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  1. 1. Canada DISCOVER THE WORLD 3
  2. 2. 2 Why choose Discover the World - see page 3 Page No. Introduction Welcome 2 Our Unique Pledge 3 Planning Your Holiday 5 Our Canada Top 10 6 Regions of Canada British Columbia 8 Alberta 10 Yukon and Manitoba 12 Ontario 14 Québec 16 Atlantic Canada 18 Canada Holidays Totem Discovery 20 Best of the East 22 Newfoundland Discovery 24 Grizzly Bear Adventure 26 Rockies Explorer 28 Yukon Winter Dream 30 Rockies Winter Retreat 32 Tailor-made Canada 34 Contents For our office opening hours please visit our website WelcomeThe world’s second largest nation is big….REALLY BIG. In fact it’s so large that many have a difficulty getting to grips with the scale of it. For example Halifax, Nova Scotia is closer to London than to its west coast relation, Vancouver. It takes 5½ hours to fly from one side of the country to the other. Put another way, Canada is nearly 38 times larger than the UK but with only half the population. This amounts to only 3½ people per square km whereas that figure for the UK is 249… When you consider that a vast amount of the population live close to the American border it’s not surprising to learn that most of Canada is almost completely devoid of us two-legged mammals! 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; Yukon’s magnificent Klondike; Manitoba’s polar bears; the excitement of major cities such as Toronto and Vancouver and the cultural diversity of its people – a list that could go on and on. This is a country that has everything you could imagine and a lot more besides. This brochure aims to provide a flavour of what Canada can offer you as a holiday destination - more detailed information is on our website. If you can’t quite find what you’re looking for then our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to assist. When travelling with Discover the World you get a truly individual service as well as an industry leading pledge which provides complete peace of mind, covering as it does: financial security, travel disruption and the promise that there will be no surcharges on the price of the holiday you book, come what may. Contact us by telephone, email or post, or visit us at our office in Banstead. We can promise you a warm and friendly welcome and might also meet Sam, our resident chocolate Labrador! Clive Stacey Managing Director and co-Founder Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia © Liz Lunnon Grizzly Bear © Tourism BC & Keith Douglas
  3. 3. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 3 3 Cape Breton Highlands National Park © Nova Scotia Tourism Bald Eagles © Tourism British Columbia 3 Our Unique Pledge Why you should book with the experts... The Specialists We are one of the UK’s leading specialist tour operators and have been so for nearly 30 years. We know what makes a good holiday and our expert knowledge combines with a commitment to personal service and a passion for all our destinations. Our team of travel specialists accredited by the Canadian Tourism Commission, is on hand to offer help and advice throughout the booking process in order to create the perfect bespoke holiday for you. This includes booking your complete holiday package, including flights and all your ground arrangements. In addition, we select our travel partners very carefully, based on the highest levels of service, value and quality, and we constantly monitor their commitment to customer satisfaction. Value for money Contrary to popular belief, it is usually less expensive to book through a tour operator than to book direct on the internet – and far more straightforward! Due to our longstanding relationships with a variety of partners we can secure rooms at key hotels at the busiest times, with excellent rates and very often special offers too. When you book with us you’ll know exactly what is included and what’s not - we don’t believe in hidden extras. We make regular checks to ensure our prices remain competitive. Price promise In the unlikely event that you should find the same holiday arrangements elsewhere at a lower price, our ‘price promise’ means we will do our best to improve on it. But bear in mind, sometimes arrangements which appear the same can be very different so we ask that you forward the details of your offer to our team, either by post or email (pricechallenge@discover- and we shall be in touch very quickly! No surcharges Once you have booked a holiday with Discover the World, and we have confirmed it, there will be no further increases regardless of what happens with Pound Sterling, world oil prices and taxes. There are no exceptions and if you are considering travelling with an alternative operator you might want to ensure you read their small print! We believe in value for money, excellent customer service and a personal touch when planning your holiday and our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team is on hand to help you every step of the way. At Discover the World your holiday is as important to us from the time you first get in touch, to the moment you return home.
  4. 4. 4 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website Booking independently – an informed choice In this day and age, it may be quite tempting to try and book your holiday independently using the Internet rather than the services of a specialist tour operator. This is of course an option, but be aware of the possible pitfalls and the potential false economy in doing so. There are various factors to take into consideration, for example assurance of quality and standards, what happens if the airline changes or cancels your flights, or the hotel room you thought you had booked becomes ‘overbooked’? What financial or consumer protection do you have and what happens if something goes wrong on holiday? You may also find that by the time you have booked all your arrangements there is little or no cost saving and you could well end up paying a lot more. Whilst of course you have a choice, these are things to take into consideration but by booking through us we can take the worry out of these eventualities by offering quality products, fully bonded and financially protected holidays with trusted ‘package holiday’ customer protection, along with peace of mind that with 24/7 round-the-clock support, we are only ever a phone call away. ABTA No.V28235042 Why you should book with the experts 3 Tombstone Territorial Park © Gov’t of Yukon Your money and customer rights are protected A key benefit of booking with a UK-based specialist operator is that you are covered by very stringent British travel industry regulations and UK legislation throughout your holiday. Our air holiday packages are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Through our AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) bond, we also offer 100% financial protection for non-flight inclusive holidays, ensuring that all money paid to us is protected no matter what. We are also members of ABTA The Travel Association (formerly the Association of British Travel Agents). Travel disruption We are proud of our excellent reputation for looking after our clients, without question, should the unexpected occur. Our ‘Travel Disruption Charter’ offers a simple and transparent guarantee. Our team of dedicated travel consultants will do everything possible to rearrange your trip should it be cancelled or if your outward flights(s) cannot operate within 24 hours of the scheduled departure time due to a range of natural events. If it is not possible to re-arrange your trip, you will receive a refund of the trip cost you have paid to us. When you are on holiday, if it becomes necessary to alter or reroute your itinerary, we will make these arrangements at no additional cost to you. In the event your scheduled return flights(s) are cancelled and it is necessary to remain in your destination, we will provide you with accommodation and meals until such time that we or the airline can make arrangements to return you home as soon as possible. For full terms and conditions just give us a call or visit our website. Reliability We select our travel partners very carefully, based on the highest levels of service, value and quality and we constantly monitor their commitment to customer satisfaction. Flexible pricing In this brochure you will find an indication of the lowest price for each holiday at the time of going to press. Up-to-date pricing is available on our website or can be obtained by calling our team of Canada Specialists. Looking after you during your holiday and when you return If there are any issues during your holiday, our 24hr assistance service is just a phone call away. And in most destinations, the aid of local agents and partners give you added peace of mind. This commitment to you does not end when you step off the aircraft; whether you have general feedback, want to discuss any aspect of your trip, recommend a restaurant, or share an unforgettable moment you’ve captured on your camera then we’re happy to hear from you.
  5. 5. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 5 Planning Your Holiday There really is so much to see and experience throughout this vast country that in order for you to get the most out of your holiday to Canada, a little planning is essential. Tailor-made holiday planning We can tailor-make any itinerary to suit your own personal requirements. However, only you know exactly what you want from your holiday, so to help us create your perfect itinerary, simply let us have an idea of your interests, timescale and budget and we’ll take care of the rest, ensuring your time away will be fun and hassle-free. See page 34 for more details. When to go Canada can be enjoyed year-round – offering a different experience every season! Spring boasts lower prices and colourful blossoms, whilst long hot summer days are perfect for independent exploration. Wildlife lovers can enjoy bear-viewing and whale-watching throughout the summer and into early autumn. Spectacular fall foliage gives way to polar bear viewing in October, and the winter months provide a chance to try dog-sledding under the northern lights. Flights The holiday prices in this brochure and on our website do not include international flights, however we will be happy to provide you with our best available airfares for your preferred routing and specific travel dates at the time of quoting for your holiday arrangements. Visit our website or call our team of Canada Specialists This brochure features just a taste of our favourite experiences and recommended itinerary suggestions – however, Canada is a destination that offers countless holiday options to suit all interests! Our website contains a much more extensive selection of holidays, from self-drives and independent city breaks to escorted coach touring and guided wildlife packages. You will also find pricing and detailed inclusions on our website, together with our insurance policy and full booking terms and conditions. If you can’t find what you are looking for then simply give us a call to discuss your plans and we can point you in the right direction, or create a bespoke itinerary just for you. “I am just writing to say what a fantastic holiday we had... From booking to returning, everything was superbly well organised... We shall certainly be using your services again.” Ian & Rhona Burgess, Polar Bear Adventure AITO Quality Statement Discover the World is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. Discover the World abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter which can be viewed at - visit the website to find out more about the Association or call 020 8744 9280. Scan with your smartphone and visit our website! Use the QR codes printed in this brochure to take you straight to our website when you scan them with your smartphone. The codes can be found on each holiday page and will link you to further information about the trip as well the current prices. You must be able to access the internet on your mobile device and it will need to be equipped with a QR code reader application, available for download at 5042 Calgary Stampede © Roger Harris Kayaking at Tofino, BC © Liz Lunnon
  6. 6. 6 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website Canada is a country of vast landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and an abundance of wildlife. Here are our top picks: The majestic Canadian Rockies boast craggy peaks, iridescent lakes and sparkling glaciers. Hit the trails in search of wildlife or simply sit back and take in the breathtaking views. The Rockies Fall Foliage The forests of eastern Canada transform in September with an impressive display of autumn colour. Throughout Ontario, Québec and the Maritime Provinces, vivid reds and eye-catching oranges make it easy to understand why the national flag features a maple leaf. Canada’s Inside Passage The west coast encompasses narrow straits, deep fjords and around 40,000 islands. Sail from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert and enjoy the scenic splendour and abundant marine wildlife of the Inside Passage. Bear Watching 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 – wildlife encounters don’t get much wilder than this. Ride ‘em, Cowboy! Release your inner cowboy with a stay on a working ranch, or experience the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’ at the annual Calgary Stampede! Our Top 10 Canada Experiences Moraine Lake © Travel Alberta Inside Passage © Tourism BC & Tom Ryan Fall Colours © Ontario Tourism Grizzly Bears, BC © Knight Inlet Lodge © Calgary Stampede
  7. 7. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 7 7 Native Culture Totem poles and inuksuit are as much a part of Canada’s landscape as the CN Tower. The indigenous First Nations people of Canada can be traced back at least 12,000 years and their traditions and culture remain strong today. Hit the Open Road Whether by car or motorhome, taste the freedom of the open road on one of Canada’s most scenic drives – choose the glaciers of the Icefields Parkway, the Cabot Trail’s rugged coastline, or cross the Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway. Winter Wonderland See a different side of Canada with a winter holiday. By day, a blanket of snow offers adventure against a pristine backdrop; after dark you can watch the northern lights streak across the night sky. Whale Watching Spend time with the world’s largest population of humpbacks off 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. Wet & Wonderful Thunderous Niagara Falls are North America’s most powerful and up- close is the only way to experience them – don’t forget your waterproof! Close by, 20% of the world’s surface fresh water can be found in the Great Lakes. YOKON MANITOBA LABRADOR NEWFOUNDLAND NOVA SCOTIA ONTARIO QUÉBEC NEW BRUNSWICK BRITISH COLUMBIA ALBERTA NORTHWEST TERRITORIES NUNAVUT Ottawa Toronto Montréal Québec City Prince Edward Island Halifax St John's Whitehorse Vancouver Calgary Winnipeg Churchill Edmonton Banff National Park © Travel Alberta Orca © Tourism BC Niagara Falls © Ontario Tourism Icefields Parkway, Alberta © Liz Lunnon Totem © Tourism BC & Tom Ryan
  8. 8. 8 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website 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 your Canadian adventure. But perhaps the region’s biggest attraction is its abundant wildlife – here you will find bears, orcas, eagles, wolves and more. The beautiful harbour city of Vancouver, is the gateway to BC, is a relaxed cosmopolitan city boasting historic districts, bustling markets, waterfront dining and wilderness parks. Enjoy the markets of Granville Island, shopping on Robson Street and a well-deserved drink on the Waterfront, then head out to Grouse Mountain to stretch your legs and enjoy the views. To the north of Vancouver lies the thriving resort town of Whistler, set amongst the spectacular Coast Mountains and renowned for ski-ing in winter and a wide range of outdoor pursuits in the summer. The Okanagan Valley in central south BC is one of Canada’s warmest regions and home to over 70 wineries, producing around 95% of the province’s wine. Centred around Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Osoyoos, the Okanagan also offers sandy lakeside beaches and resorts. Offshore, Vancouver Island is a big draw offering easily accessible wilderness with an abundance of wildlife including bears, whales, cougars and eagles. Hiking trails abound to suit all levels of fitness. Start in the quiet, attractive city of Victoria before exploring the wild coastlines of Pacific Rim National Park. Getting around is all part of the fun in BC – cycle around Stanley Park’s famous sea wall, board the Sea to Sky railway from Vancouver to Whistler, or enjoy a leisurely cruise through the scenic Inside Passage to Prince Rupert. A car or motorhome allows you to explore at your own pace, but whatever your preferred mode of transport you can be sure of fantastic views and a friendly welcome. Must Do’s Explore Vancouver’s Stanley Park by bike Cruise across Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island, keeping an eye out for orcas Stay in a remote lodge on the Pacific Coast and see grizzlies in the wild Sample the wines of the Okanagan Valley Drive the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler Watch the sun set from Grouse Mountain Pacific Rim National Park © Tourism BC
  9. 9. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 9 We recommend British Columbia Highlights Whale Watching Departing from Vancouver or Victoria, take a memorable cruise in search of whales. Orcas are frequently spotted throughout the summer months, along with minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, seals and other marine wildlife. Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience Day 1 Vancouver-Whistler Drive the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler Day 2 Whistler At leisure to enjoy the resort town’s many activities Day 3 Whistler-Sunshine Coast Enjoy a relaxing ferry journey to the Sunshine Coast Day 4 Sunshine Coast At leisure to soak up the scenery Day 5 Sunshine Coast-Quadra Island Travel by ferry to idyllic Quadra Island Day 6 Quadra Island Enjoy a memorable zodiac cruise in search of black bears in the wild Day 7 Quadra Island-Tofino Make your way to Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast Day 8 Tofino Take a whale watch cruise through Clayoquot Sound, Pacific Rim National Park Day 9 Tofino-Victoria Head to BC’s capital city, Victoria Day 10 Victoria Explore Victoria and visit the renowned Butchart Gardens Day 11 Victoria-Vancouver Return to the mainland by scenic ferry Sea to Sky Rail Journey Enjoy a breathtaking three-hour rail excursion from North Vancouver to Whistler. The route passes cities, forests, deep valleys and rugged coastlines en route to the snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountains. Meares Island Sea Kayaking Paddling out of Tofino, explore the quiet inlet waters and ancient coastal rainforest of beautiful Clayoquot Sound. Land on Meares Island for a short hike through the rainforest before returning by kayak to Tofino. Granville Market Experience Vancouver’s Granville Island Public Market houses an impressive array of mouth-watering produce. Enjoy a guided tour, with food tastings and tips on food selection and preparation, as well as insights on local restaurants and culinary highlights. Our view "Spend a few days exploring the surf- pounded beaches, lush rainforest and abundant wildlife of beautiful Pacific Rim National Park - then witness some of Canada's most spectacular sunsets!" Images © Tourism BC; Rocky Mountaineer; Jo Cooper & Pam Forrest Cedar Creek Estate Winery © Brian Sprout False Creek © Tourism Vancouver & Al Harvey
  10. 10. 10 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website Alberta Neighbouring British Columbia, Alberta’s western boundary runs through the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Consequently this diverse province boasts some of the most stunning alpine landscapes in the country, but it also offers sweeping prairies, rolling farmland, forests and lakes. Without a doubt one of Alberta’s main attractions is the awe- inspiring Banff National Park, which is the best known of the Rockies’ national parks. The magnificent scenery comprising mountain peaks, forests, glacial lakes and powerful rivers covers an area of some 6,641 sq km (2,564 sq miles). The Banff township grew up around the hot springs that were discovered here in the 1880’s and provides an excellent base from which to explore the park’s many attractions. Probably the most notable of these is Lake Louise. The striking turquoise waters backed by rising snow capped peaks provide an iconic image of the region. Between Lake Louise and Jasper the famous Icefields Parkway is a 142-mile spectacular drive through the outstanding beauty and geological features of the Canadian Rockies. The capital of Alberta is Edmonton, situated on the banks of the Saskatchewan River and home to the largest mall and entertainment centre in North America. More than just a shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall also has a giant water park, a man-made lake, a skating rink, two mini-golf courses, 21 movie theatres, a Vegas-style casino and an amusement park! Having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988, Calgary is a popular ski area during the winter season and becomes a world- class mountain biking venue in the summer. Calgary is perhaps best known for its Stampede – a 10-day festival held in July each year celebrating the rich cowboy heritage of the province. Must Do’s Enjoy views over Banff from Sulphur Mountain Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway Wear your Stetson and boots with pride at the Calgary Stampede Hike through glorious alpine scenery Rent a canoe on one of the many sparkling turquoise lakes Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park © Travel Alberta Images opposite © Rocky Mountaineer; Travel Alberta, Brewster Travel Canada & Fairmont Hotels
  11. 11. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 11 We recommend Search for Wildlife Jasper National Park offers some fantastic wildlife viewing – join an expert guide in search of bear, elk, sheep, goats, coyote, wolves, moose and other creatures, all against a spectacular mountain backdrop. Calgary Stampede Experience the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’, as Calgary celebrates its cowboy heritage with a 10-day event each July. Day 1 arrive Calgary Spend your day of arrival at leisure soaking up the Stampede atmosphere. Days 2-3 Calgary Stampede Dig out your boots, don your hat and make your own way to the Stampede Park. Two days’ admission are included, as well as a Skyride over Stampede Park, reserved seating for an afternoon’s rodeo events, and an evening at the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show. Day 4 depart Calgary Enjoy a final pancake breakfast before making your own way to the airport for your flight home. View the Northern Lights Fort McMurray is situated in Northern Alberta under the Auroral Oval, offering excellent opportunities to see the northern lights. Excursions including dog-sledding and snow-shoeing can also be enjoyed during a short winter break here. A Room with a View The Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise are surely two of Canada’s most iconic hotels. Few other properties rival their majesty, hospitality and grandeur, whilst their spectacular locations ensure world-class views. Explore on Foot Hiking trails are scattered throughout the Rockies – whether you choose a short stroll or a more strenuous guided hike, enjoy solitude amongst the breathtaking mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes that make up this incredible landscape. Rockies by Rail A rail journey from Vancouver into the heart of the Rockies is a must. Whether you choose the regular VIA Rail service or the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer, sit back and relax as you soak up the views! Set Foot on a Glacier Board a specially-designed ‘Ice Explorer’ to travel onto the Athabasca Glacier, part of the immense Columbia Icefield. Enjoy a rare opportunity to step out onto the glacier itself and stand on this powerful ancient river of ice. Our view "Allow plenty of time to explore some of the Rockies' countless walking trails - in just a few minutes you are a million miles away from the tour buses and immersed in a spectacular landscape of mountains, lakes and forests" Alberta Highlights Jasper National Park © Liz Lunnon Elk © Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Cowboy Boots © Roger Harris
  12. 12. 12 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website12 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website Yukon The Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut represent Canada’s wild north. Stretching into the Arctic Circle, here you will find rugged landscapes and a colourful history of First Nations, traders and gold prospectors. The population is small, the landscape vast and the wildlife prolific – you may spot moose and grizzly bears. The city of Whitehorse is the main gateway to the Yukon and makes for a great base from which to explore the territory, whilst further north quirky Dawson City is forever synonymous with the Klondike Gold Rush. Dawson City’s unique architecture helps to evoke a sense of a bygone era, whilst both cities retain a close-community feel and are just minutes from the surrounding wilderness. Within easy reach are national parks, mountains, lakes and rivers; iconic landmarks such as the Dempster Highway, Tombstone Territorial Park and the endless glaciers of Kluane National Park evoke images of one of the world’s last unspoiled wilderness regions. In the winter you can try your hand at dog-sledding or snowmobiling and marvel at majestic displays of the northern lights overhead. Must Do’s Take a flight over the glaciers of Kluane National Park Pan for gold at historic Dawson City Drive the famous Dempster Highway Paddle a canoe down the Yukon River Try your hand at dog- sledding Visit Whitehorse’s MacBride Museum Look out for the northern lights Our view "Seek your fortune in the Yukon's quirky gold-rush town of Dawson City - and then lose it all again during an entertaining evening at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino!" Tombstone Territorial Park © Gov’t of Yukon & F Mueller Northern Lights © Yukon Tourism
  13. 13. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 13 Manitoba Located in central Canada, along with Saskatchewan, Manitoba’s landscapes are diverse. From the prairie grasslands in the south and west to the east’s countless lakes and forests, with a wild north stretching into sub-Arctic tundra. The gateway to Manitoba is the city of Winnipeg, originally an important trading post for First Nation people dating back thousands of years. From Winnipeg it is possible to travel to excellent fishing and birdwatching areas throughout the province. But undoubtedly the biggest draw to Manitoba is the tiny frontier town of Churchill, perched on the edge of Hudson Bay. In the summer the bay attracts the unusual white beluga whales in their thousands, whilst every October the region is transformed into the polar bear capital of the world. The polar bears congregate on the tundra as they wait for the ice in the bay to freeze over, offering a rare chance to view the world’s largest land predators in their natural habitat. Must Do’s Browse Winnipeg’s Forks Market for souvenirs Dig out your binoculars for abundant birdlife Snorkel with belugas in Hudson Bay Come face to face with polar bears from the safety of a tundra buggy Check out Churchill’s polar bear jail We recommend Polar Bear Kingdom We offer a number of polar bear viewing holidays; this sample itinerary includes two full days on the tundra. Day 1 Winnipeg Enjoy a welcome reception. Day 2 Winnipeg-Churchill Explore Winnipeg before flying to Churchill. Day 3 Churchill First full day tundra buggy tour in search of polar bears and other wildlife. Day 4 Churchill Enjoy a guided tour of Churchill and time at leisure. Day 5 Churchill-Winnipeg Second full day tundra buggy tour before flying back to Winnipeg. Day 6 Winnipeg Depart for the airport after breakfast. Tundra Buggy © Robert Taylor
  14. 14. 14 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website Ontario Canada’s second largest province is over one million square miles, stretching from the Great Lakes on the US border to the icy shores of Hudson Bay. Much of the north is relatively inaccessible, in contrast to the south which is home to Toronto, Ottawa and the famous Niagara Falls. Toronto is one of North America’s most dynamic cities, the financial and commercial centre of Canada, with a cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants, fine art museums, suave café bars, luxury stores, and the world’s second tallest free-standing structure, the CN Tower. The twin attractions of the mighty Niagara Falls and picturesque Niagara-on- the-Lake are both within easy reach of the city, as are countless wineries and orchards. Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, boasts splendid gothic Parliament Buildings rising majestically over the Ottawa River and a feast of national history and stately architecture for visitors to uncover. Each winter the Rideau Canal freezes over, making a unique outdoor ice-rink, whilst in spring the city is ablaze with tulips. And don’t miss ByWard Market for a unique shopping experience. The 1000 Islands region is well worth a visit – here, scattered along the St Lawrence River, lie countless islands, lighthouses, maritime museums and castles. Beautiful scenery and a fascinating history can be enjoyed from the comfort of one of many boat trips available in the area. Rural Ontario also has much to offer, with over 900 lakes making up the scenic Muskoka region. Also known as ‘cottage country’, this is where Ontarians come for a weekend escape. Nearby Algonquin Provincial Park is another highlight not to be missed, offering an easily accessible taste of Canadian wilderness. Renowned for its extensive networks of lakes, rivers and streams, forests of maple and pine trees, and abundant wildlife, this is one of the best places in Canada to spot the elusive moose. Must Do’s Board the Maid of the Mist for a close-up view of Niagara Falls Paddle the picturesque waterways of Algonquin Provincial Park Enjoy the sweeping views from the top of Toronto’s CN Tower Watch the Sound & Light show on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill Sample local wines at Niagara-on-the-Lake Ottawa © Ontario Tourism
  15. 15. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 15 We recommend Ontario Highlights Maid of the Mist Experience thundering Niagara Falls from this thrilling boat trip which takes you to the very edge of the 167- foot wall of water. Don’t forget your waterproofs! Toronto from Above Until 2007 Toronto’s CN Tower was the world’s tallest building, and is still the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. Dare to risk the EdgeWalk – or simply enjoy the 360o views from the restaurant! Ontario’s Wineries & Resorts Explore Ontario’s highlights with this relaxing self-drive. Day 1 Toronto Arrive; remainder of the day at leisure. Day 2 Toronto-Niagara Falls Drive to Niagara Falls, where you will experience the Maid of the Mist cruise to the base of the falls. Day 3 Niagara-on-the-Lake Visit this beautiful town of parks, gardens, historic sites and award- winning wineries. Day 4 Niagara Falls-Huntsville Travel north through Ontario’s renowned cottage country to the beautiful Deerhurst Resort. Day 5 Huntsville, Muskoka at leisure to enjoy the tranquil Muskoka region. Day 6 Huntsville-Toronto Return to Toronto. Ice-Wine Tastings Enjoy a guided tour of Niagara’s wineries, featuring a gourmet lunch, tastings at three wineries and the chance to try Ontario’s famous ice-wine, produced by harvesting frozen grapes. Algonquin Provincial Park Rent a canoe and experience Canadian wilderness at its best – soak up the silence and keep your eyes peeled for moose as you make your way through this tranquil park. Ottawa Sightseeing Familiarise yourself with the capital city on an open top bus tour! Take in Parliament Hill, Notre Dame Basilica, the RCMP Museum and famous ByWard Market. Finish with a cruise on the Rideau Canal. Our view "Take a refreshingly different perspective of a Canadian icon with a memorable helicopter flight over the mighty Niagara Falls, then head to picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake to celebrate with some locally produced wines" Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake © Ontario Tourism Images © Clive Stacey; Ontario Tourism & Lauren Brewer Fall colours © Ontario Tourism
  16. 16. 16 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website Québec French-speaking Québec is a vast province renowned for its thriving culture, cuisine and entertainment. Its attractive cities lie scattered along the shores of the St Lawrence River, originally a key trading route and now perhaps better known for its surprising marine-life. Québec City is the provincial capital and is renowned for its blend of European charm in a New World setting. The distinctive fairy-tale architecture of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and the turbulent origins of Battlefields Park give the city a strong sense of history, and, as the only fortified city in North America, Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further south lies Montréal, the world’s largest French-speaking city outside of Paris. Located on an island at the confluence of the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, Montréal’s Old Port offers a wealth of water-based activities. Excellent shopping, dining and nightlife give the city a real contemporary buzz, and Montréal regularly hosts international festivals and sporting events. Connecting the two cities is the mighty St Lawrence River, the gateway to the Great Lakes and a key part of Québec’s early fur-trading success. The river also has a surprising secret: here you can find as many as 13 different species of whales, including the eye-catching white beluga and the huge blue whale. The picturesque village of Tadoussac, situated at the confluence of the spectacular Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence, is the main base for whale watching excursions. Québec is also renowned for its winter sports - Mont Tremblant is a world class ski-resort, but other snow activities are available throughout the province, including dog-sledding, snow- shoeing and snowmobiling. Québec even has its own Ice Hotel, the perfect place to sleep for a truly memorable winter break. Must Do’s Wander the cobbled streets of Old Québec Cruise Saguenay Fjord in search of beluga whales Take in views of Montréal from the top of Mt Royal Sample the local delicacy of ‘poutine’ – chips, cheese and gravy! Uncover the fascinating maritime history of the St Lawrence River Explore Québec’s wilderness in the Laurentian Mountains or the Gaspé Peninsula Île Le Pot du Phare © MTOQ & Marie-Andrée Delisle © Oleg Shelomentsev
  17. 17. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 17 We recommend Whale Watching on the St Lawrence The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park around Tadoussac offers exceptional whale watching during the summer. Join a cruise in search of beluga, minke, fin, humpback and even the mighty blue whale, as well as dolphins, porpoise and seals. Discover Montréal & Québec City Experience two of French-speaking Canada’s most vibrant cities. A 3-night stay in Montréal offers plenty of time to take in the key attractions, with a full day trip to Québec City providing an historic insight into this multi- cultural province. Day 1 Montréal Upon arrival in Montréal your day is at leisure to explore the city. Day 2 Montréal Join a half-day guided tour of the city’s key icons, taking in the Notre Dame Basilica, St. Joseph’s Oratory, Old Montréal, the French Quarter and Mt. Royal. Day 3 Montréal - Québec City - Montréal Enjoy a full-day tour to Québec City, with time to explore its narrow streets, charming shops and numerous historical treasures. Stop at the impressive Montmorency Falls on the way back to Montréal. Day 4 Montréal Depart Montréal today. Historic Québec From World Heritage-listed Québec City, via the maritime museums of the St Lawrence, to the beautiful 17th century buildings of Old Montréal, it’s not just the language that makes you think you are in Europe. Take time to delve into Québec’s fascinating past. Wilderness Retreat Just 2 hours from both Montréal and Québec City, secluded Hôtel Sacacomie sits in the heart of the forest, overlooking Lake Sacacomie. Enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities or simply relax and enjoy the peace of the wilderness. Food Glorious Food Take a walking tour with a difference in Québec City, with a focus on flavour. Sample local produce, influenced by Amerindian, British and French cuisines, and enjoy Québec City’s beautiful architecture at the same time! Our view "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." Québec Highlights Images © Ministère Du Tourisme Du Québec; Hôtel Sacacomie; Fairmont Hotels; Canadian Tourism Commission Tulips in Montréal © Liz Lunnon Montréal © Vladone
  18. 18. 18 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website Newfoundland and Labrador boasts a colourful history incorporating marauding Vikings, indigenous Beothuck Indians and Basque whalers. This fascinating past is still in evidence today in a wealth of historic sites and museums throughout the province, such as the Norse village of L’Anse aux Meadows, whilst countless lighthouses stand testament to the mariners and fishermen that continue to brave these waters. The World Heritage Sites of Gros Morne and Torngat Mountains National Parks offer spectacular scenery and wildlife and provide a real sense of the remoteness of this awe-inspiring part of Canada. Icebergs are regularly sighted in the ocean here as spectacular structures up to ten thousand years old float south from the Arctic, following a route known as ‘Iceberg Alley’. Nova Scotia is almost entirely surrounded by water and the character of this province is greatly influenced by its seafaring past. Fishing is a major industry and lovers of seafood will not be disappointed here. Halifax is the largest city in the Maritimes, providing a good contrast to the nearby fishing villages of Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg, whilst to the east the Cabot Trail is justifiably rated as one of Canada’s most scenic drives. Just across the Bay of Fundy, famed for having the highest tides in the world, lies the province of New Brunswick. Around 85% of New Brunswick is covered in forest – pine, maple and birch – making for some fantastic fall colours. Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, is renowned for its lush landscapes - red sand beaches, rolling farmland and azure seas. Boasting a lengthy Atlantic coastline, the region as a whole is renowned for whale-watching, with large pods of humpback, minke, sperm and blue whales frequenting these waters each summer. Bird life is also in abundance, including puffins, petrels and razorbills, as well as hawks and ospreys. Must Do’s Marvel at the world’s highest tides at the Bay of Fundy Keep your eyes peeled for icebergs off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast Delve into Nova Scotia’s maritime history Go whale watching amongst the world’s largest population of humpbacks Explore ‘Anne of Green Gables’ fictional home on Prince Edward Island Atlantic Canada Coastal charm exudes from the three provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island that comprise the Maritimes, whilst rugged Newfoundland and Labrador make up Canada’s most easterly province. Picture perfect villages, a wealth of nautical history, rugged coastal scenery and rolling landscapes help to make this a very popular region for visitors. Gros Morne National Park © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism / Barrett & MacKay
  19. 19. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 19 We recommend Atlantic Canada Highlights Picturesque Villages Join a tour from Halifax to visit the charming fishing village of Lunenburg, with its eye-catching architecture, or Peggy’s Cove - perched on the rugged Atlantic shoreline, home to the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Celtic Trail Explore the highlights of Nova Scotia, from historic Halifax to the breathtaking splendour of the Cabot Trail. Tiny fishing villages, local galleries and quirky museums hug the coast, whilst the Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers a wealth of scenic hiking opportunities. Day 1 Halifax Arrival. Day 2 Halifax A full day to explore the city – visit the Halifax Citadel and York Redoubt, a 200 year old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour. Day 3 Halifax-Baddeck, Cape Breton Island Drive to Cape Breton Island, a tiny piece of Scotland in North America. Day 4 Baddeck & the Cabot Trail Enjoy awe- inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Day 5 Baddeck & Louisbourg Visit the living museum of the Fortress of Louisbourg and Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Day 6 Baddeck-Halifax Return to Halifax along the Bras d’Or Lakes Drive. Day 7 Halifax depart Nova Scotia. World Heritage Sites Atlantic Canada boasts four World Heritage Sites: the 11th- century Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows; Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland; Nova Scotia’s picturesque Old town Lunenburg and the fascinating Joggins Fossil Cliffs. Whale Watching During the summer the waters around Atlantic Canada welcome humpbacks, orcas, fin and minke whales, harbour porpoises, dolphins and seals. Sail from Newfoundland or explore the Bay of Fundy, but don’t miss the chance for an epic encounter with a cetacean! Coastal Voyages Explore remote Newfoundland and Labrador’s wild coastline on an expedition voyage, taking in the highlights from the ‘Spirit Mountains’ of Torngat Mountains National Park, via the abandoned Inuit settlement of Okak to the renowned Viking site of L’Anse aux Meadows. Our view "If you've not seen some of Canada's more elusive creatures in the wild then a trip to Nova Scotia's excellent Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park could be the answer - here you can find black bear, moose, wolves and cougars" Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick © Canadian Tourism Commission Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia © Liz Lunnon Images © Liz Lunnon; Wildland Tours; Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism / Barrett & MacKay; Adventure Canada
  20. 20. 20 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website Totem Discovery This comprehensive itinerary takes in the wildlife of Vancouver Island, the magnificent waterways of the Inside Passage and the spectacular mountains of the Canadian Rockies. Drive the famous Icefields Parkway, spot black bears and orcas and enjoy vivid sunsets on the rugged Pacific Coast. © April Point Resort & Spa, Quadra Island Fact File The Route Self-drive 15 nights May-Sep Who for? Those with time to appreciate an in-depth discovery of BC and Alberta Prices from around £1,656 per person (twin share) Inclusions Itinerary includes Vancouver Island, the Inside Passage and the Canadian Rockies A range of excursions including bear- watching cruise in Desolation Sound and Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier Entry to Butchart Gardens and the Banff Upper Hot Springs Travel documents including maps, itinerary and driving directions Port Hardy Prince Rupert Smithers Prince George Jasper Campbell River Victoria Vancouver Whistler Tyax Resort Kamloops Lake Louise Banff 7236(//(5 6(/)'5,9(,7,1(5$5 3 Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary - see page 5 for details.
  21. 21. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 21 Vancouver Island © Liz Lunnon Black Bear © Tourism BC Tom Ryan Peyto Lake © Jo Cooper Day 1 Vancouver-Victoria Collect your rental car and take the scenic ferry to Vancouver Island. Visit the Butchart Gardens before continuing into the charming harbour city of Victoria. Day 2 Victoria-Quadra Island Make your way north to Campbell River and board the ferry to Quadra Island for a 2-night stay. Day 3 Quadra Island Today cruise through breathtaking Desolation Sound and enjoy the majesty of Toba Inlet to seek out black bears in their natural habitat. You may also spot sea lions, dolphins, eagles, timber wolves, deer and more. Day 4: Quadra Island-Port Hardy Take the ferry back to Vancouver Island and continue your journey north to the fishing community of Port Hardy. Day 5 Port Hardy-Inside Passage-Prince Rupert Embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of Canada’s Inside Passage. During the 15- hour ferry crossing, a wonderful array of snow capped mountains combined with rich forests provides a background for a series of dramatic fjords. Day 6 Prince Rupert-Smithers Follow the Yellowhead Highway to Smithers. Day 7 Smithers-Prince George Continue to Prince George, the largest service centre for northern British Columbia. Day 8 Prince George-Jasper Follow mountain passes and raging rivers as you wind your way to Jasper. Day 9 Jasper Explore this mountain village close to many scenic highlights, including much- photographed Maligne Lake. Day 10 Jasper-Banff Your scenic drive today takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies, via the famous Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier and sparkling Lake Louise. Day 11 Banff A full day at leisure to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Enjoy a ride on the Banff Gondola for panoramic views of the Bow Valley. Day 12 Banff-Sun Peaks Resort Cross the continental divide in Yoho National Park and continue west through Glacier National Park to the ski resort town of Sun Peaks. Day 13 Sun Peaks-Gold Bridge Follow the old Gold Rush Trail to Tyaughton Lake, Gold Bridge. Day 14 Gold Bridge A full day at leisure to take advantage of the resort’s many activities; from horseback riding and fly fishing to gold panning, mountain biking or floatplane adventures. Day 15 Gold Bridge-Whistler Make your way to the scenic mountain village of Whistler for an overnight stay. Day 16 Whistler-Vancouver Follow the Sea to Sky Highway south and return rental car. Also consider Majestic Rockies by Rail Road (6-night self-drive tour) Ultimate Pacific Coast Experience (10-night self-drive tour) Rockies Circle (10-night escorted tour) For further details please refer to our website or give us a call! The Itinerary “I am getting in touch to thank you for all the arrangements you put in place which all worked like a dream... Thank you once again for all your help and expertise.” Peter Carolyn Stott, Tailor-made Self-drive
  22. 22. Around Iceland Highlights xxxxxxx 22 All our holidays are bound by our Terms Conditions, which can be found on our website Best of the East The neighbouring provinces of Ontario and Québec are the ideal setting for a self-drive holiday, with countless highlights showcasing Canada’s diverse culture, history, scenery and wildlife. From the thundering waterfalls of Niagara to the tranquil lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park, and the cosmopolitan city of Toronto to the old-world charm of Québec this excellent 2-week package offers a wealth of contrasts. Fact File The Route Self-drive 14 nights May-Sep Who for? Those looking for city highlights and natural wonders Prices from around £1,466 per person (twin share) Inclusions Leisurely discovery of Ontario Québec’s key attractions Visit the diverse cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City Experience Niagara’s Maid of the Mist and cruise the 1000 Islands Explore beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park and the Laurentian Mountains Travel documents including maps, itinerary and driving directions. Toronto © Ontario Tourism Toronto Kingston Montréal Mont Tremblant Ottawa Algonquin Park Huntsville Québec City Niagara Falls 3 Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary - see page 5 for details.
  23. 23. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 23 Please note xxxx Québec City © Fairmont Hotels Mont Tremblant Resort © Ministère Du Tourisme Du Québec Niagara Falls © Clive Stacey Day 1 Toronto Collect your rental car on arrival and make your way to your city hotel. Day 2 Toronto A day at leisure. Relax on Toronto’s waterfront and visit the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum or the Art Gallery of Ontario. Day 3 Toronto-Niagara Falls Drive to Niagara Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Here experience the amazing thundering falls while riding on the Maid of the Mist, which takes you to the foot of the 167-foot curtain of water. Day 4 Niagara Falls-Algonquin Provincial Park Today’s drive takes you north through Ontario’s ‘cottage country’. Day 5 Algonquin Provincial Park Explore forests, lakes and rivers on foot or by canoe, keeping an eye out for moose and other wildlife. Day 6 Algonquin Provincial Park-Ottawa Depart for the nation’s capital, Ottawa. Day 7 Ottawa In the heart of the city, rising dramatically from a bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, are the Parliament Buildings of Canada – boasting a sound and light show throughout the summer. Other attractions include the ByWard Market, the Rideau Canal and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Day 8 Ottawa-Mont Tremblant Head into Québec to the jewel of the Laurentian Mountains, the attractive resort village of Mont Tremblant. Day 9 Mont Tremblant- Québec City Make your way via Trois Rivieres to fascinating Québec City. Day 10 Québec City Enjoy a walking tour of the old city. With its cobblestone streets, fortified city wall (one of a kind in North America), and 17th century architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is complimented by artisan shops, cafes, landscaped parks and numerous monuments. Day 11 Québec City-Montréal Follow the St. Lawrence River south to Montréal. Day 12 Montréal Tour some of Montréal’s numerous sites of interest, including the Notre Dame Basilica and Mt. Royal, before sampling some of the fine cuisine the city is renowned for. Day 13 Montréal-Kingston Take a short cruise of the scenic 1000 Islands then continue to Kingston, once the capital of Canada, superbly located where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence at the southern end of the Rideau Canal. Day 14 Kingston-Toronto Spend a leisurely day making your way back to Toronto. Day 15 Toronto Your tour concludes today. Also consider Ontario Wineries Resorts (5-night self-drive tour) Québec Winter Adventure (5-night independent winter break) Eastern Canada Highlights (8-night escorted tour) For further details please refer to our website or give us a call! “Ottawa is a charming city with some fantastic architecture... and I loved the Rideau Canal – we will definitely have to return in the winter months to skate on the world’s largest ice rink!” Lauren Brewer, Canada Specialist The Itinerary
  24. 24. Around Iceland Highlights xxxxxxx 24 All our holidays are bound by our Terms Conditions, which can be found on our website Newfoundland Discovery This leisurely itinerary takes in two World Heritage Sites as well as remote coastal villages, abundant wildlife and beautiful national parks. Visit North America’s most easterly point, search for whales and explore remote fishing villages. Marvel at ancient icebergs floating through Iceberg Alley, gain an insight into Viking legend at L’Anse aux Meadows and hike in spectacular Gros Morne National Park. Salvage © Rachel Crabbe L’Anse aux Meadows Main Brook Twillingate Lewisporte Bonavista Trinity St. Johns Bay Bulls Neddies Harbour Little Rapids Inclusions In-depth exploration of little-visited Newfoundland Whale watching cruise at Bay Bulls Time to enjoy two World Heritage Sites, L’Anse aux Meadows and Gros Morne National Park Chance to see icebergs at Twillingate’s Iceberg Alley Travel documents including maps, itinerary and driving directions Fact File The Route Self-drive 15 nights Jun-Sep Who for? Those wanting to get off the beaten track Prices from around £1,597 per person (twin share) 3 Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary - see page 5 for details.
  25. 25. xxxxx Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 25 Gros Morne National Park © Newfoundland Labrador Tourism Day 1 St. John’s Arrive in St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle. The rest of the day is at leisure. Day 2 St. John’s Enjoy a morning sightseeing in St. John’s. Drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views and take a trip out to Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America. Day 3 St John’s-Avalon Peninsula- St John’s Drive to Bay Bulls to take a boat excursion to see whales and the Atlantic puffin - if you are lucky you may even spot an iceberg. Day 4 St John’s-Bonavista Peninsula- Trinity Explore the Bonavista Peninsula en route to Trinity. Day 5 Trinity Explore the enchanting village of Trinity with its restored white and pastel coloured clapboard houses. Day 6 Trinity-Port Rexton-Trinity Venture to Port Rexton today and hike the Skerwink Trail. This easy walking trail will take you along the rugged coastline for spectacular views of the surrounding villages set against the ocean. Day 7 Trinity-Twillingate-Lewisporte Drive via Terra Nova National Park, home to numerous walking trails. Continue to Twillingate, where you may be lucky enough to see huge icebergs as they travel along Iceberg Alley, heading south from the Arctic. Day 8 Lewisporte-Gros Morne National Park Make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park. The park is spectacular, populated by tiny villages, bare-topped mountains and forests populated by moose and caribou. Day 9 Gros Morne National Park Visit the village of Rocky Harbour and take a short hike to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse. Ensure you also make time to walk the Lookout Trail which provides panoramic views of the park. Day 10 Gros Morne National Park- Main Brook Travel to Main Brook via Port Au Choix National Historic Site, where three ancient cemeteries of the Maritime Archaic People were discovered. The Visitor Centre gives great background to this culture with exhibits and artefacts. Day 11 Main Brook-L’Anse aux Meadows-Main Brook Today visit the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, comprising the remains of the earliest European settlement in the Americas. The colony of Vinland was excavated in the 1960s, and today you can explore full scale replicas of the original Norse buildings. Day 12 Main Brook-Humber Valley Make your way back down the peninsula to an oasis in the Humber Valley. This stunning area offers numerous activities and dining options. Day 13 Humber Valley A day of relaxation in this spectacular setting. Day 14 Humber Valley-Lewisporte Make your way back across the island to central Newfoundland. Day 15 St. John’s The return journey to St. John’s is rewarded with a final evening in the city. Day 16 St. John’s Return your rental car and depart St. John’s . Also consider Essential Newfoundland (6-night self-drive tour) Newfoundland Adventure (7-night small group tour) Greenland and Wild Labrador (13-night expedition voyage) For further details please refer to our website or give us a call! “All accommodations were extremely friendly and comfortable, but the highlights were the whale sightings and boat trips. The holiday has been one of my most enjoyable, informative and relaxing experiences.” Jay Barrett, Newfoundland Adventure The Itinerary Terra Nova National Park © Simon Crabbe St John’s © Newfoundland Labrador Tourism / Barrett MacKay
  26. 26. 26 All our holidays are bound by our Terms Conditions, which can be found on our website Grizzly Bear Adventure at Knight Inlet Knight Inlet is a spectacular fjord carved by glaciers in British Columbia’s coastal mountains. This pristine wilderness is renowned for its excellent grizzly bear viewing, and a memorable stay at Knight Inlet Lodge offers a chance to see these fascinating animals in their natural habitat. This package is available as 2, 3 or 4-night options including an overnight stay in Campbell River (Vancouver Island) on Day 1. We can also arrange air transfers from Vancouver to Campbell River. Port Hardy Campbell River Vancouver Knight Lodge Inlet Inclusions Accommodation at remote Knight Inlet Lodge, British Columbia Floatplane transfers from Campbell River Bear viewing tour and scenic boat trip Services of an expert wildlife guide Fact File The Route Wildlife holiday 2-4 nights May-Oct Who for? Those wanting close encounters with British Columbia’s incredible wildlife Prices from around £760 per person (twin share) 3 All images © Knight Inlet Lodge Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary - see page 5 for details.
  27. 27. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 27 Day 1 Campbell River Head to Campbell River on Vancouver Island’s east coast. The township of Campbell River lies on the shore of Discovery Passage and boasts views out past Quadra Island towards the rugged Coast Mountain range of mainland BC. Day 2 Campbell River-Knight Inlet This morning you will be transferred to the Campbell River Float Plane dock for your scenic flight over to Knight Inlet Lodge. You will be given a welcome orientation session providing details of the wildlife viewing that lies ahead. Later you will join an excursion to see the grizzly bears – this may be by boat or to specially designed viewing platforms, depending on the season and the location of the bears. Grizzly bears come out of hibernation in spring and can be seen from the safety of a boat as they feed on the banks of Glendale Cove in Knight Inlet. Their diet here consists mainly of sedge grasses, mussels and barnacles. Later in the season, during the autumn, you can enjoy the incredible spectacle of the bears feeding on salmon as they return to the Glendale River for spawning. A specially constructed platform allows for the best possible viewing of this event, one of nature’s truly great wildlife sights. During your stay at Knight Inlet Lodge there may also be time for kayaking, guided hiking, a scenic boat trip and the chance to spot bald eagles and other bird life. Whilst a 1-night stay will be rewarding, this will only allow time for a short boat cruise in addition to the bear watching excursion. We strongly recommend spending 2 or 3 nights at the lodge in order to immerse yourself in this great wilderness and maximise your wildlife-spotting opportunities. Day 3: Knight Inlet-Campbell River Return to Campbell River by float plane, to continue your Canadian adventure. Also consider Great Bear Rainforest Cruise (8-night sailing cruise) Grizzlies and Orcas of Vancouver Island (5-night wildlife holiday) Polar Bear Kingdom (5-night wildlife holiday) For further details please refer to our website or give us a call! Please note We can also offer packages to include return flights from Vancouver to Campbell River. 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. “It was fantastic. Wildlife exceeded all expectations; saw seals, porpoises, dolphins and killer whales... Also had many black and grizzly bears, eagles, otters, mink, osprey and kingfishers. The whole thing was excellent.” John D, Grizzly Bear Adventure at Knight Inlet The Itinerary
  28. 28. 28 All our holidays are bound by our Terms Conditions, which can be found on our website Rockies Explorer Lakes, mountains and wildlife abound on this escorted holiday. Our APT Premium Plus coach tours include flexible dining and excursion options, as well as the extra comfort of the Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service. Experience the unique geography and wildlife of the Pacific Coast and Rocky Mountains with your fellow-passengers, whilst someone else takes care of the driving. If time permits, consider our 19-day extended tour which includes a 7-night cruise through Alaska’s incredible Inside Passage. Banff © Liz Lunnon Vancouver Whistler Sun Peaks Ketchikan Juneau SkagwayGlacier Bay Jasper Lake Louise BanffKamloops Victoria Inclusions Escorted touring through the highlights of British Columbia and Alberta Rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service Choice of included activities in Victoria and Banff Choice of dining options in Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff Excursions including Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier Option to extend with a 7-night Alaska cruise 5* accommodation and the services of a Tour Director Fact File The Route Escorted 11-18 nights Apr-Sep Who for? Those wanting to enjoy premier touring with like-minded travellers Prices from around £3,695 per person (twin share) 3 Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary - see page 5 for details.
  29. 29. xxxxx xxxxx Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 29 Day 1 Vancouver Arrive and join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening. Day 2 Vancouver Enjoy a sightseeing tour, taking in the Waterfront, historic Gastown and Stanley Park. The rest of the day is at leisure. Day 3 Vancouver-Kamloops Board the Rocky Mountaineer train and relax in your GoldLeaf coach as you pass the fields of Fraser Valley and follow the Thompson River to Kamloops. Day 4 Kamloops-Banff Rejoining the Rocky Mountaineer, journey through vast ranchlands to Rogers Pass. Cross over the Continental Divide into Banff National Park. Day 5 Banff Enjoy a sightseeing tour then join your preferred choice of activity. Choose from a helicopter ride over the Rockies, a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs, Bow River float trip or a cruise on Lake Minnewanka. Day 6 Banff-Lake Louise Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views. Then head to Lake Louise, a beautiful aqua lake set against the backdrop of Victoria Glacier. Settle in then take a guided stroll before dining in your choice of restaurant. Day 7 Lake Louise-Jasper Journey along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s great scenic drives. Stop at the giant Columbia Icefield, take a ride in a specially designed Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier, where you can set foot on the ice. A choice of dining options is available tonight. Day 8 Jasper-Sun Peaks Re-entering the province of British Columbia, travel to the alpine village of Sun Peaks. Day 9 Sun Peaks-Whistler Follow the tracks of early gold rush pioneers to the adventure playground of Whistler. Day 10 Whistler- Victoria Return to the coast and board the ferry for a scenic cruise through the Georgia Strait. Spend the evening at leisure exploring the charming city of Victoria. Day 11 Victoria Visit the world- renowned Butchart Gardens for a unique breakfast before picking your choice of afternoon activity: watch whales off Vancouver Island, experience a seaplane flight or take a guided walking tour of the town. Day 12 Victoria-Vancouver Transfer by ferry and road to the airport for your flight home. 19-day tour guests will board the cruise ship for an incredible voyage into Alaska’s Inside Passage. Alaska Cruise Extension Extend your adventure with a 7-night luxury voyage through Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage. Cruise through deep fjords and past immense glaciers to experience highlights such as: · Glacier Bay National Park · Hubbard Glacier · College Fjord · Juneau · Ketchikan · Skagway The cruise finishes in Vancouver on day 19 of your holiday. Please refer to our website or contact us for full details and prices. Also consider Rockies Marvel (10-night escorted tour) North to Alaska (11-night small group tour) Eastern Canada Niagara (9-night escorted tour) For further details please refer to our website or give us a call! “The colours and diversity of flowers in Vancouver Island’s Butchart Gardens took my breath away, from lilies to orchids to gazanias, from yellow to pink to multi coloured. I could have stayed there all day!” Jo Cooper, Canada Specialist The Itinerary Butchart Gardens © Jo Cooper © Rocky Mountaineer
  30. 30. 30 All our holidays are bound by our Terms Conditions, which can be found on our website Yukon Winter Dream Experience true winter adventure in Canada’s wild far north as part of a small group. From the ‘wilderness city’ of Whitehorse to the vast mountainous landscape beyond, the Yukon Territory is perfectly designed as a winter playground. An action-packed 4-night stay in Whitehorse offers the chance to enjoy snowmobiling and dog-sledding, and, conditions permitting, a spectacular display of the northern lights. xxxxx Whitehorse Watson Lake Dawson City Eagle Plains Inclusions Comfortable hotel accommodation in Whitehorse Sightseeing flight over Whitehorse and surrounding area Dog-sledding and snowmobiling tours Visits to Takhini Hot Springs and Yukon Wildlife Preserve Chance to see Aurora Borealis at Fish Lake Fact File The Route Small group escorted (4-9 people) 4 nights Jan-Mar Who for? Those wanting an adventurous winter escape in the Yukon Prices from £1,135 per person (twin share) 3 Dog-Sledding © Gov’t of Yukon Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary - see page 5 for details.
  31. 31. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 31 Northern Lights © Yukon Tourism Snowmobiling © Yukon Tourism Day 1 Whitehorse Arrive and transfer to your centrally-located hotel. Day 2 Whitehorse, Yukon Wildlife Preserve Takhini Hotsprings Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Whitehorse this morning, including attractions such as the historic SS Klondike and a “Skyscraper” constructed of logs. Later continue to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve to see elk, moose, cariboo, mountain goats and porcupines. Nearby are the Takhini Hotsprings, where you will have time to indulge yourself in the natural hot waters against a breathtaking mountain backdrop. Back in Whitehorse enjoy this spectacular winter scenery from above, as you enjoy a 20-minute sightseeing flight. Day 3 Snowmobiling Travel into the mountains surrounding Whitehorse, where you will be given a detailed safety briefing before embarking on your snowmobile adventure. Pass through the memorable winter scenery of the Yukon and soak up the view of snow covered mountains and lakes. After a relaxed dinner in Whitehorse you will set out this evening to Fish Lake, in search of the northern lights – although this can never be guaranteed, your chances are good as this area is one of the best in Canada to view the Mother Nature’s surreal natural phenomenon. Day 4 Dogsledding Today you will learn the old tradition of mushing (dog-sledding). After a detailed safety briefing you will explore the frozen bends of the Yukon River all the way to Miles Canyon, the dogsleds providing the ideal way to experience this icy wilderness. Later enjoy a relaxing horse-sled ride, and if you are still looking for more adventure there’s an opportunity to try out snowshoeing. The perfect end to an adventurous day? – a beer from the local brewery! Day 5 Whitehorse Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Also consider Best of the Yukon Alaska (14-night self-drive) North to Alaska (11-night small group tour) Rockies Winter Retreat (5-night independent tour) For further details please refer to our website or give us a call! “For me the Yukon really represents the ‘wild west’ - it’s not hard to imagine the epic journeys of the early pioneers as they travelled by dog-sled over frozen rivers in search of gold!” Liz Lunnon, Canada Product Manager The Itinerary Yukon Winter © Ruby Range Adventure Gov’t of Yukon / Cathie Archbould
  32. 32. 32 All our holidays are bound by our Terms Conditions, which can be found on our website Rockies Winter Retreat Enjoy a winter wonderland in the Canadian Rockies with this memorable journey by rail and road. Whilst you will not be travelling as part of a group, you will meet other travellers during your train and coach journeys, and during the included fully-guided excursions. Enjoy overnight stays in Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff; also snowshoeing and a sleigh ride through some incredible snow- covered mountain scenery. Jasper Columbia Icefield Vancouver Kamloops Lake Louise Calgary Banff Inclusions Independent travel through British Columbia and Alberta Overnight accommodation on board the VIA Rail train from Vancouver to Jasper Maligne Canyon Ice Walk, sleigh ride at Lake Louise and snowmobiling at Banff’s Paint Pots Scheduled coach transfers between Jasper and Calgary Canada guide-book and map Fact File The Route Independent 6 nights Dec-Apr Who for? Those wanting to experience a winter adventure in the Canadian Rockies Prices from around £637 per person (twin share) Moraine Lake © Travel Alberta 3 Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary - see page 5 for details.
  33. 33. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 33 Day 1 Vancouver-Jasper (overnight onboard VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’) This evening check-in at the Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for your train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. The original stainless steel ‘streamliner’ railcars are now fully refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access for all on board to the viewing dome car. By day, sit back in comfortable armchairs; at night attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Day 2 Jasper By the time you awake this morning the train will have just departed Kamloops to begin a day of travelling towards the Canadian Rockies and Jasper. Enjoy breakfast while surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Around lunch time the ‘Canadian’ begins its passage into the Canadian Rockies with views of snow-capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3954 metres is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. Day 3 Jasper This evening experience the wonders of the Maligne Canyon from the ground up! The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 165 foot gorge. Your guide will lead you along the frozen canyon floor and its ice-clad limestone walls. Sturdy winter boots will keep you warm and secure as you explore this wonderland of rock and ice. Day 4 Jasper-Lake Louise Travel southward by scheduled coach along the Icefield Parkway to Lake Louise. This spectacular drive through glacier country will be highlighted by massive snow-covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and deep valleys. Included this evening is a memorable Sleigh Ride along the lakeside. Day 5 Lake Louise-Banff Depart mid-morning for the short drive to Banff via the scenic Bow Valley. Day 6 Banff Today you will join a snowshoe excursion around Banff’s ‘Paint Pots,’ natural coloured pools. The easy trail through the Vermilion River Valley to the Paint Pots offers a great introduction to snowshoeing. Along the way hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and travelled through the Rockies. This trip is on mostly flat terrain and you will have a chance to search for snowshoe hare, moose and wolf tracks while exploring. Finally, near the Paint Pots you’ll be rewarded with a unique Canadian treat - hot maple taffy! Day 7 Banff-Calgary This morning is free to explore Banff before joining your scheduled coach to Calgary. Also consider Alberta Northern Lights Break (3-night independent tour) Winter Adventure in Québec (5-night independent tour) Yukon Winter Dream (4-night independent tour) For further details please refer to our website or give us a call! The Itinerary “The drive along the scenic Icefields Parkway was undoubtedly a highlight – dazzling glaciers, countless lakes and beautiful snow- capped mountains led to one photo-stop after another!” Pam Forrest, Marketing Executive Guest Lounge © Deer Lodge Sleigh Ride, Lake Louise © Travel Alberta The Canadian © VIA Rail
  34. 34. 34 All our holidays are bound by our Terms Conditions, which can be found on our website Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park © Liz Lunnon Tailor-made Canada Getting Around If our suggested holidays have inspired you but don’t quite fit the bill, let us know! We can tailor-make any itinerary to suit your own personal requirements. However, only you know exactly what you want from your holiday, so to help us create your perfect itinerary, simply let us have an idea of your interests, timescale and budget and we’ll take care of the rest, ensuring your time away will be fun and hassle-free. Canada is the world’s second largest country but fortunately it’s close enough to the UK to make a repeat visit a viable option. So rather than trying to see everything in one holiday, we recommend focusing on one or two provinces at a time, and exploring them at a leisurely pace. Longer distances can be covered by air or rail, with train services available right across the country. Exploring by car or motorhome offers flexibility whilst escorted touring ensures you always have an experienced guide on hand – however you choose to travel, you can be sure of an experience to remember in Canada! Self-drive One of the most popular and enjoyable ways of exploring Canada is on a self-drive holiday. With your own transport you have the freedom to explore hidden corners and to admire the views, spot wildlife or catch up with the locals as and when you please. Combine a rental car with a selection of pre-booked hotels and motels, or enjoy total flexiblity with a motorhome holiday – perfect for those wide empty roads. Rail Journeys 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 months. Treat yourself to the Gold Leaf Service and take advantage of the train’s domed viewing carriage for uninterrupted mountain views. 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 Vancouver to Halifax – via Jasper, Toronto and Montréal - in 6 days. Shorter routes from Winnipeg to Churchill or Jasper to Prince Rupert offer the chance to kick back and relax, making the journey from A to B part of your overall holiday experience. Ferry Journeys 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 enjoy spotting marine wildlife as you go.
  35. 35. Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 35 Totem in Stanley Park © Tourism BC Tom Ryan Emerald Lake, Yukon © Fraserway RV Float plane © Tourism BC Elkin Valley Guest Ranch Where To Stay Choose from a fairytale castle in Québec, or rustic log cabin in the heart of the Canadian Rockies mountain wilderness; stay with cowboys on a working ranch, at a cosy BB or in a remote lighthouse on a rugged coastline. Mix and match your overnight stays to suit your own tastes and budget. Visit our website to view a selection of accommodation options throughout Canada. What To Do Canada boasts a range of unmissable experiences – some of our favourites include boarding an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier, a close encounter with Niagara Falls on a Maid of the Mist boat trip, and searching for orca on a Vancouver Island whale watching cruise. During the winter months a host of new opportunities become available – try dog-sledding and snowshoeing through a winter wonderland, look out for polar bears on the Arctic Tundra, and even spot the magical northern lights. The Next Step… Once you have a rough idea of your ‘must- do’ experiences, preferred destinations and holiday dates, contact us and we will create an itinerary to suit your specific requirements. We look forward to hearing from you!
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