Bulletin Sept. 28 to Oct. 5: New Florida Routes for Porter, Chicago Gets a Cool Boat, and the Heat Finally Breaks
The Billy Bulletin appears every Thursday with news about travel and the cities we cover, to help our readers and passengers navigate the week ahead.
From Florida flights to watery wonders, here’s what’s going on in our destination cities this week …
Hogtown seems to be reaching the end of its heatwave at last. Like other locales in northeastern North America, Toronto has been baking in bonkers heat for this time of year, with temperatures of up to 31C (88F) in recent days – plus that typical Great Lakes humidity. With the city finally looking at somewhat more seasonal temperatures for the week ahead, the locals may be willing to exchange happy words about the weather for a change. (The usual complaining will recommence as soon as the mercury dips below 12C or so.)
Ottawa, Windsor and Orlando
Travel news for sun-seekers: Porter Airlines will offer nonstop flights to Melbourne-Orlando Florida from Windsor and Ottawa for the first time this winter, from Dec. 16 to March 31. Porter’s Toronto-Melbourne route has run for the past two winters, and will resume again this year, from Dec. 16 to April 7. It’s one of the longest scheduled flights in the world for the Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft, and Porter limits the load to 50 passengers in order to make the distance. The new Windsor and Ottawa routes will be of similar distance, so you might get a little extra elbow room if you book one of the flights.
Orlando Melbourne International Airport
Would you book a tour on a glass-bottomed boat in the Chicago River? No! Of course not; even if you could see through that mucky water, you might not really want to know what was down there. But how about a glass-topped one, so that you could gaze up at all the skyscrapers? Now you’re talking. Local tour operator Odyssey Chicago is having one built right now, and it will offer river dining jaunts as of next summer.
As the Chicago Tribune notes, “It will be the first dinner cruise on the river, marking a further evolution of the increasingly prominent role the river and the surrounding area plays as a recreational and entertainment outlet.”
Are you mad for Malpeques? Bananas for Beausoleils? Oyster lovers rejoice, for this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 29 and 30), Halifax celebrates the delicious bivalves with its annual Oyster Festival, described as an “all-you-can-eat oyster party with DJs, shucking competitions and local craft wine [and] beer.” You can also purchase the slippery little delicacies to bring home.