life. A second research vessel, the Leeway Marine Odyssey, will host a science team that will collect vital information about marine species visible from the surface of the sea, such as endangered Right whales as well as seabirds, turtles and sharks.

"For many, our oceans are out of sight, out of mind; but they are integral to the health of our planet and our ability to feed humanity's growing population in a sustainable way," said Alexandra Cousteau. "The Gulf of St. Lawrence expedition continues the legacy of my grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and I am honoured to be part of uncovering and sharing the research needed to conserve this vulnerable ecosystem."

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is one of the most productive marine areas in Canada. The nutrient-rich currents from the Atlantic and Arctic oceans combine with freshwater input from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River system, making it an important and productive area for several coastal and marine species. The area is home to diverse marine life, including cold-water corals and sea pens, as well as Right whales, blue whales, sea turtles and basking sharks. In turn, the area supports many thriving commercial, recreational and Food, Social and Ceremonial fisheries, including the lobster and snow crab fisheries. For thousands of years, Indigenous Peoples and coastal and inland communities have depended on this resource and it is a vital part of Canada's identity and heritage.

"Research carried out in collaboration with Oceana Canada, one of our highly respected partners, will further contribute to our understanding of the dynamic Gulf of St. Lawrence," said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. "As we celebrate Canada's 150th year, I am so proud that our scientists are continuing in the proud DFO tradition of conducting important science work at sea."

"We're excited to partner with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to connect Canadians to the wonders of our oceans by using a world-class Remotely Operated Vehicle with high-definition, live-action video," said Josh Laughren, Oceana Canada Executive Director. "This technology creates a one-of-a-kind expedition experience allowing Canadians to discover the wonders of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in ways never before possible."

For more than a decade, Oceana has been conducting expeditions around the world, exploring and protecting habitats off the coasts of Europe, the Philippines, Chile and the United States. Oceana Canada is excited to bring this expertise and passion for ocean exploration to Canada in 2017. Through expeditions, we can better understand and protect our precious marine resource.
Join Oceana Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Alexandra Cousteau for a journey into the wonders of Canada's oceans. Learn more at www.oceana.ca/GulfofStLawrence.
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Take a tiger tour to India this winter with a Canadian travel writer

Canadian travel writer, digital storyteller, and India travel specialist Mariellen Ward is leading a tiger tour to India in March 2018. Mariellen publishes the popular and award-winning travel site Breathedreamgo.com. She will be leading a small group tour to some of India's top tiger reserves, including Kanha, Bandhavgarh, and Pench.

"Seeing a tiger in the wild is on many peoples' bucket lists. There are only about 3,000 wild tigers left in the world, and 70% of them are in India," says Ward. "March is the ideal time to see tigers in the wild in India as it's starting to get hot, and they come out of the jungle for the water holes."

The tiger tour is organized and sold by Pugdundee Safaris, India's leader in tiger safaris and luxury, sustainable lodges. Guests will stay in Pugdundee Safaris award-winning lodges, be guided by their talented naturalists, enjoy delicious local foods, and take part in some very special, customized experiences – such as walking safaris, a boat ride, village visits, hiking, and one overnight camp. At least 7 game drives, in Satpura, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Pench are guaranteed – which means the chances of seeing a tiger are excellent.

"To see a tiger, you need three things: a good naturalist, a good opportunity, and of course good luck. On this tour, you will get the two things that are within our control: good naturalists and a good opportunity," says Ward.

Mariellen Ward will accompany the trip, imparting her enthusiasm and knowledge of travel in India. She will also be available to teach travel writing and blogging.

For more information about the trip, and to book, please visit: https://breathedreamgo.com/tiger-tour-national-parks-in-india/

Breathedreamgo is an award-winning travel site dedicated to transformative travel – the kind of travel that changes you, and has a positive impact on local communities and environments. Breathedreamgo was founded in 2009 by Canadian travel writer and digital storyteller Mariellen Ward. Mariellen splits her time between Delhi and Toronto, and has spent about three years in India, in total, travelling the length and breadth of the country.