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3 Canadian Universities Just Got Ranked Among The Best In The World In 2021

They just keep on climbing, too! 🤩

Yet again, several of Canada’s post-secondary schools have been rated among the world's best universities.

The U.S. News Best Global Universities ranking for 2021 shows that three Canadian universities made it into the world’s top spots.

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The overall ranking encompasses nearly 1,500 top institutions spread across 86 countries, according to the methodology. Each university is scored based on factors like research reputation, publications and more.

While Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University take the top spots, the University of Toronto comes in at 17th.

The University of British Columbia is ranked 31st, while Montreal’s McGill University comes in shared 51st place with China’s Peking University and Australia’s University of New South Wales.

Both University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia have climbed from similar rankings in 2020, moving up from 25th place and 45th place respectively.

Did any others make the list?

In total, 1,678 schools were included in the worldwide ranking.

As many as 36 Canadian institutions made the extended list, with Ontario’s McMaster University ranking in 133rd place alongside the University of Sheffield in Britain.

The University of Alberta also made the list, taking spot 138 globally, while the University of Montreal came in 140th.

The University of Calgary, University of Waterloo, University of Ottawa and Western University also ranked in the global top 300, with the University of Victoria coming in 301st.

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This Toronto Food Market Is Like Snacking In Santa's Kitchen & Here's A First Look (PHOTOS)

Sip festive drinks at the wine bar & indulge in themed treats. 🎅

You can take a mini trip to the North Pole at this holiday pop-up that's filled with festive food and boozy drinks.

Sweaters N' Snowflakes is returning to Toronto on December 3, and you can indulge in a variety of themed treats while surrounded by twinkling decor.

The food market and wine bar is tucked away in an outdoor patio space, and you'll enter through a twinkling tunnel of lights that's perfect for those instagram shots.

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The space is decked out in Christmasy decor including glowing fire pits, sparkling trees, and a kilometre of garland.

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The menu is full of festive dishes, and you can eat like Santa himself. Indulge in wood fire pizzas including a new wreath pie, gingerbread fries, candy cane churros, and holiday poutine complete with stuffing and gravy.

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The holiday drinks will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. You can sip steaming mulled wine, spiked hot chocolate, and grinch-themed sangria.

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Some of the food and drinks can be served in things like elf suits or Santa hats for some extra cheer.

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You can also book wine tastings or ugly sweater cookie painting for you and your friends.

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If you're feeling festive, you'll want to add this spot to your holiday bucket list.

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Price: Free admission

When: December 3 to 26, 2021

Address: 621 Richmond St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like an elf at this dazzling pop-up patio complete with themed food and drinks.

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No winter would be complete without gliding on the ice. So here are eight skating spots around Ottawa where you can explore a glistening winter wonderland.

From a new ice maze filled with twists and turns to frozen trails that lead you through a lit forest at night, there are so many incredible activities you'll want to try for yourself.

Countryside Adventures

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Price: $14+ per person

When: December (exact date TBA)

Address: 16495 Sixth Rd., Moose Creek, ON

Why You Need To Go: They have a 3-kilometre long skating trail through the forest, snowshoeing trail, and a large tubing hill you can slide down.

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RiverOak

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Price: $13.50 per person

When: December (exact date TBA)

Address: 2900 York's Corners Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can glide along an illuminated 3.5-kilometre ice path through a forest and meadows for a romantic date night.

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Parc Nature Eco-Odyssee

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Price: $20 per person

When: December 18, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Address: 52 Ch. des Sources, Wakefield, QC

Why You Need To Go: You'll have so much fun trying to escape the new massive ice labyrinth.

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Lansdowne Park Skating Court

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Price: Free

When: From November 26

Address: Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can dance on the ice as part of the DJ nights or say hello to Santa, who will be visiting the rink in December.

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Rideau Hall Skating Rink

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Price: TBA

When: January 10, 2022 - March 13, 2022

Address: 101 Princess Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Rideau Hall, you can make reservations to use the skating rink for a picture-perfect winter day.

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Rink Of Dreams

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Price: Free

When: From December 3

Address: 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: In front of City Hall, you can find an illuminated skating rink that overlooks colourful Christmas lights.

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Patinage en Foret

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Price: $18+ per person

When: December 18, 2021 - March 1, 2022

Address: 9 Montee Beausoleil, Lac des Loups, QC

Why You Need To Go: It is a hidden gem only 45 minutes from Ottawa, where you can skate through a snow-covered forest.

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Rideau Canal Skateway

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Price: Free

When: TBA

Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: It is the world's largest skating rink and will take you through downtown Ottawa.

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Why pay full price? The next time you are looking to do a little retail therapy, here are eight of the best shopping hacks in 2021 that will save you so much money.

So before you go shopping, you'll definitely want to know these tips for your favourite stores like Zara, Costco, and HomeSense.

Best Buy

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Top Tip: If you have your eye on a new phone, tablet, or other electronic, you can trade-in your old working device and get a gift card you can use toward your next purchase.

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HomeSense & Winners

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Top Tip: If you are searching for the best deals, look out for coloured stickers which indicate the price has been lowered.

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Lululemon

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Top Tip: Instead of splurging on full-price leggings and sports bras, wait for the We Made Too Much deals where you can find tons of clothes on sale.

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Old Navy

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Top Tip: Before you fill your shopping cart with new outfits, make sure to sign up for Old Navy's newsletters, as you'll get 30% off your next purchase either in-store or online.

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Amazon

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Top Tip: Did you know Amazon has an entire page devoted to coupons you can use on items popular items you want like electronics, items for your home, food and clothes. So before you make your purchase make sure to clip the digital coupons for some easy savings.

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Aritzia

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Top Tip: Aritzia has outlet stores where you stock up on pants and tops for a lower price than you'll find in the regular stores.

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Costco

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Top Tip: If you want to purchase the last floor model, make sure to talk to a manager as they might give a discount of 10% or more.

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Zara

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Top Tip: When shopping online, you'll want to head to the special prices page, where you can find tons of up to 45% off.

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Bath & Body Works

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Details: If you love their 3-wick candles, wait to do a big shopping haul during the semi-annual sales in June and December as you get products for up to 75% off.

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Ontario's Tiny House For Sale Is A Minimalistic Dream In Wine Country & Costs Under $250K

The luxury home even has a ventilated litter box for your fluffy roommate.

You can live out your tiniest dreams at this little home for sale in Beamsville, which is on the market for $229,900.

This luxury tiny home on wheels is situated in the heart of wine country and features one bedroom and one bathroom.

The home is currently parked on leased farmland, but you could take it with you anywhere. The interior is a minimalistic paradise with bright white walls and pops of blue.

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The small space has been optimized so that you can still enjoy all the comforts of home. A washing machine has been built into the cupboards, the stairs offer additional storage space, and there's an apartment-sized stove, fridge, and dishwasher.

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You'll even find a ventilated litter box for your furry little friend.

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The bedroom has its own private entrance and a Murphy bed that folds up for more room.

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There's also a loft upstairs and a wood fireplace that you can cozy up by.

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The full-sized bathroom looks anything but tiny and comes with a sleek tub and lots of counter space.

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If you're dreaming of a minimalistic life, this might just be the spot for you.

Tiny Home

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Price: $229,900

Address: 0 Greenlane Rd., Beamsville, ON

Description: This tiny home is so luxurious inside and comes with an affordable price tag.

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It is time to lace up your skates. At this Niagara winery, you can have a magical time skating under twinkling lights with your friends.

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery outdoor rink has opened for the season.

Located only 1.5-hours from Toronto, it is the perfect winter day trip. You'll be able to glide and twirl on the ice and then relax on the heated Whiskey Bar patio with a boozy beverage like a spiked hot chocolate or mulled wine.

This winter, it is open until mid-March 2022, Sundays to Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays between 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

To visit, you'll need to book a timeslot, and tickets are $10 per person or $5 for Wine Club members.

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery

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Price: $10 per person ($5 for Wine Club members)

When: Until mid-March 2022

Address: 1219 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a classic Canadian activity after dark with your friends.

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There's an intense rivalry between B.C. and Alberta, and although they're neighbouring provinces they are different in a lot of ways.

People get pretty heated about the debate, and there are good points on both sides actually.

As someone who just moved to Vancouver, and absolutely loves it, I needed to find why anyone would want to live elsewhere.

So I got in touch with a real Albertan — Narcity writer Alex Arsenych — who was ready to defend her home province. And honestly, she may have convinced even me that Alberta can beat out B.C. in some areas.

Alex currently lives in Calgary and said that "rent prices aren't out of this world for a decent one-bedroom apartment, which I can't say the same for other cities across Canada (ahem, I am looking at you Vancouver.)"

Very true.

Mountains are normally the crown jewel of B.C., but Alex said: "Alberta and B.C. both have the Rockies - I get that - but Banff is here and it is easily the most magical town in the country. It literally feels like you're strolling through a small European town when it's dusted with snow."

"Plus, they have one of the all-time best candy stores there which have been a go-to stop for me ever since I was a little kid," she added.

She did give credit where credit was due though, admitting that "Kelowna is absolutely stunning, and is home to some of the most incredible wineries in the country. So, cheers to you. And I guess bordering the ocean is also pretty cool, too."

The feud may continue, but after talking to Alex it looks like Alberta might be inching towards first place.

Here are her top five reasons for loving Alberta over B.C., and aside from the cowboy boots — which I have no desire to try and pull off — she has some good points.

Affordability

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We all know that B.C. rent prices are out of this world. Cost of living really knocks B.C. down a few pegs for sure.

Alberta is still pricey in some areas, but B.C. will always win in the argument between which is the most expensive.

The Lakes Are Gorgeous In Alberta

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Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are undeniable pros when you compare the two provinces.

Banff Is Magical

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Banff is also one of those places that prove anyone who says B.C. is more beautiful, kinda wrong.

The Stampede

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Although Alex said that she's not really a fan of Stampede, she noted that Albertans do know how to pull off some cowboy boots.

The BBQ

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Perhaps a little-known fact, Alex said that the BBQ places in Alberta are always on point. Sounds like a good enough reason to move to me.

Ottawa's first Vietnamese bar just opened and it's the mix of cocktail bar and street food that we've been missing.

Saigon Restaurant is a new addition to the Byward Market and the menu will have you drooling.

It has a lively atmosphere with hip hop and R&B music, specialty cocktails and unique artwork painted across the walls.

The menu features Vietnamese street food dishes such as Pho Bomb, Saigon Sliders and Chicken Chips.

On the menu, you'll find cocktails with fun names you'll want to try, such as Spill The Tea, which is a cocktail for two people that is made with vodka-infused chrysanthemum tea.

Saigon Restaurant

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Cuisine: Vietnamese street food and cocktails

Address: 85 Clarence St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Saigon is Ottawa's first Vietnamese bar with a creative menu of street food and Asian-inspired cocktails. The restaurant is a modern updated space playing lively music.

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Le mois de décembre est entamé et c'est le moment parfait pour t'immerger dans la magie des Fêtes. Il ne reste plus que quelques dodos avant que le père Noël mette les cadeaux sous le sapin, alors si tu ne sais pas quoi faire à Montréal ce week-end du 3 au 5 décembre, voici neuf activités qui vont te faire apprécier la meilleure saison de l'année comme il se doit.

Que ce soit pour déambuler dans un marché de Noël, t'offrir une gâterie sucrée ou te déguiser en grincheux, l'esprit des Fêtes a envahi la ville et tu ne pourras pas y résister.

Découvre le marché de Noël de Benelux

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Coût : Variable

Quand : 4 et 5 décembre

Adresse : 4026, rue Wellington, Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : Si tu as envie de magasiner tes cadeaux de Noël tout en sirotant une bonne bière, tu devrais aller faire un tour Benelux de Wellington, car le bar se transforme en marché de Noël avec tout plein de lumière comme en Allemagne. La déco s'annonce splendide.

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Passe une soirée « 100 % Girl Power »

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Coût : 12 $

Quand : 4 décembre de 22 h à 3 h

Adresse : 3328, rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : Le Blockhaus organise une soirée de diva ce week-end. C'est l'occasion parfaite pour révéler la QUEEN en toi en te déhanchant sur la musique de Lady Gaga, Blondie, Destiny's Child et Lorie avec ta gang.

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Va au Comiccon des FĂŞtes

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Coût : Entre 10 $ et 25 $

Quand : Du 3 au 5 décembre

Adresse : Palais des congrès - 1001, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : Tu vas pouvoir te déguiser en grincheux, en père Noël, ou encore en lutin. Le Comiccon débarque dans la métropole cette fin de semaine avec une édition spéciale des Fêtes. Et ce n'est pas parce que l'Halloween est finie que tu n'as pas le droit d'enfiler le costume de ton personnage de fiction préféré.

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Assiste au festival Noël dans le parc

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Coût : Gratuit

Quand : Du 3 au 23 décembre

Adresse : Place Émilie-Gamelin - 1500, rue Berri, Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : À l'occasion du festival Noël dans le parc, plusieurs concerts sont organisés à la place Émilie-Gamelin les soirs de week-end du mois de décembre. Pour donner le coup d'envoi, c'est sous le thème Country Femmes que la première soirée se déroulera avec en vedette Guylaine Tanguay, Brigitte Boisjoli et Léa Jarry. Oublie le ho ho ho, c'est hi ha en fin de semaine!

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Prends un café en magasinant pour les Fêtes

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Coût : Gratuit

Quand : 4 et 5 décembre

Adresse : 50, rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : Ce café-boutique organise un pop-up des Fêtes dans lequel tu pourras magasiner des calendriers, des soins de la peau naturels, des habits vintage, des bijoux mixtes ou encore des couronnes de Noël. C'est l'endroit parfait pour prévoir tes cadeaux et ta déco.

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Organise une « date » au  NELLi Café

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Prix : 💸💸

Adresse : 104, rue Saint-Paul O., Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : En matinée, le NELLi Café sert des déjeuners et des brunchs à faire saliver pour bien commencer ta journée avec ta personne préf. Et en soirée, tu pourras découvrir la carte du sommelier qui est à couper le souffle avec ses vins français, italiens et californiens tout en savourant des tapas. Tu te sentiras (presque) comme en Europe.

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Savoure un gâteau directement d'une machine distributrice

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Prix : 9,99 $ par tranche, plus taxes

Adresse : Place Montréal Trust - 1500, av. McGill College, Montréal, QC / Galeries d'Anjou - 7999, boulevard des Galeries d'Anjou, Montréal, QC/ Fairview Pointe-Claire - 6801, route Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire, QC / Centre Eaton - 705, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : Quoi de mieux pour profiter du premier week-end de décembre que de manger un gâteau festif? De toutes nouvelles machines distributrices de Carlo's Bakery ont été installées récemment dans différents centres commerciaux de Montréal. Oui, oui, c'est la même pâtisserie que tu as vue dans l'émission Cake Boss sur TLC.

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Va faire un tour au Village de Noël d'Atwater

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Coût : Gratuit

Quand : Jusqu'au 19 décembre

Adresse : 138, av. Atwater, Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : Plonge dans la magie des Fêtes en allant déambuler à travers le Village de Noël du Marché Atwater. Tu pourras découvrir des artisan.es québécois.es en magasinant tes cadeaux de Noël, tout en savourant un bon chocolat chaud.

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Émerveille-toi au Complexe Desjardins

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Coût : Gratuit

Quand : Du 4 décembre au 2 janvier

Adresse : 150, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC

Pourquoi tu dois y aller : Non seulement le Complexe Desjardins a revêtu ces plus beaux atours pour les Fêtes, mais tu pourras également t'émerveiller devant la « fontaine boréale ». Suivant des horaires variables, l'eau illuminée de la fontaine au centre du complexe dansera au rythme de la musique pour offrir un spectacle festif et gratuit.

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