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ARCTIC OCEAN GREENLAND (DENMARK)

Prudhoe Bay

ALASKA Fairbanks Denali National Park Anchorage Kodiak Island

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Whitehorse Anchorage Fairbanks

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Front Cover: Floatplane, Alaska


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Contents General Information

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Welcome to Alaska

Accommodation Ratings

Anchorage

6 Tips for your Canada & Alaska Holiday

Fairbanks

Experience West Coast Canada

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Denali National Park, Kenai Peninsula, Juneau Alaska by Rail

Vancouver Accommodation & Sightseeing

Alaska Independent Tours

Overnight Tours from Vancouver

Self-Drive Alaska

Victoria, Vancouver Island

Arctic & Wildlife Tours

Whistler

Touring & Cruising Canada & Alaska

The Canadian Rockies Calgary

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Take a Tour

Calgary Stampede

Experience East Coast Canada

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Windstar Cruises

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Holland America Line Carnival Cruise

Toronto Niagara Falls Montréal

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Québec City Halifax

Explore Canada

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Touring by Rental Car Adventure by Motorhome Self-Drive Canada Explore by Rail Rocky Mountaineer Canadian Independent & Coach Tours Wildlife Tours & Lodges

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 excellent facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. 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 suits 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 based in New Zealand dollars.

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6 TIPS for your

Canada & Alaska Holiday

© Tourism Whistler; Andrew Strain

Spectacular seasons

Wildlife on the move

Trains, planes and automobiles

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.

From giant moose with jutting antlers to polar bears in the very north, the wildlife here is as abundant as the maple syrup (or Alaskan salmon).

Everyone knows of the USA and Route 66, but Canada is just as epic for a road trip. This is history, culture and natural beauty at its very best, and with a massive terrain of 9.985 million km², discovering this diverse land by road is an absolute pleasure. Coastline, prairies, mountains and emerald lakes, it’s all in Canada.

Autumn in Canada’s north-west 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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Enjoy real-life encounters with enormous whales; there are more than 30 species in the Canadian oceans, many of which are quite acrobatic. Tour boats are kitted out with whale-watching mod cons such as elevated viewing platforms, 360 degree lookouts and hydrophones. To witness the formidable ‘salmon runs’ in all its leaping, writhing glory, Autumn brings a mass of thrashing salmon heading steadily up Canada and Alaska’s streams. Notably Adams River in British Columbia, home to one of the world’s most celebrated salmon runs. Optimum grizzly bear viewing months fall between spring and autumn, before they take a gigantic bear-sized nap for winter.

The renowned Rocky Mountaineer showcases North America’s highest peaks, while the Alaska Railroad network is immensely popular in summer, its wide windows and domes providing the perfect vantage point. Alaska is also famed for its float planes. As the largest state in the U.S., it’s also the least accessible by road. Providing the perfect excuse to take to the skies from the water. What an experience!


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Natural wonders

Poutine Canada on the culinary map

A collection of cultures

You can see the Northern Lights in both Canada and Alaska. The most reliable spot in Alaska is Fairbanks because it sits directly under the aurora oval, whereas in Canada, Yellowknife is the winter bolthole for jaw-dropping aurora viewing.

Canada’s famed poutine is found nationwide. 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 and is open 24 hours a day. While Québec hosts an annual ‘Poutine Week’ during the first week of February.

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.

Also in Canada, you’ll find maple syrup in/on/poured over everything and the Montréal Smoked Meat Sandwich is not to be missed.

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.

Canada’s Icefields Parkway carves a route through 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls and turquoise lakes between Jasper and Lake Louise. Remember to fill your tank before you depart, there’s only one service station en route. Alaska hosts many impressive fjords, but Kenai Fjords National Park tops the lot for startling glaciers, as well as the largest ice fields in the U.S. 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 and in winter, becomes a gigantic, naturally-forming ice rink.

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.

Alaskan traditions are so deeprooted, 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

West Coast Canada

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

Fast Facts Country Name:

Canada

Population:

37 million

Capital:

Ottawa

Currency:

Canadian Dollar

Time Zone:

Varies between states

Electricity:

Current is 120V/60HZ Plug is a 2 point rectangle-pin adaptor

Festivals and Events 2018

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Dine Out Vancouver

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Winterlude, Ottawa

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Montréal Jazz Festival

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Canada Day

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Calgary Stampede

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Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Montréal

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Toronto Film Festival

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Thanksgiving Day

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 old-world 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 on another 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.


Vancouver Ski or snowboard in the morning, play golf or go kayaking in the afternoon, Vancouver’s location between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains makes all this possible and also ensures that the city regularly features among the most liveable cities in the world. With Mother Nature on your front doorstep it’s no wonder Vancouver abounds with outdoor activities from sailing to hiking the Grouse Grind Mountain Trail just 20 minutes from the city. But, as British Columbia’s largest city, Vancouver is also a sophisticated centre of arts, shopping and entertainment. Explore farmers markets, exotic Chinatown with its apothecary shops, or spot the stars and smell the coffee on trendy Robson Street.

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. Aquabus – An easy and fun way to head across to Granville Island and the inner part of False Creek and Yaletown.

Capilano Suspension Bridge – Cross the 70-metre-

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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.

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.

©Tourism Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Gastown – Once the terminal for the Canadian Pacific Railway, this and the adjoining warehouse district have been transformed into a chic neighbourhood. Filled with sidewalk cafés, cool restaurants, unique shopping, and leafy parks. Yaletown – Experience the charm of historic Vancouver, born in 1867. Visit fashion shops, galleries, restaurants or experience the nightlife.

Grouse Mountain – Just 20 minutes from downtown © Destination BC; Blake Jorgenson

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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 wildlife refuge, thrilling outdoor adventure, summer activities galore, and the best in local snow sports.

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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Vancouver Accommodation

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A great option if you like to have a bit more space than a standard hotel room and the convenience of kitchen facilities. The suites and apartments are very spacious and the hotel is well equipped with a day spa, a great restaurant, a Comedy Club and a little café all on-site. Location wise it’s just two blocks from the heart of the Robson Street shops and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Blue Horizon Hotel

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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 Attractions Trolley 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.


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Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel

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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.

Georgian Court Hotel

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This boutique hotel, traditional in style, is in a great spot opposite BC Place Stadium, where you can catch the local football or American football teams in action - if you prefer ice hockey Rogers Arena home of the Canucks is just a 10 minute walk away. Vancouver has a great culinary scene, and there are some great restaurants in the Gastown and Yaletown areas, which are both just a 10 minute walk away – as is the heart of downtown.

Hotel Blu

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With deluxe rooms, suites and lofts, this boutique hotel has super stylish options – all with the latest technology, you can turn on your TV, lights and open your curtains all from bed using the bedside tablet. They also have a free bike share system so you can jump on a bike to explore some of the nearby neighbourhoods such as Yaletown, home to great restaurants and interesting shops. Or walk 10 minutes to the ferry dock to jump on an aqua bus over to Granville Island.

Fairmont Waterfront

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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.

L’Hermitage Hotel

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Modern and elegant, this sophisticated hotel is in a prime location for shopping and sightseeing right on the corner of Robson Street. Within a few minutes walk you’ll have everything you may need in Vancouver. Granville Street with great dining and entertainment is a couple of blocks away, or take a short walk down to Gastown and enjoy the pubs, restaurants and shops of this quaint area. After a busy day on your feet, relax in the hotel’s Jacuzzi or steam room or enjoy a glass of wine beside the fire.

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This is a very sophisticated, chic hotel with a wonderful location by the harbour, with superb views of the mountains, city and water. They have one of the hottest restaurants in town ‘The Botanist’ as well as a trendy lobby bar, fabulous spa and an amazing art collection – you can explore their unique art and architecture on a self-guided tour. There are many different room types, but they are all luxurious and feature iPad2 devices with interactive customer experience technology. This is a very stylish Vancouver experience.

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Vancouver Sightseeing

The Stanley Bicycle Tour

© Tourism Vancouver; Rishad Daroowala

This unique tour includes a perfect mixture of both trail riding and seawall cruising. Weave down the pristine forest trails that crisscross 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.

World’s Best Food Truck Tour The most mind-blowing lunch experience foodies will ever have – five courses and seven tastings. Drool over delicious Berkshire pork hot dog from Terimayo, butter chicken naan kebab, hot smoked wild salmon sandwich, all topped off with a chocolate Diablo cookie.

Attractions Trolley 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.

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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.

Granville Island Market Tour

© Tourism Vancouver; Nelson Mouellic

© Tourism Vancouver; Coast Mountain Photography

© Tourism Vancouver; Patrick Kuschfeld

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.

Join some of the province’s top chefs for a guided market experience. A small group of food lovers will eat their way through © Tourism Vancouver; Coast Mountain Photography the distinct areas and learn from the professionals on where to shop, what ingredients to buy and most importantly, what to do with them.


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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.

© Tourism Whistler; Justa Jeskova

Whistler and Shannon Falls Tour Enjoy the breathtaking 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.

© Tourism Vancouver; J Haydahl

© Tourism Vancouver; Paul Bride

Sea Safari 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.

© Destination BC Reuben Krabbe

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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Step aboard the Sea Safari for an unforgettable ride of Howe Sound. Here you will find yourself racing beside steep cliffs, watching seals at play, observing the majestic bald eagles and other marine birds go about their daily activities and peak into sea caves.

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.

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Overnight Tours from Vancouver

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Discover Victoria with Floatplane

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2 days/1 night

Discover Victoria with Whale Watching 3 days/2 nights

Discover Whistler return by Floatplane 3 days/2 nights

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.

This is an experience of a lifetime. Tour the waters around Vancouver Island and have the opportunity to view orcas, dolphins and bald eagles in their natural environment.

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.

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 – Victoria Depart Vancouver in the morning on a guided coach tour to Victoria. Cruise across Georgia Strait through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island for your tour of Butchart Gardens.

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 2: Victoria Your morning whale watch tour is an exhilarating round trip in search of marine wildlife. The boat is very stable and there is a certified marine biologist and naturalist onboard.

Day 2: Whistler Board the Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the longest and highest chair lift 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: Victoria – Vancouver Explore Victoria at your leisure. The transfer back is an open ticket so you can return to Vancouver at a time that suits.

Day 3: Whistler – Vancouver Enjoy a free day to explore Whistler before departing mid afternoon on a scenic floatplane flight to Coal Harbour Downtown Vancouver.

Departures: Daily (Apr-Oct)

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Departures: Daily (May-Sep)

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

Inclusions 2 nights accommodation, 5 hour guided tour, admission to the Butchart Gardens, 3 hour Orca Spirit Whale Watch, transfer from Victoria to Vancouver

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, 3 hour one way tour to Whistler, Peak 2 Peak Gondola, admission to Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, floatplane from Whistler to Vancouver

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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.

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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.


Victoria, Vancouver Island

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A perfect day in Victoria, Vancouver Island

On the southern tip of Vancouver Island, an elegant reminder of 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 outside 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 90 minute ferry ride across the gulf or spoil yourself and take a 35 minute floatplane trip where you’ll be awarded with amazing views of the gulf.

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. 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 artefacts 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 Knife and Fork Culinary Tour and the Craft Beer Culinary 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 familyowned. 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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Our favourite things to see and do

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

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Whistler

Our favourite things to see and do

A perfect day 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 here 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, including Whistler Brewhouse and Quattro, are in one multi-course meal and this means it’s one of the rare opportunities when you actually can have it all.

Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre – This centre is dedicated to the history and culture of local First Nation 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. 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. River of Golden Dreams – Float your boat down Whistler’s own lazy river, the meandering five 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. Skiing – Whistler Blackcomb features two majestic mountains and epic skiing and snowboarding conditions. Skiing and snowboarding equipment rental shops are conveniently located throughout the village.

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Aava Whistler Delta Whistler Village Suites Westin Resort & Spa

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The Canadian Rockies The Canadian Rockies are home to four interlocking national parks - Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho - which means there is over 25,000 square kilometres of protected land. Everything you’ve heard about this area is true, it really is bursting with beautiful snow-capped peaks, emerald lakes and glistening glaciers. As the main highway running from east to west Canada goes through the area, so many of these stunning gems are incredibly easy to access. For example, driving from Banff to Jasper National Parks will have you travelling along the Icefields Parkway, one of North America’s most scenic drives. Along this road are some of the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies, stunning lakes, waterfalls, wildlife and more than 100 glaciers!

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Lake Louise

Banff

Jasper

Welcome to the most photographed spot in the Rockies – Lake Louise. To beat the crowds in summer, for that perfect photo of majestic Victoria Glacier, treat yourself to a stay at Fairmont Château Lake Louise – the only hotel right on the glistening emerald lake.

One of Canada’s top alpine resort towns with award-winning restaurants, unique shops and hot mineral springs as well as plenty of scenic wonders all within an alpine village setting.

Jasper is a peaceful, quaint village where you can explore the outdoors. There is an abundance of wildlife close to town and hiking trails through Jasper National Park. Enjoy a hike through the Valley of the Five Lakes or head along the path to Cavell Meadows where you’ll be awarded with views of the beautiful lake and glacier.

In summer hire a canoe and spend a few hours on the lake or take a walk along the northern shores to fully appreciate this ‘Jewel of the Rockies’. There’s a stunning waterfall hidden at the back of the lake that freezes in the winter months. This is a great place to get back to nature and you might even be lucky enough to spot a bear or two in the nearby woods.

For the most spectacular views and photo opportunities in Banff National Park, the Banff Gondola will take you to the top of Sulphur Mountain on a seven minute ride. The views of the surrounding mountains and downtown Banff are spectacular. A short walk out of town will have you taking photos of the beautiful Bow Falls and Bow River. Take a walk along the hoodoos trail or drive to Surprise Corner which has great views of the Bow River.

Take in the view of the well photographed Spirit Island at Maligne Lake on a lake cruise or stop at Maligne Canyon for some staggering views of the river below, thundering through a series of beautiful waterfalls.

To finish off your day enjoy a visit to the Upper Hot Springs near the Banff Gondola. These are an excellent place to relax and soak in the wondrously hot waters surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas.

Heading south out of town is the stunning Icefields Parkway that heads all the way down to Banff. You’ll be able to 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.

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

• Deer Lodge • Fairmont Château Lake Louise

• Fox Hotel & Suites • Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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

One of the most popular hikes is the walk to Lake Agnes. Make sure to stop at Lake Agnes Tea House, where a slice of freshly baked apple crumble accompanies a cup of their 100 different varieties of tea. Lake Louise is a year round destination and in winter you’ll be busy with world-class skiing, ice skating and sleigh rides.

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Calgary

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Our favourite things to see and do

A perfect day in Calgary

Glenbow Museum – An art and history museum where you’ll learn loads about the area including about the local Blackfoot First Nation people.

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. 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.

It’s easy to lose track of time at Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada’s largest living history museum, just a short drive from Calgary downtown. 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, savour baked treats from the Alberta Bakery or enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride. 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. Stay for dinner at the revolving restaurant and dine on the local Alberta beef.

Calgary Downtown Walking Tour – Explore downtown Calgary by foot, seeing where the locals go to shop and eat, and learn about the history of the city along the way. Lougheed House – This historic sandstone mansion was once the home of one of Calgary’s most distinguished families. Now a National Historic Site, the house and gardens have been carefully restored. Reader Rock Garden – A haven for nature lovers, this garden, named for William Reader, has been restored to the original plans. Reader designed and built the garden himself, proving that plants (over 4000 varieties) from all over the world could grow in Calgary’s climate. Fort Calgary – The exhibits at Fort Calgary tell the story of the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police, the building of Fort Calgary and the development of Calgary as a community. Travel through time and see Calgary grow as you walk down Main Street. The Badlands – About an hour out of Calgary you’ll find weird striped hills and otherworldly rock formations otherwise known as The Badlands. View the impressive Horseshoe Canyon and learn about the geology, history and native plants and animals at the Interpretive Centre. Drumheller – An hour and a half from Calgary is ‘The Dinosaur Capital of the World’ where you can visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. It is home to 130,000 fossils and is one of the best dinosaur museums in the world. You can also take the optional Dinosite Tour, a three kilometre guided walk to search for fossils, see dinosaur bones in the ground and learn about ancient Alberta. Public Art – Calgary is home to some great public art, some great ones to check out are; the ‘Famous five Ladies’, the horses in front of city hall, the 6.5 metre tall ‘Family of Man’ sculptures and the ‘Wonderland’ face sculpture.

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17th Ave South West – This cool dining strip just out of the central city, is a hotspot for the locals. There’s lots of restaurants and bars and you can easily catch the bus or grab a taxi there.

Sandman Hotel Calgary International Hotel Fairmont Palliser

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 4 days/3 nights The Calgary Stampede Rodeo features the world’s most skilled competitors and highest quality horses, bulls and steers. At night feel the pounding of hooves and trembling of the ground as you witness the heartstopping action. The Grandstand Show will dazzle you with elaborate entertainment and an incredible fireworks display. Day 1: Calgary Free day to take in the festivities. Day 2: Calgary With admission into the stampede grounds you can watch the afternoon rodeo events, including rodeo races, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, the only women’s event – barrel racing and the most physically demanding rodeo event – bareback. Day 3: Calgary Enjoy a combination of entertainment this evening at the thundering GMC Rangeland Derby with Chuckwagon Racing and the Grandstand Show – a spectacular stage show. A mix of grit and glam that you’ll never forget. Admission to the stampede grounds is also included. Day 4: Calgary Tour ends.

Note: Ask about extra nights and additional event tickets Departures: Between 06-15 Jul 18 Inclusions: 3 nights moderate accommodation, 2 day Light Rail Transit pass, Calgary Tower elevation pass, ticket to the afternoon rodeo including a souvenir program, ticket to the evening Chuckwagon Races & Grandstand Show including a souvenir program, Calgary Stampede Cowboy hat & carry bag, 2 Skyrides over stampede grounds, entrance to the stampede grounds for 2 days Price Guide From: $1163 The price guide shown is per adult twin share. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

East Coast 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. From the powerful Niagara Falls to the seat of Parliament, the vibrant metropolis of Toronto to the Canadian Mounties on parade in Ottawa, or you can enjoy many of the best museums and cultural facilities of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 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, above ground 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 fishing villages that make Atlantic Canada’s Nova Scotia, a stunning outdoor paradise. © Audet Photo Stephane Audet

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Toronto

Our favourite things to see and do

A perfect day in Toronto

Toronto is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with fun and enlightening things happening around every corner.

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, Corso Italia, GreekTown, Little Portugal and the Gerrard India Bazaar. 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.

CN Tower – Push your boundaries with the CN Tower EdgeWalk. Stroll the edge of the tower’s main pod 365 metres above street level while taking in unparalleled views from the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk. St. Lawrence Market – Grab a peameal bacon sandwich at the 200 year old market, ranked best among food markets anywhere. 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. Sport – Catch a Toronto Raptors game or cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays, Canada’s NBA and MLB teams. 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 full-sized 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.

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Bond Place Hotel Chelsea Hotel Hilton Toronto

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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Niagara Falls

A perfect day in Niagara Falls

You can’t miss this iconic visitor 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. 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. 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. 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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Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls Marriott on the Falls Hotel Sheraton on the Falls

Our favourite things to see and do 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. 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. 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. 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 – Did you know 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.


Montréal

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Our favourite things to see and do

A perfect day 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. Built in 1922 to commemorate the courage of the men of the Merchant Fleet who were lost during World War I. For lunch try the floating restaurant of the Bota Bota where you get not only spectacular river views, but a restaurant showcasing local produce. After something a little less fancy? Pick up a lunch box from Europea Espace Boutique where you can grab a gourmet sandwich and delicious pastry to eat while you explore Montréal. 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 St. Lawrence River. If you don’t feel like exploring on your own join one of the many walking or cycling tours to discover this intriguing city.

Centre d’histoire de Montréal – With three floors of exhibitions, you’ll live or re-live the rich and eventful history of Montréal. Mount Royal Chalet – The walls are decorated with pictures tracing the history of Montréal. It also has a stunning scenic lookout which offers a striking view of the downtown area and the St. Lawrence River. Christ Church Cathedral – Built between 1857 and 1859, it now stands over an underground shopping centre. Underground City – This is one of the largest underground complexes in the world. It has buildings above and below ground and is a massive web of tunnels that connects a major area of downtown Montréal to office buildings, hotels, museums, shopping malls, metro stations and more. It’s a great way to shield yourself from the heat in summer and snow in winter. St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal – While in Montréal you’re bound to notice a big, rounded, green roof standing tall on the horizon. It belongs to St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, the largest church in Canada. At 97 metres, the dome of the Oratory Basilica is the second highest in the world, behind Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Climb the steps and enjoy amazing views of the city. The Montréal Holocaust Memorial Museum – This museum tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of Montréal survivors. Learn the history of the Holocaust and gain an understanding of events in Québec, Canada and the world at that time. Montréal is home to the third largest Holocaust survivor population in the world. Montréal Tower/Olympic Park – Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is the Park’s centrepiece. Museum of Fine Arts – A must for art lovers, this museum has amassed several millennia worth of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and photographs from Rembrandt and Picasso to Monet. The museum also houses an impressive collection of Canadian art, Inuit and Aboriginal artefacts.

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Canadian Maple Delights – The museum at Canadian Maple Delights showcases the history of maple products, some of which date from the 1600s.

Best Western Ville-Marie Hotel Delta Montréal Hotel le Germain Montréal

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Québec City

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Our favourite things to see and do

A perfect day in Québec City

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

your hand: ‘I am in Canada’. 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. With typically Gallic flair, the predominantly Francophone locals have created a year-round carnival atmosphere with street performers, festivals and exhibitions. Start your day by taking a wander around Old Québec. Here you’ll find quaint old stone buildings and narrow, winding streets clustered around the city’s harbour. This historic neighbourhood (and a UNESCO World Heritage-site) houses some of the city’s most notable attractions including the Notre-Dame Basilica. 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: French fries smothered in fresh cheese curds and topped with a hot gravy (a lot more delicious than it sounds). For a distinctly Canadian meal, head to La Traite where the menu features ingredients that have been locally caught or picked. 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.

Hotel Château Bellevue Hotel Manoir Victoria Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

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 – If you have an interest in colonial history you need to spend time exploring Battlefields Park. This park witnessed the sealing of Canada’s fate in the Battle of Québec in 1775. Battlefields Park also offers stunning views over Québec City. Ice Hotel – About 40 minutes drive from Québec City, from JanuaryMarch, you’ll find the Ice Hotel. Just about everything here is made from ice and you can either stay a night or two or take a 30 minute tour. Museums – From historic convents dating to the mid-1600s to art, military and culture, Québec City has a museum for any interest.

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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Quartier Petit-Champlain – The oldest shopping district in North America with narrow cobblestone streets, boutique shops, bistros and cafés spilling out of restored buildings.

Fortifications of Québec – Québec is a walled city – North America’s only remaining one. The fortifications are around 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.

Our favourite places to stay: • • •

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.


Halifax

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A perfect day in Halifax

Our favourite things to see and do Canadian Museum of Immigration – An interactive and moving interpretive centre housed in Canada’s last surviving immigration shed.

The heart of Halifax is perfect for exploring on foot, with beautiful

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site – Enjoy the pageantry and music of the kilted 78th Highlanders as you tour one of Canada’s most popular heritage treasures and be sure to watch the firing of the noon day gun.

Spend your morning visiting some of Halifax’s highlights and the city’s vibrant waterfront is a great place to start. Lively Historic Properties is three city blocks of Canada’s oldest surviving group of waterfront warehouses - now home to a diverse collection of speciality boutiques, pubs and restaurants. From here you can choose from a variety of harbour sailing tours, from a sailing ship to an amphibious tour to a slow cruise along the waterfront on a paddle boat.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – Experience the life of a sailor, learn of the province’s rich ship-building heritage and uncover the meaning behind colourful ship flags.

tree-lined streets, international restaurants and galleries.

Or take a voyage of discovery through Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Among the museum’s thousands of marine treasures is the world’s finest collection of wooden artefacts from the Titanic. Experience the Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in Canada. Take in the Red Stag Pub where costumed interpreters will bring 1863 Halifax to life in story and song as they lead you through the various parts of the massive ironstone and granite building. This afternoon head south to the most photographed lighthouse in the world at Peggy’s Cove, on the rugged Atlantic shoreline. Explore the rocks, trails and quaint village that has been an artist’s paradise for well over 150 years. Don’t miss a dinner of some of the freshest Nova Scotia seafood, lobster is their specialty but also try the mussels or fresh St. Margaret’s Bay haddock.

Day Trips – Head out of Halifax to Mahone Bay where the streets are lined with a unique collection of shops, studios and galleries of some of Canada’s finest artists. Visit Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage-site, where the colourful waterfront, narrow streets and unique architecture proudly display the town’s seafaring heritage. Grand-Pre National Historic Site – About an hour from Halifax you’ll find a stone church that stands as a memorial to the Acadians who were forcefully exiled from their homes and farms during the deportation from 1755 to 1763. Bay of Fundy – Discover the dramatic coastal beauty of the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world and enjoy freshly caught seafood at one of the quaint fishing villages. York Redoubt National Historic Site – Explore this 200 year old fortification perched above the harbour. This unique heritage site features tunnels, muzzle-loading guns, a WWII Command Post, a panoramic view of the harbour and walking trails. McNabs Island – This park, only accessible by boat, has served many purposes including being home to early settlers, a soda factory and a Victorian garden. It was also once home to more eerie and sinister activity. Hangman’s Beach showcased the hanging bodies of mutineers and served as a warning to anyone arriving in port.

Our favourite places to stay:

Halifax Public Gardens – Take a stroll through the 17 acre Victorian formal garden in the heart of the city.

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Annapolis Valley – An up and coming wine region about two hours drive from Halifax, it’s a great day trip to the picturesque valley and a rich agricultural region.

Lord Nelson Hotel Delta Halifax Hotel The Hollis Halifax, A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton

Lunenburg’

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Explore

Canada

Muncho Lake Provincial Park Š Destination BC; Megan McLellan


Touring by Rental Car Driving in Canada 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 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.

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Emergency Roadside Assistance 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.

Things to think about: •• Driving licence requirements •• Minimum age restrictions and driving restrictions •• Additional driver conditions •• Deposits •• One way rental fees

Hertz NeverLost

•• Peak period surcharges

Hertz NeverLost satellite navigation system is available at an additional cost in certain vehicle types at selected airport and downtown locations across the country. The system has extensive detailed mapping, a wide easy-to-use full-colour touch-screen that provides access to turn-by-turn directions to points of interest including hotels and petrol stations, simply by touching an icon. Ideal for the independent traveller as you get to see and enjoy your surroundings instead of trying to read a map.

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

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Adventure by Motorhome Canada is the perfect destination for a self-drive holiday, offering remarkable sites, landscapes, wildlife and so much more. Discover Canada in the comfort of a motorhome which is sure to offer you unforgettable experiences along with complete freedom and flexibility. Canadream offers a wide range of motorhome sizes and comfort levels to suit any traveller’s needs. The Canadream collection and return locations are found throughout seven cities across Canada, covering all main gateways; Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver and Whitehorse. Finding a place to park is never a problem with informative signage displayed all along the way. Make your journey stress-free and get yourselves off the beaten track, pre-book a portable GPS to help you on your way. Book today and secure a great deal on your next motorhome self-drive holidays around Canada.

Canadream Motorhome Rates Includes: Liability, collision and theft vehicle insurance, vehicle preparation fee and airport/airport hotel transfers (in Montréal a charge of CAD$90 plus tax applies). Excludes: Fuel, deposit, one way rental charges (if applicable), convenience kits with dishes, cookware, pillows, linen, towels, sleeping bags and cleaning equipment, additional driver, cancellation and amendment fees, insurances, extra mileage prices and generator. Group

Deluxe Van Camper

Super Van Camper

Maxi Motorhome

Midi Motorhome

Max Seatbelts

2

4

6

6

Ideal for

2 travellers

4 travellers

6 travellers

6 travellers

All hires are based on afternoon pickups and morning drop offs. Driver licence and experience restrictions apply. Higher vehicles excess may apply to young drivers 21-25 years of age. Minimum hire applies of 7 nights. All vehicles are subject to availability at time of booking. Vehicles cannot be picked up on the day of arrival into the country. Seasonal rates vary depending on location of pick up depot.

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

Explore the best of Canada › Choose from 2 to 6 berth motorhomes › Trusted suppliers like Canadream, Cruise Canada & Fraserway › Freedom to drive into the USA › Accommodation and transport in one

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Self-Drive Canada

© Destination BC; Johan Lolos

Canada’s Pacific Coast

© Destination BC; Andrew Strain

Discover Whistler and the Rockies 8 days/7 nights

Sunshine Coast Circle

5 days/4 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.

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.

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.

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: Vancouver – Whistler (122km)

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

Day 2: Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park) You may wish to 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. Mid afternoon enjoy a three hour whale watch cruise through Clayoquot Sound. 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. Day 5: Victoria – Vancouver (69km) Drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 minute ferry ride to Tsawwassen then continue on to Vancouver where your journey ends.

9 days/8 nights

Day 2: Whistler Take time to experience this charming alpine resort and enjoy the Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride.

Day 2: Sunshine Coast Choose from a variety of outdoor activities such as kayaking in the beautiful surrounds.

Day 3: Whistler – Sun Peaks (293km) Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier, continue on through Gold Rush country to the resort town of Sun Peaks.

Day 3: Sunshine Coast – Quadra Island (78km) Day 4: Quadra Island Enjoy an Eco Wilderness Cruise into Desolation Sound.

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 5: Quadra Island – Tofino, Vancouver Island (225km) Day 6: Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park) A three hour whale watch cruise is included through the Clayoquot Sound.

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 7: Tofino – Victoria (313km) Stop en route at the artist community of Chemainus. Day 8: Victoria Explore quaint Victoria and Butchart Gardens.

Day 8: Banff – Calgary (115km)

Day 9: Victoria – Vancouver (69km)

Note: Also available in reverse Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

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

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

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

Inclusions: 8 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 tolls, national park entrance fees, ferry reservation fee & surcharges

Price Guide From: $788

Price Guide From: $993

Price Guide From: $1939

Campbell River

Tofino Parksville Nanaimo PACIFIC OCEAN

BRITISH COLUMBIA Horseshoe Bay

BRITISH COLUMBIA

BRITISH COLUMBIA Jasper

ALBERTA

Sun Peaks Resort

Vancouver Tsawwassen

Quadra Island

Whistler Banff

Lake Louise Calgary

Vancouver

Victoria

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

Tofino

Sunshine Coast

PACIFIC OCEAN

Vancouver

Victoria

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Self-Drive Canada

© Destination BC Kari Medig

© David Stanley

Peaks and Grapes

Eastern Canada Highlights

Totem Discovery by Car

10 days/9 nights

12 days/11 nights

16 days/15 nights

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.

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.

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: Vancouver – Whistler (122km)

Day 1: Toronto

Day 1: Vancouver – Victoria (68km)

Day 2: Whistler

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

Day 2: Victoria – Quadra Island (269km)

Day 3: Whistler – Sun Peaks (293km) Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier.

Day 3: Toronto – Ottawa (453 km)

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 5: Jasper Explore this charming mountain village close to many scenic highlights such as Maligne Lake.

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

Day 6: Jasper – Banff (292km) Visit beautiful Lake Louise en-route to Banff. Day 7: Banff

Day 8: Québec City – Montréal (250km)

Day 8: Banff – Kelowna (482km)

Day 9: Montréal A free day to explore – the Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal and French Quarters are musts!

Day 9: Kelowna Leave the city behind and take a relaxing tour into the countryside where the best of the lake, the valley and the vines combine.

Day 4: Quadra Island – Port Hardy (241km) Day 5: Port Hardy – Prince Rupert (ferry)

Day 4: Ottawa

Day 4: Sun Peaks – Jasper (444km) Follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains.

Day 3: Eco Wilderness Tour

Day 10: Montréal – Kingston (290km)

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 15: Gold Bridge – Whistler (150km) Day 16: Whistler – Vancouver (122km)

Day 11: Kingston – Toronto (263km)

Day 10: Kelowna – Vancouver (371km)

Day 12: Toronto

Departures: Daily (May-Sep)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures ( Jun-Sep)

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

Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation, 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, national park entrance fees & surcharges

Exclusions: Rental car, road tolls, parking fees & surcharges

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

Price Guide From: $1294

Price Guide From: $2242

BRITISH COLUMBIA Sun Peaks Resort

QUÉBEC

ONTARIO

Jasper

Price Guide From: $3373

Gulf of St. Lawrence

Smithers

Québec City

ALBERTA Lake Louise

Vancouver

Kelowna

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Mont Tremblant Montréal

Ottawa

Whistler

Prince Rupert

Banff

Lake Huron

Toronto Lake Erie

Kingston Lake Ontario

Niagara Falls

Port Hardy

Prince George

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

Vancouver

Jasper

ALBERTA Lake Louise Banff

USA

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USA

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


Explore 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.

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© Travel Alberta

VIA Rail Point to Point Services

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 (with own toilet) 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 12 and 15 days during a 30 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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Rocky Mountaineer Hailed as ‘The Best Train Experience in the World’ by The Society of American Travel Writers, Rocky Mountaineer goes beyond towering mountain ranges, waterfalls, and snow-capped glaciers. It’s about more than the bears and eagles that send new friends diving for their cameras. At the soul and centre of Rocky Mountaineer is an unwavering commitment to service. Rocky Mountaineer carries guests high into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, past lakes and lush landscapes to lively, cosmopolitan cities and the quaint rural villages that dot the Canadian landscape. Sweet and savoury dishes, featuring fresh, local ingredients are served to satisfy your palate. 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 that bear 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: $1735 (SilverLeaf )

Price Guide From: $1735 (SilverLeaf )

Price Guide From: $2425 (SilverLeaf )

Vancouver Island

Whistler

Kamloops

Vancouver

Vancouver Island

Lake Louise Banff Calgary

USA 28

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.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

Vancouver

Kamloops

USA

Lake Louise Banff Calgary

ALBERTA

Quesnel

Jasper Whistler

CANADA

Vancouver Island

Jasper Whistler

Vancouver

Banff

Lake Louise Calgary

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.


Rocky Mountaineer

Journey through the Clouds Explorer

First Passage to the West at Leisure

Canadian Rockies Getaway Circle

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

9 days/8 nights

A very popular package with all of the mustsee 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 Jasper National Park is a-site and the Canadian Rockies largest national park. Enjoy a scenic tour including 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 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

Day 7: Lake Louise – Calgary

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, 2 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, 2 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, 4 lunches, sightseeing as per itinerary, rail station transfers, luggage handling & National Parks Pass

Price Guide From: $3419 (SilverLeaf )

Price Guide From: $3845 (SilverLeaf )

Price Guide From: $5365 (SilverLeaf )

Key:

Motorcoach Journey Through the Clouds Explorer

CANADA ALBERTA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver

Key:

Kamloops

USA

Jasper

Key:

Motorcoach First Passage to the West at Leisure

CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA

Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff

Calgary Panoramic Helicopter Tour

Vancouver

ALBERTA Jasper

Columbia Icefield

Motorcoach Journey through the Clouds First Passage to the West

Kamloops

Lake Louise Kamloops

USA

Banff

Calgary

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.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver

CANADA ALBERTA Jasper Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff Calgary

USA

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Independent Touring

© Olivier Blouin

Peaks & Glaciers

Capitals and Eastern Canada

Alpine Delights

4 days/3 nights

7 days/6 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. Travelling onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian service into the Rockies.

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.

Venture into Canada’s garden and wine country and discover a world-class show garden and top-rated wineries. Indulge at the ‘Home of the World’s Greatest Ice Cream’ before heading into the spectacular Canadian Rockies.

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

Day 1: Vancouver – Kamloops (coach) Travel through the lush Fraser Delta region over the Coquihalla Pass for a great day of sightseeing.

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

Day 2: Kamloops – Banff (coach) Sample fresh fruit and locally produced cheese, before making your way into the heart of the Rockies.

Day 3: Ottawa – Montréal (rail) Travel into rural Ontario, with maple forests and pastures.

Day 2: Canadian Rockies (rail) By the time you wake this morning the train will have just departed Kamloops to begin a day of travelling towards the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy breakfast while surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Arrive in Jasper late afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

Day 4: Montréal Enjoy a three hour tour of the city. Day 5: Montréal – Québec (rail) Following the St. Lawrence River, travel through the rugged Monteregian Hills formed over 120 million years ago.

Day 3: Jasper – Banff (coach) Visit the Columbia Icefield and enjoy an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier.

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

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

Day 7: Québec – Toronto (rail)

Note: Also available in reverse on Sun, Wed and Fri

Day 3: Banff Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Banff and then explore at your leisure. Day 4: Banff – Jasper (coach) Travel the scenic Icefields Parkway and keep your eyes open for bears and moose. Day 5: Jasper This evening go on a wildlife tour. Day 6: Jasper – Vancouver (rail) Relax in Jasper before boarding your VIA Rail sleeper back to Vancouver. Day 7: Vancouver (rail) Sit back in comfort and watch memorable scenes sweep by.

Note: Also available in reverse on Thu

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

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

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

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

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

Inclusions: 5 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night VIA Rail Sleeper, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, sightseeing as per itinerary, Jasper rail station transfers

Price Guide From: $1479

Price Guide From: $2742

Price Guide From: $2782

Key:

Vancouver Island

Vancouver

QUÉBEC

CANADA

Coach VIA Rail

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Kamloops

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Québec City

ALBERTA Jasper

Key:

Coach VIA Rail

ONTARIO

Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff Calgary

Montréal

Ottawa Lake Huron

Toronto Lake Erie

Kingston Lake Ontario

Niagara Falls

Vancouver Island

CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver

Kamloops

USA

ALBERTA Jasper Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff Calgary

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


Coach Tours

© Guy Lessard

Best of the Canadian Rockies

Flavours of Québec

9 days/8 nights

8 days/7 nights

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, Banff and the gorgeous Lake Louise.

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, the oldest walled city in North America and explore the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal and the famed Basilica Notre Dame.

Day 1: Calgary – Banff

Day 1: Montréal Enjoy an Old Town Montréal walking tour and a visit to Basilica Notre Dame.

Day 2: Banff Ride the Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain during your sightseeing tour of Banff and its surrounds. Day 3: Banff – Lake Louise View Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls before travelling the scenic Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise. Day 4: 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 2: Montréal – Mont Tremblant Today head into the Laurentian Mountains and the stunning alpine resort of Mont Tremblant. 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 5: Jasper Take a gentle tram ride up Whistler’s Mountain into Jasper National Park’s alpine tundra before a full day of sightseeing.

Day 4: Québec City Enjoy a morning guided tour of Québec City including the Chateau Frontenac, Parliament Buildings, Plains of Abraham, Lower Village and Fortifications du Québec.

Day 6: Jasper – Kamloops A unique snap shot opportunity today on a river safari boat ride through Grizzly Bear Valley.

Day 5: Québec City – Charlevoix Travel on VIA Rail to Montréal, the largest French speaking city after Paris.

Day 7: Kamloops – Vancouver Today travel the fertile Fraser Valley through the Coastal Mountains and into the rugged BC Interior before arriving in Vancouver.

Day 6: Charlevoix An exciting day exploring the famous Charlevoix – Flavour Trail – a gourmet and shoppers’ delight. Visit farms, wineries, boutique cheese shops and sample freshly made bakery items and rich chocolate.

Day 8-9: Vancouver Explore this cosmopolitan city, nestled between the snow-capped mountains and sparkling ocean.

Day 7: Charlevoix – Montréal Day 8: Montréal

Departures: Set departures ( Jun-Sep)

Departures: Set departures ( Jun and Sep)

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, transportation, sightseeing & professional tour leader

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, transportation, sightseeing & professional tour leader

Price Guide From: $5017

Price Guide From: $4662

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Jasper

Lake Louise Kamloops

Charlevoix

ALBERTA Banff Calgary

QUÉBEC Mont-Tremblant

Québec City

Montréal

Vancouver

USA

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

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Wildlife Tours & Lodges

Sonora Resort

Great Bear Nature Tour

Farewell Harbour Lodge

3 days/2 nights

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

Sonora Resort is not only luxurious, with its stunning setting among towering trees, postcard views and the background music of waves lapping the shoreline, it also allows you to reconnect with nature.

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

Located on Berry Island, Farewell Harbour is in a marine park and beautiful forested area of the famed inside passage route to Alaska, so there is plenty of marine and wildlife to discover.

Day 1: Vancouver – Sonora Resort Transfer by helicopter or floatplane to Sonora Resort on beautiful Sonora Island.

Day 1: Port Hardy – Great Bear Nature Lodge Take the scenic flight by floatplane, after a warm welcome your bear experience begins with your first viewing trip. With a maximum of sixteen guests, you are assured of a personalised wilderness experience in this very special area.

Day 1: Port Hardy – Farewell Harbour Lodge Depart Alder Bay aboard a high speed water taxi for the scenic 25 minute service to Farewell Harbour. After settling in, join an afternoon tour in search of marine wildlife in the waters of the famous Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight Ecological Reserve.

Day 2-3: Great Bear Nature Lodge Your expert guide will choose where to go based on where the bears have been most active, with many of the sites being reached by small boat. The days at the lodge consist of a hearty breakfast, a three hour bear viewing outing, lunch, bush walk or boat trip, an early delicious dinner and another bear viewing trip early evening.

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

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. Day 3: Sonora Resort – Vancouver Your stay at Sonora Resort ends when you depart after lunch.

Day 4: Great Bear Nature Lodge – Port Hardy After your parting session with the bears you will enjoy lunch at the Great Bear Lodge. You are scheduled to return to Port Hardy in the afternoon.

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Day 3: Farewell Harbour Lodge Today there’s a choice of another bear viewing safari or an exploration of Johnstone Strait and the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Day 4: Farewell Harbour Lodge – Port Hardy This morning choose from either a short morning sea kayak excursion, a marine excursion or guided interpretive rainforest hike before your return to Port Hardy.

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

Departures: Set departures (May-Oct)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, transportation including return helicopter or floatplane transfer from Vancouver, all meals & beverages, fishing, some activities

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

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, return transportation from Port Hardy, all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages & wine with dinner, welcome orientation, guided wildlife tours

Price Guide From: $2983

Price Guide From: $2608

Price Guide From: $3705

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


Wildlife Tours & Lodges

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© Shea Wyatt

Spirit Bear Lodge

Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

Churchill Town and Tundra Polar Bear Safari 4 days/3 nights

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.

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.

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.

Day 1: Vancouver – Spirit Bear Lodge Fly from Vancouver to Bella Bella where you’ll take a water taxi to Spirit Bear Lodge and be welcomed with an orientation.

Day 1: Vancouver – Campbell River Depart Vancouver by scheduled flight to Campbell River.

Day 1: Winnipeg

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 and during whale season enjoy a marine tour for humpback whale viewing. 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. In the afternoon depart on a scheduled flight for Vancouver where your tour ends.

Day 2: Campbell River – Knight Inlet Lodge Travel by floatplane to Knight Inlet Lodge and take part in a welcome orientation for wildlife viewing. 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. You will have an interpretive guide on all tours. Day 4: Knight Inlet Lodge – Campbell River – Vancouver Seaplane to Campbell River then board your flight to Vancouver.

Day 2: Winnipeg – Churchill Take an early flight to Churchill, explore and meet the locals. 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. Meander over a system of established trails, stop to enjoy the scenery, spot the wildlife and take photos. As daylight fades you head back to town. Day 3: Churchill – Winnipeg Another trip out in the Tundra Buggy before flying back to Winnipeg for an overnight stay. Day 4: Winnipeg Tour ends in Winnipeg.

Departures: Daily ( Jun-Oct)

Departures: Daily (May-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Oct)

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

Inclusions: 1 night Campbell River, 2 nights Knight Inlet Lodge, transportation, all meals including wine with dinner at Knight Inlet Lodge, bear viewing & all weather gear

Price Guide From: $3715

Price Guide From: $3733

Inclusions: 2 nights Winnipeg accommodation, 1 night Churchill accommodation, return flights WinnipegChurchill, 2 day trips on Tundra Buggy with naturalist driver/guide Price Guide From: $4104

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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Welcome to

Alaska

Arctic Ocean Barrow

Brilliant ice blue glaciers, whales, moose, bears, remote wilderness and

Prudhoe Bay

FAR NORTH

Coldfoot

ALASKA INTERIOR

Fairbanks North Pole

Denali National Park Talkeetna SOUTHWEST

Bering Sea

ALEUTIAN ISLANDS

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Anchorage

CANADA

SOUTHCENTRAL

Valdez Seward

Skagway Juneau INSIDE PASSAGE

Kodiak Island Gulf of Alaska

Sitka Petersburg Ketchikan

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 Bear incredible landscapes. Cruise the waters of the Inside Passage and be Great Lake 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.


Anchorage

© Frank Flavin

Our favourite things to see and do

A perfect day in Anchorage

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

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.

Dog Sledding and Heli Tour – Enjoy a spectacular helicopter ride into the majestic Chugach Mountains, land on a snowcovered glacier surrounded by towering peaks. You can even drive a dog sled team. Wildlife – Keep your camera at the ready for bears, sea lions, otters, moose and more. When driving, watch for vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it often means that people are watching wildlife! Anchorage Museum – This is Alaska’s largest museum and tells the real story of the north. Weaving together social, political, cultural, scientific, historic and artistic threads. Explore the diversity of Alaska Native cultures, including masterworks of Alaska Native art and design from the collections of the Smithsonian Institute. Glaciers – For spectacular glaciers head on a day cruise in either Kenai Fjords National Park (departs Seward) or Prince William Sound (departs Whittier). Cruise through the icy waters and be in awe of the scenery. Alaska Native Heritage Centre – Gain an understanding of the different traditions and languages that make up Alaska. See artist demonstrations, music and dance performances and other talks on the indigenous culture in Alaska. Crow Creek Mine – After an hour’s drive arrive at this mine that at its peak produced 700 ounces of gold every month. With a little luck you might find a few flakes that have been left behind. Eklutna Historical Park – A short drive north will have you at this Dena’ina Athbascan community dating back to 1650. The park looks at the fascinating mixture of the Russian influences and Athabascan culture. Alyeska Resort and Glacier – A 45 minute trip from Anchorage and you can ride the Alyeska Resort aerial tram up the mountainside and hike to the edge of Alyeska Glacier in Girdwood. You’ll also see some stunning views of Turnagain Arm below.

Our favourite places to stay: • •

Clarion Suites Downtown Hilton Anchorage

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Fairbanks

© Sherman Hogue Explore Fairbanks

Our favourite things to see and do

A perfect day in Fairbanks

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

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. 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.

Arctic Circle – Enjoy a small plane flight from Fairbanks and land across the Arctic Circle, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Experience a walk on the arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska’s arctic regions. Pioneer Park – Head back to an era when gold was king and narrowgauge railroads were the way to get around. You’ll find museums, a riverboat, a native Alaskan village, a mining operation, and more. Play golf on the world’s farthest north mini-golf course, or take a lazy ride on the Crooked Creek and Whiskey Island Railroad. Dog Mushing – It’s been part of life in Alaska since its earliest days, long before it was a state or European explorers reached its shores. Despite the great distances between some rural communities, travelling by dog team is often still the best way to get around. Also check out Bouchard’s International Dog Mushing Museum to find out about the history and lifestyle of dog mushers and the famous Iditarod race. Fishing – Try freshwater fishing for salmon, pike and lake trout. This region is home to Alaska’s most unique trophy sport with record sheefish, often called the ‘Tarpon of the North’. Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum – Take a trip back in time as you stroll through this remarkable collection of 70 rare and one-of-akind antique cars. Other exhibits include vintage clothing, large Alaska historical photos and memorabilia. Hiking – Some of the best trails near Fairbanks include Angel Rocks, Eagle Summit, Grantie Tors, and Chena Dome and cater to all levels of fitness. Ice Museum – Devoted to all things ice, this museum will put you in a winter mood no matter what the summer temperatures are like. You’ll see several large ice displays and if you’re game – a freezer you can go in to feel like it’s 20 degrees below zero.

Our favourite places to stay: • •

Springhill Suites Westmark Fairbanks

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Denali National Park, Kenai Peninsula, Juneau

© Ashley Heimbigner

© State of Alaska; Reinhard Pantke

© State of Alaska; Matt Hage

Denali National Park

Kenai Peninsula

Juneau

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. Denali, at 6190 metres, dominates the park and on a clear day, you can get an iconic photo of the mountain.

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.

One of the many towns on the Inside Passage is Juneau – Alaska’s state capital.

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. 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.

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.

With no road access, it is the only state capital in the United States that can only be reached by air or boat. It’s a maze of narrow streets running past old storefronts and quaint houses featuring early 19th century architecture left over from the town’s early gold mining days. Just a short drive from downtown, you’ll find Mendenhall Glacier, one of the city’s most iconic sites. Whale watching tours are a popular way to see the diverse marine life in the area including sea lions, killer and humpback whales. Sea kayaking, hiking and rafting offer exhilarating ways to enjoy Alaska’s wilderness. For something even more unique, take off in a small plane or helicopter to see the sights from above, then land right on a glacier to go hiking or dog-sledding.

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

Our favourite places to stay:

• Denali Grizzly Bear Resort • Grande Denali Lodge

• Seward Windsong Lodge • Lands End Resort, Homer

• Four Points by Sheraton Juneau • Westmark Baranof Hotel

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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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© Glenn Aronwits Alaska Railroad

© Kerrick James ARRC

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 mid-May to mid-September.


Independent Touring

Denali Backcountry Explorer 3 days/2 nights

Highlights of Kenai Fjords and 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.

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 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

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 4: Girdwood – Seward Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre and, if time allows, Exit Glacier.

Day 3: Denali Backcountry Lodge – Fairbanks 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 late afternoon scenery along the way.

Day 7: Talkeetna – Denali National Park Entrance Take a journey on the Alaska Railroad to the Denali National Park Entrance. From there optional activities such as white water rafting, helicopter flightseeing or landing on a glacier are available.

Day 2: Anchorage – Redoubt Bay – Anchorage Half day guided tour with the chance to view Alaska’s black and brown bears. Day 3: Anchorage – Girdwood Experience a helicopter ride, a glacier landing and dog sledding.

Day 5: Northwestern Fjord Cruise Full day Kenai Fjords Cruise to see the magnificent Northwestern Fjord. Day 6: Seward – Talkeetna

Day 8: Denali National Park Backcountry Adventure Discover Denali National Park and search for a bear, moose and other wildlife. Day 9: Denali National Park Entrance – Fairbanks This afternoon enjoy your trip north on the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks. Departures: Daily ( Jun-Sep)

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: 8 nights accommodation, 5 lunches, 1 dinner, bear viewing, glacier dog sled helicopter tour, admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, Northwestern Fjord cruise, Denali tour, Goldstar seating onboard Alaska Railroad

Price Guide From: $2263

Price Guide From: $6275

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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Self-Drive Alaska

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Denali Kenai Highlights

Alaska Highlights

7 days/6 nights

10 days/9 nights

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) This morning 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 breathtaking scenery.

Day 2: Northwestern Fjord Cruise

Day 3: Seward – Talkeetna (386km) Head to Talkeetna, taking in the sights of the Seward Highway as you go. Day 4: Talkeetna – Denali National Park Entrance (196km) 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 6: Denali Backcountry Lodge – Denali National Park Entrance Transfer back to the park entrance.

Day 3: Seward – Talkeetna (386km) Day 4: Talkeetna – Denali National Park Entrance (196km) Day 5: Denali National Park Backcountry Adventure Enjoy a full day tour into the heart of Denali National Park. Look out for bears, caribou and moose. Return to the park entrance via bush plane. Day 6: Denali National Park Entrance – Fairbanks (198km) This afternoon in Fairbanks enjoy a cruise into the Alaskan Interior on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Day 7: Fairbanks – Valdez (584km) Day 8: Valdez Take an optional cruise into stunning Prince William Sound where you have the chance to see sea lions and 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)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, some sightseeing, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners at Denali Backcountry Lodge

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, some sightseeing, 1 breakfast & 2 lunches

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

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

Price Guide From: $3062

Price Guide From: $3089

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

Fairbanks Denali Backcountry Lodge

Denali National Park Entrance

Talkeetna

ALASKA Anchorage

Denali Backcountry Lodge

Denali National Park Entrance

Talkeetna

ALASKA

Sheep Mountain Lodge

Anchorage

Valdez Seward

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


Arctic & Wildlife Tours

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Bear Viewing at Brooks Lodge

Aurora Borealis from Fairbanks

2 days/1 night

3 days/2 nights

Arctic Ocean Adventure with Barrow 3 days/2 nights

Each year millions of salmon burst from the Bering Sea into the streams of Katmai National Park and the bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Brooks Lodge, so you’re not far from the action.

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 across the sky.

Travel along the rugged Dalton Highway to the top of Alaska. At Barrow, experience the rich culture of Alaska’s Eskimo people. See how the traditional subsistence lifestyle is still maintained in today’s modern world.

Day 1: Anchorage – Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park After your scenic flights to Brooks Lodge you’ll be given a brief bear orientation by a park ranger, then you’re free to explore at your leisure. With three viewing platforms on the Brooks River, all within walking distance from the lodge, you can take as much time as you want to enjoy your surroundings and watch the bears.

Day 1: Fairbanks – Bettles Lodge Depart this morning in a small plane to Bettles, 56 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Bettles Lodge is in a prime location under the aurora band of highest frequency activity, the clear skies allow for prolonged night viewing. Front desk staff arrange wake up calls when good viewing occurs so you don’t have to stay awake all night.

Day 1: Fairbanks – Coldfoot This morning depart for your journey to the Arctic Ocean. Visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post in the rural community of Joy and experience the mighty Yukon River. Cross the Arctic Circle on your way to Coldfoot.

Day 2: Brooks Lodge – Anchorage Today is yours to explore Katmai and spend more time at the viewing platforms, before departing late afternoon for Anchorage.

Day 2: Bettles Lodge There are some unique and different winter activities available (additional charges apply), or take the time to relax in the warmth of the lodge. Take part in Aurora viewing for the last time tonight. Day 3: Bettles Lodge – Fairbanks Depending on flight schedules, there may be time to explore this morning.

Day 2: Coldfoot – Prudhoe Bay Today continue north, climbing over the Continental Divide at Atigun Pass. Explore the amazing Arctic tundra of the Arctic Coastal Plain and feel the veins of ice just beneath the surface. Day 3: Prudhoe Bay – Fairbanks Fly from Prudhoe Bay to the Inupiat Eskimo village of Barrow. Get a first hand glimpse of the lifestyle of Alaska’s Arctic Coastal people with a tour of the village. Return by air to Fairbanks.

Note: Itinerary subject to change due to flight schedules and weather conditions. Pre and post-night in Fairbanks is recommended. Departures: Daily ( Jun-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Oct-Apr)

Departures: Sun, Wed and Fri (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 1 night accommodation, return flights from Anchorage to Brooks Lodge, bear & wildlife viewing at lodge

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, Aurora viewing, all meals, roundtrip flights from Fairbanks to Bettles, transfers & brief village tour of Bettles

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, driver guided tour between Fairbanks & Prudhoe Bay, local sightseeing guides in Barrow, flight between Prudhoe Bay, Barrow & Fairbanks

Price Guide From: $2006

Price Guide From: $3179

Price Guide From: $2166

© State of Alaska; Reinhard Pantke 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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Touring & Cruising

Canada & Alaska

Š Travel Alberta


Trafalgar - 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. They’re committed to doing everything to give you the best holiday. And that means you’ll get the real thing, without worrying about a thing.

© Travel Alberta

© State of Alaska; Reinhard Pantke

© Travel Alberta

Majestic Alaska

Spectacular Canadian Rockies

8 days/7 nights

9 days/8 nights

A wilderness experience awaits as you explore the scenic river valleys and snow-capped peaks of Alaska. Traverse Denali’s tundra and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park - home to black bears and Resurrection Bay.

Enjoy this breath-taking experience in the Canadian Rockies. Taking you from the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver to the heart of the Rockies through spectacular mountain scenery, rushing rivers and mighty glaciers.

Trip Highlights: -- In Anchorage, visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre with a guide -- Enjoy a sightseeing cruise to the heart of the Kenai Fjords -- Board a paddlewheel riverboat on a journey to a re-created Athabascan village -- Board the famous Alaska Railroad for a scenic journey to Anchorage -- Visit a local sports fishing hatchery and gain an insight into this complex process with a Local Specialist -- Experience a Regional Meal when you stay in Denali National Park

Trip Highlights: -- Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch at a family owned working farm and enjoy breakfast at Butchart Gardens in Victoria -- Visit the British Columbia Wildlife Park -- Be welcomed to the Shuswap territory with traditional song by a First Nations member -- Take an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon and enjoy a cruise to Spirit Island -- Ride out on the Athabasca Glacier in an Ice Explorer -- Learn about the ‘Mounties’ from a Local Specialist

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 7 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, expert Travel Director, sightseeing & experiences as per Trafalgar brochure

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, 8 full breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest lunch, 3 dinners, expert Travel Director, sightseeing & experiences as per Trafalgar brochure

Price Guide From: $4425

Price Guide From: $3695

CANADA

Fairbanks Denali National Park

BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALASKA

Kamloops Anchorage

Kenai Fjords National Park

Victoria

Vancouver

Mount Robson

ALBERTA Jasper National Park Athabasca Glacier

Banff

Lake Louise Calgary

Seward RESURRECTION BAY

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.

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Travelling with Insight Vacations Insight is renowned for small group sizes, luxury coaches with business class legroom and well located hotels in desirable locations. Their trips include-see attractions so you don’t have to constantly dip into your pocket as you go and they’ve already done the research and taken care of all the hard work for you. Insight’s Travel Directors are the best in the business. They accompany you and enjoy sharing with you the best places to dine, drink, shop and the best vantage point for the perfect holiday snaps. With more two and three night stops than other guided holidays, you can truly absorb the essence of a destination. It is the finest, most hassle-free way to explore the depth and breadth of Canada and Alaska.

Jewels of Alaska

Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes

7 days/6 nights

12 days/11 nights

Spectacular Denali National Park, calving glaciers and abundant wildlife combine to create the perfect combination of informative sightseeing, thrilling wilderness experiences and tranquil relaxation.

This magical maritime journey takes its inspiration from the sea. Recharge on this seaside escape, with striking ocean vistas, colourful harbours and intriguing insights into the history of Canada’s Eastern Maritime Provinces.

Trip Highlights: -- Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska’s first people at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Centre -- Alaskan Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery all the way to Denali National Park and Preserve -- Girdwood: Enjoy a chance to meet the dogs of a championship dog musher and learn about Alaskan Huskies and Arctic dog sleigh racers. -- Prince William Sound: Experience the sounds of the thundering calving of glaciers on your included day cruise -- Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a researcher of the Alaska SeaLife Centre

Trip Highlights: -- Lunenburg: Join a Local Expert for an exploration of this eclectic port city and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic -- Cape Brenton: Attend an evening of traditional local music and song at the Celtic Evening of Smiles -- Digby: Meet a former scallop fisherman for a culinary demonstration and Celebration Dinner par excellence, featuring Digby’s famous scallops. -- Bay of Fundy: Embark on a whale watching cruise to potentially spot rare species of whale and learn about these majestic sea mammals

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures ( Jun-Sep)

Inclusions: 6 nights premium accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, experienced Insight Travel Director, transport by luxury coach, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 11 nights premium accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 6 dinners, experienced Insight Travel Director, transport by luxury coach, sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $5275

Price Guide From: $5195

Key:

Coach

Denali National Park

Alaskan Railroad Cruise

Talkeetna

ALASKA

Anchorage Girdwood Prince William Sound Seward

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Cape Brenton Higlands National Park

NEW BRUNSWICK

College Fjord

Cheticamp Green Gables Charlottetown Summerside Confederation Bridge Wood Islands Shedic Pictou Hopewell Rocks Truro Halifax Annapolis Royal Saint John Peggy’s Cove Digby

Baddeck

Lunenburg

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.


DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF

USA & CANADA

PREMIUM ESCORTED JOURNEYS

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT


Windstar Cruises The world’s best small ship cruise line. No one else goes so far to get travellers so close… You’re closer to secluded coves, tiny villages, misty fjords. To ancient ruins, medieval alleyways, quaint marinas. To unspoiled beaches, unfamiliar cultures, undiscovered atolls. To enlivening your curiosity and awakening your sense of wonder. You’re closer than ever to the kind of authentic and unforgettable experiences that you travel to find in the first place. You’re about to board Windstar. And you’re closer to all the places that larger ships can’t reach.

© State of Alaska; Mark Kelley

Wonders of Alaska and Canada

The Maritimes and Manhattan

15 days/14 nights

13 days/12 nights

This is the Alaska you came to see: frontier towns filled with Gold Rush history and Tlingit totem poles. Glaciers calving into majestic fjords. Brown bears, bald eagles, and whales feasting on salmon under the summer sun.

Head south to New York City to charming New England towns and scenery that will take your breath away. Watch for rare Blue and Beluga whales as you cruise Saguenay Fjord and the waters off Gaspé Peninsula.

Cruise Highlights: -- Enjoy the wildlife during scenic cruising of the beautiful Inside Passage between Anchorage and Vancouver -- See the First Nations totems of Ketchikan, Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell and the jaw-dropping beauty of Tracy Arm -- Take the biggest zipline in the United States or flightsee over Misty Fjords -- Learn about the rich Russian heritage of Sitka and visit St. Michael’s Cathedral -- Discover the only settlement of indigenous Tsimshians on Annette Island

Cruise Highlights: -- Discover the East Coast of the United States and Canada disembarking in the City That Never Sleeps; New York -- Experience historic Charlottetown by a horse-drawn carriage and see the inspiration for Anne of Green Gables -- Bring out your camera for scenic cruising of the Saguenay Fjord -- Learn the role vibrant Halifax played when the Titanic sank -- Feast on fresh lobster in Bar Harbor after enjoying the fall foliage in Acadia National Park

Departures: 17 May, 12 Jun & 04 Aug 18

Departures: 08 Sep & 11 Oct 18

Inclusions: 14 night cruise Seward to Vancouver aboard Star Legend, all meals & non-alcoholic beverages onboard, champagne welcome reception

Inclusions: 12 night cruise Montréal to New York aboard Star Pride, all meals & all non-alcoholic beverages onboard, champagne welcome reception

Price Guide From: $5649

Price Guide From: $6899

(Oceanview Cat S1 – based on 17 May 18 departure)

(Oceanview Cat S1 – based on 11 Oct 18 departure)

ALASKA Seward

Kenai Fjords

CANADA

CANADA

Haines Icy Strait Point GULF OF ALASKA

Sitka Misty Fjords Prince Rupert

Gaspé

Saguenay Fjord

Charlottetown

Juneau Tracy Arm/Endicott Arm

Qué bec City

Wrangell

Montréal

Ketchikan Metlakatla

Halifax Bar Harbor

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Inside Passage

Provincetown Newport

BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver

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USA

New York

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


Holland America Line

Inside Passage Round trip Vancouver

Canada and New England Discovery

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

A classic Alaska cruise itinerary, combining outstanding scenery with action-packed adventure options ashore. Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO world treasure, is featured on every itinerary.

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

Port Arrive Day 1: Vancouver, BC, Canada Embark Day 2: Scenic cruising the Inside Passage Day 3: Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska 10:00am Day 3: Juneau, Alaska 1:00pm Day 4: Skagway, Alaska 7:00am Day 5: Glacier Bay 7:00am Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska 10:00am Day 7: Scenic cruising the Inside Passage Day 8: Vancouver, BC, Canada 7:00am

Port Day 1: Montréal, Québec, Canada Day 2: Québec City, Québec, Canada Day 3: Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence Day 4: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada Day 5: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada Day 6: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Day 7: Bar Harbor, Maine, USA Day 8: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Depart 4:30pm 10:30am 10:00pm 9:00pm 4:00pm 6:00pm Disembark

Arrive Embark 7:00am

Depart 4:00pm 5:00pm

8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 7:00am

5:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm Disembark

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 7 night cruise aboard ms Volendam/ms Nieuw Amsterdam in an Interior Stateroom (Category MM), all meals, entertainment & activities onboard, children’s programmes, port taxes & government fees

Inclusions: 7 night cruise aboard ms Veendam in an Interior stateroom (Category MM), all meals, entertainment & activities onboard, port taxes & government fees

Price Guide From: $1925

Price Guide From: $1399

Glacier Bay National Park

Skagway Juneau

Gulf of St. Lawrence

Tracy Arm Fjord GULF OF ALASKA

Prince Edward Island

Ketchikan Riv

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Québec City

Halifax

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Bar Harbor Inside Passage Vancouver

Sydney

Lake Ontario

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

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Boston

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Carnival Cruise Line

Alaska from Seattle

Alaska from Long Beach (Los Angeles)

8 days/7 nights

15 days/14 nights

For a cruise that’s a bit out of the ordinary, make an Alaskan cruise your first choice. Alaska is a natural wonder through and through, but the coastal panhandle region Carnival sails to is perhaps the most stunning.

Alaska will amaze you with quaint seaside towns like Ketchikan and Skagway, and with stunning harbour vistas like Juneau’s. Cruising Alaska will also give you a first-row ticket to the best of nature.

Port Day 1: Seattle, Washington, USA Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord Day 4: Skagway, Alaska Day 5: Juneau, Alaska Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska Day 7: Victoria, BC, Canada Day 8: Seattle, Washington, USA

Port Day 1: Long Beach (Los Angeles) Day 2-3: At Sea Day 4: Vancouver, BC, Canada Day 5: At Sea Day 6: Sitka, Alaska Day 7: Icy Strait Point Day 8: Cruise Glacier Bay Day 9: Juneau, Alaska Day 10: Skagway, Alaska Day 11: Ketchikan, Alaska Day 12-14: At Sea Day 15: Long Beach (Los Angeles)

Arrive Embark

Depart 4:00pm

1:00pm 7:00am 7:00am 7:00am 7:30pm 7:00am

10:00pm 8:00pm 3:00pm 1:00pm 11:59pm Disembark

Arrive Embark

Depart 4:00pm

8:00am

4:00pm

12:00pm 10:00am

10:00pm 10:00pm

8:00am 7:00am 11:00am

6:00pm 3:00pm 6:00pm

8:00am

Disembark

Departures: Set departures (May-Aug)

Departures: 25 Aug 18

Inclusions: 7 night cruise aboard Carnival Legend in an Interior Stateroom (Category 4B), all meals, 24 hour room service, entertainment & youth programmes onboard, port taxes & government fees

Inclusions: 14 night cruise aboard Carnival Splendor in an Interior Stateroom (Category 4B), all meals, 24 hourArctic room service, entertainment GREENLAND (DENMARK) & youth programmes onboard, port taxes &Ocean government fees

Price Guide From: $1599

Price Guide From: $2249 Skagway Juneau

GULF OF ALASKA

Ketchikan

BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALASKA Glacier Bay Sitka Icy Strait Point

Skagway Juneau Ketchikan

CANADA Vancouver

USA CALIFORNIA

Victoria Seattle

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Long Beach

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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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:

your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you.

cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10.

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.

9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS

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.

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.

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

11. ITEMS NOT COVERED

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 hotels are per person per night for share twin in a standard room (except for apartments or if specified). 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. 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.

• The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier.

6. HOUSE OF TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION RATINGS

• All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier. • 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. 3. BUSINESS PURPOSES 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. 4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE 4.1 While we attempt to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct, accurate, and up to date at the time of printing, the contents of this brochure are drawn from information supplied to us by Suppliers. We do not have, and cannot be reasonably expected to have, personal knowledge about all of the facilities or services provided by each Supplier. 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

10. INSURANCE

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.

• 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.

• 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.

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.

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

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 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. 16. LEGAL CLAIMS 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.


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Canada & Alaska Brochure 2018  

House of Travel Canada & Alaska Brochure 2018

Canada & Alaska Brochure 2018  

House of Travel Canada & Alaska Brochure 2018