Do you like modern art? This Capital Will Soon Open a Multi-Million Dollar Museum

The art of destinations

A major new arts attraction is coming to Sydney, Australia: Considered the city’s most significant cultural development since the inauguration of the Opera House, the Modern Sydney Project will open on December 3. Part of a $344 million (AUD) renovation of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the new building includes an underground gallery housed in a disused WWII fuel tank. Works by 900 Australian and international artists will be on display, including pieces commissioned by Tokyo-based artist Yayoi Kusama and Waradgerie (Wiradjuri) Lorraine Connelly-Northey. Directly connected to the Royal Botanical Garden, the gallery will also feature a new public art garden, spaces for children and a greater emphasis on First Nations art. Admission will be free.

Tribute to the hotel

This winter, there will be a new place to stay near the Ontario Ski Area: a boutique hotel with a long history, right on Collingwood’s main street. Opening on December 15 (but bookable now), the Dorchester hotel takes over a property built in 1895 that was originally the Dominion Hotel, then converted into apartments. Locals Tammy and Chris Millsap have restored the landmark to its former glory, uncovering the original brick facade and paying homage to the past with retro details such as checkerboard flooring in the 30 individually decorated rooms.

feather birds

The Niagara River Corridor is a unique ecosystem renowned for its migratory birds.

Think seagulls are boring? A visit in mid-November Niagara River Corridor might change your mind. That’s when the river, recognized in 2019 as a Wetland of International Ramsar Importance, comes alive with 100,000 migrating birds, including geese, ducks, swans and 19 species of gulls. Keep an eye out for Great Black-backed Gulls (the largest in the world), Bonaparte’s Gulls (identifiable by their distinctive black heads) and Sabine’s Gulls (which nest as far north as Greenland) – but hold on to your fries. In February, the region will also host Birds on the Niagarathe only international birding festival in North America, with events on both sides of the border.

Chills and chills

Salem, Mass. is home to spooky sights and the world's largest Halloween party.

Halloween comes once a year, but Salem, Mass., offers scares anytime. The New England town is infamous for its 1692 witch trials and was also the setting of the 1993 cult classic “Hocus Pocus.” If you visit this October, you will arrive in time for the 40th anniversary of Salem Haunted Events, billed as the world’s largest Halloween celebration, a month-long event featuring psychic fairs, ghost hunts and mock witch trials. Otherwise, Salem tours themed around all things witchy and weird, including candle-lit trips to haunted houses and “Hocus Pocus” filming locations, run year-round.

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