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Bear Watching Lodge – British Columbia

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Bear Watching at Great Bear Lodge

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One of our favourite places for bear watching is bringing a new floating lodge in to commission this year. Great Bear Tours are located on a beautiful salmon river in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Colombia, Canada and has featured on BBC programmes about bears and their environment.

The new lodge is a floating one and will have larger rooms with en suite facilities for their few, lucky clients. During the autumn when bear viewing – fishing for salmon – is at its height the lodge is host to just 16 clients. For the rest of the year the number of visitors are limited to 10 making this a very exclusive experience.

They have also 2 new bear viewing sites and to see how close you could be to these wonderful animals view some of their clips on their website www.greatbeartours.com.

Bear Watching at Great Bear Lodge

Picture courtesy of Great Bear Nature Tours.

 

Bear viewing, both grizzly and black, can go ahead during the spring and summer and the wilderness is home to many other animals, including wolves, deer and a host of birds.

This is “must” for lovers of bears but because numbers are limited it does need booking well in advance. If you are interested or want more information, then get in touch on Tel: 01323 446550 or  Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

Making the most of the Wild Rockies

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We know how appealing the Rockies of both the USA and Canada are. Many of our clients return time after time to explore further. It is a year round destination if you like your skiing and winter activities.

One of the attractions is being in the pristine mountains and with all of the wildlife around you. Camping out for a night enhances the getting back to nature feel. For those wanting more of this, there is the chance to join a horse pack trek of 3 or 4 or more days through beautiful country, with mules bringing up your camping equipment and food.

What could be better than stretching out by the camp fire after a day in the saddle, feeling well fed and gazing up at a host of stars above you? You will certainly see much of the wildlife that lives here but if you wanted to learn more about it, you could join a trek on which the guide will teach you about tracking and seeing these animals and birds to your best advantage.

For more information on making this part of your own bespoke tailor made holiday call us on – 01323 446550 or email info@expereinceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Iceberg Alley – Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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When it comes to viewing icebergs, Iceberg Alley is one of the best places in the world. On a sunny day, view these 10,000-year-old glacial giants from many points along the northern and eastern coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador in every shape and size. The colours of each iceberg differs ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine.

There are a number of ways to experience these amazing natural spectacles. Go on a boat tour, paddle along in a sea kayak or hike along parts of the 29,000 km of coastline and watch a sparkling spring berg parade down Iceberg Alley.

 

Quirpon Island Zodiac Iceberg

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To mark this occasion an Iceberg Festival takes place every June on the Great Northern Peninsula. It celebrates the coming of spring in the north and the annual arrival of icebergs. The festival features music, food, entertainment, history, culture, great hospitality and of course icebergs. Dip your toes into the North Atlantic! Have a dance! Eat seafood fresh from the sea! If you want breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, fantastic fare and good company, you belong at the Iceberg Festival!

Nor is that all you can do while in this beautiful region. Here nature is very much to the fore and the scenery is spectacular. The people very welcoming and it is still one of those places that is well off the well trodden holiday destinations.

If you would like more information on tailor made holidays to Canada then please call us on Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Green Gardens, Gros Morne National Park

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Iceberg Near Triton Island, Green Bay

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Puffins

Picture courtesy of ACTP

The Lighthouse Route of Nova Scotia, Canada

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Region: Atlantic Canada

 

Come and celebrate the timeless romance of the sea, in the stunning scenery of Atlantic Canada. The Lighthouse Route journeys through an unforgettable landscape of coastal beauty and historic charm that has captured the hearts and minds of travellers for generations. Imagine the landscape as it was when Champlain and de Monts first arrived here four centuries ago. Follow shoreline roads past rugged, wave-carved headlands and tranquil, island-studded bays. Discover historic towns and weathered fishing villages where legends of the sea come alive and the rhythm of life moves in harmony with the tides.

The Lighthouse Route follows Nova Scotia’s South Shore, where the past is a part of everyday life. You’ll find it along quiet country roads where ox teams still haul lumber, and coastal villages where fishermen still row wooden dories out to sea. Explore towns like Liverpool, with its privateer legends, and Lunenburg, where a working blacksmith still plies his trade amidst the beautifully preserved buildings of the old town district. And yes, they do have lighthouses, over twenty of them, from the dramatic beauty of the famous lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove to Yarmouth’s towering Cape Forchu light.

This is a wonderful self drive destination, with B&B and small hotels along the way to make your journey special. The owners of these places will be more than happy to suggest places to visit locally and where to enjoy the local produce. Summer is the key time to go but late spring and early autumn are also well worth considering.

Call or email us for more information on tailor made holidays to Canada: Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Shelburne on Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Culture and Heritage

Lunenburg waterfront on Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Culture and Heritage

Algonquin Park Wolf Howl Canoe Trip

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Is this for you?

Have you ever thought of combining a canoe trip with camping in the pristine nature of a National Park? Well Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada has a 2 night/3 day trip that is proving popular. Nor do you have to be a canoeing expert – this is a beginner friendly experience.

Your trip starts with an overnight stay in one of the Park’s unique forest cabins and then you set off. Imagine paddling through the early morning mist on the lake and then taking a walk through the forest on one of the numerous forest trails looking out for the animals and birds that live here.

After setting up camp and getting the fire going, you all gather by the lakeside and send out a group wolf howl. This is very often answered by the nearby wolf pack, which should send a tingle down your spine.

Wolves at Yellowstone

Picture courtesy of Helen Wibley

If you go in the autumn you will have the extra benefit of seeing the beautiful fall colours as well.

To make this part of your bespoke tailor made holiday to Eastern Canada please give us a call on 01323 446550 or email  info@experienceholidays.co.uk or if you would like information on other tailored holidays to Canada.

 

Help Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017 – by Canoe

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Lake Superior

Naturally Superior Adventures are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by recreating the fur trade experience on Lake Superior. The route starts in Sinclair Cove in Lake Superior Provincial Park and finishes on Old Fort William in Thunder Bay.

The canoeing will be in 6 stages varying from 5 to 10 days starting on July 02 and ending August 19. You can elect to join for the whole journey or for just one or two stages. This is canoeing just as the fur trade voyageurs did two centuries ago in the very stable and seaworthy canoes – 12 metres long which carry 12 to 14 paddlers. The size of the crew allows for a mixture of experienced and novice paddlers. You are guided by well experienced trip leaders who have an intimate knowledge of the coastline, including the best campsites, and are talented wilderness chefs!

Lake Superior – Photo courtesy of Naturally Superior Adventures

For full details please get in touch. We have the details of each stage, the equipment included and how to join at different points. A true adventure based in some of the most pristine areas of Canada.

We look forward to hearing from you, please call us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Lake Superior – Photo courtesy of Naturally Superior Adventures

Lake Superior – Photo courtesy of Naturally Superior Adventures

Why not visit Eastern Québec by Snowmobile?

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In the maritime regions of Québec it will soon be winter with snowy snowmobile trails! Have you ever considered taking a snowmobile vacation in Gaspésie, Côte-Nord or Bas-Saint-Laurent? Then take a look at the list which is sure to make you want to plan your next snowmobile adventure in Québec. 

Picture courtesy of Le Quebec Maritime/Studio Du Ruisseau

Picture courtesy of Le Quebec Maritime/Studio Du Ruisseau

  1. Heavy Snowfall and Excellent Trials – The maritime regions of Québec are renowned for their heavy snowfall, which makes for excellent trail conditions. Snowmobile trails are also well maintained thanks to the tireless efforts of local snowmobile clubs, which take care of signage and grooming.
  2. The St. Lawrence Seaway – One of the attractions of the regions is the proximity of the St. Lawrence. Whether you ride the trails of Côte-Nord, Bas-Saint-Laurent or Gaspésie, you will have many opportunities to admire exceptional views of this frozen seaway and be amazed by its size!
  3. Percé Rock – An iconic landmark in Gaspésie, Percé Rock is an impressive sight in the winter. To access the lookout where you can admire this natural arch, take the local trail in Percé from Trans-Québec trail #3. You are sure to appreciate the view!
  4. The world’s highest snowmobile bridge – If you visit Côte-Nord, you’ll want to cross the highest snowmobile bridge in the world, which spans the Manicouagan River. The bridge is 213 metres (700 feet) long and 28 metres (90 feet) high.
  5. Chic-Choc Mountains – Snowmobilers riding the trail that runs along the Chic-Chocs in Gaspésie can admire superb views of this mountain chain. This trail is part of the Chic-Chocs–Forillon Loop, which begins in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts.
  6. Loop ride options –  Bas-Saint-Laurent offers endless ride opportunities for snowmobilers. You can easily pick a home base and then enjoy day trips every day, returning to your hotel in the evenings for delicious dinners. This is a great way to explore a different sector every day!
  7. Matane–Baie-Comeau/Godbout ferry – Crossing the St. Lawrence with your snowmobile is a unique experience. Take the St. Lawrence Tour and hop on the MV F.-A.-Gauthier ferry (Matane to Baie-Comeau or Godbout). During the crossing, enjoy the magnificent view while taking advantage of onboard amenities such as the restaurant, bar and lounge areas.
  8. Lower North Shore – Have you heard of the White Trail? This unique snow road offers an exciting way to discover the villages and people of the Lower North Shore, which is not accessible by any other road. Note that this is an expert trail; if you have never done this type of expedition before, you must travel with a guide.
  9. A wide range of services – The maritime regions of Québec have long been a dream destination for snowmobilers. Consequently, they offer a wide range of lodging options, good restaurants and other services that are easily accessible from the snowmobile trails.
  10. A warm welcome – A snowmobile trip in the maritime regions of Québec is also an opportunity to interact with the people who live in these regions. Known for enjoying the good things in life, the residents you will meet, as well as service staff, will be happy to give you tips and share their favourite spots with.

 If this sounds like an experience you would like to make part of your bespoke holiday to Canada and the maritime regions of Québec then please contact us and let us help you make the most of your time there.

Call 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of  Le Quebec Maritime/Studio Du Ruisseau

Picture courtesy of Le Quebec Maritime/Studio Du Ruisseau

 

Picture courtesy of  Le Quebec Maritime/Studio Du Ruisseau

Picture courtesy of Le Quebec Maritime/Studio Du Ruisseau

 

Picture courtesy of  Le Quebec Maritime/Studio Du Ruisseau

Picture courtesy of Le Quebec Maritime/Studio Du Ruisseau

Canada takes over the TV this week

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This week the BBC are showing a few series which are all based in Canada showing what a fabulous place North America really is and certainly not to be missed.

We hope you caught Dan Snow last Sunday night with Operation Gold Rush in the Yukon. More jaw dropping scenery to follow next Sunday night (21.00 BBC2) in part 2.

Arctic Live started Tuesday on BBC 2 from 20.00 – 21.00 live from Churchill and continues on Wednesday and Thursday with Kate Humble, Simon Reeve and Gordon Buchanan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2016/44/arctic-live-1

Finally if this is all too highbrow for you we have Buble at the BBC on Thursday BBC1 at 20.00. This will be similar to the show Graham Norton did with Adele last year which had over 4.5 million viewers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081vcx0

Visa Advice

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With entry into many a country requiring the application of a visa or visa waiver prior to travel please do contact us for advice on the best way to do this if you are in any way unsure.  We suggest that you go directly to the embassy or government website concerned where you will be directed to complete the relevant information, and only charged the fee required for the actual visa or visa waiver.  There are many companies set up online who will be eager to action this for you, and in the process will charge you a service fee for doing so – this could amount to you paying well over the odds for your visa/visa waiver. 

We are always happy to provide the website links to the official sites so please do get in touch for assistance.  An ESTA for the USA, an eTA for Canada, an electronic visa for India and also for Sri Lanka are just some (but not all) of the locations where this is necessary.

Please contact us on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Canada eTA Requirements

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Latest news on the Canadian eTA requirements…. Leniency period for Canada’s new Electronic Travel Authorisation has been extended. To give travellers and airlines more time to prepare for the changes when flying to or transiting through Canada, the Canadian government is extending the leniency period for the Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) requirement until November 9, 2016.

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