Travel Agent Day 2019

Happy Travel Agent Day!

This year we celebrated with a surprise for the members of our team every hour!  Check out some of the things they received.

59422918_362145364406361_4068840871343161344_n

We also asked each of our agents to share something about themselves that our customers and their co-workers may not know.  Here is what they had to share:

  • Joanne Pidwerbetsky – I always buy limited edition food items.
  • Karen Katelnikoff – My grandfather was Harry Bailey and I used to compete on the Goldfins.
  • Annette Frey – I lived in Kamloops BC from age 3-16. I still have a fond place in my heart for BC.
  • Kyra December – Two of my toes on each foot are webbed.
  • Jamie Milton – I learned how to do the Flying Trapeze at Club Med.
  • Amanda Campbell – During my free time I enjoy my Zumba and Pilates classes.
  • Marcy Melnyk – I am the first born grandchild on both sides of my family. My maternal grandmother has 15 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and still growing…… We have to host our family Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings in a hall.
  • Czarina Sastaunik – One of my goals in life is to make it to all the destinations in the song Kokomo by the Beach Boys! So far I’ve made it to 7 out of 10.
  • Stephanie Afseth – When I was 15, I received my 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwon-Do. I used to teach classes at a school not far from our office. I’m secretly a ninja 😉 *Stephanie is currently on maternity leave but she’ll be back later this year.*
  • Correna Tymchen – My first plane ride was when I was 35 years old and to Vancouver. First All Inclusive trip was when I was 39 and we travelled to Puerto Vallarta
  • Colleen Lorenzen – We have 2 sets of twins in our family and I am the middle of both. My older sisters are 4 years older and my younger sisters are 4 years younger.
  • Cordell Strachan – I have a bachelor of arts four year Anthropology degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Helen Klassen – My grandparents were some of the 1st pioneers to settle in the Muenster area here in Saskatchewan. Because of this our family was featured in the May edition of the National Geographic Magazine in 1979 including a photo of all of us in front of the original house they built.
  • Casie Schmidt – When I was a kid I ate tomatoes like they were apples

 

We hope you had fun learning a little more about our team.  If you haven’t met your travel agent face to face, here is a little video showcasing each of them.

Want to know how to show some love to your travel agent?  Why not leave them a review on Google or Facebook, refer your friends and family to them or simply send them an email telling them that you appreciate them!

Get Social With us @UniglobeCarefree on Facebook and @uniglobeYXE on Instagram and Twitter

30 Years of Friendship, Family and Fun at UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel

 

We’re so excited to be celebrating UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel’s 30th anniversary this week.  As we reflected on the past 30 years we checked in with our staff to see what working here means to them.  Here’s what they had to say.

 

Marcy Melnyk – Travel Consultant

Marcy 30th Blog

The first time I flew on a plane I was 13 years old and we were headed to California on a family vacation. When I was 15 years old I participated in a French exchange program and went to France for 2.5 weeks with a group of fellow students and chaperones.  As they say, I was bitten by the travel bug.  I suppose it’s a natural progression that I should be working in the travel industry.

Working with Uniglobe Carefree Travel for the last 11 years has given me some amazing opportunities for travel that I may have never experienced otherwise.  I’m fortunate that Uniglobe supports it’s staff in fulfilling their own personal travel adventures.

One of my favorite vacations was a week spent at the extraordinary Sandals Grande Antigua.  Pristine beaches, gracious hospitality and the best homemade coconut ice cream ever!


Czarina Sastaunik – Travel Consultant

Czarina 13th anniversary

I love planning holidays because it makes people happy.  Every trip is special but some are extra special to me.  One that really stands out is reuniting a wonderful client with her grandfather, a Canadian soldier buried just outside of a small town in France called Arras.  He died on the battlefields in WWI and his granddaughter (now in her late 60s) was finally ready to meet her granddad.  It brings tears to my eyes when I think of them and that special moment where they could finally be together.


Jam Dhez Hieras – Accounting / Administration

Jam 2019

I have been working for Uniglobe for 8 months. I must say nothing has changed since day 1, everyone is always very welcoming! I am always excited to come in to work everyday to see the beautiful happy faces my co-workers have and I always look forward with all the laughs and stories we would share that day. Everyone is treated like a member of the family in this office which I think makes everyone’s job less stressful than what is could be as everyone in this office knows that help is just always there for each of us.

I really like travelling even before working here, and working here makes it a lot easier knowing that all my travel agent co-workers are always there to help me get good deals on any trip and give me ideas on where is the best place to visit. I am very excited to share with you that I have booked my first ever ALL-INCLUSIVE trip!!! And I think this wouldn’t be possible without the help of my co-workers! 😊


Joanne Pidwerbetsky – Travel Consultant

Joanne 24th Anniversary 2018

Happy 30th Anniversary Uniglobe!

Over the last 24 years of working at Uniglobe Travel I have helped many clients make their travel dreams come true.  I have made many great relationships with clients and with wonderful coworkers over the years.  This career has given me many opportunities to travel around the world and make lasting memories.  There are still some uncharted waters that I need to circumnavigate around the globe and hope to do that in my future years with Uniglobe.


Helen Klassen – Travel Consultant 

Helen Klassen

When I started working with Uniglobe Carefree Travel 4 years ago, I felt nervous to be starting with a new company.   However, I quickly felt at ease and I am privileged  to have built some great relationships with the staff as well as former and new clients.  I am extremely honored to be included in the “Counsellors of Excellence” group for the past three years.


Kristy Boardman – Accounting / Administration

51336955_362780337896046_7088725990267944960_n

I started working in the accounting department with Uniglobe a little over four months ago and from day one I felt very welcomed by everyone! I have a great group of coworkers who are always there to help. I enjoy coming to work every day with this wonderful group of people. I look forward to continuing to get to know everyone and for many future travel opportunities.


Kyra December – Travel Consultant

 

My favourite travel memory since I have been a travel agent with Uniglobe Carefree Travel was mine and my fiancé’s first trip ever together and his first trip anywhere.  We went to Grenada in June 2017 and stayed at the Grenadian by Rex Resort.  We had a stressful travelling day where we only had about 15 minutes to connect in Toronto due to flight delays leaving Saskatoon.  We made our connection (thank goodness), made it to our resort in Grenada, and were lucky enough to receive a beachfront room!  After we got settled, we decided to take a walk along the beautiful beach and then Tristan proposed to me!  It was super sweet and totally surprised me!  The beach is my happy place so everything was just perfect!


Jamie Angus – Milton – Managing Partner

Uniglobe 8

My favourite Uniglobe Moments have often been at our annual conference.  It’s always such a fun event with a wonderful group of people, who have become friends over the years.  It’s hard to pick just one moment, but this conference in particular – April 2014, we were celebrating the retirement of Ed Buchholz (Ed hired me way back when and was an amazing mentor and business partner) and also winning Uniglobe Agency Owner of the Year award.  It was a memorable event!


Correna Tymchen – Travel Consultant

correna - scotland

My first day at Uniglobe was 10sept2008. This was a huge moment for me as I had went back to school in my 40’s and I decided that I wanted a career in travel. I wasn’t sure if anyone would want to take a chance on a middle aged women with no experience in the travel industry but Ed and Colleen must have saw some potential as I just had my 10th anniversary with Uniglobe.


Ami Prescesky – Accounting / Administration

Ami 2019 - 1

I can say I have felt like a part of the family since basically day one, as though I’ve been here several years already and I haven’t even finished my first 3 months yet. Everyone has been so patient and kind, and I even got a HOMEMADE cake and card signed by everyone on my birthday which is something I’ve never had in the workplace. I can definitely see why the company has employees whom have been here there for their whole career.


Colleen Lorenzen – Operations Manager

Colleen's 30th

I think my favorite milestone working with Uniglobe has been my 30th anniversary with the company.  Sounds like a long time right!  But it has gone so quickly and I have enjoyed working with a lot of great people and feel privileged to call Uniglobe my second family.


Casie Schmidt – Travel Consultant

Niagara Falls2

My favorite travel moment since working at Uniglobe was going to Europe for the first time! I went to Greece with my mom and sailed the islands. It was her first time out of North America which was an unforgettable experience! After Greece I went to Italy by myself and met the most amazing people on a G Adventures Tour! We stayed in contact and almost a year later I went to Toronto to visit them. We visited Niagara on the Lake and Niagara Falls. From going to Europe I also got to experience my own country more.


Annette Frey – Travel Consultant

Annette

In my 27 years with Uniglobe there have been many special things that I have experienced, too many to single out.  My one joy is my satisfaction in serving our customers and helping them have a good travel experience.   I enjoy hearing their stories and knowing I was a part of making their travel experience a good one.  I have been very fortunate in being able to travel to some wonderful countries like Curacao, Tanzania and Australia.  I hope to travel to more interesting places in the future.


Heather Peters – Marketing Coordinator

IMG_1052

A few years ago I switched my career path.  After six and a half years of being a leisure travel agent I made the switch to become UNIGLOBE’s Marketing Coordinator.  I can genuinely say that this position is an amazing fit for me and I’m so grateful that I work for a company that prioritizes marketing!  My day-to-day job involves sharing the beauty of the world, amazing deals and the experiences of our team with our customers (among many other things).  I get to work with a product that I love in a more creative way than I ever did before.

When I think about my new position and working here at UNIGLOBE one specific “job” comes to mind as extra special.  At our annual Fall Product Launch I get to spend time chatting with our clients about their past travels or future plans while playing simple games and handing out prizes.  I literally feel like Santa Claus.  I don’t have clients anymore but still love talking travel with people so this part of my job helps fill that void.    I love the expression of joy as I hand over the prizes, some people even hug me; they’re so thankful.  This is one of my very favourite parts of my job.


Cordell Strachan – Travel Consultant

Cordell 2

Although I may be the newest member to the Uniglobe team, I have had the opportunity to work with a few of the agents in the past.

It can be difficult to select one moment that I would categorize as my favourite and thus I would like to reflect a theme I have noticed within the company.  The unconditional feeling of belonging has been evident and clear since starting with the team.   The team has offered so much to make me feel welcome and integrated.  A strong indication of company success is the level of laughter with the office environment, which is plentiful at the location I am at.

I may have been here for a short while but it feels like I have spent my whole career here.  Happy anniversary!!


Karen Katelnikoff – Travel Consultant

Karen Pooh

One of my favorite places to visit is Disney!  When I have families come to me for help with their once in a life time trip, I take great pride in it. I want Disney to also be their favorite place to visit. I have one family that will always stand out to me. They came to me to help them plan a multi-generational Disney trip. I was over the moon to help. On their return home and still to this day they tell me they would not have changed a thing. They tell everyone they know that I am their Disney expert and why would you not use an agent for a trip like this. I have lost track of the amount of families I have had the privilege of turning a holiday into magical memories. It is the best feeling in the world when they can see Disney through my eyes.


Amanda Campbell – Travel Consultant

20180702_160150

My clients are like my family and I take care of them the best I can. I try to go above and beyond their expectations.  Many people are overwhelmed by the internet and appreciate having someone narrow choices down for them based on what suits their needs.  In our offices we have been to many places around the world and stayed at many hotels, done many local excursions and tours.  The personal experiences are what help us help our clients better.  We give personal attention to our clients and go out of our way to make sure they have the best vacation and a very memorable experience.  We always look out for what’s best for them.  My clients are very important to me and I put my best effort into organizing and taking care of their vacations.  This is why I love my job and working for Uniglobe.  It is because of my amazing clients, that I am encouraged to continue to learn more about places I am not familiar with and that we truly care about each and every person we work with.   I love my job, and my clients are what make me happy to come to work every day.


As you can see, there are two main things that have made the past thirty years at UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel extra special.  The feeling of family within the workplace and YOU our clients, our friends our family.  Thank you for helping us reach thirty years as a local Saskatoon and area business, here’s to the next thirty!

If you’re in Saskatoon on Thursday, February 14th please feel free to stop by either of our offices for cake, coffee and a contest to celebrate this special day.

uniglobe-basebar

TRAVEL AGENT DAY 2018 – GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM

Today, May 2nd 2018, is Travel Agent Day!  It’s a day that we take to celebrate all that our hard working agents do.  There is so much dedication, knowledge, time and love that goes into each trip they book and we know they do their very best to make sure everything about your travel arrangements is carefree!

We had each of our agents take a few minutes to answer some questions so that you can get to know a little bit about who they are.  Check it out!

Travel Agent Day 2018 - Elena photoELENA KUBE

What is the one thing you always travel with? My Bathing Suit you never know when you’ll find a pool.  My blow up floating ring if it’s a beach/hot destination.  And slippers, I don’t like walking on hotel room carpet.

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet? Greece, Croatia, Bali, Ireland

What is your top travel tip? Pack at least one clean pair of undies and a shirt in your carry-on bag.  If your bag goes missing at least you have something clean to change into.  Plus a water bottle, fill it up after security so you have it on the flight or while your touring around on your trip.

What is your favourite destination to visit and why? Every trip I’ve been on has been my favorite for one reason or another.

Tell me about your favourite travel moment(s)? Taking an Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise with my mom, grandma and my sister for my birthday.  Going to Turkey & Egypt with my cousin for my 30th  Being proposed to on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Landing in Abbotsford and having my 2yr old nephew greet me.

Why did you become a travel agent? I was 18yrs old and right out of high school and went to Australia. I returned I knew I should go back to school so I thought why not become a travel agent.

COLLEEN LORENZEN Travel Agent Day 2018 - Colleen photo only 3

What is the one thing you always travel with?  I always  travel with my reader as it saves me carrying so many books

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet? We have been talking about walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain for so long and we are finally going to do it this summer.  Super excited.

What is your favourite destination to visit and why? My favourite is Maui because we have such a relaxing holiday when we go there.  I love that we can travel around the island with no worries.

Tell me about your favourite travel moment My favourite travel moment was when we were at the Pyramids in Giza and because we travelled shortly after the revolution in Egypt there were only a handful of tourists so you felt like you were totally alone with some of the most beautiful monuments in the world.

 

Travel Agent Day 2018 - Stephanie photo onlySTEPHANIE AFSETH

What is the one thing you always travel with?  I never go anywhere without my earbuds. Music or movies help me zone out, especially on long flights, so they are usually the first thing in my bag.

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet?  Africa is the top of my “one day” list. I’d love to safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Both my husband and I love animals, and I can’t wait for the day I get to see a hippopotamus in its natural habitat.

What is your favourite destination to visit and why? So far I love South East Asia the most. The culture is so different from North America, the food is so flavorful, generally it’s cost effective once you are there, and you can’t beat having warm weather all the time.

Tell me about your favourite travel moment.  I’ll never forget my first coach tour. I spent 14 jam packed days in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia with Contiki. It was my first introduction to Asia, and to group touring. It’s such a great way to meet people, and many of us keep in touch via Facebook. Seeing the sun rise over Angkor Wat, riding elephants in Laos, and taking the overnight train to Chiang Mai are some of the highlights I’ll always remember.

Travel Agent Day 2018 - Kyra photo onlyKYRA DECEMBER

Why did you become a travel agent?  I became a travel agent because I have a passion for traveling and seeing the world and I love helping my clients experience the world as well!  I love making their experience as stress-free as possible from the moment they start planning until the moment they arrive back home from their own adventures!

Tell me about your favourite travel moment.  My favourite travel moment so far would have to be the hour long helicopter tour over Kauai that I had the opportunity to partake in this January!  I have always wanted to do a helicopter ride and Kauai was the perfect setting for it!  The views of the Waimea Canyon, countless waterfalls, and the Napali Coast were absolutely breathtaking!  We even seen some whales from our helicopter!  An opportunity of a lifetime that I highly recommend!

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet?  I  want to see as much of the world as possible, however, one destination I dream of visiting is Croatia!  It looks like such a beautiful country with a mix of beaches, history, culture, and nature!  I plan to make my way over there one day!

Travel Agent Day 2018 - Correna photo onlyCORRENA TYMCHEN

What is the one thing you always travel with?  Well Hopefully my passport lol.  You can read about Correna’s stolen passport adventure here  https://goo.gl/kg3WCS

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet? Romania to see Dracula’s castle is #1 on my bucket list.  I can’t wait to see where Vald the Impaler lived and ruled.

What is your top travel tip? Always have your snacks and water as you never know if you will have a long delay.  Also, if you are a dress wearer I recommend wearing a maxi dress on the plane as it doubles as a blanket.

What is your favourite destination to visit and why? My favourite is Puerto Vallarta by far.  The weather is usually always good, it is a quick flight and the food and people are amazing.

Tell me about your favourite travel moment.  I would have to say my trip last year to Scotland, we visited one of the castles that was used in the show Outlander.  I can still see Jamie walking out of the castle right into my arms ahhhh.

Why did you become a travel agent? To help make people’s dreams come true.  I work with a few amazing people and companies that help people plan their dream vacations, this is by far the best part of my job.  There is nothing better than to help families make lasting memories.

JOANNE PIDWERBETSKYTravel Agent Day 2018 - Joanne photo only

What is the one thing you always travel with?  Always travel with a small blanket on the airplane.  I always freeze.

What is your favourite destination to visit and why? My favourite destination is Iceland.  I still dream about bathing in the Blue Lagoon.  It is exactly like the pictures you see.  Truly amazing!!

 

 

Travel Agent Day 2018 - Karen photo only

 

KAREN KATELNIKOFF

What is the one thing you always travel with?
The one thing I always travel with is my noise cancelling headphones, you never know when you need a nap!

What is your favourite destination to visit and why?
My favorite destination is of course Disney World. There is something magical and carefree that takes over the moment you walk through the gates at Magic Kingdom and you set eyes on Cinderella’s castle. I does not matter how many times I have been there the feeling is always the same.

 

 

 

JAMIE MILTON Travel Agent Day 2018 - Jamie photo only

What is your top travel tip? Always be early – there is always the chance of long lineups, shortage of staff at security, road work, traffic accidents, etc that will delay you getting to your destination or departure gate on time.  You don’t want to miss a flight/excursion/event because of unexpected delays that could be avoided by leaving a bit early.

What is your favourite destination to visit and why? Hawaii.  There is always something new to see and experience and each island is so unique.  I love the freedom and comfort of being able to drive around, eat anything, drink anything and go anywhere with my family.  It is a feeling of being at “home”, but the setting is 1000 times better!

Tell me about your favourite travel moment.  We were on our second day of a Safari at Kapama Game Reserve in South Africa.  It was the most amazing day.  We went for a morning game drive, then spent the afternoon at the spa.  On the evening game drive we saw all of the animals we had been waiting for – elephants, white rhino, water buffalo, lions and even the elusive leopard at the very end of our night.  There was a full moon and it felt magical.  After a dinner with the staff singing and dancing, we went for a walk and that is where my husband proposed – on a dry river bed, under a full moon in the middle of a beautiful lodge in South Africa – a perfect end to a perfect day.

Travel Agent Day 2018 - Czarina photoCZARINA SASTAUNIK

What is the one thing you always travel with?   – My phone!  Besides being my camera and my way to contact home, I love utilizing travel apps to help navigate my trip and make it a little easier.  Zomato is one of the best food apps for any travelling Foodie looking for restaurant ideas!

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet?  Egypt!  I would love to see the pyramids in person.

What is your top travel tip?   Take copies of your passports and travel itinerary and leave with trusted family or friends.    (I can change this if someone has used this.)

What is your favourite destination to visit and why? Too many to list but I have a special place in my heart for Italy.

Tell me about your favourite travel moment.  Feeding kangaroos in Australia was pretty special.  I love the wildlife there!

Why did you become a travel agent?  It’s a family affair!  My mom is a proud retired travel agent and my youth was filled with fun trips all over the world and lots of plane rides.  Becoming an agent has allowed me to travel all over the world.  A new stamp in my passport is always such a thrill for me!

MARCY MELNYKTravel Agent Day 2018 - Marcy photo only

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet?  Bora Bora

 Tell me about your favourite travel moment.  Seeing the wide eyed look and beaming smile on your young daughter’s face the moment she gets to meet in person her favorite Disney princess at Disneyland.  Priceless!

Travel Agent Day 2018 - Helen photo onlyHELEN KLASSEN

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet?  I have always dreamed of travelling to New Zealand. I have heard so many positive and amazing aspects about it.

What is your favourite destination to visit and why? Ireland was my favorite destination to visit. It is such a beautiful country with it’s stunning scenery, and fun and friendly people. The country offers something for everyone; from it’s poetry and history, to their local cuisine, numerous pubs, and magical charm.

Tell me about your favourite travel moment.  My favorite travel moment was taking my two children to Disneyland when they were young. Seeing the excitement on their faces and watching them believe in the magic of that atmosphere is something I will never forget.

ANNETTE FREYTravel Agent Day 2018 - Annette photo

What is the one thing you always travel with?   The one thing I always travel with is granola bars and Pringles. You just never know when you have a snack attack.

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet?  The next destination I would like to travel to is Ireland.  The pictures look amazing and a place with Beer can’t be wrong.

 

 

Travel Agent Day 2018 - Casie photo only

 

 

CASIE SCHMIDT

What is the one thing you always travel with?  I always travel with my camera. I love being able to look back at the places I’ve been and memories I’ve made.

What destination do you dream of visiting that you haven’t made it to yet?  I have always dreamed of going to Australia and New Zealand. I would love to go sky diving in New Zealand!

What is your favourite destination to visit and why?  Italy has been my favorite destination so far because of the people I met. It’s a beautiful country to explore plus so much pizza, pasta and wine!

Why did you become a travel agent?  In grade 12 I went to Vietnam and that was my first big trip. I completely fell in love with travel so I became a travel agent to help people make their dreams come true. I think there is so much to see in the world and everyone should experience it.


Want to know more about the adventures our team has been on?  Check out our YouTube channel or our Instagram page for tons of fun content from our own trips.

 

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

Quebec Amanda2

“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

Vancovuer Helen

“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

Canmore Joanne 2

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

Calgary, Alberta
Heather Peters – Marketing Coordinator

Heather Calgary

“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

Cyprus Hills 6 Marcy

“Beautiful, pristine and serene Saskatchewan landscapes!”

Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan
Charles Street – Administration

Manitou Beach pano heather

“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

Seawall

“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

IMG_7789

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

Newfoundland
Colleen Lorenzen – Operations Manager

Colleen Newfoundland

“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

Karen Lake
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

Cape Breton Vista Jamie
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

The Saskatoon Valkyries vs the Regina Women_s Tackle Football team of the WWCFL Elena

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

 

Revelstoke, British Columbia
Casie Schmidt – Leisure Travel Consultant

Revelstoke2 Casie

“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

snake

“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

moraine lake kyra 2

“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
Steph Canyon

“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!

If you are planning a trip within Canada this summer, be sure to give us a call!  We’re here to help and you could win a free flight and Maple Leaf Lounge pass by booking with us!

Sutherland:  306-955-1449
Circle Drive:  306-934-3400

Social Media banner