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OH, CANADA, YOU AMAZING PLACE!

Big shouldered mountains chiselled into rugged splendour by glaciers and the elements. Nature still grandstands here – raw pristine and fierce. Rainforests, serpentine coastlines, the eternal blanket of Arctic ice and even a small desert are all part of the vast and unique natural patchwork that we cover on our visit to this magnificent landscape.

I have been lucky enough to travel to Canada about 10 times and each time I have seen something new and different and still come home with the adage “Canada is definitely my favourite destination on this earth!”.

I recently returned from a 22 day trip with a group of 34 Trade Travel clients and we had the time of our lives. Flying straight into Calgary, our first stop was the World Heritage site of Banff. Our couple of days there were spent enjoying the spectacular sights, taking photos and enjoying the many viewpoints that this part of what the Canadian Rockies can offer.

We also enjoyed a gondola ride high up on Sulphur Mountain where the scenery was breathtaking, before heading off to our next stop -Jasper via the Icefields Parkway – this is truly one of the most scenic stretches of Highway in North America.

Stops were made along the way to view wildlife and enjoy a ride on the Ice Explorer to get “up close and personal” with the Athabasca Glacier. The delights of Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake in the Jasper area had us snapping photos at every turn.

On we travelled to Kamloops but not before we headed out onto the Thompson River and into Grizzly Bear Valley to spend some time with the local inhabitants – our own family of brown bears. To be all alone in such a pristine environment and at one with nature was unforgettable.

We took in the vista of Mount Robson in spectacular sunlight before we crossed over into Wells Gray Provincial Park and viewed the Spahats and Helmcken Falls. We then left the mountains behind us for the time being and stopped overnight in Canada’s desert town of Kamloops.

Following the Gold Rush Trail, we then made our way to beautiful Vancouver. With three nights in this popular harbour city, we really had time to explore many of the local sights, do some shopping and also sample some of the great traditional Canadian fare that Vancouver is famous for.

We headed up to the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics – Whistler – for a day where some travellers used their time to go on an adventurous 4WD trip to the top of the mountain where they saw plenty of bears in their natural environment.

No trip to Canada is complete without visiting the capital of British Columbia – Victoria, and the famous Butchart Gardens. Again, we had a spectacular day weather-wise and plenty of time to stroll around the 50 acre botanical showcase.

Victoria also provided a chance to head out and look for orcas in the Inner Harbour before we headed south to Seattle to join our seven night cruise on-board the Celebrity Solstice to Alaska. This cruise leaves you speechless as you travel through the small fishing villages of Ketchikan, Tracey Arm and Skagway. These towns were a hub during the Gold Rush of the late 1800’s and still represent the frontier spirit that the Klondike area is renowned for.

We also visit Juneau, the capital of Alaska with easy access to some of the magnificent Fjords and glaciers such as the Mendenhall Glacier, a favourite with visitors. The view from our Balcony cabins every morning was no less than surreal and our encounters with moose, bear, orca, whales, sea lions, mountain goats and much more wildlife throughout this trip will be etched in our memories forever.

Why not join me next year and let Canada and Alaska be your next adventure! All flights, sightseeing, accommodation and tipping is included in the Trade Travel tour, along with most meals.

Contact Trade Travel on 1800 034 439, for a full copy of the itinerary as spaces are limited.

Sue Grady
The Victorian Probian
September – October 2015 Edition

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