Anatoly Dobrovinsky

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British Columbia’s best-kept secret

Muskwa-Kechika is a vast landscape that enfolds Canada's northern Rockies. Forge your own trail through the largest intact wildlife habitat in the entire Rocky Mountain chain.

Island hopping French Polynesia, without breaking the bank

Although these isolated and far-flung atolls have a reputation of being one of the most expensive holiday spots on earth, it is possible to island hop independently and affordably.<p>Think French Polynesia and you will likely envisage picture-perfect tropical islands with acres of blonde sand, palm …

10 Architectural Landmarks You Have To Visit Before You Die

"Architecture is not reserved for an elite in any sense," writes art historian and writer Philip Jodidio. "It is rather the substance from which country, culture, city and identity are formed."<p>Jodidio is the author of the recently published book <i>Discovering Architecture</i>, a visual journey through the …

Hate organized tours? Ireland has the answer

Ireland is what my mother told me nice girls should never be … a tease.<p>I learned this lesson the hard way, by driving the appropriately named Wild Atlantic Way – 2,400 kilometres of coastal roads, stretching from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south, that lead to fishing villages only gently …

By combining London’s diverse population, San Francisco’s neighbourhood feel and Auckland’s adrenaline-induced playfulness, Toronto is finding its own identity: http://bbc.in/16A5lTb What is your favourite thing about visiting this Canadian city?

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …

Silicon Valley

Built to echo the romance of European citadels, these historic Canadian railway hotels recall a time when packing dozens of trunks and a butler or two was the only way to travel: http://bit.ly/18LxR4x Where in Canada do you dream of travelling to?

Retail condos snapped up in shopping malls

Navjot Dulai isn't an experienced retailer, nor is he a real estate tycoon. But when he heard that a former Zellers store in Mississauga was being converted into a retail condominium, he jumped at the chance to own a piece of it.<p>The clincher for Mr. Dulai, an IT professional with Suncor Energy, is …

Mortgage referrals to banks could lead to conflicts of interest

Has your real estate agent or financial adviser ever suggested that you go to a specific bank or broker for your mortgage? If they did, and they got paid for it, there's potential for conflict of interest.<p>Most mortgage referrals are made in good faith. Your adviser recommends a banker or broker …

Why owning a home is bad for you

Home ownership has troubling side effects, distorting the economy and taking a toll on our minds and bodies<p>Saying no wasn’t easy. Harpreet Pandher …

Nine highly profitable TSX-listed companies that appear undervalued

<b>What are we looking for?</b><p>Benjamin Graham, the famed value investor, said the market is a weighing machine in the long run, but a voting machine in the short run. At times, it puts a bargain price on outstanding stocks, but only temporarily.<p>To test his observation, I went looking for highly …

A new you: Self-help books from Gretchen Rubin and Margaret Trudeau make big promises

<b>Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives</b><p>By Gretchen Rubin<p><i>Doubleday Canada, 320 pages, $29.95</i><p><b>The Time of Your Life: Choosing a Vibrant, Joyful Future</b><p>By Margaret Trudeau<p><i>Harper Avenue, 320 pages, $32.99</i><p>Like many a sporadically driven, bandwagon-mounting, frequently frazzled …

10 retirement stocks to buy now

Take a look at any retiree’s portfolio and you’ll see the same thing: it’s filled with high-yielding dividend stocks. For most golden-age investors, …