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Dear Valued Client, At Wexas our aim is simple – to help you create your perfect tailor-made holiday, and to organise it flawlessly. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, culture, adventure or relaxation, our destination specialists are on hand to help you arrange every element of your holiday, right down to the smallest detail, and all tailored to suit your own, individual requirements. That, after all, is the beauty of tailor-made travel. You decide where you want to go, how long for, what to see and who to see it with. The rest is taken care of by us. I established Wexas Travel in 1970, and, over the past fourand-a-half decades, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the company grow from a small, independent operator, to one of the UK’s most respected travel companies, one endorsed by honorary presidents including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kate Adie, John Simpson and Michael Palin. It’s a great source of pride that, to this day, Wexas remains a privately owned, family business. A fact that enables us to put you, our customer, at the heart of everything we do. Once you’ve browsed this brochure, give us a call. Our Canada & Alaska specialists are waiting to hear from you.

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INTRODUCING WEXAS TRAVEL Wexas is one of the uk’s most respected travel companies, specialising in luxury tailor-made travel to destinations across all seven continents. Whether your heart’s already set on a particular place, or the world is your oyster, we hope that the following pages will give you all the inspiration you need to begin planning your perfect holiday. More information can be found at our website – wexas.com – though the best advice undoubtedly comes from talking to our destination specialists.

expert knowledge It’s hard to overstate the value of talking to an expert when it comes to planning a holiday. All of our specialists have travelled extensively in the regions they specialise in and have often lived or worked there. They have a helpful, informed approach to planning holidays, and will offer you suggestions based on first-hand knowledge and an average of more than ten years’ experience in travel.

USING THIS BROCHURE accommodation in this brochure As there is no universal system for grading hotels, we have applied our own grading system to the hotels and itineraries featured within this brochure. They are based on the opinion of our destination specialists, usually upon their firsthand experience of staying there themselves. ultra Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars). deluxe Outstanding accommodation with excellent facilities and service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars). superior A high standard of accommodation with a good range of quality facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars). standard A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with reasonable facilities (typically 3 stars).

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Tailor-made travel is about designing a holiday around you and your individual needs. Whatever your interests or requirements might be, our specialists are on hand to help you arrange every aspect of your holiday, from choosing your hotels and sightseeing tours, to arranging private guides, transfers, visas and travel insurance.

We believe that it’s unfair to just show you ‘from’ prices that relate to the low season, when you may not want to travel. That’s why we’ve indicated both low and high season prices. Even so, these are just guide prices and may not take into account peak travel periods such as Christmas. Your specialist will provide a quote based on your exact preferences.

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meal inclusions

Wexas Experience These signature experiences encapsulate the very best of a destination. Chosen by our specialists, they give a unique insight into the people and places that make our tailor-made holidays so special.

Any meals included in the price of our suggested itineraries, whether they’re part of a tour, a cruise, or a hotel stay, are indicated at the end of each day’s description using the following symbols:

Upgrade your stay Whether its a unique hotel stay or the chance to experience something extraordinary, these recommended upgrades will help turn an unforgettable trip into the holiday of a lifetime.

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canada | introduction

introduction | canada

CANADA The world’s second largest country isn’t short of attractions, from vast painterly landscapes to exciting winter adventures, multicultural capitals to thrilling, dirt-lined rodeos. Big, boisterous, beautiful and surprisingly hard to define, Canada is a traveller’s dream. Culturally, it’s a cross-stitch of a thousand threads, combining indigenous traditions and a mix of European, Asian and other immigrant influences. City streets harbour a wonderful array of cafés, shops and restaurants and French-speaking Québec is one of the world’s finest examples of cultural preservation. Canada is tolerant, inviting, and, according to many, friendlier than its flashier neighbour. wexas.com

Canada’s cities are exciting and varied, each with their own distinct character and charm, from the delightful eighteenth century architecture of Montréal to the distinctly European atmosphere of Québec City, whose wonderful unesco World Heritage-listed old town is one of North America’s oldest settlements. Multicultural Toronto – gateway to Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes – is where you’ll find some of Canada’s finest restaurants, while the West Coast city of Vancouver is perfectly positioned to

enjoy an endless array of mountain and coastal pursuits.

the wild and take to the waters of the Churchill River or Hudson Bay, home to amazing marine life including beluga whales and orcas.

British Columbia Vast national parks, striking scenery, exceptional wildife, pulsating cities and superb ski resorts can all be found in this popular Pacific Coast province. 1

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Canada’s greatest stars however are the phenomenal and endless wild landscapes, so varied in topography and rich in animal life. The countryside is crammed full of impossibly turquoise lakes, snowy mountain ranges, vast frozen tundra and dense forests, home to birds, bears and bison – you might even hear grey wolves howling in the distance – while the coasts are alive with whales, dolphins and seals.

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Alberta & the Rockies Spot bear, elk and moose amid the national parks of Banff and Jasper; ride the Rocky Mountaineer through Canada’s most impressive landscapes and visit the annual Calgary Stampede. Manitoba This northern province provides a wealth of unique wildlife experiences. See polar bears in

Québec A rich French heritage gives this province its unique character, which is perfectly showcased in the cities of Montréal and Québec City. Elsewhere there’s excellent skiing at Mont Tremblant, a host of exciting wilderness adventures and, in winter, North America’s only ice hotel.

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Atlantic Canada The provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland make up this beautiful and less-visited region, renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, First Nations heritage and exceptional seafood.

The Yukon Discover the history of the Klondike Gold Rush and lose yourself amid some of Canada’s wildest national parks in this vast province which borders Alaska.

Ontario Enjoy city life in Toronto and soak up the history of the capital, Ottawa. Then, head into the wilderness, which stretches from Niagara Falls to the sparsely populated shores of Hudson Bay. 5

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when to visit Canada is geared up for visitors at all times of the year – a true all-season destination. Yes, winters can be bitterly cold, but from November to April some of the world’s best ski resorts open their doors and several cities host colourful winter carnivals. That said, summer is generally the most popular time to visit. Lakes and coasts sparkle with sailing boats and kayaks, hikers take to the mountains, the cities are awash with cyclists and bladers and much daily living takes place al fresco. Alternatively, beat the crowds and enjoy reasonable weather by visiting in the shoulder seasons – April to May and September to October – when many activities are still available and the best-priced accommodation and flights can be found.

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GETTING THERE & AWAY

key facts

Time zone gmt -5 hours Montréal and GMT -8 hours Vancouver Flying time from uk 6 ¼ hours to Montréal and 9 ¾ hours to Vancouver

American Airlines and British Airways have coordinated their flight schedules to offer customers a wider choice of destinations throughout Canada, with direct British Airways services toToronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver and flights to towns and cities across the country via the USA with American Airlines . Our tailor-made specialists will be happy to recommend the best options to suit your needs.

Currency Canadian Dollar Capital city Ottawa Visas From March 2016, UK passport holders wil l require an Electronic Travel Authority (eta) Health Contact your local travel clinic for details of any vaccinations and health precautions prior to travel.

British Airways

American Airlines

With exceptional service from check-in to landing, outstanding facilities across all cabin classes and direct flights to cities across Canada, including Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver, British Airways continues to set the standard for trans-Atlantic travel.

American Airlines has introduced the new Boeing 777-300er aircraft on selected routes, with standout features include transatlantic wifi in all classes and fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats, all with aisle access.

Fly World Traveller and benefit from 23kg checked baggage & a two-piece hand baggage allowance, complimentary three-course dining and on-line check-in; or upgrade to World Traveller Plus for more leg room, a greater seat recline, additional baggage and enhanced dining choices. In Club World, guests will enjoy access to exclusive lounges, an award-winning seat that converts to a fully flat 6’ bed and chefdesigned menus. First flyers will experience the height of luxury with fully flat beds, Egyptian cotton bedding, a personal wardrobe, flexible a la carte dining and access to 120 lounges worldwide.

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The Main Cabin features on-demand entertainment, a six-way adjustable headrest and a cradling-motion seat, all on the new Boeing 777-300 . For six inches of additional legroom and priority boarding, upgrade to Main Cabin Plus. American Airlines Business Class features fully lie-flat seats with direct aisle access, chef-inspired menus, award-winning wines and touchscreen entertainment with Bose® QuietComfort® Noise Cancelling® headphones. The new Flagship® Suite aboard the 777-300er transforms into a fully flat 6’ 8” bed, complimented by a 17” touchscreen entertainment system, turn-down service and a fine dining menu.

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itinerary | british columbia & alberta

CANADA

ROCKIES AND RAINFOREST

days 6–7 » tofino Head to the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island’s west coast where you’ll enjoy a Zodiac Marine Tour to see local marin life.

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Blackrock Oceanfront Resort superior

day 8 » parksville Your drive today takes you to Parksville on the east coast of Vancouver Island, a place known for its wide sandy beach. Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort & Spa superior

days 9–10 » whistler Board the ferry back to mainland bc and head to Horseshoe Bay. Join the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, where you’ll enjoy a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Four Seasons Resort Whistler deluxe

day 11 » wells gray provincial park Continue to the Joffre Glacier and Mount Currie. A visit to historic Hat Creek Ranch takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush.

zodiac marine tour 3 nights Vancouver . 2 nights Victoria . 3 nights Vancouver Island 2 nights Whistler . 1 night Wells Gray Provincial Park . 2 nights Jasper . 2 nights Banff

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prices per person from l0w: £3,395 superior /deluxe high: £3,925 superior /deluxe incl. flights, 15 nights accommodation, 13 days car hire, meals & touring as indicated.

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Discover the delights of Vancouver, a Pacific Coast city surrounded by mountains and a peaceful harbour Explore the remote wilderness of the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast Finish your journey with a memorable drive through the striking scenery of the Rocky Mountains days 1–3 » uk/vancouver Fly from the uk to Vancouver on Canada’s Pacific coast. On arrival you’ll transfer to your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the city at leisure. Bursting with energy, this multi-cultural city invites you to make the most of the great outdoors and will tempt your

Discover abudant marine life, including whales, porpoises and sea lions, and the rugged beauty of the Pacific Rim National Park on a memorable three-hour zodiac marine tour.

Alpine Meadows Resort superior

palate with cuisine of every kind. Must-see attractions include Grouse Mountain, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, historic Gastown and nearby Granville Island. Fairmont Waterfront superior

days 4–5 » victoria Collect your hire car and drive to the city harbour where you’ll board a ferry for a scenic crossing to Victoria on neighbouring Vancouver Island. This charming city has a distinctly British feel, filled with late 19th centuryarchitecture and home to a bustling waterfront. Be sure to visit historic Butchart Gardens, whose floral displays are regarded as some of the most best in the world. Fairmont Empress Hotel superior

days 12–13 » jasper Cross the provincial line into Alberta and the Jasper National Park. A trip to Maligne Lake is high on our list of recommendations and a 90-minute cruise is a perfect way to take in the scenery. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge superior

days 14–17 » banff/uk Head south past a procession of panoramas as you drive to Banff along the Icefields Parkway. Enjoy an Ice Explorer trip at the Ciolumbia Icefield and a ride on the Banff Gondola, which affords panoramic views of the town and valley. Fly overnight to the uk arriving on day 17. Rimrock Resort Hotel deluxe

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CANADA

BEST OF THE EAST

viewing or canoeing, all the while enjoying the peace and quiet of the Canadian wilderness.

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days 7–8 » ottawa Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before leaving the wilds of Ontario behind. A change of pace is in store at the nation’s capital, Ottawa. Fairmont Chateau Laurier superior

day 9 » mont tremblant Head north east into Québec and the jewel of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant. This year-round alpine village offers plenty of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, horseriding, rafting and skiing. Fairmont Tremblant superior

days 10–11 » québec city Drive to Québec City, whose characterful old town is a unesco World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour of Vieux Québec and discover its cobblestone streets, fortified city walls and magnificent 17th and 18th century houses. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac deluxe

relax & dine at manoir hovey 2 nights Toronto . 2 nights Niagara-on-the-Lake . 2 nights Algonquin Provincial Park . 2 nights Ottawa . 1 night Mont Tremblant 2 nights Québec City . 1 night North Hatley . 2 nights Montréal

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Discover vibrant Toronto and the charming town of Niagara-on-theLake, gateway to several wineries Explore the unspoilt wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park Take time to wander the cobbled streets of Old Québec City and see the sights of Montréal, the largest city in French-speaking Canada days 1–2 » uk/toronto Fly from the uk to Toronto and transfer to your hotel. This vibrant city has many attractions, not least its scenic waterfront and the excellent Royal Ontario Museum, which is rated as one of the top 10 museums in the world. Hotel Le Germain, Toronto superior

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Enjoy 5-star dining at Manoir Hovey, whose sumptuous 7-course Discovery Menu at the award-winning Le Hatley Restaurant showcases the very best in Québecois cuisine, accompanied by matching wines .

days 3–4 niagara-on-the-lake Collect your hire car and drive to Niagara- on-the-Lake. The route takes you along the shores of Lake Ontario and through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula. We’ve included a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass, so you can enjoy the attractions of nearby Niagara Falls at your leisure. A scenic helicopter flight over the falls is a great optional extra. Pillar & Post Inn superior

days 5–6 » algonquin provincial park Head north past Toronto to Ontario’s ‘cottage country’ and the picturesque Algonquin Provincial Park. Spend your time hiking, wildlife

day 12 » north hatley Drive to North Hatley, one of Québec’s prettiest villages and home to Manoir Hovey – a Relais & Châteaux property on the shores of Lake Massawippi. Manoir Hovey deluxe

days 13–16 » montréal/uk Montréal is your final stop. Here, a second city of shopping malls and plazas has been created in a subterranean world to combat the ferocious winter storms. Above ground there’s plenty to see, including the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica, the French Quarter and the Olympic site. Fly overnight to the uk arriving on day 16. Hotel Le Germain, Montréal superior

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british columbia | introduction

introduction | british columbia

BRITISH COLUMBIA Mountains, forests, near-deserted beaches and wonderful wildlife combine with some of North America’s most vibrant and energetic cities in this popular province on Canada’s scenic Pacific Coast. It’s easy to see why British Columbia – or BC for short – is one of Canada’s most visited destinations. After all, its list of highlights is longer than that of many countries, with spellbinding nature; a dramatic coastline; worldclass skiing; multicultural cities packed with museums, galleries and restaurants; and some of North America’s most impressive national parks all found within its borders. The majority of holidays to this region begin in Vancouver, British Columbia’s largest and most populous city. Here you’ll find an eclectic culinary scene, one whose myriad epicurean adventures are a reflection of the rich multiculturalism found in the city’s many neighbourhoods – Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown and the West End. It’s also a city with a beautiful natural setting, sandwiched between the snowy peaks of the North Shore Mountains and the chilly yet tranquil waters of Vancouver harbour.

Beyond the mountains and across the water you’ll find some of BC’s biggest attractions. Neighbouring Vancouver Island is home to Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park, where pristine coastline, remote hiking trails and whale watching tours are among the highlights. On the west coast, among the islands of unesco World Heritrage-listed Clayoquot Sound, you’ll enjoy incredible wildlife viewing and wilderness adventures, while to the east, the remote retreats of Sonora Resort and Knight Inlet Lodge provide endless opportunities for hiking, kayaking and fishing, along with the chance to encounter that most iconic of Canadian mammals, the grizzly bear. Elsewhere you’ll find fascinating First Nations culture and British Colonial history in bc’s charming capital, Victoria; North America’s largest Ski Resort, Whistler; and the enchanting landscapes of the Yoho National Park.

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Vancouver Exceptional cuisine, superb shopping, eclectic neighbourhoods and a stunning natural setting define bc’s largest city, which serves as gateway to the province’s many attractions.

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Knight Inlet One of bc’s major inlets, this spectacular location is prime grizzly bear viewing country. Stay at Knight Inlet Lodge and enjoy first class accommodation and the chance to encounter one of Canada’s most iconic inhabitants.

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Victoria Brightly painted bohemian boutiques, lively cafes, innovative restaurants, colourful gardens and some of bc’s best museums can all be found in its capital, Victoria, located on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island.

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Yoho National Park Running along the western slopes of the Continental Divide, this national park is home to dramatic landscapes, including Emerald Lake; and the intriguing Spiral Tunnels – a staggering feat of railway engineering.

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Pacific Rim National Park A pristine coastline of windswept beaches and mist-shrouded forests characterise this national park on Vancouver Island’s west coast, which is made up of two regions – Long Beach and the Broken Group Islands.

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Whistler Nestled between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, North America’s largest ski resort offers some of North America’s best on and off-piste skiing and snowboarding along with some excellent après ski.

when to visit With hiking, kayaking and wildlife viewing in the summer and world-class skiing in winter, British Columbia is a classic year-round destination. Summers can be hot, with temperatures frequently topping 30ºc inland and 28ºc on the coast. Winters on the coast are relatively mild, while the interior sees plenty of snowfall. Spring and autumn are both pleasant times to visit and less expensive than the peak summer months.

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CANADA

GRIZZLIES, ORCAS AND BLACK BEARS

Capital of the World”. Surrounded by the Strathcona Provincial Park to the west and the magnificent Coastal Mountain range to the east, its a scenic spot to spend the afternoon.

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day 5 » knight inlet lodge Knight Inlet Lodge is synonymous with grizzly bears. Inaccessible by road you’ll take a thrilling 30 minute floatplane transfer to the mouth of the Glendale River, where the lodge floats on large cedar booms. This afternoon you’ll enjoy the first of your bear viewing and wildlife tours, guided by experts who know this area intimately. If you’ve more time, there’s the option to spend longer at the lodge with two, three and four night stays available. Knight Inlet Lodge standard

days 6–7 » tofino Return to the bear viewing platforms for a last photo opportunity before your floatplane transfer back to Campbell River. The Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island is your next stop and we ‘ve included a choice of a whale watching cruise or a bear viewing cruise during your stay.

grizzly bears at knight inlet lodge 3 nights Vancouver . 1 night Campbell River . 1 night Knight Inlet Lodge . 2 nights Tofino 2 nights Victoria

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Enjoy the delights of Vancouver, a waterfront metropolis filled with attractions including the ‘lungs of the city’, Stanley Park See grizzly bears in their natural habitat at Knight Inlet Lodge. This floating wilderness retreat is tucked away in the wilds of British Columbia Explore the west coast of Vancouver Island and the Pacific Rim National Park before ending your Canadian adventure in Victoria, British Columbia’s characterful capital city days 1–3 » uk/ vancouver Depart the uk on a daytime flight to Vancouver. On arrival, make your way to your hotel. The city of Vancouver is a nature-lover’s playground, with the emerald green expanse of

Spend a day in the company of local naturalists as you head out into the wilderness in search of that icon of Canadian wildlife – the grizzly bear.

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Stanley Park covering an area the size of downtown. To help you explore the park, we’ve included a guided Stanley Bicycle tour, but also left plenty of time for you to explore at your own pace. A guided tour (not included) is a great way to discover Vancouver’s culinary scene, which has some of the best street food in North America. Other options include a scenic sea plane flight along the remote west coast. The Loden superior

day 4 » campbell river Collect your hire car and take the ferry to Vancouver Island. On arrival, head north through Nanaimo and Parksville to Campbell River, a town once known as the “Salmon

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days 8–11 » victoria/uk After a leisurely breakfast and one last stroll along the deserted beaches of the national park, travel back to the east coast of Vancouver Island and then south to Victoria. This charming city is easy to explore on foot and the Inner Harbour is a focus for festivals and live music. If you’d like to join one of the many whale watch cruises, this is the place to head for. The award-winning Butchart Gardens are also well worth a visit. Take the ferry back to Vancouver where you’ll board an overnight flight back to the uk arriving on day 11. The Inn at Laurel Point superior

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CANADA

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habitat for native wildlife including orcas and black bears. April Point Resort superior

3 nights Vancouver . 2 nights Whistler . 2 nights Sunshine Coast 2 nights Quadra Island . 2 nights Tofino . 2 nights Victoria

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Enjoy panoramic views of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains on a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain Spend time exploring British Columbia’s year round alpine playground, Whistler, and the glorious Sunshine Coast Indulge in fine food at Wickaninnish Inn in the Pacific Rim National Park days 1–3 » uk/vancouver Fly from the uk to Vancouver on Canada’s Pacific Coast. On arrival you’ll make your way to your hotel and then enjoy two full days exploring this multicultural city whose highlights include Stanley Park,a lively waterfront, historic neighbourhoods like Gastown

ad Yaletown, several excellent museums and galleries, and some of the best dining, entertainment and nightlife in Canada. Rosewood Hotel Georgia deluxe

to the Sunshine Coast. This scenic journey takes you through a fjord-like landscape, passing steep mountains carpeted with emerald green forests and dramatic glaciated peaks. West Coast Wilderness Lodge

days 4–5 » whistler Collect your hire car and drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Nestled between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains this charming resort is a year-round adventure playground and you can be as active or relaxed as you like. Four Seasons Resort deluxe

days 6–7 » sunshine coast Return via the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Horseshoe Bay, where you’ll board a ferry for the 45-minute crossing

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days 8–9 » quadra island Today is a day for waterways. Your journey takes you north with two ferry crossings via Earl’s Cove and Saltery Bay to Powell River. From here you’ll board another ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Experience the British Columbian wilderness as you enjoy a guided eco cruiseon Desolation Sound. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled as this remote waterway is a natural

days 10–11 » tofino Drive southwest across Vancouver Islandto the wild West Coast, where you’ll stay at the superb Wickaninnish Inn. This beautiful region is home to mile-upon-mile of pristine beaches, which are perfect for beachcombing, and an ancient rainforest home to abundant wildlife and several walking trails. We’ve included a whale watching cruise to view local marine life including orcas, gray whales, sea lions and porpoises. Wickaninnish Inn deluxe

days 12–15 » victoria/uk After breakfast, and perhaps one last stroll along the beach, you’ll travel back to the east coast of Vancouver Island and then south to Victoria. With its turn of the century architecture and English traditions and heritage, Victoria is a delight to explore. One of its must-see attractions is Butchart Gardens, home to one of the world’s finest floral gardens, for which we’ve included admission. Take the ferry back to Vancouver where you’ll board an overnight flight to the uk, arriving home on day 15. Oak Bay Beach Hotel deluxe

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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort 5-day extension This five-day tour is the ultimate way to explore the Canadian wilderness in style. Your adventure begins with a seaplane flight over the beautiful Gulf Islands to the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. 20 canvas prospector tents offers unexpected levels of luxury in an extraordinary setting. Hidden among the rainforest or scattered along the waters edge, each one comes with a comfortable king or twin beds, a wood burning stove, oil lamps, antique furnishings and an en suite bathroom with underfloor heating.

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort 4 - day extension Daily activities are an integral part of life at Clayoquot. Perhaps you’d like to surf one of the many deserted beaches thet line the coast, or spend the day hiking the Wild Side interpretive trail with a First Nations Guide. You could take to the ocean in a sea kayak, tackle the rapids of a mountain-fed river or head out into the wilderness in search of whales, bears and birds. Head to the Healing Grounds Spa at the end of each day for a relaxing massage or treatment. l0w: from £5,385 pp ultra high: from £5,645 pp ultra incl. seaplane flights from Vancouver, guided and

There are two lounge tents where you can read, play games and chat to fellow guests before heading to the dining room, where seasonal menus focus on the very best of local and regional food. All meals and drinks are included in the rate. wexas.com

un-guided activities including hiking, kayaking, horse-riding, mountain biking, sailing, surfing,

Located in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest and accessible only by air or water, Nimmo Bay is as remote as it is beautiful: an exclusive wildlife retreat offering the very best in luxury wilderness living. From Port Hardy on Vancouver Island you’ll board a scenic seaplane flight to Nimmo Bay, tucked away in a secluded inlet. Intertidal Cabins rise and fall with the change of the tide and feature two comfortable bedrooms, a cosy living room and en suite bathroom. The Streamside Cabins are set alongside a cascading waterfall. With both you can expect a host of in-room goodies including homemade cookies and truffles, a complimentary mini bar, organic bath products and even a pair of croc shoes to wear throughout your stay.

wildlife viewing, archery, rock climbing and salt & freshwater fishing & 4 nights fully inclusive Luxury Ensuite Tent accommodation.

a menu of the very best coastal cuisine using the finest local produce accomopanied by the local wines and beers. Along with the food, activities play an important role here, with hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing and wilderness and marine tours among the available options. You can also explore the region from above with tailor-made heli adventures taking in some of British Columbia’s most spectacular locations. l0w: from £3,395 pp ultra high: from £3,595 pp ultra incl. return flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy, seaplane flight from Port Hardy, guided and un-guided activities including yoga classes, kayaking, boat tours, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, snorkelling, whale watching, bear watching, fishing, beach combing,

Food is a hugely important part of a stay at Nimmo Bay and the owners and chefs have gone out of their way to create

forest walks and lake swimming, and 3 nights all inclusive accommodation in an Intertidal or Streamside Cabin.

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british columbia | extensions

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Siwash Lake Ranch 5-day extension

Sonora Resort 3-day extension

Deep in British Columbia’s cowboy country lies this private hideaway where you’ll enjoy excellent food and accommodation coupled with some of Canada’s most authentic wilderness experiences.

Experience the true wailderness of British Columbia at Sonora Resort, located just 50 minutes by helicopter or sea plane from Vancouver. Spend your days in search of the region’s wildlife, including eagles, bears and whales as you hike, raft, cycle and kayak through one of the most beautiful corners of North America.

In the Ranch House you’ll find a collection of suites, each different in style but all offering superb levels of comfort and lake and countryside views. If you want total privacy, choose one of the new luxury tents, which are set a short distance away from the main resort. l0w: from £3,585 pp deluxe high: from £4,125 pp deluxe

Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet Lodge 4-day extension Knight Inlet has long been associated with grizzly bears and is one of British Columbia’s most iconic wildlife lodges. This ultimate bear viewing experience can easily be added on to any stay in Vancouver or Vancouver Island. The lodge is only accessible by air or water and is tucked into Glendale Cove, some 60km from the mouth of Knight Inlet. All guests spend a night in Campbell River before flying in to the lodge by floatplane. Accommodation comprises 18 comfortable rooms, each with a private bathroom. Meals are taken in the main dining room and there’s a lounge and an interpretive centre for guests to enjoy.

Sonora offers a range of luxury accommodation options, all of which feature wonderful views across the ocean and surrounding Coastal Mountains, and leisure facilities including a heated pool and hot tub.

incl. flight from Vancouver to Williams Lake and transfers to the ranch,

l0w: from £1,255 pp deluxe high: from £1,480 pp deluxe

all meals and snacks, beverages including premium wine, beer and

incl. return helicopter or seaplane flight from Vancouver, gourmet meals,

spirits, signature horse programme, fly fishing, skeet shooting,

all beverages including in-room mini bar, guided zodiac nature tours, use

wilderness survival, hiking, swimming, canoeing, mountain biking and

of all resort facilities including swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, tennis

4 nights accommodation .

court, fitness room and 2 nights accommodation.

options available. Longer stays are also possible, which include additional bear viewing and trips to the wildliferich waters of the Johnston Strait. l0w: from £1,205 pp standard high: from £1,565 pp standard incl. seaplane flight from Campbell River, overnight at the Coast Inn Campbell River, all

Days are spent either on a series of bear viewing tours or kayaking trips on the calm waters of the cove. Guided interpretive hikes to the nearby Kwalate River Valley, wildlife tracking and bird watching are among other wexas.com

meals, complimentary house wine with dinner, bear viewing, Knight Inlet cruise, use of kayaks on organised tours, interpretive guide and 2 nights accommodation at Knight Inlet Lodge.

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excursions | vancouver

The Mail Run Take to the skies on a 90-minute seaplane flight, which hops and skips up the coastline, stopping at tiny waterside communities and peaceful anchorages throughout the beautiful Gulf Islands. Not only does this tour offer the chance to see the sights of downtown Vancouver and some of Canada’s most beautiful coastal landscapes from the air, but you’ll also be able to meet the locals for whom this service is their only means of travel between the city and remote islands to the north. price: from £140 pp Duration 1 ½ hours Operates daily Jan to Dec excluding Christmas Day

Blue Water Adventures to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) 8-day extension Blue Water Adventures’ small ship cruises offer a very different experience to a typical cruise, and are perfect for those who want to explore British Columbia’s untouched landscapes in the company of other likeminded travellers. This eight-day voyage sails to the Haida Gwaii region (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), which is one of the most culturally and biologically rich places in North America. Cruising the remote waters, you’ll see ancient Haida villages surrounded by pristine landscapes, peppered with the remains of great long houses and the best remaining examples of original totem poles in the world. Haida Gwaii is also home to plenty of land and seadwelling wildlife. Your weeklong journey begins with a flight from Vancouver to Sandspit Airport and then, after a night in a hotel, to wexas.com

Graham Island and Moresby Camp where you’ll board the Island Roamer or Island Odyssey. These 68-foot sailing boats feature eight private cabins with bunks, three shower rooms, a salon, a lounge and a reading library.

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Whale Watch Vancouver

Your cruise focuses on the eastern and beautiful southern shores of Moresby Island and includes guided beach walks, whale and wildlife watching excursions in search of humpbacks, fin whales, orcas, sea lions and porpoises, and tours of the shoreline where, if you’re lucky, you’ll see one or more of the region’s black bears.

Make sure you start this tour with an empty stomach as you taste and slurp your way around five of Vancouver’s finest restaurants and food outlets. Taste gourmet produce paired with local wines and craft beers, and meet award-winning chefs and food artisans. Highlights include some of the best dim sum in the city along with tasty Italian delicacies, divine gelato and a range of excellent cheeses.

Head out on to the waters around Vancouver in a covered, high-speed boat for a thrilling adventure in search of whales and other wildlife. The seas to the south of bc’s largest city play host to a pod of around 80 orcas each year, along with several other marine species including seals, sea lions and porpoises. Bald eagles are regularly seen, while minke whales and elephant seals are also occasionally spotted. Contact our team of specialist to find out about alternative whale watching tours by air.

l0w/high: from £2,955 pp standard

price: from £70 pp

incl. overnight accommodation in Sandspit, Haida Gwaii land tour, all

incl. 5 courses, 14 tastings, 5 drink pairings including wine & beer and

meals, complimentary wine with dinner, use of all facilities

9 local operators.

price: from £95 pp

on board, services of a naturalist and local guides, all park

Duration 3 hours

incl. transfers from Vancouver hotels.

permits and sustainability fees and 7 nights accommodation

Operates daily 21 May to 18 Sep, 2pm Friday to Monday 02 Jan to 31 Mar

Duration 4 ½ to 6 ½ hours

on board Island Roamer or Island Odyssey.

& 19 Sep to 15 Oct and Friday & Saturday’s 16 Oct to 30 Dec 16.

Operates daily from 01 Apr to 31 Oct 2016

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hotels | british columbia

Rosewood, The Georgia

The Opus, Vancouver

rosewood the georgia, vancouver

the opus, vancouver ££££

Harking back to the style of the roaring twenties, this hotel is something of a Vancouver landmark, having been sympathetically restored to offer an unforgettable stay adorned with every conceivable creature comfort. With 156 rooms and suites the hotel has a boutique feel and its central location means all the sights of the city are within easy reach. You may not wish to venture far however. The restaurant is one of the best in Vancouver; rooms are stylishly furnished and there’s a spa, a fully equipped fitness centre and swimming Rosewood, The Georgia pool all on site.

fairmont pacific rim, vancouver

fancy shmancy hotel

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The Loden, Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim

Known throughout Canada for their traditional and elegant hotels, Fairmont have upped the ante again, introducing a new level of luxury with their Fairmont Pacific Rim latest Vancouver offering, the Pacific Rim. Rooms have sleek, state of the art designtogether with cityvistas or harbour views. There’s a good range of dining options, including the excellent oru, which specialises in British Columbian cuisine; a lively bar serving craft beers and creative cocktails; and a cafe offering coffee and fresh pastries throughout the day. The spa is also excellent, and the downtown location is hard to beat.

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This award-winning hotel is located in Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown district, within easy reach of many of the city’s attractions. With just 96 rooms it’s a good boutique option, especially if you like something a little different from the norm. Rooms are bold and colourful – don’t expect plain white bed linen here – and the bar and restaurant , both of which are highly regarded, offer not only some outstanding food and drink but also a great spot for people watching. The hotel also provides a complimentary car shuttle service, which takes guests from the hotel into the centre of downtown The Opus, Vancouver Vancouver.

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Located in the Coal Harbour area of Vancouver, this stylish boutique hotel takes its inspiration from the mountains that The Loden, Vancouver surround the city. The location is peaceful, but you’re still in the middle of downtown, just a short stroll from Robson Street and Stanley Park. Rooms, some of which have views of the harbour and nearby park, are stylishly appointed, while the in-house Tableau Bar & Bistro is popular with both locals and guests. The Loden also offers a private car service, an on-site spa and complimentary bicycles. £££

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hotels | british columbia

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria

Emerald Lake Lodge

the fairmont empress, victoria

emerald lake lodge, yoho national park

£££

The Fairmont Empress is Victoria’s most iconic property, located on the city’s vibrant waterfront. This is a grand hotel with 477 rooms, all furnished in traditional style with views over the city, garden, courtyard and picturesque Inner Harbour. Afternoon tea is a ritual here, while echoes of the hotel’s British colonial past pervade over the curry buffet in the Bengal Lounge. For fine dining, head to the Empress Room, or enjoy exceptional farm-to-table food at The Veranda. After days exploring the sights of Vancouver Island, the awardwinning Willow Stream Spa is the perfect place to relax The Fairmont Empress, Victoria and unwind.

Located in the stunning Yoho National Park, just 20 minutes west of Lake Louise, this property has a truly wonderful setting. Expect plenty of hand-hewn timber, huge stone fireplaces and magical lake views, which can be enjoyed from the elegant dining room and peaceful reading room. There are 85 rooms and cabins in total, all of which have private balconies. Book one of the Lake View or Emerald suites, which guarantee a lake view. There are no TVs in any of the rooms, so you’ll have to make your own entertainment, but they do come with cosy log fires. Emerald Lake Lodge

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The Wickannish Inn

The Wickaninnish Inn, or ‘The Wick’ as it’s also known, is a superb resort located in the Pacific Rim The Wickannish Inn National Park on Vancouver Island’s wild west coast. While the hotel is highly regarded for its food, wine and excellent spa, it’s also famed for some dramatic storm watching during winter. All rooms – just 75 of them in total – have fireplaces and ocean views. Activities range from relaxing spa treatments to more adventurous pursuits including beachcombing, hiking, bear viewing, kayaking and whale watching. £££

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cathedral mountain lodge, yoho national park

Cathedral Mountain Lodge

Although officially in b.c, Cathedral Mountain Lodge is only 15 minutes from Lake Louise Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Alberta, and is the ideal base from which to explore both Yoho and Banff National Parks. Go for the larger deluxe or premier cabins, both of which have furnished porches and large bathtubs. Complimentary canoeing, guided hikes and afternoon tea are included for all guests. Food is available in the Great Room and Riverside Dining Room and rates include breakfast. Packed lunches are available to order. £££

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alberta | introduction

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Jasper National Park Some of Alberta’s most beautiful lakes, including Maligne Lake and Medicine Lake, can be found in this iconic national park, which is also home to the Athabasca Glacier and the magnificent Columbia Icefield.

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Banff National Park Outstanding scenery, abundant native wildlife and, in winter, some of Canada’s best skiing can all be found in and around the mountain resort Banff and the surrounding Banff National Park.

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ALBERTA It’s difficult to imagine a place more beautiful than Alberta: a land of soaring mountains, impossibly blue lakes, wildlife-rich forests, majestic glaciers and two of the world’s oldest national parks. It’s these parks – Jasper and Banff – that form many people’s impressions of Alberta, and, in many cases, Canada as a whole. Images of Moraine Lake abound, as are those of Lake Louise and the magnificent Icefields Parkway – a 232 km highway that links the parks and winds its way past the Columbia Icefield and along the Continental Divide, following the line of the Rocky Mountains. This is a region of outstanding native wildlife, where its possible to see big horn sheep, black bears, grizzlies, wolves and coyotes; of mesmerising natural beauty, where jaw-dropping scenery is the norm; and of remarkable adventures in the form of hiking, cycling, kayaking, white water rafting, fishing, skiing and more.

For an altogether different experience, journey east across the prairie to the stark landscapes of the Canadian Badlands. Visit Drumheller and the unesco-listed Dinosaur Provincial Park; explore the remarkable Red Deer River Valley; and journey south to the wonderfully named HeadSmashed-In Buffalo Jump. Then there are Alberta’s cities, Edmonton and Calgary, The latter of which hosts the self-proclaimed ‘greatest outdoor show on earth’ – the Calgary Stampede. Each July, this ten-day event brings together the world’s best cowboys and features chuckwagon racing and fairground rides, the best (and worst) of Calgary cuisine, and one of the richest rodeos on earth.

Lake Louise One of the most spectacular sights in the Banff National Park, Lake Louise marks the starting point of the Icefields Parkway. In summer its hiking trails are teeming with trekkers, while the winter sees ice skaters take to its frozen waters.

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Icefields Parkway This 232-kilometre stretch of highway, which runs along the Continental Divide from Lake Louise to Jasper past some of Alberta’s most breathtaking landscapes, is one of the most scenic driving routes in North America.

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Canadian Badlands Moonlike scenery, hoodoo rock formations and the unesco World Heritage-listed Dinosaur Provincial Park – a place known for its rich deposit of fossils and dinosaur bones – can all be found in Canada’s ‘Wild West’.

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Calgary Alberta’s largest city, which sits between the foothills of the Rockies and wide-open prairies, hosts the annual Calgary Stampede – a 10-day homage to all things rodeo.

when to visit The peak summer months (Jun to Aug) see the highest visitor numbers, especially during the Calgary Stampede, which takes place each July. Winters (Nov to Mar), when skiing conditions are at their prime, can also be busy. If you’re hoping to make the most of the great outdoors, but prefer to avoid the crowds, head to Alberta in April or October, when you’ll miss the coldest weather and benefit from the best prices.

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CANADA

BUFFALOS AND BADLANDS

the rugged Selkirk Mountains, this picturesque town is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding region.

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days 7–8 » sun peaks Travel across mountains and lakes into the heart of British Columbia and the mountain resort of Sun Peaks. Enjoy the town’s delightful array of restaurants and shops, along with superb hiking, biking and golf. Sun Peaks is also popular with foodies and hosts several food and wine festivals each year. Sun Peaks Grand Hotel superior

days 9–10 » jasper Return to Alberta and make your way to theJasper National Park, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Alberta’s largest national park was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge superior

1 night Calgary . 1 night Drumheller 2 nights Waterton Lakes National Park . 2 nights Nelson . 2 nights Sun Peaks . 2 nights Jasper 1 night Columbia Icefields 2 nights Banff

best time to go may to oct

prices per person from l0w: £3,195 standard / superior high: £3,795 standard / superior incl. flights, 13 days car hire, 13 nights accommodation, meals & touring as indicated.

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Explore the Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology in the heart of Alberta’s Badlands Visit Head-Smashed-In-BuffaloJump, one of the oldest and best preserved bison jump sites in Canada Spend time exploring the beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park, the Selkirk Mountains and the magnificent Rockies. day 1 » uk/calgary Fly from the uk to Calgary. On arrival you’ll collect your hire car, make your way to your city centre hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at leisure. Calgary, a city of more than 1 million inhabitants, is famed for the annual Calgary Stampede,

a spectacular rodeo featuring parades, stage shows, concerts and competitions. For the rest of the year, Alberta’s largest metropolis boasts an abundance of boutiques, bars, restaurants and museums, while acting as a springboard for journeys into Western Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Fairmont Palliser superior

day 2 » drumheller Leave Calgary this morning and head to Drumheller, located in the heart of the Alberta Badlands. Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology which holds the largest collection of artefacts sourced from the nearby Dinosaur Provincial Park. Ramada Inn & Suites standard

days 3–4 » waterton Your journey today takes you south to the beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park via the Bar U Ranch. This ranching operation dates back to 1882 and is now listed as a National Historic Site. Your next stop is the wonderfully named Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved bison jump sites in Canada. Continue to Waterton for a two-night stay. Prince of Wales Hotel standard

days 5–6 » nelson Drive west from Waterton to the town of Nelson in neighbouring British Columbia. Located on the west arm of Kootenay Lake amid

day 11 » columbia icefields Today’s journey takes you along the Icefield Parkway. Stop at the Columbia Icefields, where you’ll have time to explore the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, then, continue to the Athabasca Glacier where you’ll enjoya tour. Glacier View Inn standard

days 12–15 » banff/uk Spend a morning exploring the Athabasca Glacier before driving to Banff, located in the shadow of Sulphur Mountain in the Banff National Park. See the area on horseback and take a ride on the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, from where you’ll enjoy views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains and the Bow Valley far below. Return to Calgary for your overnight flight to the uk, arriving home on day 15. Fairmont Banff Springs superior

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CANADA

WINTER IN THE ROCKIES 8 - D AY TA I L O R - M A D E J O U R N E Y

6 nights Banff

best time to go dec to mar

prices per person from l0w: £1,795 superior high: £1,915 superior incl. flights, 6 nights accommodation, transfers and touring as indicated.

Explore the magical winter landscapes of Banff National Park Enjoy an unforgettable sleigh ride and try your hand at ice skating on romantic Lake Louise Experience the thrill of mushing your own team of Canadian huskies

days 2–6 » banff The next six days showcase this rugged, winter destination in all its glory. Enjoy a range of experiences including snowshoeing, sleigh rides and dog sledding. At Johnston Canyon an icewalk affords stunning views of the frozen waterfalls, while at nearby Lake Louise you can take to the frozen lake on ice skates and then treat yourself to a little indulgence in front of a roaring fire at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel. There’s also free time for those who wish to take to the slopes.

Heli Hiking in the Columbia Mountains 4-day extension

Calgary Stampede 4-day extension

There are few things more exhilarating than walking through high alpine meadows surrounded by soaring peaks and untouched wilderness.

Embrace your inner cowboy with a visit to the greatest outdoor rodeo on earth.

This four-day extension from Banff allows you to do just that and is the perfect introduction to the thrills of helihiking. Over two and a half days you’ll explore a multitude of sites, from ancient glaciers to mountain ridge walks and lush forested valleys, while staying in comfortable twin or double rooms with private facilities at Bugaboo Lodge or Bobbie Burns Lodge.

For a few days every July the world’s finest cowboys (and girls) descend on the city of Calgary, Alberta. Watch saddle bronc and bull riding, barrel racing and chuck wagon racing, while enjoying the very best in Canadian hospitality. Don your cowboy boots and saddle up for a host of exciting events, from Stampede breakfasts and square dancing to colourful parades and spectacular firework displays.

bugaboo lodge: from £2,215 pp superior bobbie burns: from £1,995 pp superior

7 july departure: from £685 pp superior 8–15 july departures: from £745 pp superior

incl. heli transfers from Banff and back to Calgary airport, all meals, use of

incl. 3 nights accommodation at Fairmont Palliser, 2 days admission to

hiking equipment including boots, jackets, poles, day packs, waterproofs

Stampede Park, reserved seating for one evening at the Chuckwagon

and water bottles, 2 ½ days of heli-guided hiking with mountain guides

Races and Grandstand Show, reserved seating for one afternoon at the

and 3 nights accommodation.

Rodeo, event programme & Skyride over the Stampede Park.

The Rimrock Resort Hotel superior

day 1 » uk/banff Fly to Calgary and join the express transfer to Banff. The remainder of the day is free. The Rimrock Resort Hotel superior

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hotels | alberta

Moraine Lake Lodge

Rimrock Hotel

rimrock resort hotel, banff

moraine lake lodge, lake louise ££

Located on the slopes of Sulphur Mountain the Rimrock looks out over the Bow Valley and is just a five minute drive from the centre of Banff. Rooms are stylish with warm, earthy tones and those on the higher floors, which are well worth requesting, provide some fabulous views. The lower floor rooms are equally as charming and, while they may not offer the same views, do look out to the forested mountain-side so are good for spotting any passing wildlife. Facilities include a spa, an indoor pool, a fitness centre, two comfortable lounges and two restaurants – the Primrose and Rimrock Hotel the Eden.

buffalo mountain lodge, banff

fancy shmancy hotel Buffalo Mountain Lodge

This rustic lodging is in a spectacular setting, perched on the mountain originally named ‘Sleeping Buffalo’ by the region’s First Nations people. Buffalo Mountain Lodge The lodge uses plenty of natural stone and hand-hewn timbers to blend in with its surroundings. Rooms feature fire places and, in many cases, have patios or balconies. The lodge is surrounded by fragrant pine, spruce and fir trees and deer and elk are frequent visitors, despite it being just a 15 minute walk from town. The lodge has three dining options - Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room, Sleeping Buffalo Lounge and the Italian-inspired Cilantro. ££

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Moraine Lake Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore both Lake Louise and nearby Banff. Rooms have a distinctive mountain style and feature hand-crafted furniture, woollen throws, roaring fires and views of the lake and surrounding mountains. While there are no tvs, there is wifi throughout the property. The hotel’s water comes from an alpine well and the lodge generates all of its own power. There’s an excellent gourmet restaurant – one of the best in the region – and the chance to enjoy a number of activities, both on Moraine Lake itself and in the surrounding Banff Moraine Lake Lodge National park.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts over 100 years ago, this iconic hotel is surrounded by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise sparkling waters of Lake Louise and watched over by soaring mountain peaks and the majestic Victoria Glacier. This is a year-round resort offering superb skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing during winter and a host of alpine activities such as hiking, cycling and climbing, in summer. There are plenty of rooms and suites to choose from, but those with a lake view are well worth paying a little extra for. £££

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northwest territories, nunavut & manitoba | introduction

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Yellowknife With a picturesque centre and a pioneering spirit, this frontier town is a charming place to begin the myriad wilderness adventures found in Canada’s Northwest Territories and beyond. Somerset Island Step well off the beaten track at this faraway island in Canada’s Arctic Archipelago, home

to untamed landscapes, remarkable wildlife, including beluga whales and polar bears, and the remote Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. 3

Winnipeg Historic neighbourhoods, a vibrant arts scene and one of the world’s best fringe theatre festivals can all be found in this cosmopolitan state capital,

which rises above the prairie in southern Manitoba. 4

Churchill This isolated outpost offers all manner of exciting expriences, with the chance to go in search of polar bears by tundra buggy and swim with beluga whales among the highlights. In winter, keep an eye on the sky for the lights of the Aurora Borealis.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, NUNAVUT & MANITOBA Home to abundant wildlife from beluga whales and bearded seals to Arctic foxes and polar bears, the wild landscapes of Canada’s northern provinces have an austere beauty unlike any other. The sparsely populated Northwest Territories comprise large swathes of Arctic tundra and pristine boreal forest five times the size of the United Kingdom. It’s a place of epic landscapes, aboriginal culture, beautiful waterfalls and wilderness home to four seldom-visited national parks and North America’s deepest lake. The subarctic town of Yellowknife is gateway to some incredible off-the-beatentrack experiences, with remote accommodation like Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge offering seasonal tours by boat or snowmobile in search of caribou, grizzly bears, black bears and wolverines. Venture further north still to Nanavut and experience nature in its rawest form. Canada’s largest province is a network of mainly uninhabited

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islands, save for a small Aboriginal population who’ve managed to make a home amid its inhospitable landscapes. Here you’ll find wildlife including polar bear, artic fox, bearded seal, walrus and muskox amid some of the country’s most inhospitable wilderness. If Nanavut sounds a little too extreme, then why not consider Manitoba? Equally enticing in summer and winter, this large province, which stretches from the us border to the western shores of Hudson bay, offers plenty of excitement and adventure, from the big-city sophistication of Winnipeg to the endless Arctic tundra surrounding Churchill, a region home to polar bears, belugas and, during winter, dancing displays of the Northern Lights.

when to visit Summer (May to Sep) in Canada’s northern provinces brings clement weather and the best chances to see wildlife. You can swim with beluga whales in Somerset Island (Navanut) and Churchill, and see abundant birdlife along with other species including Arctic fox, seals and muskox. In Churchill, the main polar bear viewing season is short, running for around a month between mid-October and mid-November. As winter approaches, much of the north is frozen and desolate, with temperatures plummeting to -30ºc in places. 020 7838 5805


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CANADA

CANADA

CARIBOU MIGRATION AT ARCTIC HAVEN

ARCTIC WATCH DISCOVERY

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1 night Yellowknife . 7 nights Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge . 1 night Yellowknife

1 night Yellowknife . 7 nights Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge 1 night Yellowknife

best time to go may to sep

best time to go jul to aug

prices per person from l0w: £5,595 standard high: £6,665 standard

Calgary. On arrival, make your way to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your own pace.

prices per person from l0w: £6,945 standard high: £8,935 standard

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Immerse yourself in the untamed landscapes of Northern Canada at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge See large herds of Qamanirjuaq caribou on their bi-annual migration Enjoy exciting winter activities, including seasonal snowmobiling (May), scenic boat tours and wildlife watching day 1 » uk/yellowknife Depart the uk on a daytime flight to the remote town of Yellowknife via wexas.com

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days 2–8 » arctic haven wilderness lodge Depart from Yellowknife by private charter on a flight north to Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge by the shores of Ennadai Lake, one of the largest bodies of water in the Barrens. During May, tours head out by snowmobile, while in August and September tours are by boat. You’ll explore different regions each day as you search for the caribou and countless other animals including grizzly bears, arctic wolves, wolverines and black bears. The migratory bird life is prolific here

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too. During the summer months it’s not uncommon to see the caribou swimming in herds of up to 20 as they ‘island-hop’ their way south. The calm evenings of autumn are also ideal for seeing the Aurora Borealis. Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge standard

days 9–11 » yellowknife/uk Return to Yellowknife where you’ll spend a night before your overnight flight via Calgary to the uk, arriving home on day 11. Days Inn and Suites standard

Spend a memorable week exploring remote Somerset Island Enjoy exceptional seasonal dining at Arctic Watch Lodge, located 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle Sea kayak with beluga whales and go in search of Arctic wildlife including Arctic fox and muskox day 1 » uk/yellowknife Depart the uk on a daytime flight to Yellowknife via Calgary. Days Inn and Suites standard

days 2–8 » somerset island A private charter flight take you north to Arctic Watch Lodge on remote Somerset Island. Your time here is filled with adventures, and from watching beluga’s play in the waters of the Cunningham River and spotting local birdlife to hiking across the tundra and fishing for Arctic char, the opportunities for exploration are endless. It’s not unusual to spot muskox, arctic fox, ring and bearded seals, while polar bears are also occasionally seen. Arctic Watch Lodge standard

days 9–11 » yellowknife/uk Return to Yellowknife for a night before boarding an overnight flight via Calgary to London, arriving on day 11. Days Inn and Suites standard

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CANADA

BIRDS, BEARS AND BELUGAS

POLAR BEARS OF CHURCHILL

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1 night Winnipeg 5 nights Seal River Heritage Lodge 1 night Winnipeg

1 night Winnipeg 3 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg

best time to go jul to aug

best time to go oct to nov

prices per person from l0w/high £8,435 standard incl. flights, 9 nights accommodation, all meals and guided activities at Seal River Heritage Lodge.

day 1 » uk/winnipeg Depart the uk on a daytime flight to Winnipeg via Toronto. On arrival, make your way to your hotel located in the heart of the city. Enjoy dinner this evening in the company of your fellow adventurers. Inn at the Forks standard

Search for polar bears in their natural environment and view them up close on a thrilling walking tour at Seal River Lodge See extraordinary numbers of beluga whales then, depending on the weather, don a dry suit and swim among them in the chilly waters of Hudson Bay Explore the historic districts of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s cultured and confident capital wexas.com

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CANADA

days 2–6 » seal river heritage lodge Board an early morning flight from Winnipeg to Churchill where you’ll be met and transferred by air to Seal River Heritage Lodge in the wilds of the Arctic tundra. The following three days are filled with extraordinary adventures and, depending on the weather, you’ll have the chance to view beluga whales, seals and several species of birds. There ‘s even

prices per person from l0w/high: £4,695 standard incl. flights, 5 nights accommodation, all meals and selected guided activities in Churchill (dog sledding not included).

the opportunity to put a dry suit and swim with the belugas. Tundra Buggy excursions and walking tours offer up close encounters with the resident polar bears. Seal River Heritage Lodge standard

days 7–9 » winnipeg/uk Return to Winnipeg, where you’ll spend a final night before boarding your overnight flight to the uk, arriving home on day 9. Days Inn and Suites standard

Explore the natural habitat of the polar bear from the comfort and safety of a Tundra Buggy as you follow the annual migration See the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis and go in search of Arctic wildlife, including Arctic hare, Arctic fox and several species of bird Enjoy exciting optional wintertime excursions including dog sledding through the magnificent Manitoba wilderness

day 1 » uk/winnipeg Fly on a daytime flight to Winnipeg via Toronto. On arrival, make your way to your hotel where you’ll enjoy dinner in the company of your fellow guests. Winnipeg standard

days 2–4 » churchill Board an early morning flight from Winnipeg to Churchill where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. A guided tour gives you the chance to get your bearings in this remote town located in the heart of polar bear country. The next couple of days will take you out exploring in purposely designed Tundra Buggies, enabling you to cover large areas of this starkly beautiful region while following the annual polar bear migration. Keep your eyes peeled as

it’s also likely you’ll spot Arctic fox, caribou, Arctic hares and many Arctic birds. Weather permitting there may also be opportunityto see the Aurora Borealis, while a dog sledding excursion is another fun addition. Churchill standard

days 5–7 » winnipeg/uk Spend a night in Winnipeg before boarding a flight to the uk, arriving home on day 7. Winnipeg standard

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nunavut | hotels

hotels | north west territories & manitoba

Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

Seal River Heritage Lodge

arctic haven wilderness lodge, ennadai lake

arctic watch wilderness lodge, somerset island See beluga whales from this wilderness lodge on Somerset Island, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Enjoy an all-encompassing Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge Arctic safari experience throughout, with the chance to see polar bear, muskox and Arctic fox along with the resident population of belugas. Travel on foot and by boat, all terrain vehicle, kayak and raft as you explore the region, which, during summer basks under the glow of the Midnight Sun. Cabins come with private toilets and wash basins, while shared shower facilities are available in the main lodge. All meals and tours are included . ££££

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seal river heritage lodge, churchill

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This remote retreat is located by Ennadai Lake on the tree line of the Canadian Arctic Barrens in an area that’s home to a 350,000 strong herd of Qamanirjuaq caribou. Alongside seasonal activities including hiking, fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing and snow mobiling, this region is a haven for wildlife with wolves, grizzly bears and tundra swans often sighted. During autumn the Northern Lights can be seen in the night skies above the lodge, which has 12 comfortable guest rooms each with an en suite bathroom. All meals and activities Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge are included.

Walk with polar bears and swim with beluga whales at this remote wilderness lodge on the shores of Hudson Bay near the Seal River Estuary. Rooms are comfortable and have private bathrooms and panoramic picture windows, which offer views of Hudson Bay. Further facilities include a library and map room, a gift shop and a cosy common room with a fireplace. All touring is included in the price of a room, as are meals, which are served in the large dining room. Touring is seasonal, with different programmes available in summer and autumn. Seal River Heritage Lodge

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

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Blatchford Lake Lodge

Enjoy the best Northern Lights viewing in Canada at this fly-in lodge. Accommodation comprises five Blatchford Lake Lodge guest rooms with shared facilities and five log cabins, which are rustic but very comfortable. To see the aurora we recommend arriving between late August and early October, or between December and April. In summer, under the Midnight Sun, the emphasis shifts to activities including kayaking, hiking and fishing. The lodge’s restaurant serves tasty regional food and all meals are included. ££££

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the yukon | introduction

introduction | the yukon

THE YUKON This huge province, which has more animals than humans, is home to Canada’s five tallest mountains, the world’s largest sub-Arctic ice field, and a history that speaks of Aboriginal longevity and the ephemeral nature of the Klondike Gold Rush. The majority of journeys through the Yukon begin in its capital and largest city, Whitehorse. Set on the banks of the Yukon River, at the crossroads of the province’s two great highways – the Alaska and the Klondike – this is a city that rewards those that scratch beneath its surface, with a vibrant arts scene, several heritage buildings and some interesting local museums among its attractions. But it’s the land that lies beyond the city limits that defines this region; one that can be enjoyed under the glow of the Midnight Sun in summer and the celestial lights of the Aurora Borealis in winter.

The glaciers, ice fields and mountain ranges of the Kluane National Park are home to native wildlife including moose, grizzly bear and Dall sheep,while a drive along the Silver Trail between Keno and Mayo reveals an area rich in both First Nations history and mining. Then there’s Dawson City, an authentic gold rush town at the end of the Klondike Highway and the starting point of the aptly named Top of the World Highway, which carries visitors west through a spectacular landscape of barren snow-capped peaks and across the border into neighbouring Alaska.

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Whitehorse The Yukon’s capital has several excellent museums charting the province’s Inuit and First National heritage and the subsequent Gold Rush years of the late 19th century. There’s a lively arts scene and the chance to see native fauna at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

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Kluane National Park Beautiful landscapes and an abundance of wildlife can be found in every corner of this unesco World Heritage-listed national park, which, at 22,015 sq km is one of the world’s largest protected wilderness areas.

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Mayo & the Silver Trail While it’s the Klondike Gold Rush that is widely associated with the history of the Yukon, the Silver Trail also provides a fascinating insight into a region where mining was, at one time, a way of life.

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Dawson City Located at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, just 240km south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City is the Yukon’s most interesting city. Once at the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush, it’s now an atmospheric town of dirt-lined streets, heritage buildings, quirky culture and a permanent population of around 1,300 hardy locals.

when to visit While the Yukon never gets really busy, the summer (May to Sep) sees the biggest crowds, and towns like Whitehorse and Dawson come alive with festivals. Summer also brings the endless daylight of the Midnight Sun, making it a popular time for adventure seekers, with hiking, rafting and canoeing all on the agenda. Although winters can be bitterly cold, it’s also a time for activities including dogsledding and the chance to see the Northern Lights.

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itinerary | the yukon

CANADA

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YUKON 1 3 - D AY TA I L O R - M A D E S E L F - D R I V E

2 nights Whitehorse . 1 night Skagway . 1 night Haines . 2 nights Haines Junction . 1 night Tok 3 nights Dawson City 1 night Whitehorse

best time to go jun to aug

prices per person from l0w: £2,525 standard high: £2,925 standard incl. flights, 11 nights accommodation, 12 days car rental, meals and touring as indicated.

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Discover the raw beauty of the Yukon at the Kluane National Park & Reserve, home to Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan Travel the Top of the World Highway from Tok to Dawson City, a city which came to prominence during the Klondike Gold Rush Cross the border into the USA and visit the town of Tok, known as the dog mushing capital of Alaska days 1–2 » uk/whitehorse Fly from the uk to Whitehorse. On arrival collect your hire car, make your way to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Take some time the following morning to explore Whitehorse, before heading to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

Entry is included and this wildlife park, which is set over 700 acres, is home to woodland caribou, Arctic fox, muskox, wood bison, elk and mountain goat. Best Western Gold Rush Inn standard

day 3 » skagway Take the scenic South Klondike Highway as you descend from White Pass to Skagway in Alaska. Westmark Inn standard

day 4 » haines Board the afternoon ferry to Haines. This journey takes you along the Lynn Canal, carved through a pristine fjord with steep walls soaring over 7,000 feet. Haines is located in the ‘Valley

of the Eagles’ where almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather. Hotel Halsingland standard

days 5–6 » haines junction/ kluane national park The Haines Highway winds over the Chilkat Pass and into the Kluane National Park, one of the largest non-polar icefields on the planet. Here you’ll find grizzly bears, Dall sheep , moose and wolves alongside Canada’s highest peak – the 5,959 metre Mount Logan. The Raven Hotel standard

day 7 » tok Enjoy a short hike this morning before heading north along the shores of Kluane Lake and across the border

to Tok – often referred to as the ‘dog mushing capital of Alaska’ Cleft of the Rock B&B standard

days 8–10 » dawson city Follow the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City and discover what life was like during the Klondike Gold Rush. The historic sternwheel paddler, SS Keno, and the Jack London Interpretive Centre are both worth a visit. Aurora Inn standard

days 11–13 » whitehorse/uk Return to Whitehorse for a final night before boarding your overnight flight to London, arriving on day 13. Best Western Gold Rush Inn standard

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the yukon | extensions

hotels | the yukon

Takhini River Lodge

takhini river lodge, near whitehorse

The White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad 4-day extension

Yukon Northern Lights 3-day extension

Relive the days of the Klondike Gold Rush on this four-day extension, which begins with a tour of Yukon’s largest city, Whitehorse. See the Old Log Church, the Log Skyscraper, SS Klondike, Miles Canyon and Miles Canyon Lookout before boarding a narrow gauge train for a memorable journey along the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. This seemingly inconceivable feat of engineering, known as the ‘railway of gold’, was only made possible by the work of tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives.

To see the Northern Lights twirling across the night sky is,for many, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This three-day extension, which can be added to any Yukon or Vancouver winter itinerary (flights at an additional cost), includes two nights of aurora viewing. Each evening, in the company of your local guide, you’ll transfer by road to a remote cabin far from the bright lights of the city and wait for the drama to unfold. Hot drinks are on hand to keep out the winter chill.

The 28 mile journey takes you over the White Pass Summit and into Skagway, Alaska, where you’ll have time for some independent exploration before your journey back to Whitehorse by road.

A guided city tour of Whitehorse and warm winter clothing are also included in the price.

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l0w/high: from £405 pp standard

incl. 3 nights accommodation in Whitehorse, Whitehorse City Tour and full

transfers to/from Aurora Borealis viewing site, winter clothing package,

day Whitehorse to Skagway tour with the White Pass Railway.

Whitehorse city tour, two evening Aurora Borealis tours.

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Dod sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and aurora viewing are among the activities available at this peaceful wilderness retreat located just 25 miles from the Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse. The lodge is small, with just four guest rooms, all of which are ensuite. The Aurora Room is best positioned for potential Northern Lights spotting, while others feature antique furnishings and local artwork. If you happen to be here in summer or autumn, a private helicopter tour is a great way to see the surrounding lakes and valleys (not included).

Takhini River Lodge

northern lights resort & spa, near whitehorse

Northern Lights Resort & Spa

This charming lodge is surrounded by 160 acres of pristine pine forests, 20 minutes away Northern Lights Resort & Spa from Whitehorse, a location that’s perfect for viewing the Northern Lights. Choose between comfy guest rooms in the main lodge or characterful log cabins, which are dotted throughout the grounds. All come with en suite bathrooms and free wifi, while some also feature wood-burning stoves. After exciting days exploring the the countryside around the Yukon River, retire to the spa for a relaxing massage or a soak in the Finnish sauna. ££

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ontario | introduction

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Toronto Exceptional dining, vibrant neighbourhoods and a theatre scene that’s frequently compared to both New York and London are just some of the attractions in Canada’s largest city.

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Ottawa British and French influences abound in Canada’s capital, which seamlessly blends the old with the new and is home to some impressive gothic architecture and several of Canada’s best museums and galleries.

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ONTARIO Canada’s most populous province is home to almost 40 percent of the population and combines wilderness and wildlife with vibrant cities, vineyards and iconic attractions including Niagara Falls. From the striking beauty of Ontario’s north, which borders the southern shores of Hudson Bay, to the capital Ottawa – full of picturesque parks and museums – and the multicultural neighbourhoods of Toronto, it’s easy to see why this vast central province is so popular with locals and visitors alike. For nature lovers there’s the Killarney Provincial Park, home to endless hiking trails and the magnificent landscapes of Georgian Bay; charming Manitoulin Island in the stunning Great Lakes region; and the breathtaking scenery of Algonquin Provincial Park, which is home to 40

species of mammal including black bear, moose, beaver and wolf, 30 types of reptile and amphibian and 130 species of birds. To the south, the quaint charms of Niagara-on-the-Lake make an appealing alternative to the more touristytown of Niagara Falls, while epicureans will no doubt be impressed with the surrounding wineries. These are particularly renowned for producing Icewine: a sweet liquor made from frozen grapes, which are hand-picked each winter and immediately pressed to create a rich, yellow-gold wine, high in natural sugars.

Killarney Provincial Park This beautiful park is one of the world’s finest kayaking destinations. It’s also a hikers paradise, with mile-upon-mile of trails taking in forested mountains, gleaming lakes and the chance to spot wildlife including black bear and wolves.

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Algonquin Provincial Park Ontario’s largest and oldest park is home to some its most beautiful scenery. Huge maple forests and thousands of lakes make it a joy to explore by canoe and on foot, especially during the colourful ‘fall’ season.

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The Great Lakes Lake Ontario, Lake Superior and Lake Huron – home to Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island – form part of this series of interconnected lakes, which stretches across Eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake A great alternative to touristy Niagara Falls, this picturesque town is the ideal base from which to explore North America’s most famous waterfall and a host of nearby wineries.

when to visit With so many outdoor pursuits available, summer in Ontario is an absolute joy, although crowds are at their peak and prices can be high. If you’d prefer to avoid the rush, consider travelling in spring or autumn, when the ‘fall’ colours make for some exceptional photo opportunities. Winters can be very cold, especially in the north. Wrap up warm and its possible to enjoy skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling and husky safaris.

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itinerary | ontario

CANADA

ONTARIO EXPLORER

days 8–9 » huntsville Travel east into Muskoka.This area has long been a favourite haunt for the locals of Southern Ontario looking to escape the hustle of Toronto. Make the most of the greatoutdoors here, spending your time exploring the region’s lakes by canoe, or perhaps enjoying a selfguided day hike along one of the area’s many walking trails.

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days 10–11 » ottawa Continue your journey east via the Algonquin Provincial Park to Ottawa, taking time to enjoy the scenery and watch out for wildlife along the way. With a unique history, geography and lifestyle, Canada’s capital, Ottawa, offers a wide variety of urban attractions. Perhaps take a cruise on the Rideau Canal– celebrating its 175th Anniversary – or a journey on the Hull to Wakefield Steam Train. Other worthwhile attractions include the training centre for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the Mounties, and the Canadian Museum of History, located across the river in nearby Gatineau. Fairmont Chateau Laurier deluxe

1 night Toronto . 2 nights Niagaraon-the-lake . 2 nights Kitchener 2 nights Blue Mountains 2 nights Huntsville . 2 nights Ottawa . 1 night Toronto

Explore Ontario’s largest city, Toronto and the charming town of Niagara-on-the-lake Immerse yourself in the wilds of Ontario’s great outdoors at Georgian Bay and Muskoka Discover Canada’s rich history as you spend time in the nation’s captivating capital, Ottawa

best time to go may to sep

day 1 » uk/toronto Fly from the uk to Toronto and, on arrival, make your way to your hotel in the heart of the city. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore Toronto at your own pace. Perhaps head into town this evening for a leisurely dinner at one of the city’s many firstclass restuarants.

prices per person from l0w: £2,595 superior / deluxe high: £3,145 superior /deluxe incl. flights, 13 days car hire and 12 nights accommodation & selected touring.

Ritz Carlton Toronto deluxe

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days 2–3 » niagara-onthe-lake Niagara-on-the-Lake is a 90-minute drive from Toronto along the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s also just a short drive from Niagara Falls and we think it’s the ideal place from which to explore one of North America’s greatest natural wonders. We’ve included a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass, which offers you admission to many popular attractions while avoiding the queues. Prince of Wales Hotel & Spa superior

days 4–5 » kitchener Leave Niagara Falls today and journey west into Grand River

country, skirting the Niagara Escarpment. Your destination is Kitchener, located midway between Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. The nearby village of St. Jacobs is known for its farmers’ market and also its shopping. With more than 100 independent outlets to choose from, it’s well worth a detour.

days 6–7 » blue mountains Head further north into the wilds of Ontario, towards picturesque Georgian Bay. The drive is relatively short, so take your time to explore the many picturesque towns and villages you’ll pass through along the way.

days 12–14 » toronto/uk Leave Ottawa and head south towards the Thousand Islands region. If time allows, take a cruise through the Thousand Islands before continuing to Toronto. Before leaving for the airport, head into Toronto to explore its many attractions including the bustling waterfront, which provides a scenic backdrop for many of the city’s most popular sights. A visit to the CN Tower is a must, as is a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum, which was recently named as one of the top 10 museums in the world. Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the uk, arriving home on day 14.

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Ritz Carlton Toronto deluxe

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itinerary | ontario

CANADA

WILDERNESS ONTARIO

drive is relatively short, so take your time and explore the pretty towns and villages along the way.

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days 7–8 » tobermory Follow the shores of Lake Huron northwards to Tobermory. Hike the majestic cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment along the world famous Bruce Trail or follow the inland trails of Bruce Peninsula National Park. The shipwrecks of the Fathom Five National Marine Park are a popular scuba diving and snorkelling destination; or take a glass bottom boat tour if you like the idea of seeing the shipwrecks without getting wet. Tobermory Princess Hotel standard

days 9–10 » manitoulin island Take the ferry to Manitoulin Island, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Drive through the striking landscapes for which this region is renowned and see why it’s such a haven for naturalists, photographers and anybody with a love of the great outdoors. Manitoulin Hotel standard

hiking on manitoulin island 2 nights Toronto . 1 night Niagaraon-the-lake . 3 nights Blue Mountains . 2 nights Tobermory 2 nights Manitoulin Island 2 nights Killarney Provincial Park 2 nights Port Severn

best time to go jun to sep

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Spend time exploring the neighbourhoods of Toronto and visit spectacular Niagara Falls Immerse yourself in Ontario’s magnificent wilderness regions – Manitoulin Island and Killarney Provincial Park Relax in the picturesque Blue Mountains, a popular destination for local adventure seekers days 1–2 » uk/toronto Depart the uk on your daytime flight to Toronto. On arrival make your way to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. This vibrant city is a melting pot of cultures with numerous attractions including a huge variety of museums and art galleries, including the excellent

Manitoulin Island is Ontario wilderness at it’s most spectacular. Remote, unspoilt and full of hiking trails, it’s the perfect place for a walk in the wilderness.

Royal Ontario Museum, whose exhibits cover art, culture and natural history. Hotel Le Germain Toronto superior

day 3 » niagara-on-the-lake Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara-on-the-Lake. We’ve included a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass so you can enjoy the attractions of the world-famous waterfall at your leisure. An scenic helicopter flight over the falls is also highly recommended (not included). Pillar & Post Inn superior

days 4–6 » blue mountains Today takes you further north into the Ontario towards Georgian Bay. The

days 11–12 killarney Killarney Provincial Park is tailormade for adventure seekers. Spend two days navigating the wilderness waterways and exploring the remote forest, lakes and back country. The accommodation here is comfortable but basic, but the location is absolutely superb. Killarney Mountain Lodge standard

days 13–16 » port severn/uk Head south to Muskoka and the Algonquin Provincial Park. This area has long been a favourite for the locals looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Return to Toronto for your overnight flight to the uk, arriving on day 16. Severn Lodge superior

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ontario | extensions

excursions | toronto

Vertical Reality Escape the congestion of Toronto’s busy streets and see the city from a new perspective as you soar above the cn Tower, the downtown area and the waterfront on a thrilling seven-minute helicopter flight. Rising to an altitude of 2,000 feet and reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, this is a adrenalin-inducing way to experience the many sights of Ontario’s sprawling capital city. price: from £70 pp Duration 39 minutes with 7 minutes flying time. Operates every hour from Wednesday to Sunday (01 June to 30

Wilderness North 4-day extension

Niagara-on-the-Lake 2-day extension

Miminska Lodge, reached by an hour-long flight from Thunder Bay, offers private lakefront cabins with en suite bathrooms in the most perfect of settings.

Discover the wines of the Niagara regio in style on this two-day tour with your own private guide. Depart from Toronto by suv for a full day exploring the Niagara Peninsula. Enjoy a cruise at Niagara Falls and wine tastings at Chateau des Charmes and Inniskillin wineries, the latter of which is famed for its ice wine. Continue to the small town of Niagara-on-the-Lake – the original capital of Upper Canada.

Canoe or kayak with a First Nations interpretive guide and learn how his ancestors travelled these very same waterways hundreds of years ago. Spend a morning learning to catch your own pike or walleye, jump on a paddleboard, go for a swim in the bay, or relax and unwind at a sunset yoga class. In the evening, drink local craft beer or a glass of wine around a roaring fire and, just maybe, catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. l0w/high: from £3,365 pp standard

September) and from Fridays to Sundays (04 January to 31 May & 01 October to 22 December).

Your hotel for the evening is the charming Prince of Wales. The afternoon tea here is superb and the restaurant is one of the best in Ontario. Your tour guide and driver will collect you the following day for your return to Toronto.

incl. flight from Thunder Bay to Miminiska Lodge, 3 nights

l0w/high: from £755 pp deluxe

accommodation all meals, snacks & beverages including wine and beer

incl. return private SUV transfer and guided tour of Niagara Falls and

with dinner, paddle boarding, First Nations guide-led touring, fishing,

wineries with tastings, Niagara Falls cruise or Behind the Falls tour, lunch,

guided canoeing or kayaking, sunset yoga, arts & crafts or night fishing.

1 night at the Prince of Wales in a Premium Room with breakfast.

Island Twilight Bike Tour

Niagara Falls Adventure

As dusk falls and the daytime crowds head back to the city, you’ll take the ferry across the harbour and enjoy a relaxing post-dinner bicycle tour around the beautiful Toronto islands.

Depart Toronto for the 90 minute journey to Niagara Falls, travelling through the picturesque orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula. Feel the force of the world-famous falls on a cruise or walking tour and head to a winery for a tasting. You’ll also have some free time to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Take in the affluent suburbs, delightful scenery and picturesque beaches surrounding Ontario’s capital and stop for dessert at an island café.

price: from £95 pp incl. transfers from Toronto, Hornblower Niagara Falls Cruise or Journey

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Behind the Falls, lunch & a winery tour with tasting.

incl. bicycle hire, helmet, reflective vest, ferry crossing and dessert

Duration 9 1/2 hours.

Duration 3 ½ hours.

Operates daily from 01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017.

Operates Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 6.15pm plus Saturdays

Upgrade: Travel in style on a private guided wineries and Niagara Falls

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ontario | hotels

hotels | ontario

The Hazelton

the hazelton, toronto

boutiques, over 40 art dealers and galleries and a plethora of restaurants ranging from fine dining to colourful local bistros and cosy cafes.

Everything about the Hazelton is stylish, from the exclusive neighbourhood in which it’s located to the 77 generously sized rooms and suites and the sensational art collection – think 1940’s with a sprinkling of Hollywood glamour.

The hotel’s 62 rooms and 15 suites are among the largest and most luxurious in the city. Expect stylish décor, feather-soft beds, dressing rooms with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and luxurious granite bathrooms complete with underfloor heating and deep bathtubs. Many of the rooms also feature French doors opening onto private Juliette balconies.

The hotel resides amid the leafy streets of Yorkville in downtown Toronto, an area of the city blessed with a superb array of designer

Other facilities include a spa with a 24- hour fitness centre and lap pool, and the outstanding one restaurant, which is rapidly gaining acclaim as one of Toronto’s finest.

The Hazelton

Throughout the hotel you’ll also find a fabulous collection of art work, much of which focuses on local and national artists and includes a selection of original oil paintings and some wonderful photography.

the ritzcarlton, toronto

Hotel Le Germain Toronto

This luxury hotel is located just minutes from the waterfront, the cn Tower and Toronto’s lively entertainment The Ritz-Carlton district. Rooms are beautifully furnished, the bathrooms have underfloor heating, and panoramic views take in the iconic Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario. The hotel has three excellent restaurants including toca, which is home to Canada’s only ‘Cheese Cave’, where guests can enjoy guided tastings led by an in-house cheese expert. Other facilities include a Clarins spa and a heated indoor pool. £££

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Located in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, with attractions such as the cn Tower just moments away, this 122 room hotel blends a mixture of contemporary styles with state-of-the-art features including rainfall showers, Bose music systems and Nespresso coffee machines. Enjoy excellent food at the Victor Restaurant & Bar which focuses on locally sourced, seasonal produce, then work it all off at the 24-hour fitness centre. All stays at Le Germain include daily continental breakfast.

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

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Hotel Le Germain Toronto

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ontario | hotels

hotels | ontario

Pillar and Post

Deerhurst Resort

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The Pillar & Post is a traditional, countrystyle inn located just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rooms are tastefully furnished and come with king or queen beds, lcd televisions, luxury duvets and coffee making facilities. The Premium Rooms are particularly appealing, with a sitting area providing plenty of space for families and an open fire place adding to the charm. There’s an excellent spa on site along with a heated indoor pool and fitness centre. A complimentary on-demand shuttle is available for those who don’t wish to Pillar and Post walk into town.

prince of wales, niagara-on-thelake This sister property to the Pillar & Post is located in an ornate, Georgian-style building in the centre of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Prince of Wales Each of the hotel’s individually styled rooms are spacious, well appointed and come with a Bose sound system, a coffee maker and wifi. The elegant gourmet restaurant, Escabèche, is regarded as one of the best in town. There’s also a cosy lounge and a drawing room where guests can enjoy a sumptuos afternoon tea. Other facilties include a indoor saltwater pool and spa, while horse and carriage rides can be taken from right outside the front door. ££

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Located just two hours north ofToronto on the edge of the Algonquin Provincial Park, Deerhurst Resort has 330 guest rooms and suites, some of which feature a balcony or terrace and views over Peninsula Lake. Deerhurst is a place for exploration and there are lots of activities to enjoy including horseriding, treetop treks, sailing and hiking. This is a year-round resort and in the winter offers snowmobiling, dog sledding and ice skating. Enjoy seasonal dining at a selection of restaurants, two of which – the Maple Pub & Patio and Steamers Steakhouse – are Deerhurst Resort open only in summer.

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elmhirst’s resort, rice lake

Elmhirst’s Resort

Sitting on the shores of Rice Lake this colony of cottages is the perfect place to enjoy a few days of Elmhirst’s Resort lakeside living in the wilds of Ontario. The land on which the property sits was originally gifted to the Elmhirst family by King George IV in 1818 and the family still own and manage the resort today. Cottages have between one and five bedrooms and come with outside decks and kitchen facilities. There’s a restaurant, a bar and a host of activities to enjoy, including swimming, kayaking, hiking, golf, cycling and floatplane tours. ££

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québec | introduction

introduction | québec

QUÉBEC From modern Montréal to unesco-listed Québec City; from the picturesque landscapes of the Saint Lawrence River to the wildlife-rich Gaspé Peninsula, Canada’s only French-speaking province is as enchanting as it is diverse. Québec’s eponymous capital is home to North America’s oldest settlement. The winding cobblestone streets of its unesco-listed old town are awash with immaculate 17th and 18th century buildings, European-style bistros and soaring spires, which all seem to point towards the imposing Chateau Frontenac – now a luxury hotel – which towers above the city and the Saint Lawrence River below. In winter, a night in the continent’s only ice hotel – Hôtel de Glace – is a wonderful addition, while in summer, the chance to head north into the untamed landscapes of the Gaspé Peninsula is not to be missed. Here, a rich variety of wildlife, including humpback, minke and blue whales; magnificent coastal scenery; heritage hiking trails; and the spectacular bird colonies of Bonaventure Island all vie for attention. Further wildlife encounters can be enjoyed in one of the province’s best whale-watching destinations

– Sanguenay Fjord National Park. In the Laurentian Mountains, you’ll see caribou, moose and deer in summer and enjoy superb skiing in winter, while at the excellent Hotel Sacacomie, a wilderness lodge bordering the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve, guests can enjoyall manner of wilderness activities from hiking and fishing to dog sledding and snowmobiling depending in the season, followed by a relaxing treatment at the GEOS Spa. Last but not least there’s Montréal. This multicultural city – one part old Europe, one part modern Canada – is Québec’s largest and perhaps its most exciting. Here you’ll find one of Canada’s most active art scenes; several excellent festivals;a collection of award-winning eateries; vibrant neighbourhoods, each with its own unique style and character; and the world’s largest underground city, which is tailor-made for escaping the harshest of the winter weather.

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Montréal Discover colourful festivals, bustling bistros, the world’s largest underground shopping complex and an exciting culinary scene in Québec’s largest city.

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Québec City A unesco World Heritagelisted Old Town is at the heart of Québec’s capital, where winding cobbled streets, pavement cafes and picturesque squares give a distinctly European feel to North America’s oldest settlement.

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Gaspé Peninsula To the north of Québec City, this spectacular region boasts magnificent scenery in the Chic Choc Mountains, miles of hiking trails and superb wildlife encounters, including the chance to see blue whales and go in search of gannets on Bonaventure Island.

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Saguenay Fjord National Park From mid-May to mid-October, tours depart the towns of Tadoussac and Saguenay to see the minke, humpback, fin, blue and white whales that inhabit the coastline around the spectacular Saguenay Fjord National Park.

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The Laurentians This beautiful mountain range is known for its sublime summer scenery, fabulous fall colours, native wildlife including moose and caribou and, during winter, some excellent skiing, especially at Mont Tremlant.

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Hotel Sacacomie An blend of adventure and relaxation awaits at this wilderness lodge on the borders of the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve, where snowmobiling, dogsledding and hiking are among the experiences available.

when to visit From November to April, Québec’s ski season is in full swing, with excellent downhill opportunities at resorts such as Mont Tremblant. Hôtel de Glace opens its doors in Québec City and activities including dogsledding and snowmobiling are available. In summer the emphasis moves to wildlife , hiking and other outdoor pursuits in the province’s national parks. The cities come alive with festivals and cosy bistros give way to al fresco dining. QUÉBEC CITY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (°C)

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itinerary | québec

CANADA

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whale watching destinations. Take time to explore the Charlevoix, the beauty of which has inspired generations of artists. Arrive in Tadoussac this evening. Hotel Tadoussac standard

3 nights Montréal . 2 nights Hotel Sacacomie . 1 night Saint Félicien 1 night Tadoussac . 2 nights Québec City

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Explore the contrasts of modern Montréal and the historic cobblestone streets of Québec City Spend time in the beautiful surroundings of the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve at remote Hotel Sacacomie Discover the stunning Charlevoix region and see amazing marine life, including finback, minke and beluga whales at Saguenay Fjord days 1–3 » uk/montréal Fly to Québec’s largest city, Montréal, and make your way to your hotel.This cosmopolitan city is almost as large below ground as it is above; a huge subterranean complex of shopping malls and plazas has been created to combat the ferocious winter

storms.You’ll have two days here to explore the Notre Dame Basilica, the French Quarter, the Olympic site and experience a culture which is an intriguing blend of Canada and France. Le Westin Montréal superior

days 4–5 » hotel sacacomie Collect your hire car and head for Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, bordering the beautiful Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve in the heart of wild Québec. The next two days are free to relax at Hotel Sacacomie, or to enjoy some of the many outdoor activities on offer, which include hiking, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, rafting, motorboating and more. Hotel Sacacomie superior

day 6 » saint félicien (lac saint jean) Today sees you embark on the longest drive of your tour as you travel 206 miles from Saint-Alexisdes-Monts to the town of Saint Felicien on the shores of Lac Saint Jean. Your destination makes the long drive more than worthwhile. Hotel du Jardin standard

day 7 » tadoussac This morning visit the famous Zoo of Saint Félicien, home to almost 1,000 animals including cougars and coyotes, elks and polar bears. After lunch depart for Tadoussac, located along the picturesque shores of the Saint Lawrence River, a region renowned as one of Canada’s finest

days 8–11 » québec city/uk Experience the marine life for which this region is famed for on a cruise along the Saguenay Fjord. An experienced naturalist will explain the habits of the finback, minke and beluga whales that frequent the fjord during the warm summer months. Humpback whales and Blue whale – the world’s largest mammal – are also regularly seen. Your final stop is the historical and political capital of the Belle Province – Québec City. This is the heart of French Canada and nowhere else in North America is the appearance and atmosphere of an old-world city so complete; perhaps that’s why the entire old section of the town was declared a unesco World Heritage Site in 1985. Drive back to Montréal where you’ll board an overnight flight to the uk, arriving on day 11. Manoir Victoria superior

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CANADA

QUÉBEC’S LIGHTHOUSES AND WHALES

day 9 » gaspé Continue to the town of Gaspé, where, with a bit of luck, you’ll be able to spot black bears, porcupines, kittiwakes, cormorants, seals and several species of whales.

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day 10 » percé Drive to Percé and see the famous Rocher Percé rock formation. Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park are home to the largest migratory bird refuge in North America, with a colony of 110,000 northern gannets. A boat trip to Ile Bonaventure is included. Riotel Perce standard

day 11 » matapedia Drive to Matapedia along the Baie des Chaleurs, passing numerous fishing villages along the way. If time permits, visit the Parc de Miguasha, a unesco World Heritage Site known for its collection of fossils. Linden Tree b&b standard

2 nights Montréal . 2 nights Québec City . 1 night Riviere du Loup 1 night Matane . 2 nights Parc de la Gaspésie . 1 night Gaspé 1 night Percé . 1 night Matapedia . 1 night Tadoussac . 1 night La Malbaie 1 night Montréal

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prices per person from l0w: £2,465 standard / superior high: £2,995 standard / superior incl. flights, 12 days car hire, 14 nights accommodation and touring and meals as indicated.

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Soak up the sights of Montréal, Québec’s largest city and the charms of Québec City, the old part of which is a unesco World Heritage Site Explore the splendours of the Gaspésie National Park and the Chic-Choc mountains, keeping an eye out for local wildlife Venture into Saguenay Fjord in search of marine life including humpback and blue whales days 1–2 » uk/montréal Board a daytime flight from the uk to Montréal. Upon arrival you’ll make your way to your hotel in the heart of downtown and spend the rest of the day relaxing. The following day is free to explore Montréal, where highlights include Vieux Montréal,

the Basilique de Notre-Dame and the Chapelle de Notre-Dame-deBonsecours. Le Westin Montreal superior

transfer by boat to Pot a l’Eau de Vie lighthouse, where you’ll enjoy a unique overnight stay. Pot a l’Eau de Vie standard

day 12 » tadoussac This morning you’ll drive to Rimouski and board a high-speed catamaran for the 55 -minute crossing to Forrestville. Continue to Tadoussac, gateway to the Kingdom of the Saguenay and one of the region’s best whale watching destinations. Hotel Tadoussac standard

days 3–4 » québec city Collect your hire car and follow the path of the Saint Lawrence River as you head north to Québec City. This unesco World Heritage Site is complimented by artisan shops, Parisian-style cafes, landscaped parks and numerous monuments. Le Manoir Victoria superior

day 5 » riviere du loup Continue following the course of the Saint Lawrence River as you head to the Riviere-du-Loup, gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula. Upon arrival you’ll

day 6 » matane On your return to Riviere du Loup, continue towards Matane where you’ll spend the night. Riotel Matane standard

days 7–8 » parc de la gaspésie Today’s destination is the Gaspésie National Park. Discover the natural splendours of the Chic-Choc and McGerrigle mountain ranges and keep an eye out for caribou, moose, white-tailed deer and more than 150 species of birds. Gite du Mont Albert superior

day 13 » le malbaie This morning you’ll join a three-hour whale-watching cruise in search of the several species that inhabit the region, including fin, humpback and blue whale – the world’s largest mammal. Auberge de Falais superior

days 14–16 » montréal/uk Spend a final night in Montréal before your overnight flight back to the uk, arriving on day 16. Le Westin Montreal superior

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CANADA

CANADA

SACACOMIE WINTER ADVENTURE

WINTER ESCAPEAT HÔTEL DE GLACE

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deep in the Quebec countryside. Rooms are designed in a similar style to log cabins, making this is a warm and cosy place to spend a few nights. Although you won’t find tv’s, telephones or wifi in the rooms, you will find roaring log fires and stunning wilderness views. Daytime adventures include tobogganing, snow shoeing and dog sledding.

best time to go dec to mar

1 night Québec City 1 night Hôtel de Glace 1 night Québec City

best time to go jan to mar

hotel.This beautiful city is transformed during the winter months when the cobbled streets are carpeted in white and the lights from the many cafes and restaurants beckon you in.The oldest part of the city, Vieux Québec, is a maze of cobblestone streets home to some impresssive 16th century houses. Manoir Victoria superior Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac deluxe

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Explore the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Montréal, whose remarklable underground city is perfectly geared up for the cold Canadian winters Experience the peace and solitude of Hotel Sacacomie, a stunning lodge neighbouring the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve Enjoy a number of exciting winter activities, from toboganning and snowshoeing to cross-country skiing and dogsledding wexas.com

days 1–2 » uk/montréal Fly to Montreal, where a private transfer will take you to your hotel. This exciting city is a blend of old and new and even in the depths of winter is perfect for a city break. To combat the cold weather the city has created a huge underground complex of shops, museums, restaurants and bars. For those who still want to enjoy the crisp winter air, the snow village, which is located just a few stops on the metro from the downtown area, offers several seasonal activities including dog sledding, a winter maze and snowshoeing. Le Saint Sulpice superior

days 3–5 » hotel sacacomie A scheduled transfer will take you from Montréal to Hotel Sacacomie,

days 6–7 » hotel sacacomie /uk Transfer from Hotel Sacacomie to Montréal for your overnight flight to London arriving on day 7.

prices per person from l0w: £1,245 superior £1,295 deluxe high: £1,495 superior £1,595 deluxe incl. flights, 3 nights accommodation, transfers, meals and touring as indicated.

woodsman hike at hotel sacacomie Join a trapper on a unique snowshoe excursion and learn the art of ice fishing. You’ll even get to eat the fish you catch, cooked on an open fire and served with a warming glass of Caribou.

Enjoy the magical beauty of Québec City, transformed into a winter wonderland Explore Vieux-Québec – Québec city’s characterful old town and a unesco World Heritage site Spend an unforgettable night under ice at Hôtel de Glace – North America’s one and only ice hotel day 1 » uk/québec city Fly to via Montréal to Québec City and, on arrival, transfer to your chosen

day 2 » hôtel de glace Transfer to Hôtel de Glace. As the name suggests, everything here is made from ice –even the cocktail glasses. But there’s no need to worry about getting cold as the hotel provides everything you’ll need to keep you warm throughout your stay, including thermal clothing and a high-tog sleeping bag. Hôtel de Glace superior

days 3–5 » québec city/uk Return to Québec City where you’ll spend an afternoon exploring at your leisure or relaxing at your hotel. Our deluxe option has a superb health club and an indoor pool. Transfer to the airport on day 4 for your flight home, arriving the following morning. Manoir Victoria superior Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac deluxe

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hotels | québec

québec | hotels

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

hotel le st james, montréal

fairmont le chateau frontenac, québec city

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This former merchant bank has one of the most prestigious addresses in Old Montréal. Dating back to 1870, the building oozes history, while being perfectly positioned for guests to experience all that Montréal has to offer. The hotel has just 60 rooms and suites, each exuding a character and charm in keeping with the historic setting. The innovative xo Le Restaurant, which offers a la carte Hotel Le St James, Montréal dining and a tasting menu, is regarded as one of the finest places to eat in the city, while the hotel’s spa, which is located in the old bank vault, provides an atmospheric space to enjoy a little pampering.

This all-suite boutique hotel is located in the heart Old Montreal next to the NotreDame Basilica and just a few steps from the Old Port. Le Saint Sulpice There are 108 well equipped suites with kitchenettes, Nespresso coffee machines and French windows to let the fresh air flow through. Sinclair Restaurant is open daily and room service is also available. For those who prefer to dine around, the location of the hotel means you have an excellent choice of bars and restaurants just a short walk away. ££

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If you’re looking for a hotel which epitomises the romance of Québec City then this is it. For more than a century this iconic hotel, which has recently undergone a full renovation, has welcomed film stars, politicians and royalty through its imposing doors. Perched on a bluff high above Québec City’s Old Town and the Saint Lawrence River, its location is surely one of the best of any hotel in Canada. Facilities include an indoor pool, a fitness centre and a superb gourmet restaurant. Rooms on the Fairmont Gold floor are highly recommended. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Hotel Le St James, Montréal

le saint sulpice, montréal

Le Germain, Montréal

le germain, montréal

The trendy downtown area of Montréal is home to some of the city’s best hotels, and this chic, boutique-style property, which has just 101 rooms, is certainly among them. Choose from Classic and Signature rooms or the larger Signature and Apartment Suites, all of which feature rainfall showers, luxury bath products and Nespresso coffee machines. The excellent Laurie Raphaél Restaurant offers a menu of tasty regional food accompanied by an extensive wine list.Daily continental breakfast is included in the rate. ££

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Auberge St Antoine

Parts of this charming Auberge, which is situated just yards from the cobbled streets of Le Petit Champlain Auberge St Antoine in the heart of Québec City’s Old Port, date back to the 17th Century. Rooms combine the modern and traditonal and feature bathrooms with underfloor heating and views of the inner courtyard, city or Saint Lawrence River. The excellent Panache restaurant is housed within the stone walls of a riverside warehouse and serves regional and international cuisine, while the Café-Bar Atefact is perfect for a lazy lunch or pre-dinner cocktail. ££

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hotels | québec

hotels | québec

Hotel Sacacomie

hotel sacacomie, mastigouche wildlife reserve

The hotel itself is reminiscent of a rustic log cabin; the simple yet cosy rooms feature fireplaces and, in some cases, balconies. The main dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides more magnificent lake views, enhanced by a spacious terrace perfect for pre-dinner drinks.

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Tucked away in the forest on the edge of the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve, approximately half way between Montréal and Québec City, this is a place where Mother Nature reigns supreme. Everywhere you look you’ll see the dark green canopy of the pine forest and the gin-clear waters of the lake, whose shoreline stretches for over 40 kilometres.

The indulgent geos Spa has an indoor hot tub, eucalyptus steam bath, ice water bath and waterfall, two outdoor hot tubs and an underground sauna. It’s a great spot to relax following a day of activity and adventure in and around the lodge and reserve.

Hotel Sacacomie

Hotel Sacacomie is a year-round resort, with activities available to enjoy no matter the season. During the summer, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing and wildlife watching tours take centre stage, while in winter, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, dog sledding and snowmobiling are among the many options available.

auberge montagne de chic choc At an altitude of 615 metres, Auberge Montagne de Chic Choc affords wonderful views of the Reserve Auberge Montagne de Chic Choc faunique de Matane, a beautiful reserve where wildlife flourishes and moose outnumber people. There are just 18 rooms and you can enjoy a wide range of guided activities including wildlife viewing, bird watching, hiking and mountain biking. During winter snow shoeing and skiing are available. Head to the hotel’s restaurant to enjoy tasty regional food accompanied by more of those amazing views. ££

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Manoir Hovey

Auberge Montagne de Chic Choc

Auberge Montagne de Chic Choc

This elegant Relais & Châteaux retreat is located on the shores of Lake Massawippi, on the outskirts of North Hatley, one of the Manoir Hovey prettiest villages in Québec. The hotel is small, with just 37 rooms and suites, all of which feature Nespresso coffee machines and fine linens. Some rooms also have fireplaces, balconies and large freestanding bath tubs. Le Hatley Restaurant is known throughout the province for its ambitious Québec-focused cuisine. If fine dining isn’t for you, the characterful Tap Room pub provides less formal experience. £££

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canada by rail | introduction

introduction | canada by rail

CANADA BY RAIL Canada is one of Mother Nature’s greatest spectacles and taking to the rails through its untouched wilderness, soaring mountain ranges and underneath the endless skies of its western prairies makes is a truly remarkable experience. Although Canada has a number of rail journey’s, the best-known are the legendary Rocky Mountaineer, which cossets guests through the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and The Canadian, which traverses the country from east to west and vice versa, linking the cities of Toronto and Vancouver in one, epic, 4,466-kilometre journey. In Eastern Canada the Ocean travels from the waterfront seaport of Halifax to vibrant Montréal in the heart of Québec in style and comfort, whilst via Rail operates a slick and efficient service throughout the

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country, including along the entire eastern seaboard, allowing easy exploration of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Québec City and many other destinations in between. Rail travel in Canada is for some a luxury and for others a necessity. The remote city of Churchill in the subArctic region of northern Manitoba is known for its austere landscapes and population of polar bears, yet it’s only accessible by air or rail. Choose to stay on terra firma and a two-day journey by train will take you through one of North America’s most striking wilderness regions.

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Rocky Mountaineer Choose from an array of memorable routes through the heart of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, including the Banff and Calgary National Parks, as you travel aboard this legendary train between Vancouver and Calgary.

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Atlantic Canada with VIA Rail Explore Canada’s eastern provinces on via Rail’s Atlantic Canada route, which covers the eastern seaboard between Halifax and Windsor, stopping at Gaspé, Québec City, Montréal and Toronto along the way.

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The Canadian Linking Ontario’s largest city,Toronto to Vancouver on Canada’s spectacular west coast, this epic journey combines excellent service and food with the chance to relax and soak up some of Canada’s finest scenery.

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Prairies & Northern Manitoba with VIA Rail Experience the remoteness of the Canadian countryside on an off-the-beaten-track rail journey between Winnipeg and Churchill, Canada’s polar bear capital on the shores of Hudson Bay.

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first passage to the west 2 days /1 night gold leaf £1,295 / silver leaf £955

The sense of history is tangible on this remarkable 2-day journey as you discover monumental landmarks from a bygone era, feel the powerful force of the Kicking Horse River, travel past the Spiral Tunnels and traverse the Continental Divide. Vancouver . Kamloops . Lake Louise . Banff (or v.v)

departures April to September inclusions 2 day rail journey, hot meals, complimentary beverages & gourmet snacks.

departures April to October

ROCKY MOUNTAINEER For over 25 years the legendary Rocky Mountaineer has been carrying passengers in style through the forested valleys and national parks of Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains. From the city of Vancouver in British Columbia to Jasper and Banff in Alberta the track curves sinuously through rock faces, crosses raging rivers on wooden trestle bridges and takes you through some of Canada’s most extreme landscapes where wildlife emerges from dense forests and eagles soar on thermal currents high overhead. goldleaf Travelling in a custom-designed bi-level glass domed coach puts the incredible scenery centre stage. Superb cuisine is prepared on board by the executive chefs and served in the lower level private dining carriage, all the while making the most of the magnificent views. Complimentary beverages including wines, beers and spirits and gourmet snacks ensure you never go hungry,

inclusions 2 day rail journey, hot meals, complimentary beverages & gourmet snacks.

2 days/1 night gold leaf £1,295 / silver leaf £955

Travel though some Canada’s remotest and most spectacular wilderness as you wind your way through scenic valley’s and slice through the Coastal Mountains, passing the Albreda Glacier and the tumbling waters of Pyramid Falls, hopefully glimpsing wildlife along the way.

or thirsty. An exclusive outdoor viewing area on the lower level of your coach provides access to the crisp, mountain air and an up-close view of the Rocky Mountains. Station transfers and deluxe hotel accommodation are included as standard, while an upgrade to GoldLeaf Deluxe offers all the luxury of GoldLeaf but with an enhanced choice of accommodation. silverleaf The panoramic windows of Silver Leaf’s single-level dome coach ensure you’ll enjoy exceptional views as you pass through the Canadian Rockies. A choice of delicious meals are served at your seat and accompanied by a selection of complimentary beverages including wine, beers and spirits. Gourmet snacks complete the culinary

journey through the clouds

Vancouver . Kamloops . Jasper (or v.v)

rainforest to gold rush

3 days/2 nights gold leaf £1,795 / silver leaf £1,325 From the largest temperate rainforest in the world to the desert-like Fraser Canyon and the vast ranchlands of the Caribou plateau, this incredible three-day journey takes in the very best of the Rocky Mountains between Vancouver and Jasper. Vancouver . Whistler . Quesnel . Jasper (or v.v)

departures May to October inclusions 3 day rail journey, hot meals, complimentary beverages, gourmet snacks & 1 night off-train hotel.

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CANADA

ROCKY MOUNTAINEER GRAND CIRCLE TOUR 1 2 - D AY R A I L J O U R N E Y

gold leaf deluxe Upgrade your Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure to Gold Leaf service and enjoy enhanced dining, a two-level glass-domed carriage and upgraded accommodation throughout your holiday.

you to the heart of the Athabasca Glacier is included in the price. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Lobstick Lodge silver leaf Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge gold leaf

day 8 » quesnel It’s back on board the Rocky Mountaineer today, as you travel through the Rocky Mountain Trench and past Mount Robson and the Yellowhead Pass to Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Quesnel accommodation silver leaf / gold leaf

2 nights Vancouver . 1 night Kamloops . 2 nights Banff . 1 night Lake Louise . 1 night Jasper 1 night Quesnel . 1 night Whistler 1 night Vancouver

silver leaf

gold leaf

best time to go may to sep

prices per person from l0w: £4,665 silver leaf £5,965 gold leaf high: £5,265 silver leaf £6,625 gold leaf incl. flights, Rocky Mountaineer rail journey, 10 nights accommodation, station transfers throughout and meals & touring as indicated.

Experience the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel in style between some of western Canada’s most beautiful destinations Indulge in the fine food and exceptional service for which the Rocky Mountaineer is known Enjoy guided touring in Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper day 1 » uk/vancouver Depart the uk on a daytime flight to Vancouver. On arrival you’ll transfer to your chosen hotel before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Explore Vancouver at your own pace, visiting Gastown, Stanley Park and trendy Main Street. Holiday Inn & Suites silver leaf Four Seasons Vancouver gold leaf

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day 2 » vancouver A tour of the North Shore includes the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. Holiday Inn & Suites silver leaf

day 5 » banff This morning is free for you to explore then after lunch enjoy a tour of Banff and the surrounding national park. Banff Park Lodge silver leaf

Four Seasons Vancouver gold leaf

Fairmont Banff Springs gold leaf

day 3 » kamloops Board the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops. Today’s highlights include Hell’s Gate and the Fraser Canyon.

day 6 » lake louise A half-day tour takes you via the beautiful Yoho National Park and onwards to Lake Louise.

day 9 » whistler Continue south crossing Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world to Whistler. Delta Whistler Village Suites silver leaf Fairmont Chateau Whistler gold leaf

Kamloops accommodation silver leaf / gold leaf

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise silver leaf Fairmont Chateau Lake

Louise gold leaf

day 4 » banff See Craigellachie, Rodgers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon and the impressive Spiral Tunnels. Banff Park Lodge silverleaf Fairmont Banff Springs gold leaf

day 10 » vancouver After a morning at leisure, you’ll rejoin the Rocky Mountaineer for the final leg of your rail journey, arriving into Vancouver this evening. Holiday Inn & Suites silver leaf Four Seasons Vancouver gold leaf

day 7 » jasper Enjoy a tour of the Banff and Jasper National Parks and a journey along the magnificent Icefields Parkway. A ride on the Ice Explorer, which takes

days 11–12 » vancouver/uk Return to the airport for your overnight flight back to London arriving on day 12. 020 7838 5805


via rail canada | introduction

itineraries | via rail canada

the ocean

montréal to halifax or v.v. 1 night from £175 pp The Ocean travels between Montréal and Halifax three times a week. Take in the landscapes and communities of Canada’s Atlantic Coast and enjoy a range of activities including wine tasting, Maritime history lessons and on-board workshops. sleeper plus These twin cabins offer a large sofa seat by day, which converts at night to upper and lower bunks with a private washroom with shower and toilet, large window and room service call phone. Meals are taken in the Renaissance dining car and passengers also have use of the panoramic Park Car with observation deck and access to the Renaissance Lounge car.

departures Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays year-round. inclusions All meals in the Dining Car, access to the Park Car and a double cabin with private shower.

VIA RAIL CANADA In 1977, via Rail became Canada’s first national passenger rail company. Today, its network spans the country, from the towns and cities of the Atlantic Coast to the sub-Arctic wilderness of Manitoba and the glorious Rocky Mountains. The iconic Canadian links Toronto and Vancouver, passing through Winnipeg and Saskatchewan to Alberta and onwards to the Pacific Coast – a journey of 4,466 kilometres that takes in the lakes of Northern Ontario, the vast expanse of the Western Prairies and the magnificent Rocky Mountains over three unforgettable days. For shorter journeys, via Rail’s corridor services operate fast and flexible services from Toronto, via Kingston, to Ottawa and Montréal, from where you can continue north into Atlantic Canada and the capital

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of Nova Scotia, Halifax. Meanwhile, the Prairies and Northern Manitoba route scythes through the central prairies to sub-Arctic Hudson Bay on a two-day journey from Winnipeg to Churchill. These corridor services have a choice of standard or business class, the latter of which includes additional features such as priority boarding, private lounges at participating stations, larger seats and complimentary wifi. Depending on your time of travel, breakfast, lunch or an evening meal is also included as part of the business class service.

departures Selected year-round departures. inclusions All meals, access to the Prestige Park Car, selected activities & 4 nights in a Prestige Sleeper Cabin.

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toronto to vancouver or v.v. 4 nights from £4,555 pp Travelling thousands of kilometres across the country, a journey on The Canadian enables you to sit back, relax and immerse yourself in some of Canada’s grandest landscapes. Over four nights the view from your window changes from the great lakes of Northern Ontario and the grandeur of the Western Prairies to the jagged peaks and forested valleys of the Rocky Mountains. prestige sleeper class These elegant sleeper cabins convert from an L-shaped lounge by day to a comfortable double bed by night, which faces the large, panoramic window. There’s a private bathroom with shower and a concierge service to attend your every need. On-board chefs prepare delicious meals served in the comfort of the on-board dining car. Fares include a complimentary drinks service in the Prestige Park Car.

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alaska | introduction

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ALASKA The wilds of Alaska are an epic tale of pristine waterways, calving glaciers, snaggletooth mountain ranges, forests and plains home to bears, wolves and bison, and sparkling rivers teeming with salmon. Bordering Canada to the south and east, the Bering Sea to the west and the Arctic Ocean to the north, Alaska is North America’s last frontier and the usa’s largest state. Roads connect Anchorage, Fairbanks and other cities, but much of southeast Alaska, including the capital Juneau, is inaccessible by road. Ferries, planes and cruise ships connect coastal settlements, while other even more isolated towns and villages can only be accessed by air. From the Inside Passage – a network of wildlife-filled fjords that runs along the Pacific coast – to remote Kodiak Island and the vast Bering Glacier, the landscapes here are immense in both their scale and beauty. Denali National Park is perhaps the finest example of Alaska’s natural allure. Home to fox, moose, wolf, caribou and grizzly bear, it offers visitors the chance to come face to face with native wildlife, while for climbers,

Mount McKinley – the highest peak in North America at 20,320ft – provides one of the world’s great mountaineering challenges. If you don’t feel like strapping on the crampons however, a seemingly endless network of hiking trails afford equally magnificent views. Then there’s the Wrangell-St Elias National Park – the largest in North America. At 53,000 Square miles it’s the size of Switzerland. With just 45,000 visitors a year and a permanent population of around 40, this is Alaska at its most wild and wonderful. Further highlights include the capital, Juneau, where whale watching and glacier hikes are among the attractions. Or perhaps venture north to Fairbanks to catch sight of the Northern Lights. In Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, you’ll find fascinating museums including the Alaska Native Heritage Centre; or hit the Gold Rush trail in Skagway or Nome.

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Juneau Alaska’s state capital is located beneath a huge ice field on the slopes of Mt Juneau and Mt Roberts. No roads lead here, but arrive by boat or plane and you’ll discover one of the usa’s most picturesque cities, gateway to wilderness attractions including Glacier Bay National Park. Anchorage It’s not the capital, but Anchorage is very much at the heart of Alaska’s economy and politics. It’s also a great place to learn more about the state’s native Inuit population, while the wilderness is just a half-hour drive away. Denali National Park Marvel at North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, and see wildlife including wolf, caribou and grizzly bear in Alaska’s most accessible national park.

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Skagway This Pacific Coast town was once the starting point for more than 40,000 prospectors as they made their way across Alaska to the Yukon in the late 19th century in what became known as the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kodiak Island Remote Kodiak Island is home to the largest bears in the world, with adult males weighing in at an impressive 1,400lb, due in no small part to an unblemished environment and rivers rich in wild salmon. 5

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Fairbanks Located in the heart of Alaska’s wild interior, the remote town of Fairbanks provides an ideal base for adventures across the Arctic Circle to see, among other attractions, the ethereal light show of the Aurora Borealis.

when to visit With snowmobiling, dog sledding and Northern Lights viewing in winter and hiking and wildlife watching in spring, summer and autumn, there’s no bad time to visit Alaska. If you’re not keen on the cold, however, stick to either the peak months of June, July and August or the shoulder season months of May and September. From October onwards, the temperature plummets and the coastal areas can see plenty of rainfall. JUNEAU AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (°C)

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BEST OF DENALI & KENAI FJORDS 1 4 - D AY TA I L O R - M A D E S E L F - D R I V E

2 nights Anchorage . 2 nights Seward . 2 nights Homer . 1 night Cooper Landing . 1 night Girdwood 1 night Talkeetna . 2 nights Kantishna . 1 night Denali National Park Entrance

best time to go may to sep

prices per person from l0w: £3,575 standard / superior high: £3,575 standard / superior incl. flights, 12 nights accommodation, 11 days car hire, meals & touring as indicated.

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Spend time in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest cityand its economic and political heart See tidewater and alpine glaciers, and the abundant wildlife of the Kenai Fjord National Park on a fullday cruise Explore Denali National Park, home to North America’s highest mountain, Mount McKinley days 1–2 » uk/ anchorage Depart the UK on a flight to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Spend a day exploring at your leisure. Hotel Captain Cook superior

day 3 » seward Travel the Seward Highway to Turnagain Arm, keeping your eyes

peeled for beluga whales and the Dall sheep that wander along the edge of the highway.

remarkable, set beneath the soaring peaks of the Kenai Mountains. Lands End Resort standard

Exit Glacier Lodge superior

day 4 » seward & northwestern fjord cruise Embark on a full-day cruise of the Kenai Fjords National Park. The Northwestern Fjord is home to three tidewater glaciers, several alpine glaciers and plenty of wildlife.

day 7 » coopers landing Drive from Homer to Ninilchik the oldest settlement on the Kenai Peninsula. From here head to Coopers Landing for a tour of the Upper Kenai River. Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge standard

Exit Glacier Lodge superior

days 5–6 » homer Follow the Sterling Highway, whose surrounding volcanic landscapes are known as ‘the ring of fire’. Arrive in Homer, where you’ll spend two nights. The town’s location is

day 9 » talkeetna Drive to Talkeetna, a former gold mining town and base for expeditions to Mount McKinley. Talkeentna Alaskan Lodge superior

days 10–11 » kantishna Tucked away in a remote valley, Kantishna offers a true Alaskan experience, with activities including hiking and gold panning. Denali Backcountry Lodge

day 8 » girdwood & glacier dog sledding heli tour Continue to Girdwood and enjoy a helicopter flight to the glacier base camp, which is also a summer training ground for the Iditarod sled dogs. Alyeska Resort superior

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days 12–14 » denali national park entrance Return to Anchorage for your flight home, arriving on day 14. Grande Denali Lodge standard

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alaska | extensions

extensions | alaska

Glacier & Whale Watch Cruise at Beartrack Inn 3-day extension

Winterlake Lodge 3-day extension

Tutka Bay Lodge 3-day extension

Bear Viewing at Redoubt Bay Lodge 2-day extension

This three-day extension takes in the best of Glacier Bay National Park, the largest protected area on the planet. With Beartrack Inn as your base you’ll enjoy wonderful Alaskan hospitality and a host of excursions including kayaking, mountain biking and guided cruises, which bring you face-to-face with the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers. Spot humpbacks, minke whales and orcas, Stella sea lions and Dall porpoises as you cruise below the glacier walls and into Alaska’s most famous whale feeding grounds – Icy Strait and Point Adolphus. You might also spot bald eagles, puffins and the occasional Alaskan brown bear.

Winterlake Lodge is located 318 miles north of Anchorage, along Alaska’s historic Iditarod Trail. This is a place of outstanding natural beauty, with the Trimble Glacier and Rainy Pass both visible from the lodge.

Located at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, this awardwinning wilderness lodge is one of National Geographic’s ‘Unique Lodges of the World’. Deep in this pristine environment you’ll enjoy exceptional hospitality and award-winning food combined with a blend of adventure and relaxation that makes this one of Alaska’s most appealing destinations.

Redoubt Bay Lodge is a small, rustic lodge at the entrance to the Lake Clark Pass in the heart of bear country. A 50 minute seaplane flight from Anchorage provides aerial views of the Cook Inlet and western edge of the beautiful Kenai Peninsula.

l0w/high: from £1,245 pp (ex juneau) superior low/high: from £1,515 pp (ex skagway) superior

Six private cabins are spread around a main lodge with a dining room, living area and a large kitchen, which produces some exceptional food. Activities at the lodge are centred around a day of touring by helicopter. Your pilot and guide will take you deep into the wilderness for a day of exploration, which might include anything from glacier trekking and hiking to rafting or even fly-in fishing.

Guided activities include sea kayaking, beach combing, nature trails, birding, wildlife viewing, cooking classes and wine tasting. Your second dayincludes a deep sea fishing trip or a bear viewing excursion deep into the Katmai.

On arrival at the lodge there’s time to settle in before joining your first guided wildlife tour: part of a programme tailor-made to suit your interests. During July bear viewing is the primary activity although birds, including bald eagles, are prolific as well. If you’d prefer to stay longer, three-day packages are available.

l0w/high: from £3,045 pp standard

l0w/high: from £3,195 pp superior

l0w/high: from £1,685 pp standard

incl. return floatplane between Anchorage and Winterlake Lodge, guided

incl. roundtrip flight from Anchorage, guided activities, massage, yoga

incl. return transfers between Anchorage hotels or Anchorage airport ad

incl. flights from Skagway or Juneau to Gustavas, lodge transfers,

activities, massage, yoga and cooking classes at the lodge, full day

and cooking classes at the lodge, deep sea fishing or bear viewing

the Lake Hood Float Plane base, return floatplane transfers to Redoubt

Glacier Bay National Park cruise, whale watching cruise, 2 nights

helicopter adventure, 2 nights accommodation and all meals from lunch

adventure, 2 nights accommodation and all meals from lunch on day 1 to

Bay, guided bear and wildlife viewing, 2 nights accommodation and all

accommodation at Beartrack Inn and breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

on day 1 to breakfast on day 3.

breakfast on day 3.

meals from arrival to departure.

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alaska | extensions

hotels | alaska

Hotel Captain Cook

hotel captain cook, anchorage ££

Kenai Fjord Wilderness Lodge 2-day extension

Kenai Fjord Glacier Lodge 3-day extension

This private island retreat features eight cabins set along the shores of Kenai Fjord; a comfortablelodge in a remote, wilderness setting. After arrival on Fox Island you’ll enjoy lunch and a short orientation briefing before planning the rest of your stay. Join a guided ranger-led beach walk, a self-guided hike, or go kayaking on the fjord. After a hearty breakfast on day two, you’ll depart Fox Island on a Northwestern Fjords cruise, which is the best way to see the wildlife and scenery of the national park. You’ll also visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, which provides a nesting habitat for huge colonies of seabirds, before returning to Seward.

This eco-lodge is the onlyaccommodation within the 700,000 acre Kenai Fjords National Park and a stay here immerses you completely in the splendour of the Alaskan wilderness. There’s a charmingly rustic main lodge and sixteen comfortable cabins. Meals are served in the dining rooms, whose large windows provides panoramic views of the nearby Pedersen Glacier. Access to the lodge is via a five-hour wildlife cruise from Seward, which arrives on the shoreline close to the property. Spend your time sea kayaking, hiking and exploring the region in the company of your local guide. Your last day includes a whale watching cruise on the fjord before your transfer back to Seward, arriving in the evening.

l0w/high: from £515 pp standard incl. cruise transfer from Seward to Fox Island, some guided activities,

l0w/high: from £1,195 pp standard

Northwestern Fjords Cruise back to Seward with lunch, 1 night

incl. return wildlife cruise between Seward and Kenai Fjord Glacier Lodge,

accommodation at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge with breakfast,

2 nights accommodation at Kenai Fjord Glacier Lodge and all meals from

lunch and dinner.

lunch on day one to lunch on day three.

This 547-room hotel is located in the heart of downtown Anchorage. With views of the Chugach Mountains, Cook Inlet or city skyline and the highlights of Alaska’s largest city just minutes away, the location is just about perfect. A choice of rooms and suites come with handmade furniture, air conditioning, complimentary wifi and cable television. If you’re travelling as a family, or just prefer plenty of space, the Junior and One Bedroom Suites are a good choice. Facilities include a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, swimming pool and four restaurants offering a choice of fine dining or informal pub-style fare. Hotel Captain Cook

seward windsong lodge Wildlife and glacier cruises, sea kayaking and dogsledding are among the excursions available at this characterful lodge, which stands Seward Windsor Lodge just outside the township of Seward. Accommodation comprises 180 rooms in 15 cabins,spread along the banks of Resurrection River. Rooms are rustic in style and hearty Alaskan food is available at the Roadhouse and the Goliath Bar & Grill. The lodge also offers complimentary parking and a shuttle service into Seward. £

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At the White House

at the white house, skagway

This charming bed and breakfast has just nine comfortable rooms, set in a peaceful location just a few blocks from the centre of Skagway’s historic district. Rooms come with private bathrooms, complimentarywifi, cable television and cosy handcrafted quilts. Buffet breakfast is included and there’s a guest parlour with tea and coffee facilities. The hotel is conveniently located for enjoying all the attractions of Skagway, including the Klondike Gold Rush National Park and the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. £

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SEWARD TO VANCOUVER WITH SILVERSEA 1 3 - D A Y T A I L O R - M A D E S I LV E R S E A C R U I S E

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day 7 » skagway Located at the northernmost part of the Inside Passage Skagway is a beautifully preserved reminder of North America’s biggest Gold Rush – the Klondike. Silver Shadow deluxe

day 8 » ketchikan Visit Ketchikan, a town famed for its vibrant totem poles and lush rural setting. It’s also the departure point for floatplane tours of the Misty Fjords National Monument. Silver Shadow deluxe

day 9 » the inside passage Traverse the length of the spectacular Inside Passage, known for its dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife.

1 night Anchorage . 7 nights Silver Shadow . 2 nights Vancouver

Silver Shadow deluxe

days 10–13 » vancouver/uk Arrive in Vancouver where you’ll spend two nights. Transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving on day 13.

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CRUISING IN ALASKA From large luxury cruise liners to more intimate expedition vessels, cruising is one of the most comfortable and convenient ways to explore the immense coastal landscapes of the usa’s largest state.

prices per person from vista suite: £4,075 deluxe veranda suite: £4,575 deluxe incl. flights, transfers, 3 nights accommdation and a 7 night all-inclusive Silversea cruise.

The majority of Alaskan cruises begin across the border in neighbouring Canada, and Vancouver provides a wonderful starting point for voyages north. After a day or two exploring the city, board your luxury ship and sail towards the Inside Passage, stopping at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway en route to Seward and Anchorage. However, it’s rarely these ports that are the principal allure for seafarers to this part of the world. This is a region

blessed with natural drama: the grand vistas of Glacier Bay, the Hubbard Glacier, the Gastineau Channel, the Medenhall Glacier and Prince William Sound provide a seemingly endless array of geological gems. But there’s far more to these cruises than merely looking on from afar. Shore excursions allow you to explore this remarkable coastline at close quarters, with hiking, kayaking, rafting and wildlife tours among a raft of popular options.

See calving glaciers, icebergs and abundant wildlife including humpbacks, sea lions and orcas Explore Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, which can only be reached by boat or plane Enjoy exceptional service and facilities aboard Silversea’s Millenium Class ship, Silver Shadow days 1–2 » uk/anchorage Depart the UK on a daytime flight to Anchorage. Check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Hotel Captain Cook superior

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Fairmont Waterfront deluxe

days 3–4 » seward & the hubbard glacier Transfer to Seward for a 6pm departure. Spend the next day cruising the Hubbard Glacier. Silver Shadow deluxe

day 5 » sitka Explore Sitka, a fascinating port with a blend of Russian, American and Alaska Native heritage. Silver Shadow deluxe

day 6 » juneau Although Alaska’s capital city, Juneau is not accessible by road and owes its origins to two colourful Alaska pioneers and a Tlingit chief named Kowee.

silver shadow As one of Silversea’s Millenium Class cruise ships, Silver Shadow has all the facilities you’d expect from a luxury hotel. Although slightly larger than other ships in its class, it still exudes an intimate atmosphere, with a maximum of just 382 guests. Relax in spacious, tastefully designed suites, and enjoy refined service and exceptional cuisine at the only Wine Restaurant by Relais & Châteaux at sea – Le Champagne.

Silver Shadow deluxe

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AL ASK A

GLACIER COUNTRY WITH UN-CRUISE ADVENTURES 1 0 - D AY E X P L O R AT I O N C R U I S E

day 6 » chichagof island & baranof island There’s no set programme today, so as you cruise the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island the crew will guide you through some of those ‘not in the guidebook’ places known only by the locals.

MUIR’S WILDERNESS WITH UN-CRUISE ADVENTURES 1 0 - D AY E X P L O R AT I O N C R U I S E

Safari Endeavour

day 6 » thomas bay Spend today cruising the sheltered waters of Thomas Bay, a place popular with hikers and kayakers.

Safari Explorer superior

day 7 » frederick sound & stephens passage Spend today exploring Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, two places famed for their rich marine life and beautiful surroundings.

Safari Endeavour

day 7 » port houghton Explore Port Houghton, a region key to John Muir’s explorations in the latter part of the 19th century.

Safari Explorer superior

day 8 » fords terror & endicott arm A day of cliff-walled fjords and an area regarded as one of the most beautiful in Alaska. Explore the fjords by kayak or skiff before a celebratory farewell dinner.

7 nights Safari Explorer best time to go jun to aug

day 5 » kuiu ksland & chatham strait Discover the wilderness and wildlife of Kuiu Island in the Alexander Archipelago, a place known for its population of black bears.

Safari Endeavour

day 8 » endicott arm & fords terror wilderness area See snow-covered mountains and calving icebergs in the Ford Terror Wilderness Area before a farewell dinner on board.

7 nights Safari Endeavour best time to go jun to aug

Safari Explorer superior

Safari Endeavour

days 9–10 » juneau/uk Arrive in Juneau this morning. Extend your stay in Alaska or transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving on day 10.

prices per person from master cabin: £7,085 commander cabin: £7,525 incl. flights, 1 night Juneau and 7 nights all inclusive Un-Cruise aboard Safari Explorer.

Explore Glacier Bay National Park in the company of a Park Ranger Go kayaking in the Fords Terror Wilderness Area See whales in Icy Strait, Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage day 1 » uk/juneau Depart the UK for your flight to Juneau. On arrival transfer to your hotel for a one night stay. Gold Belt Hotel standard

day 2 » juneau Join your fellow passengers for a champagne reception as you set sail. Safari Explorer superior

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prices per person from master cabin: £5,755 commander cabin: £5,975 incl. flights, 1 night Juneau and 7 nights all

days 3–4 » glacier bay national park Accompanied by a Park Ranger spend two days in Glacier Bay. Get up close to the tidewater glaciers of the Grand Pacific and Margerie, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. Enjoy the quiet of wilderness and keep an eye out for puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, moose and bears that reside here. Safari Explorer superior

day 5 » icy strait Enjoy an incredible day in one of South East Alaska’s best wildlife watching locations; a region home to humpback whales, sea lions, brown bears, bald eagles and more. Safari Explorer superior

inclusive Un-Cruise aboard Safari Explorer.

safari explorer This flagship 36-guest luxury yacht is purpose-built for adventure cruising. On board, guests will enjoy a wine library, a spa area, an on-deck hot tub, a sauna, and three public decks. Kayaks, stand up paddle boards, skiffs and snorkel equipment are available for exploration. All cabins are above deck and come with view windows and private facilities.

See the landscapes that inspired the protection of wilderness areas in the United States Enjoy birding and wildlife viewing along Alaska’s Pacific Coast Go kayaking and paddleboarding in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait day 1 » uk/juneau Fly to Juneau and transfer to your hotel for a one-night stay. Gold Belt Hotel standard

day 2 » depart juneau Join your fellow passengers for a champagne reception as you set sail. Safari Endeavour

day 3 » icy strait An action-packed first day provides the chance to see humpback whales, porpoises and sea lions. Keep a look out for possible bear sightings along the coastline. Safari Endeavour

day 4 » glacier bay Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect classroom at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers and spot guillemots, puffins and cormorants on South Marble Island accompanied by a National Park Ranger. As you cruise deeper into the park you are surrounded by the soaring, icy blue of the glaciers.

days 9–10 » juneau/uk Arrive back in Alaska’s capital, Juneau. You can choose to extend your stay in Alaska or transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving in the uk on day 10.

safari endeavour This expedition vessel, which hosts just 84 guests, has facilities including a wine library, spa, hot tub, sauna and three spacious outside decks along with five cabin categories, all with view windows and private facilities. There are kayaks, stand up paddle boards and inflatable skiffs and for guests to enjoy.

Safari Endeavour

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