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Canada

It’s all about you!


We are a nation of travellers and we have enquiring minds – we relish brand new experiences and new challenges and we seek to visit interesting places that can provide us with that and take our breath away. We want more from our holidays than simply beaches and sunshine we seek adventure, new cultures and new memories – Canada has it all...

Canada - Why go? When you think about Canada what springs to mind? – Niagara Falls, ice hockey, grizzly bears and maple syrup! We’re not as familiar with Canada as we are with the USA so let us tell you a little more about this fantastic country. Canada is a vast and rugged land, the second largest country in the world after Russia and yet has only 0.5% of the world’s population – The country is divided into 10 provinces and three territories. Canada’s natural beauty ranges from mountains and glaciers to forests and giant lakes, and is almost unparalleled worldwide. Along with the great outdoors you will find cosmopolitan cities with their own unique personalities. Strong French influences, quaint cobbled towns, massive lakes, interesting history and marvellous architecture. Canadian cities tend to be much smaller than their counterparts in the USA so they are easier to get around. The most well known and most popular are Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, and Air Transat fly directly from Dublin to these points as well as wonderful Calgary and connections to Quebec. There is much to explore in this huge country so whether you decide to combine a vibrant city break with untamed wilderness, take your own RV on a personal road trip, experience a majestic Alaskan cruise or a luxury train journey through the Canadian Rockies, you will find it here in the Cassidy Travel Canada brochure.

Let ‘s Explore... Contents Air Transat Toronto Montréal Two Centre Ideas Québec Alternative Canada Canada Road Trips

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Vancouver Sea Explorers Calgary Rocky Mountaineer Explore the great outdoors Your Home on the Road Suggested Itineraries Things to know

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Interesting things about Canada

Canada has the longest coastline in the world - 202,080km

The name “Canada” comes from the word “Kanata” used by the Iroquois, a Native American tribe who lived in Québec in the 16th century. It means village or settlement. The French explorers mistakenly took the word to mean the name of the whole area, not just the village.

Canada has more than 31,700 big lakes – its lakes and rivers contain about 20 per cent of all fresh water on earth

Nine out of ten Canadians live up to 200kms from the US-Canada border

From north to south the country spans more than half of the Northern Hemisphere

From east to west it stretches almost 7,600kms across six time zones

Canada is home to 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears. At certain times of year, the town has more polar bears than people.

Underneath the city of Toronto, is a system of pedestrian walkways called PATH connecting 1200 stores and restaurants, 50 office towers, 20 parking garages, 5 subway stations and a railway station. With 30 km of walkways, it is the largest underground shopping complex according to the Guinness World Records. It’s a welcomed relief from the heat of summer and the biting cold of winter.

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WELCOME TO AIR TRANSAT Air Transat is proud to serve Ireland, flying direct from Dublin to Toronto 5 times per week thoughout the summer months every year. With connections on to Montreal, Calgary & Vancouver, exploring the country coast to coast has never been easier. Air Transat is Canada’s leading leisure airline, carrying some 4.5million passengers every year to 60 destinations in 26 countries. The airline has also won many awards including 6 times winning Skytrax’s prestigious award for Best North American Leisure Airline, as well as multiple awards for its efforts in reducing its environmental footprint. In 2017, Air Transat has also been delighted to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Air Transat offers onward connections to other Canadian cities, please contact your Cassidy Travel Sales Consultant for more information

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TIME DIFFERENCE

Toronto

7 hrs 30 mins

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SEAT SELECTION For a nominal fee, Air Transat’s seat selection service makes life easier by letting you choose the seat you want. Available up to 24 hours prior to departure.

ON BOARD EXPERIENCES Economy Class

Club Class

Economy Class offers a warm welcome and personalised service, with unparalleled comfort, ergonomic Italian-leather seats, a dedicated crew and an in-flight entertainment system. Enjoy a whole new experience on the wide-body Airbus aircraft.

Fly in Style with Club Class – ask about upgrade prices

COMFORT

• Exceptional, personalised service

• Comfortable leather seats for optimum relaxation

• Specially selected travel amenities

• Four-way headrest on Airbus aircraft

• Individual 12” touch screens

BENEFITS

BENEFITS

• Duty free service

• Complimentary seat selection

• Larger seats & extra leg room • Dedicated cabin with just 12 seats

• Luggage allowance of 64kg, across 2 bags of 32kg

INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT • Airbus A330: Individual touch screens •

COMFORT

Airbus A310: Enjoy shared cabin screen or download Air Transat’s CinePlus A app. Available on the App store and Google Play Store prior to boarding. Once on board, access the content via the plane’s WiFi network.

FOOD AND DRINK Included in all flights, economy passengers enjoy the added benefit of a hot in-flight meal on outbound journeys to Canada and a tasty warm sandwich on return journeys. All are served with a desert or snack plus a glass of wine or soft drink.

Welcome to the Kids Club The Air Transat Kids Club welcomes, for free, mini globetrotters age 2-11 years. Becoming a member of the Kids Club and scoring a bunch of awesome advantages – is as easy as pie! Ask one of our consultants how to become a member.

• 15kg of hand luggage • Dedicated check in, boarding & baggage service. DINING ON BOARD Air Transat are proud to showcase their partnership with Daniel Vezina offering a selection of gourmet meals on its flights, inspired by signature recipes of the renowned Québec chef. The Chef’s menu by Daniel Vezina, a variety of exclusive dishes carefully crafted by the chef will be offered to all Club Class passengers. it will also be available to Economy Class passengers, in limited quantity. (Economy Class passengers can purchase his signature dishes for $25, which will be served with a cheese plate, dessert and a glass of wine.)

ADVANTAGES • A member’s kit filled with cool travel goodies • Free seat selection for members on their round trip flights (certain conditions may apply based on Air Transat policy) • Check-in counter dedicated to members and their families for speedier service (available at main airports) • Pre boarding for members and their families in Economy Class • On board surprises to make air travel fun • Priority baggage handling • And much more!

PIECES OF BAGGAGE

ECO & ECO-PROMO FARES

FIRST BAGGAGE

23 kg, Included

SECOND BAGGAGE

23 kg, €80

ADDITIONAL BAGGAGE (EACH)*

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Toronto The Big Smoke!

This is the largest city in Canada and probably the best known. Toronto is not the country’s capital as Ottawa claims that title. Toronto has its skyscrapers downtown along with glitzy shopping in Yorkville and Bohemian districts in Queen Street West. It’s also home to the CN Tower, once the world’s tallest at 1,815 feet. Think of Toronto as a clean-cut New York!

GETTING AROUND – The UP Express is a dedicated air-rail link and departs from Toronto airport every 15 minutes. It takes 25 minutes to downtown Union Station and it’s one of the fastest and most reliable ways to travel.

has a range of luxury boutiques, exclusive restaurants and high end spas. The (U of T) University of Toronto creates a youthful boho vibe and Koreatown is well known for those avid foodies and the in-the-know shoppers.

THE NEIGHBOURHOODS CITY CENTRE – Busy & Buzzy

WESTSIDE – Trendy, dynamic & open late Westside is a trendy part of town and includes some of the city’s hottest haunts, including the entertainment district. Ossington Village is worth a visit with its hipster craft cocktail bars. Little Portugal is eclectic and exciting with a mix of gift shops, cafes and restaurants. Vogue magazine rates West Queen West to be the second coolest district in the world thanks to its galleries and indie retail scene.

The city centre offers some of Toronto’s most dynamic areas. The Financial District is where you can observe the power lunches, the Entertainment District is the right place to catch a Broadway-style show and shake some moves in trendy nightclubs and bars, and the Yonge Street Corridor offers prime retail shopping. MIDTOWN – Leafy Streets & Cultural attractions Midtown is a collection of eclectic districts. Bloor-Yorkville 6

WATERFRONT & TORONTO ISLANDS –

Million Dollar views

The recently redesigned Queens Quay strip makes the Lake

This is only a tiny sample of our hotels – visit our website for a wider choice or call our experienced consultants for their recommendations


CHOICE PROPERTIES RADISSON ADMIRAL HARBOURFRONT

Harbour and downtown views

With stunning views of Lake Ontario and downtown, this hotel offers a beautiful setting. A Great location close to two transportation hubs. Soak up the sun in the splash pool patio and terrace overlooking Lake Ontario and the CN Tower. JAN/FEB €58 JUL/AUG €95 MAR/APR €58 SEPT/OCT €98 MAY/JUN €95 NOV/DEC €65

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FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK

A Conde Nast choice in 2016

Located in the centre of Downtown Toronto, and minutes away from its biggest attractions. Newly re-designed rooms are a fresh, modern addition to the regal elegance that is synonymous with this hotel. JAN/FEB €83 JUL/AUG €99 MAR/APR €83 SEPT/OCT €102 MAY/JUN €99 NOV/DEC €83

PARK HYATT

Sophisticated and enriching

Situated in the fashionable Yorkville area. Surrounded by retail shops and five-star restaurants, this hotel is within walking distance of some of downtown’s most renowned attractions, including the Royal Ontario Museum. JAN/FEB €84 JUL/AUG €139 MAR/APR €88 SEPT/OCT €119 MAY/JUN €119 NOV/DEC €85

LE GERMAIN MAPLE LEAF SQUARE HOTEL

Elegance, comfort and quality

Located in the Maple Leaf Square complex, distinct architecture with a window wall and glimmering metal facade. Luminous space with accents of natural wood and stone. JAN/FEB €109 JUL/AUG €127 MAR/APR €109 SEPT/OCT €115 MAY/JUN €119 NOV/DEC €109

INTERCONTINENTAL TORONTO

Top Trip Advisor

Stylish rooms have superb views of Lake Ontario and the city skyline. Work out in the 24-hour fitness centre, relax in the serene spa, and enjoy gourmet cuisine at the spectacular Azure restaurant. JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€85 €87 €115

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

€165 €149 €112

Prices based per person per night • Ask about family prices and upgrades

Ontario waterfront a stroller’s paradise. Providing a dynamic mix of parks, shopping, arts, culture, and restaurants, all connected by the Water’s Edge Promenade. Hop on a ferry to the nearby Toronto Islands for the beach and amusement park.

EXPLORE THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO EXPLORE TORONTO Historical and interesting walking tours with experienced guides, or if you want to be more energetic try the pre-planned and engaging cycle tours on offer on safe cycle paths. Those familiar hop-on-hop-off buses are worth considering as they allow you to visit the major attractions in your own time, stopping as things capture your interest. For something different you could consider a beautiful boat ride with an option of both day and night time journeys on schooners with romantic dinners to take in the skyline. And for that special treat

a helicopter ride with unique views at 2,000 ft. We can arrange and pre-book any of your intended trips before you travel. NIAGARA FALLS One of the Seven Wonders of the World is on your doorstep when you are in Toronto – Only an hour-and-a-half away is the amazing and awesome Niagara Falls. MUSIC AND NIGHTLIFE Toronto has one of the liveliest music and nightlife scenes in the world. Choose from jazz clubs and Latin American, cool dark funky soul clubs to state of the art music halls. 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower. Situated atop Toronto’s most famous landmark the revolving restaurant offers magnificent views of the city, and boasts the Guinness World Record for the highest wine cellar in the world.

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Montréal

The City of Festivals! Montréal is France’s home away from home and the second largest city in Canada. The official language here is French and spoken by more than half of the population. The city has a French vibe which is stylish and romantic with a sense of a cool laid back chic. It’s a cultural hub and over 100 festivals take place here every year.

GETTING AROUND – The airport is 16kms west of the city centre. There is a shuttle bus service which takes approximately 1 hour and stops at the Lionel Groulx metro station before continuing downtown. Taxis are plentiful and public transport is convenient and affordable around the city.

THE NEIGHBOURHOODS DOWNTOWN – Eat, drink, shop and be merry Montréal’s commercial core is known as Centre Ville which literally means “city centre” in French. The city’s most popular art museums are located here and you will find multi-storey murals etched onto the side of skyscrapers. The latest fashions can be located along SainteCatherine Street which is the longest commercial street in Canada. Centre Ville is also home to the entertainment 8

district known as Quartier des spectacles and events such as the Jazz Fest and Just For Laughs have earned Montréal the title of “Penultimate city of festivals” OLD TOWN MONTRÉAL – Back to the future Old town is home to Montréal’s oldest and newest attractions and provides a glimpse into the lives of the city throughout its history. It’s easy to walk around as it’s only few blocks, quaint cobblestone streets, lovely architecture, wonderful buildings and fascinating historical sites blend gently with trendy shops. Beautiful ultramodern art galleries and exceptional restaurants and hotels make this part of Montréal a worthwhile visit. The riverside pathways that teem with joggers and cyclists throughout the day swell with romantic strolling couples after the sun goes down.

This is only a tiny sample of our hotels – visit our website for a wider choice or call our experienced consultants for their recommendations


CHOICE PROPERTIES EMPIRE SUITES HOTEL

Great Value

Within a 15 minute walk of the Québec- Montréal and Metropolis. The hotel has a rooftop terrace, Free Wi-Fi, coffee makers with flat screen TV’s in all rooms. The Notre Dame Basillica and the Bonsecours market are easily reached. JAN/FEB €29 JUL/AUG €45 MAR/APR €29 SEPT/OCT €45 MAY/JUN €45 NOV/DEC €29

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DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT MONTRÉAL

Connected to Union Station

Contemporary and sophisticated with a wealth of amenities. Great location on the vibrant downtown Toronto waterfront. 24 hr room service, indoor pool fitness centre. Sleek room with suites available. JAN/FEB €59 JUL/AUG €95 MAR/APR €59 SEPT/OCT €149 MAY/JUN €95 NOV/DEC €59

OMNI HOTEL MONT-ROYAL

Top Trip Advisor

Located downtown on the elegant Sherbrooke Street West. This hotel dominates the Golden Square Mile’s historical district. No more than 12 rooms per floor the experience is enhanced by luxurios and comforting loft style guestrooms. JAN/FEB €59 JUL/AUG €99 MAR/APR €59 SEPT/OCT €79 MAY/JUN €69 NOV/DEC €69

MARRIOTT CHATEAU CHAMPLAIN

Great Views

A short walk to Old Montréal, shopping on St. Catherine Street and the campus of McGill University. Spacious accommodation with highspeed internet. Restaurant and spa on site. JAN/FEB €69 JUL/AUG €122 MAR/APR €72 SEPT/OCT €99 MAY/JUN €99 NOV/DEC €69

NOVOTEL MONTRÉAL CENTRE

Great for families

Only 2 minutes from the shops of St Catherine St, this 4 star hotel boasts modern and comfortable rooms. Free Wi-Fi. Rooms are modern and spacious with king bed or 2 double beds and large sofa bed with mini-bar. Suitable for 2 adults and 2 children. JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

prices based on family 4 share

€35 €29 €38

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

€38 €36 €23

Prices based per person per night • Ask about family prices and upgrades

PLATEAU AND MILE END – Colourful, quirky

and creative

Situated north of downtown this is a 10 block neighbourhood and a microcosm within the city of Montréal. Rows of colourful houses, with spiral staircases and amazing murals make this area a place to be seen in. This melting pot for musicians and artists exudes a hip and laid back feel. Buzzing street side venues and Italian cafes mix with stylish restaurants and cocktail bars. Vintage clothes shops rub shoulders with indie stores, book stores and record shops on Rue Bernard which help draw day time crowds. In the evening the lively bars, music venues and brewpubs keep Plateau and Mile End pumping. LITTLE ITALY AND VILLERAY – Italian taste lives here It’s worth spending a day here in this foodie’s paradise. Little

Italy, named for the great wave of Italian immigrants in the 20th century is a colourful neighbourhood with tree lined picturesque streets, turn another corner and you find art deco buildings. Explore the renowned Jean-Talon Market with its local produce, fresh seafood and artisan cheeses. Villeray has amazing Latin food as well as brunch spots, designer gifts for your home and much more. GO WEST – Tranquil and expansive West Island is an outdoor person’s paradise. You can walk or run, take a bike and hike (or in the winter, cross-country ski) along the region’s well-maintained trails running through large green spaces and nature parks and along river fronts and lake shores. Museums, golf courses and cultural sites can be found along the way. Charming cafe-terraces line the beautiful and unforgettable Lake Saint Louis.

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2 CENTRE IDEAS

Montréal & Toronto 2 BITES OF CANADIAN CITIES!

Montréal was pigeonholed as “the second largest Frenchspeaking city after Paris, but now that French-Canadian cultural blend is spiced with foreign flavours. Visit these 2 distinct cities Montréal & Toronto!

• Fly directly into Montréal and stay 2/3/5 nights depending on how much you wish to see here. Set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River, its boroughs were once independent cities. Old-Montréal has cobblestone streets, and quaint buildings that sit beside little bistros and independent funky shops with the Basilica at its centre. Summertime brings everyone outdoors to wander and meander through the streets or cycle on the many safe cycle paths, and with over 100 festivals per year there is always a party atmosphere. Food is at the heart of every city and Montréal does not disappoint as this city has more restaurants per capita than New York. Linking everything is the easy to use metro system. Make sure to visit Saint-Paul Street

THINGS TO DO Toronto

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

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Adult FROM €41pp

NIAGARA FALLS HELICOPTER RIDE Soar above the turbulent rapids and cascading waterfall of Niagara. This exhilarating helicopter flight gives you a thrilling view of Niagara’s natural wonders. Child FROM €64pp

Adult FROM €96pp

NIAGARA & NIAGARA ON THE LAKE TOUR Enjoy this comprehensive guided tour of Niagara Falls. See the falls from various vantage points, explore the charming scenery and finish off with a deluxe buffet lunch.

• Why not take an RV and head off to explore (See page 24), take one of our recommended car trips or even add on another exciting destination? We can custom design holidays/trips to suit your individual requirements

Take a trip to the top of the CN Tower, the symbol of Toronto. With sweeping panoramas of the city at your feet, do you dare to walk over the glass floor? Child FROM €29pp

• To drive between Montréal and Toronto allow yourself 6 hours. Alternatively you can fly which takes about 70 minutes. There is also a train service which takes 4.5-5.5 hours fares start from $50 one way. The cheapest option is by the Greyhound bus with fares starting from $30. • When you get to Toronto spend a few days here exploring this cosmopolitan city and take a day trip to Niagara Falls.

CN TOWER

Child FROM €64pp

Montréal

Adult FROM €111pp

MONTRÉAL BIKING TOUR Discover Montréal on two wheels. This fantastic 4-hour biking tour takes you on a unique and insightful journey through the city’s history, architecture and neighbourhoods. Adult FROM €69pp


Too much to see too little time!

Toronto & Niagara Falls Consider a mix of vibrant city, sophisticated shopping and one of nature’s most breathtaking natural New 8th Wonders of the World otherwise known as Niagara Falls!

• Fly directly into Toronto and stay a few nights to get a real feel of this city – take in your fill of the quirky shopping streets selling a range of eclectic items alongside the well known international fashion brands and outlet malls. In the evening time when deciding where to dine choose between Chinese in Chinatown or traditional Moussaka in Greektown, pop along to Little Italy or take your pick of the excellent range of worldwide culinary options easily found throughout Toronto. With theatres, concerts museums and galleries and beautiful outdoor spaces you will need to pace yourself for this 2 centre option. • Just under 2 hours drive away is Niagara Falls. Explore aweinspiring natural beauty to magnificent hiking trails through the Niagara Falls State Park. Get absolutely soaked on the Hurricane Deck, this is a perfect place for a family visit or a back to nature retreat and to compliment your stay in Toronto. Family friendly activities, cycle rides, scooters and helicopter rides over the falls give you a bird’s eye view of these 3 tremendous powerful waterfalls, collectively known as Niagara Falls. With it’s open space parklands casino, shopping malls, jet boats and riverboats it’s difficult to choose how best to spend your time in Niagara. • Head back to Toronto to finish all those things that you didn’t have time for the first time around – The CN Tower has to be seen or the Harbourfront Centre for cultural and recreational activities. Missing the beach? Follow the sandy shore of Lake Ontario to the area called The Beaches and amble along the boardwalk.

NIAGARA CHOICE PROPERTIES TRAVELODGE BY THE FALLS

Large Family Rooms

Affordable accommodation in a great location that puts you right in the heart of the action. JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€22 €22 €29

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

SHERATON ON THE FALLS

€69 €75 €22

Top Trip Advisor

So close you can feel the mist! With floor to ceiling windows in all Fallsview rooms, tea and coffee maker with fridge. JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€37 €59 €56

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

DAYS INN AND SUITES BY THE FALLS

€95 €102 €34

Great Value

Comfort and service with excellent value indoor heated pool and fitness area JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€28 €36 €37

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

€77 €89 €24

• Why not take an RV and head off to explore (See page 24), take one of our recommended car trips or even add on another exciting destination?

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Québec La Métropole!

Canada’s first European settlement, christened La Nouvelle France in the 16th century. Over 4 centuries later, the city of Old Québec (Vieux – Québec) clings to her French-speaking heritage and Gallic traditions. Steeped in bloody battles and cultured by the fascinating growing pains of the New World, Québec City steps swiftly into the 21st century with one foot rooted proudly in the past.

It’s the home of maple syrup, festivals and North America’s only walled city. Located on the eastern side of Canada, 3 hours drive from Montréal and 8 hours from Toronto and a halfway stop on the way to Vancouver. The province of Québec is immense: It’s physically the largest province in the second-largest country in the world (after Russia); covers an area more than three times the size of France; and stretches from the northern borders of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire up almost to the Arctic Circle The little city however, is an absolute gem and a delight. Its picturesque Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site, a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets. There is a glimmer of old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares, and yet only minutes away you can kayak on the St Lawrence or walk across a suspension bridge over a 270 foot 12

waterfall for something alternative. You can get a taste of the city in a single day, but linger at least a weekend if you can. The city’s compact size makes it ideal for walking, and it shines brightest when you slow down. You will find a unique mix of old world charm and a stunning outdoor playground. The city goes to great lengths to entertain visitors. In the summer months musicians, acrobats and actors will appear in period costume and take to the cobbled streets, and renowned festivals which take place regularly fill the night sky with fireworks. The quieter seasons of fall and spring bring about magnificent foliage and vibrant colours.

THINGS TO DO HISTORY

This is only a tiny sample of our hotels – visit our website for a wider choice or call our experienced consultants for their recommendations


CHOICE PROPERTIES LE CONCORDE HOTEL

Trip Advisor Bravo!

Located in the heart of beautiful Québec City, with nearby museums, activities and attractions. Its imposing structure offers beautiful views of the majestic St Laurent River and numerous parks and green spaces. JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€39 €43 €59

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

CLARENDON HOTEL

Family rooms available

€73 €49 €39

Charming neighbourhood

This delightful hotel is centrally located in a charming neighbourhood featuring cobblestone streets and century-old trees. The décor throughout is elegant and traditional with rich wood furniture and luxurious furnishings. JAN/FEB €39 JUL/AUG €69 MAR/APR €42 SEPT/OCT €69 MAY/JUN €49 NOV/DEC €42

HILTON QUÉBEC

Kitchenette

Located in the centre of Québec, an ideal base to discover the attractions of the city. Rooms are comfortable and offer kitchenette with fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi, a fitness room and golf course. JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€48 €87 €112

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

LE GERMAIN QUÉBEC

€149 €159 €47

Right in the heart of Québec

Among the best in Canada according to Conde Nast, this century old building is located in Québec city’s Old Port. A warm and luxurious welcome awaits JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€104 €99 €117

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

QUÉBEC CITY MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN

€145 €148 €89

Elegant and sophisticated

A great location from which to explore Québec, spacious rooms and amenities. Close to the Citadelle of Québec JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€69 €62 €136

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

€149 €179 €63

Prices based per person per night • Ask about family prices and upgrades

The Old Town perched above the St Lawrence River on the Cap Diamant Cliffs and the Old Lower Town where Samuel de Champlain established the first French foothold in 1608 should be the focus of your visit. The Old Town is packed with museums waiting to be explored. MARVEL AT THE WHALES Québec is one of the few places in the world where you can see such a wide variety - attracted by the river’s shellfish and impressive depth! Whale watching cruises available from late May to early October in the St Lawrence River. FOODIE WALK Discover the only walled city in North America. Québec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a food-inspired walking tour around the city, visit the Plains of Abraham and

the historic citadel. In just a few hours you can visit the site of world-changing battles, enjoy an authentic Canadian meal overlooking cobblestone streets or the St Lawrence River, and browse the works of generations of local artists. Old Québec isn’t just walkable, its best explored on foot. Every corner, stairwell, doorway and alley hides some unique feature or attraction that you would never see in a car. GO BEAR-WATCHING Wildlife here includes Black Bear and Moose. Black Bears can be found in their natural habitat from June to September near Québec City in the Duchesnay Resort. Moose are found in the Jacques-Cartier National Park 45 minutes from Québec City and are best seen from the water in the early morning, so try a lake kayak at dawn to spot them.

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Alternative Canada

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BEST OF EASTERN CANADA AND USA 16 days from €316 per day

Depart from Toronto – Explore thrilling Toronto and visit Niagara Falls – Historic Kingston & Ottawa the capital - Explore beautiful Montréal with local expert – Visit the old walled city of Québec and tour with local expert - Cross the US border to Bar Harbor- Explore Acadia National Park with its dramatic shoreline - New England to Boston following the Maine shoreline – Boston to the Cradle of Liberty & Freedom Trail - Philadelphia and the Liberty Bell- Next stop Washington DC, admire Capitol Hill and the White House – Depart the nation’s capital for the Big Apple and a visit to the Top of the Rock – Last day delivers a Manhattan Masterpiece with celebratory dinner – depart New York City. Dining summary: 15 full breakfasts/1 lunch/5 dinners 4 with wine Based on 2 share - single supplements apply Signature experiences • Montréal – Quaint Montréal with local expert to soak up the oldworld charm of the city • Québec City – experience the city’s unique European feel with your Québecois expert • New York – take in the famous sights and lights with your local New Yorker insider Top rated highlights • Niagara Falls – Feel the spray, wind and thunder at the bottom of the Falls • Bar Harbor – The natural beauty of Acadia National Park • Boston – The red-brick Freedom Trail • Washington – view the sights of this historic capital • New York – Sweeping skyline views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck Stay at the best addresses The Hilton • The Hyatt Regency • Manoir Victoria • The Mayflower Marriott Marquis Ref ABEC

Talk to us for a full comprehensive itinerary for this trip and to enquire about the many other escorted trips we have available: Discover the Canadian Rockies (G) • Experience Western Canada (G) • Jewels of Alaska (IS) • Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast (IS) • Canadian Maritimes (IS)

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Canada Road Trips

This is the real way to see Canada in all her beauty Grab a car or an RV, some snacks and some great music and take to the road... We have picked a few favourites - You may have hours, you may have days or even weeks - and these breathtaking beauties will stay with you forever!

CALGARY TO BANFF AND JASPER NATIONAL PARKS About 5 days +

Fly direct from Dublin to Calgary. One of the gems of western Canada, exhilarating vistas of forests, crags and glaciers. Starting on the fringe of the Great Plains and climbing through the incomparable mountain scenery of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Head west to the border of Banff, in the Rocky Mountains pass through the heart of Banff to Lake Louise with its crystal clear water. This route follows the Icefields Parkway – one of the world’s most stunning roadways. Continue north to Jasper and along the way watch out for elk, bears and other wild creatures. Guided tours, historic buildings and campsite fire chats bring you back to nature.

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TORONTO TO TOBERMORY

VANCOUVER TO TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA

6 hours • 437km

1-3 days • 303.06 km

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The west coast of Vancouver Island is one of British Columbia’s most iconic destinations. The Pacific Rim Highway takes you on a windy drive through temperate rainforests with views of mountains, lakes and coastlines. Leaving the vibrant metropolis of Vancouver behind, drive onwards to the rugged coastlines and sandy beaches of Ucluelet and Tofino. Viewpoints and attractions include the Coombs Country Market, the massive Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, with its 800 year old trees, the Ucluelet Aquarium, and take in the stunning scenery of the Wild Pacific Trail and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Fly direct from Dublin to Toronto. This cosy town sits at the edge of the gorgeous Bruce Peninsula. Indian Head Cove, Cyprus Lake Grotto, Flowerpot Island and the shipwrecks of Big Tub Harbour are just some of the attractions to be explored. Take in the charming green spaces in the Credit Valley that consists of waterfalls, suspension bridges and caves, a beautiful place for a stroll. Elora Quarry is a popular swimming hole surrounded by limestone cliffs and forests. Stop for a coffee at the award winning Blue Mountain ski resort. Inglis Falls is an 18 metre high waterfall with a surging cascade of bubbling water with hiking trails nearby. Sauble Beach, with its fresh water, offers white sandy beaches and a holiday vibe.

Talk to us to get the full comprehensive itinerary for other tours. Plenty more tours available simply ask us.

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Vancouver Hollywood North!

With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. Vancouver is located on the southwest corner of the province of British Columbia, surrounded on three sides by water. Here you can swim at the beach and explore a mountain in the same day. Cuisine is world class and the nightlife amazing.

GETTING AROUND – The Canada line rail link service from the airport takes 30 minutes to downtown. Boasting a great public transport system, most of the top attractions are reachable via the Translink. Sky train is an automated light rapid transit system connecting downtown and the suburbs. SeaBus is a ferry service that connects from downtown Vancouver’s Waterfront Station.

THE NEIGHBOURHOODS If a city is judged by its diversity and culture, then Vancouver’s neighbourhoods take top honours. No less than a dozen different enclaves invite visitors and locals to stroll colourful sidewalks, savour spectacular settings and soak in a wide range of urban vibes with roots in many different cultures and ways of life. And the bonus for visitors is that many of the neighbourhoods in Vancouver are located close to each other, 16

making it possible to see many sides of the city during your visit. Let’s mention a few. COAL HARBOUR – Cool and calm Despite the fact that Coal Harbour is right downtown, it’s a surprisingly calm little neighbourhood, right on the water’s edge. The area starts at Canada Place and stretches east to the 1001 acre Stanley Park which is 10% larger than New York’s Central Park! Around this area you’ll find locals and visitors mingling on the sea wall, neighbourhood cafes and restaurants, a popular marina, and the odd harbour seal bobbing around and greeting passersby. CHINATOWN – Exotic cuisine, vibrant culture Established back in the 1890s, Vancouver’s Chinatown has been humming busily for more than a century with vivid

This is only a tiny sample of our hotels – visit our website for a wider choice or call our experienced consultants for their recommendations


CHOICE PROPERTIES SHERATON VANCOUVER WALL CENTRE

Popular choice

Ideally situated in the heart of the city’s bustling downtown district. With renowned Sheraton Signature Beds, large flat screen TV’s and amazing views. Fitness centre and free Wi-Fi. JAN/FEB €59 JUL/AUG €199 MAR/APR €84 SEPT/OCT €158 MAY/JUN €99 NOV/DEC €59

PINNACLE HOTEL VANCOUVER HARBOURFRONT

Top Trip Advisor

Views of the harbour and mountains or city views. Close to Stanley Park – Rooms are modern and spacious with floor to ceiling windows to maximise views, some with balcony. Suites available. JAN/FEB €53 JUL/AUG €126 MAR/APR €59 SEPT/OCT €99 MAY/JUN €147 NOV/DEC €53

HYATT REGENCY VANCOUVER

Cosmopolitan • Urbane • Stylish

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver with easy access to exciting attractions, like the unique shops of Robson Street and Stanley Park. Heated outdoor pool and 24 hour gym. JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€94 €69 €147

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL VANCOUVER

€129 €89 €69 Relaxed Urban Luxury

Set above the Pacific Centre mall, this upscale 30-storey hotel is also a 2-minute walk from Vancouver City Centre SkyTrain station and a 14-minute walk from historic Gastown. JAN/FEB MAR/APR MAY/JUN

€69 €93 €169

JUL/AUG SEPT/OCT NOV/DEC

HAMPTON INN & SUITES

€139 €145 €69 Great Value - Large units

Featuring contemporary accommodation with a stylish downtown vibe, comfortable rooms and suites with generous amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen stations and shuttle service downtown. JAN/FEB €83 JUL/AUG €199 MAR/APR €69 SEPT/OCT €149 MAY/JUN €189 NOV/DEC €79 Prices based per person per night • Ask about family prices and upgrades

colours, exotic cuisine and a vibrant culture. Rich in history and architecture, this area east of downtown boasts North America’s third-largest Chinatown after New York and San Francisco. The main commercial area is around six blocks, where you’ll find plenty of classic Asian specialty stores, with their wares piled by the sidewalk for perusing, as well as dim sum restaurants, apothecaries, and quiet oases offering calm respite from the bustle. COMMERCIAL DRIVE – Shop ‘til you drop A culturally rich and authentic neighbourhood, Commercial Drive - also known as The Drive - is one of the best and most colourful shopping, dining and nightlife districts you will find in the city. It is also home to Vancouver’s own 8 block officially designated Little Italy, representing more than 60 years of Italian heritage. Day or evening, The Drive offers 22 full blocks

to explore with over 300 distinct merchants, including quaint boutiques, an eclectic collection of restaurants, a vibrant live music and bar scene, dinner and dancing, theatres, coffee houses, specialty food stores and bakeries. GASTOWN – Old timer Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, today the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victorian architecture house a thriving fashion scene, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in Vancouver. It’s a gathering place for stylish locals and an ideal neighbourhood to explore on foot. Gastown lies along the north of the downtown Vancouver peninsula.

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SEA EXPLORERS Sail through ice-flecked waters and take in your fill of this vast and untamed land with abundant wildlife – See bears, moose, soaring eagles and majestic humpback whales up close. Experience cascading waterfalls and rumbling glaciers – Alaska will leave you breathless! ROYAL CARIBBEAN ALASKA HUBBARD GLACIER 9 NIGHT TRIP – RADIANCE OF THE SEAS (tour add on possible)

DEPARTURE: Seattle, Washington (overnight) • Transfer Seattle/ Anchorage (Seward), Alaska transfer to ship • Hubbard Glacier (cruising) • Juneau, Alaska • Skagway, Alaska • Icy Straight Point, Alaska • Ketchikan, Alaska • Inside Passage (cruising) • Vancouver, BC SAILING: 22nd June 2018

Inside Stateroom FROM

€1,179pp

Balcony Stateroom FROM

€2,379pp

CELEBRITY CRUISES ALASKA NORTHERN GLACIER 10 NIGHT TRIP – CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM DEPARTURE: Vancouver BC (overnight) Vancouver (at sea) • Alaska Inside Passage (cruising) • Ketchikan, Alaska • Icy Straight Point, Alaska • Juneau, Alaska • Skagway, Alaska • Hubbard Glacier (cruising) • Seward, Alaska. Transfer to Anchorage for flight to Washington USA or Vancouver. CRUISE ADD ON: Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier by helicopter (Juneau, Alaska) Inside Stateroom Balcony Stateroom SAILING: 8th June 2018 FROM

€1,225pp

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€2,579pp

NCL – NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES ALASKA WITH GLACIER BAY FROM VANCOUVER 7 NIGHT TRIP – NORWEGIAN BLISS “NEW SHIP” DEPARTURE: Seattle, Washington (overnight) • At Sea • Ketchikan, Alaska • Juneau, Alaska • Cruise Sawyer Glacier • Skagway, Alaska • At Sea • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada • Seattle, Washington. SAILING: 7th July 2018 Inside Stateroom FROM

€2,239pp

Balcony Stateroom FROM

€2,885pp

SILVERSEA CRUISE LINES SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), AK TO VANCOUVER 11 NIGHT TRIP - SILVER EXPLORER DEPARTURE: Seward (Anchorage), AK • College Fjord, Columbia Glacier • Cruise Esther Passage • Cape St Elias, Kayak Island • Ice Bay • Cruise Hubbard Glacier, USA • Yakutat, Alaska • Elfin Cove & George Island, Alaska • Inian Islands, Alaska • Cruise Point Adolphus, Alaska • Sergius Narrows • Sitka, Alaska • Sail Island, Alaska • Cruise Wrangell Narrows • Metlakatla, Alaska • Ketchikan, Alaska • Walker Cove, Alaska • Rudyerd Bay, Misty Fjords, Alaska • Prince Rupert • Day at sea • Alert Bay, British Columbia • Seymour Narrows, Canada • Cruise Johnstone Strait • Vancouver. SAILING: 25th August 2018

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€7,740pp


Let’s go wild in Alaska! Go with the flow – sail through the labyrinthine waterways of Alaska’s Inside Passage and spot orca whales breaching or sea lions basking. Experience the buzz of sledding across the snow with a team of energetic husky dogs! This cruise has the advantage of a land add on – to complete your experience of Canada- a 6 night Canadian Rockies land tour to Vancouver, Jasper, Banff & Calgary.

We have selected this cruise as it offers an added stay to allow you to explore the most amazing sites in western Canada

Activities include – Vancouver City Tour & Lookout Tower • Overnight rail Vancouver to Jasper • Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour • Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls Tour • Explore Banff sightseeing • Banff Gondola • Calgary Tower • Butchart Gardens Royal Caribbean has an amazing array of facilities on board their ships and with 24 in their fleet they appeal to all ages. Dedicated stateroom attendants are on hand to take care of your every need 24/7 with interactive TV’s and lovely comfy beds you can enjoy breakfast in bed anytime. Vast, sparsely populated, inspiring and untamed – words alone fail to do justice to Alaska. This is your chance to see it up close in modern luxury. Take your fill of the abundant wildlife such as bears, moose, soaring eagles, and majestic humpback whales. Marvel at ice-shelves breaking into icebergs, and gaze at the night-time miracle of the Aurora Borealis

The only cruise ship at sea to have a real lawn club on the top deck covering half an acre of finely manicured lawns

Celebrity will appeal to the luxury lovers, contemporary decor, beautiful craftsmanship luxurious amenities and 24 hour room service. With a staff ratio of one staff member for every 2 gueststhink unobtrusive, yet attentive, everywhere, and around the clock and you get the idea!

When you cruise Alaska with Norwegian the scenery comes to you as you sail up close to the huge, ancient glaciers – Glacier Bay, Sawyer Glacier and Hubbard Glacier. Watch from deck or your private balcony as the surface cracks and grumbles carving icebergs into the sea around you – an unforgettable sight!

Premium All Inclusive

This is a casual laid back cruise line where you can dress up or dress down for dinner. The latest innovation has been to introduce “Premium All Inclusive” so the price you pay upfront takes care of everything from premium drinks, bottled water, speciality coffees, service charges and gratuities. For guests travelling solo Norwegian’s studio staterooms are an industry first providing solo cruisers the most affordable, stylish way to cruise.

A very special adventure!

Sophisticated luxury All Inclusive

From searching for the tiny hummingbird to the mighty Bald Eagle, Silversea promises a wide and varied programme. Expert lecturers take you on thrilling excursions to show you the remarkable wildlife, indigenous cultures and magnificent landscapes of these remote lands. As mighty glaciers rise up from the frigid waters and orcas breach for your camera, experience an Alaskan adventure as never before. With a fleet of 6 small, luxury ships Silversea Cruises are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery whilst indulging mind and body in lavish surroundings. This is one of those cruise lines that offer all of the frills all of the time. Premium drinks included. Intimate and luxurious

This is only a small sample of cruises on offer – if you have specific interests or itineraries or want to combine with a land stay talk to one of our consultants who will advise and guide you

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Calgary

The Stampede City! Calgary, located in the Province of Alberta, is one of Canada’s most understated cities, one that is often overshadowed by its more dazzling sister Vancouver on the west coast, or its big brother, Toronto, in the far east. But Calgary is one of those quintessentially Canadian cities that provides visitors with experiences they won’t have elsewhere.

Nestled alongside the Bow River, about 50 miles east of the spectacular Canadian Rockies, Calgary is Canada’s fifth largest city. The city’s wide open spaces, and laid back atmosphere give it the nickname “Cow Town”, and every July the Calgary Stampede – a massive rodeo and festival – transforms the city into a Wild West-inspired playground. From here you can also hike the Rockies, roam the grasslands, discover dinosaurs at the world-famous Canadian Badlands, or take in the vibrant city life of Edmonton. Calgary’s got small-town heart and big-city diversions. Between street festivals, nightlife and all the things to do outside, the work-hard, play-hard approach is in this city’s veins.

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Explore Do like the locals do: Make the city your home base for adventures in the Rockies and Badlands. Only 1.5 hours away you have Banff - There’s a reason everybody’s heard of Banff. The mountain town’s got a lot to love: historic charm, super beautiful natural surroundings, and all the amenities you could ask for. Hit the shops and restaurants on Banff Avenue and try gravy-smothered poutine while wearing your new favourite moose T-shirt. Then, after a day of ice-walking, skiing or sightseeing in the Rockies, visit a brewpub or distillery for a drink and a bison burger. You’ve earned it. Must-See: That castle across the river? That’s the historic Fairmont Banff Springs. Explore the hotel’s history before treating yourself at the amazing thermal spa. Ride the Banff Gondola for an unbeatable mountaintop view.

This is only a tiny sample of our hotels – visit our website for a wider choice or call our experienced consultants for their recommendations


CHOICE PROPERTIES HAMPTON INN & SUITES BY HILTON

Contemporary, good value

Only 10 minutes from the airport this offers excellent value, indoor pool, gym and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are equipped with microwave and fridge. Downtown Calgary and the Calgary zoo are 15 minutes away. JAN/FEB €39 JUL/AUG €75 MAR/APR €49 SEPT/OCT €65 MAY/JUN €69 NOV/DEC €55

BLACKFOOT HOTEL

Top Trip Advisor

Hotel Blackfoot is a vibrant, contemporary Calgary hotel located just minutes from downtown. A privately owned local Calgary hotel, personally committed to exceeding expectations. Outdoor pool and fitness centre. JAN/FEB €49 JUL/AUG €85 MAR/APR €55 SEPT/OCT €75 MAY/JUN €65 NOV/DEC €55

CALGARY MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN HOTEL

Recently renovated and ideally located, this hotel has spacious accommodation with views of the city skyline or the Canadian Rockies. There is a fitness centre and indoor pool. Exceptional location in the heart of the city. JAN/FEB €89 JUL/AUG €115 MAR/APR €99 SEPT/OCT €119 MAY/JUN €99 NOV/DEC €99

DELTA CALGARY DOWNTOWN

Top Trip Advisor

Great location to the top attractions of Calgary Tower, and the Zoo. The East Village is close by as is vibrant Stephen Avenue. This hotel also connects directly to Calgary’s +15 Skywalk. Large spacious rooms with Wi-Fi, indoor pool and fitness centre. JAN/FEB €64 JUL/AUG €86 MAR/APR €67 SEPT/OCT €86 MAY/JUN €86 NOV/DEC €59

HYATT REGENCY

Contemporary downtown hotel

Within easy access to many downtown attractions including the theatre district, historic buildings, restaurants, galleries and luxury shopping. This restful hotel provides an indoor pool and fitness centre. The walls are adorned with over 500 original pieces of Western Canadian artwork. JAN/FEB €107 JUL/AUG €107 MAR/APR €103 SEPT/OCT €110 MAY/JUN €107 NOV/DEC €80

Prices based per person per night • Ask about family prices and upgrades

THINGS TO DO HEAD SMASHED IN BUFFALO JUMP An archaeological site renowned around the world for its exquisite preservation of Plains People culture. The Plains People were an aboriginal people who first occupied the lands in and around Calgary and were skilful hunters. A Unesco World Heritage Site. SHOP 17TH AVE & THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal are generally more renowned for their calibre of shopping, however, with Calgary’s young demographic, just about anything you would find in the larger cities you’ll find on Calgary’s famed 17th Ave, plus a few quirky shops you won’t find elsewhere. KICK UP YOUR HEELS AT THE COWBOYS DANCE HALL

This establishment is not only the official World’s Stampede Headquarters, it’s been voted as one of the “Top 3 Mega Bars in North America” by USA Today! There is no better place to be during Stampede than here for the biggest party, and if you’re here during the off-season, it’s still one of the most happening bars in the city, with raucous music and wealthy, well-do-to oil barons flashing their cash. So throw on your Stetson, oil up the boots and head to Cowboys for a night you won’t forget. WEEKEND IN BANFF No trip to Calgary is complete without a visit to Banff National Park. Even if you landed in Toronto, thousands of miles away, a trip to this part of the world would be worth every penny, where you only have to travel an hour and a half! The town of Banff is the gateway to the Rockies, an unrelenting 6,641 km of absolutely pristine, rugged wilderness. Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Canada’s very first National Park.

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All Good Things

COME IN (MOVING) PACKAGES

Within the unique world of rail travel, Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train. It’s the key to unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockies. And your job aboard this alldome fleet? To indulge in the most luxurious journey you’ve ever experienced. It’s a tall order, but you’re moving in the right direction.

Be Truly Moved

AT ABOUT 45KM PER HOUR

Imagine being able to scale the sides of mountains or weave alongside steep canyons - all without having to worry if you brought the right shoes. With Rocky Mountaineer, you’re covered (in luxury that is).

Sink back in your comfortable seat and prepare to revel in panoramic views of remarkable scenery There are 2 levels of onboard service choices – SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf. Both offer extraordinary and even more extraordinary service from the moment you arrive. • Gourmet snacks and alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages complimentary throughout journey • Full storytelling on board by hosts • Reclining, comfortable pre-assigned seating • Custom-designed single-level glass domed coach (GoldLeaf service - has a bi-level dome which lets you sit up top and dine down below) • Oversized domed windows (GoldLeaf fully domed windows with panoramic views upstairs) • Delicious hot entree options plated to your preference. Served seat side. (GoldLeaf service -Gourmet a la carte meals served in a private dining room with large picture windows on lower level) • Comfortable hotel* accommodations with restaurants on the property or within walking distance (GoldLeaf service – luxurious hotel accommodations with premium room categories)

Ask about our early booking offers

*all accommodations in Kamloops and Quesnel, while charming, are of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded.

We can also offer shorter two and three day rail only options We can add on Alaska cruises to compliment your journey at the beginning or at the end With 4 distinct rail routes and many more itineraries, you have an unbelievable task of choosing between wonderful, fabulous, amazing and fantastic. Take a Coastal Passage, a Rainforest to Gold Rush trip, a Journey Through the Clouds or the 125 year old First Passage to the West. 22


GRAND RAIL CIRCLE An epic trip made of two unique rail routes fuses the sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies with a night in Whistler, Canada’s premier resort town. DESTINATIONS Vancouver • Kamloops • Banff • Lake Louise • Jasper Quesnel • Whistler • Vancouver

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€4,178

ROUTES First Paggage to the West – Rainforest to Gold Rush TRIP LENGTH 13 days/12 nights total 5 days on Rocky Mountaineer ACTIVITIES & TOURS DINING • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 • Vancouver Lookout afternoon snack • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake ACCOMMODATIONS Louise • Icefields Parkway Tour, including • 12 nights hotel Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper

Tour Code: JBLC

Modes of travel: Days: 13

TRAVEL & TRANSPORT • 5 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

First Passage to the West Rainforest to Gold Rush Destinations on your journey Overnight Stop Only Motorcoach

CANADIAN ROCKIES ADVENTURE Adventure in the Canadian Rockies! This journey brings you to the stunning mountain towns of Banff and Lake Louise, with a trip to the Columbia Icefields and a helicopter tour through the soaring peaks of the Rockies. DESTINATIONS Vancouver • Kamloops • Banff • Lake Louise Calgary (or reverse)

FROM

€2,339 Tour Code: LBGE/ LBGW

ROUTES First Passage to the West TRIP LENGTH 8 days/7 nights in total 2 days on board Rocky Mountaineer DINING ACTIVITIES & TOURS • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches • Vancouver Lookout • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer ACCOMMODATIONS • Lake Louise to Calgary Tour (or reverse) including Banff Gondola • 7 nights hotel • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing • Calgary Tower

Modes of travel: Days: 8

TRAVEL & TRANSPORT • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

First Passage to the West Destinations on your journey Overnight Stop Only Motorcoach

COASTAL PASSAGES JOURNEY THROUGH THE CLOUDS DISCOVERY SELF-DRIVE Take in the most breathtaking views of the West Coast and Canadian Rockies with this train and drive journey! Travel by train exploring coastal Seattle and Vancouver, as well as the wild landscapes of the Northern Rockies, and drive at your own pace between Jasper and Calgary. DESTINATIONS Seattle • Vancouver • Kamloops • Jasper Lake Louise • Banff • Calgary (or reverse) ROUTES Coastal Passage – Journey Through the Clouds TRIP LENGTH 9-11 days/8-10 nights total 3 days on board Rocky Mountaineer ACTIVITIES & TOURS • Vancouver Lookout • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (Eastbound only) • Ice Explorer (Westbound only) • Calgary Tower

DINING • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS • 10 nights hotel (Eastbound) • 8 nights hotel (Westbound)

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€3,055 Tour Code: DPJE

Modes of travel: Days: 9 – 11

TRAVEL & TRANSPORT • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service • 5 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charge and unlimited kilometres • Rail station transfers in Jasper, Seattle, Vancouver and Kamloops • Luggage handling

First Passage to the West Journey through the clouds Destinations on your journey Motorcoach

For more itineraries and more detailed information, talk to one of our travel consultants

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Explore the great outdoors at your pace! MOTORHOMES By even considering a motorhome you have taken one step closer to discovering one of the best ways to travel around Canada and the USA. Canadians have been holidaying in motorhomes for fifty or more years and call them RV’s or Recreational Vehicles and with over 16,000 camping grounds throughout North America and Canada it’s a fantastic alternative to a hotel room. We only work with the very best and Cassidy Travel’s motorhomes partner is one of the largest RV rental companies in the world. To keep things simple there are 4 custom built designs depending on your individual needs and party size. With 31 pick-up locations, 26 in the USA and 5 in Canada, an extensive modern fleet and with over 40 years of experience under their belt, is it any wonder they are the best! All RV’S have a refrigerator and freezer. They all have a hob and a microwave and cupboards for food storage in the kitchen area. All have shower, basin and flush toilet. Waste water from the bathroom and kitchen goes into two on-board holding tanks when you are not hooked up to mains drainage at a campground.

Why should I consider a motorhome?

Benefits include: FREEDOM – Stay as long or a little as you like, have breakfast when it suits you, no packing and unpacking and no extortionate mini-bar charges or tipping. FLEXIBILITY – Either choose one of many well trodden selected itineraries or make it up as you go along PRICE – Being able to cater for yourself and not have to pay restaurant prices for breakfasts, snacks, coffees and drinks. Eat out when it suits you and dine in when you feel like chilling. ACCESS – Being able to overnight in National and State Parks, which are usually expensive. Your motorhome gives you access to all the main tourist spots for minimal cost. NATURE – Wake up to the sounds of birds and a view of the mountain ranges, take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine surrounded by woodlands.

RENTAL LOCATIONS: VANCOUVER • CALGARY TORONTO • MONTRÉAL HALIFAX

Pricing

Book early

The sooner you book the better the price and the availability. The prices that we will give you will be for the entire rental period and automatically include insurance. You are covered for up to $1million liability. Your vehicle is also covered for accidental damage (note: there is a deductible excess) The next question we will ask you will be how many kilometres you think you might be travelling because you can pre- buy your kilometres accordingly at a reduced rate. You can buy blocks of 100-500 kilometres. Or, if you think you will be travelling a long way you can prepurchase unlimited kilometres. Minimum Age 21 years • No special licence required • No additional driver fees • Standard pick up time for vehicle is 11.00-16.00 and drop off is 11.00. Alternatively ask about our EBDS. EXTRAS – You can also purchase bedding/towels from $60 and a kitchen kit consisting of pots/pans and crockery from $100 per party. PICK UP/DROP OFF – if you wish to leave your RV in a different city to the one you started at there is a one way charge of between $200-$600 (paid locally) REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT – There is a refundable security deposit required on arrival of $500

DISCOUNTS & SPECIALS: Ask us about advance booking discounts and monthly specials

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CAMP GROUNDS – There are a huge choice of options ranging from high class resorts with every amenity to privately owned sites where hospitality is the key, to more basic experiences found at National Parks, and finally the free camping set aside on public lands by the government.

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HIGH CLASS – Pristine, great location with paved walkways and full hooks-ups to services. Smart showers and toilets. Often restaurants and bar, swimming pool or beach, children and sporting activities.

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FAMILY OWNED – smaller, with a reputation for personal service, more often than not paved roads and full hookups. Clean showers and toilets a general store and laundry facilities. Normally a swimming pool or lake with often family style entertainment. NATIONAL STATE & PROVINCIAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS – idyllic locations and the opportunity to meet with nature. Rarely offering water, electric or waste disposal hook-ups (make sure your freshwater tank is full and your propane tank is full) you have a separate coach battery which will power a couple of internal LED lights for a day or 2 or you may have a vehicle with a on-board generator. Some have shower and toilet facilities.

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FREE CAMPING – The freedom of setting up camp in an ideal secluded picturesque campsite out in the hinterlands somewhere. Beautiful public lands set aside by the government for recreational purposes. Wild camping that costs nothing and in the middle of nature. Living in your RV without any hook-ups or facilities.


Your Home on the Road STANDARD FEATURES ON ALL MOTORHOMES Power steering Power Breaks / ABS System Cruise Control Automatic Transmission Dash A/C Furnace 3 Cook Top Burner (2 in the C19+T17) Microwave Oven Roof A/C

AM/FM Radio & Stereo Refrigerator/Freezer Compartment Combination Shower (Separate in C30) Fresh water Flush Toilet Generator (in Canada only in C30; not available in T17) Rear Dual Tyres (single rear tyres on the C19 and T17) 2-Wheel Drive

What Vehicle... Perhaps if there are just two of you and you want, not just all the comforts, but also a motorhome that is easy to drive and park, as well as being economical, then you should choose the C19 or the T17. on the other hand if you are a family of 4 the C25 is ideal, or if you’re a small party travelling for sometime, the C30 for all the extra storage and space.

from €70 per night

T17 TRUCK CAMPER

The newest addition to the fleet is the T17 Truck Camper. It is attached to an F-150 truck making it easy to drive and manoeuvre for first time renters. The truck camper has plenty of power to master even the steepest terrain. Whatever your plans, the T17 offers comfort and accessibility. Sleeps up to 3 people

Length 20’ / 6.15 metres

C19 COMPACT MOTORHOME

from €64 per night

The smallest C-Class RV is the C19. It is narrower and will fit into a regular car parking slot. It’s perfect for a couple with its large double bed over the cab, kitchen at the back and all those other facilities. If you have a young child, the dining table easily drops to make the dinette into another bed. Sleeps family up to 3

Length 20’2” / 6.15 metres

C25 STANDARD MOTORHOME

from €76 per night

The medium size vehicle, the C25, has been a stalwart of fleet design for many years. With a rear corner double bed as well as a double bed over the cab it is ideal for two couples or a family of up to five - like the C19 the dinette area easily converts into another bed. Sleeps family up to 5

C30 LARGE MOTORHOME

Length 24’-25’ / 7.3-7.6 metres

from €93 per night

The C30 vehicle is the largest motorhome on the fleet. Its special feature is the large separate bedroom at the rear with its 5ft wide bed! There is also a double bed over the cab, a convertible sofa-bed and a convertible dinette bed. The shower is separate from the toilet/basin as well in the C30. Sleeps family up to 7

Length 29’-30’ / 8.8-9.1 metres

*Price for RV incl tax & insurance excludes optional extras such as mileage, kits, EBDS

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Suggested itineraries CLASSIC ONTARIO CIRCLE TOUR

CLASSIC QUÉBEC

From neon to nature, discover the diversity of Ontario from vibrant cities to breathtaking scenery, historic sights and iconic highlights to include the thundering Niagara Falls on this suggested itinerary.

Best known for its unique cities of Montréal and Québec which combine hundreds of years of history with Gallic charm and superb year round festivals, the Classic Québec tour introduces you to unexpected sites, spectacular scenery and some memorable wildlife and experiences. Each region suggested has a very different feel and lots of character and fun to explore.

Motorhomes Itinerary

Motorhomes Itinerary

Day 1/2 – After an overnight stay collect your RV from Toronto – its an easy 2 hour drive to Niagara Falls and stay at the Riverside Park Campground. For an ultimate view we recommend taking a helicopter ride over the Falls. Theatres, golf courses, shopping, wineries and cycling all available in this region. 128 kilometres to campground

Day 1/2 – Collect your motorhome from Montréal, then take an easy

Day 3/4 – Journey to Blue Mountain and visit the Wasaga Pines Resort on the rugged shores of Georgia Bay. Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world. You will find plenty of water sports here. 257 kilometres to resort

drive to Mont-Tremblant National Park. Base yourself at the Lac Monroe campground for a couple of days to enjoy the large variety of activities on offer, fishing, hiking and the unique Via Ferrata du Diable, a path that allows visitors to cross a sheer rock face. Explore the park by canoe, and the local village has much to offer. 144 kilometres to Mont-Tremblant.

Day 5/6 – Jump back on board and journey through Ontario’s playground

Day 3/4 – A short a scenic drive through unspoilt countryside on routes 125 and 347 via Saint-Donat brings you to the Lanaudiere region. Spend the afternoon relaxing at a lakeside campsite. As a special treat before you leave Mont-Tremblant take a helicopter ride to view Québec’s vast and pristine forests. 136 kilometres to Mandevile.

Day 7/8 – Travel east to the vibrant city of Ottawa. En route consider

Day 4/5 – La Mauricie National Park of Canada is another exceptional spot to spend a few days in Québec’s great outdoors. Try the excursion to Waber Falls- picnic and swim at one of the park’s most beautiful waterfalls after travelling on foot and by canoe. Centr d’Adenture Mattawin is an adrenaline activity centre. 120 kilometres to Riviere.

Muskoka, known for its sparkling lakes, dramatic landscape and quaint towns. Start heading northeast to the famous and beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park. Stay at the Algonquin Trails Campground. The Park offers hiking, canoeing and wildlife. 177 kilometres to Park

white-water rafting near Forester’s Falls. Stay at Ottawa’s Popular Grove Campsite. Take a full day to explore this beautiful city. Cruise, stroll or cycle along the Rideau Canal a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 321 kilometres to campsite

Day 9 – Travel south and stop off at charming towns and historic locks on your way to the 1000 Islands. Ivy Lea Campsite is perfectly positioned. Explore the exquisite beauty of the 1000 Islands, set amid the granite and greenery of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. A haven for boating, scuba and sailing. 281 kilometres to campsite

Day 10 – Final leg – Along the shores of Lake Ontario heading west back to Toronto. We recommend you return your motorhome early and spend a night or two in this vibrant and cool city which will not disappoint. Arts, culture, shopping, entertainment and a visit around the various neighbourhoods of Toronto will leave you will many lasting memories. 305 kilometres Toronto

Day 6 – By a backcountry route, today you’ll arrive at one of Québec’s natural wonders. Lac Saint-Jean. So large that it is essentially an inland sea, explore its warm waters, sandy beaches and stunning coastline. Be sure to visit Val Jalbert a preserved company town from the 1920’s. 273 kilometres to Saint Henri-de-Tallon

Day 7 – The most southerly fjord in North America, the Saguenay Fjord

is characterised by its dramatic rock walks. One of the best views is from the lovely village of Sainte-Rose-du- Nord. Allow a full day to explore – sail, cruise or kayak in search of the white beluga whales that call the fjord home. 152 kilometres to L’Anse Saint-Jean

Day 8 – Travel south into the Charlevoix region, where the highest rock faces east of the Canadian Rockies afford dramatic views. Spend at least 1 day in the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie National Park to hike the majestic Acropole des Draveurs trail. 241 kilometres to HauteGorges Day 9 – Discover the heart of the Charlevoix on the Route des Saveurs, a flavour trail highlighting the regions many gastronomic delights. Stop in Baie-Saint-Paul for lunch and visit one of the many art galleries. Arrive later at Jacques-Cartier National Park, one of Québec’s most spectacular parks only 30 minutes from the provincial capital. 241 kilometres to Jacques-Cartier National Park.

JOURNEY DETAILS

JOURNEY DETAILS

DEPART: DURATION: DISTANCE:

DEPART: DURATION: DISTANCE:

Toronto 11 Days 1,537kms

Montréal 11 Days 1,650kms

Day 10 – No visit to the province would be complete without a stop in Québec City. Arguably North America’s most charming city and the only remaining walled city north of Mexico. Its walls contain charming cobbled lanes brimming with cosy bistros, unusual boutiques and historic sites. Stay the night and enjoy a romantic meal in one of the top restaurants. 346 kilometres to Montréal, via Québec City. Day 11 – after breakfast it’s a 64 kilometre journey to return your motorhome at the Montréal depot, or better still if time permits extend your trip in Québec.

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WHAT DO I NEED? Entry requirement to Canada have changed recently, in addition to your valid passport you will also need: • A valid Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)* or • A valid visa, or • A valid Permanent Resident Card (PRC) *It is mandatory for travellers without a valid Canadian passport, Permanent Resident Card or visa to obtain an eTA from the Government of Canada. This entry requirement is for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. This document will be required at check-in, along with a valid passport. Holders of a valid Canadian passport, Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PRC) or Canadian visa, as well as U.S. citizens, are ineligible for an eTA and must present their original documents for travel.

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