We Love Canada!

Working in the travel industry our team has plenty of opportunity to explore the world around us.   We LOVE hopping on a plane and discovering new international destinations to share with our clients.   As much as we love having overseas adventures, we also take the time to explore and appreciate our world here at home.  Whether it’s a short drive from our homes or across the country, there is SO MUCH to explore right here at home.

In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, we took the time to write about some of our favorite moments and places around the country and wanted to share them with you.

Ile-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
Amanda Campbell – Leisure Travel Consultant

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“I went to Ile-de-la-Madeleine for a French workshop in July a few years ago.  I flew to Charlottetown, and then took the ferry across to the island.  It was beautiful.  All hilly and the ocean was great. You had to be careful as there were jellyfish in the ocean.  I went canoeing with our group into little inlets and caves.  It was really neat.

The people all speak French there are it’s a Quebec island.  The harbor/boardwalk has lots of little shops and restaurants.  The souvenirs were so unique at that time, such as soap that looked like a Neapolitan Fudgsicle.  They had a little aquarium there with a seal, and many other little local marine life.  There were excursions that you could go swim with the seals in the ocean.  It was a great experience.”

 

Vancouver, British Columbia
Helen Klassen – Corporate Travel Consultant

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“I am always amazed by the beauty of B.C. My last trip was to the incredible city of Vancouver where you can experience the ocean, mountains and forests.”

Rocky Mountains, Alberta
Joanne Pidwerbetsky – Leisure Travel Consultant

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“What could be better than biking in the Rockies, definitely a work out!!!”

Calgary, Alberta
Heather Peters – Marketing Coordinator

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“For me, a very special trip within Canada was quite a few years ago when I had the opportunity to truly experience Calgary with one of my oldest friends.   We did a ton of shopping, visited the Olympic park (and did some bobsledding!), participated in the white hat ceremony tradition, had mind blowing meals and so much more.   I had never had a reason to visit Calgary (other than the airport of course) and this weekend getaway completely exceeded my expectations of the city.  Take the time to visit Calgary as a tourist and you’ll be pleasantly surprised!”

 

Southern Saskatchewan
Marcy Melnyk – Corporate Travel Consultant

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“Beautiful, pristine and serene Saskatchewan landscapes!”

Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan
Charles Street – Administration

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“Coming from the coast, I missed being in close proximity to the water. This made it all the greater when we decided to gather the extended family and take a trip over to Manitou Beach for a day of BBQ, games and lakeside relaxation.”

 

Stanley Park, British Columbia
Czarina Sastaunik – Leisure Manager

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“Nothing beats amazing views of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, bordered by beautiful Stanley Park.  The Vancouver Seawall is an absolute favorite of mine.  Can’t wait to go back!”

 

Kelowna, British Columbia
Annette Frey – Corporate Travel Consultant

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“One of my favorite places to go is Kelowna.  They have wonderful wines and beautiful weather.”

Newfoundland
Colleen Lorenzen – Operations Manager

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“Our best trip in Canada would have been our trip to Newfoundland.  We had the opportunity to visit the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows on the western coast of Newfoundland.  It is a National Historic Site and the village has been rebuilt as it would have been at the time.  The best part is the actors that work there that are dressed in period costumes and play the part of Vikings as they would have lived then.  The interaction with them can be very interesting and funny.  I hope you take the opportunity to visit Newfoundland soon.  You won’t be disappointed. “

 

Northern Saskatchewan
Karen Katelnikoff – Leisure Travel Consultant

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My favorite Canadian trip is the one I take almost every weekend in the summer, to the lake. The lake gives me the same feeling of refreshment as travel does. We don’t always have the time to take long vacations but it sure it great to have a weekend escape. There is nothing like gathering the family and hitting the highway. The best part about our campsite is that our phones don’t have the best reception. It is just like going on a big trip, the phones get left at the door and we can have fun together. Every day can be what we choose. It can be a day of adventure with water sports and fishing or a day of leisure on the beach or by the campfire.”

 

Cape Breton Island
Jamie Milton – Managing Partner

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I love our home country of Canada and as much as I enjoy traveling the world, I am a big advocate for also seeing our own beautiful Country from coast to coast.  One of my favorite places is Cape Breton Island – it is almost like traveling to another world.  From small town kitchen parties and Ceilidh with folk singing and dancing… to unbelievable drives with incredible vistas and the freshest of seafood – this friendly place quickly makes you feel at home.  One of my fondest memories is meandering our way along the Cabbot Trail with a 3 year old in tow…we took our time stopping for hikes and fishing and to play at the beach.  Don’t forget to stop at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum to fly a kite and explore the picturesque town of Baddeck!  It’s a place where you need to take your time and get into the local’s easy pace of enjoying life and each other’s company.  I am looking forward to returning one day soon!”

Regina, Saskatchewan
Elena Kube – Corporate Travel Consultant

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“Saskatoon Valkyries vs. the Regina Women’s Tackle Football team of the WWCFL”

 

Revelstoke, British Columbia
Casie Schmidt – Leisure Travel Consultant

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“Road trips are my favorite! Yes, flying to places gets you there faster but I enjoy the journey getting to the destination. I have family that live in Revelstoke and I hadn’t been out there in about fifteen years so I thought it was time I went for a visit. Plus I wanted to go snowboarding and my auntie lives 5 minutes from the mountain, win, win! My friend and I drove to Calgary and spent the night there then snowboarded at Lake Louise before heading to our final destination. Between Golden and Revelstoke travel was not recommended. We decided to still go anyway just taking it slow. It may have been one of the scariest drives of my life but definitely worth it! We snowboarded two days and one of them I even got to enjoy with my cousins. Revelstoke is my favorite mountain so far and I highly recommend it if you ski or snowboard.”

 

Prince Edward Island
Debra Michell – Accountant

Prince Edward Island

“I’ve dipped my toes in the water from coast to coast, Vancouver Island to PEI, and in the southern most point of Canada at Point Pelee National Park, ON.  One of my favorite “Canada trips” has to be PEI.  Staying in Charlottetown and driving around the Island, Anne of Green Gables, the fall foliage, the red sand beaches, coming across a closed lighthouse but the owner just gave us the keys and said bring them back when you are done exploring … everything about this trip was fantastic!”

 

Spy Hill, Saskatchewan
Correna Tymchen – Leisure Supervisor

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“We made the long trek from Saskatoon to Spy Hill, this trip by car is about 4.5 hours each way.  Did you know in the time it takes me to drive to Spy Hill I could have flown to Puerto Vallarta? Just saying!

We made the trip to Spy Hill to help our mom get her yard ready for the winter, pull out the garden mow the grass and put away all her summer yard stuff.  Well, all of a sudden I heard this horrendous scream and seen my sister freaking out, she had seen a little tiny garder snake.  I then see my mom with the garden hoe swinging at the ground like a mad women, I go over to see what the heck was going on and tried to stop mom from committing murder as I could have moved the snake to the field behind the house.  As you can tell in the photo above sadly I was too late.  RIP Hisssss!”

 

Moraine Lake – Alberta
Kyra December – Leisure Travel Consultant

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“In summer last year, my boyfriend and I took a road trip to Edmonton, Banff, and then camped at Anglin Lake, Saskatchewan.  First stop was Edmonton to enjoy some retail therapy at the West Edmonton Mall and meet up with some friends for some great food.  After spending two days in Edmonton, we decided to head on over to Banff to see Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. This was both our first times visiting both these lakes and they are both beautiful with my favorite being Moraine Lake.  We spent one night in Canmore to be close to Banff so that we could visit Banff a couple times before heading back to Saskatchewan to finish our road trip with some camping at Anglin Lake.  We tented and enjoyed some campfires, fishing, walking and just relaxing.  This road trip was my favorite Canada travel so far and I plan to venture further out in our beautiful country!”

 

Johnston Canyon – Banff National Park
Stephanie Afseth – Leisure Travel Consultant
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“My favorite Canada memory is hiking Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park. The first time I went, my husband and I were just dating and we found this beautiful waterfall. I told him that I wanted to be proposed to under this waterfall. Well, it didn’t happen but we went back to Johnston Canyon the year after we got married and hiked back down to the same waterfall. It’s off the main path, so no one else was down there. It was just us and the roar of the water.”

To see more of our Canada travel photos check out our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFt6wWmPhRc

What is your favourite Canada travel moment?   We would love hear from you!

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Bonnie Scotland with Correna – Part 1

March 7 2017

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My plane finally appeared through the blizzard at YXE

 

What a stormy winter day, I am guessing that Mother Nature didn’t know that I was supposed to be leaving this morning for Scotland.  My flight was scheduled for 11:20 but since they were concerned with planes landing because of the wind we were delayed about an hour.

The flight from Saskatoon to Toronto was pretty uneventful.  I have never flown out of Toronto before for an international flight so I did walk around a bit before heading to the Maple Leaf Lounge.  By the way the tomato red pepper soup was delish!

 

This was a huge trip for me as I have never been across the Atlantic.  With all my traveling it just hasn’t happened before.  My flight from Toronto to London Heathrow wasn’t too bad; we did have quite a bit of turbulence but just shut your eyes and hang on.  I did get a bit of sleep which made the flight much better.  Since I have never been to the UK before, I had to get myself around Heathrow Airport.  It was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I had to transfer from terminal 2 to 5 but there were signs everywhere and I have no problems asking for help if I need it.  The flight from Heathrow to Glasgow was another story.  There was a problem with the fuel gauge so it took them just about an hour to get the all clear.  Since the flight was sold out, I had the lovely middle seat and we just sat and waited for the hour to get going. Oh, I just about forgot that there was a footy team on our flight so it was like peddle to the metal to get them to Glasgow to get to their game.  Again turbulence and not a happy tummy, on the bright side my ear problems weren’t an issue at all!

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Of course I had to stop at the Harry Potter Shop in London Heathrow Airport! 

Celebrating 2016

2016 has been a year full amazing travel experiences and adventures.   We thought we would share some of our favourite personal travel moments with you.   This is such an amazing world we live in and we are so happy that we get to share it with you!

Karen’s Visit to Club Villain at Walt Disney World

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“The one thing I have learned about Disney from my past trips is to never pass up a special ticket event. My favorite that I have been to so far is Club Villain. There is themed food and cocktails. A Dj and his dancers entertained us throughout the evening. We were given an opportunity to socialize with several diva Villains. There were no lines awaiting you to meet up with Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Cruela De Vil and the Evil Queen.  This is an event not to miss!”

Amanda’s Jamaican Vacation

“Beautiful water and great weather.  The Jamaican people are the friendliest and most accommodating I’ve ever been around.”

Correna’s Search for Charlie Brown in Hong Kong

“My great adventure in Hong Kong began when I tried to locate this Charlie Brown Café in downtown Hong Kong.  One piece of advice, do not think you can get by with land marks in Hong Kong.  There just happens to be a Rolex store on every block!   It was well worth the search!”

Casie’s Trip to Puerto Vallarta

“It’s fabulous”

Joanne’s Blue Lagoon Plunge in Iceland

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“Iceland is the perfect destination or people looking for the unexpected.  It has something for everybody.  I was lucky enough to experience the Aurora Borealis, take in geysers and glaciers and bath in the Blue Lagoon.”

Jamie’s Family Vacation to Kauai

“Kauai Hawaii. Land of flowers, sunny beaches and Jurassic Park movies. Poipu had perfect weather and we loved the quiet, laid back feel of this Island. “

Elena’s Romantic European River Cruise

“Life on the ship is amazing.  They say food fills the soul, well your belly will be happy also.  I went on the galley tour while on board. For a kitchen so small the meals are impressive. No soup or dressings are made from powders or pre-made starters, everything is from whole natural foods, it’s evident in every bite.

The cabins are comfortable and take your breath away.  I highly recommend paying the extra to upgrade your cabin from the lead in category. You may not think you’ll spend time in your cabin but when the sun comes up around 5am or you’re leaving port then you can just draw back the curtains and doze off and on while watching the views as you sail by.  Sailing past countless Vineyards and castle is great way to start your morning if you ask me.”

Kyra’s Family Camping Trip to Banff

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“I went to the beautiful Moraine Lake and Lake Louise.  I had never been to either of those lakes before and I just fell in love with how pretty they are!”

Heather’s Destination Wedding Travels

“In 2016 I was lucky enough to travel not once but twice for amazing, beautiful destination weddings.   My brother was married in Puerto Vallarta and a dear high school friend was married in Ucluelet, British Columbia.  The first trip was another amazing family vacation but even more special.  The second a bit of a high school reunion and a road trip with two of my very best friends.”

Stephanie’s Costa Rican’ Adventure

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“Kayak and paddle boarding on Lake Arenal in Costa Rica, with beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano is one of my favorite travel memories in 2016. “

Colleen’s Bucket List trip to Newfoundland

“Ales, Whales and Newfie Tales is what is waiting for you in Newfoundland and so much more.  We went for 2 weeks but could have stayed for a month.  The people, the hiking, the music, the scenery even their own winery are just some of the things that are waiting for  you.  From Iceberg Beer which you can only get in Newfoundland to the East Coast music heard at every pub it’s a must return destination.  Oh, yes don’t forget the Puffins. “

It has certainly been a memorable year.   We can’t wait to see where 2017 takes us and hope to share it all with you along the way.    If you would like any help planning your own amazing vacation please feel free to call our office at 306-242-TRIP (8747).   We would love to help you have amazing travel experiences too.

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COLLEEN’S NEWFOUNDLAND DREAM – Blog 5

We have done George Street in St. Johns and the whale tour so now it is time to continue our journey in Newfoundland.  In order to truly appreciate Newfoundland, you have to head out of St. Johns.  We are on our way to Rocky Harbour in Gros Morne National Park and make an overnight in Twillingate.   Please keep in mind driving times as once you are off the main highway, the other roads are windy and you can only go 80Kms per hour so it takes a while to get anywhere.    We stay at the Anchor Inn hotel in a 2 bedroom suite with kitchen.  It is a great town with lots of small shops for your NFLD souvenirs and some great restaurants.  We decide to do the whale watching tour in the morning but only see a couple of minke whales.  After the tour we head off to the AUK Island winery where all their wines are made with the local berries.  They have over 10 different kinds of wines and they are not too bad.  I would recommend a stop here is you are interested in wines.

We are off to Deer Lake to pick up my sister who is coming for the second week.  With road construction we are a bit late and arrive in Rocky Harbour around 7:00pm.  What can I say; Rocky Harbour is like one of the small towns you see in the movies.  It is on the ocean and in a really pretty area.  We are staying at the Spruce Grove Cottages in a 3 bedroom suite.  The owner Nellie has everything prepared and we move right into the cabin.  I can say that I was a little worried as I was thinking of some cabins that I have stayed in the past but happy to say that it had 3 large rooms with a large bathroom and no carpets!

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Twillingate Lighthouse

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Anchor Inn – Twillingate

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Rocky Harbour Sunset

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Rocky Harbour Spruce Grove Cottages

 

COLLEEN’S NEWFOUNDLAND DREAM

Today Jorgen and I decided to take the Iceberg Quest Ocean Tour to see if we can see the whales a little closer up. We take the 9:30 tour but it is cold and rainy so we think we will just stay inside the cabin.  I always like to take a boat tour when we are in new cities as you see the city from a much different perspective from the water.  We go past the Battery and on the way I see the Signal Hill trail and it is pretty much straight up so it may be something to rethink.

We are soon off the coast and run into a pod of whales feeding.  The captain turns off the engines and the whales come very close to the boat. We now have to leave the cabin and get out on deck so we get wet pretty quickly but it is worth it. It’s great to see the whales up close but with the engines off the boat is riding in the waves so I have one hand on the railing and one hand on my phone but miss all the best pictures as I don’t have an extra hand to take the pictures.

I finally get a few shots off and the whales head off out to sea and we head back to the harbor.  The tour was about 2 hours and worth the $65.00 it cost to do the tour.  If St. Johns is your only stop then I would recommend you take this tour.

This afternoon we are off to Quidi Vidi which is a small town just out of St. Johns to take a tour at the brewery.  The brewery opened up in 1996 and produces beer for NFLD.  We sign up for the beer tasting and head outside to wait for our tour to start.  There is not much in Quidi Vidi but the brewery, a local artisans market and Mallards Cottage which is a very popular restaurant where reservations are a must.  It is Monday so the market and the restaurant are closed so we have a quick look around and head back to the brewery.  The brewery is located in a very scenic spot on an inlet.  We pay our $10.00 for the tasting and head up to the room at the top of the brewery for our tasting.  Our taster was Sue from St. Johns who not only told us about the different beers but a lot of history of St. Johns.  In the end we tasted 7 different beers and spent about $100.00 on beer and beer glasses.  If you like beer you will love this tour.

 

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Colleen’s Newfoundland Dream – Blog 3

We arrive back at Signal Hill with just enough time to see the Military Tattoo but it is Sunday and everyone is out so parking is at a premium.  There are 2 parking lots, one by the Visitors Center and the another on top of Signal Hill.  Try to park by the Visitors Center as the tattoo takes place on the field beside the center.  The cost is $10.00 and they have a drum and flute core and then they go through the different wars with full historic dress.  Just a reminder that the tattoo is not every day so check the times when you are there.  When the tattoo was done, we went up to the top parking lot on Signal Hill and the view from up here is gorgeous.  You can see all the way to Downtown and out to sea.  It’s here that we see the Signal Hill walk and decide to do that on another day.  The walk up Signal Hill begins in the Battery and you walk up to side of the mountain to the top of Signal Hill.  We head back home to have a BBQ for supper on our deck.

 

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Colleen’s Newfoundland Dream – Blog 2

The first thing on our list is the Ferryland Picnic.  It is listed as one of the top 10 things to do in Newfoundland.  We drove from St. John’s to Ferryland which took 1.5 hours.  The drive reminds me of driving in BC with the narrow winding roads and trees on each side.  Once in a while we get a look at the ocean.  We arrive in Ferryland and follow the signs for the picnic.  We park and begin the ½ hour hike up to the lighthouse.  This is not wheelchair accessible as the path up there is just rocks.  The walk can be a bit strenuous but take your time as it is worth it.

We arrive at the lighthouse go in and order our lunch.  There are 4 to choose from and each comes with salad, sandwich, dessert and freshly squeezed lemonade in a mason jar.  Prices are around $27.00 for the picnic.  You are given a blanket and flag and we make our way outside to find our perfect picnic spot.  They find you by your flag and bring out your lunch in a wicker basket.  The food is so good.  Everything is made fresh and the desserts are to die for.  Each comes with real whipping cream.  We are told we picked a great day as the sun is shining and there is a small breeze.

No sooner do we sit down the whales start to perform for us.  They are slapping their trails and waving at us with their fins.  There is even a small group of dolphins following them around.   This is our first whale sighting and we are definitely entertained.   Just a reminder that a reservation is required as they quickly sell out and they are not open every day.   We are going to the Military Tattoo at Signal Hill at 3:00pm so reluctantly we leave to head back to the city.

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