Travel news: Tree walks, glamping sites and the ultimate Champagne journey

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In the works

A Nova Scotia tourism attraction is slated to open late this year: Cape Smokey’s tree walk experience in Ingonish, N.S., is part of a plan to make the area a year-round destination. Located along the famously beautiful Cabot Trail, the lofty structure will offer treetop-level views of the Cape Breton Highlands. On the West Coast, a similar attraction opened in July: Malahat SkyWalk, a spiral tower on Vancouver Island overlooking the Saanich Peninsula.

Glamping quarters

AutoCamp, the outdoor lodging company that specializes in Airstream glamping sites with the feel of a boutique hotel, has opened its latest location, AutoCamp Joshua Tree, just outside California’s iconic national park. Beyond the custom-designed silver trailers, the base camp encompasses a mid-century-modern clubhouse, a wine-stocked general store, indoor and outdoor lounge spaces with firepits, a seasonally heated swimming pool, and mountain bikes for complimentary use. Also set to open this year is AutoCamp Catskills, in upstate New York.

Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, overlooking the Venetian Lagoon, where guests will stay after the ultimate Champagne journey.

Splash out

Champagne maker Veuve Clicquot will toast its 250th birthday with a bucket-list travel experience aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train (June 5 to 7). The swanky trip — from Reims, France, to Venice — takes inspiration from the route taken by the very first bubbly bottles shipped by the house, back in 1772. The journey concludes with a one-night stay at Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, overlooking the Venetian Lagoon — a dreamy spot for a nightcap.

Testing update

Planning an out-of-country trip? Soon, when you come home to Canada, you won’t need a negative PCR test — as long as you’re fully vaccinated and have a negative antigen test instead (taken the day before your scheduled flight or arrival at the land border). The antigen test can’t be the DIY kind; it must be administered by a lab or similar health care service. The changes in COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers will take effect Feb. 28.

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