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Canada & Alaska
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struck by the amazing diver...
Welcome to Canada & Alaska

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Canada Holidays

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We know how important your holiday is. You’ve researched
where you want to go and...
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whatsoever. This is something ...
Creating a holiday
precisely for you
Our holidays to Canada and Alaska are carefully designed to offer the
very best of No...
Creating your Holiday

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Welcome to Canada
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When
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Year Round Holidays
Our collection of Canada holidays offers something for everyone, with escorted tours an...
When to Visit - Canada

Spring

Summer

As bears across the country start to emerge from hibernation,
Canada is positively...
Getting
Around Canada
Canada’s vast distances can be covered quickly by air or rail;
exploring by car or motorhome offers ...
Getting Around Canada

Self-drive

Motorhome

Rail Journeys

A self-drive holiday offers the freedom
to explore at your ow...
Accommodation
in Canada
Sleep in a fairytale castle or a rustic log cabin in the shadow
of the mountains; stay at a cosy l...
Accommodation in Canada

Hotels

Wilderness Lodges

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hot...
British
Columbia
From the rugged Pacific coastline to soaring mountain peaks,
via rainforests, lakes and vineyards, Britis...
British Columbia

Abundant wildlife, ancient rainforests, spectacular coastal scenery…
Bear Viewing

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Alberta
Best known for the majestic Rocky Mountains, which
run along the province’s western boundary, Alberta boasts
some ...
Alberta

Rugged mountains, glacial lakes, alpine wilderness…
Drive the
Icefields Parkway

Set Foot on a Glacier
Board a sp...
The Yukon
Over three times the size of England but with just 6% of the
population, the Yukon offers a truly remote and unt...
The Yukon

Immense wilderness, goldrush history, unique characters…
The Wilderness City

Cross the Arctic Circle

The ‘wil...
Manitoba &
the Canadian Arctic
Manitoba’s diverse topography stretches from the southern
prairies, via countless lakes and...
Manitoba & the Canadian Arctic

Polar bears, expedition voyages, Arctic marine life…
Polar Bear Encounters

The Northwest ...
Ontario
Canada’s second largest province boasts over 400,000
lakes and rivers, including the Great Lakes and the famous
Ni...
Ontario

Lakes & forests, cosmopolitan cities, iconic landmarks…
Niagara Falls

Explore Ottawa

Experience the thundering
...
Québec
Combining old-world charm with a vibrant contemporary
culture, Québec is full of surprises. Québec City’s fairy-tal...
Québec

Fascinating cities, whale watching, maritime history…
Whale Watching

Historic Québec City

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Atlantic
Canada
Coastal charm exudes from the Maritime provinces
of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island,
w...
Atlantic Canada

Marine wildlife, picturesque villages, rich traditions…
Whale Watching

Iceberg Alley

Sail from Newfound...
Ultimate Pacific
Coast Experience
Self-drive holiday
Ideal for nature enthusiasts, this itinerary explores
the wildlife-ri...
Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience

Snapshot
Self-drive holiday
Vancouver to Vancouver
Prices
From £1,144pp (two sharing
ve...
Majestic Rockies
by Rail and Road
Self-drive holiday
The perfect introduction to western Canada, this compact
itinerary fe...
Majestic Rockies by Rail and Road

Snapshot
Self-drive holiday
Vancouver to Calgary
Prices
From £1,219pp (two sharing
vehi...
Newfoundland
Discovery
Self-drive holiday
See a different side to Canada with this comprehensive
itinerary featuring World...
Newfoundland Discovery

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Self-drive holiday
St. John’s to St. John’s
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vehicle and...
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Discovery
This popular itinerary
combines the abundant
wildlife of ...
Highlights

Prices from £1,299pp
(two sharing)

	 Enjoy one of Canada’s
most scenic drives, the
renowned Cabot Trail
aroun...
Grizzly Bear Adventure

at Knight Inlet
Wildlife holiday

Carved by ancient glaciers in the shadow of British
Columbia’s c...
Grizzly Bear Adventure at Knight Inlet

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Grizzly bears
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...
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Polar Bear
Kingdom
Accompanied by an
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guide, witness...
Explore unspoiled
wilderness in search of
orcas and grizzly bears
around the spectacular
Johnstone Strait, off
Vancouver I...
Hiking the
Yukon  Alaska
Active small group holiday
The epic scale of the Yukon and Alaska is best
appreciated on foot – s...
Hiking the Yukon  Alaska

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Active small group holiday
Whitehorse to Anchorage
Maximum group size
12 people
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...
Passage through
the Rockies
Escorted holiday
This comprehensive touring holiday offers an in-depth
exploration of the Cana...
Passage through the Rockies

Snapshot
Escorted holiday
Calgary to Vancouver
Maximum group size
48 people
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Northern Lights
 Winter Rockies
Independent holiday
Combine a 3-night stay in search of the aurora borealis at
Fort McMurr...
Northern Lights  Winter Rockies

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Independent holiday
Fort McMurray to Calgary
Prices
From £1,020pp (two sharing)
...
The Northwest
Passage
Cruise holiday
Join an adventurous cruise following one of the
Arctic’s most iconic routes, the elus...
The Northwest Passage

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Cruise holiday
Toronto to Edmonton
Prices
From £9,030pp (two sharing)
Duration
17 days (16...
Welcome
to Alaska
The vast American state of Alaska is six times the size
of Britain and is home to some of the USA’s high...
Welcome to Alaska

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When
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Alaska Holidays
Alaska’s wild beauty, abundant wildlife and diverse culture offer great appeal to those loo...
When to Visit - Alaska

When to go
Mid-May to mid-September is the ideal time to visit this wilderness
state - from late s...
Getting
Around Alaska
Many key attractions are easily reached by road or
on the excellent Alaska Railroad. With such an ex...
Getting Around Alaska

Self-drive

Rail Journeys

Cruising

Alaska’s road network links the cities of
Anchorage and Fairba...
Accommodation
in Alaska
Remote cabins provide excellent access to the Alaskan
wilderness and wildlife, whilst city hotels ...
Accommodation in Alaska

Hotels

Wilderness Lodges

Hotels in Alaska range mainly from basic to standard categories,
with ...
Anchorage
 the South
The central south region of Alaska stretches from the main gateway of Anchorage,
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Anchorage  the South

City of Anchorage, marine wildlife, fjords  glaciers…
Anchorage

Prince William Sound

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Fairbanks
 the Interior
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Fairbanks  the Interior

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Denali’s Wildlife

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The Inside
Passage
Alaska’s southeast is a landscape of deep fjords and hidden
inlets, scattered with rainforest-clad isla...
The Inside Passage

Countless glaciers, abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery…
Sea Kayaking

Gustavus Inn

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Southwest 
Far North Alaska
Alaska’s sparsely populated southwest corner stretches
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Southwest  Far North Alaska

Bear viewing, remote outposts, boundless wilderness…
Kodiak Bears

No Place Like Nome

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Alaska by
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Combine journeys on Alaska’s iconic Railroad, extensive
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Alaska by Rail, Road  Sea

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Self-drive holiday
Anchorage to Anchorage
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From £1,218pp (two sharing
vehicle an...
Alaska’s
Natural Wonders
Self-drive holiday
A comprehensive exploration of wild Alaska, taking
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Alaska’s Natural Wonders

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 Whales
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Canada and Alaska brochure - Discover the World
Canada and Alaska brochure - Discover the World
Canada and Alaska brochure - Discover the World
Canada and Alaska brochure - Discover the World
Canada and Alaska brochure - Discover the World
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  1. 1. discover-the-world.co.uk 01737 214 282 Canada & Alaska
  2. 2. Welcome to Canada & Alaska Having travelled over the years to many parts of Canada I am always struck by the amazing diversity of its landscape, the wonderful range of activities you can do there and the genuine friendliness of its people. There is so much that defines Canada: the rugged coastlines of the Maritimes; the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains; the Yukon’s magnificent Klondike; Manitoba’s polar bears; the excitement of major cities such as Montréal and Vancouver and the cultural diversity of its people – a list that could go on and on. To the west, the vast American state of Alaska has arguably more in common with its Canadian neighbours than with the ‘lower 48’. Bordered by British Columbia and the Yukon, Alaska offers a similar blend of pioneering spirit, wilderness landscapes and a wealth of wildlife. Glaciers and mountains, dramatic coastlines and isolated communities make this the perfect destination for those wanting to escape the hoardes and really get off the beaten track. Covering a staggering 8 time zones from east to west, the sheer scale of Canada and Alaska can be a little overwhelming - this is a region best explored in bite-sized chunks! This brochure aims to provide just a flavour of what’s on offer, with more detailed information available on our website. Better still, chat to one of our friendly team of accredited experts and allow us to put together an itinerary just for you, ensuring you get the very most from your holiday. We will not relax until you are home with a large grin on your face, and if you do not experience exceptional service throughout your holiday, don’t hesitate to contact me personally. My direct email address is below. With best wishes Clive Stacey Managing Director and co-Founder Email: clive.stacey@discovertheworld.co.uk 2 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  3. 3. Welcome to Canada & Alaska Introduction Canada Holidays Welcome Our 100% Guarantee Creating your perfect holiday 2 4-5 6-7 Canada Welcome to Canada Getting around Accommodation 8-11 12-13 14-15 Regions of Canada British Columbia Alberta The Yukon Manitoba & Arctic Canada Ontario Quebec Atlantic Canada 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 Self-drive holidays Wildlife holidays Small group escorted holidays Escorted touring Winter holidays Cruising Alaska Holidays 30-37 38-41 42-43 44-45 46-47 48-49 Alaska Welcome to Alaska Getting around Accommodation 50-53 54-55 56-57 Self-drive holidays Wildlife holidays Independent touring Cruising 66-71 72-73 74-75 76-77 Getting There Flights to Canada & Alaska Stopovers in Iceland Maps & driving distances 78-79 80-81 82-83 Regions of Alaska Anchorage & the South 58-59 Fairbanks & the Interior 60-61 Inside Passage 62-63 Far North & South West 64-65 All our holidays can be tailor made...If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, let us find it for you. We can tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising our suggested itineraries or creating something bespoke. Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau © ATIA & Mark Kelley discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 3
  4. 4. Your Discover the World 100% Guarantee We know how important your holiday is. You’ve researched where you want to go and what to do when you get there. You’ve booked time off work. Now you’re ready to really enjoy yourself. And it’s our business to make sure you do. The Yukon © Tourism Yukon 4
  5. 5. No surcharges Once your holiday has been confirmed, we guarantee there will be no increases whatsoever. This is something of a rarity in the travel business, but we feel that if you have made a commitment to us by booking a holiday, the very least we can do is to absorb any price increases which may occur. Below you will find a typical clause from the booking conditions of one of our competitors: Surcharges may be imposed to cover increases in transportation costs (eg. fuel levy), dues, taxes, fees (eg. landing taxes), or a variation in exchange rates applicable to your package. In the event of a surcharge we will absorb the first 2% and should the surcharge be more than 10% of the price of your holiday, you will have the right to cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of what you have paid. can be a bit of a nightmare. You are entitled to compensation if your flight is delayed over a certain period - some airlines are legally bound to provide meals and accommodation, as well as compensation, should your flight be delayed for certain reasons, and some are not. For example – should another volcanic eruption occur in Iceland and you are unable to fly home, our policy is clear: if the airline won’t cover your costs and your travel insurance excludes this, then we will. We offer a 24/7 emergency line so we are always there to help whatever happens, and we will also advise you of your rights if you are due further compensation – as well as assist you to obtain it. But our commitment goes beyond that… Financial security Through our memberships of various organisations, and the licences we hold, every penny paid to us is completely safe. In addition, we are bound by very strict business practices through UK and EU law as well as the associations to which we belong. We are members of ABTA (The Travel Association), and AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators), another travel industry body which includes most of the UK’s most important independent specialist tour operators – members are financially vetted by both organisations and have to comply with a fair business charter, and should you have a problem during your holiday which cannot be resolved with us, you are able to take advantage of an arbitration scheme. We also hold a bond with ABTA which protects holidays not booked with flights. ATOL (Air Tour Organisers Licence) – this is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, and protects all clients who book their holiday in conjunction with a flight. To hold an ATOL we must go 100% Guarantee We give every booking our unique 100% Discover the World Guarantee, that protects you, your family, your holiday and your finances. We’re there should you need to talk to us and we’ll take care of any flight disruptions and travel delays, where we can. And we’ll make sure you never, ever have any surcharges to pay. All of which, means that when you travel with us, you are in the safest, most experienced hands - 24/7. through regular checks to prove we are finically sound. Through our membership of IATA (International Air Transportation Association), we are able buy and issue air tickets for you, and this organisation also vets us to check we are sound and a safe bet, to take clients’ money for air tickets. In essence, to hold all these licences and memberships, we need to be financially sound and provide travel arrangements to the highest standards. When deciding on which holiday company to book with, we urge you to bear this in mind. The best trip at the best price We don’t think any other company has comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries. But, should you come across a matching itinerary of our quality, offered by another UK based company, even within 30 days AFTER booking with us, we will gladly refund the difference. This guarantee is designed to assure you that even though our trips are of the highest standard, you will still not pay more than you have to. We deliver on our promises We are so confident the quality of our trips will meet your expectations, that should you be dissatisfied, we’ll gladly give you a credit towards a future trip. Of course, expectations have to match what we’ve promised, but we feel that our standards are so high that we are happy to stand behind this guarantee. Further detailed information about all the above can be found on our website, together with our Booking Conditions. The clause from our Booking Conditions states: Once you have made your booking, the price is fully guaranteed and will not be subject to any additional surcharges. Looking after you throughout Once you book an inclusive holiday, you should be protected by various rules, regulations and laws. However, like most things in life, knowing your rights and getting the powers that be to acknowledge them and pay up, discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 5
  6. 6. Creating a holiday precisely for you Our holidays to Canada and Alaska are carefully designed to offer the very best of North America, combining adventure with comfort and taking in a variety of highlights from close encounters with wildlife to memorable journeys through spectacular landscapes. This brochure features just a taste of our favourite experiences and recommended itinerary suggestions – however, North America is a destination that offers countless holiday options to suit all interests… We would like to pass on our appreciation and thanks to all at Discover the World who helped to make our first ever visit to Canada such a memorable experience. All the arrangements worked without a hitch… This was a holiday that we shall certainly remember for years to come Brian Rawling - Tailor made Canada, September 2013 Mt McKinley © Earl Eliason 6 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  7. 7. Creating your Holiday Get in touch... Call 01737 214 282 Email travel@discover-the-world.co.uk Visit our office in Surrey Arctic House, 8 Bolters Lane, Banstead SM7 2AR Maligne Lake © Travel Alberta Our range of holidays caters for a wide variety of tastes, budgets, interests and durations. Whether you are travelling on your own, with family, a partner or a group of friends, we’ll be happy to advise and make suggestions based on first-hand knowledge and experience. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your holiday plans, or are simply looking for inspiration, then get in touch with one of our accredited Canada and Alaska specialists, who are waiting to put together a holiday just for you. needs, in which case you can contact us for detailed pricing and availability. Alternatively, as tailor made specialists, we can put together your trip from scratch or in many cases, amend an existing tour. Step 1 Step 3 Make an enquiry. The first stage is to broadly outline your travel plans, letting us know about any specific ideas or interests you’d like to include. You may find an itinerary on our website or in this brochure that suits your Step 2 sent out 10-14 days in advance of your departure date. Don’t forget, if you’d like to add excursions to your itinerary, or upgrade certain aspects of your trip, you may do this at any time (subject to availability). Making your booking. Booking with Discover the World is easy – just speak to your travel specialist who will talk you through the simple process and take a deposit payment. You will find our full booking conditions and travel insurance details on our website. Please note: it may be possible to hold some travel arrangements for a short time prior to confirming your booking (for instance flights and escorted tours), although this is subject to availability. Please discuss with your travel specialist Confirming your booking. Once payment has been taken, we will confirm your holiday arrangements with our travel partners then dispatch your booking invoice and any additional travel documentation. Final documents are discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 7
  8. 8. Welcome to Canada A truly spectacular country, the second largest in the world, Canada has a staggering variety of landscapes and natural attractions – from the alpine scenery of the west coast and breathtaking Canadian Rockies, to the prairies and great lakes of central Canada and the rugged, weather-beaten provinces of the north and east. The vibrant cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver add culture and excitement to the mix, whilst an abundance of wildlife offers the chance for unforgettable animal encounters. From the mighty polar bear of the north, to British Columbia’s rare Kermode bear, Canada’s bears are a sight to behold. Look out for black bears roaming the forests or take in the spectacular sight of grizzlies fishing for salmon. Offshore, marvel at the world’s largest population of humpbacks congregating along the Newfoundland coast, spot minkes in the St Lawrence River, kayak with orcas around the islands of BC or snorkel with belugas in Hudson Bay. The sheer scale of this vast country lends itself to memorable journeys, whether it’s a Trans-Canada train ride from east to west, a leisurely cruise through the fjords of the Pacific coast or a scenic self-drive adventure. Meander past the glaciers 8 of the Icefields Parkway, around the Cabot Trail’s rugged shores, or cross the Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway. More remote areas can be reached by floatplane, offering a birds-eye view over forests, mountains and sparkling lakes. Uncover the traditions of First Nations across the country, immerse yourself in the French history of Québec or explore the remote villages of the Atlantic provinces, rich in Celtic influences. Further north isolated Inuit communities adapt an ancient way of life to continue to thrive in the 21st century. With such diversity Canada encourages a repeat visit - rather than trying to see everything in one holiday, we recommend All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 focusing on one or two provinces at a time, and exploring them at a leisurely pace. The mountains and wildlife of BC and Alberta are popular for first time visitors, whilst Ontario and Québec provide an equally beautiful but very different landscape of forests and lakes. Head off the beaten track to the wild Yukon or experience the quirky charm of the Atlantic provinces – wherever you choose to go, Canada will not disappoint! Pages 16-29 of this brochure provide an overview of each of Canada’s very different provinces and territories, helping you to decide which regions and experiences are of most interest to you.
  9. 9. Welcome to Canada Moraine Lake, Banff NP © Travel Alberta discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 9
  10. 10. When to Visit Year Round Holidays Our collection of Canada holidays offers something for everyone, with escorted tours and self-drive itineraries complementing our wildlife holidays and adventure cruises. Our year-round holidays to Canada showcase the natural beauty and vast range of experiences available throughout this incredible country, from wildlife encounters to rail journeys, cultural experiences to searching for the northern lights. We also offer a full tailor made holiday service to ensure you get the most out of your visit to this incredible destination. Pages 30-49 of this brochure feature a selection of Canada holidays – you can find our full collection at discover-the-world.co.uk Fogo Island © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism and Barrett & MacKay 10 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  11. 11. When to Visit - Canada Spring Summer As bears across the country start to emerge from hibernation, Canada is positively blooming – from the countless cherry trees of BC to the riotous tulips of Ontario. From May it’s possible to see the first whales of the season, as well as icebergs drifting south along the Newfoundland coast. This time of year also offers some great price savings. Summer brings long days and the best weather, and is the ideal time for independent exploration on a self-drive holiday. Wildlife lovers can swim with belugas in the Hudson Bay whilst humpback whales congregate off the Newfoundland & Labrador coast. Orcas and grizzly bears are frequently seen around the Pacific coast, whilst expedition voyages reveal a wealth of experiences in the Canadian Arctic. Autumn Winter Early autumn offers mild days and fewer crowds, as well as the vivid spectacle of fall colours - from the golden yellows of the west to the startling scarlet maple forests of the east. Salmon spawning means that grizzly bears are very active, whilst towards the end of autumn a visit to Churchill offers an unparalleled opportunity to see the world’s largest land predator - the mighty polar bear. Winter brings with it a blanket of snow, celebrated at ski-resorts on both sides of the country. But escape the resorts and head into the wilderness – a trip to the Yukon or Northern Alberta offers excellent chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis, whilst winter activities such as dog-sledding and snow-shoeing are a great way to explore rural Ontario and Québec or the snow-covered Rockies. discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 11
  12. 12. Getting Around Canada Canada’s vast distances can be covered quickly by air or rail; exploring by car or motorhome offers independence and total flexibility, whilst escorted touring ensures you always have an experienced guide on hand. We did see plenty of bears (although not sure if black or grizzly...maybe both?) mainly at the sides of the roads! Petra Neumayer - Tailor made Canada Honeymoon, June 2012 Hiking the Rockies © Travel Alberta 12 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  13. 13. Getting Around Canada Self-drive Motorhome Rail Journeys A self-drive holiday offers the freedom to explore at your own pace, allowing time to search out hidden corners, spot wildlife or stop to admire the view as and when you please. Whether you pick one of our packages or allow us to plan a fully tailor made itinerary, all our self-drive holidays include car rental, pre-booked accommodation and exclusive travel documents and maps. Perfect for those wide empty roads, a motorhome holiday offers complete flexibility and is a great way to experience Canada’s magnificent scenery. Canada has an extensive network of camping options, ranging from full facility campgrounds for RVs, quiet wilderness sites and large trailer parks with facilities for families. Choose your own room with a view! The most famous of Canada’s railways is undoubtedly the Rocky Mountaineer, travelling between Vancouver and the Rockies via 3 different scenic routes throughout the summer. More extensive year-round rail coverage is provided by VIA Rail, with a nationwide network offering the chance to travel right across the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Ferry Journeys Air Travel Escorted Touring The off-shore islands of British Columbia are best explored by sea, and BC Ferries provide the ideal way to do this. Enjoy a scenic crossing from Vancouver to Victoria or explore Canada’s beautiful Inside Passage. Travelling by ferry offers spectacular scenery with the chance to spot marine wildlife as you go. Travelling longer distances by air is a good option to save time, and a number of airlines offer regular scheduled domestic flights including Air Canada, Porter Airlines and Pacific Coastal Airlines. For shorter trips the authentically Canadian floatplane is a must, allowing access to remote wilderness locations whilst providing a memorable experience in itself. Our collection of escorted touring holidays covers a variety of regions, interests, durations and budgets. Join like-minded travellers and a knowledgeable guide on a traditional coach tour, specialist wildlife holiday, hiking adventure or active group holiday – and share incredible experiences with new-found friends. discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 13
  14. 14. Accommodation in Canada Sleep in a fairytale castle or a rustic log cabin in the shadow of the mountains; stay at a cosy lakeside B&B or mingle with cowboys on a working ranch. From basic hotels to luxury resorts, mix and match your accommodation styles to suit your own tastes and budget. The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort at Ucluelet, Vancouver Island - wow!!! What a wonderful hotel - fantastic suite, great views - a real highlight of our holiday Craig Millard - Tailor made Canada, July 2013 Ucluelet, BC © DS Lugoska 14 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  15. 15. Accommodation in Canada Hotels Wilderness Lodges Ranging from basic to deluxe options, we offer a wide selection of hotels across Canada. From well-known chains to independentlyowned properties, all of our hotels feature private bathrooms and are usually centrally located with easy access to local dining and shopping. Immerse yourself in the wilderness with a stay at a remote lodge. Accessible by air or sea, getting there is part of the experience! These properties usually offer simple, rustic accommodation combined with an excellent level of service and wildlife-viewing opportunities beyond compare. Bed & Breakfasts Unique Stays Rural Canada is scattered with a range of B&Bs, often family-owned and run, providing a chance to meet the locals and enjoy a few home comforts as you travel. Most feature private bathroom facilities, although some are shared, and most include a hearty Canadian breakfast. It’s only natural that a country as vast and diverse as Canada boasts an equally diverse range of places to sleep. With a choice of elegant and historic buildings, working cattle ranches, luxury safari tents and even remote lighthouses, an overnight stay could turn into a highlight of your holiday. discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 15
  16. 16. British Columbia From the rugged Pacific coastline to soaring mountain peaks, via rainforests, lakes and vineyards, British Columbia’s scenic splendour provides the perfect backdrop to a Canadian adventure. But perhaps the region’s biggest attraction is its abundant wildlife – here you will find bears, orcas, eagles, wolves and much more. Pacifc Rim National Park © histrus42 16 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  17. 17. British Columbia Abundant wildlife, ancient rainforests, spectacular coastal scenery… Bear Viewing Discover Vancouver Enjoy close encounters with grizzlies, black bears and the rare Kermode bears that roam the coastal forests of BC. Explore the beautiful harbour city of Vancouver – home to bustling markets, waterfront dining and accessible wilderness parks. Sea to Sky by Rail Pacific Rim National Park Take a memorable rail journey from the Pacific Coast through forested valleys to the towering peaks of Whistler. Discover the endless beaches, ancient rainforests and myriad islands and inlets of Vancouver Island’s Pacific Coast. Whale Watching Cruise the Inside Passage Take to the ocean in search of orcas, minke and grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. Sail from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, exploring the narrow straits, deep fjords and countless islands of the Inside Passage. Afternoon Tea in Victoria Wineries of the Okanagan The charming capital of BC is famed for its English-style cream teas, tranquil harbour setting and impressive architecture. Head inland to the Okanagan Valley, one of Canada’s warmest regions and home to over 70 prolific wineries. Sunset over the Pacific The Butchart Gardens Sip cocktails on a Vancouver harbour cruise or stroll the beaches of Vancouver Island as the sun slips into the ocean. The beautiful botanic displays of Vancouver Island’s renowned Butchart Gardens have been attracting visitors for over a century. The view from the Capilano Suspension Bridge was breathtaking. Here I was surrounded by ancient Pacific rainforest, walking across a gaping canyon, when we spotted a bear strolling right below us Katherine Johnson - Grizzlies & Orcas of Vancouver Island, August 2013 discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 17
  18. 18. Alberta Best known for the majestic Rocky Mountains, which run along the province’s western boundary, Alberta boasts some of the most stunning alpine landscapes in the country. Explore beyond the glaciers and mountain peaks and you will also find sweeping prairies, rolling farmland, dense forests and sparkling lakes. Peyto Lake © Travel Alberta 18 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  19. 19. Alberta Rugged mountains, glacial lakes, alpine wilderness… Drive the Icefields Parkway Set Foot on a Glacier Board a specially-designed ‘Ice Explorer’ to travel onto the Athabasca Glacier, part of the immense Columbia Icefield. Taste the freedom of the open road with incredible views of glaciers and mountains stretching from Jasper to Lake Louise. Room with a View Wildlife Encounters The iconic Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise boast unbeatable locations ensuring world-class views. Join an expert guide in Jasper National Park in search of bear, elk, coyote, wolves, moose and more. Banff National Park Winter Wonderland Banff is a great base from which to explore the park. Ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for views over the town and surrounding peaks. By day enjoy winter activities against a pristine snowcovered backdrop; then marvel at the Aurora Borealis streaking across the night sky. Rockies by Rail Hiking the Rockies Whether you choose the VIA Rail service or the Rocky Mountaineer, a rail journey into the heart of the Rockies is unforgettable. Experience solitude amongst the breathtaking mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes that make up the wild beauty of Alberta. Lake Louise Ride ‘em, Cowboy! Fed by glaciers, the many vivid turquoise lakes of Alberta offer fantastic photo opportunities - Lake Louise being the most iconic. Release your inner cowboy with a stay on a ranch, or experience the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’ at the Calgary Stampede. Allow time to explore some of the Rockies’ countless hiking trails – in just a few minutes you’re a million miles away from the tour buses and immersed in a spectacular landscape of mountains, lakes and forests Pam Forrest, Senior Marketing Executive discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 19
  20. 20. The Yukon Over three times the size of England but with just 6% of the population, the Yukon offers a truly remote and untouched wilderness. Here you will find rugged terrain and a colourful history of First Nations, traders and gold prospectors. The landscape is vast and the wildlife prolific – you may be lucky enough to see caribou, moose and grizzly bears. The Yukon © Government of Yukon 20 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  21. 21. The Yukon Immense wilderness, goldrush history, unique characters… The Wilderness City Cross the Arctic Circle The ‘wilderness city’ of Whitehorse is the main gateway to the Yukon, within easy reach of national parks, mountains, lakes and rivers. Head north on an epic road trip from Whitehorse into the Northwest Territories, following the famed Dempster Highway across the Arctic Circle. Goldrush Fever View the Northern Lights Forever synonymous with the Klondike Gold Rush, quirky Dawson City is a colourful slice of living history where you can still pan for gold. In the heart of the wilderness, with little artificial light, the Yukon offers excellent opportunities for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Hike the Tombstones Winter Adventures The aptly named Tombstone Territorial Park boasts imposing black granite peaks rising from a vast sub-arctic tundra landscape. Home of the famous Yukon Quest, dog-sledding is a way of life here. Join the experts and mush your own team of huskies through fresh snow. Kluane National Park Across the Border The endless glaciers and sheer scale of Kluane evoke images of one of the world’s last unspoiled wilderness regions. The Yukon is perfectly situated for a twin-centre holiday, combining the Canadian wilderness with the last frontier of the US – Alaska. White Pass & Yukon Railroad Built during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, this scenic gauge railroad climbs almost 3000ft, clinging to the mountainside. Wildlife in the Wilderness Take to the open road but keep your eyes peeled for wildlife – here in the Yukon, moose outnumber humans by two to one! As for the Yukon, I genuinely could have stayed there and not come back. To have met such wonderful people, seen such a variety of and abundance of wildlife and such dramatic scenery has been a privilege Michael Beck - Yukon Highlights, September 2013 discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 21
  22. 22. Manitoba & the Canadian Arctic Manitoba’s diverse topography stretches from the southern prairies, via countless lakes and forests, to the sub-Arctic north. Beyond this lies the Canadian Arctic, an icy wilderness that spans the country. This harsh but beautiful region is home to isolated Inuit settlements and wandering polar bears, wolves and caribou. Polar Bear © Eugene Bakker 22 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  23. 23. Manitoba & the Canadian Arctic Polar bears, expedition voyages, Arctic marine life… Polar Bear Encounters The Northwest Passage Every autumn Churchill plays host to the world’s largest land predators as they wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze, offering excellent viewing opportunities. Uncover a fascinating history as you explore one of the Arctic’s most iconic routes on an epic voyage through the Northwest Passage. Inuit Culture Swim with Belugas Experience life above the Arctic Circle, visiting Inuit communities and meeting the people who call this unforgiving landscape home. Enjoy an unforgettable cruise, kayak or snorkel amongst the beluga whales that gather in the Churchill River Estuary each summer. Historic Winnipeg Arctic Whales The gateway to Manitoba is the city of Winnipeg, originally an important trading post for First Nation people dating back thousands of years. An expedition voyage offers the rare chance to spot bowhead whales, dazzling white belugas and the distinctive narwhal, as well as polar bears and walrus. Sleep in a National Historic Site Summer in Churchill Long daylight hours are perfect to witness over 200 species of migratory birds, thousands of belugas and the surprising colour of wildflowers. An iconic city landmark, Winnipeg’s elegant Fort Garry Hotel was built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Train to the Arctic Shopping at the Forks The 2-day rail journey from Winnipeg to Churchill reveals prairies, boreal forests and isolated communities en route north to the shores of Hudson Bay. Winnipeg’s answer to Covent Garden, the excellent Forks Market offers a range of locally produced foods, crafts and souvenirs. The trip to Churchill was truly exceptional; everyone was very accommodating (including the polar bears!) and over two full days we encountered at least 60 bears - some with cubs, others sparring but most just waiting for the ice to form Barry Nelson - Polar Bear Adventure, November 2010 discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 23
  24. 24. Ontario Canada’s second largest province boasts over 400,000 lakes and rivers, including the Great Lakes and the famous Niagara Falls. From the cosmopolitan cities of Toronto and Ottawa, venture into prolific wine country, cruise amongst the Thousand Islands and enjoy the natural beauty of Algonquin Park or Georgian Bay. Georgian Bay © Ontario Tourism 24 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  25. 25. Ontario Lakes & forests, cosmopolitan cities, iconic landmarks… Niagara Falls Explore Ottawa Experience the thundering Niagara Falls on a thrilling boat trip or take to the skies in a helicopter for an unforgettable bird’s eye view. Canada’s charming capital city is home to the striking hilltop Parliament Buildings, popular ByWard Market and the busy Rideau Canal. Algonquin Park Discover Toronto Algonquin offers an easily accessible taste of wilderness year round, with numerous lakes and rivers, maple forests and abundant wildlife. Enjoy views over Canada’s largest city with dinner at the top of the CN Tower, or admire the skyline from afar with a cruise on Lake Ontario. The Thousand Islands Niagara-on-the-Lake Scattered along the St Lawrence River lie countless islands, lighthouses, maritime museums and castles, best explored by boat from Kingston. Picturesque Niagara-on-theLake is a well-preserved 19thcentury village, conveniently located in the heart of Ontario’s wine region. The Bruce Peninsula Fall Foliage Hiking and biking trails abound, whilst offshore visit the bizarre rock formations of Flowerpot Island and the shipwrecks of Fathom Five. The forests of eastern Canada transform in September with an impressive display of vivid reds and startling oranges. Ice-Wine Tastings Georgian Bay The Niagara region has plentiful wineries and is particularly renowned for its delicious icewine, produced by harvesting frozen grapes. Deserted beaches, windswept pines, and ancient pink rock outcrops define quintessential Ontario scenery in this beautiful corner of Lake Huron. Take a refreshingly different perspective of a Canadian icon with a memorable helicopter flight over the mighty Niagara Falls, then head to picturesque Niagara-onthe-Lake to celebrate with a locally produced wine Lauren Brewer, Senior Travel Specialist discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 25
  26. 26. Québec Combining old-world charm with a vibrant contemporary culture, Québec is full of surprises. Québec City’s fairy-tale architecture belies its turbulent origins, whilst Montréal’s Old Town gives way to a chic urban centre. Thick forests reveal black bears and moose whilst at the heart of the province the mighty St Lawrence River offers exceptional whale watching. Montreal © M Lenny 26 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  27. 27. Québec Fascinating cities, whale watching, maritime history… Whale Watching Historic Québec City Cruise the St Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord from Tadoussac in search of beluga, minke, humpback and even the mighty blue whale. Wander the cobbled streets of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Québec City and uncover the region’s fractured beginnings at the Plains of Abraham. Food Glorious Food Wilderness Retreat Explore on foot with a gourmet walking tour sample local produce and enjoy Québec City’s beautiful architecture at the same time! Easily accessible but utterly secluded, Hôtel Sacacomie sits in the heart of the forest. Combine outdoor activities or wildlife spotting with a relaxing spa. Discover Montréal Maritime Heritage From the beautiful 17th century buildings of Old Montréal to the buzzing metropolitan downtown, the best city views are from the top of Mt Royal. Once a vital trading route, the St Lawrence flows from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic. Unearth a fascinating history at Québec’s maritime museums. Head for the Hills Chateau for a Night Explore Québec’s wilderness in the vast forested slopes of the Laurentian Mountains or the spectacular Gaspé Peninsula. High in the heart of the old walled city, Québec’s luxurious Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel offers views across the St Lawrence. Scenic Railway Winter Celebrations Experience gourmet cuisine and spectacular views on the Train of Le Massif de Charlevoix, following the St Lawrence from Québec City to La Malbaie. Embrace the season in Montréal at one of the largest winter festivals in the world, or try snowmobiling or dog-sledding in rural Québec. The St Lawrence River offers a surprising wealth of maritime history and marine wildlife – explore the shoreline’s many fascinating museums before taking to the water in search of belugas and other whales Liz Lunnon, Product Manager discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 27
  28. 28. Atlantic Canada Coastal charm exudes from the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, whilst dramatic Newfoundland and Labrador make up Canada’s most easterly province. Here you will find remote villages full of character, a wealth of nautical history, rugged coastal scenery and a very warm welcome. Dungeon Provincial Park, Bonavista © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism 28 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  29. 29. Atlantic Canada Marine wildlife, picturesque villages, rich traditions… Whale Watching Iceberg Alley Sail from Newfoundland or cruise the Bay of Fundy, but don’t miss the chance for an epic encounter with a cetacean – up to 15 species frequent these waters. Icebergs are regularly sighted off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast, as dazzling structures thousands of years old float south from the Arctic. Fall Colours Fishing Villages Around 85% of New Brunswick is covered in forest, making for some fantastic fall colours on a September self-drive holiday. Visit Nova Scotia’s colourful Lunenburg and the famous lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, perched on the rugged Atlantic shoreline. Coastal Voyages Driving the Cabot Trail Explore the ‘Spirit Mountains’ of Torngat Mountains National Park on an expedition voyage along Newfoundland and Labrador’s wild coastline. One of Canada’s most scenic drives, Nova Scotia’s splendid Cabot Trail hugs the Atlantic Coast as it skirts the Cape Breton Highlands. UNESCO Sites Kitchen Party Don’t miss the Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows and dramatic Gros Morne, or picturesque Lunenburg and the Joggins Fossil Cliffs. A popular tradition across Atlantic Canada, focusing on good food, good music and good times. Make new friends over some fresh seafood. Prince Edward Island Bay of Fundy Explore Anne of Green Gables’ fictional home in Canada’s smallest province, where you will also find red sand beaches, rolling farmland and azure seas. Separating Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the Bay of Fundy boasts the highest tides in the world and a wealth of marine life to boot. Newfoundland is bursting with history, culture, stunning scenery and probably the friendliest locals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. For really breathtaking views I’d recommend Cape Spear, Continental America’s easternmost point Lauren Shorney, Travel Specialist discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 29
  30. 30. Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience Self-drive holiday Ideal for nature enthusiasts, this itinerary explores the wildlife-rich coastal landscapes of mainland BC and Vancouver Island. From scenic ferry journeys to spectacular alpine vistas, with the chance to see bears and orcas, this holiday showcases the very best of the Pacific Coast. I would just like to thank you for organising such a wonderful trip - we wouldn’t have missed a day of it. The choice of accommodation and of activities was ideal for us and exceeded our expectations Quadra Island Campbell River Tofino British Columbia Whistler Horseshoe Bay Vancouver Ucluelet Vancouver Victoria Mark Parmiter - Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience, August 2013 Pacific Coast © Tourism BC 30 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 USA
  31. 31. Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience Snapshot Self-drive holiday Vancouver to Vancouver Prices From £1,144pp (two sharing vehicle and a room) Duration 11 days (10 nights) Accommodation Standard or Superior Hotels Departures May-September As with all our self-drive holidays, this itinerary can be fully tailored to suit your requirements. Highlights hale watching in Clayoquot Sound – W keep an eye out for orcas and grey whales, sea lions and porpoises A memorable drive along the Sea to Sky Highway, from Pacific Coast to alpine splendour Day 1 Vancouver-Whistler (122 kms) Collect your rental car and depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to the alpine resort of Whistler. Day 6 Quadra Island Enjoy a memorable zodiac cruise through breathtaking Desolation Sound in search of black bears and other wildlife. Day 2 Whistler Enjoy a gondola ride to the top of Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain. Day 7 Quadra Island-Tofino (225 kms) Back on Vancouver Island head west to Tofino on the dramatic West Coast. Cruise in search of black bears in their natural habitat in Desolation Sound Outline Itinerary Leisurely-paced itinerary with multiple 2-night stays allowing more time for exploration Day 8 Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park) Enjoy a whale watch cruise through Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery and wildlife such as grey whales, sea lions, porpoises and orcas. Day 3 Whistler-Sunshine Coast (244 kms) Return to Horseshoe Bay and for the relaxing ferry journey to the Sunshine Coast. Day 4 Sunshine Coast The beautiful natural landscape of Canada’s Pacific Coast offers the opportunity for a host of outdoor adventures today. Day 5 Sunshine Coast-Quadra Island (78 kms) Cross the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island, with another short ferry trip to Quadra Island. discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Day 9 Tofino-Victoria (313 kms) Make your way to Victoria, the quaint capital of British Columbia. Day 10 Victoria Visit the famed Butchart Gardens, a 50-acre display of magnificent colour. Day 11 Victoria-Vancouver (69 kms) Take the scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands to end your holiday in Vancouver. For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN1 Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 31
  32. 32. Majestic Rockies by Rail and Road Self-drive holiday The perfect introduction to western Canada, this compact itinerary features the highlights of the Rockies in just one memorable week. Travel on the renowned Rocky Mountaineer train and drive along the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway, one of Canada’s most scenic drives. We recommend upgrading to the Rocky Mountaineer’s excellent GoldLeaf Service – enjoy first class service, on-board bar and gourmet dining, as well as uninterrupted views from your luxurious glass-domed carriage! Jasper Lake Louise Kamloops Vancouver Lake Louise © Fairmont Lake Louise 32 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 Banff Calgary
  33. 33. Majestic Rockies by Rail and Road Snapshot Self-drive holiday Vancouver to Calgary Prices From £1,219pp (two sharing vehicle and a room) Duration 7 days (6 nights) Accommodation Standard, Superior or Deluxe Hotels Departures May-September This itinerary can be travelled in reverse, and as with all our self-drive holidays, can be fully tailored to suit your requirements. Highlights A 2-day scenic rail journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Jasper Stand on an ancient river of ice with an included excursion onto the Athabasca Glacier A full day in both Jasper and Banff to enjoy the landscapes and wildlife of the Rockies Enjoy magnificent views from the top of Sulphur Mountain Outline Itinerary Day 1 Vancouver-Kamloops (Rocky Mountaineer) Board the Rocky Mountaineer train’s RedLeaf Service at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops for an overnight hotel stay. Day 2 Kamloops-Jasper (Rocky Mountaineer) Back on board the Rocky Mountaineer continue your journey to the mountains, passing Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival in Jasper, collect your rental vehicle and proceed to your hotel. Day 5 Lake Louise-Banff (62kms) Take the scenic Bow Valley Parkway to Banff. Day 6 Banff A day at leisure to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Your holiday includes entrance to the Upper Hot Springs and a ride on the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for panoramic views over Bow Valley to the mountains beyond. Day 3 Jasper A full day to explore the many attractions in and around Jasper, perhaps including a visit to beautiful Maligne Lake. Day 4 Jasper-Lake Louise (208 kms) Follow the renowned Icefields Parkway along the spine of the Rockies – undoubtedly one of Canada’s most iconic drives. Pass jagged peaks, countless glaciers and emerald lakes, ending your day at the most famous of these, Lake Louise. discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Day 7 Banff-Calgary (115kms) Your Rockies adventure ends in Calgary. For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN2 Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 33
  34. 34. Newfoundland Discovery Self-drive holiday See a different side to Canada with this comprehensive itinerary featuring World Heritage sites, isolated coastal villages and beautiful national parks. Marvel at drifting icebergs, gain an insight into Viking history and search for wildlife amongst the epic landscapes of Gros Morne. Enjoy a warm welcome from the locals as you explore remote communities scattered around the island’s rugged coastline – Newfoundland hospitality is legendary! Gros Morne National Park © Newfoundland Labrador Tourism 34 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 L’Anse aux Meadows Main Brook Twillingate Bonavista Lewisporte Trinity Gros Morne St. Johns Little Rapids Bay Bulls
  35. 35. Newfoundland Discovery Snapshot Self-drive holiday St. John’s to St. John’s Prices From £1,418pp (two sharing vehicle and a room) Duration 16 days (15 nights) Accommodation Standard or Superior Hotels Departures May-September As with all our self-drive holidays, this itinerary can be fully tailored to suit your requirements. Highlights Outline Itinerary Stretch your legs on the many hiking trails of Gros Morne National Park Days 1-2 St. John’s Spend some time exploring the city - visit The Rooms museum, drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views or take a trip to Cape Spear, the most easterly point of North America. Search for humpback whales and witness immense icebergs drifting south along Iceberg Alley Uncover Viking legends at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site Embrace a colourful tradition of stories, songs and folklore that reflect a strong Gaelic influence Day 3 Avalon Peninsula (66 kms) Join a cruise in search of whales, icebergs and the Atlantic puffin. Days 4-6 St John’s-Trinity (345 kms) Make your way to the scenic Bonavista Peninsula and spend 3 nights based amongst the pastel-coloured clapboard houses of Trinity. The easy hike along the Skerwink Trail is highly recommended, offering dramatic ocean views as it follows the rugged coastline. Day 10 Gros Morne-Main Brook (301 kms) A stop at the Port Au Choix National Historic Site is recommended today. Day 11 L’Anse aux Meadows Visit the fascinating L’Anse aux Meadows, where you can view the remains of the earliest European settlement in the Americas. Days 12-13 Main Brook-Humber Valley (361 kms) Make your way to the picturesque Humber Valley. Here you can relax, taking advantage of a range of activities on offer at your resort accommodation. Day 14 Humber Valley-Lewisporte (295 kms) Make your way back across the island. Day 7 Trinity-Lewisporte (306 kms) Take time to detour via Terra Nova National Park and Twillingate, where you may be lucky enough to spot icebergs and whales. Days 15-16 Lewisporte-St. John’s (397 kms) Celebrate your adventures with a final evening in the city before returning your rental car on departure from Newfoundland. Days 8-9 Lewisporte-Gros Morne (431 kms) The breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park features scattered villages, craggy mountains, numerous hiking trails and dense forests populated by moose and caribou. For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN3 discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 35
  36. 36. More Self-drive Holidays from Discover the World Totem Discovery This popular itinerary combines the abundant wildlife of British Columbia’s Pacific Coast with the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Prices from £1,649pp (two sharing) Departures (15 nts) May-September Highlights Cruise past the towering mountains, forest-clad islands and dramatic fjords of the Inside Passage Spend 4 nights in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and set foot on the Athabasca Glacier Search for black bears in Vancouver Island’s evocatively named Desolation Sound For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN4 Totem Pole © Tourism BC Tom Ryan 36 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  37. 37. Highlights Prices from £1,299pp (two sharing) Enjoy one of Canada’s most scenic drives, the renowned Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Look out for finback, minke nd humpback a whales on a memorable Bay of Fundy cruise Explore Canada’s birthplace at Charlottetown on little- visited Prince Edward Island For full details visit us online: Departures (13 nts) June-October discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN5 Highlights Contrast the bustling cities of Toronto Montréal with natural beauty at Algonquin and Mt Tremblant Take a scenic cruise around the picturesque 1000 Islands at Gananoque Explore Ontario and Québec, from thunderous Niagara Falls to the tranquil lakes of Algonquin Park, cosmopolitan Toronto and historic Québec City. This leisurely route around Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island reveals charming coastal villages, scenic hiking trails and fabulous seafood. Best of the East More Self-drive Holidays in Canada Atlantic Discovery Discover the old world charm of Québec City on a guided walking tour Prices from £1,483pp (two sharing) Departures (14 nts) May-September For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN6 Yukon Highlights Ontario Hike Drive Experience the quirky cities and epic landscapes of the Yukon on a leisurely paced self-drive adventure. Visit Toronto, Niagara and beautiful Bruce Peninsula, with its myriad mountain trails and coastal walks. Prices from £1,531pp (two sharing) Prices from £668pp (two sharing) Departures (7 nts) May-September Departures (7 nts) May-October For full details visit us online: For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN7 discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN8 discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 37
  38. 38. Grizzly Bear Adventure at Knight Inlet Wildlife holiday Carved by ancient glaciers in the shadow of British Columbia’s coastal mountains, the pristine wilderness of Knight Inlet is renowned for its excellent grizzly bear viewing. Knight Inlet Lodge provides a warm welcome and is the perfect base for a memorable wildlife adventure. The absolute highlight of the trip was Knight Inlet. Everything about it was superb - even the weather! Can’t recommend it highly enough…it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. And lots of bears!! Rosemary Morgan - Tailor made Canada including Knight Inlet, August 2013 Grizzlies © Knight Inlet Lodge 38 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 Port Hardy Knight Inlet Lodge Campbell River Vancouver
  39. 39. Grizzly Bear Adventure at Knight Inlet Snapshot Wildlife holiday Grizzly bears Prices From £749pp (two sharing) Duration 3-5 days (2-4 nights) Accommodation Knight Inlet Lodge Departures May-October Highlights Opportunity to watch mighty grizzly bears in the beautiful setting of Knight Inlet Expert naturalists on hand to maximise your wildlife viewing experiences Time available for kayaking, guided hiking, scenic boat trips and bird-watching Spend a night in the wilderness at the rustic and remote Knight Inlet Lodge Outline Itinerary Day 1 Campbell River Make your way to Campbell River on Vancouver Island’s east coast for an overnight stay. Overnight at Heron’s Landing Hotel. Day 2 Campbell River-Knight Inlet Journey by float plane to Knight Inlet Lodge, which floats in scenic Glendale Cove. After a welcome briefing it’s time to find the grizzly bears – this may be by boat or at specially designed viewing platforms, depending on the season and the location of the bears. Overnight at Knight Inlet Lodge. Day 3 Knight Inlet–Campbell River Return to Campbell River by floatplane. Note Longer packages are available including 2 or 3 nights at Knight Inlet Lodge, in addition to your first night in Campbell River. Additional bear viewing and other wildlife-focused excursions will be included for longer stays at Knight Inlet. Whilst a 1-night stay will be rewarding, we strongly recommend 2 or 3 nights at the lodge in order to immerse yourself into this great wilderness and maximise your wildlife-spotting opportunities. We can also offer packages to include return flights from Vancouver to Campbell River – please contact us for details. For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN9 discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 39
  40. 40. More Wildlife Holidays from Discover the World Polar Bear Kingdom Accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide, witness mighty polar bears in the frozen wilderness on this group tour to Churchill, Manitoba. Highlights Two full day excursions on a Tundra Vehicle to view polar bears in the wild An exclusive private tour and welcome dinner at the fascinating Manitoba Museum A memorable dog-sledding adventure through Churchill’s pristine boreal forest Prices from £3,184pp (two sharing) Departures (5 nts) October-November For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN10 Polar Bear © Robert Taylor 40 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  41. 41. Explore unspoiled wilderness in search of orcas and grizzly bears around the spectacular Johnstone Strait, off Vancouver Island’s northeast coast. Prices from £1,426pp (two sharing) Departures (5 nts) June-September More Wildlife Holidays in Canada Grizzlies Orcas of Vancouver Island Highlights Full day boat trip to Knight Inlet to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat Chance to spot orcas, humpback and minke whales on a half-day cruise through Johnstone Strait Time available to explore historic Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay on Coromorant Island For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN11 Newfoundland Adventure Join this small group tour to experience dramatic landscapes, unique local culture and the world’s largest gathering of humpback whales. Highlights Explore Terra Nova National Park on foot in search of moose, black bears and birdlife Prices from £2,034pp (two sharing) Boat trips to see gannets, puffins, humpback whales - and even ancient icebergs! Time to delve into fascinating museums, remote lighthouses and lively local traditions For full details visit us online: Departures (7 nts) June-August discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN12 Belugas of Hudson Bay Great Bear Rainforest Cruise Enjoy close encounters with these inquisitive white whales, whether snorkeling, kayaking or by boat. Sail the remote coastal inlets of BC, home to diverse wildlife including the rare white Kermode bear. Prices from £1,719pp (two sharing) Prices from £3,442pp (two sharing) Departures (5 nts) July-August Departures (7 nts) August-October For full details visit us online: For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN13 discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN14 discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 41
  42. 42. Hiking the Yukon Alaska Active small group holiday The epic scale of the Yukon and Alaska is best appreciated on foot – surrounded by soaring mountains, immense glaciers and endless wilderness. Tackle a variety of short walks and full-day hikes amongst the natural highlights and prolific wildlife of this rugged corner of North America. Walking in beautiful Kluane National Park was a real highlight, especially with the autumnal colours. The lake was a stunning blue and the mountains were dotted with golden yellow trees. We even spotted a few bear tracks! YUKON ALASKA Dawson Demster City Highway Denali N.P. Tok Anchorage Haines Jct. Whitehorse Skagway Haines Jo Cooper, Senior Travel Specialist Tombstone Territorial Park © Tourism Yukon 42 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 Seward
  43. 43. Hiking the Yukon Alaska Snapshot Active small group holiday Whitehorse to Anchorage Maximum group size 12 people Prices From £2,557pp (two sharing) Duration 14 days (13 nights) Accommodation Standard hotels Departures May-August Highlights Small group tour (max 12) allowing for a personal experience and flexible itinerary Explore the protected wilderness areas of Kluane, Tombstone, Denali and Kenai Fjords Comfortable hotel accommodation and hot showers at the end of each day’s adventures! Hiking to appreciate the sheer scale of the Yukon and Alaska’s epic landscapes Outline Itinerary Day 1 Whitehorse Meet your fellow-hikers on arrival. Day 2 Whitehorse-Skagway Head south to Skagway, Alaska, stopping en route for a hike at Mountain Montana. Day 3 Skagway-Haines Junction Take the ferry through scenic Lynn Fjords and continue by road to Kluane National Park. Day 4 Kluane National Park Enjoy a full day hike in Canada’s largest national park, home to vast glaciers, towering mountains and plentiful wildlife. Day 5 Haines Junction-Whitehorse Take an optional sightseeing flight or tackle another hiking trail before returning to Whitehorse. Day 9 Tok-Denali After a spectacular drive, time is available this evening for an optional sightseeing flight. Day 10 Denali National Park A guided tour into the park is included today – keep your camera handy for wildlife sightings. Day 11 Denali-Seward Travel south to Seward on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. Day 12 Seward Stretch your legs and soak up the scenery with a hike at Exit Glacier. Alternatively join an optional Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise. Day 13 Seward-Anchorage Enjoy a night in the city of Anchorage. Day 14 Anchorage Your adventure ends today. Day 6 Whitehorse-Dawson City Drive north to colourful Dawson City. Day 7 Tombstone Provincial Park Explore the rugged terrain of the Tombstones on foot. Day 8 Dawson City-Tok Cross the mighty Yukon River to the Top of the World Highway, stopping for short hikes as you drive into Alaska. discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN15 Also consider... Hiking the Rockies or Ontario Hike Drive - full details on our website Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 43
  44. 44. Passage through the Rockies Escorted holiday This comprehensive touring holiday offers an in-depth exploration of the Canadian Rockies, plus time at Blue River, the alpine resort of Whistler and the pretty city of Victoria. With a range of distinctly Canadian experiences included, there is also plenty of time available for independent adventures. Enhance your holiday with a range of pre-bookable excursions, an optional journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train from Jasper to Vancouver or a fantastic 7-night cruise extension through the Inside Passage! Contact us for full details Glacier Bay Skagway Juneau Ketchikan Blue River Jasper Lake Louise Whistler Victoria Banff Gondola © Brewster 44 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 Banff Vancouver Calgary
  45. 45. Passage through the Rockies Snapshot Escorted holiday Calgary to Vancouver Maximum group size 48 people Prices From £1,845pp (two sharing) Duration 12/19 days (11/18 nights) Accommodation Standard hotels Departures May-September Highlights Outline Itinerary Enjoy breath-taking scenery and mesmerising wildlife whilst someone else takes care of the driving Unique dining experiences including a ranch-style BBQ and a brewery dinner Tipping included throughout for your Tour Director, Driver, hotels, restaurants and activities Time available to relax, explore independently, or book your choice of optional excursions Day 1 Calgary Meet your fellow travellers at an informal Welcome Reception. Day 8 Vancouver Time to explore the harbour city of Vancouver. Day 2 Calgary-Banff Depart for the Rockies, enjoying a special dinner at the Banff Brewery this evening. Day 9 Vancouver-Whistler Take a city tour before travelling along the Sea to Sky Highway to the alpine village of Whistler. Day 3 Banff Enjoy a day at leisure or book an optional excursion in Banff National Park. Day 10 Whistler-Victoria Board the ferry to Vancouver Island. Day 4 Banff-Icefields Parkway-Jasper Journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway and take a ride in an Ice Explorer vehicle onto the Athabasca Glacier. Tonight enjoy a BBQ dinner and guided wildlife tour. Day 11 Victoria Enjoy a unique Farewell Dinner at the renowned Butchart Gardens. Day 5 Jasper At leisure in and around Jasper. Optional Inside Passage Cruise Extension Add on a memorable 7-night cruise to explore the highlights of the Inside Passage, including Alaska’s Glacier Bay, Tracey Arm and Juneau. Cruise ends in Vancouver on Day 19 Day 6 Jasper-Blue River Travel to picturesque Blue River by road, or take an alternative optional journey on the Rocky Mountaineer via Kamloops, meeting the group in Vancouver on Day 7. Day 7 Blue River-Vancouver Cruise through the glacially-fed, jade-coloured waters of Grizzly Bear Valley in search of bears before continuing to Vancouver. discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Day 12 Victoria-Vancouver Transfer back to Vancouver this morning. For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN16 Also consider... Trans Canada Odyssey or Eastern Canada Highlights - full details on our website Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 45
  46. 46. Northern Lights Winter Rockies Independent holiday Combine a 3-night stay in search of the aurora borealis at Fort McMurray - one of the best places in Canada to view this natural phenomenon – with a leisurely independent exploration of the pristine snow-covered mountain scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Fort McMurray We had a truly fantastic time, memories which will stay with us forever ✈ Jasper Vicki Sanderson - Rockies Winter Retreat, February 2013 Lake Louise Calgary Banff Aurora Borealis © Canadian Tourism Commission 46 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  47. 47. Northern Lights Winter Rockies Snapshot Independent holiday Fort McMurray to Calgary Prices From £1,020pp (two sharing) Duration 10 days (9 nights) Accommodation Standard hotels Departures November-April Highlights Over 90% chance of seeing northern lights from a purpose-built night-sky viewing centre Guided snowshoeing and ice canyon excursions in the Canadian Rockies Sleigh ride under the stars at Lake Louise Independent travel through the Rockies by scheduled coach services Outline Itinerary Days 1-3 Fort McMurray Each evening you will be transferred to a special viewing building for some memorable night-sky watching, accompanied by an experienced astronomer and photography expert. Your days are at leisure to catch up on sleep or sample some of the many winter activities on offer. Day 4 Fort McMurray-Calgary-Banff Your aurora viewing experience ends as you make your way to Calgary (flight not included). Board an express coach to the vibrant resort town of Banff, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Day 10 Lake Louise-Calgary Depart the Rocky Mountains for Calgary. As the world’s leading operator to Iceland we offer the most comprehensive selection of year round holidays available. discover-the-world.co.uk 01737 214 257 POLAR JOURNEYS If you wish to discuss your holiday an plans in person, please call to make appointment to ensure the appropriate travel specialists are available. A wide collection of small ship expedition voyages and land-based adventures in Antarctica and the Arctic including Spitsbergen. Arctic Experience Iceland. ©RTH Sigurdsson arctic-images.com Finland | Canada Iceland | Norway | Sweden | 01737 214 257 Follow us DiscoverTheWorldUK @DTW_Holidays discover-the-world.co.uk discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure to the Icehotel. Please refer to our Arctic Experience brochure for more winter holidays travel@discover-the-world.co.uk Day 7 Jasper Join a guided walk along the frozen floor of Maligne Canyon, an ancient 165 foot gorge. Self-drives including motorhomes, escorted tours, lodge retreats, cruises and special interest trips, as well as tailor-made stopovers. discover-the-world.co.uk Discover this region by car, motorhome, coach, rail or boat. We offer a full range of year round independent and escorted tours. Year round tailor-made holidays including self-drives, fjord cruises, log cabins, summerhouses and the UK’s only direct flight Front Cover: Reykjanes Peninsula, CANADA ALASKA NEW ZEALAND AUSTRALIA SCANDINAVIA Arctic Experience ICELAND GREENLAND Brochure pages: Wilddogdesign.co.uk Day 6 Banff-Jasper Take a spectacular journey through glacier country along the Icefields Parkway. Day 9 Lake Louise Spend the day at leisure exploring Lake Louise. Cover design: Jellyfish.co.uk Day 5 Banff Join a snow-shoeing excursion through the wintry landscapes of Kootenay National Park and admire the dramatic colours of Marble Canyon. Day 8 Jasper-Lake Louise Return south to Lake Louise where you will enjoy a lakeside sleigh ride. Can’t find exactly what you are looking for, let us find it for you. We can tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising itineraries or creating something bespoke. Arctic House, 8 Bolters Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2AR Our education programme offers inspiring study trips for students to Iceland, Italy, Morocco, Costa Rica, China beyond. Registered office No. 02295449 For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN17 Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 47
  48. 48. The Northwest Passage Cruise holiday Join an adventurous cruise following one of the Arctic’s most iconic routes, the elusive Northwest Passage. This expedition voyage uncovers a fascinating history of exploration, immense icebergs and the chance to see wildlife including polar bears and narwhals. The North-West Passage was done. My boyhood dream at that moment it was accomplished. A strange feeling welled up in my throat; I was somewhat over-strained and worn - it was weakness in me - but I felt tears in my eyes Roald Amundsen’s diary, August 1905 Beechey Is. Devon Is. Pond Inlet Bellot Strait Coronation Gulf Kugluktuk CANADA Kent Peninisula Baffin Bay GREENLAND Karrat Fjord Uummannaq Ilulissat Baffin Is. Kangerlussuaq Taloyoak Gjoa Haven Polar Bear © Andrew Stewart 48 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  49. 49. The Northwest Passage Snapshot Cruise holiday Toronto to Edmonton Prices From £9,030pp (two sharing) Duration 17 days (16 nights) Accommodation Sea Adventurer Departures August Highlights Beechey Island, home to 3 lonely graves from the lost Franklin Expedition Visits to isolated Inuit communities for an insight into life above the Arctic Circle Deep fjords, ancient glaciers and countless icebergs Wildlife including polar bears, narwhals, seals, musk-oxen and caribou Outline Itinerary Day 1 Toronto-Søndre Strømfjord Arriving in Kangerlussuaq from Toronto, board your ship via Zodiac and prepare to steam out of one of the longest fjords in the world. Days 2-6 West Greenland Highlights of the Greenland coast may include the remarkable ice fields of Ilulissat, possible sightings of narwhals and seals at Karrat Fjord and a visit to the enormous seabird colonies of Kap York. Day 7 Smith Sound Spend a day exploring this fabled body of water that served as the main route for explorers and adventurers searching for the North Pole. Days 8-16 Canadian Arctic and the Northwest Passage Over the coming days there will be many incredible sights, including Grise Fjord, Canada’s northernmost community, Coburg Island’s staggering array of seabird-covered cliffs, abundant wildlife on Devon Island and the melancholy scene of three lonely graves on Beechey Island, the only clue to the disappearance of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition. Other likely island stops include Bathurst, Melville and Banks, each rich in wildlife opportunities. discover-the-world.co.uk/canadabrochure Day 17 Kugluktuk-Edmonton Located at the mouth of the Coppermine river where the tundra is close to the tree line, here you may find grizzly bears, wolverines and moose, as well as tundra wildlife, such as muskoxen, caribou, foxes and wolves. Disembark the ship and board a charter flight south to Edmonton. Please refer to our Polar Journeys brochure for more Arctic voyages For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/CAN18 Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 49
  50. 50. Welcome to Alaska The vast American state of Alaska is six times the size of Britain and is home to some of the USA’s highest peaks, including Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. Alaska also boasts active volcanoes, lush rainforests, a remote Arctic frontier and an incredible 100,000 glaciers! Over 51 million acres of Alaska are preserved as National Parks, making this one of the best destinations in North America for wildlife spotting. Grizzly and black bears, caribou, moose and Dall sheep are all frequently spotted, and wolves can be heard howling through the night. Bald eagles fly overhead, whilst taking to the water you may see orcas, humpback and grey whales, sea otters and fur seals. connected by road and also by the excellent Alaskan Railroad. Alaska’s remote communities stretch out along the Aleutian Islands, lie scattered amongst the deep fjords of the Inside Passage and spread high into the Arctic Circle – many of these can only be reached by plane or by boat. The more populated South and Interior regions are home to the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska’s capital city of Juneau is accessible only by air or sea, set in a picturesque location on the edge of the Gastineau Channel in the renowned Inside Passage. A long-time favourite cruise destination, the Inside Passage is famed for its marine wildlife and spectacular icy scenery – Glacier Bay National Park is a key attraction, and The rugged mountains of Denali National Park, the calving glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park and the wildlife rich waters of Prince William Sound are all easily accessible from Anchorage, whilst Fairbanks is the gateway to the endless Arctic tundra of the Far North. Denali © State of Alaska Michael de Young 50 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 the coastal city of Sitka offers a fascinating glimpse into Alaska’s past, boasting the rare combination of totem poles standing in close proximity to a Russian Orthodox Cathedral. With a fascinating heritage combining the traditional culture of the Native Alaskans (Tlingit, Athabascans, Eskimos and Aleuts) with a strong Russian influence (Russia sold Alaska to the Americans in 1867), plus a wild frontier feel that belongs to its early goldrush days, Alaska is unlike anywhere else in North America. Pages 58-65 of this brochure provide an overview of Alaska’s key regions, offering our recommendations on top experiences and places to stay.
  51. 51. Welcome to Alaska discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 51
  52. 52. When to Visit Alaska Holidays Alaska’s wild beauty, abundant wildlife and diverse culture offer great appeal to those looking to travel off the beaten track. Our collection of holidays to Alaska includes self-drive itineraries, memorable rail journeys, wildlife holidays and scenic cruises, as well as a full tailor made service to ensure you get the most out of your Alaskan adventure. Our Accredited Alaska Specialists are on hand to help you through the booking process, from initial planning to booking flights, stopovers and all your ground arrangements. Pages 66-77 of this brochure feature a selection of Alaska holidays – you can find our full collection at discover-the-world.co.uk Grizzly Bear, Katmai NP © ATIA Chris McLennan 52 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  53. 53. When to Visit - Alaska When to go Mid-May to mid-September is the ideal time to visit this wilderness state - from late spring through to early autumn. During the height of the summer, with endless days under the glow of the midnight sun, there is plenty of time available to explore epic landscapes in search of dramatic photo opportunities and wildlife encounters. Marine life is also in abundance – over 500 humpbacks can be found in the Inside Passage during the summer, with June and July the best months to observe bubble-net feeding. Other species, including orcas, belugas and Dall’s porpoises are also commonly seen around Alaska’s coastlines from June through to September. Bear-viewing is possible in Alaska’s national parks throughout the summer, with the salmon runs of July offering the chance to witness bears congregating in larger numbers around waterfalls and rivers. As the brief summer draws to a close, autumn colours start to appear from as early as August. Many hotels and excursion companies close during the long winter season, although some northern lights viewing holidays are available throughout these dark months. discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 53
  54. 54. Getting Around Alaska Many key attractions are easily reached by road or on the excellent Alaska Railroad. With such an extensive coastline, travelling by water is sometimes the only option – unless you take to the skies in one of Alaska’s ubiquitous floatplanes. The combination of train travel the first week and independent touring in the motorhome afterwards worked really well – and the motorhome was a good option for families as we could self-cater William Gray, Travel Writer Alaska Railroad © Kerrick James 54 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  55. 55. Getting Around Alaska Self-drive Rail Journeys Cruising Alaska’s road network links the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks to scenic highlights such as the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Denali National Park. Our self-drive itineraries vary in focus and duration, and can be adapted to suit your requirements. Travel by car or by motorhome, soak up the scenery and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for wayward moose! The iconic Alaska Rail Road runs from Seward to Fairbanks, making for a relaxing and scenic journey taking in Whittier, Anchorage, Talkeetna and Denali National Park en route. This makes the train an ideal alternative to driving, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your surroundings in comfort. Rail travel in one direction can be combined with coach or rental vehicle for a comprehensive exploration of Alaska. With a coastline stretching for thousands of miles and an abundance of fjords, glaciers and marine wildlife, no visit to Alaska is complete without a trip out on the water. Enjoy a day excursion to Kenai Fjords National Park, take advantage of the extensive Alaska Marine Highway System with a scenic ferry journey across Prince William Sound, or cruise the length of the renowned Inside Passage. Air Travel Escorted Touring Flying is a way of life in Alaska: 1 person in 85 is a pilot and Anchorage’s Lake Hood is the busiest sea plane base in the world! Alaska Airlines offer a comprehensive network of domestic flights between the main cities and towns, whilst smaller regional airlines provide access to some of the state’s more remote communities. A variety of day trips can be enjoyed using helicopters, bush planes and floatplanes – the quintessential way to experience Alaska! Explore Alaska on a traditional coach tour or join with a small group for a more active exploration of the state’s natural attractions. Many of our escorted tours combine Alaska with Canada’s Yukon Territory or British Columbia, and all offer a relaxed way to travel with an experienced guide in charge, leaving you to simply sit back and enjoy your holiday. discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 55
  56. 56. Accommodation in Alaska Remote cabins provide excellent access to the Alaskan wilderness and wildlife, whilst city hotels ensure a comfortable base from which to explore. We offer a range of hotels and BBs, rustic log cabins and unique nature lodges. Both Alaskan hotels were excellent, but Gustavus Inn was just exceptional in every way Delia Heather - Glaciers, Grizzlies Whales, May 2013 Harbour Sunset © Whatbox Ventures 56 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  57. 57. Accommodation in Alaska Hotels Wilderness Lodges Hotels in Alaska range mainly from basic to standard categories, with the higher end properties found predominantly in the main cities. Elsewhere hotels can be basic but are clean and comfortable providing a welcome night’s sleep after a long day exploring the wild frontier state of Alaska. These remote properties are accessible only by boat or plane and are surrounded by the natural beauty and abundant wildlife of Alaska. From rustic log cabins to more well-appointed lodge-style properties, all offer comfort in the heart of the wilderness and an unforgettable experience. Bed Breakfasts Unique Stays Ideal for those wanting a more personal experience, Alaska’s BBs are often family homes where you will find a warm welcome and a comfortable bed. With simple facilities, some with shared bathrooms, this is a great way to meet the locals and learn more about life in Alaska. Charming clapboard buildings, Alaska’s inns are small and friendly and fall somewhere between standard hotels and more intimate BB properties. A handful of larger lodges are located just out of town, providing authentically Alaskan-style accommodation within easy reach of all amenities. Please note that, whilst accommodation in Alaska is clean and comfortable, the focus is on location and experience rather than luxury discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 57
  58. 58. Anchorage the South The central south region of Alaska stretches from the main gateway of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, east to the Canadian border via the spectacular Wrangell St Elias National Park. The glacier-strewn, wildlife-rich fjords of Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula are an unmissable draw to the south. Seward © Lisa Kyle Young Photography 58 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  59. 59. Anchorage the South City of Anchorage, marine wildlife, fjords glaciers… Anchorage Prince William Sound The state’s largest city and main air hub sits on the shore of the sparkling Cook Inlet, backed by the beautiful Chugach Mountains. Fly over or cruise through the glacier-strewn fjords and inlets of Prince William Sound, where you may spot otters, seals, orcas and humpback whales. Bear Viewing Copper Whale Inn Approximately 45 minutes by floatplane from Anchorage, Redoubt Bay is one of the most easily accessible bear viewing spots in Alaska. A home away from home in Anchorage, the Inn offers comfortable accommodation, warm Alaskan hospitality and views over Cook Inlet. Alaska Marine Highway Explore Talkeetna Take advantage of the extensive Alaska Marine Highway with a scenic ferry journey across Prince William Sound from Whittier to Valdez. Enjoy a hearty lunch at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse, before exploring this quirky hamlet’s clapboard buildings and unpaved roads. Kenai Fjords Kennicott Ghost Town Best known for marine wildlife, orcas, humpbacks, grey whales, sealions, otters and porpoises are all frequently spotted in these dramatic fjords. In the heart of the immense Wrangell-St Elias National Park, the abandoned mining town of Kennicott offers a glimpse into life in the wilderness. Alyeska Resort Alaska Railroad Just 40 miles south of Anchorage and surrounded by the spectacular mountains of Chugach State Park, this is the perfect spot to end your holiday. It’s possible to see belugas in the bay as you travel south on the train from Anchorage to Seward; or head north to Talkeetna, Denali and beyond. The boat excursions at Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords surpassed expectations with several glacier calvings, humpback whales coming up out of the water breaching and a trio of orcas swimming right under our boat! Alan Smart - Tailor made Alaska, July 2013 discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 59
  60. 60. Fairbanks the Interior Crossing the heart of Alaska is the Alaska Range, 400 miles of breathtaking mountains which include North America’s highest peak, Mt McKinley. Mt McKinley sits in Denali National Park, a vast protected area famed for its abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery. Further north lies the city of Fairbanks, the gateway to the Arctic beyond. Alaskan Interior © William Gray 60 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  61. 61. Fairbanks the Interior Mountain landscapes, outdoor adventures, wildlife encounters… Denali’s Wildlife Discover Fairbanks A guided tour into the 6-million acre, wildlife-rich wilderness of Denali National Park may reveal moose, bears, caribou and wolves. Alaska’s second largest city was founded during the goldrush in the early 1900s. Don’t miss the excellent Museum of the North. Arctic Experience Denali Backcountry Lodge Travel by bushplane across the Arctic Circle for aerial views over the Gates of the Arctic National Park and an intriguing insight into life on the tundra. Stay in a rustic wood cabin in the heart of Denali, surrounded by vast natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Midnight Sun McKinley Flightseeing Fairbanks boasts over 20 hours of sunlight daily from mid-May to July. From late August the night skies darken to reveal the northern lights. Take an unforgettable scenic flight to Mt McKinley’s cloudpiercing summit, taking in towering peaks, ancient glaciers and wildlife roaming far below. Riverboat Adventure Hot Springs Ice Bars Delve into the Athabascan Native culture as you cruise Fairbanks’ Chena and Tanana Rivers on an authentic sternwheeler riverboat. Relax in the naturally heated pools of the Chena Hot Springs, or visit the nearby Aurora Ice Museum with its very own ice bar! Alaska Salmon Bake Border Crossings Visit Fairbanks’ historic Pioneer Park, where you can sample traditional fire-grilled salmon direct from Alaska’s icy waters. Take a memorable drive along the legendary Alaska Highway, passing right through Canada’s Yukon and on to ‘mile zero’ in British Columbia. The colours in Denali National Park were absolutely incredible, from deep red-brown tundra to golden trees. We saw grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep and a coyote - the whole journey was breath-taking Lauren Brewer, Senior Travel Specialist discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 61
  62. 62. The Inside Passage Alaska’s southeast is a landscape of deep fjords and hidden inlets, scattered with rainforest-clad islands and surrounded by staggering snow-capped mountains and calving glaciers. This natural beauty is enhanced by prolific wildlife including bears, wolves, moose, whales, porpoises, sea lions, otters, eagles and numerous seabirds! Glacier Bay © All Alaska Tours 62 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  63. 63. The Inside Passage Countless glaciers, abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery… Sea Kayaking Gustavus Inn Explore this spectacular coastal region by kayak, surrounded by lush rainforest, soaring mountains, distant glaciers and a wealth of wildlife. Overlooking Icy Strait, this family-run historic homestead offers a friendly and relaxing base at the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. Whale Watching Bears of Admiralty Island Icy Strait is a busy feeding ground for humpback whales during the summer, as well as attracting orcas, sea lions, sea otters and porpoises. The Tlingít call it ‘Fortress of the Bear’ and here on this beautiful island lives the highest concentration of brown bears in the world. Inside Passage Cruise Glacier Bay Lodge Best explored from the water, a small ship expedition cruise offers the chance to really immerse yourself in this dramatic glacial wilderness. The only accommodation within the national park, Glacier Bay Lodge offers guided nature hikes, kayaking and optional cruises. Multicultural Landmarks Coastal Villages Native history is evident in the eye-catching totem poles strewn along the coast, contrasting with the onion-domed churches of Russian settlers. Accessible only by sea or by air, isolated outposts such as Sitka, Ketchikan and Petersburg provide bases from which to explore the nearby fjords. Juneau Sandwiched between mountains and sea, Alaska’s charming state capital offers easy access to Mendenhall Glacier and Tongass National Forest. Glacier Bay National Park Cruise deep fjords past towering coastal mountains as ancient glaciers calve thunderous chunks of ice into the water below. Wow is the only word I can think of. We saw the grizzlies, whales and glaciers, as well as moose, bald eagles, black bear, wolf, porpoise, sealions, seals and lots more native species Rhona Burgess - Glaciers, Grizzlies Whales, June 2013 discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 63
  64. 64. Southwest Far North Alaska Alaska’s sparsely populated southwest corner stretches across the Bering Strait, almost touching Russia. This region offers excellent bear-viewing opportunities on Kodiak Island and Katmai National Park. Equally remote is the far north, a vast expanse of tundra home to isolated communities and immense herds of wild caribou and musk oxen. Musk Oxen © ATIA Chris McLennan 64 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  65. 65. Southwest Far North Alaska Bear viewing, remote outposts, boundless wilderness… Kodiak Bears No Place Like Nome On Kodiak Island you will find around 3,000 brown bears so large (weighing up to 1,500lbs!) that they merit their own special name, Kodiak bears. Uncover a rich history of goldrush fever and Inupiaq Eskimo culture with an overnight stay in the colourful frontier town of Nome. Brooks Lodge Top of the World In the heart of Katmai, 16 rustic cabins overlook the famous Brooks Falls, where brown bears can be seen fishing for leaping sockeye salmon. Perched on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, well above the Arctic Circle, the Arctic’s largest population of Eskimos can be found at Barrow. The Aleutian Islands Katmai National Park The 1,100 mile chain of Aleutian Islands is home to some of the most isolated communities of the western world. Hike through the volcanic Valley of 10,000 Smokes, enjoy world-class fishing and come face to face with brown bears. Ice Road Adventures The Emerald Isle Made famous by ‘Ice Road Truckers’, the challenging Dalton Highway threads its way from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean. Or take the scenic flight! An hour by air from Anchorage, Kodiak Island offers lush scenery, abundant wildlife and a fascinating blend of Russian and Native history. Arctic Wildlife Pribilof Islands Under the glow of the midnight sun, grizzly bears, moose, caribou and musk oxen can be seen throughout the north’s many national parks. The volcanic Pribilof Islands boast some of the most densely-packed seabird cliffs on the planet. Alaska exceeded all expectations, but it was the bears of Katmai which moved me the most. The hours flew by as we watched them. Sometimes they were inquisitive and approached us, but mostly they were absorbed in the task of catching salmon… Maria Hitchens - Tailor made Alaska, September 2012 discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 65
  66. 66. Alaska by Rail, Road Sea Self-drive holiday Combine journeys on Alaska’s iconic Railroad, extensive ferry system and the historic Richardson Highway for a memorable and varied adventure. This itinerary takes in beautiful Denali National Park and Prince William Sound, showcasing mountains, glaciers, wildlife and wilderness. Fairbanks Surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains, Prince William Sound offers the chance to appreciate Alaska’s abundant sea life: we saw sea otters, sea lions, humpback whales, Dall’s porpoise and bald eagles! Truly spectacular! Alaska Railroad Delta Jct. Denali Park Entrance Valdez Anchorage Whittier Giota Kanellopoulou, Travel Specialist Prince William Sound © Chris McLennan 66 Glennallen Talkeetna All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 ferry
  67. 67. Alaska by Rail, Road Sea Snapshot Self-drive holiday Anchorage to Anchorage Prices From £1,218pp (two sharing vehicle and a room) Duration 8 days (7 nights) Accommodation Standard Hotels Departures May-August As with all our self-drive holidays, this itinerary can be fully tailored to suit your requirements. Highlights Experience a relaxing train journey through the wilderness on the legendary Alaska Railroad Spend a day at leisure in picturesque Valdez, surrounded by mountains and deep fjords Cross Prince William Sound on the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Drive the length of the Richardson Highway, one of Alaska’s most scenic roads Outline Itinerary Day 1 Anchorage Arrive in Anchorage for an overnight stay. Day 2 Anchorage-Denali (7.5hrs) Board the train and follow the Alaska Railroad north to Denali. Watch the mountains of the Alaska Range come into view as you approach Denali National Park. Day 7 Valdez-Whittier-Anchorage (7hrs ferry, 96kms drive) Board the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry across Prince William Sound to Whittier. Keep a camera and warm jacket handy as you may want to spend plenty of time on deck! Continue by car to Anchorage. Day 8 Anchorage Your Alaskan adventure ends today. Day 3 Denali National Park-Fairbanks (4hrs) Join a guided excursion into Denali today. Take in spectacular views and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, which may include bears, moose, herds of caribou or even a lone wolf. Later, continue by rail to the city of Fairbanks. Day 4 Fairbanks Collect your rental car and spend a day exploring Fairbanks and its surroundings, or perhaps take an optional air excursion to Alaska’s Arctic North. Day 5 Fairbanks-Valdez (586kms) Depart on the long drive down the Richardson Highway to Valdez. This was Alaska’s first highway and is renowned for its breathtaking scenery. Day 6 Valdez Join an optional wildlife cruise or enjoy the views from one of the many hiking trails accessible from town. discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/ALA1 Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 67
  68. 68. Alaska’s Natural Wonders Self-drive holiday A comprehensive exploration of wild Alaska, taking in the national parks of Denali, Kenai Fjords and Wrangell-St Elias, this holiday also includes a scenic flight over Mt McKinley, a guided hike in Alyeska’s rainforest and a cruise to the Knik River Glacier. Fairbanks I was expecting Alaska to be big on scenery and adventure - and it didn’t disappoint. But the wildlife was a real eye-opener. In just a couple of weeks, we had close encounters with everything from grizzlies, elk and caribou to humpback whales, bald eagles and sea otters William Gray, Travel Writer Bald Eagles © William Gray 68 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 Nenana Delta Jct. Denali Park Entrance Paxson Talkeetna Anchorage Glennallen Kennicott / McCarthy Palmer Girdwood Seward
  69. 69. Alaska’s Natural Wonders Snapshot Self-drive holiday Anchorage to Anchorage Prices From £2,601pp (two sharing vehicle and a room) Duration 15 days (14 nights) Accommodation Standard or Superior Hotels Departures June-August As with all our self-drive holidays, this itinerary can be fully tailored to suit your requirements. Highlights Experience Alaska from the air, the water and on foot with a range of included excursions Trek through the lush vegetation of a temperate rainforest Stay in an historic ghost town in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness Outline Itinerary Day 1 Anchorage Arrive in Anchorage for an overnight stay. excursion into Denali, a vast wilderness home to bears, moose, wolves and caribou. Day 2 Anchorage-Seward (204 kms) Drive south to the scenic Kenai Peninsula. Day 8 Denali-Fairbanks (200 kms) Make your way to Alaska’s second largest city, Fairbanks. Day 3 Seward Join a cruise through spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park. Weaving between icebergs you may spot sea lions and whales against a backdrop of glaciers. Days 9-10 Fairbanks-Kennicott (502kms drive, 30 min flight) At Chitina, board an Alaskan bushplane flight into the heart of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. A guided tour here reveals the historic highlights of Kennicott, a long-abandoned mining settlement. Take an unforgettable flight over Mt McKinley, the highest peak in North America Day 11 Kennicott-Knik River (30 min flight, 371 kms drive) Fly back to Chitina and continue by road to Knik River. Day 12 Knik River Cruise to the Knik River Glacier, watching out for icebergs and wildlife. Day 4 Seward-Girdwood (152 kms) At Girdwood take a guided hike into temperate rainforest. Day 5 Girdwood-Talkeetna (248 kms) Continue your journey north to quirky Talkeetna. Days 6-7 Talkeetna-Denali (245 kms) Enjoy a sightseeing flight over majestic Mt McKinley. The next day join a guided discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Days 13-14 Knik River-Anchorage (80 kms) Make the short drive back to Anchorage, where you can enjoy time at leisure exploring the city and its natural surroundings. Day 15 Anchorage Your holiday ends with a final morning in Anchorage. For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/ALA2 Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 69
  70. 70. More Self-drive Holidays from Discover the World Introduction to Alaska Ideal for those short on time, discover the mountains and wildlife of Denali National Park and the glaciers and marine wonders of the Kenai Peninsula. Prices from £859pp (two sharing) Departures (7 nts) May-September Highlights Take an optional cruise amongst icebergs and wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park Search for bears, moose and caribou on a guided excursion into Denali National Park Contrast of Alaska’s coastal splendours with the towering peaks of the state’s interior For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/ALA3 Denali National Park © Lauren Brewer 70 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5
  71. 71. Marvel at glaciers and marine wildlife in Prince William Sound, search for bears at Denali and explore the cities of Fairbanks and Anchorage. More Self-drive Holidays in Alaska Highlights of Alaska Highlights A memorable Alaska Marine Highway Ferry journey across scenic Prince William Sound Free time in Valdez for optional kayaking, hiking or a glacier cruise Chance to witness bears, deer and caribou roaming wild in mountainous Denali National Park Prices from £1,129pp (two sharing) Departures (8 nts) May-September For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/ALA4 Alaska in Depth BB Highlights This leisurely itinerary combines Alaska’s wellknown highlights with hidden gems, and offers the chance to meet the locals along the way at a range of cosy BBs. atch sea otters playing W in the surf and the prolific birdlife of Gull Island, Homer Meet the locals and make new friends as you stay in family-run BB accommodation Time available in Seward and Valdez to cruise in search of glaciers, icebergs and wildlife Prices from £1,592pp (two sharing) Departures (14 nts) May-September Best of the Yukon Alaska A comprehensive exploration of the wild landscapes of the north west, featuring soaring mountains, ancient glaciers, mighty rivers and remote frontier towns. Prices from £1,841pp (two sharing) Departures (14 nts) May-September For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/ALA5 Highlights Drive the stunning and aptly-named Top of the World Highway from Canada into Alaska Uncover the colourful stories of pioneering gold prospectors on both sides of the border Spot wildlife against the spectacular backdrops of Kluane and Denali National Parks For full details visit us online: discover-the-world.co.uk/ALA6 discover-the-world.co.uk/alaskabrochure Talk to the experts 01737 214 282 71
  72. 72. Glaciers, Grizzlies Whales Wildlife holiday Experience the natural beauty and prolific wildlife of the Inside Passage, from the icy wonderland of Glacier Bay to the grizzly bear haunts of Admiralty Island. Explore deep fjords and lush rainforests in search of whales, otters, sea lions and bald eagles on this unforgettable twin-centre holiday. Highlights of our holiday - seeing the whales, the bears, the wolves, a glacier calving… I could go on and on! Delia Heather - Glaciers, Grizzlies Whales, May 2013 Grizzly Bear © Suzann Julien Photography 72 All our holidays are covered by our 100% Guarantee, see pages 4-5 Glacier Bay Juneau Admiralty Island

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