New and Noteworthy Reasons to Travel in November 2016

Grey Cup Festival is in Toronto, L.A. has a new snow tubing park and Whistler’s Cornucopia turns 20

Cellar Door Grand Tasting at Cornucopia in Whistler, photo by Darby Magill

Here are seven reasons to get on a plane this month.

Palm Springs Pride Week

Now in its 30th year, the Coachella Valley’s biggest and longest-running Pride event has moved from its previous location at a baseball stadium to beautiful Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. November 1 to 6, this free, family-friendly festival includes a candlelight vigil, concerts, beer gardens, children’s and youth areas, a block party on Saturday and a street parade on Sunday.

London has a new Design Museum and a rooftop curling club

London’s Design Museum re-opens on November 24 with a new £83-million look and relocation. Formerly located near the Tower Bridge and now on trendy High Street Kensington, the new building is three times its former size and includes learning spaces, a coffee shop, restaurant and a 202-seat auditorium.

In East London, the cold isn’t stopping anyone from a sweet rooftop party. From November 3 to December 23, the new Sliders Rooftop Curling Club takes over Roof East. The open-air space has four neon curling lanes, a heated bar, karaoke cabins and vendors selling gourmet hot dog and Peruvian barbecue.

Cornucopia‘s 20th anniversary in Whistler

Whistler’s food and wine festival is celebrating big for its 20th anniversary from November 10 to 20. New events this year include a massive picnic, guided tours with Whistler’s top sommeliers, a yoga retreat, wellness workshops and a teens’ cooking workshop.

Los Angeles is getting a snow tubing park

Yes, you read that correctly. L.A.’s first downhill snow tubing park, SNOW! Los Angeles, is open November 17 to December 23, just five minutes from downtown in Elysian Park. Nine acres of synthetic snow create a winter wonderland, complete with six themed lanes, snowman light shows, hourly “snow storms,” a snow globe photo booth, food trucks and a bar. Tickets are selling out quickly, so reserve your spot ASAP. And, believe it or not, you actually do have to wear warm clothes.

Grey Cup Festival in Toronto

The Grey Cup championship game happens in Toronto on November 27. If you don’t have tickets, there will still be tons of free events to attend during Grey Cup Festival November 24 to 27. Look for pancake breakfasts and a tailgate party with live music and an art exhibit. If you are looking to attend the game, tickets are still on sale and prices have been slashed (some by almost half).

Read more about Grey Cup Festival, plus more things to do in Toronto this month.

Montreal’s MTLàTABLE Restaurant Week

November 3 to 13 is Restaurant Week in Canada’s favourite foodie city. During MTLàTABLE, 150 restaurants offer three-course menus at select restaurants for $21, $31 or $41. This year also welcomes the return of $15 brunch menus after their popularity last year. Cultural food events include a dinner show at the opera and a chocolate-themed dinner in at the Grévin Montreal museum.

The new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman

Opening November 15, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is the first new resort to open on Grand Cayman in 10 years. Located right on Seven Mile Beach, this is Kimpton’s first property built outside the U.S. It has ocean views from balconies in each of the 266 rooms, plus three restaurants, two pools, an adults-only pool bar and an 8,500-square-foot spa.

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