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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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Region: Eastern Canada

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Eastern Canada – Ontario, Quebec, Niagara Falls

Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Canada refers to the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and is home to the cosmopolitan and vibrant cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec. But move away from the cities to discover a world of stunning lakes, rolling hills and much, much more. No visit to Ontario would be complete without a trip to Niagara Falls, but don’t forget the Muskoko Lakes and Algonquin Park – a perfect mix of city and countryside. Combine with Quebec Province, or visit Quebec on its own – that wonderful French-Canadian drawl immediately warms the heart and draws the visitor in to the totally individual nature of the Quebecois. Consider Quebec also for a Fall Foliage holiday – an excellent alternative to New England.

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Eastern Canada Itinerary

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The Province Of Quebec

Two Centre City Break: Montreal and Quebec City

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Two Centre City break: Montreal and Quebec City

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A tale of two cities similar in some ways, worlds apart in others – Montreal and Quebec in Canada – linked by a common theme – the lovely Quebecois people, so proud of their Province, language and personality.

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Two Centre City break: Montreal and Quebec City

Day 1: London to Montréal
Day 4: Montréal to Québec City
Day 7: Québec City to Montréal to London

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The Province of Québec is a province of many enchanting pieces, rather like a jigsaw puzzle – the central part of the puzzle is the mighty St Lawrence as it wends its way from the North Atlantic through to the Great Lakes. Along its shores lie the great cities of Montréal and Québec – and it is these cities that form the basis of most itinerary ideas. A common tongue is where the similarity ends. A two centre city break combines the modern cosmopolitan Montréal, with the romantic old walled city of Québec. Three nights in each, linked by rail or air.

Day 1: London to Montréal
A choice of airline takes you on a direct daily flight from Heathrow; just a short flight, less than 7 hours. Three night stay in the city on arrival.

There are plenty of opportunities to explore with excursions by bus or boat, plus an excellent transport system to get you around the city. Although this is a cosmopolitan city, there are lots of beautiful historic buildings to visit, including the Notre Dame Basilica and Place Jacques Cartier. Wander up to Sherbrooke Street and browse in the designer boutiques, trend-setting art galleries and museums, including the prestigious Museum of Fine Arts in the Museum Quarter. Stroll east and enter Chinatown. Or perhaps take a guided cycle tour of the city – whilst a visit to Atwater Market is a must for gastronomes.
Three nights Montréal

Day 4: Montréal to Québec City
A choice today as you move from Montréal to Québec City. The rail link offers several choices of departure time through the day, and takes approximately 3 hours. Alternatively, return to the airport and take the short internal flight between the cities.

Explore the winding side streets of this UNESCO world heritage site on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage, stroll through its oldest neighbourhoods – Petit Champlain, Place-Royale and the Old Port. The City still retains its French heritage, and has a romantic Parisian feel – and its gourmet reputation is well deserved!

A short distance out of town, and linked by local public transport services, the Montmorency Falls are well worth a visit. For a summer visit, hire a bike, and cycle out on the well maintained cycle ways.

Consider also a visit to Wendake, and immerse yourself in the traditions and contemporary culture of Québec’s only Huron-Wendat community. Perhaps include a whale watching or include an excursion to the Island of Orléans
Three nights Québec City

Day 7: Québec City to Montréal to London
Return to Montréal by rail or air, and connect through on your homeward flight to London – arriving home the following morning.

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Check the schedule, but plan to see the son et lumiere show at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal.  Alternatively, check out the schedules for Cirque du Soleil which has its roots in the little town of Baie-St-Paul, a few miles north east of Quebec City on the St Lawrence.

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Eastern Canada Itinerary

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Combine the beauty of the Ontario and Québec countryside with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Toronto and Montréal.  Go Zip Lining across the 272ft high Montmorency Falls, Jet-boating on the Lachine Rapids, see the Great Blue Whale on a whale-watching cruise from Tadoussac…

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Eastern Canada Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Montréal
Day 3: North Hatley
Day 3: North Hatley
Day 5: Québec City
Day 7: Laurentians
Day 9: Ottawa
Day 10: Huntsville
Day 12: Toronto
Day 14: Niagara on the Lake
Day 15: Niagara Falls

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Combine the beauty of the Ontario and Québec countryside with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Toronto and Montréal.  Go Zip Lining across the 272ft high Montmorency Falls, Jet-boating on the Lachine Rapids, see the Great Blue Whale on a whale-watching cruise from Tadoussac. Enjoy winter sport at its best, with snowmobile trails, dogsledding, snow rafting, snowshoeing and snowboarding – plus skiing in the world-class resorts of Tremblant and Charlevoix. Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec City all make superb weekend break destinations and all are linked by a good rail network if you do not want to drive all the time.  For some excellent shopping opportunities, Montreal and Toronto both boast underground walkways – especially good if using this as a Christmas shopping trip and are not keen on the cold.

Day 1: Arrive Montréal
Sightseeing includes St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Biodome, the Botanical Garden, Mont Royale, Notre Dame and the old Waterfront.
Two nights Montréal

Day 3: North Hatley
Drive south towards the border with Vermont, USA. The surrounding countryside with lakes and small villages is reminiscent of New England. Late September and early October offers dazzling displays of red and gold as the maple and the aspen don their autumn colours.
Two nights North Hatley

Day 3: North Hatley
Drive south towards the border with Vermont, USA. The surrounding countryside with lakes and small villages is reminiscent of New England. Late September and early October offers dazzling displays of red and gold as the maple and the aspen don their autumn colours.
Two nights North Hatley

Day 5: Québec City
Drive to Québec City overlooking the St. Lawrence. Old walled Québec has Montmartre-style narrow streets and pavement cafes. Sights include the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham and the shrine of St Anne de Beaupre. The majestic Chateau Frontenac reigns supreme on the turreted skyline of Old Québec.
Two nights Québec City

Day 7: Laurentians
Drive the north shore of the St. Lawrence Seaway skirting Montreal. The scenic Laurentian Mountains are stunning in autumn.
Two nights Mont Tremblant

Day 9: Ottawa
Drive to Ottawa – Canada’s capital. See the Byward Market, Parliament Building, and the National Art Gallery. White water rafting is available nearby for the more energetic.
One night Ottawa

Day 10: Huntsville
Drive through the Algonquin Provincial Park. Visit the Muskoka Lakes region for touring, walks, relaxation and boating.
Two nights in a lakeside resort

Day 12: Toronto
Arrive in Toronto – the commercial hub of eastern Canada. Take a harbour cruise, shop in the famous Eaton Centre, or enjoy a revolving lunch or dinner at the top of CN Tower.
Two nights Toronto

Day 14: Niagara on the Lake
Drive to Niagara on the Lake, an attractive small lakeside town that is the centre for the annual theatrical Shaw Festival.
One night Niagara on the Lake

Day 15: Niagara Falls
Drive to the famous Falls takes you through attractive gardens and wineries en route. Enjoy a trip on the Maid of the Mist launch and have lunch up the Skylon Tower for an even better view of the Horseshoe Falls and Niagara River.

Drive on to Toronto Airport and fly home.

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Little Gems

For city enthusiasts, Quebec City is the jewel of this itinerary.  Its fairy-tale skyline, old city walls and associated history make this a must do.  Save your visit for the winter months and pretty Petit Champlain transforms into a twinkly snow covered scene – straight out of the movies.
 

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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 Niagara Falls, 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. Only once did things threaten to go off plan when there was a fire alarm at our hotel in Ottawa and everyone had to evacuate. Fortunately we had packed early and were about to leave anyway, so we made a quick exit down the fire escape with our cases and made it in plenty of time for our train and limo.

 Thank you very much for organising such a wonderful holiday!

Wildlife in Manitoba

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Most of us think of cold, snowy scenes when we think of polar bears, but few people realise the summer is also a great time to see these incredible animals.

Churchill Wild offer fantastic opportunities in Manitoba, Canada to see polar bears, along with other wildlife such as wolves, moose, caribou and pine martens. They have several Arctic safaris which are perfect for this. They have three remote lodges located directly on the Hudson Bay, which are some of the only places on the planet that you can walk with the polar bears and other wildlife.

As well as observing the animals in their natural habitat there are some safaris that are led by professional photographers giving you advice on how to get that perfect picture to show to friends and family back home.

If you want to combine wildlife spotting with activities and seeing the Northern Lights, then Churchill Wild have a brand new safari called ‘Lights in the Wild’. This only runs once a year, in March, and numbers are very limited so it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment. You can enjoy activities such as snowshoeing, ice fishing, dog sledding and snowmobiling, even try Arctic ‘camping’ with an Inuit family!

Whether you choose to go in the summer or winter, places on these safaris are limited. So for a truly unique experience contact us today on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk for more information on how you can tailor make your Arctic break.

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Ride the Train across Canada

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Just imagine! Three nights and four days crossing Canada’s vast expanses while train staff look after you in style.  A delicious meal with the northern lakes rolling by; or a  360-degree view of the golden prairies and then an aperitif at the foot of the Rockies. These are just some of the pleasures that await you on board the Canadian, VIA Rail’s great transcontinental train.

You wake up and open the curtains to be greeted by the majestic Rocky Mountains slowly emerging from a veil of clouds. You prepare quickly for breakfast, spurred on by the gentle rocking of the train and the promise of freshly brewed coffee.

After leisurely savouring your breakfast omelette, you collect your book and head to the Skyline car. There, you can sip your drink, read, socialize… and scan the panoramic view for a glimpse of elk moving across the valley.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

The Toronto-Vancouver train, which takes four days to travel between one of Canada’s largest cities and the Pacific Coast, lets you see the breadth of the country like never before.

Take in boreal forests reflecting on the surface of the Great Lakes; Prairie sunsets painting vast skies in shades of fire and Mountain peaks towering above as the train winds through the Rockies.

Choose the relaxing ambience and attentive service of budget travel in Economy class, or upgrade to the pleasures of a cosy bed, a gourmet table and exclusive access to stylish lounges in Sleeper Touring class.

Add on time to explore at either end of your bespoke tailor made journey and you will have a holiday that will give you a good flavour of Canada.

To get started on your bespoke tailor made Canada holiday please call us on 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Canada Day

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Did you know July 1st is Canada Day? The national day of Canada is a celebration of the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act 1867 which united three colonies into a single country.

This holiday is celebrated in lots of different ways but usually include several outdoor public events such as parades, carnivals, barbecues, air shows, fireworks and free music concerts, with all these celebrations taking place it makes Canada a great place to visit this time of year.

However if you didn’t manage to get over there this year you can always join in the celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square, the location of Canada House, here you will find  Canadian performers, visual artists and a street hockey tournament among other activities.

So if you want to join in the celebrations next year and make it part of your bespoke tailor made holiday, now is the time to start thinking about it please call us on 01323 446550 or Email info@experienceholidays.co.uk  

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Picture courtesy of Canada Tourism Commission

Winter in Quebec

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The Province of Québec has to be the most understated of all Canadian Provinces and yet one of the friendliest, varied and attractive. The Québecois know how to celebrate winter and do so with the charm and sophistication of this delightful people.

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Winter in Quebec

Day 1: Montréal
Day 3: St Alexis-des-Monts
Day 6: Hotel De Glace – Quebec City
Day 7: Quebec City
Day 9: Depart Quebec City

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 A winter holiday is not exclusively for the downhill skier and if you talk to many Canadians, they will tell you that there is a lot more to a winter holiday that simply dusting off your ski’s or snow board.  A winter holiday in Canada and Quebec in particular is about all sorts of winter adventure.  Montreal is a relatively quick hop across the Atlantic and opens up the entire province of Quebec and all that it has to offer for a winter wonderland holiday.

Day 1: Montréal
Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Montréal. Two nights here, and an opportunity to explore this vibrant city. Take a half day city tour visiting the quaint streets and buildings of Old Montreal, the intricate wrought iron balustrades of the residential district and the Olympic Stadium of the 1976 Summer games. Take in a little retail therapy in the shops of the underground city and try your hand at the tables of the Casino.
Two nights Montréal

Day 3: St Alexis-des-Monts
Moving east today, to the foothills of the Laurentians at St Alexis-des-Monts. Three nights here staying in log built accommodation in a fairytale setting of lakeshore accommodation. From here, take part in snowmobiling, cross country skiing and sightseeing flights over this winter wonderland. The province of Quebec offers a vast network of snow mobile tracks – great fun, and second nature to native Quebecois.
Three nights St Alexis

Day 6: Hotel De Glace – Quebec City
We’ve all heard tell of the Ice Hotel – but who is brave enough to spend the night in this unique environment! The Hotel De Glace, located a short distance from Quebec City is built a-fresh each winter, offering an extraordinary combination of ice-carving, and artist design.
Hotel De Glace 1 night

Day 7: Quebec City
Head into the romantic city of Quebec, dominated by the fairytale towers of the Chateau Frontenac and the imposing city wall of the old city
Quebec City 2 nights

Day 9: Depart Quebec City
Return to Montreal today for your overnight flight home to London – or perhaps squeezing one or two more nights to round off your winter holiday with a romantic stay in the Eastern Townships

More time? – then you may consider extending your stay and adding in a few nights in one of the ski areas such as Le Massif or Tremblant – skiing , snow-shoeing and ice-skating are just some of the winter activities on offer – contact us for more details

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Little Gems

Little Gems

The cosy log fire at the Hotel Sacacomie welcomes visitors as soon as you step in from the cold, stamp the snow off your boots and accept a very welcome cup of hot chocolate.  This log built hotel sits on the shores of a frozen lake of the same name – a flat plateau that provides a winter playground in itself – to land a light aircraft, cut a hole for a little ice fishing or take to the ice on dog sled or snow mobile.   This hotel is a firm favourite!

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Destinations Holiday and Travel Show

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Experience Holidays along with Destination Quebec are attending Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 29th January – 1st February 2015.  This is the UK’s biggest and longest-running travel show.
 
Come along and visit us on stand AC12  to discuss your travel plans.    

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