You helped get me there, now join me as I attend the Shorty Awards Wednesday March 3 in New York City
March 3, 2010.
|Departed Toronto at 8.45 on Porter Airlines @PorterAirlines to Newark NJ. Loved that I could just hop the subway down to the Fairmont Royal York and get a free shuttle to the waterfront.|
|Then it was just a 2-minute ride to the terminal, with a great view of the city.|
|Even better view taking off!|
|Caught the bus from Newark (every 15 minutes, $24 return) into Manhatten. First stop: had a tech question so searched out the 'Glass Cube' Apple store near the South East end of Central Park. A very cool design. Love the circular glass elevator.|
|Wandered down Broadway and found staff from the Letterman Show offering standby tickets, so I caught the afternoon taping. Jerry Seinfeld, Barbara Walters, Tom Brokow & and of course Thunder Bay's Paul Shaffer. Amazing entertainment, all for free. Tom had nice things to say about Vancouver and Olympics. Dave expressd frustration about the Olympic luge track.|
Next... Off to the Shorty's at the Times Center
The ShortyAwards honor the best producers of short real-time content on Twitter. Members of the Twitter community submitted over 250,000 nominations. From those nominations six finalists were determined in each of the 26 official categories. Thank you to everyone who helped to make @CanadaCool a finalist in the Travel category!
|After a public vote, finalistswere judged by a prestigious panel ranging from the Dir of the MIT Media Lab, to the founders of Wikipedia, Flickr & Craig’s List, and entertainer MC Hammer. The event MC was Rick Sanchez of CNN.|
|I found myself seated by Janis Krums @jkrums||He took the incredible 'Miracle on the Hudson shot with his iPhone, proving citizen photo journalism has arrived.|
|@Twitchhiker took the Travel Award while @CanadaCool settled with being consoled by another winner - Grover of Sesame Street||Canada did have a winner though: Arjun Basu of Montreal took the Literature award for his great 140-character stories at @arjunbasu|
It was an evening of interesting opportunities, including meeting Jim Wales, founder of Wikipedia
And there was more Candian content: @williamshatner popped up by video with a promo for his new television series which is based on Twitter.
For more details and to watch for details on next year's event and how you can enter visit: The Shorty Awards
Cheers, Lucy Izon @CanadaCool
Canada Cool is produced by award-winning Canadian travel writer & speaker Lucy Izon. Her travel stories & reports have appeared in numerous leading North American publications including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul. Bio page
Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Lucy@CanadaCool.com. Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!
The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives
Here are some of my favorites...
The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.
The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.
The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.
And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...
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- Haunted Hotels
- Hotel Special Services
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