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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Algonquin Park Wolf Howl Canoe Trip

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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.

 

Destinations Show, Olympia

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Photograph by kind permission of UnCruise Adventures

Don’t forget we will be at Destinations Show at Olympia, London, on February 02, 03, 04 and 05. Find us on Stand AC32 which we are sharing with the American company Uncruise Adventures. Most of the team will be there over the 4 days and would love to see a friendly face or two. This is one of the biggest travel shows in the U.K and a great place to find new destinations and experiences that would suit you. If you have a particular place in mind for your holiday next year (or the year after) give us a call to book an appointment with our team expert for that part of the world. However we will be very pleased to see you as and when you are free.

For your free tickets to Destinations Show, please go to: http://www.destinationsshow.com/london/form/registration  and then type in MSC97 in the appropriate place.

We look forward to seeing you at either event.

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

Wyoming’s Wind River Country – Home of an authentic Western Experience

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If you have ever yearned to experience the real Western way of life, then this destination should be on your travel agenda. Located with a stunning mountain backdrop it will not be long before they will have your horse saddled up ready to ride in to the Old West. Within a few minutes you will be forgetting the stress of modern life and concentrating on the scenery, wildlife and the huge horizons.

The real cowboys will be looking after you, telling tales of cowboy wisdom and way of life and improving your riding and cowboy skills. All done with the legendary Western hospitality.

Make sure you are there for a Friday and go along to the regular Friday Night Rodeos in the town of Dubois. The rodeos originated as a fun gathering to practice and show off ranching skills and have now developed into entertaining, competitive events. A night to remember.

Picture courtesy of Wind River Country

Picture courtesy of Wind River Country

For those of you that enjoy mountain climbing Wind River Country hold an International Climber’s Festival every July celebrating the climbing lifestyle. With speakers, competition, food, music and competitions it is a fun way to enjoy the sport and meet like minded people from around the world.

Finally, visit the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary to see these wild animals and to learn of their story in North America – particularly how the Native Americans lived and used them.

Start planning now to ensure your bespoke, tailor made holiday in this amazing and adventurous place is confirmed.

 Contact one of our expert team on Tel: 01323 446550 or email:  info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

 

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

 

Ontario in Winter

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Ontario has much to offer on a winter break in Canada as well as the more popular summer and with the opportunity for a little skiing as well, this is an idea with wide appeal.  

Summary

Ontario In Winter

Day 1: Toronto
Day 2: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Day 4: Blue Mountain Resort
Day 7: Huntsville
Day 9: Ottawa
Day 11: Toronto

Description

Description

Here is one suggestion for a memorable self drive winter itinerary through this beautiful Province …

Day 1: Toronto
Fly into Toronto and spend the night in the city. Shop at the world’s largest underground shopping centre ‘The Path’; full of shops, restaurants and entertainment this is great place to explore when it’s chilly outside. Take a trip up the CN tower for superb city views.
One night Toronto

Day 2: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Collect a hire car and drive to the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The area is famous for the production of Ice Wine and each January the village hosts its own Ice Wine Festival where you can tempt your taste buds with this delicious regional speciality. The magnificent Niagara Falls are a short drive away; during the winter the falls often have the illusion of being partially frozen as the mist wraps around them – a magical sight.
Two nights Niagara on the Lake

Day 4: Blue Mountain Resort
Drive to Blue Mountain Resort on the edge of Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. There is plenty of family fun to be enjoyed as you learn to ski on the gentle slopes, ice skate, stroll along the cobbled streets of the village nestled at the foot of the slopes, or simply relax in the Spa.
Three nights Blue Mountain

Day 7: Huntsville
Next stop is Huntsville, your base for experiencing wintery adventures in Algonquin Provincial Park. In this winter wonderland dogsledding, back country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling are amongst the activities on offer
Two nights Huntsville

Day 9: Ottawa
Continue to Ottawa, with its charming blend of English and French culture. The Winterlude Festival held annually in February is a great family event. Skate on the Rideau Canal, watch spectacular firework displays and marvel at the magnificent ice sculptures.
Two nights Ottawa

Day 11: Toronto
Return home today for your overnight flight home from Ottawa.

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Little Gems

Little Gems

A winter holiday in Canada is far more than a skiing holiday.  In this itinerary, there are so many opportunities to take part in winter activities besides skiing.

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Ontario in Summer

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Picture courtesy of Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation. Known for the cosmopolitan city of Toronto and stunning Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada has far more to offer as this itinerary demonstrates:

Summary

Ontario in Summer

Day 1: Arrive Toronto
Day 4: Kingston
Day 6: Ottawa
Day 8: Huntsville
Day 12: Blue Mountain Resort
Day 14: Depart Toronto

Description

Description

This is just one idea for a 2 week self drive holiday around the beautiful Province of Ontario in Canada. This can be adapted to suit your exact requirements and links well to its neighbour Quebec province. Ontario also has a good rail network and some of this holiday can be achieved by rail. Call us for more ideas

Day 1: Arrive Toronto
Fine shops, rivalling those of New York, and fantastic restaurants await. Spend time on Toronto’s waterfront, take a leisurely boat cruise and visit the many sights that this vibrant city has to offer, climb the CN tower and brave the ‘Edge Walk’… Take a day tour to see the magnificent Niagara Falls and include a boat trip on the famous ‘Maid of the Mist.
Three nights Toronto
As an alternative, why not pick up you hire car a day earlier, drive to the Falls, then spend a night in Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Day 4: Kingston
Collect a hire car and drive west to historical Kingston. Meander along the waterfront admiring Kingston’s architecture and explore the 1000 islands on a boat tour. Drive, walk or cycle the beautiful 1000 Islands Parkway.
Two nights Kingston

Day 6: Ottawa
Drive northwards to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. Watch the familiar sight of the ‘Changing of the Guards Ceremony’ outside the Parliament Buildings and walk or cycle along the banks of the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Visit Byward Market, a centre for fashion, music, art and tourist sights.
Two nights Ottawa

Day 8: Huntsville
Head west to the Muskoka Lakes region, an area full of wonderful lakes and fantastic scenery. Take scenic drives and explore Algonquin Provincial Park, a wilderness park and home to wildlife such as the illusive Moose.
Four nights Huntsville

You may consider adding in a true wilderness adventure here with opportunities for canoeing and hiking – camp or stay in a log cabin in the heart of Algonquin

Day 12: Blue Mountain Resort
Drive south to Blue Mountain Resort. A ski resort during the winter months, in the summer the resort offers a wide range of activities including mountain biking, hiking and tennis. Or take a short drive down to the resort’s own private beach on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay – relax on the sandy beach or paddle along the peaceful shoreline.
Two nights Blue Mountain Resort

Day 14: Depart Toronto
Drive back to Toronto where you will drop off you hire car in time to check in for your return or onward travel arrangements.
Photographs courtesy of Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership

Maid of the Mist - Credit as Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation

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Algonquin Provincal Park

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Niagara on the Lake is a step away from the cosmopolitan life of the town at Niagara Falls.  You’ll need a car to reach it as it is not on the public transport network, but as a base to explore the falls, it is superb.

What our clients say

Client Feedback

‘I was not sure what to expect from Niagara Falls – a magnificent natural feature, or a huge commercialised resort.  Whilst the commercialised resort is there, it does not detract from the beauty and magnificence of the Falls themselves.  We got totally soaked on our boat trip, but it was worth it!’

The Province of Quebec

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So often overlooked, but in our opinion, a Canadian province that offers charm, sophistication and a huge welcome, to say nothing of gourmet meals, wildlife and an array of interesting places to stay.  Quebec offers some excellent skiing in the winter time and other winter activities as well.  Both Montreal and Quebec City are great choices for a shorter city break

Summary

The Province of Quebec

Day 1: Montreal
Day 3: St Alexis des Monts
Day 6: Lac St Jean
Day 8: Chicoutimi
Day 9: Tadoussac
Day 10: Le Malbaie
Day 12: Quebec City
Day 14: Depart Quebec

Description

Description

This vast area is home to over 7 million inhabitants, mainly clustered along the banksand floodplains of the mighty St Lawrence – the Eastern Townships and Gaspé Peninsular to the south, the Laurentians, Lac St Jean and the Saguenay Fjord to the north. This itinerary offers a taste of the Province to the self-drive traveller and as with all our itineraries can be adapted to suit you.

Day 1: Montreal
Fly to Montreal for a two night stay in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Two nights Montreal

Day 3: St Alexis des Monts
Drive to St Alexis des Monts for a stay on the shores of Lac Sacacomie.
Three nights St Alexis des Monts

Day 6: Lac St Jean
Drive north east where your destination is Lac St Jean. We suggest a two-night stay at Val Jalbert, a historic village once home to a thriving paper and pulp business, now lovingly restored. A cycle trail skirts the lake itself – the zoo at St Felicien is worth a visit. Discover the history & way of life of the Montagnais Ameridians through an exhibition & films at Pointe-Bleue. Visit the small Perron Cheddar Cheese factory in St Prime.
Two nights Lac St Jean

Day 8: Chicoutimi
Today, head into the Saguenay Fjord, and to the small town of Chicoutimi. A short distance away the Site de la Nouvelle-France was used as the film set for the movie ‘Black Robe’ and has now been transformed into a visitor attraction. Visit Quebec City as it was in the 1600’s and the house of its founder Samuel de Champlain. The Parc du Saguenay sits on the shore of the Riviere Saguenay, stretching from the banks of the estuary to Sainte Rose du Nord.
One night Chicoutimi

Day 9: Tadoussac
Down to the mouth of the fjord today, to Tadoussac where whale watching is the order of the day. Visit the Mammals Interpretation Centre where you can learn more on the fascinating way of life of the whales & play at being a Marine Biologist!
One night Tadoussac

Day 10: Le Malbaie
Follow a route west to the little town of La Malbaie for a two night stay. Charlevoix is famous for its local artisan food producers – follow the Flavour Trail and sample many of the local delights. Visit the Parc des Hautes Gorges, hire a bike and cycle through the Parc.
Two nights La Malbaie

Day 12: Quebec City
Return to Quebec City – stunning with its walled old city and historic significance, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the area of Petit Champlain, or take a ferry across the St Lawrence for stunning views of the city. Visit the Citadel and walk on the Dufferin Boardwalk for stunning views of the mighty St. Lawrence River or take a ride up to the top of the Observation tower.
Two nights Quebec City

Day 14: Depart Quebec

Cap Jaseaux

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Lac St Jean

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Sacacomie

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Little Gems

The Province of Quebec

Nothing can be more beautiful than to awake to the sight of a pristine lake surrounded by wooded hills.  This is the view that awaits with a stay at one of our all time favourite properties – Hotel Sacacomie

What our clients say

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We had a fantastic time in Canada. We saw and experienced so much that I hardly know where to start. The hotels were top class (!) Highlights were the wildlife (bears, beavers and whales in the wild, plus the ones at the Biodome in Montreal), Quebec, the botanical gardens at Montreal (absolutely superb!). All the arrangements worked perfectly.

Gaspésie Peninsula

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Self drive this rugged area of Quebec Province.

Summary

Gaspésie Peninsula

The Gaspesie Peninsular, on the Southern shore of the St Lawrence Seaway is a remote and rugged area of Quebec Province, bordering New Brunswick to the south.  The Chic Choc mountains dominate the central part of the peninsular, is the northern end of the Appalachian chain and literally means ‘the wall that cannot be crossed’.  This part of Quebec Province is definitely off the tourist trail!

Day 1: Québec City to Tadoussac
Day 3: Tadoussac to Matane
Day 4: Chic Choc Mountains
Day 6: Percé
Day 8: Carleton
Day 9: Rivière du Loup
Day 10: Québec City

Description

Description

Day 1: Québec City to Tadoussac
Behind the wheel of your hire car, drive northeast, following the north shore of the St Lawrence. There are several options for crossing to the South shore – in this idea, we suggest a stop is in the little town of Tadoussac for two nights, allowing a leisurely drive, and time to stop en route.
The Gulf of St Lawrence is famous for its whale watching, and a full day here allows time to take a trip out into the river. If you are lucky, you will spot several varieties of whales, including the resident large pod of white Belugas. You’ll need keen eyes to spot them – and beware, they are very easy to confuse with the white caps of the waves!
Tadoussac 2 nights

Day 3: Tadoussac to Matane
Drive the north shore of the river today taking one of three ferry routes across to the South shore. Overnight at Matane. En route, stop at the Reford Gardens at Metis sur Mer, just northeast of Mont-Joli.
One night Matane

Day 4: Chic Choc Mountains
This is your opportunity to head inland to the Chic Choc Mountains for a two night stay. Chic Choc literally means ‘The wall that cannot be crossed’, named by the M’kmaq many years ago. This is a hiking Mecca, not impassable at all and is home to herds of caribou, the last members of this species to be found south of the St Lawrence.
Two nights Chic Choc Lodge

Day 6: Percé
Return to the coast today, and continue to drive around to Percé for a two night stay. This is achievable in one day, but some may prefer to slot in another night at Sainte-Anne-des-Monts.
A full day here to explore both the Parc National de l’Isle-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher- Percé and the Parc National du Forillion – two unique areas at the very tip of the Gaspésie Peninsula.
Two nights Percé

Day 8: Carleton
Continue on your circumnavigation of the Peninsula, to Carleton, for an overnight stay. This is the Baie des Chaleurs, with a good network of hiking trails, and views across the Bay to the New Brunswick coast, where the mountains literally drop into the sea!
One night Carleton

Day 9: Rivière du Loup
Returning across the neck of the Gaspé Peninsula to the south shore of the St Lawrence for an overnight stay in Rivière du Loup. If time permits, stop at the Parc National du Bic, a small but beautiful Park.
Optional opportunity to spend a night in a lighthouse here!
One night Rivière du Loup

Day 10: Québec City
Return to the city – either dropping the car and returning home or adding further exploration of this unique Province

This itinerary works equally well in reverse and can be added to either a more extensive Quebec itinerary, or to continue on to New Brunswick and the Atlantic Canada provinces.

All photographs © Ministère du Tourisme du Québec

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Chic Choc Mountain Lodge is located high in the Chic Choc Mountains.  Inaccessible with your own vehicle, this mountain retreat is the perfect hide-away either for an active mountain break or a relaxed day or two with lovely surroundings.

What our clients say

Client Feedback

Mrs A commented:

‘What a perfect place to stay.  Our early morning hike in search of the elusive caribou was excellent and we were rewarded with a sighting of a big male’

Canada Rail Adventures

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Canada is home of several spectacular rail journey’s which can easily be combined with a self-drive or escorted holiday. Rocky Mountaineer is almost a household name, but don’t forget Via Rail Canada’s famous ‘The Canadian’ trans-Canada route, or the lesser-known Skeena, a wonderful way to see Canada from a different angle – letting the train take the strain. Canada rail adventures – a good way to get around Eastern Canada with excellent rail connections between the major cities.

Experience the ingenious Spiral Tunnels – inspired by the dangerous gradients of the Rocky Mountains – the railway’s played a major role in the pioneering exploration of Western Canada, and not so very long ago…

Canada rail adventures

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Canada rail adventures

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Canada rail adventures

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Canada City Breaks

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Canada City Breaks – Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax

With direct daily flights from London Heathrow to Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, together with internationally recognised accommodation, stores and malls of the highest and most extensive standards, world renowned theatre, museums and attractions and the wonderful Welcome that the Canadians ‘do’ so well – what better choice for a City Break, long weekend, retail therapy or simple get-away break. Our bespoke and tailor made service will ensure you capture all there is to see and do during your stay.

We will advise on the best choice of hotel – depending on your budget. Contact us to find out more

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Canada City Breaks Totem Poles in Stanley Park Vancouver

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