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EXPERIENCE ALASKA

Accommodation Ratings

Anchorage and Fairbanks

6 Tips for your Holiday

Denali National Park and Kenai Peninsula

EXPERIENCE WESTERN CANADA

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Inside Passage Alaska by Rail

Vancouver

Self-Drive Alaska

Tours from Vancouver

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Victoria, Vancouver Island

Nature Tours

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Whistler

TOURING & CRUISING CANADA & ALASKA

Regional British Columbia The Canadian Rockies and Calgary

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Touring by Coach Viking Cruises

Toronto

Holland America Line

Niagara Falls

Princess Cruises

Montréal Québec City Atlantic Canada

EXPLORE CANADA

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Independent Tours Coach Tours Wildlife Tours Nature Tours Canada by Rail Rocky Mountaineer Touring by Rental Car Touring by Motorhome Self-Drive Canada

General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. A standard level of accommodation with a limited range of rooms and facilities. Rooms are clean and comfortable with basic furnishings. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. A half star is noted when the level of service and facilities falls between two grades. Grading accommodation can be quite subjective and generally speaking the standard and services will be in line with the price paid. Please check with your Travel Consultant to ensure you get the accommodation that best fits your needs. When selecting your accommodation please note that the overall quality of properties in Alaska is generally lower than equivalent priced properties in other countries, particularly in the lower ratings. In general the room sizes are quite small and can vary, even within one property. Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your Travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family’s needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Per person pricing is in New Zealand dollars.

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CANADA & ALASKA Staggeringly large and home to some distinctly diverse regions, Canada is a rich tapestry of contrasting cities and landscapes. It is truly enormous and packed with all sorts of amazing places to be discovered. As you move between the different provinces, you might be surprised to find the culture changing as drastically as the landscape. From Celtic and French influence on the east coast and English in the west, you might need to sometimes stop and ask yourself if you are in Canada. Wildlife lovers will be enthralled by the huge open spaces, sprawling forests and diverse animal life. From Canada, head north and veer off to the west - you’ll soon find yourself in Alaska. This enormous stretch of land is defined by vast national parks, glaciers and complete wilderness. Data detoxes are common here, and there’s often more wildlife than mobile coverage; those with a keen eye will spot wolves, bison and bears, amongst others. You'll need plenty of curiosity to conquer this beast, and a thirst for all things pure and simple. But with such an epic landscape, comes an equally epic adventure.

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Canada is epic for a road trip. This is history, culture and natural beauty at its very best, and with a massive terrain of nearly 10 million square kilometres, discovering this diverse land by road is an adventure. Coastline, prairies, mountains and emerald lakes, it’s all in Canada. The renowned Rocky Mountaineer showcases North America’s highest peaks, while the Alaska Railroad network is immensely popular, its wide windows and domes providing the perfect vantage point.

1 / SPECTACULAR SEASONS The seasons vary considerably in Canada and Alaska, and days, just like in New Zealand, can experience multiple weather changes. In Alberta, the temperature once changed from -19ºC to 22ºC in just one hour. Autumn in Canada’s northwest territories brings breath-taking auroras and the great caribou migration, while winter calls for cosy log cabins and a roaring fire. Winter enthusiasts will revel in Alaska, when outdoor adventures abound (dog mushing, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling) and the Northern Lights are in full glow. There are dozens of Alaskan events taking place in late February and March. Then, in spring, Canadian ice melts and bears awaken from their slumber. Come summer, everyone is outdoors again, but this time in 25ºC sunshine.

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2 / WILDLIFE ON THE MOVE From giant moose to polar bears in the very north, the wildlife here is as abundant as the maple syrup. Enjoy real-life encounters with enormous whales. There are more than 30 species in the Canadian oceans and tour boats are kitted out with whalewatching mod cons such as elevated viewing platforms and 360° lookouts. Witness the formidable ‘salmon runs’ in all its leaping, writhing glory, when autumn brings a mass of thrashing salmon heading steadily upstream. Optimum grizzly bear viewing months fall between spring and autumn, before they take a gigantic bear-sized nap for winter.


5 / POUTINE CANADA ON THE CULINARY MAP Canada’s famed poutine is a messy pile of chips, cheese curds and gravy, it’s a faultless combination. In Montréal, La Banquise has more than 30 types to choose from. While Québec hosts an annual ‘Poutine Week’ during the first week of February. Also in Canada, you’ll find maple syrup in/on/poured over everything and the Montréal Smoked Meat Sandwich is not to be missed. Alaska’s King Crab quite literally rules the menu, the months between October and January provide the best time for tasting. Devour huge platters of enormous crab legs - fully cracked open and dripping with a generous dose of sauce. Equally sublime is crimson Alaskan salmon. Naturally delicious, you’ll need little more than black pepper and a wedge of lemon.

4 / NATURAL WONDERS You can see the Northern Lights in both Canada and Alaska. The most reliable spot in Alaska is in and around Fairbanks, sitting directly under the aurora oval. In Canada, Yellowknife is the spot for jaw-dropping aurora viewing. Canada’s Icefields Parkway carves a route through 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls and turquoise lakes between Jasper and Lake Louise. Alaska hosts many impressive fjords, but Kenai Fjords National Park tops the lot for startling glaciers. Not to be outdone, Canada delights visitors with the Rocky Mountains and plentiful lakes, including Lake Louise, which is flanked by picture-perfect mountain peaks.

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6 / A COLLECTION OF CULTURES Canada has a rich French heritage, especially in Québec. Although the vocabulary differs from that in France, you’ll find plenty of Francophile culture, which includes Canadian influenced French cuisine. Look out for tourquettes - lollies made by pouring boiling maple syrup onto snow. The First Nations are the various Aboriginal Canadians who are neither Inuit nor Métis. Across the country there are various cultural centres and museums, but Vancouver’s Stanley Park with its towering totem poles is particularly impressive. Alaskan traditions are so deep-rooted, you’ll enjoy a full agenda of native dancing, traditional music, crafts, festivals and history. Of course, dog sledding is a state obsession. Partake in an excursion, or visit in March when the 1850 kilometre Iditarod Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome occurs.

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EXPERIENCE WESTERN CANADA

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Awe-inspiring mountains, icefields, wind-rippled prairies and a coastline gashed with fjords;

Canada’s western-most provinces of British Columbia and Alberta have some of the world’s most spectacular wilderness. British Columbia melds this scenic splendour with the sophistication of Vancouver and the oldworld charm of its province capital, Victoria. Several magnificent rail, sea and road journeys begin on this western seaboard. The Sea to Sky Highway leads to Whistler through majestic alpine scenery, with a Rocky Mountaineer train taking a similar path. Join Rocky Mountaineer or VIA Rail on a great rail journey passing through canyons and lakes on your way to neighbouring Alberta. Set sail on the Pacific Ocean to the famed Inside Passage or cruise the Discovery Coast. Not only is the landscape magnificent but the land and sea abounds with wildlife including whales, sea lions, bears and elk. Sublime alpine Lake Louise and mountain resorts, including Banff and Jasper, entice travellers inland to Alberta. Calgary and its famous stampede and Edmonton, Canada’s festival city, which boasts the world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, add to its allure. Both provinces are home to many First Nations, Canada’s original inhabitants. Discover their ancient culture at various cultural centres. Kayak along routes used by centuries of fur trappers or paddle across tranquil fjords in the company of otters and porpoises. 4


VANC OUV ER

A PERFECT STAY IN VANCOUVER

As British Columbia’s largest city, Vancouver is a haven for outdoor

enthusiasts and cosmopolitan adventurers alike. With a landscape of soaring peaks and the Pacific Ocean, it’s no surprise that Vancouver is consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. No day in this city is the same. Why not start with a waterfront breakfast at Granville Island Public Market and end with a sunset cocktail on a mountain-top patio. In between, paddle out on a kayaking adventure, enjoy a zodiac ride to spot whales and shop a neighbourhood or two. Discover colourful, unique downtown neighbourhoods like the beachside West End area, hip Gastown, upscale Yaletown, and historic Chinatown. It’s in these neighbourhoods that you’ll uncover the cultural side of the city: from gallery shows, live performances, and endless nightlife options, through to festivals that celebrate art, culture, cuisine and sports. Ease into nature, just steps from your hotel, with a leisurely cycle around Stanley Park’s seawall or a hike through urban rainforest. Stand-up paddleboarding along the shoreline and beaches, and hiking the local mountains are experiences not to be missed. With a thriving dining scene, Vancouver’s chefs use the best of what’s in season and fresh from the ocean, combining them with traditional techniques and multicultural influence to create some unique and delicious cuisine. Exploring Vancouver’s culinary scene doesn’t just have to happen at meal times. Why not take tasting tour of Granville Island Public Market or historical Gastown, or cycle your way around craft breweries. This is a great way to explore some of the city’s tastiest neighbourhoods.

Our favourite things to see and do Granville Island – Home to The Granville Island Public Market, a delicious food market (a chef-guided culinary market tour is a must) and a cultural district with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios. Stanley Park – So close to the city and a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature. The flat, paved path around the park is 10 kilometres in length and circles the entire park. Perfect to walk, cycle, or run. Grouse Mountain – Just 20 minutes from downtown is this year-round playground. Take the Skyride up the mountain and you’ll be able to experience stunning views back to the city, a grizzly bear wildlife refuge, thrilling outdoor adventure, summer activities galore and the best in local snow sports. Capilano Suspension Bridge – Cross the 70-metre-high bridge and explore the Treetops Adventure nearby. For an extra thrill take a walk along the structurally amazing Cliffwalk, high above the Capilano River. Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights – Held every year from lateNovember to late-January, the Capilano Suspension Bridge area is lit up with 500,000 lights. A stunning sight not to be missed. Gastown – Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, dating back to 1867, retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victorian architecture houses boutiques, galleries and some great restaurants and bars. It’s a popular spot for tourists and locals and is best explored on foot. Yaletown – Once the terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway, this area along with the warehouse district adjoining it have been transformed into one of the city’s chicest neighbourhoods. Filled with residences, sidewalk cafés, cool restaurants, unique shopping and leafy parks. Aquabus – An easy and fun way to head across to Granville Island and the inner part of False Creek and Yaletown. FlyOver Canada – The best way to see all of Canada without leaving your seat. An amazing 4D experience that will fly you from the East Coast to the West Coast of Canada over all four seasons. Museums – Stand amongst totem poles at the Museum of Anthropology, delve into the history of the city at the Museum of Vancouver or learn about marine history at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

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Vanier Park

This is a great spot to explore the city sights from. Nestled in downtown Vancouver, it’s only a short walk to the main attractions and there are restaurants, bars and shops only a block away. Or, a 10 minute stroll will have you in the trendy Yaletown or Gastown precincts, both areas are packed with great dining options.

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Just three blocks from the very heart of downtown, you are super central at this big, modern hotel. The floor to ceiling windows mean nice light rooms with some excellent views over the city. On a nice day, it’s just a 10 minute walk to Beach Ave. From here stroll along the waters’ edge to English Bay Beach, a great spot to relax with a drink. If you head through the city centre from the hotel, you can get to the harbour in less than 20 minutes, passing through the main shopping precinct.

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It ticks all the boxes if you’re looking for more than just a hotel room. Whether travelling with a family or on your own, the separate bedroom and living room plus galley kitchen are a real bonus. Pack the walking shoes, there’s a lot nearby to explore with the shops on Robson Street and the trendy Yaletown, with its unique galleries and restaurants, on your doorstep.

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Right in the very heart of Vancouver, the location is hard to beat. A short stroll will have you in historic Gastown where you’ll find trendy pubs and eateries, or browse the latest fashions on nearby Robson Street. Feeling active? Head to nearby Stanley Park for a stroll or cycle around some of its 10 kilometres of pathways. The Fairmont Waterfront is also ideal if you are going cruising as it is across the road from the cruise terminal.

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Generous sized rooms in a fantastic location. Step outside and you are amongst the boutiques and sidewalk cafés of fashionable Robson Street. It’s less than a 10 minute walk down to the harbour and from here you can stroll along the waterfront to Stanley Park. The hop on hop off tour is a wonderful way to see the city, and it stops right in front of the hotel, as does the Capilano free shuttle bus, so it’s super convenient.

Sutton Place Hotel

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Discover the elegance, European charm and hospitality of the Sutton Place Hotel. In the middle of downtown Vancouver, experience the perfect blend of luxury and cosmopolitan ambience before stepping out and exploring the city’s famous shopping, arts and entertainment districts. From a personal concierge to a signature restaurant and wine merchant, here you’ll enjoy the indulgent lifestyle.


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Discover Victoria with Floatplane

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Discover Whistler return by Floatplane 3 days/2 nights

Discover the Rocky Mountains

After your ferry crossing from Vancouver, explore the beautiful Butchart Gardens before discovering the delights of Victoria. You’ll love the scenery on your return trip by floatplane.

Discover the unique blend of contrasts this Sea to Sky region is famous for: cities and forests, bustling action and natural serenity, deep valleys and snow-capped peaks.

This is a fantastic way to experience the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies if you don’t have much time. Stay in the heart of Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise to maximise your time.

Day 1: Vancouver – Victoria Depart in the morning on a guided coach tour to Victoria. Cruise across the Georgia Strait through the beautiful Gulf Islands before arriving on Vancouver Island. Travel to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens where you have two hours to enjoy them. Tour the scenic Ocean Drive, Uplands, Oak Bay and the University of Victoria and enjoy a Victoria City Tour before being taken to your hotel.

Day 1: Vancouver – Whistler Travel by coach along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, enjoy panoramic vistas of the Howe Sound and the Coastal Mountain Range.

Day 1: Vancouver – Jasper Today drive through the Fraser Valley.

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Day 2: Victoria – Vancouver Enjoy a free day to explore Victoria. On your return floatplane journey, you’ll love the stunning views of Victoria Harbour and downtown Vancouver. Ask us about adding an extra day for whale watching.

Day 2: Whistler Board the Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the longest and highest chairlift in the world, for unparalleled views. Take your pick from an extensive range of activities or visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Day 3: Whistler – Vancouver Enjoy the day exploring Whistler before departing mid afternoon on a scenic floatplane flight to Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver.

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Day 2: Jasper – Banff Start with a scenic hike through Maligne Canyon then travel along the world-famous Icefields Parkway to take in some spectacular mountain scenery. Highlights include Athabasca Falls, Peyto Lake and the Columbia Icefield. Day 3: Banff National Park Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Banff National Park with some free time for optional sightseeing activities. Overnight in Lake Louise. Day 4: Lake Louise – Vancouver On your scenic return, journey through Yoho National Park.

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Daily (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Inclusions: 1 night accommodation, 5 hour guided tour to Victoria, admission to Butchart Gardens, floatplane from Victoria to Vancouver

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, 4 hour one way tour to Whistler, Peak 2 Peak Gondola, admission to Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, floatplane from Whistler to Vancouver

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, tour guide, National Park Pass, transport in deluxe motor coach

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Price Guide From: $810

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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VANC OUV ER

SIGHTSEEING

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VANCOUVER HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR

VANCOUVER CITY AND THE LOOKOUT

THE STANLEY BICYCLE TOUR

Tour at your own pace, hopping on and off as you please. Enjoy the popular spots of Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more. All stops are fully commentated so you’ll discover what makes this spectacular city so special.

Begin your guided tour downtown and then head over to the natural oasis that is Stanley Park. Stop at Prospect Point for a photo of Lions Gate Bridge. After discovering Granville Island you’ll make your way up the Vancouver Lookout for views across this beautiful city.

This unique tour includes a perfect mixture of both trail riding and seawall cruising. Weave down the pristine forest trails that criss-cross through the park, and learn about the amazing wilderness. It’s an easy 9-10 kilometre ride on dedicated bike trails at a relaxed pace.

GRANVILLE ISLAND MARKET TOUR

GASTRONOMIC GASTOWN TOUR

GRANITE FALLS TOUR

Join some of the province’s top chefs for a guided market experience. As a small group of food lovers you'll eat your way through the distinct areas and learn from the professionals on where to shop, what ingredients to buy and most importantly, what to do with them.

Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Eat and drink your way through this favourite foodie district, just like the locals love to do. Indulge in Canadian poutine, Vancouver’s best pizza, desserts, cocktails, craft beer, wine and more.

Step aboard a zodiac for an unforgettable ride through Vancouver Harbour and into Indian Arm to witness the beautiful, natural fjord leading to Granite Falls. You’ll have a chance to see Deep Cove, Racoon Island, Buntzen Powerhouse and much more.

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HALF DAY WHALE WATCHING TOUR Enjoy a whale watching adventure of a lifetime, exploring the beauty that is British Columbia. Take advantage of the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as sea birds and other species of marine wildlife, from downtown Vancouver.

GROUSE MOUNTAIN AND CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE Up for a thrill? Walk over the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge and enjoy a Treetops Adventure. Then take the unforgettable skyride to the top of Grouse Mountain, wander the trails and see grizzly bears in the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.

PANORAMA CLASSIC AIR TOUR The exhilarating spray of the water is a highlight during takeoff and landing on this great introduction to seaplane aviation. Departing from downtown Vancouver’s bustling Coal Harbour, enjoy a complete aerial tour of the city and surrounding mountains.

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NORTH SHORE SEA TO SKY TOUR Enjoy this fantastic day tour to the rugged wilderness of the Sea to Sky corridor. Take in the ocean-side town of Horseshoe Bay, feel the spray from Shannon Falls, rise 855 metres to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola and cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge.

WHISTLER AND SEA TO SKY GONDOLA TOUR Enjoy the breath-taking views and a scenic stop along the thrilling Sea to Sky Highway. Feel the mist of the spectacular 335 metre Shannon Falls. Once in Whistler, there is plenty of time to dine, shop, ride a bike or stroll the trails. Note: Ask us about returning by floatplane.

VICTORIA AND BUTCHART GARDENS Cruise through the beautiful Gulf Islands to BC’s quaint capital. Marvel at the awesome, ever-changing Butchart Gardens, then drive the scenic route into Victoria, with free time to explore this unique city. Note: Ask us about returning by floatplane.

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VANC OUV ER I S L AN D

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A PERFECT STAY IN VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND

On the southern tip of Vancouver Island is an elegant reminder that the British Empire lives on as the capital of British Columbia. Victoria, with its iconic Provincial Legislature Buildings and Empress Hotel, provides a remarkable contrast to the untamed landscapes that surround it. Victoria is well known for the amazing Butchart Gardens just 20 minutes from downtown. A designated National Historic Site, Butchart has over 50 acres of magnificent gardens to explore. Take a stroll through themed gardens linked by spacious lawns, streams and lily ponds. The gardens were established in 1904 and are in the style of the grand estates of the time. If you happen to be in Victoria between April-October you can’t go past a whale watching trip. For a real thrill head out on a zodiac, or take the leisurely option on a covered boat. Head out in search of minke whales, gray whales, harbour seals and other marine life. If you’re lucky enough you might be able to spot one of the resident orcas that live near Victoria year round. Join a cycling tour where you can explore the sights and sounds of James Bay and Oak Bay and get an insightful commentary on what makes Victoria one of the most treasured cities in the world. You must’ve worked up an appetite by now, so for a treat why not indulge in a traditional afternoon tea in the Empress’ Tea Lobby and reminisce on the grandeur of a bygone era. Getting to and from Victoria couldn’t be easier. Take a leisurely ferry ride across the gulf or spoil yourself and take a 35 minute floatplane trip where you’ll be awarded with amazing views.

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Château Victoria Hotel & Suites Inn at Laurel Point Fairmont Empress Hotel

Our favourite things to see and do Beacon Hill Park – Wander around this beautiful park filled with native habitats and manicured gardens. Try a spot of bird watching or sit and watch the world go by. Rogers’ Chocolate Shop – No visit to Victoria is complete without visiting Rogers’ Chocolate shop. The first chocolates were made here in 1885 and they haven’t looked back since. Dining – With the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, Victoria is a culinary paradise. Many of the city’s top chefs focus their menus on products grown on Vancouver Island. Shopping – Four blocks along Government Street turn into Trounce Alley, one of Victoria’s best kept secrets, where fashion and gift shops await. Across the street is Bastion Square, once the site of Victoria’s Court House, a brothel and several hangings, it is now full with shops and restaurants. Ghost Tours – Victoria is said to be one of the most haunted towns in British Columbia with over 5000 years of history. Explore historic courtyards, alleys and hear some scary stories. Museums – With the oldest maritime museum in Western Canada and a Naval and Military Museum, you’ll find a lot of interesting facts and artifacts on show in Victoria. Golf – With a climate that encourages golfing year-round, Victoria and Vancouver Island are home to many of Canada’s most beautiful and challenging courses. Culinary Tours – Join a culinary walking tour of Victoria. A couple of our favourites are the Eat Like a Canadian Tour and the Downtown Food and City Tour. Wineries – Just a short drive north of Victoria you’ll find a cluster of wineries along the Saanich Peninsula, many of which are small and family-owned. The Peninsula is also home to a cidery as well as parks and organic farms. Take a day to sip and sample on the way to Butchart Gardens. Craigdarroch Castle – A short drive from Victoria is this stunning example of Victorian architecture. Climb the 87 steps up the grand oak staircase to the Tower for the best views in Victoria.

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Home to British Columbia’s colonial capital, ancient rainforests, and carefree surf towns, this sprawling island is dotted with eclectic communities begging to be explored. Along with the Gulf Islands, this rugged paradise combines old-growth forests, snow-capped mountains and untamed shorelines to create a very diverse ecosystem. Experience whale watching and fishing or recharge in the region’s small towns and snug harbours.

VANC OUV ER I S LAND

VANCOUVER ISLAND

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Northern Vancouver Island

Pacific Rim

Bursting with rugged beauty, you’ll be exploring secluded beaches, forests and glimpse wolves, eagles, orcas, humpback whales, sea lions and bears in their natural habitat (May to October is the season for viewing grizzly bears). Some highlights are: Campbell River, famous for diving, kayaking and salmon fishing; the tiny and picturesque village of Telegraph Cove, one of the last boardwalk settlements left on Vancouver Island; Port McNeill where you can day trip to remote areas to view wildlife like bears and orcas and the U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay celebrating the history and culture of the local First Nations.

This part of the island is famous for its rugged coastline as well as temperate rainforest. It is home to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve which has three main sections - Long Beach, with some of the best surf in Canada, the Broken Group Islands, with over 100 sheltered islets, and the West Coast Trail a 75 kilometre multi-day hiking trail. Tofino is known as Canada’s surfing capital, a storm watcher’s paradise in the winter and a foodie hot spot! In nearby Ucluelet you’ll find fishing charters, spectacular views and kayak tours of the Broken Group Islands. You should also stroll along the Wild Pacific Trail, a scenic walking trail.

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Central and South Vancouver Island

Gulf Islands

Central Vancouver Island is a relaxed haven of sandy beaches, valleys and agriculture. Nanaimo is the mainland ferry hub and fishing, paddling, whale watching and golfing are key attractions around here. Cowichan enjoys Canada’s warmest temperatures and is known for birdwatching, outdoor activities and exploring local farmers markets. The south is the most populous area on the island, but it’s still quiet enough to attract locals who treasure peace and serenity. There are parks, easy-access beaches and on the west coast near Sooke, you’ll find windswept beaches and fishing opportunities minutes from the dock.

Accessible by ferry or floatplane, the Gulf Islands sit along the east coast of Vancouver Island and are made up of over 200 islands. Wildlife, nature, coastal activities and an artsy vibe are the top reasons to visit. Some highlights are: Salt Spring with its artisan producers and Saturday market on the waterfront; Pender Island where you can grab a kayak, take a hike, or go gallery-hopping; Gabriola known as 'Isle of the Arts' thanks to the hundreds of artists who reside here and Saturna, the most remote island, with a full-time population of just a few hundred residents, has nearly half of the island dedicated to national park.

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WH I ST L ER

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Our favourite things to see and do

A PERFECT STAY IN WHISTLER

There is so much to do in Whistler, it’s hard to know where to begin. Take a ride up Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and hop on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. The journey between the two provides a 360 degree window into Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment. You could quite easily spend a whole day up there exploring the many hiking trails and must-sees such as Black Tusk, Overlord Glacier and the Inukshuks (the iconic Whistler photo op) but there is also plenty to do in the valley below. Explore by bike on the paved Valley Trail that runs 40 kilometres and connects trails with beaches, lakes and golf courses, or simply spend time soaking up the atmosphere in this pedestrian-only village as you meander around the shops and restaurants. Bears! You may spot one from the chairlift or while strolling through the outskirts of the village but to almost guarantee a sighting of Whistler’s famous black bears head out on a viewing tour. Ride in comfort in a 4WD and learn about Whistler’s favourite residents from experienced guides. If all this is a bit too strenuous take time to relax and unwind at the Scandinave Spa that offers majestic scenery in a tranquil and secluded setting. For dinner why not take a Whistler Tasting Tour progressive dinner. Four of Whistler’s best restaurants, such as Hunter Gather and Stonesedge, are in one multi-course meal and this means it’s one of the rare opportunities when you actually can have it all.

River of Golden Dreams – Float your boat down Whistler’s own lazy river, the meandering 5 kilometre long waterway is a favourite with the locals. Golf – If you’re not a golf devotee, don’t let that stop you from playing a round on one of Whistler’s championship courses. You’ll always have distracting views to blame for going over par. Fly-fishing– Whistler has some of the best fly-fishing in the world for salmon and trout. Farmers’ Market – Every Wednesday and Sunday in summer the Whistler Farmers’ Market offers farm-fresh local product, artisan treats, art, gifts and entertainment. Lost Lake – Take a 10 minute stroll from the village out to Lost Lake and explore the surrounding network of hiking and biking trails. Rainforest Canopy – Experience Whistler’s coastal temperate rainforest from the ground up. Explore trails, cross a network of suspension bridges and take in the views from the treetops, learn about the local ecosystem from your guide and see if you can spot the local wildlife. Dog Sledding – Let your eager and powerful dog team lead you through narrow winding trails of forests graced with cedar giants that are hundreds of years old. Stop for a warm up at a trapper’s cabin on Totem Pole Lake and learn about the history of Canadian fur trappers.

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Zip Trek Bear Tour – Experience an incredible journey on a series of five ziplines joined by a network of suspension bridges, boardwalks and trails. Explore the hidden beauty of Fitzsimmons Creek and the picturesque forest valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Skiing – Whistler Blackcomb features two majestic mountains with epic skiing and snowboarding conditions. Skiing and snowboarding equipment rental shops are conveniently located throughout the village.

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Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre – This centre is dedicated to the history and culture of local First Nations people, showcasing traditional singers and dancers. Spend a day here watching the artists weaving and carving, explore nature on the Cultural Forest Walk and taste indigenous food at the café.

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British Columbia’s (BC) untamed nature is waiting for you to explore. Be inspired by the vast landscape of massive mountain ranges, windswept beaches, rainforest and towns and cities influenced by the nature surrounding them. You might find yourself holding your breath as you watch a bear wander along the rocky shoreline or as a humpback whale flips its tail in the Pacific Ocean – both so close you could almost reach out and touch them.

BRI T I S H C OLUM BI A

REGIONAL BC

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Northern British Columbia

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Northern BC extends up to the Yukon and Alaskan borders and with towering mountain ranges, a mist-shrouded coast and glaciated valleys you’ll discover why this region is so untouched. It’s home to the ancient Great Bear Rainforest and the Haida Gwaii archipelago which, with its ancient village sites, can feel almost mythic. It’s also known as Canada’s Galapagos due to its diverse plant and animal life. Drive the Alaska Highway through some of the world’s most wildly beautiful areas to ‘Mile 0’ in Dawson Creek and stop at the jade-green lake in Muncho Lake Provincial Park, all whilst keeping a look out for wildlife.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is a landscape of forests, fjords, peaks and plains ranging from the Pacific Coast to the Cariboo Mountains. If you’re looking for a horseback pack trip or wildlife viewing, this is your place. Hiking the backcountry is just as popular, as is fishing, heli-skiing, whitewater rafting and grizzly viewing at Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The most well-known area of this region is the Great Bear Rainforest, which is the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest. The rainforest is also home to the elusive Kermode (Spirit) Bear which is a black bear with all white fur.

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Thompson Okanagan

Kootenay Rockies

This region of BC is home to the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and sprawling lakes. Spend the summer months hiking and biking through the rolling hills or fishing in its glacier-fed lakes. The Okanagan Valley is a top wine region and is home to the easy going city of Kelowna where you can enjoy wine tasting, festivals and farmers markets. Discover the arts and culture in Kamloops and in the winter months head to Sun Peaks Resort for incredible powder on the mountains. Connect with nature in two of BC’s wilderness parks – Wells Gray and Mount Robson, which are covered with rainforest and snow-dusted peaks.

From giant snow-covered peaks, thunderous waterfalls and crystal clear rivers and lakes this mountain playground is filled with immense beauty. With four of the province’s seven national parks it’s just perfect for all types of adventures from mountain biking and hiking the summer to heli and downhill skiing in the winter months. The Canadian Rockies are also a great place for wildlife spotting – mountain goats, elk and even bears. Make sure you stay at one of the many incredible lodges and enjoy a soak in the mineral hot springs dotted throughout the region.

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CANADI AN ROC KI ES

CANADIAN ROCKIES Everything they say about this area is true, it really is bursting with snow-capped peaks, emerald lakes and glistening glaciers. As the main highway across Canada runs through the area, many of these stunning gems are easy to access. Driving from Banff to Jasper takes you along the Icefields Parkway, one of North America’s most scenic drives. Along this road are some of the highest mountains in the Rockies, stunning lakes, wildlife and more than 100 glaciers.

Calgary

Banff

Calgary, where the Canadian prairies collide with the Rocky Mountains, is Canada’s oil town. With its fortunes tied to energy prices it’s either boom or bust here; a whiff of the Wild West still wafts around its glitzy shopping malls and skyscrapers. Calgary was established in the 19th century as a headquarters for the Mounted Police, but it was also a railway town and fur trading post.

Situated in the stunning Canadian Rockies, this must be one of the most picturesque towns in Canada. It has award-winning restaurants, historic charm, unique shops, beautiful natural surroundings as well as hot mineral springs and plenty of nearby scenic wonders - all situated within Banff National Park.

Enjoy breakfast at one of the many restaurants and cafés on Stephen Avenue Walk before checking out one of the art galleries or boutiques along this daytime pedestrian mall. A popular gathering place for the locals is nearby Olympic Plaza where, in warmer weather, you’ll find a wading pool and in the cooler months, ice skating. The Glenbow Museum in the centre of the city is a great art and history museum with interesting exhibits on local First Nations and Mavericks of Alberta, which includes all sorts of fascinating characters. There is also some great public art that you should check out on a walk around the city centre. It’s easy to lose track of time at Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada’s largest living history museum. You can wander through the village and see how people lived in the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s, ride the steam train, climb aboard the S.S. Moyie paddle wheeler and savour baked treats from the Alberta Bakery.

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It has incredible snow in the winter for ski and snowboard holidays with easy access to three big resorts and throughout the rest of the year it is a perfect base for exploring the Canadian Rockies. For the most spectacular views and photo opportunities, the Banff Gondola will take you to the top of Sulphur Mountain. From here the views of the surrounding mountains and downtown Banff are breathtaking. You’ll want to visit the Fairmont Banff Springs; the hotel is an iconic landmark and the 'Castle in the Rockies' has been operating for more than 125 years. Even if you aren’t staying there, it is great to have a wander through. Also in town is the Banff Park Museum, a great natural history museum giving you the rundown of the national park. A short drive from Banff will have you admiring some more sensational scenery at Lake Minnewanka. This large glacial lake is a beautiful spot and popular for picnicking, mountain biking, hiking and canoeing. You can also do scenic boat cruises here.

Head up the Calgary Tower to rest your feet and feast your eyes with views over the city and Rocky Mountains. If you’re feeling brave, you can step out into space, on the glass floor of the observation deck.

You can easily explore the nearby Yoho National Park, with spectacular natural wonders including the extremely photogenic Emerald Lake.

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Jasper

Welcome to the most photographed spot in the Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise. Your first glimpse of the emerald green water (in the warmer months) with a soaring mountain back drop and palatial lakeside hotel hits you, it really is postcard perfect. To beat the crowds in summer and to get that perfect photo of majestic Victoria Glacier, treat yourself to a stay at Fairmont Château Lake Louise – the only hotel right on the glistening lake.

Jasper is a peaceful, quaint town from where you can explore the beautiful surrounds of Jasper National Park, the largest national park of the Canadian Rockies. Jasper has got brewpubs, cafés and restaurants that serve up plenty of local flavours like bison. It's the perfect basecamp for whatever you get up to in Jasper National Park.

In the summer you can hire a canoe and spend a few hours floating on the lake. There are also plenty of hikes ranging from walks and easy hikes to backcountry epic adventures. You could walk around the Lake Louise Shoreline Trail to the Victoria Glacier, or hike up to the famous Lake Agnes Tea House for a slice of freshly baked apple crumble. Just a 25 minute drive from Lake Louise is another stunning gem, Moraine Lake. The glacier fed lake, when melted, is the most vivid turquoise colour and it gets brighter throughout the summer as the glaciers melt. The lake generally doesn’t begin to melt until June. Set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning it almost seems unreal. There is a lovely, fairly easy walk, the Moraine Lakeshore Trail, that works its way along the shoreline and is definitely worth the effort. Lake Louise is a great year-round destination and in winter you’ll be busy with world-class skiing, ice skating and sleigh rides.

To get a bird’s eye view of the area, head up Whistlers Mountain on the Jasper SkyTram. Taking you up to an elevation of 2263 metres you’ll get stunning vistas over mountain ranges stretching up to 80 kilometres away. There is an abundance of wildlife close to town as well as hiking trails from easy strolls to back country hikes for the experienced trampers. A must visit is Maligne Lake, at 22 kilometres long it is the second-largest glacier-fed lake in the world. While its azure-blue waters can be cold for swimming, there are plenty of other activities to do in the Maligne Valley including hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boat tours to the much photographed Spirit Island. Jasper is located at the northern end of the Icefields Parkway, the dramatic and scenic route that leads down through the Columbia Icefield to Banff National Park. You can join a tour that heads out on to the Athabasca Glacier and hear stories of early explorers in the valley at the Columbia Icefields Centre. If you’re game head out on the Glacier Skywalk – a glass bottom one kilometre cliff-edged walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 280 metre drop.

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Lake Louise Inn Deer Lodge Fairmont Château Lake Louise

Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites Château Jasper Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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EXPERIENCE EASTERN CANADA

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French-speaking Canadians, cobblestone streets, historic buildings, polar bears, beluga whales,

dazzling northern lights and national and provincial parks are all part of the mix that makes the Eastern Provinces, from Manitoba to Nova Scotia, so rich in heritage, culture and diversity. Manitoba sits between the Western and Eastern Provinces of Canada and boasts a haven for outdoor wilderness experiences and wildlife viewing, especially the polar bears of Churchill. The landscape goes from prairie grassland in the south and west, lakes and forests in the east to the arctic coastline in the extreme north. In the Province of Ontario, there’s the powerful Niagara Falls, the seat of Parliament and Canadian Mounties on parade in Ottawa and the vibrant metropolis of Toronto. Bonjour Québec… not only will you see street signs in French and hear French speaking Canadians, but cities that blend the old with the new. In Montréal, enjoy Old Montréal with cobbled streets, outdoor cafés and English pubs, then go underground and be amazed by the network of walkways connecting boutiques and businesses. Québec City is a walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage-site. Wander the charming narrow cobbled streets, stop at a patisserie or chocolaterie and dine on French cuisine. Then on to the rugged coastline and colourful villages that make Atlantic Canada, a stunning outdoor paradise. Ottawa

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TORONTO

A PERFECT STAY IN TORONTO

Our favourite things to see and do St. Lawrence Market – Grab a peameal bacon sandwich at the 200 year old market, ranked best among food markets anywhere.

Toronto is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with fun and exciting

Hockey Hall of Fame – Take shots, score a goal and snag a photo with the Stanley Cup. This hall of fame showcases the world’s largest collection of hockey memorabilia.

Around half of all Toronto ‘locals’ were born somewhere else. Start wandering the neighbourhoods and you’ll find ethnic enclaves with the delicious food and fascinating culture that goes with them, and uniquely Canadian experiences too. Tour the world in one of the Toronto region’s five Chinatowns, as well as Little Italy, GreekTown, Little Portugal and the Gerrard India Bazaar.

Sport – Catch a Toronto Raptors game or cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays, Canada’s NBA and MLB teams.

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In winter, head underground and explore the PATH. The longest underground walkway on record, which links about 1200 shops, restaurants and services along its 30 kilometre climate-controlled route. Discover spectacular views over Toronto and Lake Ontario from 342 metres up the CN Tower. Feeling daring? Look down through the glass floor to the bustling streets below. There’s three observation levels to explore including the LookOut and SkyPod. Stretching out to the horizon, visibility on a clear day can reach 160 kilometres. Toronto is home to one of the longest urban lakefronts in the world and is a great place to explore on a sunny day. On the weekends throughout the summer enjoy the food and crafts at the Waterfront Artisan Market, or pull up a chair at one of the picturesque lakeside cafés and restaurants for views of the water, tall ships and city skyline.

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Yonge-Dundas Square – Enjoy the interactive fountains, catch a live band or watch an outdoor movie before choosing a spot to shop, sip or dine at any of the plentiful possibilities in the surrounding blocks. Casa Loma – Play make-believe in North America’s only authentic fullsized castle, with 98 rooms, turrets, secret passageways and stunning gardens. Bata Shoe Museum – Go sole searching at the home of the most comprehensive collection of footwear and related artifacts on the planet. Art Gallery of Ontario – This is among the most distinguished art museums in North America, with a collection of more than 80,000 works of art. The Distillery Historic District – Amble through cafés and galleries amid North America’s largest and best-preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture. The Beaches – Take a stroll along the boardwalk for one of the most scenic views of Lake Ontario. Kensington Market – Shop for Jamaican coffee, Mexican chili peppers, Ethiopian injera bread, Portuguese chorizo sausage, or a fine suit at this diverse market. The Toronto Islands – Just a 10 minute ferry from the city, but a world away. Rent a bike to explore the chain of car-free islands, the three largest are connected by a series of pathways and bridges. Along the water you’ll find four beautiful beaches, summer cottages from the 1920s and impressive English gardens. Royal Ontario Museum – The biggest museum of world cultures and natural history in Canada with exhibits from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt to Canada’s First Nations.

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NI AGARA FAL L S A PERFECT STAY IN NIAGARA FALLS

You can’t miss this iconic bucket list experience. Niagara Falls is

spectacular by day or night and just a two hour drive south of Toronto, right on the border of the USA. The best time to see the falls in all their glory is mid-May to mid-September, however it does get crowded in the peak July/August months.

Niagara Sky Wheel – Enjoy a ride in this giant ferris wheel for a 53 metre vantage point of the falls. Niagara Falls Fireworks – If you’re in Niagara over the summer months head to Queen Victoria Park for live entertainment and spectacular fireworks. These are held on a Friday and Sunday (weather dependent). Rainbow Bridge – For a different viewpoint, take the 10 minute walk across to the U.S. side of the falls. Don’t forget your passport though as you do need to clear U.S./Canadian immigration.

To experience the incredible power and beauty of Niagara Falls get up close and personal with a cruise. They’ll take you as close as possible so don’t forget to pack a poncho. Or, take a walk behind the thunderous Horseshoe Falls on a guided tour.

WeGo – Need to get around and don’t feel like walking? Jump on the WeGo Niagara Falls Visitor Transport bus. With a few different lines to choose from you can get around all the main points of interest without a car.

Feeling adventurous? Why not take a Zipline ride – a breath-taking way to see the American and Horseshoe Falls. Or simply take a stroll along the riverfront to admire the falls at a more leisurely pace.

Skylon Tower Observation Deck – For some amazing views of the American and Horseshoe Falls, head 233 metres up above the river at the Skylon Tower.

It must be time to eat so why not treat yourself to lunch with a view. There are a number of restaurants offering spectacular views such as the Skylon Tower Revolving Dining Room and the Elements of the Falls Restaurant. If there is time, explore a bit more of the Niagara region. Try your luck at the Fallsview Casino, check out the Niagara Falls History Museum or for some indoor thrills take on the waves at the Americana Waterpark. Don’t forget to pick up that souvenir for the family back home or go bargain hunting for yourself at the outlet mall, a short drive from the falls.

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Our favourite things to see and do

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Golf – There are at least 40 golf courses in the Niagara region, including John Daly’s Thundering Waters golf club located 1.5 kilometres from the falls. Wineries – There are 56 wineries in the Niagara region. Escape from the crowds and spend the afternoon sipping a chardonnay at one of the nearby wineries. Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours – Choose from a ‘wet jet’ boat (prepare to get soaked!) or ‘jet dome’ boat (the drier option) white water tour to experience the majestic falls on a thrilling ride. Deep in the gorge you’ll learn about the history of the Niagara area and have some unique photo opportunities.


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Our favourite things to see and do

A PERFECT STAY IN MONTRÉAL

Old Montréal is European in character and the primary language

spoken here is French. Cobblestone streets, a café culture and historic 17th and 18th century architecture all contribute to the quaint charm that is unique amongst cities in North America. So, put on your walking shoes and head out to discover this beautiful city. Start your day with a visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal. This church was built between 1824 and 1829 and holds 350 years of parish history. In the evening a sound and light show presents the founding of Montréal and the Notre-Dame Basilica. Head down to the Old Port of Montréal and take in the view from the top of the Clock Tower before wandering along the waterfront boulevard, you’ll get a glimpse of Habitat 67 from here. Habitat 67 was originally built as a pavilion for Expo 67 where it gained worldwide acclaim as a prime example of avant-garde design. Head to the residential area of Plateau Mount Royal to take in the beautiful architecture and local vibe. St. Louis Square is a great place to start, the square is surrounded by colourful Victorian homes and the surrounding streets are home to murals, cafés and boutiques. With a host of outdoor activities such as cycling, bird watching, and in winter – tobogganing, the urban, green space of Mount Royal makes a change from the historic buildings of Old Montréal. This is where you’ll find the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the striking St. Joseph’s Oratory. It’s also the perfect place to get your bearings while overlooking the city.

St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal – At 97 metres, the dome of the Oratory Basilica is the second highest in the world. Climb the steps and enjoy amazing views of the city. Montréal Tower/Olympic Park – Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is the Park’s centrepiece. Art – With the Museum of Fine Arts and MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) there is plenty for art lovers to see. Notre Dame De Bon Secours Chapel – This quaint 350 year old church overlooking the port has carved replica sailing ships hanging from the ceiling. Château Ramezay – An 18th century residence/museum with guided tours giving you a taste what life in Montréal was like. Pointe a Calliere (Montréal Archaeology and History Complex) – Explore archaeological excavations and watch a multimedia show giving you a high-speed view of the city’s history. Underground City – One of the largest underground complexes in the world, there's 33 kilometres of tunnels connecting downtown office buildings, hotels, museums, shopping malls, metro stations and more. Mary Queen of the World – This is a replica of Saint Peter's Basilica, one third of its size. Bagels – Montréal is famous for their bagels, local bakers still hand-roll their bagels and cook them in the same wood-burning ovens they used when they first built their shops. St. Viateur and Fairmount Bagel are two historic spots to try them. Markets – Jean Talon, in Little Italy, has been operating since 1933 and is one of North America’s largest open-air public markets. Atwater, is housed in an Art Deco-style building that is considered one of Montréal’s architectural gems and been operating since 1933. Place Jacques Cartier – In the heart of the Old Town, this is a great spot to sit at an outdoor terrace for a meal and watch the world go by.

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Montréal Botanical Gardens – This is one of the city’s jewels and is regularly recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens.

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QUÉBEC C I T Y

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A PERFECT STAY IN QUÉBEC CITY

If you’re a first-time visitor to Québec, it may be worth writing on

your hand: ‘I am in Canada’. With the cobbled streets, 17th century houses, the walled clifftop location above the Saint Lawrence River and conversations taking place in French all around you – you may start to wonder which continent you are on! Take a wander around Old Québec where you’ll find quaint old stone buildings and narrow, winding streets clustered around the city’s harbour. This historic neighbourhood is a UNESCO World Heritage-site and the only walled city north of Mexico – it simply oozes charm. The Fairmont le Château Frontenac hovers majestically over the old town and will be the backdrop to many a photo. It is also worth taking a walk through the public areas of this historic gem. Now it’s time to eat! Québec City’s cuisine has strong French ties, which can be found in its hearty stews, meat pies, speciality chocolate shops, bakeries, crêperies and cafés that fill the streets. A popular dish to try is poutine: fries smothered in fresh cheese curds and topped with a hot gravy (a lot more delicious than it sounds). For a distinctly Québécois meal, head to Aux Anciens Canadiens which is housed in a building dating back to 1675. Work off your lunch by climbing the Breakneck Stairs. Over 30 sets of stairs that link the Lower Town with the Upper Town that were built in 1635.

Our favourite things to see and do Dufferin Terrace – Overlooking Old Québec from its perch just below the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, this is the perfect place for spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. If you’re game in the winter months have a go on the ice slide. Quartier Petit-Champlain – The oldest shopping district in North America with narrow cobblestone streets, boutique shops, bistros and cafés spilling out of restored buildings. Place Royal – A small square with a big history. It was here that the city was founded in 1608. Today Place Royale takes visitors back in time with the help of the oldest stone church in North America and a massive mural that traces 400 years of Québec history. Montmorency Falls Park – About a 15 minute drive from Old Québec, along the St. Lawrence River, you’ll find Montmorency Falls, an 82 metre tall waterfall. This is a great place to head to escape the city with many hiking and biking trails in the park. You can head to the top of the falls by a staircase, or for the more leisurely option, take the cable car to the top. Battlefields Park (The Plains of Abraham) – This park witnessed the sealing of Canada’s fate in the Battle of Québec in 1775, it has great views over Québec City. Museums – From historic convents dating to the mid-1600s to art, military and culture, Québec City has a museum for any interest. Fortifications of Québec – The fortifications around the city are about 4.5 kilometres in length and are part of a defence system built between 1608 and 1871. Take a tour along the walls to learn their history and enjoy views of the historic city and St. Lawrence River. Follow the walls right to the Citadel, a star-shaped fortress where you can see the Changing of the Guard ceremony and watch muskets being fired. Parliament Hill – Standing prominently on top of the hill, the building is home to Québec’s parliament and a beautiful piece of architecture, inspired by the Louvre in Paris. It’s especially pretty at night when it is lit up.

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Marche due Vieux Port – A cute market with loads of local produce. Great for picking up maple syrup for souvenirs.

Hotel Château Bellevue Hotel Manoir Victoria Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel Château Laurier

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Atlantic Canada is comprised of four provinces - New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and the easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This small collection of fairly sparsely populated islands and peninsulas possess a proud culture that combines a distinct mix of British, Scottish, Gaelic and French customs. The landscape is also iconic with more than 43,000 kilometres of coastline, fishing villages and rocky cliffs - hence the prolific number of lighthouses.

AT L ANT I C CANADA

ATLANTIC CANADA

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New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

An interesting and diverse place where you can discover old-world charm, Acadian culture, explore stunning natural coastal features and fish for salmon. See the Bay of Fundy with the world’s highest tides, Hopewell Rocks, abundant marine life including whales and seals, lighthouses and picturesque fishing villages. There are two national parks, Kouchibouguac and Fundy, both of which have great hikes and scenic spots amongst a gorgeous landscape. There’s also magnificent white sand dunes at Bouctouche and the main towns of Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton with great food and plenty of French-speakers.

Nova Scotia has 13,300 kilometres of coastline so there are many gorgeous spots with views over the sea and fishing villages to visit. There are over 150 lighthouses dotted around the province, three UNESCO World Heritage-sites, 26 national historic sites and 28 provincial museums – so plenty of history. Cape Breton Island, in the north, has the fabulous Cabot Trail winding its way through towering highlands that tumble to the sea creating spectacular panoramas. Along this drive are hiking trails, folk art studios and live music in the communities. Nova Scotia’s seafood is also legendary - sample lobster or the famous Digby scallops.

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Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland and Labrador

PEI is a 5700 square kilometre island with around 150,000 people making it by far Canada’s smallest province. You’ll see rolling green landscapes, white sandy beaches, red sandstone cliffs, forests, old fashioned wooden houses and coasts dotted with lighthouses. It is also famous for Anne of Green Gables; a stop at the Green Gables Heritage House is a must. For fans of the story, this is the house that inspired the setting for the novels. The island's compact size means you can easily see the Island from tip to tip – play golf in the morning, wander along a beach in the afternoon and enjoy some fabulous seafood in the evening.

This is the most easterly point of North America with 29,000 kilometres of coastline and unique cultural traditions. In St. John's wander down narrow streets and past colourful houses wedged together on your way to the harbour. There are quaint fishing villages (some even abandoned); Iceberg Alley, where you can see icebergs gently float by and Cape Spear National Historic Site where you can see whales and charming coastal communities. Then there’s the UNESCO World Heritage-sites of Mistaken Point, for fossils; L’Anse aux Meadows for Norse history and Gros Morne National Park for powerful geological forces.

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EXPLORE CANADA

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia


I N DEPENDENT TOURS

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Peaks and Glaciers

Rockies Rail Combo

Capitals and Eastern Canada

4 days/3 nights

6 days/5 nights

7 days/6 nights

This is the perfect itinerary for those who have limited time, but want to experience the magic of the famous Canadian Rockies. Travel onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian service into the Rockies.

Explore magnificent valleys and towering peaks in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. From rushing waterfalls to bear and moose sightings, you’ll need to keep your camera handy to capture those moments.

Ottawa is a unique mix of old and new, history and technology, excitement and relaxation. Montréal has some of North America’s oldest and most spectacular architecture and Québec is the heart of French Canada.

Day 1: Vancouver – Jasper (overnight rail) Check-in at the Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous overnight train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. By day, sit back in comfortable armchairs. At night attendants will transform your quarters into cosy bunks or a bedroom.

Day 1: Vancouver – Kamloops (rail) Board the Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail journey through the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains and Fraser Canyon.

Day 1: Toronto – Ottawa (rail) Follow the shores of Lake Ontario to Ottawa, through landscape dotted with small villages, maple forests and rich pasture land.

Day 2: Kamloops – Banff (rail)

Day 2: Ottawa A free day to explore Ottawa’s many historic sights.

Day 2: Canadian Rockies (rail) Rise to the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies today as you arrive into Jasper late morning. The day is then free to explore this unique alpine community. Day 3: Jasper – Banff (coach) Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America – the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield and enjoy a ride on the Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier before experiencing the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk observation platform. Continue on to Banff via Lake Louise and Bow and Peyto Lakes.

Day 3: Banff Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour including a visit to Lake Minnewanka before being dropped at the Banff Gondola, where you’ll have breath-taking views over the valley from Sulphur Mountain. Day 4: Banff – Jasper (coach) Travel the scenic Icefields Parkway and keep your eyes open for bears and moose. Visit the Columbia Icefield where you can take an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier and enjoy a stop at the Glacier Skywalk.

Day 3: Ottawa – Montréal (rail) Travel into rural Ontario, with maple forests and pastures. Day 4: Montréal Enjoy a three hour tour of the city. Day 5: Montréal – Québec City (rail) Following the St. Lawrence River, travel through the rugged Monteregian Hills formed over 120 million years ago.

Day 5: Jasper – Vancouver (overnight rail) This morning board your VIA Rail Sleeper back to Vancouver.

Day 6: Québec City Steeped in history, Québec is almost 400 years old and most of the original architecture has been lovingly preserved.

Day 6: Vancouver Sit back in comfort and watch memorable scenes sweep by.

Day 7: Québec City – Toronto (rail)

Departures: Mon, Tue & Fri (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Mon & Tue (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 2 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night VIA Rail Sleeper, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, sightseeing as per itinerary, Jasper rail station transfers

Inclusions: 4 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night VIA Rail Sleeper, Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff, 3 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, transfers in Kamloops, Banff & Jasper, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 6 nights hotel accommodation, business class rail travel, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, Montréal and Québec City sightseeing tours

Day 4: Banff – Calgary (coach) This morning is free to explore Banff before your scheduled coach to Calgary, departing at midday.

Note: Also available in reverse on Mon, Wed and Thu

Price Guide From: $1653

Price Guide From: $3383

Price Guide From: $4682 Key: Coach Train

Key: Coach Train

CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver Island

Vancouver

Kamloops

USA

ALBERTA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Jasper

Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff Calgary

Kamloops Vancouver

ALBERTA Jasper Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff

Québec City

USA

ONTARIO Montréal OTTAWA Lake Huron

Toronto

USA

QUÉBEC

CANADA

CANADA

Kingston Lake Ontario

Niagara Falls

Lake Erie

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel and moderate hotel grade accommodation. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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I NDEPENDENT TOURS

© Kyle Mulinder

Canadian Trails

Rockies and the Yukon

Rail to the Maritimes Explorer

9 days/8 nights

10 days/9 nights

14 days/13 nights

Watch the scenery change as you leave the west coast and grand Canadian Rocky Mountains to head across the prairies and great plains of Canada to the east coast onboard VIA Rail.

Travel by VIA Rail through the stunning Rockies to Jasper before continuing by coach down the Icefields Parkway to Banff and Lake Louise. Continue on your journey and discover the city of Whitehorse in the remote Yukon.

Discover the diverse city of Toronto and the French Canadian cities of Montréal and Québec City before heading to the rolling farmlands of Prince Edward Island and the rugged coastlines of Atlantic Canada.

Day 1: Vancouver – Kamloops (rail) Board the Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail journey through the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains and Fraser Canyon.

Day 1: Vancouver – Jasper (overnight rail)

Day 1-2: Toronto

Day 2: Canadian Rockies (rail) When you wake this morning the train will be on its journey through the grand Canadian Rockies before arriving into Jasper late morning.

Day 3: Toronto – Niagara Falls – Toronto (coach)

Day 2: Kamloops – Banff (rail) Day 3: Banff Enjoy a tour of Banff including the Hoodoos, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka before taking a trip on the Banff Gondola to enjoy breathtaking views over the valley. Day 4: Banff – Lake Louise (coach) Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise. Day 5: Lake Louise – Jasper (coach) Travel by coach via one of the most scenic highways in North America – the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield and enjoy a ride on the Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier before experiencing the glassfloored Glacier Skywalk observation platform. Day 6: Jasper – Toronto (rail) Spend the morning relaxing in the mountain town of Jasper. This afternoon board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey across the prairies to Toronto. Day 7-8: Onboard VIA Rail

Day 3: Jasper Today explore Jasper on your own before enjoying an evening wildlife tour. Day 4: Jasper – Lake Louise (coach)

Day 5: Montréal – Québec City – Montréal (coach) Enjoy a tour of the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage-site of Québec City. Day 6: Montréal – Moncton (overnight rail)

Day 5: Lake Louise – Banff (coach)

Day 7: Moncton – Charlottetown (private transfer)

Day 6: Banff Enjoy a tour of Banff before taking in the breath-taking views over the town from Sulphur Mountain.

Day 8: Charlottetown Today enjoy an Anne of Green Gables tour and a drive around Prince Edward Island.

Day 7: Banff – Calgary – Whitehorse (coach and air) Day 8: Whitehorse Day 9: Whitehorse – Skagway – Whitehorse (rail and coach) Enjoy a trip along the scenic South Klondike Highway before boarding a train and descending over the White Pass into Skagway, Alaska.

Day 9: Charlottetown – Moncton (private transfer) Day 10: Hopewell Rocks and Bay of Fundy Experience the dramatic rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy tides on this day tour. Day 11: Moncton – Halifax (rail) Day 12-14: Halifax Explore Halifax and a trip to Peggy’s Cove before concluding your tour.

Day 10: Whitehorse – Vancouver

Day 9: Toronto Departures: Mon (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Mon & Fri (May-Aug)

Departures: Fri (Jun-Sep)

Inclusions: 5 nights hotel accommodation, 3 nights VIA Rail Sleeper, Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff, 3 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, transfers in Jasper & Banff, coach transfer from Banff to Lake Louise, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 8 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night VIA Rail Sleeper, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, Jasper rail station transfers, coach transfers between Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary, flight from Calgary to Whitehorse, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 12 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night VIA Rail Sleeper, business class rail Toronto to Montréal, private van transfers Moncton to Charlottetown, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $4974

Price Guide From: $4137

Key: Coach Train

ALBERTA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

SASKATCHEWAN

Edmonton

Kamloops Vancouver

Jasper Lake Louise Banff

HUDSON BAY

Key: Coach Flight Train

YUKON TERRITORY Whitehorse Skagway

CANADA

Price Guide From: $5238

Key: Coach Train

CANADA Charlottetown

MANITOBA

Qué bec City

GULF OF ALASKA

Saskatoon

Lake Winnipeg

CANADA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

QUEBEC

ONTARIO

PACIFIC OCEAN Winnipeg

Jasper

USA Toronto

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Day 4: Toronto – Montréal (rail)

Vancouver

Banff

Montré al

ALBERTA Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Calgary

Moncton Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal

Halifax Peggy’s Cove

Toronto Niagara Falls

USA

ATLANTIC OCEAN

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel and moderate hotel grade accommodation. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


C OAC H TOURS

© Guy Lessard

© Barrett & MacKay

Flavours of Québec

Newfoundland Discovery

Best of the Canadian Rockies

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

10 days/9 nights

Experience the many flavours of Québec the history, culture and traditions are all very unique. View Montmorency Falls and the pastoral Charlevoix Valley. Visit Québec City and explore the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal.

Explore this untouched land with a very rich history, magnificent icebergs, whales, stunning coastlines and quaint fishing villages. You’ll enjoy cliff walks, waterfalls, glacial fjords and the capital city of St. John’s.

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this fully escorted journey from the stunning Pacific Coast through the majestic Canadian Rockies. Spend time at bucket list destinations such as Jasper and Banff.

Day 1: Montréal

Day 1: Corner Brook

Day 1: Calgary

Day 2: Montréal – Mont Tremblant Today head into the Laurentian Mountains and the stunning alpine resort of Mont Tremblant.

Day 2: Corner Brook – Cow Head Explore Gros Morne National Park with inland fjords, moose, caribou, waterfalls and dozens of unforgettable photo stops.

Day 2: Calgary – Banff

Day 3: Mont Tremblant – Québec City Start the morning with a gondola ride to the top of Mont Tremblant before departing on a leisurely journey along the St. Lawrence River to Québec City. Day 4: Québec City Enjoy a morning guided tour of Québec City including the Château Frontenac, Parliament Buildings, Plains of Abraham, Lower Village and Fortifications du Québec. Day 5: Québec City – Charlevoix Day 6: Charlevoix Today visit farms, wineries, boutique cheese shops and sample freshly made bakery items and rich chocolate. Day 7: Charlevoix – Montréal Day 8: Montréal

Day 3: Cow Head – St. Anthony Travel the Viking Trail Route to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Day 4: St. Anthony – Grand Falls-Windsor Drive to Grand Falls-Windsor, the largest city in central Newfoundland. Day 5: Twillingate Visit infamous Iceberg Alley. Day 6: Grand Falls-Windsor – St. John’s Enjoy a scenic drive through Terra Nova National Park where boreal forest meets the rugged coast. Day 7: St. John’s Explore North America’s oldest city, St. John’s a colourful city which dates back to 1519. Visit Canada’s second largest National Historic Park as well as Cape Spear, home of the oldest lighthouse and most easterly point in North America. Day 8: St. John’s

Day 3: Banff Ride the Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain during your sightseeing tour of Banff and its surrounds. Day 4: Banff – Lake Louise View Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls before travelling the scenic Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise. Day 5: Lake Louise – Jasper Experience the most spectacular mountain highway in the world, the Icefield Parkway. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier. Day 6: Jasper Take a gentle tram ride up Whistler’s Mountain into Jasper National Park’s alpine tundra before a full day of sightseeing. Day 7: Jasper – Kamloops Enjoy a river safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Day 8: Kamloops – Vancouver Day 9-10: Vancouver

Departures: Set departures (Jun & Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Jul-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Jul & Aug)

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, transportation by deluxe motorcoach, sightseeing & professional tour leader

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, airport transfer in St. John’s, transportation by deluxe motorcoach, sightseeing & professional tour leader

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, transportation by deluxe motorcoach, sightseeing & professional tour leader

Price Guide From: $4366

Price Guide From: $6287

Price Guide From: $4809

CANADA

Charlevoix

QUÉBEC

St. Anthony

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Twillingate

Québec City

Mont-Tremblant

Cow Head Corner Brook

USA Montréal

Grand Falls-Windsor

Jasper

ALBERTA Lake Louise

St. John’s

NEWFOUNDLAND

Banff

Kamloops Vancouver

Calgary

CANADA

USA Gulf of St. Lawrence

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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C OAC H TOURS

© Corey Myers

© Brian Caissie

Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories 11 days/10 nights

British Columbia's Wild West Coast

Eastern Panorama

13 days/12 nights

20 days/19 nights

Experience the north and the summer solstice in the land where the sun never sets and learn the ways of the north from the people who have always been there.

Delve into the Aboriginal culture that has shaped the history and people of British Columbia. Uncover the Sunshine Coast’s laidback atmosphere and discover Vancouver Island, where diverse ecosystems meet art and culture.

This tour features the highlights of Eastern Canada. Visit Ottawa, the nation’s capital, then travel to Québec to discover the culture. Visit New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia before ending in Toronto.

Day 1: Edmonton

Day 1: Vancouver

Day 1-2: Ottawa

Day 2: Edmonton – Peace River Take a flight north this morning to Iqaluit and enjoy a tour of the city this afternoon.

Day 2: Vancouver – Whistler

Day 3: Ottawa – Québec City

Day 3: Whistler – Sechelt

Day 4: Québec City Day 5: Québec City – Edmundston

Day 4: Hay River Enjoy a cultural and interpretive tour of the Hay River region today.

Day 4: Sechelt Today visit the Tem Swiya Museum, a First Nations museum that offers a rich collection of Native art and artifacts chronicling the heritage of the local Shishalh Nation.

Day 5: Hay River – Yellowknife

Day 5: Sechelt – Vancouver

Day 6-7: Yellowknife Join in with the local community to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Spend time in Old Town and the famous Ragged Ass Road.

Day 6: Vancouver

Day 8: Yellowknife – High Level

Day 9: Nanaimo – Tofino

Day 9: High Level – Grande Prairie

Day 10: Tofino Travel to Hot Springs Cove where you can enjoy the surrounding beauty of a place often referred to as Mother Nature’s Hot Tub.

Day 3: Peace River – Hay River

Day 10: Grande Prairie – Edmonton Day 11: Edmonton

Day 6: Edmundston – Saint John Day 7: Saint John – Moncton Day 8: Moncton – Charlottetown Day 9: Prince Edward Island Day 10: Charlottetown – Baddeck

Day 7: Vancouver – Victoria

Day 11: Cabot Trail

Day 8: Victoria – Nanaimo

Day 12-13: Baddeck – Halifax Day 14: Halifax – Edmundston Day 15: Edmundston – Montréal Day 16: Montréal – Kingston Day 17: Kingston – Niagara Falls

Day 11: Tofino – Campbell River

Day 18: Niagara Falls – Toronto

Day 12-13: Campbell River

Day 19-20: Toronto

Departures: Set departures (Jun)

Departures: Set departures (Jul & Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Jul & Sep)

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, transportation by deluxe motorcoach, airport transfers in Edmonton, sightseeing & professional tour leader

Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 9 dinners, transfers, transportation on deluxe motorcoach, sightseeing & professional tour leader, small group tour (maximum 21 passengers)

Inclusions: 19 nights accommodation, daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners, transportation by deluxe motorcoach, sightseeing & professional tour leader

Price Guide From: $4634

Price Guide From: $8126

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Yellowknife

Key: Ferry Coach

Campbell River

BRITISH COLUMBIA Whistler

Tofino

ALBERTA

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Gulf of St. Lawrence

Baddeck Charlottetown Edmundston Moncton Québec City Halifax Saint John Montréal

OTTAWA

Nanaimo Vancouver

PACIFIC OCEAN Edmonton

ONTARIO

Sechelt

Peace River Grande Prairie

CANADA

QUÉBEC

Hay River High Level

Price Guide From: $10,710

Victoria

Lake Huron

Toronto

Kingston Lake Ontario

Niagara Falls

USA

Lake Winnipeg The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


© Spencer Cordovano

Great Bear Nature Tour

Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet

Spirit Bear Lodge

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

This floating lodge is in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, only accessible by floatplane. It is one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly bears and other wildlife such as wolves, otters and bald eagles.

The Knight Inlet floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, offering one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet. From here begin each day’s adventure into the wilderness that is the native habitat of the grizzly bear.

Come in search of the elusive spiritual white bear. Nestled in a remote archipelago of small islands and protected from the wild Pacific, the Klemtu Rainforest offers access to some of the best grizzly and spirit bear viewing.

Day 1: Port Hardy – Great Bear Nature Lodge Take the scenic flight by floatplane and after a warm welcome, your bear experience begins with your first viewing trip.

Day 1: Vancouver – Campbell River

Day 1: Vancouver – Spirit Bear Lodge

Day 2: Campbell River – Knight Inlet Lodge Take part in a welcome orientation for wildlife viewing.

Day 2-3: Spirit Bear Lodge Experience a full day excursion to the main grizzly viewing area where you’ll be on the lookout for the elusive and shy spirit bear. Take part in a cultural and natural history sites interpretive walking tour.

Day 2-3: Great Bear Nature Lodge Your expert guide will choose where to go based on where the bears have been most active, many being reached by small boat.

Day 3: Knight Inlet Lodge Observe grizzly bears from boats or viewing stands along the river and enjoy a scenic boat ride of Glendale Cove. Day 4: Knight Inlet Lodge – Campbell River – Vancouver

Day 4: Spirit Bear Lodge – Vancouver Morning tour of your choice: cultural and natural history sites, grizzly tracking tour or estuary exploration by sea kayak.

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Oct)

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, return floatplane from Port Hardy, all meals, bear viewing sessions, guided walks & all weather gear

Inclusions: 1 night Campbell River, 2 nights Knight Inlet Lodge, return flights from Vancouver, all meals at the lodge, bear viewing & all weather gear

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, transportation including return flights Vancouver-Bella Bella, meals & professional guides

Price Guide From: $3369

Price Guide From: $3466

Price Guide From: $4123

Farewell Harbour Lodge

Churchill Town and Tundra Polar Bear Safari 5 days/4 nights

Beluga Whales, Bears and Blooms

4 days/3 nights Located on Berry Island, Farewell Harbour is in a marine park and beautiful forested area of the famed inside passage route to Alaska. There is plenty of marine and wildlife to discover.

Churchill is a small northern community with a lot of character. Experience a combination of polar bear viewing and activities around the community of Churchill to learn of the local history and culture.

In summer Churchill River is teeming with beluga whales who migrate here to give birth. Enjoy vivid blooms and explore by Tundra Buggy, you might even see the first of the summer polar bears.

Day 1: Port Hardy – Farewell Harbour Lodge Transfer by water taxi.

Day 1: Winnipeg

Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg

Day 2-3: Winnipeg – Churchill You are transferred from town to the Tundra Buggy Launch where you board a buggy and begin your search for wildlife including the majestic polar bear.

Day 2: Winnipeg – Churchill

Day 4: Great Bear Nature Lodge – Port Hardy

Day 2: Farewell Harbour Lodge Take an all-day grizzly bear viewing trip and visit one of several estuaries where you will view from either a zodiac or on foot depending on the tide. Day 3: Farewell Harbour Lodge Day 4: Farewell Harbour Lodge – Port Hardy

Day 4: Churchill – Winnipeg Another trip out in the Tundra Buggy before flying back to Winnipeg for an overnight stay.

6 days/5 nights

Day 3: Churchill Three hour boat tour viewing the whales. Day 4: Churchill See the whales and enjoy a Tundra Buggy tour. Day 5: Churchill – Winnipeg

Day 5: Winnipeg

Day 6: Depart Winnipeg

Departures: Daily (Jun-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Jul-Aug)

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, return transport from Port Hardy, all meals, wine with dinner & guided wildlife tours

Inclusions: 2 nights Winnipeg accommodation, 2 nights Churchill accommodation, return flights WinnipegChurchill, 2 day trips on Tundra Buggy

Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation, 3 breakfast, 1 lunch, flights WinnipegChurchill, Tundra Buggy day trip, Churchill tour & Belugas Tour

Price Guide From: $6100

Price Guide From: $6029

Price Guide From: $4537

W I L DL I FE TOURS

© Shea Wyatt

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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NAT URE TOURS

Aurora Viewing Package, Yukon

Fly-In Fishing Painters Lodge

3 days/2 nights

3 days/2 nights

Blachford Lake Lodge, Northwest Territories 3 days/2 nights

Head to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory to view the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). In the Yukon, the northern lights can appear as soon as dark night skies begin to return which means you’ll often see dancing, shimmering lights before the first snowfall.

This is a legendary fishing lodge on the shores of Vancouver Island’s Campbell River and at the doorstep of one of the world's most impressive salmon migrations. Take a guided fishing trip in the most beautiful setting for a holiday of a lifetime.

This is a remote wilderness lodge, accessible only by bush plane. Each of the five rooms have views of the lake and shared bathroom facilities. During your stay enjoy home cooked meals and go on a morning and afternoon guided experience per day.

Day 1: Vancouver – Whitehorse Tonight, enjoy Aurora viewing from a cosy heated chalet (return to the hotel at about 2.30am).

Day 1: Vancouver – Painters Lodge, Campbell River

Day 1: Yellowknife – Blachford Lake Lodge Fly by bush plane to the lodge. Explore the facilities before a home cooked dinner.

Day 2: Whitehorse Enjoy a city tour in the morning then depart at 10pm for another Aurora viewing session.

Day 2: Campbell River You will head out on a Boston Whaler for two, four hour guided fishing expeditions over your time at the lodge. Day 3: Campbell River – Vancouver

Day 3: Whitehorse – Vancouver

Day 2: Blachford Lake Lodge Enjoy guided experiences which could be: fishing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, bird watching or exploring the lake by boat. Day 3: Blachford Lake Lodge – Yellowknife Fly back in the afternoon.

Departures: Set Departures (Aug-Apr)

Departures: Set Departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Jun-Aug)

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, return flights Vancouver–Whitehorse, guided Aurora viewing, hot drinks & snacks at viewing chalet

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, return flights Vancouver–Campbell River, 2 x four hour guided fishing trips, tackle, bait, rain gear

Price Guide From: $1347

Price Guide From: $1451

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, bush plane from Yellowknife, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, guided experiences per day Price Guide From: $2969

Sonora Resort

Boréale Ranch, Yukon

Ocean House, British Columbia

3 days/2 nights

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

The luxurious Sonora Resort has a stunning setting among towering trees, postcard views and the background music of waves lapping the shoreline, it also allows you to reconnect with nature.

Boréale Ranch is a lodge in the wilds of the Yukon. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the views of the mountain peaks. Make use of the outdoor hot tub, Northern Lights viewing platform, tobogganing hill, bonfire pit and a 1.5 kilometres snowshoe/fat biking trail.

Experience the ultra-remote Ocean House, a fly-in lodge anchored off the rugged, unprotected and naturally spectacular west coast of Haida Gwaii. This is a protected and sheltered base from where you can explore lush canopied forests, breath-taking beaches and ancient village sites.

Day 1: Vancouver – Sonora Resort

Day 1: Whitehorse – Boréale Ranch Explore Whitehorse before transferring to the Ranch. Relax in the spa and view the Northern Lights (Northern Lights season is Sep-Apr).

Day 1: Vancouver – Ocean House Fly into Sandspit then helicopter to Ocean House.

Day 2: Sonora Resort Take an optional guided eco boat tour, see grizzly bears, kayak, go rafting, hike the coastal rainforest or try heli-hiking. Fishing is one of the key experiences at the resort, with heli-fly-fishing, river fly-fishing and salmon fishing available.

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Day 2-3: Boréale Ranch Explore at your leisure, relax at the lodge, or use the snowshoes and fat tyre bikes to explore.

Day 2-3: Ocean House Over the next two days take guided excursions showcasing the magic of the landscapes and the fascinating history and culture of the Haida.

Day 3: Sonora Resort – Vancouver

Day 4: Boréale Ranch – Whitehorse You’ll be transferred back to Whitehorse.

Day 4: Ocean House – Vancouver Transfer by helicopter to Sandspit for your flight back to Vancouver.

Departures: Sun, Tue and Fri (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily

Departures: Sun (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, helicopter or floatplane transfers, all meals & beverages, fishing & some activities

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, transfers from Whitehorse, use of ranch facilities

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, return air & helicopter transfers from Vancouver, meals, some beverages & wine with dinner

Price Guide From: $3269

Price Guide From: $907

Price Guide From: $6157

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


RAI L

CANADA BY RAIL The sheer scale of Canada can be daunting, however travelling by rail will take you through places you simply can’t get to by vehicle, and you will be amazed by what you get to see. On Rocky Mountaineer trains you can enjoy the awe inspiring landscapes from the large picture windows on this luxury journey. VIA Rail is Canada’s national train network spanning the entire country and offering either point to point services or passes with the romance of traditional train travel in three classes of service. You can stay onboard for any overnight route on VIA Rail.

VIA Rail Options

VIA Rail Sleeper Plus and Prestige Class

Want to visit just one or two cities? Then point to point fares are what is required. VIA Rail offers a wide range of fares with a choice of economy or business class seating on most sectors, which can be pre-reserved before you leave home to avoid disappointment. From coast to coast and north to Hudson Bay, you can experience unforgettable scenery including some that can only be seen by train as you make your way through Canada.

If you’re travelling on “The Canadian” from Vancouver to Jasper (or further afield to Toronto) and vice versa, then you have access to some more comfortable classes of travel. Sleeper Class has: upper or lower berths, where your day time couch style seat folds into a bed or cabins for one, two or where the daytime chairs are replaced by berths in the evening. All meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the dining car.

If you require complete access to the VIA Rail network, the Canrail Pass gives you unlimited travel in Canada on the VIA Rail network from the Atlantic to the Pacific and up to Hudson Bay. Travel between seven, ten and unlimited trips during a 60 day period with unlimited stops. At an additional cost, sleeper berths and private cabins are available.

If you wanted a higher level of comfort there is also the Prestige Sleeper Class. Your own cabin has an L-shaped couch during the day, and a Murphy bed for two in the evening, with your own toilet. All meals, snacks and drinks (including alcoholic) are included and you have reserved seating in the lounge cars.

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ROC KY M OUNTAI NEER

ROCKY MOUNTAINEER Rocky Mountaineer goes beyond towering mountain ranges and snow-capped glaciers. It’s about more than the wildlife that send you diving for your camera. As they carry you high into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, past lakes and lush landscapes to lively cities and the quaint rural villages that dot the Canadian landscape, rediscover yourself in the luxury and elegance of the most romantic method of transportation in the world.

First Passage to the West

Journey through the Clouds

Rainforest to Gold Rush

2 days/1 night

2 days/1 night

3 days/2 nights

Retrace the steps of the early explorers as you travel in pure luxury on the only passenger train that retraces Canada’s most historic route.

Embark on a journey of beauty as nature’s wonders line up one after another.

Immerse yourself in heritage and beauty through landscapes bearing witness to tales of gold fever that caught the interest of the world.

Day 1: Vancouver – Kamloops Today you’ll see the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate and follow the Thompson River to historic Kamloops, gateway to the Interior of British Columbia.

Day 1: Vancouver – Kamloops Pass through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley. The Coast Mountain’s majestic peaks tower around you as you enter the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular raging whitewater.

Day 1: Vancouver – Whistler Take in the scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor on your journey to the resort town of Whistler.

Day 2: Kamloops – Lake Louise or Banff Continue east past Craigellachie, where the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Choose to disembark in either Lake Louise or Banff.

Day 2: Kamloops – Jasper View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields before passing by Mount Robson in the Canadian Rockies.

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service, 1 night accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, Kamloops rail station transfers, snacks, alcoholic beverages onboard

Inclusions: GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service, 1 night accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, Kamloops rail station transfers, snacks, alcoholic beverages onboard

Inclusions: GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service, 2 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, Whistler and Quesnel rail station transfers, snacks, alcoholic beverages onboard

Price Guide From: $2015 (SilverLeaf Service)

Price Guide From: $2015 (SilverLeaf Service)

Price Guide From: $2765 (SilverLeaf Service)

Vancouver Island

Whistler

Kamloops

Vancouver

Vancouver Island

Lake Louise

USA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

Vancouver

Kamloops

Lake Louise Banff Calgary

CANADA ALBERTA

Quesnel

Jasper Whistler

Banff Calgary

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA Jasper

Day 3: Quesnel – Jasper Today enter the Rocky Mountain Trench, where the Rocky Mountains rise steeply to the north.

CANADA

CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA

Day 2: Whistler – Quesnel See vast ranchlands before you follow the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel.

Vancouver Island

Jasper Whistler Lake Louise

Vancouver

Banff Calgary

USA

USA

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Tours are also available in reverse.


First Passage to the West at Leisure 8 days/7 nights

Canadian Rockies Getaway Circle

A very popular package with all of the must-see sights of the Canadian Rockies included. Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a rail experience as far as Jasper, then continue your journey by coach with a guide to Calgary.

Embark on a well-paced journey to Canada’s most talked about destinations, Banff and Lake Louise, on this trip through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Keep a lookout for a jaw-dropping range of wildlife on this circle journey that includes two of Rocky Mountaineer’s rail routes, a visit to Yoho National park, and a gondola ride with views of Banff and six mountain ranges.

Day 1: Vancouver

Day 1: Vancouver

Day 1: Vancouver

Day 2: Vancouver – Kamloops Onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Day 2: Vancouver – Kamloops Onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Day 2: Vancouver – Kamloops Onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Day 3: Kamloops – Jasper Onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Day 3: Kamloops – Lake Louise Onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Day 3: Kamloops – Jasper Onboard Rocky Mountaineer.

Day 4: Jasper Enjoy a scenic tour through Jasper National Park to see some of the many natural attractions and rugged peaks and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many animals in the park.

Day 4: Icefields and Glaciers Experience Travel along the Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield for an amazing ride on the Ice Explorer out onto the Athabasca Glacier.

Day 4: Jasper – Lake Louise Highlights include Bow Lake and a ride on an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier.

Day 5: Jasper – Banff Travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway to Banff, stopping to ride on the amazing Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefields. Day 6: Banff – Lake Louise Explore Yoho National Park. See the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans Kicking Horse River. Day 7: Lake Louise – Calgary Enjoy a 12 minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour at Kananaskis.

9 days/8 nights

Day 5: Lake Louise – Banff A half day tour take you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders such as the Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake. Day 6: Banff Spend the day exploring Banff National Park. Day 7: Banff – Calgary Enjoy a 12 minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour at Kananaskis. Day 8: Calgary

ROC KY M OUNTAI NEER

Journey through the Clouds Explorer 8 days/7 nights

Day 5: Lake Louise – Banff Explore Yoho National Park and Emerald Lake. Day 6: Banff Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park after spending the morning exploring on your own. Day 7: Banff – Kamloops Onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Day 8: Kamloops – Vancouver Onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Day 9: Vancouver

Day 8: Calgary

Note: Also available in reverse (different days)

Note: Also available in reverse (different days)

Departures: Mon and Thu (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Sun and Thu (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Mon and Thu (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 7 nights hotel accommodation, 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, sightseeing as per itinerary, rail station transfers, luggage handling & National Parks Pass

Inclusions: 7 nights hotel accommodation, 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, sightseeing as per itinerary, rail station transfers, luggage handling & National Parks Pass

Inclusions: 8 nights hotel accommodation, 4 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, sightseeing as per itinerary, rail station transfers, luggage handling & National Parks Pass

Price Guide From: $4769 (SilverLeaf Service)

Price Guide From: $4729 (SilverLeaf Service)

Price Guide From: $6495 (SilverLeaf Service)

Key:

Motorcoach Journey Through the Clouds

ALBERTA BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver

Key:

CANADA

Kamloops

USA

Jasper

Key:

Motorcoach First Passage to the West

CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA Jasper

Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff

Calgary Panoramic Helicopter Tour

ALBERTA

Motorcoach Journey through the Clouds First Passage to the West

Kamloops

USA

Banff

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Columbia Icefield Kamloops

Lake Louise Vancouver

CANADA

Calgary

Vancouver

Panoramic Helicopter Tour

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

ALBERTA Jasper Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff Calgary

USA

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CAR RENTAL

DRIVING IN CANADA & ALASKA Exploring Canada and Alaska by car is easy. Driving on the right hand side of the road may be different, however the roads are excellent, well sign-posted and spacious. Just remember the centre line should be by the driver!

Choosing your Rental Car

Things to think about:

Take into consideration the size of the vehicle you require. If the vehicle is to be used for day touring from a central base, then a smaller vehicle may be adequate and easier for parking. If doing longer travel, remember you will have luggage to transport around as well as the shopping, so a midsize to larger vehicle should be considered. We suggest you book before leaving home, as this will save you money and ensure that you get the vehicle of your choice.

•• Driving licence requirements •• Minimum age restrictions and driving restrictions •• Additional driver conditions •• Deposits •• One way rental fees •• Peak period surcharges

Emergency Roadside Assistance

•• Optional equipment e.g. child seats, roof racks

While each vehicle is serviced and cared for individually there may be an instance that you need some assistance. You can be rest assured that in Canada and Alaska, Hertz provides Emergency Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hertz Connect The Connect device is a navigation and WiFi solution available at an additional cost, in certain vehicle types at selected airport and downtown locations across the country. The device has online and offline GPS, city guides, currency converter, Hertz location guide and free calls to Roadside Assistance. Ideal for the independent traveller as you get to see and enjoy your surroundings instead of trying to read a map.

•• Neverlost is recommended •• Fuel policy •• When you collect your car, Hertz will take an imprint of your credit card as security. The credit card must be in the renter’s name. Depending on rate type booked, additional taxes, fees and insurances may also apply at this time

Explore Canada and Alaska in our best fleet ever. Whether you’re touring the spectacular scenery in an SUV or enjoying the nightlife in a sports car, Hertz offers a range of vehicles to make your Canada and Alaska trip unforgettable.

Be sure to drive like a local with Hertz Connect. Our enhanced mobile device* offers local discounts and tickets, precise

navigation, and more. Plus, 24hr Roadside Assistance is always available to keep you moving.

To start your adventure today, call or visit your local travel agent.

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Canada and Alaska are the perfect destinations for a selfdrive holiday, offering remarkable sites, landscapes, wildlife and so much more. Discover Canada or Alaska in the comfort of a motorhome which is sure to offer you unforgettable experiences along with complete freedom and flexibility. Cruise Canada offers a wide range of motorhome sizes and comfort levels to suit any traveller’s needs.

Cruise Canada Motorhome Rates

Hints and Tips:

Includes: Statutory Liability Coverage, Supplemental Liability Insurance and VIP Coverage and additional driver fee.

•• Check the driving licence and minimum age requirements before planning to book. In most cases the minimum age is 21

Excludes: Fuel, deposit, one way rental charges (if applicable), convenience kits with dishes, cookware, pillows, linen, towels, sleeping bags and cleaning equipment, cancellation and amendment fees, insurances, extra kilometres prices and generator. Group

C17 Truck Camper

C19 Compact Motorhome

C25 Standard Motorhome

C30 Large Motorhome

Max Seatbelts

3

3

5

7

Ideal for

3 travellers

3 travellers

5 travellers

7 travellers

Prices are based on Flex rates which are updated on a weekly basis. Vehicle pick up time is between 1pm to 4pm. Vehicle return time is between 9am to 11am. Please note times may change on Saturdays. Vehicles cannot be collected on the same day as arrival. Prices may vary depending on the pick-up location. Driver’s licence and experience restrictions apply. All rental centres are closed on Sundays and public holidays. A minimum of 7 days rental is applicable.

M OTORH OM E

ADVENTURE BY MOTORHOME

•• Hire a GPS with your motorhome as Google maps on a smart phone may be out of range on those roads less travelled •• One way hires may be permitted to selected locations at an additional fee •• When you leave your vehicle don’t leave any valuables in sight – always take your passport with you •• Pick up depots are usually located outside the CBD, sometimes up to an hour away. Check with your travel agent on the best option to get there •• Motorhomes are much more suited to the open roads of the countryside than the congestion of the cities •• Want to travel between Canada & Alaska? This is permitted; you must let us know when you book

Explore the best of Canada & Alaska › Choose from 2 to 7 berth motorhomes › Trusted suppliers like Canadream, Cruise Canada, Escape Campers & Fraserway › Freedom to drive into the USA › Accommodation and transport in one

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Canada’s Pacific Coast

Essential Newfoundland

5 days/4 nights

7 days/6 nights

Nowhere else on earth has the meeting of land and sea created such magnificent beauty. The Pacific Rim National Park provides protection for rainforests and an amazing marine environment.

Whether you hike along ancient footpaths, go whale watching or hunting for icebergs, you’ll find great ocean views at every corner. Explore the historic sites and villages that are dotted along the coastline.

Explore the delightful village of Whistler and head through Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail. On your journey to Jasper stop and view the graceful Pyramid Falls. From here carry on into the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

Day 1: Vancouver – Tofino (221km) Depart Vancouver for Horseshoe Bay and ferry to Vancouver Island. At Nanaimo head to Tofino on the rugged West Coast.

Day 1-2: St. John’s Drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views, take a trip out to Cape Spear National Park, the most easterly point in North America and visit one of the province's most photographed places, Quidi Vidi Village.

Day 1: Vancouver – Whistler (122km)

Day 2: Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park) Walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the rainforests on a selection of well groomed trails. Also enjoy either a Whale Watch cruise in search of grey whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles, or a Bear Viewing Cruise in search of black bears who head for the closest food source - the ocean! Day 3: Tofino – Victoria (313km) Travel back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. Day 4: Victoria Today is free to explore Victoria, with its turn of the century architecture, British traditions such as high tea and shops full of woollens and china. Admission to the Butchart Gardens is included.

Discover Whistler and the Rockies 8 days/7 nights

Day 3: St. John’s – Bonavista Peninsula – Trinity (345km) Today embark on your journey to Bonavista Peninsula. In this small village you’ll find the red and white striped Bonavista Lighthouse and the Matthew Legacy, a replica of the ship which voyaged across the Atlantic to discover a new land in 1497. Day 4-5: Trinity Explore the enchanting village of Trinity with its restored white and pastel coloured clapboard houses. Day 6-7: Trinity – St. John’s (345km) Head back to St John’s and in the afternoon drive to Bay Bulls to take a boat excursion to see whales and the Atlantic puffin - if you’re lucky you may even spot an iceberg.

Day 5: Victoria – Vancouver (69km) Drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 minute ferry ride to Tsawwassen then drive to Vancouver where your journey ends.

Day 2: Whistler Take time to experience this charming alpine resort and enjoy the Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride. Day 3: Whistler – Sun Peaks (293km) Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier, continue on through Gold Rush country to the resort town of Sun Peaks. Day 4: Sun Peaks – Jasper (444km) Day 5: Jasper Explore this charming mountain village, close to many terrific scenic highlights. Visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world. Day 6: Jasper – Banff (292km) Day 7: Banff Enjoy a trip up the Banff Gondola where you’ll have a panoramic view of the Bow Valley and take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs. Day 8: Banff – Calgary (115km) Note: Also available in reverse

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily (May-Sep)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, ferry for vehicle and passengers, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, national park entrance fees, ferry reservation fee & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, national park entrance fees & surcharges

Price Guide From: $1233

Price Guide From: $1128

Price Guide From: $906 Key: Ferry Car

BRITISH COLUMBIA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Tofino

Trinity Nanaimo PACIFIC OCEAN

Jasper

Bonavista

Parksville Horseshoe Bay

NEWFOUNDLAND

Vancouver Tsawwassen

St. John’s Bay Bulls

ALBERTA

Sun Peaks Resort Whistler Banff

Lake Louise Calgary

Vancouver Victoria

Gulf of St. Lawrence

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The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Sunshine Coast Circle

Peaks and Grapes

Highlights of the Yukon

9 days/8 nights

10 days/9 nights

12 days/11 nights

The Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island have a landscape that beckons the adventurous soul. The rugged western coastline of Vancouver Island boasts an array of wildlife as well as virgin forests and glaciated peaks.

Discover the Rocky Mountains from the trails of the Gold Rush era to the peaks of Jasper and Banff. Enjoy wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley and relax at the lakeside resort of Kelowna.

From the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ in Whitehorse to the fjords and mountains of Haines, Skagway and Kluane National Park, you’ll experience the raw beauty and the remote towns in the Yukon on this self-drive adventure.

Day 1: Vancouver – Sunshine Coast (103km) Depart Vancouver for Horseshoe Bay and sail for 45 minutes to the Sunshine Coast.

Day 1: Vancouver – Whistler (122km)

Day 1: Whitehorse

Day 2: Whistler

Day 2: Whitehorse (Yukon Wildlife Preserve) Encompassing over 700 acres with various natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.

Day 2: Sunshine Coast Choose from a variety of outdoor activities such as kayaking in the beautiful surrounds. Day 3: Sunshine Coast – Quadra Island (78km and ferry) Day 4: Quadra Island Enjoy an Eco Wilderness Cruise into Desolation Sound. Day 5: Quadra Island – Tofino, Vancouver Island (225km) Day 6: Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park) Today choose from a whale watch or bear viewing cruise through Clayoquot Sound. Day 7: Tofino – Victoria (313km) Stop en route at the artist community of Chemainus. Day 8: Victoria Explore quaint Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Day 9: Victoria – Vancouver (69km and ferry)

Day 3: Whistler – Sun Peaks (293km) Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier. Day 4: Sun Peaks – Jasper (444km) Follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. Day 5: Jasper Explore this charming mountain village close to many scenic highlights such as Maligne Lake. Day 6: Jasper – Banff (292km) Visit beautiful Lake Louise en-route to Banff. Day 7: Banff Day 8: Banff – Kelowna (482km) Day 9: Kelowna Take a relaxing tour into the countryside where the best of the lake, the valley and the vines combine. Day 10: Kelowna – Vancouver (371km)

Day 3: Whitehorse – Skagway (176km) Day 4: Skagway – Haines (8km and ferry) Day 5: Haines – Haines Junction (238km) Day 6: Kluane National Park Day Trip (250km) Enjoy a drive through this national park that’s home to Canada’s highest peak and the world’s largest non-polar Icefields. Day 7: Haines Junction – Tok (467km) Day 8: Tok – Dawson City (297km) Day 9-10: Dawson City Enjoy visiting the various historical sights of Dawson City and take a short drive on the Ridge Road to the top of the Midnight Dome with excellent views over Dawson and the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. Day 11: Dawson City – Whitehorse (532km) Day 12: Whitehorse

Departures: Sun, Mon, Tue & Wed (May-Sep)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, ferry for vehicle & passengers, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation, ferry for vehicle & passengers, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, national park entrance fees, ferry reservation fee & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, national park entrance fees & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car, road & tunnel tolls, national park entrances, ferry reservation fee & surcharges

Price Guide From: $1644

Price Guide From: $2367 Key: Ferry

Price Guide From: $1816

Quadra Island Campbell River

Tofino

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Sunshine Coast

BRITISH Key Jasper COLUMBIA Cruise Coach Sun Peaks Resort Rail Whistler

PACIFIC OCEAN

Vancouver Victoria

Kelowna

Haines Junction

Banff

GULF OF ALASKA

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

USA

Dawson

Tok Beaver Creek

ALBERTA Lake Louise

Vancouver

YUKON TERRITORY

ALASKA

Whitehorse Skagway Haines

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Eastern Canada Highlights

Atlantic Charm

Totem Discovery by Car

12 days/11 nights

14 days/13 nights

16 days/15 nights

Explore the culture and diversity of Canada’s East Coast. From the capital and parliament buildings of Ottawa to living-history sites and natural wonders, there’s so much to discover on this self-drive of the east.

Explore Canada’s picturesque maritime provinces and see Charlottetown, site of Canada’s birthplace, and the Bay of Fundy, a marvel of nature. Enjoy a visit to the small village of Peggy’s Cove and its famous lighthouse.

Your journey kicks off with a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island. There are many experiences to treasure – keep your eyes open for the wildlife – black bears, whales, sea lions as well as breath-taking mountains.

Day 1: Toronto

Day 1-2: Halifax

Day 1: Vancouver – Victoria (68km)

Day 2: Niagara Falls Day Tour (Coach) Enjoy a full-day tour to the spectacular Niagara Falls.

Day 3: Halifax – Lunenburg (145km)

Day 2: Victoria – Quadra Island (269km)

Day 4: Lunenburg – Annapolis Royal (133km)

Day 3: Eco Wilderness Tour

Day 5: Whale watching and fishing villages (190km) Today head along the Digby Neck to experience a whale watching excursion in the nutrient rich waters of the Bay of Fundy.

Day 4: Quadra Island – Port Hardy (241km)

Day 3: Toronto – Ottawa (453km) Day 4: Ottawa Day 5: Ottawa – Mont Tremblant (153km) Head to Mont Tremblant, a European styled all season resort village. Day 6: Mont Tremblant – Québec City (441km)

Day 6: Annapolis Royal – Wolfville (109km) Day 7: Wolfville – Charlottetown (360km) Day 8: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Day 7: Québec City Experience the old-world charm of Vieux Quebéc with a guided walking tour.

Day 9: Prince Edward Island Explore picturesque Prince Edward Island see beaches and Green Gables, the fictional home of beloved Anne.

Day 8: Québec City – Montréal (250km) Day 9: Montréal A free day to explore – the Notre Dame Basilica, and Old Montréal are musts!

Day 10: Charlottetown – Cape Breton Island (274km)

Day 10: Montréal – Kingston (290km) Day 11: Kingston – Toronto (263km)

Day 5: Port Hardy – Prince Rupert (ferry) Day 6: Prince Rupert – Smithers (364km) Day 7: Smithers – Prince George (372km) Day 8: Prince George – Jasper (376km) Day 9: Jasper Day 10: Jasper – Banff (265km) Day 11: Banff Day 12: Banff – Sun Peaks Resort (496km) Day 13: Sun Peaks – Gold Bridge (327km) Day 14: Tyax Lodge, Gold Bridge

Day 11: Cabot Trail (300km)

Day 15: Gold Bridge – Whistler (150km)

Day 12: Louisbourg Sightseeing (220km)

Day 16: Whistler – Vancouver (122km)

Day 12: Toronto

Day 13-14: Cape Breton Island – Halifax (357km)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, ferry for vehicle and passengers, 7 breakfasts, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation, ferry for vehicle and passengers, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary, travel documentation

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls & surcharges

Price Guide From: $2671

Gulf of St. Lawrence

Price Guide From: $2252

Gulf of St. Lawrence

QUÉBEC

ONTARIO

Québec City

Key: Ferry

Mont Tremblant

QUÉBEC OTTAWA

Lake Huron

Toronto ONTARIO

Lake Ontario

Niagara Falls

Ottawa

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND Charlottetown

USA

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, national park entrance fees, ferry reservation fee & surcharges Price Guide From: $3722

Prince Rupert

BRITISH COLUMBIA Port Hardy

USA

Wolfville

Key: Ferry

Smithers

Baddeck

Montréal

Kingston

Lake Erie

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Halifax Annapolis Lunenburg Royal NOVA SCOTIA

Prince George

Quadra Island Tyax Lodge Goldbridge Campbell River Whistler Sun Peaks Resort Victoria

Jasper

ALBERTA Lake Louise Banff

Vancouver

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. USA


TOURI NG

EXPERIENCE ALASKA

Glacier Bay National Park

Brilliant ice blue glaciers, whales, moose, bears, remote wilderness and unique native cultures are just some of the unforgettable memories that ‘The Last Frontier’, the largest state in the USA, has to offer. Five distinct regions make up this great land – South Central, Inside Passage, the Interior, Far North and Southwest. Anchorage is the gateway to the adventure, culture and incredible landscapes. Cruise the waters of the Inside Passage and be surrounded by pure nature. From Juneau, hike through the rainforest along Mendenhall Lake and onto glacial terrain, a unique experience.

Travel into the Interior region to Denali National Park, finding not only wildlife but the tallest mountain in North America – Denali. For a unique winter experience you can’t go past Fairbanks with dog mushing, ice sculptors and the famous Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights. Vast and remote, crossing the Arctic Circle is what the Far North is all about. View brown bears in their natural habitat feeding on salmon on Kodiak Island in the Southwest region. This is an area where you get to see changing landscapes of volcanic terrain in the Katmai National Park through to the windy grasslands of the Aleutian Islands.

Arctic Ocean Barrow

Prudhoe Bay

FAR NORTH

Coldfoot

ALASKA Fairbanks North Pole

INTERIOR

Denali National Park Talkeetna SOUTHWEST

Bering Sea

CANADA

SOUTHCENTRAL

Anchorage

Whittier Seward

Kodiak Island

Skagway Juneau INSIDE PASSAGE

Gulf of Alaska

Sitka Petersburg Ketchikan

ALEUTIAN ISLANDS

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Portage Glacier

Anchorage

Fairbanks

Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, is a city that maintains the perfect mix of stunning natural environment and metropolitan buzz.

Fairbanks is one of Alaska’s year-round destinations and in the summer, the sun is up for almost 24 hours allowing you to enjoy a host of activities.

Rise early and start the day off right with breakfast, hometown restaurants are the perfect place to try an Alaskan twist on traditional favourites. Order King Crab Benedict or a stack of sourdough hotcakes. Rent a bike or stroll along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to enjoy spectacular views of Cook Inlet or take a shuttle to a trail head in Chugach State Park. Wildlife like the trail almost as much as humans, you may see one of the more than 1500 moose that live in Anchorage. Grab a bite of Alaska at one of the many sidewalk vendors along the downtown streets. After lunch, get an eagle eye view of those mountains on the horizon by taking a flightseeing tour from Lake Hood or Merrill Field. It’s an amazing experience. A 15 minute drive from downtown will have you at the tree-lined trailhead of Anchorage’s most popular hike, Flattop Mountain. While the trail to the summit is rocky and steep, there is a short, paved loop that gives you a taste of the views. With the city below on one side and the surrounding mountains stretching out on the other, this is where Anchorage meets the wild. On your way back to the city stop at one of the South Anchorage breweries for a well earned refreshment. Take a Trolley Tour which is a great way to see the main sights of Anchorage and learn about some of the interesting history of the area.

If you’ve been good this year head to Santa’s house in the North Pole. You can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and have your photo taken with them. After your visit, head to the pipeline viewpoint which is the perfect spot to see the astonishing engineering of the Trans Alaskan Pipeline. The Goldrush started in Fairbanks in the early 1900s. Today you can try your hand at gold panning to uncover your own Alaskan gold. Fairbanks and the surrounding areas are some of the best places on earth to experience the amazing Aurora Borealis. These giant electrical storms are formed by solar flares from the sun reacting with the earth’s magnetic field. This causes brilliant displays of light flashing dramatically across the sky. You’ll need to set your alarm though as the best time to see them is late evening through to the early hours of the morning during late September to mid April. If your day has been strenuous take a journey out of Fairbanks to the Chena Hot Springs. Discovered in 1905 these are a great place to unwind in beautiful surroundings.

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

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Clarion Suites Downtown Hilton Anchorage Hotel Captain Cook

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Board the only authentic sternwheeler in Alaska for a cruise along the Chena and Tanana Rivers into the history of Interior Alaska. Enjoy a narrated tour which provides background on the area’s natural history and the Athabascan Indian culture.

Clarion Hotel & Suites Springhill Suites Westmark Fairbanks

© Sherman Hogue Explore Fairbanks


AL AS KA Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Kenai Peninsula

One of Alaska’s most popular destinations is a two hour drive from Fairbanks, a four hour drive from Anchorage, or a short drive from the town of Healy. Larger than the state of Massachusetts, Denali National Park and Preserve is six million acres of pristine wilderness with only one road running through the middle. Mt Denali, at 6190 metres, dominates the park and on a clear day, you can get an iconic photo of the mountain.

The Kenai Peninsula is known as ‘Alaska's Playground’ because of its beautiful scenery, world-class fisheries, abundant wildlife and a variety of fun outdoor activities. Being so close to Anchorage makes outdoor offerings easily accessible to everyone. The peninsula includes several of the most populous towns in southern Alaska including Seward, Soldotna, Kenai and Homer along Kachemak Bay.

The varied terrain includes crystal clear rivers, lakes, tundra and alpine meadows. The opportunities for recreation in the park are near limitless and exist for all levels of fitness and outdoors expertise. Cars are only allowed as far as the entrance so to access the interior of the park you need to hop on the shuttle or narrated tour bus and if you’re lucky you might spot some wildlife such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall sheep. The best time to visit the park is between May and September. Take a day trip from Anchorage by bush plane or take a day to explore this magnificent park on your way to or from Fairbanks. But the best way to experience Denali, is to spend at least a night within the park itself. And best of all, you don’t have to camp as there are beautiful cabins you can stay in.

A two and a half hour drive from Anchorage you’ll find Seward, a bustling harbour town full of cruise ships and fishing charters. Wildlife cruises leave here for Kenai Fjords National Park and there’s also fantastic hiking nearby. Kenai Fjords National Park is home to a diverse array of plants and animals such as black and brown bear and moose and in the glacial waters you’ll find sea lions and whales. Snow and ice cover 60 percent of the park and from the massive icefield, countless tidewater glaciers pour down to form stunning fjords and icebergs the size of small houses. The Homer Spit, four hours from Anchorage, is a hub of bustling activity during the summer. Head out on a charter boat to catch halibut or simply rent a rod to try your luck at the Homer Spit Lagoon, fondly known as the Fishing Hole. King salmon can be caught here from mid May to the end of June, while silver salmon run in August.

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Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge Seward Windsong Lodge Lands End Resort, Homer

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INSIDE PASSAGE Boasting wildlife filled fjords, majestic forests, giant glaciers and coastal mountain ranges, the Inside Passage is a popular area of Alaska to visit and the most common way of discovering it is on a cruise. Both large and small cruise ships offer itineraries through the area. Or, explore on your own using the local ferry system along the Alaska Marine Highway or by plane into some of the larger towns. Enjoy fishing, kayaking and hiking as well as whale watching and bear viewing.

Juneau

Ketchikan

Alaska’s state capital is also one of its most beautiful cities. It’s the only state capital in the USA that can only be accessed by plane or boat. The lively downtown area is compact and easy to navigate by foot. Make sure you take time to enjoy a stroll along historic South Franklin Street with its turn-of-the-century buildings and nearby quaint houses, or visit the Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Just a short drive from downtown is the accessible Mendenhall Glacier (one of 38 glaciers in the area) where you can watch icebergs calve or go for a hike through the Tongass National Forest.

Known as Alaska’s ‘first city’, it’s the first city you reach on the Inside Passage as you head north on a cruise and, most likely, your first taste of Alaska. Visit totem poles and hiking trails on the outskirts of town or take a walk along historic Creek Street, a boardwalk road built over Ketchikan Creek. Enjoy a day trip to Misty Fjords National Monument by either tour boat or small plane and keep your eyes open for wildlife such as otters and whales. Set amongst rainforest, make sure you take your raincoat as there’s a good chance it will rain at least once while you are visiting.

Skagway

Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve

A colourful history, not much rain and a lot of cruise ships makes Skagway one of the most interesting and popular towns to visit in the Inside Passage. Skagway and the gold rush of the late 1800’s go hand in hand. For seven blocks along Broadway there are historic false-front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks and locals in period costume which form part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. You can’t visit Skagway without a ride on the historic White Pass and Yukon railroad which takes you to the top of the mountain pass. At the top take in the views of both Canada and the United States.

Mountain peaks, fjords, an abundance of marine wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers have made Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve one of Alaska's most spectacular settings and a must-stop for every cruise ship sailing north through Southeast Alaska. As water makes up nearly one-fifth of the park, it’s rich with marine life, including humpback whales, orcas and sea otters. Glacier Bay is also home to a large bear population, moose, wolves, Sitka blacktail deer, mountain goats and bald eagles.


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ALASKA BY RAIL The Alaska Railroad spans more than 800 kilometres from the coast to Fairbanks, passing through alpine forests, coastal regions and two major mountain ranges. Using the Alaska Railroad’s four routes is a great way to see some of the country. There is the Denali Star, the flagship linking Anchorage to Fairbanks, the Coastal Classic that winds through the stretch of wilderness between Anchorage and Seward; The Glacier Discovery that travels from Anchorage south to Whittier and the Aurora Winter Train that travels between Anchorage and Fairbanks for an unforgettable journey into the land of the Northern Lights. With two classes of service, GoldStar Service and Adventure Class, you’ll enjoy large windows, knowledgeable Alaskan tour guides, open-air vestibules and onboard dining options.

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Denali Star

Coastal Classic

Glacier Discovery

The Denali Star is Alaska Railroad’s flagship train which links Anchorage to Fairbanks. Along this route you’ll have numerous mountain views, including the incredible Alaska Range. Stops along the way include Talkeetna, a small town that is known for its world-class flightseeing and charming main street and Denali National Park and Preserve which is a must for anyone visiting Alaska. You may see the ‘big four’: grizzlies, moose, caribou and Dall sheep. This train operates daily from mid-May to mid-September.

This local favourite travels 184 kilometres through the stretch of wilderness spanning from Anchorage to Seward. From Anchorage, the train winds along Turnagain Arm and through the backcountry wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula, massive glaciers and towering waterfalls can be seen along the way. Upon reaching Seward, the train arrives on the shores of Resurrection Bay, offering easy connections for you to explore Kenai Fjords National Park. This train operates daily from mid-May to mid-September.

Departing from Anchorage, the Glacier Discovery train stops at Girdwood and Portage before heading to the port town of Whittier – the starting point for exploring the Alaska Marine Highway and glacier day cruises. After leaving Whittier you’ll enter roadless backcountry before arriving at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. If you’re looking for an adventure hop off here to enjoy hiking, rafting or ice climbing, otherwise stay onboard for the scenic ride to the Grandview region. This train operates daily from early June to mid-September.

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Kenai Explorer

Denali Kenai Highlights

Alaska Highlights

7 days/6 nights

7 days/6 nights

10 days/9 nights

Visit Seward, the starting point for wildlife and glacier cruises into Kenai Fjords National Park, Ninilchik - the oldest settlement on the Kenai Peninsula and experience the thrill of dog sledding on a glacier.

Enjoy magnificent scenery in the vast interior with spectacular glaciers and an abundance of wildlife on your journey through Alaska. Step back in time in Talkeetna, a turn of the 20th century gold mining centre.

With small towns that take you back in time to the gold rush era and cities where wildlife is in your backyard, Alaska is a unique state to explore. Enjoy seeing wildlife, quaint towns and stunning glaciers.

Day 1: Anchorage – Seward (204km)

Day 1: Anchorage – Seward (204km) Travel along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm.

Day 1: Anchorage – Seward (204km) This morning travel along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm.

Day 2: Northwestern Fjord Cruise Enjoy a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise seeing wildlife, glaciers and breath-taking scenery.

Day 2: Northwestern Fjord Cruise

Day 2: Northwestern Fjord Cruise Enjoy a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise seeing abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers. Day 3: Seward – Homer (270km) Day 4: Homer From the first breath-taking glimpse of the Homer Spit, you’ll be struck by the stunning natural stage on which the town sits. The peaks of the Kenai Mountains stand watch over Kachemak Bay. Day 5: Homer – Cooper Landing (193km) Pass through Ninilchik, the oldest settlement on the Kenai Peninsula, and continue to Cooper Landing for a two hour float trip on the river. Day 6: Cooper Landing – Girdwood (106km) Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to the unique glacier base camp that serves as a training ground for Iditarod sled dogs and go dog sledding on a glacier.

Day 3: Seward – Talkeetna (386km) Day 4: Talkeetna – Denali National Park Entrance (169km) and Denali Backcountry Lodge Leave your car at the park entrance and transfer by bus deep inside Denali National Park to your lodge. Day 5: Denali National Park Today explore Denali National Park and experience activities such as day hikes and gold panning.

Day 3: Seward – Talkeetna (386km) Day 4: Talkeetna – Denali National Park Entrance (169km) Day 5: Denali National Park Backcountry Adventure Enjoy a day tour into the heart of Denali National Park. Return to the park entrance via bush plane. Day 6: Denali National Park Entrance – Fairbanks (198km) In Fairbanks enjoy a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Day 7: Fairbanks – Valdez (584km)

Day 6: Denali Backcountry Lodge – Denali National Park Entrance Transfer back to the park entrance.

Day 8: Valdez Take an optional cruise into Prince William Sound where you may see humpback whales.

Day 7: Denali National Park Entrance – Anchorage (383km) On your way back to Anchorage stop at Wasilla to visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquarters.

Day 9: Valdez – Sheep Mountain Lodge (309km)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Aug)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Aug)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Aug)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, some sightseeing, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, some sightseeing, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners & national park entrance fee

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, some sightseeing, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches & national park entrance fee

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, some admission fees/activities & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, some admission fees/activities & surcharges

Price Guide From: $3670

Price Guide From: $3707

Day 7: Girdwood – Anchorage (62km) Continuing on to Anchorage, you’ll be able to view the magnificent scenery back to the Kenai Peninsula. Keep an eye out for beluga whales!

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, some admission fees/activities & surcharges

Denali National Park

Price Guide From: $3166

Anchorage Cooper Landing Homer

CANADA

Girdwood Whittier Seward

Denali National Park Entrance Talkeetna

ALASKA Anchorage

Glacier Bay National Park

Denali Backcountry Lodge

ALASKA

Seward

GULF OF ALASKA

Day 10: Sheep Mountain Lodge – Anchorage (172km)

Fairbanks

Denali Backcountry Lodge

ALASKA

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Denali National Park Entrance

Talkeetna Sheep Mountain Lodge

Anchorage

Valdez Seward

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


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Historic Alaska and Yukon Milepost

Best of Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park 11 days/10 nights

Alaska National Park Explorer

Explore the magic and the mystery of Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory as you follow the historic Gold Rush Trail Mileposts. Travel the Top of the World Highway, and experience the best of Alaska and Northern Canada.

Travel along scenic Sterling Highway and look for wildlife in Denali National Park. Enjoy a float trip on the Upper Kenai River at Cooper Landing and keep an eye out for moose, eagles, salmon and bears.

Explore Alaska's most popular road accessible national parks. You’ll experience the magnificence of Mount Denali, stunning landscapes at Kenai Fjords and the grandeur of Wrangell St. Elias National Park.

Day 1: Anchorage – Talkeetna (181km)

Day 1: Anchorage – Seward (204km)

Day 1: Anchorage – Seward (204km)

Day 2: Talkeetna – Denali National Park Entrance (169km) and Denali Backcountry Lodge

Day 2: Northwestern Fjord Cruise

Day 2: Northwestern Fjord Cruise

Day 3: Seward – Homer (270km) Follow the Sterling Highway, a designated scenic highway with spectacular landscapes.

Day 3: Seward – Talkeetna (386km)

10 days/9 nights

Day 3: Denali National Park Day 4: Denali Backcountry Lodge – Denali National Park Entrance – Fairbanks (198km) Return by bus to the Denali National Park entrance area, then drive the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. Day 5: Fairbanks Day 6: Fairbanks – Tok (325km) Day 7: Tok – Dawson City (297km) The Top of the World Highway brings you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. With your arrival in Dawson City you might feel you just landed in a different century. Experience the old Klondike in its well-kept colour and fame. Day 8: Dawson City Day 9: Dawson City – Whitehorse (532km) Day 10: Whitehorse

Day 4: Homer Day 5: Homer – Cooper Landing (193km) Day 6: Cooper Landing – Girdwood (106km) This afternoon experience dog sledding on a glacier. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to the unique glacier base camp that serves as a summertime training ground for Iditarod sled dogs. Day 7: Girdwood – Talkeetna (241km) Day 8: Talkeetna – Denali National Park Entrance (169km) and Denali Backcountry Lodge

13 days/12 nights

Day 4: Talkeetna – Denali National Park (169km) Day 5: Denali National Park Adventure Explore on this day tour and return by bush plane. Day 6: Denali National Park – Fairbanks (198km) Day 7: Fairbanks – Copper River (417km) Day 8: Copper River – Chitina (79km) – McCarthy (via bush plane) Your flight has spectacular views of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Day 9: McCarthy/Kennicott Day 10: McCarthy – Chitina (via bush plane) – Valdez (194km)

Day 9: Denali National Park Day 10: Denali Backcountry Lodge – Denali National Park Entrance Day 11: Denali National Park Entrance – Anchorage (383km)

Day 11: Valdez Take a cruise to Columbia or Meares Glacier. Day 12: Valdez – Sheep Mountain Lodge (309km) Day 13: Sheep Mountain Lodge – Anchorage (172km)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Sep)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Aug)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Aug)

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, some sightseeing, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners at Denali Backcountry Lodge

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, some sightseeing, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners & national park entrance fee

Inclusions: 12 nights accommodation, some sightseeing, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch & national park entrance fee

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, some admission fees/activities & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, some admission fees/activities & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, some admission fees/activities & surcharges

Price Guide From: $3773

Price Guide From: $6031

Price Guide From: $5018

Fairbanks ALASKA Denali Backcountry Lodge Talkeetna Denali Anchorage National Tok Park Entrance

GULF OF ALASKA

CANADA Dawson City

Whitehorse YUKON TERRITORY

Denali National Park Entrance

Denali Backcountry Lodge

Talkeetna

ALASKA

Cooper Landing Homer

Girdwood Whittier

Seward

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Talkeetna Sheep Mountain Lodge

ALASKA Anchorage

Fairbanks

Denali National Park Entrance Denali Backcountry Lodge

Anchorage Chitina Seward

Valdez

Copper River McCarthy/ Kennicott

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Denali Backcountry Explorer 3 days/2 nights

Kenai National Park Lodges & Glaciers 4 days/3 nights

Kenai Fjords & Denali Backcountry Delights 9 days/8 nights

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic highway on your coach trip to Denali. See the wildlife of Denali National Park and learn about the park’s history. Then experience the Alaskan Railroad on your train journey to Fairbanks.

Head south from Anchorage on the Alaskan Railway to Seward and travel to Fox Island for an overnight adventure. On your way back to Anchorage enjoy scenic visits at Exit Glacier and Alyeska for an aerial tram ride.

View glaciers, wildlife and spectacular scenery on this unique journey through Alaska. Enjoy some once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Redoubt Bay, Girdwood, Kenai Fjords and Denali National Park.

Day 1: Anchorage – Denali Backcountry Lodge (coach) On your way to the Denali National Park your driver will give you some history of the area as you travel the George Parks Highway. After lunch hop on the private bus which will take you to Denali Backcountry Lodge, your home for the night. The six hour trip along a restricted road is called one of the grandest drives on earth, you may even see grizzlies and moose along the way.

Day 1: Anchorage – Seward (rail/cruise) The scenic train journey takes you along Cook Inlet and into the glacier-filled Chugach Mountains.

Day 1: Anchorage

Day 2: Denali National Park Nestled in a snug valley, the Denali Backcountry Lodge is a true wilderness experience. Spend the day hiking, gold panning and enjoying the scenery of Denali National Park. You can also visit Fannie Quigley’s Cabin, home of one of the original miners from the early twentieth century. Day 3: Denali Backcountry Lodge – Fairbanks (coach/rail) An early departure gives you another opportunity to view the magnificent scenery along the route back to the Denali National Park Entrance. This afternoon, board the Denali Star train to Fairbanks where you can enjoy the scenery along the way.

Day 2: Fox Island Today, enjoy a guided sea kayak trip through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Look for puffins, sea lions and seals as you explore the rocky coves of Fox Island. Day 3: Fox Island – Seward (cruise) Depart this morning on the Northwestern Fjord Cruise. Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than with any other cruise and visit the magnificent Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers and numerous alpine glaciers. This cruise is the best way to see this pristine national park and its inhabitants. Day 4: Seward – Anchorage (coach) Begin your adventure this morning with a stop at Exit Glacier. Next, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife, before heading back to Anchorage.

Day 2: Anchorage – Redoubt Bay – Anchorage (flight) Half day guided tour with the chance to view Alaska’s black and brown bears. Day 3: Anchorage – Girdwood (rail) Experience a helicopter ride and glacier landing. Day 4: Girdwood – Seward (coach) Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre. Day 5: Northwestern Fjord Cruise Full day Kenai Fjords Cruise to see the magnificent Northwestern Fjord. Day 6: Seward – Talkeetna (coach) Day 7: Talkeetna – Denali National Park Entrance (rail) Take a journey on the Alaska Railroad to Denali. Optional activities such as helicopter flights or landing on a glacier are available. Day 8: Denali National Park Backcountry Adventure (coach) Discover Denali National Park and search for a bear, moose and other wildlife. Day 9: Denali National Park Entrance – Fairbanks (rail) This afternoon enjoy your trip north on the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks.

Departures: Daily (Jun-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Jun-Aug)

Departures: Daily (Jun-Aug)

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation in a cabin, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, scheduled coach transfer with driver commentary, activities as per itinerary, Goldstar seating onboard Alaska Railroad

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, activities as per itinerary, Goldstar seating onboard Alaska Railroad, cruise transfer to Fox Island, transfer between Seward train station & the harbour

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, 5 lunches, 1 dinner, bear viewing, glacier helicopter tour, Northwestern Fjord cruise, Denali tour, Goldstar seating onboard Alaska Railroad

Price Guide From: $2852

Price Guide From: $3953

Denali National Park

Key: Coach Rail

Fairbanks

Denali Backcountry Lodge

Denali National Park Entrance

ALASKA Anchorage

Key: Coach Rail

ALASKA Anchorage

Price Guide From: $8238 Key: Coach Rail

Fairbanks

CANADA Denali

Backcountry Lodge

Girdwood

Fox Island Seward

Denali National Park Entrance Talkeetna

Anchorage Redoubt Bay Lodge

Girdwood

ALASKA

Seward

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Glacier Bay GULF OF ALASKA The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges National Park may apply depending on travel date.


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Bear Viewing on Kodiak Island

Bear Viewing at Brooks Lodge

2 days/1 night

2 days/1 night

Known as the Emerald Isle this is a place of spectacular scenic beauty and wilderness, but the real stars of Kodiak are its famous bears. There are over 2700 coastal brown bears living on the Kodiak Island archipelago. Rarely seen on the road system, floatplanes are the best way to see a good number of bears in a short period of time.

Each year millions of salmon burst from the Bering Sea into the streams of Katmai National Park, making this a superb place for viewing bears. As the lodge is just a short walk to three viewing platforms right on the river, you can take your time and enjoy the surrounds and watch the bears at your leisure (after your bear briefing by a ranger).

Departures: Daily (Apr-Sep) Inclusions: 1 night accommodation, 4 hour bear viewing flight with landings to view bears Price Guide From: $1428

Departures: Daily (Jun-Sep) Inclusions: 1 night accommodation, return flights from Anchorage to King Salmon, return floatplane to Brooks Lodge Price Guide From: $2773

Aurora Viewing at Chena Hot Springs Resort

Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge

3 days/2 nights

3 days/2 nights

Located 95 scenic kilometres from Fairbanks, this is a great place to view the aurora, the resort’s remote location also creates a perfect environment for wildlife viewing. World-famous for its legendary healing mineral waters you’ll have time for a dip in the hot springs as you won’t head out for aurora viewing until 10pm.

With so many cloud free nights and being located directly under the Auroral Band, the highest aurora activity in the Northern Hemisphere, this is an amazing place to go for aurora viewing. At night, view the lights from a rustic lakeside cabin three kilometres from the lodge. With no light pollution at the lake there is a spectacular view of the night sky.

Departures: Daily (Aug-Apr) Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, return transport from Fairbanks, unlimited access to Chena Hot Springs, Ice Museum Tour, Nightly Snow Coach Aurora Tours Price Guide From: $1135

Departures: Daily (Oct-Apr) Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, return flights from Fairbanks, all meals, aurora viewing, arctic gear, village tour Price Guide From: $2180

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Arctic Ocean Adventure

Denali Backcountry Lodge

3 days/2 nights

3 days/2 nights

Leave Fairbanks and head toward the Arctic Ocean. Travel along the rugged Dalton Highway and cross the Arctic Circle on your way to Coldfoot. Continue north, climb over the Continental Divide and explore the amazing Arctic Tundra. Visit the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and touch the frigid Arctic Ocean before flying back to Fairbanks.

Located at the very end of the Denali Park Road in Kantishna you’ll find the Denali Backcountry Lodge. This remote lodge is the ideal place to base yourself to explore rugged backcountry of the national park. Take day hikes, pan for gold or take a photography or botany walk. Ask about flying back to the entrance by bush plane.

Departures: Set Departures (May-Sep) Inclusions: 1 night Coldfoot, 1 night Prudhoe Bay, driver guide from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay (van), flight Prudhoe Bay - Fairbanks. Note: accommodation is basic with shared bathroom facilities. Price Guide From: $2256

Departures: Set Departures (Jul-Sep) Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, bus transportation from Denali National Park entrance, all meals, select activities, national park entrance fee Price Guide From: $2326

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Glacier Bay Lodge, Glacier Bay

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

2 days/1 night

3 days/2 nights

Glacier Bay National Park is spectacular with 16 tidewater glaciers and 30 alpine glaciers. This lodge is on the border of the park and you can go for walks, go to talks or go kayaking. On day two take a cruise to the face of the calving Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, rising 76 meters above the waterline and stretching another 30 meters below the water.

Located on the beautiful and remote Fox Island, a 45 minute boat ride from Seward. You’ll have plenty of time to explore; take a ranger led walk, hike, kayak or simply enjoy the lodge’s view overlooking gorgeous Halibut Cove. On day three, cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park to see wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breath-taking scenery.

Departures: Daily (May-Sep) Inclusions: 1 night accommodation, return flights from Juneau or Skagway to Gustavus, transfers to the lodge, Glacier Bay National Park Cruise with lunch Price Guide From: $1291

Departures: Daily (May-Sep) Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, boat transfer to Fox Island, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 8 hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise, kayaking (1 day or 2 x half days) Price Guide From: $2795

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


TOURING & CRUISING CANADA & ALASKA

Wells Gray Provincial Park


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SIMPLY THE BEST... WAY TO HOLIDAY Trafalgar infuses every trip with the best moments, like their exclusive Insider Experiences, VIP treatment and relaxing free time. Every element of their holidays is carefully crafted to take you to the heart of a destination, bringing local cultures to life with the perfect balance of the right experiences, sights, inclusions, hotels, even the locals you meet. Giving you the best holiday.

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Best of Eastern Canada

Alaska and the Yukon

9 days/8 nights

14 days/13 nights

Explore Canada’s cosmopolitan cities, French and British heritage and majestic natural landscapes, from the cascading waters of Niagara Falls to the pretty meadows and ice wine vineyards of Ontario and Québec.

Discover Klondike tales, ethereal frontier landscapes and the continent’s highest peaks on this mesmerising journey through Alaska and Canada’s Yukon territory including Denali National Park.

Trip Highlights: -- Immerse yourself in the local flavours of Niagara with a taste of ice wine, a local speciality, and some of the area’s regional cuisine at a family-owned winery -- Join a Local Specialist for included sightseeing in Québec City and Montréal -- Visit CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Parc Omega Safari Park, Québec City, Montréal

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Jun-Aug)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, daily full breakfasts, 2 lunches including Be My Guest, 3 dinners, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, daily full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $3325

Price Guide From: $7650

GULF OF ST LAWRENCE

QUÉBEC

CANADA ONTARIO

Toronto

Denali National Park

Valdez

Kingston Lake Ontario

ALASKA CANADA Tok

Dawson City YUKON TERRITORY

Montréal

OTTAWA Lake Huron

Key: Coach Rail

Anchorage

Québec City

GULF OF ALASKA

Whitehorse Skagway

Niagara Falls

Lake Erie

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Trip Highlights: -- Meet a local gold miner who will reveal the past and present value of gold and its influence on the region -- Learn about Tombstone Territorial Park gaining insights into the park’s wildlife and tundra landscape -- Enjoy a cruise through Prince William Sound with its dense concentration of glaciers and waterfalls -- Visit Anchorage, Valdez, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Chicken Alaska, Dawson City, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Denali National Park and more

USA The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

BRITISH COLUMBIA


Insight Vacations provides seamless, stress-free travel with small group sizes, luxury coaches with business class legroom, and hand-picked hotels in exceptional locations. Their trips include a carefully curated collection of authentic experiences and mustsee attractions, with highly-trained Travel Directors on hand to ensure your journey runs smoothly.

Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast

Best of Eastern Canada and USA

14 days/13 nights

16 days/15 nights

This fabulous journey is as relaxed as the Canadian wilderness is vast. Discover the majestic landscapes of Banff and Jasper National Parks and nourish your palate at a waterfront celebration in Seattle.

Uncover the best of Eastern Canada and USA. From delicious regional delicacies in Montpelier, to the sweeping skylines of New York City; you’ll be taken aback by Canada’s natural wonder and the US’s history.

Trip Highlights: -- Vancouver: Join your Travel Director as they share all of the city highlights of this bustling west coast seaport -- Icefields Parkway: Experience Athabasca Glacier, onboard a specially designed Ice Explorer, with an expert driver guide -- Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Join a Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people -- Glacier National Park: Board a traditional Red Jammer for a private tour with a park veteran and enjoy the stunning views -- Seattle: Sightseeing uncovers all of the city’s major sights

Trip Highlights: -- Montréal: Discover this city's quaint old-world charm as well as its more thriving modern areas -- Québec: Take in the city’s unique European charm with your Québecois Local Expert -- Niagara Falls: Experience the howling spray, wind and thunder at the base of the falls onboard a cruise -- Washington, DC: View the sites of this historic capital including the White House and Capitol Hill -- New York: Enjoy sweeping skyline views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at New York’s famed Rockefeller Centre

Departures: Set departures (Jun-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 13 nights premium accommodation with full breakfasts daily, 2 lunches, 7 evening meals, experienced Trip Director, luxury 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 15 nights premium accommodation with full breakfasts daily, 1 lunch, 5 evening meals, experienced Trip Director, luxury 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom & sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $8950

Price Guide From: $8275

CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA

Victoria

Chase

ALBERTA

Banff

Toronto Niagara Falls

Seattle

Spokane WASHINGTON

Babb Glacier National Park MONTANA

Lake Erie

USA

Bar Harbour

Lake Ontario

Boston MASSACHUSETTS

PENNSYLVANIA MARYLAND

Québec City MAINE

Montréal ONTARIO OTTAWA

Vancouver

USA

QUÉBEC

CANADA Jasper

TOURI NG

TRAVELLING WITH INSIGHT VACATIONS

New York Philadelphia

ATLANTIC OCEAN

WASHINGTON, DC

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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VIKING CRUISES Viking fares are highly inclusive, offering dining in a range of venues, wine and beer with meals and an excursion in every port at no extra cost. Viking ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. As the Thinking Person’s Cruise line, Viking offers everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

Alaska and The Inside Passage

North Pacific Passage

11 days/10 nights

23 days/22 nights

Immerse yourself in a world of Tlingit heritage with hints of Russia. As you cruise this wilderness of misty fjords, forest and walls of ice, pan for gold, meet local Tlingit who have fished these waters for centuries.

Unravel the mysteries of Japan and learn about life in remote Russia before crossing the Bering Sea. In Alaska, cruise into glacier-strewn bays, stopping in former frontier towns to hear stories from locals.

Cruise Highlights: -- Ketchikan: Discover Alaska’s ‘first city’ as its known for travellers coming by ship from the south -- Juneau: Alaska’s capital, named for an early prospector, is the only USA capital inaccessible by road. Marvel at its fjord-like dramatic setting between mountains and sea. -- Skagway: This was a gateway for prospectors arriving during the Klondike Gold Rush, and today still evokes an Old West spirit

Cruise Highlights: -- Dutch Harbor: A charming town on the Unalaska Island of the Aleutians in Alaska where the Russian fur trading reached in the mid-18th century -- Kodiak: Join a bear safari or spot humpback whales off the Katmai coast -- Sitka: Admire the fascinating totem poles and immerse yourself in heritage in this scenic city -- Valdez: Beautifully set along a deep fjord in Prince William Sound, enjoy exploring this small fishing town

Departures: Set departures

Departures: 15 May 20 (Tokyo-Vancouver), 24 Aug 20 (Vancouver-Tokyo)

Inclusions: 10 night cruise onboard a luxury Viking ship, all meals including 24 hour room service, beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner, WiFi, 1 complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

Inclusions: 22 night cruise onboard a luxury Viking ship, all meals including 24 hour room service, beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner, WiFi, 1 complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

Price Guide From: $7995

Price Guide From: $13,329

ALASKA Valdez Seward

CANADA

Icy Strait Point

ALASKA

RUSSIA

Hubbard Glacier Skagway Juneau

Sitka

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Dutch Harbor

Seward Kodiak

Valdez Hubbard Glacier Icy Strait Point Sitka Ketchikan Inside Passage Vancouver

Ketchikan

INSIDE PASSAGE

CANADA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

JAPAN

Sapporo (Otaru)

PACIFIC OCEAN

Tokyo

Vancouver

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The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on dates shown. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Prices are inclusive of gratuities, port charges & government fees.

USA


A recognised leader in premium cruising for nearly 150 years, Holland America Line visits over 400 ports connecting with all seven continents. Their guests are explorers, foodies and music lovers who want to pursue these passions on perfectly sized, refreshingly uncrowded ships with one-of-kind culinary experiences, the best in live music, and service that attends to every detail, every day.

Newfoundland and New England Discovery

Great Alaskan Explorer

11 days/10 nights

15 days/14 nights

This journey onboard Zuiderdam, visits the majestic sites and scenes found only along the fabulously rocky and history-drenched coastlines of Canada and New England.

A classic Alaska cruise onboard Maasdam, featuring the famed Inside Passage, combining outstanding scenery with action-packed adventure options ashore.

Cruise Highlights: -- Halifax: A spirited mix of world-class history and nautical-themed museums alongside bunkers and fortresses that guarded the harbour -- St Anthony: Near the northern tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, tiny St. Anthony (population: 2418) predates even the famed navigator and explorer Jacques Cartier -- Baie-Comeau, Québec - Baie-Comeau is beautifully located on the banks of the Mancouagan and Saint Lawrence Rivers. -- Québec City, Québec: Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City, Canada. Older than Jamestown and founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, it is the only city north of Mexico whose original fortifications remain intact

Cruise Highlights: -- Misty Fjords: Part of Tongass National Forest and home to grizzlies, salmon, whales, mountain goats and deer -- Inian Islands: Located at the northernmost point where the Gulf of Alaska enters the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, the Inian Islands is Alaska at its most pristine and wild -- Hubbard Glacier: Is up to 65 meters wide at its face and 50 meters tall, but that’s only the tiniest piece of the ice -- Valdez: Offers every kind of salmon, huge halibut and ample opportunity to reel them in. Rivers and streams spill into the Sound here and are ideal for kayaking

Departures: September 2020

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 10 night cruise in an Interior Stateroom, all meals*, entertainment & activities onboard, port taxes & government fees

Inclusions: 14 night cruise in an Interior Stateroom, all meals*, entertainment & activities onboard, port taxes & government fees

Price Guide From: $2617

Price Guide From: $2767

St Anthony

Anchorage Homer

Havre-Saint-Pierre

C RUI S I NG

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

ALASKA Valdez Hubbard Glacier

St Johns Baie-Comeau

Icy Strait Point

CANADA

GULF OF ALASKA

Ketchikan

Haines Juneau Misty Fjords

Québec City Halifax Bar Harbor

USA

Boston

CANADA ATLANTIC OCEAN

INSIDE PASSAGE

Vancouver

USA

The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on the cabin category outlined. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Prices are inclusive of port charges & government taxes. Gratuities are additional. *Surcharge for specialty dining. Prices are subject to change at time of booking.

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PRINCESS CRUISES™ Princess Cruises™ offer a range of enriching cruises to see the Great Land’s glaciers, wildlife and national parks from the perspective of spectacular ships, exclusive rail service and Princess Wilderness Lodges™. With both round trip and one-way Alaska cruises, come find yourself in the heart of the wilderness and discover the very best of Alaska.

Voyage of the Glaciers with Glacier Bay (Northbound)

Inside Passage (Roundtrip Vancouver)

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, the highlight of this seven night Voyage of the Glaciers cruise.

Experience more of the gorgeous Inside Passage than you ever imagined. Departing from Vancouver, you’ll sail through this breathtaking waterway en route to dazzling glaciers and friendly frontier ports.

Cruise Highlights: -- Be out on deck for scenic cruising of the beautiful Inside Passage between Anchorage and Vancouver, looking out for wildlife along the way -- Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of Glacier Bay National Park where you'll glide along emerald waters and past calving icebergs -- College Fjord not only boasts the world's largest collection of tidewater glaciers, but it features magnificent snowcapped mountains as far as the eyes can see

Cruise Highlights: -- Juneau is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains -- Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travellers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. -- Today, Skagway has less than 1000 residents. It still retains the flavour of the gold rush era

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep) (also operates Southbound)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 7 night cruise onboard Coral Princess in an Interior Stateroom, all main meals, entertainment, activities onboard

Inclusions: 7 night cruise onboard Royal Princess® in an Interior Stateroom, all main meals, entertainment, activities onboard

Price Guide From: $1406 (based on 20 May 2020 departure)

Price Guide From: $1542 (based on 19 Sep 2020 departure)

®

®

Anchorage

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

Icy Strait Point

GULF OF ALASKA

ALASKA

ALASKA

Skagway Skagway Juneau

Ketchikan

GULF OF ALASKA

Ketchikan

Juneau

CANADA INSIDE PASSAGE

CANADA

INSIDE PASSAGE

Vancouver

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Vancouver

The price guide shown is per adult twin share, based on dates shown. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Prices are inclusive of port charges & government fees. Gratuities are additional – refer to Princess Passage contract.


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Please read these booking conditions carefully CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT The guarantees under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will apply to services supplied by us except where they are acquired, or held out as being acquired for business purposes. 1. OUR SERVICES AND OBLIGATIONS 1.1 House of Travel Ltd (‘we” or “us” as the case may be) supply services consisting of arranging and co-ordinating travel facilities and services, and making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers of travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services (“Suppliers”). House of Travel Ltd is part of the House of Travel group. 1.2 We undertake to perform these services with reasonable care and skill. We will not be liable for any loss or damage which results from the act, default or omission of any person other than ourselves, our employees or agents, or any cause independent of human control. This includes (but is not limited to), loss or damage which arises directly or indirectly from any act of God, weather disruptions, dangers incidental to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of Governments or other authorities de jure or de facto, wars whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, deaths, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines or medical or customs regulations. 1.3 We are not able to exercise control over services we do not supply directly, therefore we will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from: • Any booking made directly with a service Supplier by your travel agent, or • Any services which are not directly provided by us and which are additional to those recorded in clause 1.1 above. 1.4 We will endeavour to provide the most suitable travel arrangements to meet the particular requirements you make known to us. However, travel is an individual experience, and your preferences and opinions may vary from our own. For this reason, we cannot take responsibility for your individual satisfaction. 2. SUPPLY OF TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES 2.1 When we make bookings with Suppliers, we are acting as a booking agent for such Supplier. 2.2 All travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services are supplied directly to you by the Suppliers. We have no control over the facilities or services themselves, or the manner in which they are provided by the Suppliers. Therefore you should be aware of the following conditions: • We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind which may arise from your use or consumption of, or inability to use or consume those facilities or services. • The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier. • Where for any reason, a Supplier is unable to provide particular facilities or services, then that Supplier may be entitled, under its contract with you, to substitute those services or facilities with comparable or equivalent facilities or services without incurring any liability to you. You should check your contract with each Supplier. • All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier.

your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you. 4.3 Maps and Photographs: Maps are shown for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied. 4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: Based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for specific bedding arrangements must be made at the time of booking but can not be guaranteed. For example, twin share may consist of single beds or a shared double bed. 4.6 Rental Cars: We cannot guarantee to provide a particular model or colour within the car category. Availability of car categories is subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute different models. If a vehicle is returned prior to the end of the reserved rental period or if the vehicle is picked up later than the reserved date, NO REFUND will be made for unused rental days 5. PRICES 5.1 The prices provided are a guide only based on low season, per adult share twin pricing and are correct at the time of printing. The actual price may differ to that indicated due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Prices for tours are based on per adult per tour for share twin based on low season travel. Prices for cruises are per person for the complete cruise based on the lead-in cabin category on a low season sailing. 5.2 We will guarantee the price of the portion of the booking as processed by us, against currency fluctuation for a period of seven (7) days from the time of confirmation of the booking; note: special conditions apply for cruise bookings. It is the responsibility of your travel agent to advise you of the date of confirmation. If your booking remains unpaid after the seven (7) day guarantee period it will be subject to currency fluctuation, up to the time full payment is received by us. 5.3 Events beyond our control, such as changes to the prices of aviation fuel or changes to the cost of services or facilities may result in the prices charged to you being different from those shown in the brochure. You should check all prices with your travel agent before making reservations, and before ticketing.

11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included. 12. VISAS/PASSPORTS For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information. 13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION

16. LEGAL CLAIMS

To assist you with the selection of your accommodation, we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. Please note that these gradings are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. In general the room sizes in Canada & Alaska can vary, even within one property. Please check with your House of Travel consultant to ensure you get the property that best suits your needs.

Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries.

7. PAYMENT

7.2 A communication charge may be made for bookings requested less than 72 hours prior to departure.

4.2 Facilities or services may change after the date of printing. We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if

We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information.

6. HOUSE OF TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION RATINGS

3. BUSINESS PURPOSES

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10. INSURANCE

5.4 Prices may also be liable to variation between the time of booking and the date of departure due to events beyond our control. Due to unforeseen events we reserve the right to vary the price up to the time of your departure.

7.1 A non-refundable deposit will be required by your travel agent and must be paid at the time of booking. This is in addition to any deposits imposed by Suppliers.

4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE

We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a $25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees.

During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey.

• We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage relating to your baggage, personal possessions, health or welfare, or delays or travel disruptions unless these arise directly from the service we provide to you.

You agree that where our services are acquired for business purposes, or where you hold yourself out as acquiring our services for business purposes, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not apply to any supply of goods or services made under these conditions, and we will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to you, including any consequential loss or damage however it may be caused.

9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS

7.3 Final payment must be made in full before we can release travel documents (including tickets). 8. CANCELLATION 8.1 If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, you must advise us in writing through your travel agent as soon as possible. 8.2 If you cancel your booking or any part of your booking, we will impose a cancellation fee in respect of each person travelling under that booking. You must also pay all cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and your travel agent. These cancellation fees are required to offset booking, communication, and administrative charges which have already been incurred by us, Suppliers and your travel agent. Cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and travel agents are beyond our control and you should check with your travel agent regarding what cancellation fees may be applicable. 8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10.

17. IMAGES Some images used in this brochure are courtesy of Tourism Vancouver, Destination BC, Canadian Tourism Commission, Québec City Tourism, Tourism Whistler, Tourism Montréal, Tourism Victoria, Niagara Parks Commission, Tourism Nova Scotia, Government of Yukon, Ottawa Tourism, Visit Anchorage, State of Alaska, Tourisme Québec, Butchart Gardens, Travel Alberta, Destination Canada, Brewster Travel Canada, Tourism PEI, Parks Canada, Discover Holidays, Travel Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism and Tourism Saskatchewan.


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