Oh Canada!

Oh, Canada!

What a year 2020 has turned out to be. Imagine if someone had told you in January that we’d be living through this wild ride. You’d never have believed them.

Now, we approach a Canada Day without festivities on Parliament Hill, or fireworks. And we all are trying to find a way to celebrate life, and maybe sneak in a little holiday or two.

Since we’re not travelling much this year, though – I’m also encouraging clients still to think about taking that bigger trip next year2021 will be bucket list time! (See my river cruise article below.) And – you likely will have two year’s worth of vacation money to spend. Let’s get planning!

This year is the year to visit Canada. And why not? We live in a fantastic country.  Did you know that tourists see more of Canada than we typically do? Not many take the time to see their own backyard, and there’s nothing like a global pandemic to make us stay close.

Destination Canada is keeping track of where we can visit at home with updates every two weeks on provincial travel restrictions. This coming week’s update should have info about the new Atlantic Canada bubble, but here is the June 16th update. https://www.destinationcanada.com/sites/default/files/archive/1065-Canadian%20Resident%20Sentiment%20and%20Travel%20Related%20Measures%20-%20June%2016%2C%202020/COVID-19%20Canada%20Resident%20Sentiment%20and%20Travel%20Related%20Measures_June%2016_FINAL_EN.pdf

Fairmont hotels across Canada are encouraging clients to visit with a “second night free” promo. See https://www.fairmont.com/offers/north-america/stay-close/

The ShangriLa Toronto has a third night free. https://www.virtuoso.com/promotions/16084060/discover-toronto-in-style?search=shangri%20la%20toronto&mode=Gts#.XvjHwyhKiUk

Discover Toronto in Style
•3rd night free 50% off the 2nd room on Weekends (Thursday to Sunday inclusive)
•50% off of the second guestroom including Luxury Circle amenities on both rooms
A Suite Stay
Book a suite with a 2 night minimum stay and your clients will receive:
•$200 Hotel credit
•Bespoke welcome amenity

Manoir Hovey in Quebec in the Eastern Townships are welcoming you. https://www.virtuoso.com/hotels/12091352/manoir-hovey?search=%22manoir%20hovey%22&mode=Gts#.XvjHlihKiUk

Arctic Kingdom is offering Northern Lights https://arctickingdom.com/trip/guided_northern_lights/ and Weber Arctic https://www.weberarctic.com/ are inviting you to come visit.

And I have two special offers with Natural Habitat for visiting Canada too.


First up for Canadian residents:

We have a special offering a 20% discount off of the per person double occupancy tour cost for any of our 2020 Polar Bear trips. This does not include any single supplement or internal air fees, but would also apply to our Extra Day in Winnipeg program. This is ONLY good for Canadian residents, and again only for departures this October and November.

Second up

We have space holding to operate our Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C. trip September 28-October 6 this year, but the date is currently wide open. This trip could be a wonderful private journey for a family, group of friends, or even for as a small corporate outing or team building adventure for the right client. We can take a maximum of 12 guests in 6 cabins, but will sail with a minimum of 4 at the pricing outlined below. Please also ask for PDF for details, and summary of trip highlights below, and if you have a moment free check out this 1 minute summary video of this incredible experience.

Let me know soonest if this might resonate with you.

Make it Private – USD

4-6 travelers: $12,945

7-8 travelers $11,145

9-10 Travelers: $9915

11-12 Travelers: $8995

Trip Price

  • $8995-$9995 (+internal air)

Internal Air Fee: Internal airfare is an estimated additional $595 per person; price is not yet confirmed (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Single Occupancy: Single rooms are not available for this adventure. If you are not matched with a roommate you will not be charged for a single room.
Deposit: $500 per person (non-refundable)

Make It Private: View pricing
 to take this trip privately with just you and your select travel companions.

Other Notes: 
Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars.

Trip Highlights:
• Exclusive Access Via Private Yacht – Aboard our privately chartered sailboat, find an intimate encounter with the world’s largest remaining tract of virgin temperate rain forest
• More Wildlife, with Local Guides – Search for rare spirit bears, grizzlies and wolves with Gitga’at guides, local First Nations residents who know the Great Bear Rainforest intimately
• Humpback Whales at Close Range – Watch humpback whales feed and breach as we weave through the sheltered waters of some of the most remote coastal wilderness on Earth




Other recordings, if you could only take ONE more trip:

Big Five Tours – Peru, Morocco, Kenya

Lindblad Expeditions – overview Expedition

Springtime in Paris by Sheila

Quark Expeditions – Greenland

Southern World – Australia and

Silversea Cruises.

Intrepid Travel

Oceania Cruises