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ISSUE 6

C A N A D A D AY C E L E B R AT I O N S PA R L I A M E N T H I L L , O T TA W A

This issue is all about milestones and occasions, so it’s only apropos that we take a look at a country that’s celebrating a big one this year – Canada. One hundred and fifty years after its confederation, Canada is twinkling in the global travel spotlight. From the Pacific to the Atlantic to the Arctic, join us as we discover a booming nation of quirky one-of-a-kind experiences.

If it’s your own milestone you want to mark, these pages are full of inspiring possibilities. Romance blossoms amidst the coral islands of the Bahamas, whether you’re in a luxury resort or strolling hand-in-hand on a secluded beach. Holiday cruises take the magic of the festive season, and set it afloat – trading in traditionally decorated trees for palm trees wrapped in twinkling lights. And finally, we’ll take a journey through time, exploring the ways our travel tastes evolve through each decade of our lives. Whether it’s a honeymoon to honour new beginnings, or ticking that last thing off your bucket list, we’re here to help you not just dream it – but do it.

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BY ROBIN ESROCK

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Each decade of life is an accomplishment. Goals are realized, professions evolve, priorities shift, families grow and experience is gained. This is also reflected in how we choose to travel, and where we choose to go. Celebrating these important milestones, we’ve gathered inspiring destinations to suit this passage of time.


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R O M A N C E + FA M I LY In our twenties, we travelled to relish in the excess. All-night parties, camping on beaches, intense relationships – all with a no-holdsbarred commitment to the carefree abandon of youth. But now we might have a young family, or want to visit special places with a special partner who one day will grow a family with us. As we circle the possibility of a major life milestone, a romantic adventure is definitely in order. Bus around Thailand, from the white, sandy beaches in the south to the rich culture of the north. Brave the bungee jumps and wild adventures of New Zealand. Take a tour through Eastern Europe, exploring cobblestone alleys and medieval town squares. Meanwhile, parents of young kids know that happy kids will always make a happy vacation. Choose a sunny beach resort with lots of activities in Hawaii, Mexico, Barbados, or Jamaica. Introduce your kids to new cultures and cuisines. Slow down and bond with your nearest and dearest, as together you build the memorable traditions of meaningful family vacations.

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40s IN MOTION At last, the kids are at summer camp or old enough to join us on an adventure that’s physical, but not too strenuous. As careers stabilize and hobbies strengthen, perhaps it’s time to hike the Inca Trail in Peru, trek in Nepal, or spend our well-earned holidays on a multi-day bike ride through the valleys of Italy or France. A fly-in fishing trip in Canada, a multi-day rafting excursion between the walls of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, or maybe just an epic road trip to explore the Oregon coast, Route 66, or Banff National Park in Alberta. Consider a few weeks camping across Iceland, or taking a tour to pack in the highlights of Western Europe. Volunteering in a foreign country delivers a rich, rewarding experience. Teaching kids, building wells, looking after rescued animals – making a difference in the lives of others makes a difference for us, too. Old enough to know better and yet young enough to go with the flow, the forties is a milestone decade to follow our feet, and safely veer off the beaten track.


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Do you remember when 50 used to be old? Not anymore. Today it’s a time to celebrate our decades of hard work, and the settled income that it has brought us. Now we can appreciate the more expensive bottle of wine, the fine-dining restaurant, the outstanding stage play. Forget nightclubs; it’s time to appreciate the spectacle shows and world-class performances on offer in Las Vegas. For something more exotic, we’ll turn to major cultural spectacles like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, or Rio’s famous Carnaval in Brazil. Perhaps a major sporting event is in order, such as Wimbledon, an Olympics or the Super Bowl. The very idea of exploring one of the world’s great wine routes – Napa in California, Mendoza in Argentina, and Margaret River in Western Australia – is intoxicating. We’ve finally booked to see the world’s largest jazz and comedy festivals in Montreal, the best acts at the Edinburgh Arts Festival, or the latest hits on Broadway. Enjoy the festivals, performances, wine tastings and feasts. You’ve earned it!

As we usher in the next decade, the allure of history is more fascinating than ever. We begin to see our lives in a greater context, and appreciate the passing of time. Once we might have ticked off the Louvre in a couple hours before racing off to the next Parisian attraction. Now we take our time in the world’s great museums – the Louvre and Hermitage, the Guggenheim, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Waterways and rail transports us in comfort to treasures of antiquity: cruise down the Yangtze or Nile Rivers, or along the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Sit back in a viewing carriage to marvel at the Canadian Rockies, the Australian Outback, or the highlands of Scotland. We’ll take our time exploring the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor, the biblical alleys of Jerusalem, the Mayan ruins of Mexico, or the narrow canals of Venice. There is so much to see, and still plenty of time.


70s BUCKET LIST We’ve always wanted to go there. We’ve always wanted to do that. As we enter the seventh decade of life, we realize our bucket list destinations are not going anywhere, but we most certainly are. Fortunately, in an age of affordable airfare and such a diverse variety of packages, our dreams are more accessible than ever. Cruise among the islands and abundant wildlife of the Ecuadorian Galapagos. On the African plains of the Serengeti and the legendary Masai Mara, witness the migration of the wildebeest from the comforts of a luxury, or self-catered bush camp. It’s not always easy, but we’ll put up with a sweaty trek for a face-to-face encounter with endangered mountain gorillas in the jungles of Central Africa. Iconic landmarks like the Great Wall of China and the Roman Coliseum, the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal draw us like magnets. Perhaps it’s also time to finally tick off that Alaska or Caribbean cruise, or visit long-lost relatives in the nations of our ancestors. Let’s celebrate how far we’ve come, and appreciate the value of all that is to follow. You can turn these decades upside down, or mix them up entirely. A bucket list is as unique as the person who crafts it, and each life journey is one’s own. As for the years themselves, I defer to the wisdom of Mark Twain:

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. — MARK TWAIN

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There are special times throughout the year that unite our families – heading out on a frosty New Year’s Day for a sleigh ride, hunting for Easter eggs, or carving pumpkins at Halloween. Like most folks, our favourite has always been the festive season. It’s the heart-warming traditions of the holidays that continue to give us great comfort, like a warm blanket or a cup of hot chocolate.


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Carefully hanging a favourite decades-old ornament, reading the tattered book “The Night Before Christmas” each year, and finding the little treasures in the stockings hand-knitted by my grandmother. A collection of meaningful memories like these are shared from generation to generation, strengthening our family bond. It’s a magnificent time with wonderful food and happy times shared with friends and family. Every so often, we incorporate our love of travel into our holiday season. It’s a fantastic feeling to enjoy the festivities, the cheer, the food and the treats without the work. Stressfree and wonderful.

H O L I DAY C R U I S E We are big fans of cruising to exotic locations. We love the idea of unpacking once, settling into a daily routine, while also getting to experience something new each day in the different regions. Half the fun is exploring what each port has to offer onshore – tropical beaches, bustling metropolises or unspoiled nature. Most cruises do the work for you, offering organized tours to check out the local cultural spots, or day excursions for those interested in active pursuits like snorkeling or horseback riding. On the cruise ship, nothing is overlooked. Whether you relish in a visit from Santa or some first-rate bubbly at the New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s merriment for

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everyone. The holiday season is done in grand style – sparkling decorations, towering twinkling trees, wreaths, holly and miles of garland throughout the ship. Superior gourmet meals, as always, life-sized gingerbread houses, candy canes, Yuletide carols, and stockings hung along staircases with care. The ship is busy with a myriad of activities including decorating cookies and tree ornaments, making personalized holiday cards and a holiday scavenger hunt. It’s a warm, relaxing, happy, joyous time for all.


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H O L I DAY A L L - I N C L U S I V E We have also enjoyed a tropical all-inclusive paradise. Imagine white, silky sand rather than white snow, bathing suits and sandals rather than bulky winter jackets and boots. Ocean views rather than a skating rink. Trade in a traditional decorated tree for a palm tree wrapped in twinkling white lights illuminating the night and the ocean. Enchanting and magical with warm temperatures, beautiful beaches and heavenly meals prepared by top-notch chefs. Santa somehow knew exactly what we needed that year, for our stockings were stuffed with local treasures. A spa for mom, a swim with the dolphins for the whole family, a round of golf for dad, and each of us received a local hand-crafted ornament from the island. Special mementos of our holiday away. Each year, we add the tradition of hanging these unique gifts to our long list of heartwarming times. With the festive season over, our vacation and holiday celebrations end with a spectacular New Year’s celebration. Fireworks, local bands, and the regional cuisine at the beach. Happy New Year!

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The Great White North is this year’s red-hot destination, topping the New York Times and Lonely Planet’s list of places to visit in 2017. Celebrating its 150th anniversary of confederation, Canada is infused with a welcoming optimism, and no shortage of incredible attractions. Join us as we visit all ten provinces and three territories to reveal unique experiences you’ll find nowhere else on Earth.


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Blessed with soaring snow-capped mountains, coastal rainforests and gemstone lakes, British Columbia is the jewel of Canada. From powder-rich slopes and epic zip-lines in Whistler – North America’s largest ski resort – to the Tuscan-like vineyards that surround the city of Kelowna, Canada’s most western province is infused with lifestyle and one-ofa-kind experiences. Up north, in a large swath of protected coastal rainforest, lives a mythical forest creature found nowhere else on Earth. With a shaggy white coat, the Spirit Bear is revered and honoured in the region’s rich aboriginal traditions. Scale a viewing platform, enjoy the pristine surroundings, and hold your breath! On Vancouver Island, you might prefer a snorkel and wetsuit as you swim among hundreds of thousands of migrating salmon. Too adventurous? Perhaps it’s better to just bundle up by a cozy fireplace during the stormwatching season, when powerful Pacific winds batter the surf town of Tofino on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. Ambitions run big in Alberta. Big mountains, big ranches, big oil, big celebrations, and big dinosaurs, too. More dinosaur fossils have been discovered in the badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park than anywhere else on the planet. Daily summer excursions take visitors to authentic dino digs, and it’s not uncommon to see ancient bones poking out the earth. Let’s gallop back to the city for the Calgary Stampede, a vibrant 10-day spectacle built around the world’s richest rodeo. For those seeking natural beauty, few sights match the sweeping alpine vistas of the Rockies, accessed through Banff and Jasper National Park (with free entrance for visitors in 2017). Take a flightseeing tour, walk on the Columbia glacier, drive, hike, bike or bus. No visitor leaves the Canadian Rockies disappointed. 20

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Endless fertile fields span vast distances in Saskatchewan, with a bounty of crops growing beneath an all-encompassing sky. Off the beaten track, the province has plenty of unique attractions, and some terrific history, too. Beneath the downtown core of Moose Jaw lie a series of labyrinthine tunnels, built in the early-twentieth century. Located close to former railway smuggling depots, it is believed the tunnels once kept notorious mobster Al Capone’s prohibition bootlegging operation afloat. Daily tours introduce visitors to the history and hideouts, but nobody knows nothing, capiche? It’s rumoured that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hustled horses in the Big Muddy Badlands, a striking landscape that borders Montana. After soaking in the outlaw history, enjoy a memorable dip farther north in Little Manitou Lake. Much like the Dead Sea, the lake’s rich mineral waters allow you to float effortlessly. It also has therapeutic mud to exfoliate your skin. Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba is grounded in culture. The city boasts the renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the striking $350 million Museum for Human Rights, and the most boisterous folk festival in the country. Looking for a different sort of gathering? A few hours’ drive away slither the Narcisse Snake Dens, home to the largest congregation of snakes on the planet. Meanwhile, anglers arrive in droves each summer to catch and release trophy-sized catfish on the Red River. Even a rookie might haul in a 34-inch monster! Up north on the Hudson Bay, the town of Churchill sits directly in the path of nearly one thousand migrating polar bears. Custom tundra buggies put you deep in the action, close enough for a polar bear to fog up your camera lens with its breath.

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Thirty-eight percent of Canada’s 35 million people live in Ontario, a province that is four times the size of Great Britain. Its hub is Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America, renowned for its multiculturalism, neighbourhoods, and restaurants. The CN Tower, once the world’s tallest freestanding structure, dominates the skyline. Ride a high-speed elevator to the top, strap in and walk along the thrilling EdgeWalk for a gobsmacking view. In the capital of Ottawa, explore the Parliament of Canada, the Rideau Canal, and Canada’s great national museums before taking a short drive to the Diefenbunker. Built in the 1960s to relocate the Canadian government in the event of a nuclear war, this underground, formerly top-secret fallout bunker is now a haunting Cold War museum.

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Bonjour Quebec! Canada’s distinctly francophone province is a nation unto itself. Each year Montreal boasts the world’s largest jazz festival, the world’s largest comedy festival, and the best smoked meat and bagels you’ll find anywhere (sorry New York). Protected by fortress walls dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, Old Quebec City feels like it was transplanted straight out of Europe. Each February, the city hosts the world’s largest winter carnival – complete with ice castles, snow carving and boisterously chilly street parades. Nearby you’ll find the Hotel de Glace, a stunning complex of winter wonderland hotel rooms, ice bars, and even a chapel. It’s never too cold to propose in North America’s most romantic city.

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AT L A N T I C C A N A DA Welcome to a region shaped by the powerful forces of the Atlantic Ocean. Emerald cliffs, red sandy beaches, inland fjords and scrumptious seafood await. The region’s Scottish, Irish and Acadian heritage is reflected in a variety of unusual accents. Also unusual is your opportunity to walk on the ocean floor beneath the striking Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. Twice a day, the world’s highest tides drain out to the Atlantic Ocean, returning to flood the bay with seawater up to 16 metres high. Across the bay in Nova Scotia, there’s even a fun run called Not Since Moses, with participants racing against the tides! Far more genteel is a visit to Cavendish on Prince Edward Island, home to the beloved fictional character of Anne 24

of Green Gables. To discover this lush island, you’ll have to cross the engineering marvel that is the Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water. In Newfoundland and Labrador, locals might welcome you with a Screech-in ceremony, a hokey bit of fun that involves a shot of screech (a.k.a. rum) and the ceremonial kiss of a cod. It’s just one of many unusual experiences on the island portion of the province. Only here can you drink beer or vodka made with 20,000-year-old iceberg water, watch the earliest sun rise over the continent, go iceberg viewing, and visit the site of a remote Viking settlement that dates back centuries before Columbus "discovered" America.


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The true expanse of Canada is unveiled in the north. Nunavut, an indigenous territory created in 1999, is larger than Texas, California and Montana combined. National parks up here are the size of European countries! Each summer sees an influx of visitors driving along the Yukon’s legendary Dempster Highway, or flying into fishing and backcountry camps in the Northwest Territories. Things get a little strange under the midnight sun. Consider the Sourtoe Cocktail, served in a bar in historical Dawson City, once the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush. Sixty-thousand people have ordered a tumbler of bourbon served with a real, severed human toe! Aboriginal delicacies might also be challenging to western tastes, but are memorable nonetheless. It’s a great honour to be served dried beaver or muktuk – small cubes of vitamin-C rich baby beluga skin. Survival has never been easy this far north, and each winter brings extreme cold and darkness. On the plus side, the northern capitals of Yellowknife and Whitehorse sit directly under the aurora oval, making them two of the most accessible cities from which to see the Northern Lights. Robin Esrock is the bestselling author of The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-aKind Travel Experiences. Find out more at canadianbucketlist.com.

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the Islands of the Bahamas


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From tropical vistas framed by swaying coconut trees to sugary, white- and pink-sand beaches bathed by some of the planet’s clearest water, the islands of the Bahamas are the perfect destination for a romantic escape. Spectacular sunsets and barefoot hideaways make this the perfect place to pop the question, tie the knot, celebrate your honeymoon or a milestone anniversary. Mark your special occasion in this archipelago of more than 700, mostly uninhabited, coral islands and cays dotting the West Atlantic between Florida and Cuba. New Providence Island, home to the bustling capital of Nassau, and tiny neighbouring Paradise Island just a bridge away, are the tourism hotspots boasting deluxe resorts. Sport fishing aficionados, scuba divers eager to explore the world’s third-largest barrier reef, and seekers of a relaxing pace and charming seaside villages, should journey back in time to the friendly Family Islands. Truly, no two islands are alike, each one’s culture is distinctly shaped by centuries of history. Better yet, you can mix it up and island-hop to some of these popular places in the beautiful Bahamas.

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NASSAU + AREA New Providence and Paradise Island hum with urban action. To get the lay of the land, pick up the Franko Downtown Nassau Historic Walk map for a self-guided tour of the colonial city. Don’t miss the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in Villa Doyle, built by Sir William Doyle, the first Bahamian to be knighted. Also, pay a visit to the Queen’s Staircase and the Junkanoo Museum, then take a taxi to Fort Charlotte. Budget a day for the Graycliff estate built by privateer John Howard Graysmith in the 1700s. Take lessons in chocolate- and cigar-making or enjoy in a wine luncheon that includes a tour of owner Enrico Garzaroli’s cellar of more than 250,000 bottles, the world’s third-largest private

wine collection. Cross the street to the 1850 Mountbatten home that is now The Heritage Museum of the Bahamas, part of Graycliff’s new Historical Village, for a guided tour through Bahamas’ colourful piracy and sinister past. Next door, buy colourful handicrafts and your choice of savory or sweet Bahamian foods at Heritage Village Artist Studios and The Patisserie. Carry on to Festival Place (outside the cruise terminal) for more shopping. Look for handwoven straw bags for which the Bahamas is famed. The National Art Gallery and Bahama Hand Prints are other good stops.

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NASSAU Beyond Nassau, luxury resorts stretch along Cable Beach, 20 minutes west. Newest on the scene is Baha Mar, which includes the Grand Hyatt and the soon-to-open SLS and Rosewood hotels, the Caribbean’s largest casino and the Royal Blue Golf Club, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature course. And, on Paradise Island, less than a kilometre from downtown, the family-friendly Atlantis resort dominates the skyline. Keep a full day for Blue Lagoon Island, a pictureperfect private cay in an enclosed turquoise lagoon, rimmed by a stunning white-sand beach and a new, adults-only VIP beach with butler service. Popular on-island Dolphin Encounters offers meet, train or swim with dolphin experiences as well as sea lion and stingray encounters. Kayak, Segway and walking tours highlight the islands’ flora, fauna, geology and history. Packages include a 20-minute catamaran cruise from Paradise Island. For a taste of the islands, head back to Nassau, the Bahamas’ undisputed dining queen. From an elegant, five-star period restaurant in a one-time pirate’s mansion storied in legends and lore to local gems where a spoonful of lovin’ is served along with hearty soul food, you’ll find it here. Acquaint your taste buds to Bahamian fare on the Bites of Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour, or for a takeaway, sign up for a private cooking class (both offered by Tru Bahamian Food Tours). Don’t miss the chock-a-block, neon-painted food shacks dishing up fresh fish on Arawak Cay – nicknamed The Fish Fry. A must-taste is Queen Conch, Bahamians’ favourite seafood. Try it cracked – thin, tenderized, battered strips, deep-fried until crispy. Be sure to try a Bahama Mama, a blend of coconut, pineapple and orange with Nassau Royale Rum Liqueur, which adds a hint of vanilla, herbs and spices.

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HARBOUR ISLAND Harbour Island’s crown jewel is a powder-soft, pink-sand beach stretching for nearly five kilometres. The vibe here is of yesteryear, where friendly folks enjoy small-town life and roosters wake you. Yet, a handful of small, low-key resorts with impeccable service attract the famous for a barefoot hideaway. Rent a golf cart in Dunmore Town to scoot around this less-than-a-kilometre-wide isle. Established by Loyalist settlers, the narrow streets of the Bahamas’ former capital are lined with white picket fences and New England-style clapboard houses in warm pastels. Following a tour of charming “Briland” – the locals’ name – tuck into a lobster quesadilla at Sip Sip restaurant overlooking gorgeous Pink Sands Beach, one of the world’s top-rated. Then walk its wide, silky rose strands to your heart’s content in near solitude.

THE EXUMAS With good reason, this necklace of 365 secluded islands have long lured sailors. The Exumas are lapped by aquamarine, crystal-clear waters and rimmed with white-sand beaches, many with no one on them. From capital George Town’s dock, take a water taxi to Stocking Island. Swim with wild stingrays, before devouring a fresh conch burger at Chat ’N’ Chill. The next day, rise early for a full-day speedboat tour with Four C’s Adventures to the Exuma Cays. Snorkel Thunderball Grotto (a marine cave featured in two James Bond films), then take a dip with porky swimming pigs – the infamous residents of “Pig Beach”.

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TOAST YOUR LOVE Whether you are putting a ring on it, planning your dream honeymoon or celebrating a special anniversary, the islands of the Bahamas are the ideal place for your passion to blossom. If you seek urban action or tiny, tranquil isles where the two of you are all alone – or both – you’ll love it here.

Cheers to romance!

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NEXT ISSUE HEAD FOR THE SUN Charge your batteries, clear your mind, and get ready for a full dose of vitamin-D. Our upcoming issue of Possibilities is all about getting back to your most calm and centred self – with inspired ideas for relaxing getaways. We’ll take you away to some unexpected and unexplored sun-filled destinations where you can let your cares wash away as the gentle waves wash over your bare toes.

GROUPS have more fun in the Caribbean

MORE ADVANTAGES

NEW quote validity period! 29 DAYS for Sun bookings

Leave from DIFFERENT CITIES

Stay from 3 to 29 NIGHTS

KIDS count towards your 8-PERSON MINIMUM

Please contact your CWT Travel Advisor for more information on Air Canada Vacations’ advantages and to book Holder of Quebec permit #702566. TICO registration #50013537. BC registration #32229. ■ ®Air Canada Vacations is a registered trademark of Air Canada, used under license by Touram Limited Partnership, 1440 St. Catherine W., Suite 600, Montreal, QC.

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Conditions, limitations and exclusions apply.

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