THE UNSPOILED
OUTPOST OF
TOFINO
FALL 2015 | CAAMAGAZINE.CA
ON THE
WATERFRONT
PAST AND PRESENT COME TOGETHER ON
CROATIA’S DALMATIAN COAST
SCO
PM40065459
CARS OF
THE FUTURE,
NOW
1991.
Great Year for Spandex.
Not Your Walls.
Your Living Room Has
Passed Its Expiry Date.
Our Deal Doesn’t Have One.
At Dulux Paints CAA Members
Save 25% Every Day
On the Regular Retail Price of all Dulux Manufactured Paints*
PLUS
An EXTRA 5% Off Sale Prices and
10% Off Tools and Accessories
* Visit Dulux.ca/CAA for complete ofer details. ®CAA and CAA logo trademarks owned by, and use is authorized by, the Canadian Automobile Association. TM CAA
Rewards is a trademark of the Canadian Automobile Association. © 2015 PPG Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. Dulux is a registered trademark of AkzoNobel and
is licensed to PPG Architectural Coatings Canada Inc. for use in Canada only. The Multi-Colored Swatches Design is a trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.
WHETHER AT HOME OR ON VACATION, HERTZ AND
CAA ARE NEVER FAR AWAY.
Save $5/day up to $30 on Weekly Rentals of Intermediate and
higher car classes* when Promotion Code #304581 is included
in your reservation.
Visit: Over 145 CAA Offices
Click: caa.ca/hertz
Call: 1-888-333-3120
Exclusive discounts and benefits for CAA Members:
• Everyday discounts of up to 20% on daily, weekend, weekly and monthly rentals!
• Hertz NeverLost® GPS rental for $6.99 per day, a savings of $10.00 per day!
• Additional qualified CAA drivers are FREE, a savings of $13.50 per day per driver!
• FREE use of a child, infant or booster seat, a savings of $13.00 per day!
• Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® membership and a FREE rental day!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Advance reservations required and must include your CAA Club Discount Code (CDP #), along with the Promotion
Code (PC#) for this offer. Promotion Code must be included at time of reservation or offer is void. Offer is redeemable on 5-day minimum
weekly rentals of Intermediate and higher car classes at participating Hertz locations in Canada, the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Mexico (*offer
excludes Prestige Collection, Adrenaline Collection,® and Dream Cars ®). Modifying your reservation may result in a change in your rate
and/or invalidate this offer. Offer has no cash value and may not be used with Prepay Rates, Tour Rates, Insurance Replacement Rates or
Hourly Rentals. Qualifying rate restrictions for the renting location apply. Taxes, tax reimbursement, age differential charges, fees and
optional service charges, such as refueling, are not included. Vehicle discounts apply to time and mileage charges only and may not
be combined with any other promotion. Blackout periods may apply. Offer value in local currency on redemption. At the time of rental,
present your CAA Membership card or Hertz/CAA Discount Card for identification. Offer valid for vehicle pickup through 11/15/15.
Discounts and benefits are available at all Hertz corporate and participating licensee locations in Canada and the U.S. and are
subject to availability. Savings in CAD or local currency equivalent. Only CAA Members with a Gold enrollment date on or after
February 1, 2012, who elect to participate in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program will qualify for a free rental day after the
first Gold rental. Go to: caa.ca/HertzGold to enroll. Premier Members must enroll at: caa.ca/HertzPremier.
® Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. © 2015 Hertz System, Inc.
® CAA and CAA logo trademarks owned by, and use is authorized by, the Canadian Automobile Association.
™ CAA Rewards is a trademark of the Canadian Automobile Association.
hertz.ca
Hertz & CAA. Where value rules the road.
FALL 2015
contents
features
24
Natural WoNder
Fromsurfculturetoabudding
culinaryscene,Tofino,B.C.,
knowshowtomakewaves
28
the Future Is NoW
Alternative-powervehiclesare
leadingdriversdownnewroads
34
INsIde the drIvINg MINd
Howautotechnologyis
changingthewaywedrive
38
sea Worthy
TouringCroatia’ssplendid
DalmatianCoast
in every issue
4
edItor’s letter
6
CoNNeCt
Keepuptodatewith
CAAeventsandinitiatives
7
28
What’s oNlINe
9
ageNda
Swimmingwithsealionsin
BajaCaliforniaSur,Mexico;
exploringbaseball’shistoryin
Cooperstown,N.Y.;andaQ&A
withsingerJannArden
9 24
17
drIveN
Areviewofthe2015FordEdge;
aCAAautoexpertanswersyour
questions;plusonemothergives
threefamilycarsthereal-lifetest
49
INsIder
Helpfulresources,CAAMember
informationandnews
64
sNap shot
CAAMemberLynJonessharesa
favouritephotofromMadagascar
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
3
from the editor
FALL 2015
DRIVING INTO
THE FUTURE
we’re taking a look down
the road at the future of cars.
The near future, that is. In “The Future
Is Now” (p. 28), Mark Richardson gives
us a cross-section of the new vehicles that
we’re seeing on roads and highways today,
like the BMW i8 and the Tesla Model S
as well as a few models that are on the
way, like the Chevrolet Bolt.
What they all have in common is that
they don’t rely solely on gasoline for fuel.
Some use a combination of internal
combustion engines and power gleaned
from regenerative braking systems. Others
rely entirely on battery power and electricity.
As our team worked on the article, we
referred to it as our “alternative wheels”
story. As you’ll read, though, alternative is
quickly becoming mainstream.
As we head into that mainstream,
there’s the future of driving to figure out.
My story, “Inside the Driving Mind”
(p. 34), asks: how much information (from
both inside and outside the car) can one
driver’s brain handle? There’s no shortage
THIS ISSUE,
of things vying for our attention, and that
doesn’t stop when we’re behind the wheel.
During my research, I interviewed David
Strayer, a University of Utah cognition
and neural science professor. One thing he
said has stuck with me: we’re not as good at
multi-tasking as we think we are.
Most of us know that. But we try to
fool ourselves into believing we can juggle
multiple tasks. And when we apply that
idea to driving, it can have dangerous
consequences. Why not make sure we’re
really exceptional at one task, like driving?
Our future might depend on it.
EDITOR Paul Ferriss
ART DIRECTOR Mya McNulty
MANAGING EDITOR (ON LEAVE) Claire Cooper
ACTING MANAGING EDITOR Catalina Margulis
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lauren Jerome
CONTRIBUTORS Martha Beach, Eli Burnstein,
Gary Butler, Greg Dalgetty, Naomi Finlay,
Matthew Guy, Waheeda Harris, Lisa Jackson,
Lyn Jones, Josephine Matyas, Edward
McGowan, Suzanne Morphet, Ian Patterson,
Lawrence Pinsky, Blair Quinn, Scott Rankin,
Mark Richardson, Marc Saltzman, Nik Shultz,
Karan Smith, Neil Vorano, Alexandra Ward
ACCOUNT MANAGER Caitlin Purssell
PRODUCTION MANAGER Dianne Robinson
SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER,
MEDIA SALES & PARTNERSHIPS Nicole Mullin
ASSOCIATE ACCOUNT MANAGER, MEDIA
SALES & PARTNERSHIPS Samantha Zelikovitz
TOTEM
VICE PRESIDENT, CONTENT SOLUTIONS &
GENERAL MANAGER Louis-Jacques Darveau
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Patrick Pittman
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Michèle Champagne
PROGRAM DIRECTOR Rachel Robbie
CAA Magazine is created and published quarterly by Totem
Communications Group Inc. on behalf of CAA. CAA does not
necessarily share the editorial opinions expressed in CAA Magazine,
and third-party advertised products or services are not necessarily
endorsed by CAA. All product specifications and prices were
correct at press time. Merchandise shown is subject to availability
while quantities last. The publishers cannot accept responsibility
for the safe arrival of unsolicited manuscripts, transparencies
or illustrations, but letters are welcome. Colour reproduction:
Transcontinental Digital Services. Printing: Transcontinental RBW
Graphics. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is
prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher.
To place an ad in CAA Magazine, please contact
Nicole Mullin at 416-847-8187 or nicole.mullin@totem.tc.
Publications Mail Agreement Number 40065459
Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:
37 Front St. E., Toronto, ON M5E 1B3
Paul Ferriss, Editor
caamagazine@totem.tc
@cAAMagazine
caamagazine.ca
FOr cAA MEMbErship
inFOrMATiOn Or TO chAngE
yOur MAiLing AddrEss:
Email: membership@caasco.ca
Telephone: 1-800-268-3750
Mail: sisg department
60 commerce Valley drive E.
Thornhill, On L3T 7p9
This magazine is broughT To you by
CONTRIBUTORS
NAOMI FINLAY
photographer
originally hailing from melbourne,
australia, but currently living in
Toronto, Finlay has a love for
travel, lifestyle, decor and food
photography. her work has captured south africa,
the australian outback, ireland and Thailand,
and she now adds the coast of Croatia to that list
in “sea Worthy” (p. 38).
MARK RICHARDSON
writer
in 2012, the automotive journalist
and author drove a new Chevy
Camaro convertible crosscountry for his second book,
Canada’s Road: A Journey on the Trans-Canada
Highway from St. John’s to Victoria. in this issue,
richardson explores alternative power and the
not-so-distant future of cars (p. 28).
cOrrEcTiOn
in the summer 2015 issue, we featured Phil Dickson and bill edgar in our story on motorcycle
restoration (“rescue mission,” p. 22). Trouble is, we incorrectly identified them in our photo captions.
That’s actually Phil Dickson who appears on page 23 and bill edgar on pages 24 and 26. We again
thank Phil and bill for being part of the magazine and apologize for the error.
4 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
TOTEM
37 Front Street East
Toronto, ON, Canada M5E 1B3
totem.tc
®
CAA, CAA logo and CAA Dollars trademarks owned by,
and use is authorized by, the Canadian Automobile Association.
™Making bad days good. And good days better.
is a trademark of CAA South Central Ontario.
™CAA Rewards and CAA Connect are trademarks of the
Canadian Automobile Association.
You can earn more CAA Dollars® (up to 1% on all eligible
purchases) on your everyday purchases with a CAA Rewards
MasterCard®*.
Any advice is intended to provide general information only.
CAA does not accept liability for damage or injury resulting
from reliance on the information.
Trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their
respective owners. Partners and/or offers are subject to change
without notice.
CONNECT | CAA SOUTH CENTRAL ONTARIO
MEMBER’S CORNER
5
COMMUNITY
GAME
CHANGER
WAYS TO GET THE
MOST FROM YOUR
CAA MEMBERSHIP
1
Keepyourcard
inyourwallet
That way, you’ll have it
handy for Roadside Assistance—
no matter what vehicle you’re in.
Plus, you can use it for discounts
at attractions, hotels, shops
and restaurants, or to earn CAA
Dollars® on car repairs.
2
More voters than ever, plus
new regional Top 5 lists, make
this year’s CAA Worst Roads
campaign one to remember
getan
insurancequote
Members save on travel
insurance, as well as auto and
home insurance. The savings
you enjoy may even cover the
cost of your membership. To
find out how much you can
save, call 1-800-268-3750
for a free quote.
revealing ontario’s top 10 Worst roads list. A record
number of ontarians cast their vote for their local worst
road, but that’s not the only reason why this year’s
campaign stands out.
For the first time since 2010, a road outside toronto
topped the list, with Algonquin boulevard West in timmins
taking the top spot as the Worst road in ontario. it
knocked Dufferin Street down to the third spot after three
years in the number one position.
Also significant this year was cAA’s reveal of regional
top 5 Worst road lists for the first time. the residents of
timmins rallied together in hopes of bringing attention to
road issues in the Northern ontario region, and ended up
with three roads on the ontario top 10 list.
the province-wide campaign helps bring attention to
roads that are in need of repair, and shines a light on
concerns such as traffic congestion, potholes, poor
cycling/pedestrian safety and traffic light timing. Expanding
the campaign with regional lists helps give residents of
those regions an opportunity to voice the many, and often
unique, road issues they’re faced with.
And it’s not just about giving a voice to voters: many of
the top-voted roads in the campaign have been, or are
scheduled to be, repaired. it’s proof that, indeed, we can
all make a difference.
seewhichroadsmadetheregionaltop5lists
atcaasco.com/worstroads.
3
ONTARIO’S
TOP 10
WORST ROADS
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Algonquin Blvd. W.
timmins
Algonquin Blvd. E.
timmins
Dufferin St.
toronto
Highway 144
greatersudbury
Carling Ave.
ottawa
Radical Rd.
portdover
Burlington St. E.
hamilton
Riverside Dr.
timmins
Dominion Rd.
Forterie
Bayview Ave.
signupFor
automaticcredit
cardrenewal
It’s an easy, convenient way to
renew your CAA Membership.
We’ll still send you a renewal
notice before your membership
expiry date, but you won’t have
to do anything unless you
need to update your credit
card information.
4
downloadthe
Freecaaapp
Access helpful features
right on your tablet or smartphone,
such as Service Tracker, which
lets you follow the status of
your service vehicle when help
is on its way.
5
subscribetoour
newsletterand
readtheblog
There are always good things
happening for Members.
Subscribe to get the latest
updates and Member-exclusive
offers right away, and check out
our blog for tips and advice.
toronto
HOW TO REACH US
membership@caasco.ca
6 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
1-800-268-3750
@caasco
caasco.com/
mobileapp
blog.caasco.com
facebook.com/
caasouthcentralon
photography: ©iStock.com/tibor5
caa’sworstroadscampaign recently wrapped,
ONLY AT CAAMAGAZINE.CA
Island
Medley
Has your car
reached the end
of the road?
fRoM food To ART
To THE gREAT, gREAT
ouTdooRS, THERE’S
SoMETHINg foR
EvERy TRAvEllER
IN TofINo, B.C.
“Donate your unwanted vehicle to
Kidney Car like I did. It’s convenient,
helps the environment, and best of all,
supports The Kidney Foundation. Now
that’s a hat-trick we can all celebrate.”
Donate it to the
Kidney Car program!
photography: NoEl HENdRICkSoN, CouRTESy of TouRISM TofINo
FOLLOW US
@CAAMAGAZ
INE
fo
WHAT’S ONLINE
r car revie
ws, travel
stories an
d contest
updates
s FREE AND FAST TOWING
s VALUABLE TAX RECEIPT
s VEHICLES OF ANY AGE OR
CONDITION ARE ACCEPTED
s ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY
PROGRAM
THE VIEW FROM HERE
Thinking of buying a dash cam? Here are some things to keep in mind.
WEST COAST RAIL
In celebration of Rocky Mountaineer’s 25th anniversary, we take you
through some of their most inspiring itineraries
CAR PROBLEMS?
Email caamagazine@totem.tc
and your question may be answered
by a CAA expert (see page 21).
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO
Send us your best vacation photo and
you could be featured in an upcoming
issue of CAA Magazine.
Visit www.kidneycar.ca or
CALL 1-866-788-2277 (CARS)
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
7
Prepare to be
Truly Moved
GoldLeaf Service
GoldLeaf Service Cuisine
SilverLeaf Service
Experience the breathtaking Canadian Rockies in the lap of luxury with a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey.
Imagine carving through the mountains in a glass-dome luxury coach while nibbling on gourmet meals created
by Executive Chefs. Swirl, sniff, and sip British Columbia wines while you gaze at cascading waterfalls and soak
up historical tales of our pioneering past from our team of attentive, onboard Hosts. Sound incredible? It is!
We suggest that you hold onto the rails, because this journey is
truly moving.
328%'86%:)0%&398%1%>-2+)1&)6O)<'097-:)&)2)æ87
and bonuses on select Rocky Mountaineer vacations.
For full details and reservations
please visit or call CAA at 1-800-992-8143
®CAA and CAA logo trademarks owned by, and use is authorized by, the Canadian Automobile Association.
travel
people
leisure
agenda
WHERE ARE YOU?
wild
CURIOSITY
By suzanne morphet
t
he sleek creature that
photography: Image CopyrIght Darryl lenIuk/offset.Com
glides past our motorboat is big
enough to be a whale. It’s actually
a whale shark and I’m about to jump
in the water after it. minutes later, I’m
within arm’s reach of this gentle giant,
the biggest fish in the sea. and it’s only
day two of my week-long adventure.
this narrow, cactus-covered peninsula
looks dry and lifeless on land, but the
waters surrounding it are teeming with
life. “mexico is the most underrated
destination for wildlife on the planet,”
a biologist told me on our first evening
on board a small cruiser that island hops
in the sea of Cortez.
With its two long coastlines, the Baja
peninsula seems particularly blessed.
after a morning kayaking on the
turquoise waters off espirtu Island and
admiring its sculptured coastline, we
meet more wildlife. about 400 noisy
sea lions make some nearby islets
Play the day away
on the sea. Discover
abundant wildlife
and adventure off
the coast of Mexico.
BAJA
CALIFORNIA
SUR
mexico
population 741,000
location The southern tip of Mexico’s
northwestern peninsula
DiD you know? Stretching more than
2,000 kilometres, Baja California Sur’s
coastline is the longest of any Mexican state
MAGAZINE.CA
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
9
CAA Members Save Up to 20%
Every Day plus 10% Bonus Points
with Best Western Rewards®
SWim With playful sea
lions in the Sea of Cortez
BEST WESTERN®
BEST WESTERN PLUS®
BEST WESTERN PREMIER®
With three types of hotels, there’s always a Best Western that’s perfect for your stay.
At every BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER®,
you’ll find convenient amenities and extras like breakfast and FREE high-speed internet*.
All Best Western Hotels in North America are required to be AAA/CAA inspected and
approved. Join our FREE AAA/CAA Preferred Best Western Rewards program and start
earning free nights.
Rewards
PREFERRED HOTELS
CAA Members save up to 20% off room rates
and earn 10% more Best Western Rewards® points.
Book now! Visit your local CAA Travel location or call 866-430-9022.
*Amenities and extras may be available only in North America
Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. AAA and the AAA marks are service marks or
registered service marks of the American Automobile Association. ®CAA Rewards is a trademark of the Canadian Automobile
Association. Best Western and the Best Western marks are service marks or registered service marks of Best Western
International, Inc. ©2015 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved.
10 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
CAA_MagSpring2015Highlights Ad 4-15 Rev2.indd 1
4/9/15 10:38 AM
their home. enormous bulls lounge on
boulders and pelicans roost in the cliffs
overhead while we snorkel and dive
with frolicsome sea lion pups. one pup
comes so close i can see the spiny arms
of a starfish dangling from its mouth.
over on baja’s pacific coast, we
take to the water again, this time to
surf. No problema, i get up! then it’s
off to Magdalena bay where we weigh
and measure green sea turtles before
releasing them back into the ocean.
we hike up sand dunes and kayak
through mangrove channels.
further north, the san ignacio
lagoon is where once-feared gray
whales come each winter to mate
and give birth. no one knows why,
but these whales like people. often,
mothers will push their babies right
up beside whale-watching boats.
“we watch them and they watch
us,” says our guide, orloff nagorski,
laughing. we don’t just watch; we pet
and stroke them, totally smitten.
driving inland, we see a different
side of baja california. tucked into
the cactus-studded mountainsides
of the sierra de san francisco are
rock paintings that bear witness to
the indigenous people who lived
here thousands of years ago. vivid
orange and black drawings cover the
walls. today it’s a unesco world
heritage site.
at the towns along our route—
san ignacio, Mulege, loreto, la
paz—we stop to admire more
recent history: the churches built by
Jesuit missionaries who colonized
baja beginning in 1697. each one
is beautiful and unique, just like
baja itself.
photography: iMage copyright aurora photos/offset.coM
Baja California Sur continued
agenda
CAA Is this your first
river cruise?
JA I’ve been on big ship
cruises with my parents,
including a Mediterranean
cruise for their 50th wedding
anniversary, but I’ve never
done a river cruise before.
Jann Arden with
Avalon Waterways
managing director
Patrick Clark
Q&A
good mother
canada’s candid singer-songwriter Jann arden
takes a maiden voyage along the rhine river
photography: [arden] Josephine Matyas; [lobster] ©istock.coM/MikdaM; [taps] courtesy of gourMet food and wine expo;
[wine] courtesy of Zenshui/isabelle roZenbauM/getty iMages; [appetiZers] courtesy of rocky Mountain wine and food festival
by Josephine Matyas
“My Mother’s finally a grandparent,” says Jann
Arden with a laugh. “Of a ship.”
As godmother to Avalon Waterways’ newest vessel, Avalon
Tranquility II, the famed singer, author and broadcaster snipped
the ribbon and sent a magnum of Moët & Chandon champagne
crashing against the ship’s bow in Strasbourg, France. Here,
Arden talks cruising, home life and future plans.
CAA What’s been the best
thing about this experience?
JA For sure, being here with
my mom. About 18 months
ago my mom mentioned that
she’d like to go on a river
cruise. When this came up, it
was just the right opportunity.
CAA Your impressions of
river cruising?
JA It’s great. This is more
my speed than big ships.
I really enjoy the dining
experience—the variety. It’s
quite elegant but it’s still fun.
As godmother, I’m learning
about nautical traditions and
superstitions: how important
it is to send a ship off in the
right direction. It was such
a unique opportunity, so
trust me when I say it was
beyond anything I could’ve
expected. And to have my
mom included in the day
was very special.
CAA Upcoming travel plans?
JA I’m booked until the end
of January 2016: music, TV,
speaking engagements and
I’m trying to finish a book.
I pretty much travel all year
long for work, so coming
home is the real vacation for
me. I live outside of the city
[Calgary] so it’s very quiet
and filled with wandering
and pondering. I love to have
friends over and cook,
watch movies, stare at the
fire and generally relax.
CAA What is your
upcoming book about?
JA I can’t tell you that!
A coming-of-age story in
precarious times—crazy
grandparents, talking cows
and a lot of mystery.
HAPPENING NOW
WINE AND DINE
a cornucopia of enticing canadian autumn festivals awaits
What Fall Flavours Culinary
Festival, P.E.I.
What Gourmet Food and
Wine Expo, Toronto
What Niagara Wine Festival,
St. Catharines
What Rocky Mountain Wine
and Food Festival, Calgary
When Sept 4 to Oct 4
When Nov 19 to 22
When Sept 12 to 27
When Oct 16 to 17
Why satisfying our love for
east coast food, the festival
attracts celebrity chefs who
host cookouts, seminars and
other adventures (including
culinary boot camps). dine
on bar clams at the beach,
attend a brewmaster’s dinner
or simply sit at one of the
island’s renowned restaurants.
Why for four days, the
enormous Metro toronto
convention centre is
transformed into a delicious
extravaganza. participate in
tutored tastings and sample
spirits while you take in
cooking demos and all the
food you can imagine: lobster,
oysters, bbQ—you name it.
Why the renowned
festival rings in its 64th year
with more than 100 events
celebrating local food,
music and, of course, wine.
explore the surrounding
vineyards or bring the whole
family to Montebello park
to take part in the festivities
on the last two weekends.
Why the famous stampede
park trades ropes and steers
for culinary delights as it
plays host to the largest wine
and food event in alberta.
browse over 200 exhibitor
booths while you indulge in
the wide world of wine, beer,
spirits and gourmet food
inside the grand tasting hall.
fallflavours.ca
foodandwineexpo.ca
niagarawinefestival.com
rockymountainwine.com
11
agenda
BY THE NUMBERS
TRAVEL ADVICE
Don’t be intimidated—travelling on your own is
an adventure waiting to happen. Simply keep
these suggestions in mind. BY ALexAnDRA WARD
tracks
Rocky Mountaineer
celebrates 25 years
in business
48,000
GO YOUR OWN WAY
MAKING
The number of
kilometres that make
up Canada’s railway
network, one of the
world’s largest
41
The amount of
coaches it took
to set the record
in 1999 for the
longest passenger
train in the country
The list of places to see
seems endless. And when
travelling on your own, you
can go wherever you want.
One of the most important
factors to keep in mind is
safety. You want to be able
to relax and enjoy your trip.
Research the country’s travel
infrastructure and language
before you go. Consider
travelling somewhere that
is used to receiving tourists,
which usually makes it
easier to get around, find
accommodations and meet
other travellers. Assess
how comfortable you’ll be
in a place where you don’t
know the language and
find out if the locals are
known for being friendly and
helpful. Take advantage of
resources—an experienced
CAA Travel Consultant can
12 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
provide valuable advice.
First-time solo travellers
might consider joining a
guided trip: all arrangements,
like hotels and transit, are
taken care of and it’s a great
way to meet people.
Connect with
fellow travellers
Making friends isn’t always
easy. While you’re away,
get involved in activities that
you enjoy to meet people with
the same interests. As the
saying goes, birds of a feather
flock together. If exercise
is your thing, join a running
group or drop into a local
yoga studio. Love art?
Check out a gallery opening.
Walking tours, pub crawls
and language classes
make it easy to strike up
a conversation with other
travellers. Staying at a bed
and breakfast or in a hostel
means you can interact with
others in common rooms
and over meals. If you’re not
comfortable meeting strangers
while abroad, try connecting
with travellers before you
leave: join a solo travel group
or an online forum.
Beware of single
supplements
Unfortunately, it’s not
uncommon to pay more to
travel on your own with a
travel service. Many of the
bargain vacation packages
that you see advertised
online are exclusive to
double occupancies. Before
you book a solo trip, ensure
that you read the fine print.
Look for travel companies
that don’t charge extra
for those travelling by
themselves, especially if
you’re willing to share a
room with another traveller.
5
The number of routes travelled
by Rocky Mountaineer.
Destinations include Banff,
Jasper, Lake Louise, Seattle
and Vancouver
1,500,000
Approximate number of
people who have taken
Rocky Mountaineer trips in
the past quarter century
The
amount
of times
Rocky Mountaineer
could have circled the
globe, considering
the distance that their
trains have travelled
phOTOgrAphy: IMAge COpYRIghT CAvAn IMAgeS/OFFSeT.COM
Choose your
destination wisely
150
There’s a whole
world out there
to discover: time to
take the reins
agenda
it’s been 125 years since
vincent van gogh’s death.
travel to the netherlands,
belgium and france (he
lived in all three) and follow
in some of his footsteps.
CULTURE
Post
Impression
If ImItatIon Is the
sincerest form of flattery, then
head to nuenen, netherlands,
where vincent van gogh
produced what is considered
his first major work, The
Potato Eaters (1885). paint
your own masterpiece with
the help of professional
artists from the atelier
nuenen, using contemporary
photos of the spot where the
famed artist painted.
in nearby Eindhoven,
cycle the Van gogh–
roosegaarde Bicycle path
to see van gogh’s Starry
Night under your pedals.
part of the van gogh cycling
route, this 600-metre
section is decorated with
swirling stars that light up
in the dark.
if you love flowers as much
as van gogh did, then a visit
to appeltern gardens is in
order. landscape designers
created A Garden for Vincent
(open until november 30) as
Check out
part of an annual festival in
Irises at
the Van Gogh his honour.
in amsterdam, explore the
Museum
parallels between van gogh
and his contemporary Edvard
Munch at the Van gogh
museum (September 25
the twinkling
stones of the
Van gogh–
roosegaarde
Bicycle path
to January 17), or delve into
the museum’s permanent
collection, redesigned for 2015.
van gogh’s first ambition
was not to be a painter,
but a pastor. near Mons,
belgium, take a walking
tour of his former coalmining neighbourhood in
the Borinage. See where
he preached the gospel
and where he lived when he
turned to art.
van gogh suffered from
mental illness, but even while
confined to the hospital in
in the south of france, he
kept painting. Vincent, from
Roots to Stars is an exhibit of
works (open September 19
to october 21) by patients
from an art therapy workshop
at the psychiatric clinic.
finally, head to auverssur-oise, where van gogh
died on July 29, 1890, at
photography: [painting] © SiME/EStockphoto; [path] courtESy of
rooSEgaardE; [aubErgE ravoux] © agE fotoStock/alaMy
by Marc SaltzMan
3 If you’re using a publicly shared
to protect yourself from viruses and
other malware (malicious software),
ensure that you’re running reputable
and up-to-date security software on
your computer. good security software,
like norton (by symantec), mcafee or
Kaspersky, can also protect login details,
passwords and privacy while using public
Wi-fi hotspots. never click on suspicious
links or attachments in an email, even if
it looks like it’s from someone you know.
Change your password every month
or two. a strong password is at least seven
characters long and has a combination of
letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use the
same password for all of your online activities.
It’s safer to check your email over
a cellular connection than using free
public Wi-fi since it’s a lot more difficult
to hack. Just be sure you have a good
roaming plan before you use up your
data in another country.
If your webmail provider offers it,
consider choosing the two-step authentication
in the options/settings area. this not only
requires your password to read your mail,
but also a randomly generated, one-time
security code sent to your mobile phone.
AVANT
GUARD 2
five simple tips to
improve email safety
while you travel
the historic
auberge ravoux
saint-remy de provence
1
DIGITAL
age 37. visit his room in the
attic at the auberge ravoux,
watch the short film In the
Footsteps of Van Gogh next
door, then walk the curvy
streets and see why he called
auvers “gravely beautiful.”
finally, visit the cemetery
where van gogh and his
brother, theo, are buried for
a last tribute to the artist.
—Suzanne Morphet
computer, perhaps in a hotel’s business
centre, remember to log out of your
email, and don’t select for the browser to
remember your password.
4
5
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
13
agenda
THE GETAWAY
short stop
Get your dose of baseball—and a few other
things—in this minor-league town with
major-league attractions. Home of the
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,
Cooperstown, N.Y., is truly a keeper of
baseball’s history. Found on the picturesque
Otsego Lake, the small town offers plenty to
do for a delightful weekend away.
By Blair Quinn
the Baseball Hall of Fame
(BHOF) is a must. You can
skim the surface in an hour,
or spend all day exploring—
a pass allows you to alternate
between museum and Main
Street browsing throughout
the day. See the oldest
known jersey and keep an
eye out for Ontario-made
Sam Bat baseball bats (in
the team locker display)
to see a Canadian product
that’s become part of
baseball lore.
❷
Find small-town charm
in the heart of Cooperstown,
which is easily walkable
at only two blocks long.
Bookended by a traffic light
at one end and the BHOF at
the other, this part of Main
Street offers a good number
of stores and boutiques to
weave in and out of. Browse
everything baseball—from
kitschy memorabilia to
treasured collectibles—
and don’t forget to pick
up something fun for the
fan at home.
❸
Leatherstocking Golf
Course is an excellent
track for a day on the green.
It’s hilly, so rent a power
cart if you can.
14 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
❹ The Glimmerglass
Festival hosts live opera
and music throughout
the summer months (until
August 23) in a lakeside
setting at the Alice Busch
Opera Theater. Simply buy
your ticket at the box office
in town. Time your visit
right and you can stroll the
grounds between sets and
even enjoy a picnic.
from The Fenimore is The
Farmers’ Museum, which
explores the history of local
agriculture and industry,
and features a recreation
of a mid-19th-century
village. The carousel found
there is its own attraction,
depicting notable figures
and moments in New
York history. (Tickets to
all three museums can be
purchased in a bundle at
any of the entrances.)
❺ Dating back to 1909,
The Otesaga Resort
Hotel is a historic—and
convenient—spot to check
in for your stay (though only
open from mid-April through
U.S. Thanksgiving weekend).
Offering plush rooms and
some of the best menus in
town, the property is sure
to make for a pleasant visit.
Take a seat on the back
porch rocking chairs
overlooking Otsego Lake
for a view to remember.
❻ The Fenimore Art
Museum is a short, fiveminute drive from Main
Street and includes a
permanent display of Native
American art and artifacts,
along with other historic
artwork from the region.
illustration: Edward McGowan, colaGEnE.coM
❶ Naturally, a visit to
❼ Across the street
More Luxury. More Destinations.
It’s all
about you
THE WESTIN TRILLIUM HOUSE, BLUE MOUNTAIN , ONTARIO
GET THE EXCLUSIVE CAA OFFER THAT FITS YOU BEST
Experience the best of Canada when you explore great cities like Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.
Choose fromup to 15% off our best available rates, daily breakfast for two, resort credits and more.
VISIT YOUR LOCAL CAA STORE TO BOOK, CALL 1-800-992-8143 OR VISIT SPG.COM/CAA.
Rewards
PREFERRED HOTELS
©2015 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
“My hearing
”
is fine...
At Connect Hearing, we know that “fne” really isn’t
fne at all when hearing loss starts to afect some
of life’s simple pleasures, like watching TV. Not
when there are so many exciting and innovative
hearing solutions available to you today.
Why live with “exceptions”, when better hearing
can start right now! It’s just a call, a click or a visit
away at your nearest Connect Hearing clinic or
Sears Hearing Centre today.
1.888.486.0177 or connecthearing.ca/caa
NEW! Offer now available
at Sears Hearing Centres.
CAA Members receive up to
15% of hearing aids & more!*
...except when I’m watching TV.
*Private clients only. Cannot be combined with any other ofer, rebate or previous purchase and is non-redeemable
for cash. Lyric, BAHA and Econo aids excluded. ®CAA and CAA logo trademarks owned by, and use is authorized by,
the Canadian Automobile Association. ™CAA Rewards is a trademark of the Canadian Automobile Association.
CAA Mag - SCO_Niagara
Connect Hearing
Afford to
Retire
In Elliot Lake, your
dollar goes further.
Elliot Lake offers the most affordable retirement
lifestyle in Ontario, with rents from as little
as $490.00 per month, so you can afford
to do the things you have always wanted to
in your retirement.
Call now for more information
or to book your Discovery Tour
which includes:
Ontario monthly comparative cost of
two bedroom apartments.
(Second night at $30.00 + taxes)
Elliot Lake
Collingwood
London
Hamilton
Kitchener
Oshawa
Ottawa
Toronto
and enjoy a tour of the City
$ 595
Source: CMHC Rental Market Report Fall 2014
$ 932
$ 943
$ 959
$ 975
$ 1,010
$ 1,132
$ 1,251
1 Free Night
at the Hampton Inn Elliot Lake
and our Properties.
1.800.461.4663
retireelliotlake.com
auto
people
driven
tech
Room for more:
the Edge’s second row
EasyFold remote seat
release creates extra
cargo space at the
push of a button
F
2015 FORD EDGE
photography: courtesy of ford
SPOTLIGHT
price as tested $47,389 (titanium)
eNgiNe 2.0-litre ecoBoost,
four-cylinder engine, six-speed
automatic transmission
power 245 hp, 275 lb-ft torque
By Neil VoraNo
or those with a Family,
there are always certain
compromises that have to be
made. sleeping in on a weekend is no
longer an option. date nights have to
be planned meticulously. and that hot
roadster you’ve always wanted has
dropped way down the priority
list, well below daycare, resPs and
music classes for the kids.
But even if you need a safe,
reasonably priced vehicle that can
carry a family of five and all your gear,
you needn’t compromise on style or
driving: the 2015 ford edge has
improved in just about every area over
the previous model to become one of
the top crossovers and family rides
on the market.
When it comes to driving, the edge
won’t disappoint—no matter the model.
Based on an all-new platform and
available with front- or all-wheel drive, it
has excellent handling considering its
height and footprint and feels lighter
than its less-than-1,900-kilogram curb
weight. despite the firm suspension,
the ride is comfortable and the cabin
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
17
driven
Ford continued
is quiet, thanks in part to
laminated, noise-reducing
glass. Power comes from
either a 2.0-litre ecoBoost
four-cylinder or a 3.5-litre V6;
the tighter-handling sport is
the only version available with
the 315-horsepower, 2.7-litre
ecoBoost V6.
Beyond the drive, the edge
is packed with technology to
make your commute safer
and easier. the usual modern
safety features are available,
such as cross-traffic alert,
lane departure warning and
variable cruise control, but the
edge also sports some unique
systems. to go along with a
backup camera, a forward
fish-eye lens camera makes
pulling out of a spot safer.
of course, some of these
features are only found on the
upscale titanium and sport
models, but even the se and
seL versions have a wide
variety of standard gear,
such as a curve control
system, which helps keep
stability on corners, and
blind spot detection.
In addition to ford’s
automatic parallel parking
assist—which finds a spot
and turns the wheel on its
own to park—the edge can
now automatically find and
back into a perpendicular spot
via bumper sensors and the
backup camera. yet, despite
all this available tech, one
of the downsides to the
edge is that it still has the
myford touch infotainment
system. for ford’s newer
sync 3, which is simpler,
more intuitive and can support
smartphone apps such as
spotify, you’ll have to wait
until next year’s model.
the 2015 edge ranges in
starting prices from $30,249
to $43,449.
eyes on
TECHNOLOGY
the road
these handy gadgets can give
drivers some additional peace
of mind By gReg DaLgetty
While they can be
18 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
Capture the moment
with the wide-angle lens
Papago! GoSafe 272
dashboard camera
HP Car
Camcorder
f500g
4Sight
Original Dash
Cam Pony
Papago!
GoSafe 272
price $279.99
get it walmart.ca
price $99.99 USD
get it 4sightce.com
price $139.99
get it us.papagoinc.com
Hewlett-Packard’s sleek,
compact f500g has a
140-degree wide-angle lens
that captures nighttime
driving as easily as daytime
driving. Features are easy
to navigate on the device’s
2.4-inch screen using simple
controls. The camcorder will
also automatically record in
the event of a collision or
sudden, jarring movement.
The Original Dash Cam Pony
is small, intuitive and simple
to set up. It comes with a
windshield mount as well as
a dashboard mount. Capable
of recording crystal-clear
video and audio, the Pony
has a 1.5-inch viewscreen
and comes with its own
micro SD card. An affordable
option that delivers, it offers
great value. Model #4SK106.
The GoSafe 272’s windshield
mount offers 360 degrees of
smooth articulation, enabling
you to point the camera
in any direction with ease.
The camera itself has an
exceptionally crisp 2.4-inch
LCD display screen and
features a 140-degree wideangle lens, driver fatigue
alert and a setting that
reminds you to turn on your
headlights when it gets dark.
photography: couRtesy of PaPago!
a big asset to drivers,
dashboard cameras are
usually small and discreet
devices. Just plug one into
your car’s 12-volt power
outlet, mount it to your
windshield or dashboard, and
before you know it, you’re
recording in high definition.
cameras can be used for
everything from recording
scenic road trips to tracking
incidents on the road. many
are equipped with gPs
and a clock, enabling you
to pinpoint the exact time
and place of anything that
happens to you on the road.
We tried out three
dashboard cameras available
to canadian consumers.
Here’s what we found.
You just might
see her zipping around
Ottawa before
she heads home to
24 Sussex Drive
PEOPLE
TRAIL BLAZER
Laureen Harper shares her passion
for motorcycles—what she describes
as really driving—and her love for
the great Canadian landscape
photography: Jason Ransom
DOWN TO EARTH
and outdoorsy, the
rural Alberta native
dedicates her time to
an impressive array
of causes, including
the Red Cross and
the Humane Society,
plus anti-bullying
and mental health
initiatives—not to
mention being married
to the Prime Minister.
Somehow, this
51-year-old mother
of two teenagers still
finds time to ride.
CAA Where did your interest
CAA Tell us a little about
in motorcycles come from?
your Yamaha XT225. Why
this model?
that—no, just whenever I
feel like it and when it’s a
nice day out, I go for a ride.
southern Alberta and it was
just part of the lifestyle. In
1958, a gentleman invented
what is called a Tote Goat—a
motorcycle that you can ride
off-road. And my dad had one.
It would only go five miles an
hour, and I would sit behind
him and go for a ride.
LH It’s street legal but it’s
CAA Tell us about your work
CAA Did you always ride?
LH I had a motorcycle until
CAA Do you have a favourite
LH I grew up on a ranch in
I was about 20 years old,
and then I went to college.
I started my career. I
would ride other people’s
[motorcycles], though. I didn’t
buy one until my daughter
went to Grade 1 and I
thought: that’s it. The day I
dropped her off at school
I went to the motorcycle
shop and ordered my bike.
also a dirt bike. It’s not meant
to go long distances; it’s
meant to putter around on
country roads. When you want
to go off-road, you can go
off-road. I love riding it. It’s
lighter and easier to handle.
It’s just fun to have.
motorcycle route that you
like to ride?
LH Just being out on
country roads. You really
see the scenery when
you’re on a bike.
CAA Any upcoming rides
planned?
LH Well, I’m going to go for
a ride as soon as I’m done
here. [Laughs.] Other than
with the Trans Canada Trail.
Why is this important to you?
LH I just love the trail. It’s
actually an amalgamation
of hundreds of trails
across the country, and
some of these trails are
ancient. Up north they may
ride motorcycles or snow
mobiles, but down south,
it’s walking and biking.
I think it’s important to
get out there; we have a
beautiful country. I know
people who have been to
Florida 22 times but have
never been on a road trip to
Atlantic Canada. Part of the
Trans Canada Trail is getting
people to see our country.
—Lauren Jerome
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
19
driven
blind
The quest to
eliminate the blind
spot continues
ambition
Blind spots have
kept us looking over
our shoulders ever since
we began driving. And while
car design and technology
continue to evolve, significant
strides have been made
AUTO CORRECT
how does it work?
BLIND SPOT
DETECTION
By MATTheW Guy
20 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
in both reducing blind spots
and heightening driver
awareness when those
areas are occupied.
On the manufacturing
front, blind spot reduction
and awareness is constantly
improving through both
design engineering and
new technology—including
systems such as blind
spot detection or lane
departure warning.
Breakthroughs in rear-view
cameras and sensors also
now allow for 360-degree
situational awareness
achieved via cameras placed
around a vehicle’s underbody.
Derek Jenkins, design
director for Mazda Design
Americas (MDA), cites
proportioning as a great
boon in this area. As
he explains it, modern
automotive design embraces
shorter dashboards (and
closer windshields), which
dramatically improves visibility
compared to decades ago.
“We’ve worked hard to
move from cab-forward
design to cab-rearward,” he
says. Cab-rearward design
yields better visibility because
the driver’s view widens as
the A-pillars (the vertical
window supports at the front
of the cabin) and touchdown
points (where the base of
the windshield meets the
hood) are pulled back.
“Any broad view from the
wheel offers safety,” adds
Jenkins, who notes that while
pillars have increased in size
since the 1970s to meet new
safety standards, “We work
hard to optimize pillar profile
to maximize visibility.”
Jenkins is also in favour
of mounting mirrors on
the shoulder (or side) of a
vehicle’s frame as opposed
to the traditional on-thepillar position. Though more
expensive to manufacture,
it allows for a better view.
Some manufacturers are
even offering extended and
wider driver-side mirrors.
From shorter dashboards
to a cornucopia of driverassist technologies, will we
ever get to the point where
we never need to check
blind spots? Not anytime
soon. For now, we’ll just have
to keep looking ahead in
order to stop looking back.
—Gary Butler
to keep children from getting into trouBle, parents will often
tell them that they’ve got eyes on the back of their heads (so don’t try
anything). Automakers have developed systems with a similar premise,
with the aim to keep drivers safe.
A blind spot is an area around a vehicle that cannot be seen by the
driver due to line-of-sight obstructions or poorly adjusted mirrors. Using
sensors, cameras and radar—commonly mounted on the corners of a rear
bumper—blind spot detection systems monitor a driver’s blind spots for
activity and give an alert when there is another vehicle in those areas.
Warnings appear in different ways, depending on the manufacturer. Some vehicles
display a visible amber light in a side-view mirror, while others sound an audible tone through the
car’s speakers. These alerts are just some of the ways automakers are addressing blind spots
(see “Blind Ambition,” above).
Remember that parents tend to watch their kids using more than one of their senses, and when
it comes to checking blind spots, drivers should too. Blind spot detection systems are great but
they’re not perfect. Always check over your shoulder and be aware of your surroundings when
reversing or changing lanes.
photography: [Driver] iMAGe COpyriGhT MArTiN BeNik/WeSTeND61/OFFSeT.COM
DESIGN
Q
SHOP
ASK AN EXPERT
TALK
ILLUStratIoN: Arthur Mount
CAA Auto Expert
Ryan Peterson
answers your
questions
My car was
driven a fair
distance in
second gear. How
can I tell if there is
any damage to my
car? And what can
I do to fix it?
Louise Harasemchuk
a: provided that your engine’s
rpM never approached
the engine’s red line or
maximum rpMs, the chance
of any engine damage is
very unlikely. in fact, many of
today’s vehicles are equipped
with rev limiters to prevent
such damage. My suggestion
is to have the vehicle’s
engine oil changed and
inform the technician of
the events that occurred.
the technician can inspect
the old oil for any signs
of internal damage and,
if necessary, perform
further diagnosis.
a cost of $600. Is
there a less expensive
solution you can
recommend?
Q
a: i am afraid your local
GM dealer is correct. the
oil pressure gauge is part
of the instrument cluster
assembly and is not designed
to be serviced separately.
i have seen some online
videos showing how to
repair it yourself, but i
would not recommend it.
The needle
on the oil
pressure
gauge in my
2004 Yukon XL
points past the
highest-pressure
readings. However,
my mechanic has
advised me that the
pressure is normal.
My local GM dealer
suggested that I
replace the entire
gauge assembly at
Ray Lenauskas
SEND yoUr Car
QUEStIoNS to
caamagazine@totem.tc
and they could be answered
in the next issue!
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
21
driven
ADVICE
COMPARISON TEST
There’s room
for plenty of
backseat drivers in
the GMC Acadia
ALL IN THE
FAMILY
one mom test drives
three family vehicles
to see how they fare
in real life
WHAT TO
LOOK FOR IN A
FAMILY
CAR
SEATING
By catalina marGulis
FROM CLASSIC SEDANS to sprawling minivans, there are plenty of choices
when it comes to family cars. But which are truly family friendly? We drove
three popular options to see how they measured up in the real world.
how many
car and booster seats
will you need to fit in
your vehicle? Make sure
the vehicle you’re looking
at can accommodate
all the seats as well
as your particular kind
(i.e., is there an anchor
for each car seat?).
2015 TOYOTA SIENNA
2015 NISSAN ALTIMA
2015 GMC ACADIA
XLE V6 7-passEngEr 6a
2.5 sL + tECh
DEnaLI
With its deep, spacious
cargo area (39.1 cubic feet)
and plenty of room inside
for everyone to maneuver
comfortably, the sienna is off
to a great start with this mom
and her family of five. i tried
the four-wheel drive, sevenpassenger limited package,
which comes with captain’s
seats in the middle row.
(eight-passenger and aWd
are also available.) isofiX
anchors accommodate up to
four car seats, and audio and
temperature are customizable
for the various zones of the
van. the kids loved the extrawide (16.4-inch) monitor for
watching movies. despite its
many features and size, the
sienna is easy to drive. still,
the backup camera and blind
spot monitor come in handy.
While recent decades have
seen a trend toward the
suV, crossover and minivan,
this classic sedan is still a
practical drive for smaller
families. roomy, with plenty of
legroom in back (36.1 inches),
it’s a smooth, comfortable,
quiet ride, and school-age
kids should find it easy to
get in and out of. the altima
also has the option to add a
remote engine start system,
so in winter, you can start
your car remotely, and it’s all
warmed up when you and
the kids are ready to go. it’s
easy to drive and park, with
good visibility. But still, safety
features on the technology
package such as blind spot
warning, lane departure
warning and moving object
detection offer peace of mind.
my acadia test drive came
with seven-passenger seating
(eight-passenger is available),
and was loaded with safety
features: rear cross traffic
alert, side blind zone alert,
forward collision alert and lane
departure warning. it took some
getting used to, but with the
car’s poor visibility (especially
when the dVd screen is down),
i ended up needing all of it.
Hipster parents will like the
we-still-got-it cool suV exterior,
but they’d do better with older
kids. it was too high for our
young children to get in and
out of, and buckling them in
was awkward too. if you need
all three rows, you’ll have to
sacrifice storage: you can only
fit a stroller or a week’s worth
of groceries if you fold down
the back seats.
prICE as tEstED $48,303
MoM ratIng ★★★★★
prICE as tEstED $32,763
MoM ratIng ★★★
prICE as tEstED $61,410
MoM ratIng ★
22 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
getting in and out of the
car and buckling the
kids in to see if it’s a
practical everyday option.
you might want to opt
for captain’s chairs (no
bench) in the second
row, or removable/
reconfigurable secondrow seats, if you’re
dealing with multiple
kids and car seats.
SPACE
For those
entering the hockeyparent years, or toting
strollers, plenty of storage
room is also key. With
family cars, which tend to
be bigger, features like
blind spot detection and
parking assist can also
come in handy.
ACCESSORIES as
anyone with kids knows,
you can use all the help
you can get keeping kids
calm on the road so you
can focus on driving,
so splurge on the DVD
player. also check for
features like sound and
temperature customization
for the different zones in
your car to ensure that
everyone is comfortable.
photography: [family] ian patterson; [sienna] courtesy of toyota; [altima] courtesy of nissan; [acadia] courtesy of Gmc
ACCESS practise
This Button
Saves Lives!
(And for About
$1 a Day!)
Get Peace of Mind and
Independence with
Medical Alert Monitoring!
Includes Everything You Need
Round-the-clock monitoring with a Medical Alert
system not only provides you with peace of mind,
it also assures you and your loved ones that you’ll
never be alone. With the Medical Alert system, a
simple button can be worn anywhere— even in the
shower. If emergency help is needed (medical, fire
or police), push the button and a certified operator
responds immediately.
No Contracts
Easy to Set Up and Use
No Activation Fee
FREE Equipment
Base
Unit
Waterproof
Wristband
OR
Waterproof
Pendant
Call Now Toll-Free
1-800-852-8806
www.MedicalAlert.com/CA
Yes, I want to know more about Medical Alert
and receive a FREE colour brochure.
Call for More Information:
1-800-852-8806
Name: _________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________
FREE
2nd Button!
Order Now!
City: ___________________________________________________________________
Province: ________________________ Postal Code: ___________________________
Phone: _________________________________________________________________
Mail to: Medical Alert, O/A High Park Marketing
5230 Dundas St., PO BOX 40557 Six Points Plaza
Etobicoke, ON M9B 6K8
CACN0815
Please note products are shipped from the United States. Shipping and foreign exchange may apply.
TOFINO
From surF culture to a budding
culinary scene, the quiet coastal
town oF toFino, b.c., certainly
knows how to make waves
By karan smith
24 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
SLUG
NATURe wATCh
Left: winter storm
watching on the
shore; Right:
Taking a time out
post-surf
O
N The wILd
west coast of
Vancouver Island,
the Nuu-chah-nulth First
Nation has a cleansing
ceremony that mimics the
actions of a kingfisher as it
dives and resurfaces in the
ocean waves.
“That’s what I think about
every time I go surfing,”
says Tyson Touchie, before
we carry our boards to
Wickaninnish Beach. It’s a
beautiful stretch of sand in
Pacific Rim National Park,
with only a few surfers out
on this bright December
eNChANTed
FOReST Up
close with giants
on Tofino’s Big
Tree Trail on
Meares Island
day. Mist rises off the water
and the sun’s warm rays
are starting to melt the ice
coating the beached logs and
the frost on the surfboards.
I follow Touchie into the
ocean for my first ever lesson
and it’s shockingly cold.
The head-to-toe wetsuit,
however, starts to work its
magic and the salty chill
abates, leaving me free to
focus on the next wave. We
start with bodyboarding—
keeping our eyes on the
shore, taking a few deep
paddles and then allowing
the push of a wave to give
us a free ride in. It’s thrilling,
this tête-à-tête with the sea.
But even with coaching, the
pop-up proves elusive.
“We’re new to conventional
surfing,” says Touchie, the
Ucluelet First Nation’s
manager of economic
development whose speech
is peppered all the same
with words like “sweet” and
“right on.” There are surf
shops in the towns of Tofino
and Ucluelet, but Wya is
the only aboriginal-run one.
It’s connected to Wya Point
Resort. The traditional site
has been carefully developed
into high-end cottages, as well
as yurts and camping sites,
designed to connect visitors
to this quiet, rugged place.
Longboards bring many
to this end-of-the-road
destination, a five-hour
drive from Victoria, but
swells aren’t the only
draw. Here, the attracting
elements overlap: ocean,
forest, wildlife, art, food
and a strong indigenous
culture. There is the Pacific
Rim Whale Festival, when
thousands of grey whales
pass by on their spring
migration north. And
there’s Hot Springs Cove,
accessible by boat or float
plane, where the ocean
mixes in with natural
thermal pools.
I came to Tofino for
winter storm watching.
Such tempests have been
known to scatter massive
driftwood like toothpicks
and make the glass-fronted
Pointe Restaurant at the
Wickaninnish Inn vibrate.
During my five-day visit,
however, the clouds barely
muster a mist and the waves
only top a couple of feet.
Not that I’m complaining.
“A lot of people talk
about ‘Tofino time,’ this
laid-back ‘surf time,’ but I
don’t find that,” says Lynda
Kaye, who was inspired
to move here from San
Francisco after a visit. “A
ON The ROCKS
A sip of drama on the
high Seas at wolf
in the Fog, Tofino’s
latest culinary star
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
25
30% OFF COMPLETE PAIR WITH YOUR CAA CARD*
*Requires complete pair purchase (frame and lenses). Valid on multiple pairs. Taxes extra. Cannot be combined with any
store or other offer, discount or sale, previous purchases, readers or non-prescription sunglasses. A doctor’s prescription
is required and the cost of an eye exam is not included. Discounts are off quoted lens price. Some brands excluded
including Varilux lenses, Maui Jim and Oakley Authentics lenses. See store for details.
www.lenscrafters.ca/caa
© 2015 LensCrafters. All rights reserved. ® CAA and CAA logo trademarks owned by, and use is authorized by, the Canadian Automobile Association. ™ CAA Rewards is a
trademark of the Canadian Automobile Association.
Q3 2015 LC_CAA Mag 1_3sq.indd 1
6/23/15 3:03 PM
world’s finest footwear
LUDO (7 – 13)
AN
A
SH
TOSCA (5 – 11)
DM AD
BY
BY
MA
ASTER
E
H
H
S
OE
EMAK
KER
SOFT-AIR TECHNOLOGY BY MEPHISTO:
For tireless walking!
MEPHISTO offers you comfort with modern design.
The SOFT-AIR Technology minimizes the shock that results from
walking and provides soft and supple walking comfort.
For information: 1-888-411-3310 • www.mephistocanada.com
26 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
There’s no dock as the boat putters up
to Meares Island. Instead, the captain
navigates close to a rock and our guide,
Tsimka Martin, jumps out in rubber
boots to lend a hand. We disembark
at an opening in the rainforest, and it
feels like slipping through a curtain.
Normally tours with T’ashii Paddle
School involve a one-hour crossing
in a dugout canoe. It’s off-season,
however, so we’ve come by boat. Still,
the mountain-meets-water views are
no less beautiful.
“This is the first tribal park in
Canada,” says Martin, as we join her
on a boardwalk strewn with cedar
sprigs and edged with ferns. It’s also
the birthplace of the Clayoquot Sound
protests, or what locals call the “War
of the Woods.”
Martin was a baby in her mother’s
arms when her father and other
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation members
and environmentalists gathered here to
stop forestry giant MacMillan Bloedel.
A logger by trade, her father had a
change of heart when he saw clearcutting destroy a salmon stream. The
indigenous people carved canoes
and greeted the loggers with songs
and drumming. “They said, ‘You’re
welcome to visit our park, but leave
your saws in the boat,’” says Martin.
Other protests followed, culminating
in more than 800 arrests that made
international news. An eventual
injunction stopped development until
the treaties are resolved. “So it’s
protected for now,” says Martin.
And this place, home to some of
the largest intact coastal temperate
rainforests on the planet, is a wonder
to behold. Around us are hemlock,
alder, Sitka spruce and the giants of
the woods, old-growth red cedar. As
phOTOgrAphy: [storm watching] sander Jain/tourism tofino; [sign] rick graham/destination Bc; [tree] steve rodgers/t'ashii Paddle school; [surfers] noel hendrickson/tourism tofino;
[drink] christoPher Pouget; [hot sPrings & Beach] Jeremy koreski/tourism tofino; [totem] liz whitaker/getty images; [canoeing] steve rodgers/t'ashii Paddle school
A NEW SEASON,
A NEW LOOK
lot of people are extremely ambitious.
They just know how to relax.”
Because how else could a town of
roughly 2,000 create so many awardwinning chefs? Or foster artist Roy
Henry Vickers, whose work now hangs
in Buckingham Palace? Or back the
vision of a luxury hotel, Wickaninnish
Inn, in the middle of nowhere?
TOFINO
TOFINO TIME
Clockwise from
top left: Taking
the plunge in Hot
Springs Cove in
Maquinna Marine
Provincial Park; a
sunset canoe ride;
a beach in Pacific
Rim National Park
Reserve; a carved
wooden totem pole
we follow the trail, Martin
points out 500-year-old trees.
“I imagine this one is over
1,000 years old,” she says,
stopping by a massive cedar.
Its reach-for-the-sky height
and enormous circumference
make me want to stop and
just breathe. What was
happening a millennium
ago? First Nations here were
fishing salmon, hunting
whales and moving between
camps. The Vikings had
barely made contact with the
other side of Canada—the
other side of the world, really.
The War of the Woods
helped put Tofino on the
map, but its culinary scene
has added pins in recent
years. The Wickaninnish
Inn, a Relais & Châteaux
property, got things rolling.
SoBo transformed from
food truck to foodie haven.
The newest star is Wolf in
the Fog, opened by a trio of
ex-Wickaninnish Inn staffers,
including chef Nicholas
Nutting. On this Friday
night, it’s buzzing. On the
wall, an art piece composed
of broken surfboards
radiates like a sun.
“Surf ’s up,” says waiter
Ian Strachan, who like every
other male server here
sports a beard. “That’s
why we’re all here. If
this was Whistler, it’d be
snowboards.”
Yet the ambiance—like
the other experiences I’ve
had here—is unpretentious.
My starter, a smoked oyster,
arrives in a tangled, crispy
bird’s nest of shoe-stringed
potato. And the French
Bombshell seafood platter—
heaps of island scallops,
mussels, clams and black
cod—comes bathed in a
saffron coconut curry.
The cocktail list is also
inventive, with local cedar
and smoked salmon
flavouring rye and vodka.
I order Drama on the
High Seas, a mix of rum,
bourbon and macadamia-nut
liqueur. It may be the only
stormy ocean I encounter
during my visit, but it seems
just right for this final night
in Tofino.
www |
From great food to the
great outdoors, Tofino
has it all. Learn more
at caamagazine.ca.
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
27
SLUG
alternative-poWer vehicles
are leading drivers doWn
soMe very different roads
By Mark richardson
ShoCK aND aWE
the BMW i8 hybrid
is one of the most
technologically
advanced vehicles
on the road
28 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
ALTERNATIVE-POWER CARS
photography: [i8] courtesy of BMW; [Model s] courtesy of tesla
The sports car surges
forward, driven by multiple
power sources: a gas engine,
an electric motor and a
starter/generator. But
it’s when you step on the
brakes that the magic really
happens, when the energy
from the heat gets fed back
into the system and the
battery recharges.
This way, you can head
out of town on nothing but
silent, clean electric power,
drive the Bimmer for as long
as you want on gas, then cruise
quietly back home in traffic as
an electric vehicle again, no
more offensive than a golf cart.
The i8 is a $150,000 hybrid
car, and one of the most
technologically advanced
vehicles on the road. Its
electric motor saves gasoline
and reduces emissions from
the tailpipe, but it also
adds to the power of the
car. It’s quicker when extra
acceleration is wanted—
which is most of the time
for sports car drivers.
Its smaller sibling, the i3,
is also quick off the mark but
is intended as a commuter
car. It benefits from BMW’s
research and sells for less
than a third of the i8’s price,
without the i8’s performance.
The German company is
investing billions of dollars
in its new electric i division,
and employs hundreds of
engineers to refine everything
from lithium-air batteries to
the ultra-lightweight carbonfibre shell.
“Carbon fibre [is] not a
new material in automotive
manufacturing, but it really
is present only with high-end
vehicles,” says Marc Belcourt,
national manager, BMW
(Group) Canada i division,
talking about the i3. “You’ve
got LaFerraris and [Porsche]
918 Spyders that are close to
the million-dollar mark...but
never before have we seen an
entire passenger cell made
from carbon fibre, bonded
to an aluminum chassis, at a
price point of $45,300.”
When carmakers produce
something radical, it often
appears in their luxury lineup
first, where well-heeled
customers are more inclined
to spend money on new
technology. This suits the
manufacturers, who don’t
want the final price to limit
their development.
The now-discontinued
Tesla Roadster, for example,
was uncomfortable, impractical
and cost more than $120,000
in Canada. But it drove
like a rocket and its allelectric motor was good for
300 kilometres of driving—
an astonishing range when
ECo DarLINg
the tesla Model S
is a premium
electric sedan
with a range of
380 kilometres.
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
29
ALTERNATIVE-POWER CARS
poWEr trIo From top: the Kia Soul, smart fortwo and
Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid outlander (coming to Canada
next year) offer more accessible alternative-power options
others struggled to reach
even a third of that. Much
of its high price was spent on
stuffing extra batteries under
the hood.
Tesla used the lessons it
learned from making the
Roadster to create the Model
S, a truly premium sedan
with a range of at least 380
kilometres. It’s the darling
of wealthy environmentalists
who can afford a vehicle that
starts at $87,200. Tesla is now
working on a lower-priced
electric car to give the BMW
i3 a run for its money.
“Different vehicles are
coming out that fit a greater
variety of people’s needs,”
says Josh Tzventarny, director
of operations for Plug’n Drive,
a non-profit organization
based in Toronto that
promotes electric vehicles.
“The Kia Soul electric
is now available, and next
year, Mitsubishi is coming
out with the plug-in [hybrid]
Outlander. These provide
more options for families—
[it’s] not just Tesla or Porsche.
“The smart fortwo electric
is very economical, and
they’ve been selling very well.
There are almost a thousand
in the country right now.”
Canada has more than
11,000 registered electric vehicles,
of which the most popular is
the Chevrolet Volt, with more
than 4,000 on the road.
The Volt is driven almost
exclusively by electricity
and can be plugged into a
household electrical outlet
for recharging. In this year’s
model, the fully charged
battery is good for about
30 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
80 kilometres, so when it
runs low, a small gas engine
kicks in to help power the
electric motors.
At this year’s Detroit auto
show, General Motors also
showed off its new Chevy
Bolt all-electric car. It’s
another competitor to the
BMW i3 and still officially
a concept, but it has two
objectives: to have a total
driving range of at least
200 miles (320 kilometres),
and to cost no more than
$30,000 U.S.
“For the next 10 years, my
money’s on lithium batteries,”
says Olivier Trescases, an
associate professor with the
University of Toronto’s
Faculty of Applied Science
& Engineering. “We are far
from having lithium-powered
EVs with a range of 600
kilometres that everyone can
afford, but that’s starting to
feel like an unnecessary goal.
“A truly affordable EV
with an electric range of
250 kilometres and a gasolinebased range extender that
adds another 300 kilometres
for the odd summer road
trip, using a tiny gasoline
generator, would already
have a massive impact. Many
studies have shown that
most urban drivers simply
don’t need a very long range,
especially when they can
plug in at home.”
The very latest fuel
technology is not always in
the most expensive vehicles,
however. The only hydrogenpowered engine available to
the public in Canada for a
production car is under the
[outlander] courteSy of mitSubiShi; [bolt] © General motorS
photography: [Soul] courteSy of Kia; [fortwo] courteSy of Smart;
top oF thE ChartS
the Chevrolet Bolt
(pictured here) is still a
concept but offers more
range than its popular
predecessor, the Volt
skin of a Hyundai Tucson
FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric
Vehicle), and the compact
SUV looks just like the
regular (gas-fuelled) $22,000
Tucson model upon which it’s
based. This Tucson, though,
is actually a fully electric
vehicle. Its electric motor is
powered by a fuel cell that
uses hydrogen, not gasoline.
However, each fuel cell
electric vehicle costs much
more than a regular car to
produce, when the price of
its manufacture is spread over
the few hundred on the road.
Hyundai is leasing its
hydrogen-powered Tucsons
to Vancouver-area customers
in a three-year project to
promote the fuel in Canada.
It’s hoped that public
awareness and demand will
prompt governments and
corporations to provide more
hydrogen filling stations
across the country.
“It’s a chicken-and-egg
situation. If we wait for
[somebody] to make a move,
nothing’s going to happen,”
says Don Romano, president
and CEO of Hyundai
Canada. “We have to get the
story out that we have the
ability to mass-produce these
cars, and all we need is the
infrastructure.
“If we build it—the
infrastructure—they will come.
I can produce hundreds
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
31
SLUG
ALTERNATIVE-POWER CARS
of thousands of these now.
It’s a whole different ball
game when they’re on a
production line, versus being
made one-off.”
Today, hydrogen is only
publicly accessible in the
Vancouver area, where just
one station offers the fuel to
the Tucson owners.
It costs $529 a month to
lease the fuel cell Tucson for
three years, with no down
payment. That includes all
the fuel you can use—but
you have to fuel up at the
sole filling station in the area
before the tank runs dry
within 400 kilometres.
Other makers, including
Honda and Toyota, recognize
hydrogen as an alternative to
gas, but it’s just not practical
if there’s nowhere to refuel.
It will take years to recoup
32 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
an investment in providing
specialized filling stations.
Even so, California is
moving ahead with its own
Hydrogen Highway, with
eight filling stations open
and another 51 in the works.
There are about 300 fuel
cell electric vehicles on
California roads, leased or
loaned to select drivers as
part of the research of seven
different automakers, similar
to the Tucson program in
Vancouver. This number is
expected to increase greatly
in the next few years as the
vehicles prove themselves to
be trouble free.
“Let’s not forget it took
11 years for Toyota to sell
one million of their firstgeneration hybrid car [and]
the next million took only
two years,” says Trescases.
“This is not the consumer
electronics industry—a
massive paradigm shift like
this can’t happen overnight.”
In Europe, Daimler (which
owns Mercedes) is in another
partnership with Linde,
which makes industrial gases.
The two plan to open 20
hydrogen filling stations in
Germany to make the fuel
more accessible, whatever its
price. This will create about
80 stations in Germany, the
U.K. and Denmark.
One of the benefactors of
the investment will be Toyota,
which intends to sell a fuel
cell electric sedan called the
Mirai (Japanese for “future”)
in those three countries, as
well as in California, this fall.
Like Hyundai, it hopes that
if they build them, customers
will come.
pHoTogrApHy: courtesy of hyundai
NEW WAVE
The Hyundai
Tucson Fuel Cell
Electric Vehicle’s
motor is powered
by hydrogen
Most families have somebody suffering with:
Women: Incontinence,
bladder infections,
UTI’s
can be controlled within days
with Bladder Control Tea
for Women available in all
health food stores. Stop
wearing pads and diapers. Has
helped tens of thousands of
#4b NPN 80048480
women. 3 million women in
Canada suffer needlessly, because the World Health
Organization says antibiotics lost most of their effectiveness
years ago. Yes, women can go shopping and travelling
without fear of wetting or odours. Free yourself from this
outdated thinking. Relief guaranteed.æThe tea #4b
worked and there were no side effects. After antibiotics and
unsuccessful surgery I was skeptical that a tea could help.
The testimonials made me try it and to my delight they were
true. Angela Romualdi, 46, Maple, ON æNo more
wetting accidents. Within a week I was in complete
control. Deborah Haight, 49, Collingwood, ON æ After
trying every medication in the last 5 years tea #4b
worked better than I hoped for. Had relief in 6 days. Thank
you for this great product, and above all, for truth in
advertising. Marina Rosa, 57, Las Vegas, NV
Men Bell Prostate Ezee Flow Tea
Men have relief in 3-5 days
from dribbling, burning and
rushing to the toilet. Relaxes
blood flow for better erections.
Helps also with male
incontinence. Works in
virtually every case. If you are
considering surgery, try this
tea first. Hundreds of delighted
men testifying on our web
site:æHad to get up every
hour at night. Now I get up
once a night. Joseph
#4a NPN 80051642
Whittaker, Sewell, NJ æ I
cancelled my prostate surgery. Get up once a night.
I'm so happy not to have to face the torment of a prostate
operation and possible incontinence and impotence. Albert
E. Blain, 74, Schumacher, ON æEven after TURP
prostate surgery and microwave therapy had to get up
many times. Now down to 1-2 times. Tea is 100% better
than drugs. Robert G. Stocker, Eustasis, FL æAfter 1st
year drinking tea my PSA went down to 4.5; after 2nd
year to 2.9; after 3rd year to 2.3. I highly recommend the
tea. A real life saver. Thomas M. Thurston, Forsyth, GA
Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea. Delightful results
before bottle is finished or money refunded. Works by
cleansing blood. Ask for CLEAR SKIN #60. Blood
Pressure Relief #26 no side effects. Stop Excessive
Stomach Acid & Reflux #39. Blood Sugar Imbalance
#40. Shark Liver Oil #51 prevents colds and flus.
Supreme Immune Boosters #52. Calming Chronic
Stress Relief # 66. Kidney Cleanse & Function Tea
# 76 boosts kidney function by average 20%.
President’s own story: 15 years
ago I started to have arthritis,
prostate, kidney, snoring and
sleep apnea problems, which
were all helped quickly with
natural health products. I made it my life’s
purpose to help others. Nick A. Jerch
ARTHRITIS Snoring?
Sleep apnea?
Helps to relieve joint pain associated with
osteoarthritis. Guaranteed also for
rheumatoid and sciatica, (My own
affliction).
Truthful actual experiences from
real people: < For 40 years I had
injections and drugs and finally Bell
Shark Cartilage spared me the endless
torture I suffered day and night. Pat
Laughlin, Coldwater, ON <My hip is
95% pain free. Pain killing drugs mask
and Bell Shark Cartilage heals. Rebecca
Hite, Oroville, CA<I tried another
brand and pain came back. 2 weeks
on Bell and pain is gone again. Gert
#1 NPN 80042283
Dupuis, Hanmer, ON <I suffered for
years. I tried everything and finally after taking a specially
processed shark cartilage I was pain free in 2 weeks. After this
experience I realized I could help many of those 5 million
Canadians that suffer every day and night and I started to sell this
same type of shark cartilage and helped hundreds of thousands of
men and women to have less pain or no pain at all. Nick A.
Jerch, President of Bell Lifestyle Products. <Many people on
our website write: “Can walk again for hours”;”Can climb
stairs without hanging on to railing”;”First time in 15 years can
sleep at night” Rheumatoid arthritis in joints down 90%,
same for my sister…hundreds of testimonials all with full names
and towns. Shark bones/cartilage was a previously thrown away
by-product of the food industry. No sharks are caught for their
cartilage. Don’t let any activist confuse you.
Happiness for
couples is a
satisfying sex life.
Trouble falling
asleep?
University of Toronto professor
states that 69% of adults have
sleeping problems. Bad sleep
reduces physical and creative
energy all next day. Almost all
families are affected. Sleep apnea
may cause high blood pressure,
strokes, heart attacks and irregular #23 NPN 80027595
heart beats. Can be very destructive in relationships.
Hundreds of true testimonials on the Bell website
from people like you.
æI really didn’t snore or gasp for air anymore. I sleep
through the night and feel rested and refreshed in the
morning. Mark Wilson, 40, Hudson, NH . æSleep
apnea capsules worked first night. For 15 years I
had sleep apnea and my doctor made me buy a CPAP
machine, which I could not use. Finally Bell #23 helped
the first night and every night thereafter. Like a miracle.
Unbelievable. Karen Braun, 67, Glace Bay, NS. æFor 20
years I was waking up frequently gasping for air.
During the day I would start napping every time I would sit
down, because I was tired. Since taking #23 sleeping 6
hours is heaven. It made a substantial change in my life.
Mary C. Myrick, 62, Jackson, MS. æIt is such a joy not
having to use the CPAP machine anymore. Wayne Burse,
63, Beamsville, ON.
Allergies
are a modern epidemic
EroxilTM #6 helps most
men to perform like in
By Dr. Chakib Hammoud, M.H.,PhD.
their 20’s. Evidence of a
What people experience:
GUARANTEED
few hundred testimonials
<I tried numerous other
on our web site with full
remedies all my life that were
names and towns. All
not effective. Since I discovered
100% true: <Eroxil is
Bell Allergy Relief, I do not have a
the best of all the
stuffy nose and itchy eyes when
supplements for men I’ve
pollen season comes around. I
tried. Boosts my sex drive
don’t have to walk around like a
and I’m able to function
doped zombie anymore. Leonard
#6 NPN 80051008
anytime. Angus Gutke,
Waldner, 44, Delia, AB < For
45, Calgary, AB. <Regained virility in 3 days. My libido
twenty years my life was
was restored for good sex. I’ve given it also to friends with the
miserable with sneezing, watery
same results. One of them is a diabetic and overweight. Dr.
eyes and sinus pressure yearLouis Rolland, 72, St. Hyacinthe, QC. <Wonderful to feel
round on most days. I was
like a man again. It’s wonderful to feel close to my wife
amazed. On the third day, all of my
again. God bless you! Charles E. Palen, 77, Burnaby, BC.
allergies were gone. It was like
#24 NPN 80043542
magic. Becky Gerber, 25, Dover,
TM
Erosyn #7 is the only product that helps
OH <Golfing without allergy attacks, I tried all the
most women to restore libido, desire and the ability to climax. medications and none worked. After taking one capsule in
There is no drug or natural product like it. Doctors on the Dr. Oz the morning, I’m completely free of all symptoms. Richard
TV show said that the most frequent complaint they get is “Being Gamez, 74, San Antonio, TX.
very tired” others call it fatigue. Both #6 and #7 will function like
100% Truthful testimonials with full names and towns.
a spark plug and restart energy, mood and libido. Instead of
Real people you can call, if you want more
feeling worn out, you can do more all day long physically and
reassurance. No money is paid for testimonials. To
creatively. Read the hundreds of testimonials on the Bell website
ensure this product is right for you, always read labels
from people like you. Satisfaction is guaranteed.
and follow instructions.
Women
Try your local health food stores first. If they don’t have it and don’t want to order it for you, order
on our website or call us with Visa or Mastercard. S & H $9.95. No S & H if 3 bottles are
ordered. Also available in pharmacies.
1-800-333-7995 www.BellLifestyle.ca
150901-CAA_Bell
Frequent BATHROOM
TRIPS?
inside
the
driving
mind
There’s a world of disTracTions on
The road. is Technology helping or
hindering our abiliTy To drive?
WORDS By paul ferriss
illuStRatiOnS By l-dopa
34 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
DRIVING MIND
Think of all the things you have to deal with, and
be mindful of, every time you re behind the wheel.
Traffic jams. Construction. Heavy rain. Blinding
sunshine. Making room for cyclists. Keeping an
eye out for children. Vehicles that suddenly enter
your lane. Vehicles that suddenly exit your lane.
Then add to that the beeping, chiming, vibrating
and blinking that can happen within your car.
Just how much more can we take?
Not much, according to
David Strayer, professor
of cognition and neural
science at the University of
Utah. Strayer says that just
carrying on a conversation
with a passenger while
driving is a significant
workload for the brain to
handle. On a scale of one
to five (with five being the
most mentally demanding),
in-car conversations ranked
at 2.33, just slightly below
using a hands-free cellphone,
which carries a workload
of 2.45, according to the
2013 study “Measuring
Cognitive Distractions in
the Automobile.”
Strayer is the lead author
of three studies for the AAA
Foundation (including the
aforementioned publication)
that examine cognitive
distraction among drivers
and explore how our brains
are distracted by the various
things drivers face every day.
The second study, released
in late 2014, examined
the distractions caused by
“in-vehicle voice-based
interactive technologies.”
That study examined a range
of in-car systems, such as
Chrysler’s Uconnect®, MyFord
Touch® and Chevrolet’s
MyLink, as well as the Apple
iPhone’s Siri.
Strayer’s research found
that in-car voice-based systems
aren’t as intuitive as they could
be. “They get it wrong a lot,”
he says. “If you have too
long a pause when reciting a
direction or composing a text
message, they don’t get it.”
This can lead to frustration,
further distraction and an
increased workload on your
already busy brain.
Simply put, many in-car
systems can be a challenge
for drivers to manage. “[The
technology is] difficult to
escape. Most modern cars
are loaded with electronics—
heads-up displays, adaptive
safety systems—and these
systems can be helpful,”
says Strayer. “But just
reading them in the car can
be confusing. You have a
cockpit of confusing visual
information. The old buttons
worked perfectly fine.”
But the real hazard comes
when drivers combine the use
of these systems with activities
like talking on their cellphones
or trying to send an email.
While most of us have seen
—and continue to see—a
driver behind the wheel on
their phone or tapping away
on a screen while driving,
Strayer says most people
support laws that would
completely ban the use of
cellphones while driving—
indicating to him that, to a
certain extent, people are
asking to be protected from
themselves. “We are not
a good judge of our own
behaviour,” he says.
Part of the reason for
that is because of how we’re
wired. The brain’s pre-frontal
cortex is the portion that
we use while multi-tasking.
It’s also the portion of the
brain that judges how we’re
performing at any given
task. We typically give
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
35
DRIVING MIND
systems can be helpful but just
“ These
reading them in the car can be confusing.
You have a cockpit of confusing visual
information. The old buttons worked
perfectly fine.”
ourselves higher marks for
our overall performance than
we truly deserve. So, you
might think you can easily
drive and talk on the phone
at the same time because
you’re keeping your car
perfectly within its lane, for
example. The trouble is, as
Strayer points out, you might
miss a stop sign or even a
red light because you can’t
fully comprehend how truly
distracted you are.
Automakers continue to
offer new ways to keep you
aware of the cars around
you, through safety systems
like forward collision warning
and blind spot warning, as
well as with social media—
now via in-car Wi-Fi in some
models. As these technologies
advance, drivers, researchers
and advocates like CAA and
AAA are going to continue
to grapple with the question
of how much our brains
can handle.
Strayer believes that our
brains are only part of
the problem—consumers
should be unwilling to
always accept the technology
offered by automakers.
Vishnu Jayamohan,
product manager/senior
planner at Nissan North
America, is hoping there’s
a middle ground. Nissan is
36 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
just one of the automakers
looking for ways to balance
the lure of new technology
with the needs of drivers.
Jayamohan says as in-car
technology becomes more
sophisticated and available on
a wider array of vehicles, it
will become easier for drivers
to use and understand.
“The first step is getting
the systems in more vehicles,”
says Jayamohan. “I liken it to a
democratization of technology.
We have forward emergency
braking and blind spot
warning, for example, [and]
all these systems are available
on three of four vehicles in
the [Nissan] Maxima lineup.
They’re not just for high-grade
vehicles anymore.”
Nissan also recently
introduced its Driver
Attention Alert (DAA)
system that is intended to
combat driver inattention
and drowsiness. An amber
coffee cup icon appears on
the instrument cluster if the
system detects that a driver
might not be paying attention
or has become drowsy.
Here’s how it works: as you
drive on the highway, the
system gathers a baseline of
information on how you’re
driving and steering your
vehicle. That takes about
20 minutes. Once the baseline
is set, it regularly compares
that baseline to actual steering
input. If that input becomes
erratic, an alert will sound
and the coffee cup will be
displayed on the screen along
with the question “Take a
break?” The DAA system is
available on the 2015 Nissan
Murano crossover and the
2016 Maxima sedan. It’s
a stand-alone system that
can be switched off without
affecting other safety systems
in the vehicle.
Because they are designed
to be unobtrusive, says
Jayamohan, systems like
DAA aren’t difficult for
drivers to understand. And,
he says, drivers quickly get
used to the various warnings
inside their cars, partly
through experience and
partly through the use of
simple icons. Apart from
DAA’s coffee cup, Nissan’s
forward emergency braking
system uses a pylon icon and
sets off audible warnings.
“Generally when we
speak about distractions,
there’s a lot of things vying
for people’s attention—
both inside and outside the
car,” says Teresa Di Felice,
director of government
and community relations at
CAA South Central Ontario
(SCO). As new technology
becomes available, drivers
need to remember that
driving skills are paramount,
regardless of the amount of
technology that’s available
on new vehicles.
“We’re heading into an
era where there are more
autonomous features on cars.
The challenge for drivers
becomes: do they know how
to use these features and
will they master them?” says
Di Felice. Moreover, some
systems are not yet common
to all vehicles. According to
a 2014 CAA Members
Matter survey, 87 per cent of
CAA SCO Members who
responded have anti-lock
braking systems on their
vehicles, but just two per cent
drive a vehicle with a lane
departure warning system
built in. Lane departure
warning has been available
on some luxury cars but is
now becoming available on
more mainstream vehicles.
Echoing Nissan’s
Jayamohan, Di Felice
15-10 HolidayInn_CAA_Fall Eng_Layout 1 15-06-24 9:26 AM Page 1
believes automakers will soon
reassess how they determine
standard features on cars as
consumers demand greater
flexibility to decide which features
they want on their vehicles. As
well, Transport Canada can
mandate that passenger vehicles
come equipped with certain
safety systems, as it did when it
mandated the use of electronic
stability control on passenger
vehicles in 2011. Drivers will
also need to be prepared to pay
for a certain “unbundling” of
features on their cars.
Yet distractions remain.
Di Felice says that thanks to the
ubiquity of smartphones and the
influence of social media, we’ve
become conditioned to respond
to the phone ringing or the
pinging alert of a text message.
“That’s why we recommend
turning off the phone when you
get into your car,” she says.
Di Felice adds that drivers also
need to maintain eye contact with
the cars and pedestrians around
them. That helps maintain safety
but it also forces drivers to look
beyond their windshield and make
sure they’re connecting to the
outside world.
The fact that people are talking
about distracted driving and taking
action—such as the nearly 2,000
CAA SCO Members who have
taken a pledge to stop driving
distracted—is progress and shows
that people are willing to change.
Drivers need to take action or
stiffer penalties are likely to be
more common.
“We’re moving from problem
recognition to behaviour change,”
says Di Felice. “Do people want
legislation or do they want to
change their own behaviour?”
Breathtaking
This is Niagara Falls!
We’re as close as it gets...
One night from $99*PP/DB
includes a beautifully appointed room,
a romantic Fallsview dinner for two high atop the Skylon Tower Revolving Dining
Room, breakfast for two in Coco’s Restaurant at Holiday Inn, a Niagara wine tasting
at Inniskillin Estate, full use of Nordic Spa and more!
• Really Get Close... Two-night Breakation Package... From $185* PP/DB.
• Ask about our super Niagara Attractions Package... From $179* PP/DB.
Call Now!
1-800-263-9393
holidayinnniagarafalls.com
or contact CAA at
Niagara Falls, Canada
1-800-992-8143
* Rates are per person double occupancy. Rates valid from August 30, 2015 to October 11, 2015. Free parking.
Child add-ons, whirlpool suites, gift certificates also available. Tax extra. Visit www.holidayinnniagarafalls.com for details.
Hometown Comfort
and Great Value!
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
EXPLORE &
DISCOVER
Free Instant Rewards* – Save 15%,
Room Upgrade, Late Check-Out
& More with the Value Club.
Plus, Free Internet &
Continental Breakfast at most locations
1,000+ Hoels
CanadasBVI.com • 888-315-2378
or contact CAA Travel at 800-992-8143
*Offers & discounts are subject to availability and may be
cancelled at any time. Details at CanadasBVI.com or visit a
Canadas Best Value Inn. ©2015 Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc.
travel inspiration car culture life on the road
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
37
CROATIA
S
W
ea
orthy
expLOriNg the aLLure OF
CrOatia’s daLMatiaN COast
WORDS By Waheeda harris
PHOTOGRAPHy By NaOMi FiNLaY
38 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
SERENITY NOW
From left: A view of
the Adriatic coastline
from the port of
Prapratno; a quiet
street in Dubrovnik’s
Old City
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
39
SLUG
40 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
CROATIA
he Romans loved
their luxury,
so it’s no surprise they found the beautiful landscapes,
burgeoning wine region and all the must-haves of a
Mediterranean diet an attractive lure when they arrived
on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.
Today, it’s a particularly popular destination for sunworshippers and honeymooners alike. As my tour group and I head south
along the coast, it’s hard to believe that just a couple of decades ago, the
country was fighting for its independence. We are greeted by serene scenes
each more peaceful than the next. And while it’s only April, the weather is
already showing off the subtropical mix of the landscape—spring flowers
are blooming, oranges are ripening on the trees and palm branches offer
shade from the sun.
“Croatia is a great example of the mixture of past influences from so
many neighbouring countries, which makes it such a fascinating country
to explore,” says our tour director, Karin Kollarova.
We’ve begun our journey in Split, the largest
city of the Dalmatian Coast. It claims a lengthy
MAKING FRIENDS
lineage of its own, trailing back to the time of the
Clockwise, from top
Greeks, who established the colony of Aspalathos
left: A restaurant
in the sixth century BC. The Romans created the
server on the island
Province of Dalmatia, and Emperor Diocletian,
of Korcula; fresh
who ruled the empire from 284 to 305 AD, chose
oysters in Mali Ston;
to retire here.
Breskva cakes; a
local takes in the
Diocletian built his palace on the waterfront
view of Korcula;
at the beginning of the fourth century. Today,
grape vines on
his home in Old Town Split is one of the best
Korcula; a peacock
preserved Roman structures, a UNESCO World
on the island of
Heritage Site and the heart of the Riva area of
Lokrum; the Ston
the old city. The palace’s underground complex is
Salt Works; a scenic
a series of rooms that once stored food and wine,
stop in wine country;
but we see that some parts have been made into
sunbathing on the
homes. Our guide tells us that in later centuries it
Adriatic Coast
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
41
CROATIA
became inhabited by locals and was used as
water storage for Old Town Split. It’s also become
one of the places that attracts fans of the HBO
series Game of Thrones, which was shot here.
Our group meets up in the palace’s court. We
gaze at the soaring bell tower and photograph
one of Diocletian’s favourite sculptures: a
metre-high Egyptian sphinx. Now known as
the Cathedral of Saint Dominus, the former
mausoleum of Diocletian was consecrated in
the seventh century, and is considered to be the
oldest Catholic cathedral in the world mostly
retaining its original structure without any major
renovations to date.
Time has transformed the Old Town, as locals
moved and started businesses within the palace
walls. The cobblestone corridors are now a
maze of boutiques, cafés, ateliers and souvenir
shops. The buildings are made from Croatian
limestone—the
material of choice
ALIVE WITH HISTORY
for centuries, as it is
From left: The
easy to cut and has a
main street of Placa
luminous white shade.
in Dubrovnik’s Old
Often referred to as
City; a friendly face
the gold standard of
in Korcula; a beach
building materials,
scene on Korcula
42 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
Croatian limestone was used extensively in
Venice, and even to build the White House.
Moving on from Split, the next day our
coach heads south, bringing us views of the
calm Adriatic Sea. Off in the distance, there
are islands—Brac, Hvar and Vis—popular for
summer vacations and known for olives, lavender,
sardines and viticulture, especially the Plavac
Mali (Croatian red wine varietal) grape.
Passing through the Neretva River Valley,
we stop at a roadside stand for tastes of the
local bounty: oranges, lemons, figs, almonds
and olives. Sugar-coated orange and lemon
peels and dried fruit make for a satisfying midmorning snack as the coach descends from the
mountains back down to sea level.
Arriving in the village of Mali Ston on the
Peljesac Peninsula, the imposing, over-fivekilometre-long Wall of Ston comes within our
sights. Nicknamed the “European Great Wall,”
it was built by the Dubrovnik Republic that
took control of this area in the 14th century to
protect it from European invaders.
On the water’s edge, the old tower speaks
to the village’s past as part of the defense of
the region’s salt production. Now this sleepy
village attracts tourists because of its other
Korcula is a place to spend time
swimming in the sea, hanging
out on a boat, indulging in
seafood and stopping regularly
for coffee or wine
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
43
CROATIA
A walk along Dubrovnik’s walls
reveals cafés, bed and breakfasts
and the life of the locals
BUILT TO LAST This page: Fort Lovrijenac,
where Game of Thrones was filmed. Opposite:
on the water, headed to Mali Ston; the narrow streets
of Dubrovnik’s Old City; Diocletian’s palace in
Split and his Egyptian sphinx
44 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
historic claim to fame: oysters. The Croatian
pearl has been farmed in these waters for over
700 years, our guide says, and locals boast that
former Yugoslavian leader Josip Tito loved
them, and that Napoleon Bonaparte regularly
indulged in them too.
For Pero Sare, owner of the restaurant
Bota Sare, this area is home. In the late 1980s,
the Sare family chose to build their restaurant
here not just because this is where they have
lived for decades, but because Mali Ston is
also an eco-protected zone, and he wanted to
continue the local tradition of farming oysters.
“Because of the wine and the clean waters
offering exceptional seafood, Croatians have
always wanted to come to Mali Ston,” says
Sare. “In recent years, as tourists discover
what we have to offer here, they tell friends
to come taste our Croatian pearls.”
We’re taken to the oyster farm via boat,
and see oysters of all sizes hanging on strings
in the salt water. Quickly harvested and
shucked by one of Sare’s farmers, the coastal
delicacy slides across my palate, accompanied
by its briny sea scent. It’s followed by lunch on
the terrace at Bota Sare, which turns out to be
a Bacchanalian feast: grilled octopus, a massive
silver bowl with steamed mussels, lobster and
shrimp, and copious chilled glasses of Croatian
Posip, a popular white wine varietal.
It’s tempting to fall asleep to the coach’s
gentle rolling rhythm after lunch, but the views
of the sea and the coastal villages of small stone buildings with red
roofs and brightly coloured flower gardens are too alluring. At Orebic,
the ferry takes less than 20 minutes to cross the sea to the island of Korcula.
Soon we’re walking up stone steps to the Marko Polo Hotel and its view
of the marina, which is lined with cafés and tourist shops, while pretty
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
45
CROATIA
Croatia is a great
“example
of the mixture
of influences from
neighbouring countries,
which makes it
fascinating to explore”
Italianate residences dot the eastern shoreline. (Locals boast the famous
explorer was actually from here.)
As one might expect from such an island, Korcula is a place to spend
time swimming in the sea, hanging out on a boat, indulging in seafood and
stopping regularly for coffee or wine. Two days have passed and we’ve lost
our big city ways and embraced the slow village pace.
Back on the Dalmatian mainland, the coach takes us through hillsides
covered in vineyards. There’s time for a quick stop for wine and a liqueur
tasting at Vina Vukas before we arrive in Dubrovnik.
Our first sight of the city is the modernist Franjo Tudjman Bridge,
which links the coastal road to the new port of Gruz. Medieval limestone
towers greet us as we pull up to the Pile Gate—the western entrance to
the walled city, and just steps from Onofrio’s Fountain, which has provided
the locals with drinking water since the 15th century.
Established as a trading port in the early Middle Ages, the city boasts
limestone defense walls that have protected it since the late eighth century,
and which have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
It’s a must to walk along the top of Dubrovnik’s walls, which can take
90 minutes to two hours, depending on crowds and the need to stop for a
coffee or beer or to simply gaze at the view. This walk reveals numerous
cafés, bed and breakfasts and the life of the locals—mostly older folks, as
the younger set have moved outside the walls to newer neighbourhoods.
Inside the walls, a walking tour takes us up and down endless staircases,
through narrow streets like the popular “restaurant street” (Prijeko Street)
and to the Jewish Quarter. Down more stairs and we’re back on Placa,
the main street of the Old City, where tourists
are buying souvenirs of olive oil and lavender,
lining up for gelato in the shadow of St. Saviour
SCENIC MOMENTS
Church or wandering the quiet enclave of a
Clockwise, from
nearby Franciscan monastery. Our guide shows
top: A cable car
ride in Dubrovnik;
us Fort Lovrijenac, and shares the locations
Onofrio’s Fountain,
where Game of Thrones was filmed.
a popular meeting
Leaving behind the crowds of Dubrovnik’s
place and source
Old City, our last night is spent on a boat
of drinking water
cruising the harbour. As we take in the view,
for residents of the
we offer up a toast to this country, which offers
city; sunbathing at
palate-pleasing vintages, a wealth of European
Banje Beach, near
history and a taste of Dalmatian hospitality.
Dubrovnik’s Old City;
Paradise in the 21st century.
a café in Korcula
46 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
47
Safety never felt so good
NEW
HEATED
SEAT
Financing available
with approved credit
™
A Safe Step Walk-In Tub offers independence to
those seeking a safe and easy way to bathe right in
the convenience and comfort of their own home.
Made in North America, with more standard features than
any other tub
Carefully engineered hydro-massage jets strategically
placed to target sore muscles and joints
NEW MicroSoothe Air Therapy System – which oxygenates,
softens and exfoliates skin while offering life-changing
therapeutic benefits
A NEW heated seat providing warmth from beginning to end
The highest quality tub complete with a lifetime warranty
Top-of-the-line installation and service included
You won’t find a better walk-in tub, with all these features
and more, included with
a lifetime warranty at a low
affordable price. Call now!
www.SafeStepTubs.ca
For your FREE information kit and DVD, and our Senior Discounts,
Call Today Toll-Free
1-800-254-8960
at Niagara’s
Boutique Hotel
Niagara’s Boutique Hotel is only steps from
the Falls. Quality Inn Fallsview Cascade is next
to the famous Skylon Tower and across from
Fallsview Casino. Featuring luxurious designer
guest rooms and lavish bathrooms. Plus select awesome Fallsview rooms.
Two-night Super Dining Package from just $164* per person/dbl occ.
Includes 2 nights accommodations, 2 full breakfasts and 2 superb dinners.
One dinner is high atop the Skylon Revolving Dining Room overlooking the Falls
and the other superb dinner is at Coco’s Steakhouse.
Two-night Top Attractions Package from only $159* per person/dbl.occ.
Includes many of Niagara’s favourite attractions and superb accommodations.
Niagara’s Best Value Packages! Call today for the best deals in town!
1-800-663-3301 choicehotels.com
Or contact CAA Travel at 1-800-992-8143
*Rates are per person, double occupancy. Free parking. Tax extra.
Rates valid from August 24, 2015 to October 11, 2015. Child add-ons, whirlpool suite available.
when you mention this ad
for a limited time only
Call Toll-Free 1-800-254-8960
www.SafeStepTubs.ca
Front Row Seats
$750 OFF
REACH
2.1 MILLION
READERS
Place your ad in the
next issue of
CAA Magazine
(416) 360-7339
EMAIL adsales@tc.tc
CALL
CAA south CentrAl ontArio
news & member exClusives
insider
think
EuropE
Let caa plan your winter now.
visit your local caa store or
call 1-800-992-8143 to explore
all your easy and affordable
long-stay European options.
EUROPEAN SNOWBIRDS
Shake things up this winter and escape to Portugal, Spain or even the
South of France. explore the options and stay a while.
photography: © Sime/eStock Photo
E
xtEndEd
vacations in
EuropE may sound
intimidating and expensive,
but booking a long-stay
vacation with Exotik tours
through cAA means that
you can live like a local, keep
within budget and avoid the
worst days of the canadian
winter. With apartment- and
villa-style accommodations,
optional excursions and
on-site exotik Ambassadors
to give you tips on everything
from public transportation
to where to eat, you’ll feel
right at home—wherever you
decide to go.
Break away from the usual
southern escapes and spend
your days strolling along
the shores of the French
riviera. Visit cannes, where
the famous film festival
takes place, or check out
the heart of the French
perfume industry in Grasse.
explore endless olive groves,
vineyards and markets. At the
end of the day, head back
to your very own apartment
and unwind on your private
balcony or relax by the pool.
in southern Spain, the
costa del sol region is an
ideal winter-long escape
with an endless parade of
activity. Rent a property for
four weeks or longer and
really get to know the area.
optional day excursions to
nearby Seville, Grenada and
Gibraltar are available to
cAA members, or stay
close to your home away
from home and take in the
lively nightlife, shopping and
restaurants. Spend a day
sauntering along the Paseo
maritimo, a nine-kilometre
boardwalk in torremolinos.
or, sneak in some exercise
with a walk up the picturesque
steep street of San miguel.
No need to make sacrifices
when you opt for a winter in
take daily strolls on
spanish streets
europe over the standard
destinations. Whether you’re
into golf, prefer to explore new
landscapes or love to bask in
the sun poolside, portugal’s
coast has something for
everyone. Golfers will want to
settle in at Gramacho & Vale
da Pinta Golf in the Algarve
region. With private, fully
equipped villas available, you’ll
feel right at home. And yes,
the villas come with private
pools. the nearby village of
Ferragudo has a fishing pier,
breathtaking beaches and
plenty of cliffs and caves to
explore. Your long stay might
not be long enough.
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
49
INSIDER | INSURANCE
NEED INSURANCE?
THINK CAA.
AUTO
The family minivan,
SUV or sedan—whatever
your vehicle, CAA
has you covered.
HOME
RECREATION
We know your boat is your pride and joy
and your cottage has been part of the family
for years. Have coverage and peace of mind
when it comes to the things you love.
Protect your family from the
financial and emotional strain that can
come with unexpected property
setbacks, whether you own a house,
a condo or are a tenant.
an easy
choice
a caa insurance quote takes just minutes. call 1-800-268-3750, visit your local caa store or go to caasco.com/thinkcaa.
*Travel Insurance: Applies to CAA Members in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date). Five percent (5%) discount applies to the total premium excluding
applicable taxes. Excludes Visitors to Canada Plan.
*Auto and Property Insurance: To qualify for the discount you must be a current CAA Member in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date).
Eligible CAA Members may qualify to receive a Member Loyalty Discount based on membership tenure and Roadside Assistance usage.
Auto and Property Insurance are underwritten by CAA Insurance Company (Ontario) or administered by CAA South Central Insurance Brokers Inc. with various third party underwriters.
Certain conditions, limitations and underwriting guidelines apply.
CAA Travel Insurance is underwritten by Orion Travel Insurance Company. Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions apply. A medical questionnaire may be required to purchase travel insurance.
50 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
illustrations: [luggage] Samtoon/thinkStock; [car, home] iSurFace/thinkStock; [boat] mervana/thinkStock
TRAVEL
Whether you lose
your luggage, miss
a flight due to
illness or have to
go to the hospital,
you’re covered. Life
happens, even when
you’re on vacation.
Long-standing,
trusted history
•
Member-exclusive
discounts*
•
Outstanding claims
service
•
Wide variety
of coverages
INSIDER | DIGITAL
youcanfeelsafeand secure knowing CAA is
at your fingertips. And with CAA Service Tracker, which
allows you to follow the status of your service vehicle,
you’ll know when help will be there.
CAA Service Tracker is easy to use. With it, you can
get real-time updates on your Roadside Assistance
call through the CAA App or caasco.com website.
And now, the new and improved Service Tracker
New and
also comes with enhanced tracking capabilities.
improved
theright track
The convenience and peace of mind that come
with CAA Service Tracker keep getting better
be
proactive
Downloadthecaaappwithservicetrackerat
caasco.com/caaservicetrackertoday!
features!
newfeaturesinclude:
• Faster performance
• Improved design
• More frequent updates
• Ability to display number
of active calls
• Tow destination (on the
map and description)
• Ability to share the
progress of your roadside
call with family and friends
via SMS or email
• Ability to track calls outside
Member’s region/territory*
• Accessibility through the
Apple Watch*
* Where available.
NOT ANOTHER DAY, Another
World
Connections go even deeper at Discovery Cove® in Orlando.
Swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical fsh and hand-feed
exotic birds. Here, once-in-a-lifetime experiences happen
every day.
AD
Escape to an all-inclusive
paradise in the heart of
Orlando. All meals, snacks
and use of swim gear are
included. Plus, enjoy unlimited
admission to SeaWorld®
Orlando and Aquatica,
TM
SeaWorld’s Waterpark for
14 consecutive days. The
only thing between you and
this unforgettable day is a
reservation.
Book today at your local
CAA Store or call us at
1-800-992-8143.
TICO Ont. Reg. #50014517. CAA South Central Ontario,
60 Commerce Valley Drive East, Thornhill, ON L3T 7P9.
© 2015 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc.
All rights reserved.
CAAMAGAZINE.CA
51
INSIDER | ROAD TRIPS
NEW
TRIPTIK
TRAVEL
PLANNER!
Country
Star
Introducingthe
newandimproved
TripTikTravel
Planner!Itoffers
manygreatfeatures
tohelpMembers
customizetheir
route,including:
the mkt trail in Columbia,
mo., spans nine miles
and connects to the katy
trail in mcBaine, mo.
Brimming with
farmers’ markets,
creameries, equestrian
ranches, lavender farms and
more, missouri is emerging
as an agritourism hot spot.
situated midway between
the appalachian and rocky
mountains, this is one
destination you’ll want to pack
your bikes for, as the many
trails, culinary stops and local
attractions call for a slower
pace to explore.
cycle the katy trail to
experience the natural beauty
of the countryside. the trail lies
augusta, mo., is home
to the oldest vineyard
in the U.s.
there are plenty of quaint
within the missouri state Park
system, which has been named country inns and bed and
breakfasts to cozy up in, and
one of the United states’ best.
bike-friendly restaurants are
en route, visit the lewis
welcome options along the
and clark Boat house and
way. from french-style
nature center to learn
bistros to pizzerias, grills and
about the missouri river
bakeries, there’s something
ecosystem. fertile soil and a
for every taste.
grape-friendly climate led to
a wine making tradition that
dates back to the 1800s, so
make time to stop at some of
the many wineries. Brew lovers
won’t be disappointed as the
state also has microbreweries
they can visit to sample.
visitors will enjoy a
tour of the historic town of
rocheport, and Boonville’s
warm springs ranch, home
to the Budweiser clydesdale
horses. a ride through the
Local craf ts and
74-metre-long rocheport tunnel
ic birdhouses in
riot
pat
will be another memorable
Her mann, Mo.
addition to your trip.
Drive anD riDe
with peaCe of minD
Caa provides one-stop access to all your Drive/ride vacation
essentials: cycling route information, a triptik® for your driving
route and travel insurance. Learn more at caasco.com/roadtrip, by
visiting a Caa store or by calling 1-800-268-3750. or download
the Caa ontario Bike assist app at caasco.com/bikeassistapp.
52 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
•Address-to-address
capability
•Moreup-to-date
detourand
construction
information
•Writtendirections
alongwithcolour
maps
•Abilitytoinclude
hotel,attractionand
shoppingaddresses
inaroute
•Abilitytocreateyour
ownitineraryoruse
oneofCAA/AAA’s
recommendedDrive
Tripsroutes
•Accessibility
throughcaasco.com
andtheCAAApp
Startplanning
yournextroadtrip
today!Tocreate
yourownTripTik
TravelPlannerfrom
thecomfortofyour
home,downloadthe
CAAApporgoto
caasco.com/triptik.
Youcanalsolet
CAA’sroadtrip
expertshelpplan
yourdrivingroute.
VisitaCAAStoreor
call1-800-268-3750.
CAAwillcontinue
toprovidethe
ClassicTripTikuntil
November30,2015.
photography: [mkt trail] © DaviD kenneDy/alamy; [winery, crafts] © walter BiBikow/estockPhoto
With its foodie delights
and charming small
towns, Missouri makes
for an inspired road trip
Register your CAA Membership with Petro-Points and
collect 20% more points on purchases at Petro-Canada™
locations across Ontario*.
You can exchange your Petro-Points for CAA Dollars®:
= 1 CAA Dollar
1 CAA Dollar is equal to $1.00 CAD
and can be used toward:
• Membership renewal
• Dream vacations
• Travel merchandise
• Attraction tickets
• Cineplex tickets
• Gift memberships
• Insurance renewal premiums**
Register today at
caasco.com/morepetropoints
or call 1-800-668-0220.
FOR CAA MEMBERSHIPS IN ONTARIO ONLY.
* When you register your Petro-Points and CAA Membership at petro-points.com or by calling 1-800-668-0220
and become a joint Member you are eligible to receive 20% more Petro-Points, which will be awarded on all purchases made at
participating stations with the exception of tobacco, Petro-Canada gift certifcates, Petro-Canada pre-paid gift cards, taxes on non-petroleum
purchases, or any other items specifed as exclusions from time to time. Please go to petro-points.com for more details.
Petro-Canada is a Suncor business
™
Trademark of Suncor Energy Inc. Used under licence.
** Redemption is applicable once your CAA Insurance Company (Ontario) auto and/or property policy has been renewed and your payments
are up to date. CAA Dollars can be used as payment; your frst CAA policy term is exempt from the program. Payment amount must be greater than
5 CAA Dollars and less than or equal to the total policy premium for the renewal term. Partners and/or offers are subject to change without notice.
®
CAA, CAA logo and CAA Dollars trademarks owned by, and use is authorized by, the Canadian Automobile Association.™ CAA Rewards is a
trademark of the Canadian Automobile Association. For full CAA Dollars terms and conditions, visit www.caasco.com/caadollars
INSIDER | TRAVEL BOUTIQUE
CAA MEMBERS SAVE ON
TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
Find these new and exciting products in-store,
plus all the essentials for your next vacation. Visit
your local CAA Store or call 1-800-992-8143.
Buy one
iTeM an
d GeT TH
e
second
iTeM aT
50% off
sepTeM
Ber 11–
✔✔Worldwide
limited
10-year
warranty
✔✔Mud guard
and corner
protectors
for additional
protection
✔✔Roomy main
compartment
expands two
inches on
23" and 28"
spinners
d
c
B
!
19, 2015
restrictio
ns apply.
see store
for details
.
Removable
wheels
a
Delsey U-Lite Classic Luggage Collection
The 22-inch U-Lite Classic with wheels—and 20 inches without—lets you travel with any
airline without losing space inside. Remove the four wheels by pressing the button on each,
place them in the bag provided, then put it in your cabin bag or suitcase before you board.
The full collection includes a 20-inch duffel bag, 20-inch carry-on spinner trolley (detachable
wheels), and 23-inch and 28-inch expander spinner trolleys. Available in black, blue and red.
healthy buys
Three ways to keep
yourself organized and
feeling fine on the road
1
Go Travel
a
acusTraps
put an end
to motion
sickness. The
fully adjustable
anti-sickness bands work by
applying acupressure on the
Nei-Kuan point between the
two central tendons near the
wrist. Suitable for adults and
children, they are a 100%
safe and natural alternative
to medication.
MeM: $11.99 reG: $13.99
2
ausTin
House
insulaTed
Medical
Travel
poucH
helps you
travel with
your medications by your side.
Keep your medication cool
with the padded rear insulated
section. The top flap is secured
with Velcro and the front main
zippered compartment features
several pockets that can be
used for other care items.
MeM: $29.99 reG: $34.99
MeM: a $49.99, B $119.99, c $135.99, d $149.99
reG: a $74.99, B $174.99, c $199.99, d $224.99
Iceman® Ice Scarf
Ideal for fitness and hot climates, this
scarf produces a long-lasting cooling
effect. Using a non-toxic crystal
polymer cooling technology, the scarf
activates after being placed in cold
water for only three to five minutes,
and is reusable up to 30 times.
Available in orange, blue pattern and
lime, scarves are 42 by two inches.
MeM: $10.79 reG: $12.69
54 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
3
Keeps you
cool
LEGEND
MEM:
Member
Price
REG:
Regular
Price
ausTin House 7-day
aM/pM deTacH n’ Go
pill orGanizer is perfect
for twice-a-day medication
schedules. Contoured,
extra-large compartments
can hold pills of all shapes
and sizes. For use with dry
medication only.
MeM: $7.79 reG: $9.99
Selection varies by location. Limited quantities.
Prices are subject to applicable taxes.
TM
Making bad days good. And good days better.
Best in class.
CAA’s Approved Auto Repair Services (AARS) facilities
get top marks as the automotive experts you can turn to
and trust for all your automotive needs.
Count on high-quality service at a fair price.
Front-of-the-line service guarantees your tow-in will be evaluated within 20 minutes
of arrival.*
Service includes comprehensive 1-year/20,000-kilometre warranty for both
parts and labour on all repairs.
CAA Members even receive 3% in CAA Dollars® on any vehicle repair at their local AARS.**
Visit an AARS location | 1-866-464-6448 | caasco.com/aarsfacility
*Service applies to vehicle tow-ins with initial inspection beginning within 20 minutes of arrival. **Before taxes. To earn and redeem CAA Dollars, you must be a current CAA
Member in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date). CAA Dollars cannot be converted into currency at any time, and cannot be used
to purchase CAA Batteries, travel money products or to pay any amounts owing on your CAA Rewards MasterCard. Do not let your membership lapse or you will forfeit any
accumulated CAA Dollars. Your CAA Dollars will be automatically redeemed toward your CAA Membership renewal dues.
INSIDER | BACK TO SCHOOL
safety
zone
Where
safety starts
however you get the kids to
school—walk, bike, bus or drive—
it’s important that both guardians
and students know how to stay
safe on the commute. make sure
you have the proper tools to
teach road safety.
the ontario road safety
resource has educational
materials that can make learning
about road safety easy and fun.
visit ontarioroadsafety.ca for
more information.
With over 800,000 kids across ontario taking the bus to
school each day, bus safety is paramount. Getting to the
bus stop, kids should walk along the sidewalk and, if crossing
the street, stay well in front of the bus while maintaining eye
contact with the driver. of course, they should look both ways
before crossing the street. once on the bus, kids should find
a seat, keep the aisle clear and listen to the driver. When
leaving, they should always keep a safe distance from the bus.
walk
When they’re ready to walk to school by themselves,
students should embrace the buddy system, know the
safest route(s) to take, keep their electronics stashed in
their backpacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
bike
a safe bike ride to school starts with well-maintained
equipment and a properly fitted helmet. dress kids in
bright, reflective clothing that will make them visible on the
road. Before kids bike to school by themselves, take them
on a test ride to point out potential dangers and educate
them on the rules of the road.
drive
lead by example and be a responsible driver when you
take your kids to school. to reduce congestion, form a
carpool and only let kids out in designated pick-up and
drop-off areas. make sure that you stop when you see a
school bus with red, flashing lights.
for more tips and information about school zone safety,
visit caasco.com/schoolzone.
LEARN TO DRIVE
finding the right driving school is a big decision,
and there’s more to consider than location and price.
let caa do the homework for you.
With over 60 years of driver
choose
confidently
for information about caa
approved driving school
network locations, visit
caasco.com/learntodrive
56 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
training experience, caa ensures
that high-quality beginner driver
education is delivered through an
exclusive network of independently
owned driving schools. With more
than 35 classroom locations across
ontario, the caa approved driving
school network (adsn) is monitored
by regular on-site inspections and
background checks. caa ensures
that training vehicles are well
maintained, instructors are properly
insured and classrooms are suitable
for learning a new life skill. all adsn
locations are in compliance with
municipal and provincial operating
standards. By satisfying caa’s driver
training criteria, only adsn schools
get to teach the caa How to Drive
Beginner driver education course,
a ministry of transportation (mto)approved curriculum. Graduates
benefit even further by being able to
take their G2 road test four months
earlier than new drivers who have not
completed an mto-approved course.
you have enough to worry about; the
caa adsn makes choosing a driving
school easy.
photography: [safety zone] ©istock.com/shaunl; [learn to drive] ©istock.com/kali9
bus
Disney Cruise Line –
A CAA Member favourite.
Part of the value of a Disney Cruise Line vacation is that
Disney thinks of all the details…for everyone in the family.
6UJLHIVHYKN\LZ[Z^PSSÄUK^VYSKJSHZZMHTPS`
entertainment, all included in the cruise fare, including
)YVHK^H`JHSPILYT\ZPJHSZMLZ[P]LKLJRWHY[PLZ¶TVZ[
MLH[\YPUNÄYL^VYRZH[ZLH¶HUKÄYZ[Y\UÄSTZ
Kids, tweens and teens ages 3 to 17 can enjoy
JVTWSPTLU[HY`KLKPJH[LKHYLHZHUKJ\Z[VTPaLK
WYVNYHTZ(K\S[ZJHUHSZVLUQV`L_WLYPLUJLZKLZPNULK
Q\Z[MVY[OLT¶MYVTLSLNHU[KPUULYZ[VIHJRZ[HNL[V\YZ
HUK[OLL_JS\ZP]LQuiet CoveWVVS
(UKVULVMHRPUKYV[H[PVUHSKPUPUNHSSV^ZN\LZ[Z[V]PZP[
KPќLYLU[YLZ[H\YHU[ZHUKLUQV`UL^TLU\ZLHJOUPNO[
^OPSL[OLPYZLY]LYZHJJVTWHU`[OLT;OLYL»ZHSZVOV\Y
JVTWSPTLU[HY`YVVTZLY]PJL7S\ZWSLU[`VMZVKHJVќLL
and tea in the dining rooms or anytime on deck.
On Disney Cruise Line, the magic is in the details.
Advice from CAA Travel Consultant – Karry Lichty-Groen
¸0OLSWV\Y4LTILYZTHRL[OLTVZ[VM[OLPYOVSPKH`ZI`YLJVTTLUKPUNHUHK\S[ZUPNO[V\[H[HZWLJPHS[`YLZ[H\YHU[or
WYLIVVRPUNHJV\WSLZTHZZHNL^OPSL[OLRPKZHYLOH]PUNHUHK]LU[\YLPU[OLRPKZ»JS\I-VYWVY[KH`ZPU*HZ[H^H`*H`
I like to advise that families book a cabana in advance as they go fast!”
As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner agency, CAA is ready to help.
Visit us or call 1-800-992-8143 today!
Get a CAA
Associate
*
Membership
at half price!
Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas As to Disney artwork, logos and properties: ©Disney. TM-1550
Sending the
kids off to school?
Give them the peace of mind
you enjoy as a CAA Member.
Know that they’re in good hands with
this back-to-school limited-time offer.
Membership includes:
· Roadside Assistance 24/7 in any vehicle,
even if they’re not driving
· Member-exclusive savings and rewards at
partners such as Payless ShoeSource,
Kernels Popcorn, East Side Mario’s and more
* Special offer pricing: $21 Basic and $42
Plus. Valid only until October 10, 2015.
Associate Member’s permanent residence
must be same as Primary Member. Only
one offer per Primary Member. Cannot be
combined with other offers. Valid within the
CAA South Central Ontario territory only.
· Help at their fingertips with the CAA App,
Service Tracker or by dialing *222
Visit your CAA Store | 1-888-678-6289 | caasco.com/bts
INSIDER | BEHIND THE SCENES
Victoria bingley
has been with
Caa for more
than 15 years
Our
People
Caa employees love
working for a company
that focuses on making
Members’ days better. In
this first instalment of a
new series highlighting
our caring, capable team,
meet Victoria Bingley.
Caa Members and provides
support and feedback to
ensure that the service is
the best it can be.
In her spare time, Bingley
loves to off-road in her Jeep
(what she calls “no-windows
therapy”), cook, bake, listen
to live music and spend time
with her friends and family.
Family is very important
to Bingley, and she credits
She credits her
upbringing on the farm
with instilling a strong
sense of teamwork
while raising her son, who
was six at the time, Bingley
started at Caa as a part-time
Member care counselor in
the inbound call centre. she
worked afternoons for a
year before joining full-time.
Today, several promotions
later, Bingley manages the
tow operators who deliver
Roadside assistance to
58 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
her upbringing on the farm
with instilling a strong sense
of teamwork. she even
sees her Caa team as a
kind of extended family.
“when you work for a
company for many years,
your co-workers are like
neighbours on your street,”
says Bingley. “They watch
your kids grow into adults
with you.” her own son will
be 21 in september and just
got his first full-time job.
Bingley has recently
moved back to Brooklin from
Markham, ont., to care for
her mother. “My soft heart
and optimism comes from
her for sure. she’s the most
genuine, kindest, sweetest
person I know,” says Bingley,
who adds, “My dad was hardworking, kind, patient and
supportive. I think I’m a mix
of both of them.”
Through her years of
helping Members, Bingley
has certainly gathered some
interesting stories to share.
Like the time she received
a call from campers who
had locked two raccoons
inside their vehicle. while
packing up, they left to
check the campsite one last
time. when they came back,
they found raccoons in the
car. “so what do you do?”
Bingley asks, laughing at the
memory. “You obviously don’t
want to chase the raccoons
out, so you slam the doors
and now you have two
raccoons locked in the back.”
There was also the time
she took a call from two
young women whose car had
broken down on their way to
university. once they were in
the tow truck, Bingley called
the driver’s mother to let her
know they were safe. The
mother started to cry. “It was
her daughter’s first time away
from home. I assured her
they were okay and in good
hands,” Bingley recalls.
For her, it all comes
down to being there for
others. “I stayed in road
service because I like the
time I spend with Members,”
says Bingley. “It’s about being
able to help people when
they need you and making
things better.”
JoIN
the team
Check out some great
career opportunities at
caasco.com/about-us/
careers
photography: John Lawson
the best way to gain
insight into an organization is
to speak with the people who
work there. Caa employees
drive our company and
reflect the values that shape
us—people like Victoria
Bingley, a contract network
advisor for Caa south
Central ontario.
one of five children,
Bingley was born and raised
in Brooklin, ont. and lived on
her family’s dairy and beef
farm until her early twenties.
after working in several
customer-service jobs and
Don’t miss the big moments.
Count on CAA’s mobile Battery Service to get you there.
Your child’s
big game
Presentation
day at work
Catching a flight for
your dream vacation
When your battery fails you, we won’t.
When you need to get going, CAA’s mobile Battery Service is here to help.
We’ll come to you to deliver and install a new battery. Plus, Members
save an additional $15 on a new battery.*
* 6-year warranty, including 3-year free replacement and 3-year prorated guarantee.
1-800-222-4357 | caasco.com/caabatterymobile
b
INSIDER | STORE EVENTS
c
a
d
e
Lake Ontario
TRIP TALK
Ready to get away? Plan your next
escape with CAA travel talks.
ZONe a
AmaWaterways: River Cruising Insight Vacations:
Escorted Tours and Cruises
Newmarket
October 29, 7 p.m.
rsvP by October 21
DeNure Tours Ltd.
Newmarket
October 27, 2–4 p.m.
rsvP by October 20
Orangeville
Solo Traveller Club
September 10, 10–12 p.m.
Orillia
Fergus
September 9, 4–6 p.m.
rsvP by September 3
September 10, 2–4 p.m.
rsvP by September 3
Extraordinary Explorations
and Norwegian Cruise Line:
Hawaiian Romance
Trafalgar
Orangeville
October 8, 2–4 p.m.
rsvP by October 1
Orangeville
October 24, 12 p.m.
rsvP by October 13
CAA Travel Show
Regent Seven Seas
Cruises
Sarnia
October 20, 6:30 p.m.
rsvP by October 13
October 15, 2–8 p.m.
London & St. Thomas
rsvP by October 8
November 24, 7–9 p.m.
rsvP by November 10
Viking River Cruises
Windsor
Leamington
November 12, 6 p.m.
rsvP by November 5
September 10, 7 p.m.
rsvP by September 1
Holland America Line: Alaska
Sarnia
October 27, 7–9 p.m.
rsvP by October 13
September 24, 5:30 p.m.
rsvP by September 22
Kingston
Rocky Mountaineer:
Canadian Rockies
October 21, 2 p.m.
rsvP by October 16
ZONe a
NewMarket
905-836-5171
ext. 38100
OraNgeville/fergus
519-941-8360
ext. 39050
September 10, 5:30 p.m.
rsvP by September 7
Cobourg
Kingston
Orillia
November 18, 2–4 p.m.
rsvP by November 16
October 6, 2 p.m.
rsvP by October 1
705-325-7211
CAA Member Choice
Vacations: Egypt
Seabourn Cruise Line
Peterborough
belleville
Belleville
September 15, 2 p.m.
rsvP by September 11
613-968-9832
Uniworld Boutique
River Cruise Collection
905-372-8777
October 29, 5:30 p.m.
rsvP by October 26
Peterborough
November 16, 2 p.m.
rsvP by November 10
Insight Vacations:
Escorted Tours and Cruises
Kingston
CAA Travel Show
Kingston
September 15, 2 p.m.
rsvP by September 10
Viking River Cruises
Belleville
October 7, 5:30 p.m.
rsvP by October 5
ZONe b
cObOurg
kiNgstON
613-546-2596
PeterbOrOugh
705-743-4343
ZONe c
chathaM
leaMiNgtON
October 13, 2–4 p.m.
rsvP by October 9
CALLING ALL CAA MEMBERS! Learn about our exciting cruise
experiences from wherever you are! Just sign up to tune in:
Princess cruises webinar, September 8 & 12, 7–8 p.m.;
cunard cruises webinar, September 9 & 13, 7–8 p.m.
rsvP to dmas@caasco.ca.
Rocky Mountaineer:
Canadian Rockies
Brantford, Cambridge,
Guelph, Kitchener & Waterloo Simcoe
September 27, 1–4 p.m.
rsvP by September 18
1-866-641-1313
Admission: Non-perishable
food bank donation
st. thOMas
Cambridge
October 21, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
rsvP by October 19
East Mall
October 27, 6:30 p.m.
rsvP by October 20
October 14, 7 p.m.
rsvP by October 7
Azamara Club Cruises &
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Rocky Mountaineer
September 19,
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
519-344-8686
519-631-6490
wiNdsOr
519-255-1212
ZONe d
Oshawa
Disney Day
519-438-3055
Trafalgar: Ask the Insider
Holland America Line:
Alaska Land + Sea
October 20, 6:30 p.m.
rsvP by October 13
lONdON
sarNia
AmaWaterways:
River Cruising
Mississauga & Oakville
519-322-2356
October 20, 6:30 p.m.
rsvP by October 13
ZONe e
Oshawa
60 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
Belleville
CALL TO RSVP
CAA Member Choice
Vacations
October 22, 6 p.m.
rsvP by October 15
Tauck Presentation
London & St. Thomas
Belleville
September 16, 5:30 p.m.
rsvP by September 14
Windsor
Windsor
G Adventures:
Peru, the Inca Trail
Belleville
ZONe d
CAA Member Choice Vacations:
Northern Ireland & Iceland
Rocky Mountaineer:
Canadian Rockies
London & St. Thomas
September 29, 7–9 p.m.
rsvP by September 15
River Cruise Night
519-351-2222
ZONe c
Chatham
Azamara Club Cruises
November 16, 2 p.m.
rsvP by November 13
September 17, 2–4 p.m.
rsvP to dmas@caasco.ca
CAA Lunch Travel Expo
ZONe b
caMbridge
519-622-2620
siMcOe
519-426-7230
ZONe e
Oakville
east Mall etObicOke
October 13, 6 p.m.
rsvP by September 30
416-231-4438
Oshawa
905-823-6801
September 22, 7 p.m.
rsvP by September 15
Uniworld Boutique
River Cruise Collection
Mississauga
September 22, 6:30 p.m.
rsvP by September 16
Mississauga
Oakville
905-845-9680
Oshawa
905-723-5203
Win a dream vacation!
Play THE GAME OF LIFE – CAA Edition and you
could win the trip of a lifetime!
Florida
Family Fun
The 4-person, 8-day trip
includes tickets to Orlando’s
most popular theme parks!
Costa Rica
Explorer
Caribbean
Cruise
Adventure awaits on this
2-person, 14-day journey to
Costa Rica with G Adventures.
Hit the high seas on this
2-person, 7-night cruise on
board the Celebrity Reflection®.
Spin for your chance to win!
Play THE GAME OF LIFE – CAA Edition for the chance to win one
of three dream vacations. Visit online daily from September 28
to November 22, 2015 to increase your odds of winning.
Plus, over $50,000 in instant prizes are up for grabs!
caasco.com/gameoflife
SPONSORED BY:
No purchase necessary. Contest open to CAA Members and non-members. Complete rules and regulations available at caasco.com/gameoflife.
THE GAME OF LIFE name and logo is a trademark of Hasbro. © 2015 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.
Trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.
Extraordinary Explorations
Unique Travel Experiences designed by CAA
Sailing & Cycling – The Danube & Salzburg Region
July 3 – 18, 2016 | 16 Days
There are few better ways to discover a place and its people, its treasures and secrets than by sailing its waterways and cycling its quiet
country lanes. This adventure leisurely takes both routes, beginning with an 8-day river cruise along the romantic Danube. Surrounded by
spectacular scenery at every bend, cruise the great river with the chance to explore Budapest, Bratislava, Linz, Melk and historic Vienna
by bike or on foot with time to experience the rich culture, history and world-famous music along the way. Once ashore, base yourself in
Wagrain and fll your lungs with fresh alpine air as you take to two wheels amid Austria’s scenic villages, market towns, palaces, spas and
Mozart’s legendary Salzburg. Led by a professional local cycling guide (non-cycling options also available), you’ll pedal at your own pace on
this leisurely yet active journey of discovery to the very heart of Europe.
Package Includes:
• Airfare from Toronto to Budapest with
return from Munich
• Bicycles and professional local cycling
guide in the Salzburg region
• 7-night AmaWaterways Melodies of the
Danube Cruise on AmaSonata with unlimited
red and white wine, beer and soft drinks
with lunch and dinner on board
• 4 leisurely bicycle excursions in Jagersee
(12 km), Flachau (5 km), Weberlandl
(5 km), and Hollenstein (4 to 6 km)
• 3 leisurely bicycle excursions in ports of call
at Vienna (2 hours), Melk (3.5 hours) and
Linz (1.5 hours)
• Boat trip from St. Gilgen to St. Wolfgang
• 7-night stay in frst class accommodation
in Wagrain
• Funicular to the Hohensalzburg Fortress
• Sightseeing and entrance fees as per
itinerary
• Destination transfers
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
(excluding lunch on day 9)
$5,949 - $9,019*
Plus $830 taxes and government fees
caasco.com/extraordinary
New Orleans & Caribbean
Holiday Cruise
December 18 – 27, 2015 | 10 Days
$2,549 - $3,169* Plus $270 taxes and government fees
Hang up your stockings and bring out your fippers, ‘cause
Santa’s heading out of town! Spend the holidays exploring New
Orleans’ French Quarter before boarding the Norwegian Dawn
for a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise. Visit Cozumel, the idyllic
island off the Yucatan Peninsula, explore Belize City’s Mayan
relics, swim in the fawless blue waters of Roatan, Honduras,
or just chill beneath a swaying palm. Have a “white” Christmas
(white sand, that is!) on Mexico’s Costa Maya or explore the
neighbouring Mayan ruins before returning to N’awlins and your
trip home.
Grand Canyon & California
Coastal Cruise
April 18 – 30, 2016 | 13 Days
$3,219 - $3,979* Plus $310 taxes and government fees
From the desert to the ocean, explore the U.S. Southwest
and Mexico. Enjoy 2 nights in Las Vegas including a ride on
the famed Grand Canyon Railway. Tour the South Rim and
overnight at a lodge near the canyon’s edge. In Los Angeles
board the Crown Princess® for a 7-night California Coastal
Cruise. Sail beneath San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge,
visit Santa Barbara, the wine region of Santa Ynez Valley and
San Diego. Head south of the border to Ensenada and shop
for jewellery, pottery and blankets.
Beautiful Croatia & Austria
September 30 – October 15, 2016 | 16 Days
$4,499* Plus $580 taxes and government fees
From the waltzes of Vienna to the cobblestones of Croatia,
Europe’s oldest cities and newest nations beckon travellers
with a blend of ancient Greek and Ottoman infuence. Begin
your exploration in the walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia’s
Adriatic jewel, before travelling on to Montenegro and
Europe’s only fjord. Follow the pristine coastline to Bosnia
and Herzegovina with its ancient churches and medieval
stone bridge. Visit Split’s Roman palace and Dalmatia’s
national parks bursting with waterfalls and lakes. Continue to
Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, and Graz, Austria before ending
in vibrant, historic Vienna.
*All prices and itineraries are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars and include airfare from Toronto unless otherwise indicated and are subject to change without prior notice until fnal payment is paid. All prices are
correct at press time and apply to new bookings only, based on availability at time of booking. Ont. Reg. #50014517
Call now! 1-888-530-9784
snap shot
A WILD SURPRISE IN
MADAGASCAR
member lyn jones
lindsay, ont.
details face to face with a Verreaux’s
sifaka in Berenty priVate reserVe
“Madagascar is the only place in the world where one can
encounter lemurs in the wild. These primates evolved in
isolation millions of years ago when the island broke away
from Africa. Who could resist those big round eyes?”
64 CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2015
snapshot
submission
doyouhaveagreat
vacationphotoyou’dlike
toshare?sendittous
andyoucouldbefeatured
inanupcomingissueof
CAA Magazine!Goto
caamagazine.cafordetails.
LOONEY TUNES: TM/MC & © Warner Bros.
Entertainment Inc. (s15)
PURE SILVER COIN FOR
Relive the joy and laughter of Bugs Bunny with this limited edition
fine silver (99.99% pure) coin
$20
NO TAX • FREE SHIPPING • MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
mint.ca/bugsbunny1 • 1-800-267-1005
Since launching, one coin has sold every minute*
YOUR FREE SHIPPING CODE: MINT 32
*From May 12 to June 23. Free ground shipping in Canada. Actual size: diameter 27 mm, nominal weight 7.96 g. Limited to five per household. Credit card purchases only. Right of return within
30 days of invoice date. © 2015 Royal Canadian Mint. All rights reserved.
Something to smile about.
See how much you’ll save with CAA Health & Dental Insurance
Looking to r
ou’ll feel good knowing
e,
extended health and prescription drugs, at low CAA Member rates. Isn’t that nice?
1-866-923-4084 | visit caahealth.ca/smile
ENTER TO
WIN A
$500
gas gift card*
GET A QUOTE BEFORE
OFFER ENDS
OCTOBER 31, 2015**
Underwritten by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company.
* Residents of Ontario are eligible to win a Petro-Canada gas card, while Atlantic residents are eligible to win a
Circle K gas card.
** For contest rules and regulations, please visit caahealth.ca/contestrules.
, the Canadian Automobile Association.
Manulife and the Block Design are trademarks of The Manufactur
© 2015 The Manufactur
Toronto, ON M5W 5M3.
eserved. Manulife, PO Box 4213, Stn A,