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Alberta
 
Alberta's Chefs, Producers, Bakers and Brewers
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Tour theme: Vibrant City and Culinary

Explore the vibrant cities of Edmonton and Calgary through your senses and get to know the producers behind these chefs great menus. From artisan cheeses, to heirloom vegetables and heritage variety grains and animals, working closely with producers, chefs are able to create their menu from the ground up.

Preferred markets: UK, Germany, Australia, South Korea

Special notes or considerations:
  • Extensive road travel. The number of hours per day one can expect to be travelling on highways is 4-5 hours. This is for one day and the day will be broken up by stops at farms and producers.

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal - Voucher for dinner at hotel will be included

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal - Voucher for breakfast at hotel will be included

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal
    Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Consider the season and dress accordingly. Most of your time will be spent in the cities where evenings will be cooler.

  • For you bike tour bring leisure, loose clothing. This is a soft adventure activity.

Click here to see the full tour itinerary

British Columbia
 
Far East Meets West Coast in Richmond, British Columbia
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Tour theme: Richmond’s unique attractions and experiences are guaranteed to transport visitors to a different time and place, all without the trouble of jetlag. Sample delectable and authentic Asian cuisine, travel back through time on a guided tour at a national historic museum and be transported to a whole other world – all in one city.

Join Tourism Richmond for a three-day themed tour of the island city, focusing on the best it has to offer. This three-day tour will allow attendees to experience authentic Asian summer night markets, go on guided food tastings at the most unexpected places and experience Richmond’s nature firsthand with a mix of guided tours and hands-on experiences.

Preferred markets: United States (West coast preferred), Canada, China, UK, Germany

Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited internet access on certain legs of the tour, especially during the whale watching excursion. Complimentary wireless internet access will be available at the hotel.
  • Physical restrictions for whale watching experience – especially for those who suffer from motion sickness (non-drowsy gravol or motion sickness medication is recommended)

  • Dietary restrictions and preferences cannot be guaranteed during the food tour portion of this FAM. Participants should advise well in advance if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies; Tourism Richmond will do its utmost to accommodate restrictions and offer alternatives, but this cannot be guaranteed.

  • Single accommodation is included at the hotel

  • Meals, accommodations and one alcoholic beverage per meal will be covered by Tourism Richmond. Non-alcoholic beverages are included in every meal hosted by Tourism Richmond.

  • Two meals per day (lunch and dinner) are included in each day of the itinerary. Media will be responsible for their own breakfasts.

  • Travel days (day of arrival and departure) does NOT include any meals

  • Early check-in at the hotel will be arranged, but cannot be guaranteed

Preferred clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm

  • Wet-weather gear – rain boots, umbrella, rain jacket

  • Layered clothing

Click here to see the full tour itinerary


Natural Luxury: A Rejuvenating Retreat to Vancouver and Sonora Resort
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Theme: Luxury in nature. Vancouver is known as “the supermodel of North American cities” and “Manhattan with mountains.” Sonora Resort is a West Coast island getaway just 50 minutes from the city, known as one of Canada’s hidden gems. And now you get to see why.

“Natural Luxury: A Rejuvenating Retreat to Vancouver and Sonora Resort” showcases the many sides of indulgence in these extremely distinct, yet equally alluring, B.C. destinations. Media are invited to leave their worries behind and enjoy a rejuvenating getaway to Vancouver, where they’ll stay in a glamour-meets-nature luxury hotel; dine at flavourful restaurants that aptly capture the city’s eclectic and locally-minded culinary scene; explore new stories in natural attractions like Stanley Park and Sea to Sky Gondola (Meditation Walks, anyone?); and taste exotic cocktails featuring antioxidant-heavy ingredients. Then, they’ll fly via private helicopter or seaplane to Sonora Resort, a Relais & Châteaux destination, and experience the natural wilderness of B.C. in a luxury setting by enjoying West Coast-meets-international cuisine paired with B.C. wines; watch grizzly bears fishing for salmon at the Orford River; zoom around the surrounding waters to witness more wildlife wonders; and relax in the mineral pools with a very Canadian and scenic view. Prepare to be pampered.


Preferred markets: USA, Canada, UK, Germany

Special notes or considerations:
  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Two meals per day are included in Vancouver

  • Three meals per day are included at Sonora Resort

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: two meals

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

  • Additional considerations for this tour are: Helijet transfer from Vancouver to Sonora Resort includes luggage weight maximum of 25 lbs. Note: excess luggage can be stored at Helijet terminal if required.

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Bathing suit

  • Jacket with a hood

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing

Click here to see the full tour itinerary

Manitoba
 
Walking with bears at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge: A Hudson Bay Odyssey
Monday, September 25, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Tour theme: Adventure at all levels, Natural Wonders

Uunrivalled access to the Hudson Bay coastline habitat of the polar bears and the adjacent polar bear denning areas. An overwhelming abundance of other four-legged friends including wolves, black bears, moose and an array of migratory birds. The backdrop of the boreal forest during fall excursions when the local vegetation begins its seasonal dormancy with a brilliant display of color. These are only a few of the many highlights you will experience on Churchill Wild’s Hudson Bay Odyssey. This safari involves daily treks through pristine terrain where you will be provided with once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities, so keep your camera ready to go! Low-impact all-terrain vehicles will get you deep into unspoiled wilderness. Back at the lodge, it’s not uncommon to have the wildlife in the area pay a visit to explore our fenced compound. The wildlife is not overly shy, due to their lack of previous exposure to the threat that man can represent. You will be forever changed by your experience in this pristine and remote area, and awed by the ease in which bears, wolves and other species flourish in an unforgiving circle of life. Travel Manitoba and Churchill Wild invite you to join us on what is sure to be an adventure to remember!

Preferred markets: USA, Australia, UK, Canada

Special notes or considerations:
  • Media MUST be able to travel without an interpreter due to space limitations on the charter flight and accommodations at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour. While wi-fi is available at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, service can be unreliable due to the remote location

  • Due to remote location, there is limited cellular phone service at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. A satellite phone is available at the lodge in the event of emergencies

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness. (e.g. must be able to walk on uneven terrain, endure outdoor conditions)

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal

  • Travel and wildlife adventures in the remote north are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

  • Travel delays can also happen. Participants must be of flexible nature and disposition.

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Dress in layers

  • Thick mitts

  • Knit or fleece winter hat

  • Warm sweater or heavy fleece

  • Warm spring/fall jacket

  • Waterproof rain gear (pants and jackets)

  • binoculars

  • day pack for hiking

  • indoor shoes or slippers

  • sunscreen/lip balm

  • sunglasses

  • sun hat with brim

  • comfortable walking/hiking shoes

  • rubber boot insoles (rubber boots are provided at the lodge, but insoles provide added comfort)

  • warm hiking socks

  • long underwear/thermals

  • bathing suit (for Thermëa)

  • sandals (flip-flop style – for Thermëa)

Click here to see the full tour itinerary

Fall in love with Riding Mountain National Park
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Tour theme:Natural Wonders, Adventure at all levels

To mark Canada’s 150 celebration of Confederation, Travel Manitoba invites media to wander off the beaten track of Canada’s national parks system and explore the prairies` best kept secret: Riding Mountain National Park. You’ll quickly learn why this park—relatively unknown to international travellers—has been creating indelible family memories for Manitobans for generations. Stroll the picturesque and bustling resort town of Wasagaming. Feast your eyes on the stunning autumn landscape of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of 3,000 square-kms of boreal forest, aspen parkland, and fescue prairie. On wildlife viewing adventures, go deep into the backcountry where few visitors tread (other than the four-legged kind!) and be on the lookout for birds, bears, moose, elk, and the icon of the prairies: bison. Hear stories of the land and connect with locals and experience that famous prairie hospitality.

Preferred markets: UK, Australia, Germany, Canada

Special notes and considerations:
  • Limited internet access on rural drive to Riding Mountain National Park and in the back country of the park. Internet access can be expected in Wasagaming town site, hotels, and airport. Wi-Fi is available at The Lake House and at some shops/restaurants in the resort town site

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour. In the rural areas of Manitoba, service may be limited. While in RMNP, cellular phone service will be available, but long distance charges will apply and be the responsibility of the guest. Networks like Rogers and Bell have reception in the resort town site

  • There is a fair bit of travel time in a shuttle bus to/from Winnipeg to Riding Mountain National Park (3.5 hrs each way). Also, there will be travel time around the park

  • Physical restrictions: Participants must be of “fair” physical fitness. They must be able to walk on uneven terrain. Must be able to endure outdoor conditions whether hot or rainy and cold. Must be of flexible nature and disposition. The Gorge Creek Hike is considered a moderately challenging trail

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included (except Day 3 – Friday, September 29)

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal
  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal


Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • lightweight hiking or walking footwear

  • Gore-Tex wind and rain gear

  • clothing for layering (everything from fleece jackets to long-sleeve tops to shorts and tank tops)

  • binoculars, camera & video equipment

  • small daypack

  • personal refillable water bottle and thermal mug

  • sun hat

  • sunglasses

  • bathing suit & towel

  • light gloves and knit hat

Click here to see the full tour itinerary

Winnipeg by Design
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Tour theme: Architecture & Design, Vibrant Cities, Attractions & Events

Winnipeg’s architecture scene is grabbing the attention of the global design community and beyond for its intriguing blend of old and new. Meet the innovative architects and creative designers that are putting Winnipeg on the map, and visit some of the city’s newest, oldest and boldest attractions where design takes centre stage. You’ll also get to try your hand at creating your own masterpiece, take a mind-bending tour that reveals secrets hidden in the architecture of one of the province’s finest buildings, and explore North America’s largest collection of heritage buildings that now houses cutting-edge galleries, boutiques and eateries.

Preferred markets: USA, Canada, UK, Germany

Special notes or considerations:
  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness. (e.g. must be able to walk on uneven terrain, endure outdoor conditions)

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel. Any incidentals including tips, phone calls etc. are at your expense

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

  • WIFI access is available at the hotel, but not at all attractions

  • Cellular phone service is available throughout the city

  • Participants must be comfortable walking and standing for long periods of time.

  • The thermal spa experience activity may present risks for those suffering from angina, heart or respiratory problems, diabetes, hyper- or hypotension, especially when these conditions are viewed as serious and/or uncontrolled. In case of doubt as to your condition, ask for your doctor's opinion.

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Bathing suit and flip-flops/sandals for spa (robes will be provided)

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Rain gear – umbrella, waterproof jacket, shoes that you don’t mind getting wet

  • Camera and/or smart phone for photo ops

  • The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year, so be prepared to wear layers, long pants and closed-toe shoes. Include a jacket, hat, mitts and scarf for cooler weather/evenings

  • Sunglasses

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New Brunswick
 
Ocean Adventure along New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Theme: Enjoy an Ocean Adventure along New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy boasts the highest tides in the world (100 billion tonnes of seawater flow into the Bay twice a day, every day), and hosts 12 species of whales during their summer feeding, including more than half of the world’s population of rare and endangered right whales. Experience just a few of the activities this marine wonder offers… a walk on the ocean floor, spectacular coastal hiking… and whale watching, of course. Top it all off with the freshest of seafood at every turn and overnight stays in a vibrant city, a fishing village, and a seaside resort.

Preferred markets: North America, United Kingdom, Germany, France

Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited Internet access only on certain legs of the tour. Internet access can be expected in the following locations: hotels, airport, everywhere with the exception of some locations we will be visiting during daytime

  • Extensive road travel: 2 h 24 mins on day 3 – broken up, and 1 h to airport on day 4

  • Limited cellular phone service on parts of the tour – during day-time activities e.g.: Walking on the ocean floor, whale-watching

  • Physical restrictions: while this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness e.g.: must be able to walk on uneven terrain, endure outdoor conditions

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tourism New Brunswick does not cover the cost of alcohol

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Casual attire: sweater and jacket for water activities

  • Seasonal attire/warm clothes for evenings

  • Footwear suitable for light hiking

  • Clothes/shoes may get wet and/or muddy

  • Average temperatures for this time of year: High 64 to 68 °F / Low 42 to 49 °F; High 18 to 20 °C / Low 6 to 9 °C

Click here to see the full tour itinerary

Tale of Two Cities - Fredericton and Saint John: A Culinary and Cultural Adventure
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Theme: A culinary and cultural tour of two cities

The magnificent St. John River, the largest river on the eastern seaboard, is the stunning backdrop for New Brunswick’s Capital, Fredericton. Discover a quaint riverside city, rich in the heritage of three founding cultures: First Nations, Acadian and British.

Saint John, Canada’s oldest incorporated city, is also the only city on the beautiful Bay of Fundy. There is simply no other place in the Maritimes where the urban charms of a vibrant, historic city nestle up against the grand, natural allure of this world-famous bay.



Preferred markets: North America, United Kingdom, Germany, France

Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour. Internet access can be expected in the following locations: hotels, airport, everywhere with the exception of some locations we will be visiting during daytime

  • Limited cellular phone service on parts of the tour during day-time activities

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants will be walking and light cycling

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Alcoholic beverages are not included

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal


Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Casual attire

  • Seasonal attire/warm clothes for evenings

  • Footwear suitable for walking

  • Average temperatures for this time of year: High 64 to 68 °F / Low 42 to 49 °F; High 18 to 20 °C / Low 6 to 9 °C

Click here to see the full tour itinerary


Acadian Coastal Odyssey - Experience the best of the spectacular Acadian Coast of New Brunswick
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017


Theme: Learn about the first French settlers in Canada, their history and how they survived being deported from their home country to return and establish a vibrant and unique culture in Atlantic Canada.

After the 1755 expulsion of the Acadian people from Lower Canada (now New Brunswick and Nova Scotia), many returned to their native home in New Brunswick, setting the stage for an unique history and an interesting cultural legacy that lives on more strongly than ever today in the “Nouveau-Brunswick” of 2017. “Joie de vivre” is a way of life in this region all year… the ocean contributes its bounty and provides a backdrop for the music, indigenous food, and artists that set the tone as the Acadian people celebrate their colourful heritage. This tour will meander up the Acadian Coastal drive from Moncton to Caraquet, capturing the flavours of the Atlantic Ocean and a fascinating culture.

Preferred markets: North America, United Kingdom, Germany, France

Special notes or considerations:

  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour. Internet access can be expected in the following locations: hotels, airport

  • Extensive road travel on day 4: 2 h 51 mins to airport

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour - during day-time activities

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness E.g.: must be able to walk on uneven terrain, endure outdoor conditions

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will not include alcoholic beverages as Tourism New Brunswick does not cover the cost of alcohol

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Seasonal attire / warm clothes for evenings. Footwear suitable for walking.

  • Average temperatures for this time of year: High 64 to 68 °F / Low 42 to 49 °F; High 18 to 20 °C / Low 6 to 9 °C

Click here to see the full tour itinerary

Nova Scotia
 
Diggin' the Bay of Fundy
Monday, September 25, 2017 - Saturday, September 30, 2017

Theme: Experience coastal waterways of Nova Scotia: Bay of Fundy and Northumberland straight and how they shaped the geography, the culture and the culinary experiences one can have.

This is a place where life is shaped by the sea and fertile soil. Together they tell a captivating story. The world’s highest tides carve the dramatic cliffs and caves that paint the Bay of Fundy coastline, revealing stories of life that is over millions of years old. This climate also lends itself well to the local wine industry and not surprisingly, fresh local seafood, including lobster. It’s a great part of the province to get off the beaten path and find an unexpected discovery.

Preferred markets: UK, Germany, China, USA / Canada

Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour, pretty much fully accessible for duration of the trip. A few sketchy areas might prevail, especially around Cape d’Or and the overnight camping in the Bay of Fundy. International services: preference to access via Bell or Telus (Rogers is less accessible in the province)

  • Extensive road travel – ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours per day

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour. Similar to internet access above. Local phone calls are complimentary at accommodations but guests will incur charges for long distance calls

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness, able to walk short distances and some uneven terrain, rain or shine as well as kayak for a day (easy yet full day of paddling)
  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, especially seafood. Seafood is a unique selling point and the itinerary is not recommended for anyone with seafood / shellfish allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

  • Transfer to and from airport / train station included


Additional special notes or considerations:
  • Transportation will be in fully-equipped minivans

  • The tour will be guided/escorted by representative(s) of Tourism Nova Scotia

  • It is the responsibility of the media guest to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover participation in the trip

  • Upon check-in at each hotel, media guests will be required to provide a credit card to cover any incidental expenses (i.e. mini-bar, room service, phone calls, movies, etc.)

  • The final itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather and availability

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Nova Scotia has a temperate climate with daytime temperatures in the fall in the range of 12-20º Celsius to evening lows of 8-15º Celsius

  • Please be sure to bring comfortable clothing that can be layered and a good pair of walking shoes, raincoat, sweater / sweatshirt, a light jacket, sunscreen and insect repellant

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Cape Breton Colours
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Theme: Cape Breton Island is often referred to as Nova Scotia’s masterpiece for its stunning beauty, sights and sounds. Experience it with fall colours as a backdrop.

Cape Breton Island is often referred to as Nova Scotia’s masterpiece. If you’ve never been there, it should be on your bucket list. Alexander Graham Bell said it best: “I have traveled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps, and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty Cape Breton outrivals them all.” Find out for yourself why this island has made such a lasting impression on so many. A highlight of this tour will be taking in a concert as part of the award-winning Canadian Signature Experience, the Celtic Colours International Festival. This is the time of year when the sounds of fiddles, pipes and voices in song echo over the island.

Preferred markets: UK, Germany, China, USA / Canada

Special notes and considerations:
  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour. Internet access will be complimentary and almost fully accessible for the duration of the trip. A few weak areas might prevail, especially along the Cabot Trail (ie, kayaking, boat tours). International services: preference to access via Bell or Telus (Rogers is less accessible in the province)

  • Extensive road travel. The number of hours per day one can expect to be travelling on highways is included in itinerary details

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour. Similar to internet access above. Local phone calls are complimentary at accommodations, but guest will incur charges for long distance calls.

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness, able to walk short distances and some uneven terrain, rain or shine

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Especially seafood. Seafood is a unique selling point and the itinerary is not recommended for anyone with seafood / shellfish allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: two meals

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

  • Transportation will be in fully-equipped minivans

  • The tour will be guided/escorted by representative(s) of Tourism Nova Scotia

  • It is the responsibility of the media guest to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover participation in the trip

  • Upon check-in at each hotel, media guests will be required to provide a credit card to cover any incidental expenses (ie. mini-bar, room service, phone calls, movies, etc.)

  • The final itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather and availability.

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Nova Scotia has a temperate climate with daytime temperatures in the fall in the range of 12 - 20º Celsius to evening lows of 8-15º Celsius. Please be sure to bring comfortable clothing that can be layered and a good pair of walking shoes; raincoat; sweater / sweatshirt, a light jacket, sunscreen and insect repellant.

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Feed Your Soul in Nova Scotia
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Theme: A Culinary journey in southwestern Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, cultures combine to form a wonderful tapestry of experiences. There are three World Heritage Sites in the province (a total of five if you count the biospheres) which speaks to a vibrant history that’s been wonderfully preserved. Our foodie culture is very much a part of this cultural tapestry and is flavoured with the authenticity that defines our farmers and fishers and inspires our chefs and wine makers. Seafood often gets top billing, but you’ll quickly discover that’s just the beginning of why food lovers and casual diners alike keep coming back for more.

Preferred markets: UK, Germany, China, USA/ Canada

Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour. Internet access can be expected in the following locations: Complimentary, almost fully accessible for duration of the trip. A few weak areas might prevail (ie, kayaking, boat tours). International services: preference to access via Bell or Telus (Rogers is less accessible in the province)

  • Extensive road travel. The number of hours per day included in itinerary details

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour. Similar to internet access above. Local phone calls are complimentary at accommodations, but guest will incur charges for long distance calls

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness, able to walk short distances and some uneven terrain, rain or shine

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Especially seafood. Seafood is a unique selling point and the itinerary is not recommended for anyone with seafood / shellfish allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: two meals

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

  • Transportation will be in fully-equipped minivans

  • The tour will be guided/escorted by representative(s) of Tourism Nova Scotia

  • It is the responsibility of the media guest to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover participation in the trip
  • Upon check-in at each hotel, media guests will be required to provide a credit card to cover any incidental expenses (ie. mini-bar, room service, phone calls, movies, etc.)

  • The final itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather and availability

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Nova Scotia has a temperate climate with daytime temperatures in the fall in the range of 12 - 20º Celsius to evening lows of 8-15º Celsius. Please be sure to bring comfortable clothing that can be layered and a good pair of walking shoes; raincoat; sweater / sweatshirt, a light jacket, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Click here to see the full tour itinerary

Ontario
 
Explore the Great Canadian Canoe Route
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Saturday, September 30, 2017


Theme: Adventure at all levels, History and Vibrant Cities

Come and explore the waterways and canoe routes used for hundreds of years by explorers, voyageurs and continues to be used for adventure seekers. Your journey begins in the Kawartha’s region where in the city of Peterborough you will visit the Canadian Canoe Museum. The museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 and is home to over 600 canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft with examples stretching from the west coast of Canada to the east coast. You’ll learn about the Indigenous watercraft used, the history of the voyageurs, and how we continue to use this iconic mode of transportation today in Canada. You’ll also have a chance to make your own mini paddle.

You’ll begin your first paddle experience in a north canoe on the shores of Rice Lake, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway canal system and weather permitting, enjoy a panoramic float plane ride over the lake. From here we travel east towards Barry’s Bay. You’ll learn proper paddling strokes with the team of experts at the Madawaska Kanu Centre on one of the nearby lakes and take in the splendour of the beautiful fall colours.

From here we’ll end our trip in the capital city of Ottawa, what better place to end the trip where the city is having a full year of celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary. We’ll take in a visit to the Museum of History to hear more about the Indigenous history and visit the newly re-opened Canadian Hall.


Preferred markets: Germany, UK, Japan

Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour. Internet access can be expected in the following locations: there may be limited access at the Madawaska Kanu Centre even with a hotspot device

  • Extensive road travel. There will be times we are travelling approx. 2.5 hrs to reach a destination

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour. Limited if any service while at Madawaska Kanu Centre

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness. There will be uneven terrain, stairs and embankments to go up. You will endure outdoor conditions, and learning to paddle on white water may be challenging for some. If you have a fear of water, this is not for you

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel. Shared bathrooms as noted in itinerary at Elmhirst Resort and at Madawaska

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal (note any exceptions)

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

  • Transfer to and from airport / train station included

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Clothing list to be provided at a later date

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Prince Edward Island
 
Small Towns, PEI
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Theme: Exploring several of Prince Edward Island’s coolest small towns!

Cool can be found where you least expect it, like in small towns on a small island, where the ideas are anything but. This four-day itinerary will take you all across the Island through small towns with big charm. The kind of places you have to get out and discover. Explore picturesque fishing villages, seaside towns, and hidden gems only found in between the rolling hills of the Island. Eat with the locals at their favourite spots, take in the views, and find vintage and handmade treasures from Prince Edward Island artisans. This press trip is designed to get a glimpse of the magic that exists living life in a small town.

Preferred markets: Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Japan

Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness e.g. must be able to walk through markets and small towns

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Menus will include a wide variety of seafood.

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Warm clothing such as fleece jacket and/or waterproof shell will be necessary for outdoor activities

  • Comfortable footwear (shoes may get wet)

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Québec
 
Adventure and Great Outdoors in "Authentic Quebec" and Urban Wonders in Historic Quebec City
Monday, September 25, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Theme: A perfect combination of urban experiences and the great outdoors.

Experience a wonderful urban adventure in beautiful and historic Quebec City, and explore the great outdoors and wide spaces in “Authentic Quebec” (Mauricie and Lanaudière regions).


Start your visit in “Authentic Quebec,” a region of two tales (Lanaudière and Mauricie), and discover Quebec at its best. This unique experience will awaken your senses. Be captivated by the charming lodges nestled in the heart of the forest, where exotic gourmet cuisine and traditional local fare co-exist and thrill your taste buds. The woods will have no secrets for you after guided tours along trails of our dense forest, where you will have the chance to observe beavers and bears in their natural habitat. Enjoy the peacefulness of nature!


Rejuvenate in a beautiful spa with an impressive panoramic view. Climb aboard a seaplane, taking in the stunning scenery and the colours that autumn offers. This stay in “Authentic Quebec” will help you live in harmony with nature and discover the richness of living the unique Quebec lifestyle.


Perched atop Cap-Diamant, Old Québec tells its 400+ years of history through its architecture and narrow winding streets. This is your opportunity to marvel at the city’s spectacular beauty, enhanced by the presence of the flowing St. Lawrence River. With French notes in the air, one feels literally transported into Europe. Bistros serving "café au lait" and boutiques offering local artisans' works of art recall Québec City’s original roots. The unparalleled quality and variety of restaurants puts Québec on a pedestal for exquisite cuisine highlighting regional produce. We believe the best way to experience Québec City is to meet its warm and friendly people and share their «Joie de vivre».



Preferred markets: France (Francophone Europe), Mexico, UK/Germany/Australia, China


Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited internet access on certain legs of the tour. Internet access can be expected in the following locations: hotels, airport and most establishments. However, some locations, such as nature parks, will have little or no cellular connections or wifi

  • Extensive road travel: A number of day trips will take anywhere from 1-3 hours

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour: Cellular service is limited in certain areas including in national parks, on lakes and in the forests surrounding cabins where you may be staying. Hotel rooms generally have landline telephones, but long distance charges would be in effect

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness e.g.: must be able to walk on uneven terrain, endure outdoor conditions

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: two meals

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one alcoholic beverage at evening meals

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

  • Certain activities are dependent upon the weather and could be cancelled in case of heavy rain or winds. Delays are also possible in these situations and participants must be comfortable in these conditions and able to adapt to the circumstances

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • In October, temperatures can change quickly. It is important to have warm clothes for the evening, but also lighter clothing for the daytime. Wearing layers is suggested. Short-sleeved shirts and tank tops, wool sweater, polar fleece sweater or vest; avoid cotton

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen

  • Day pack for excursions

  • Comfortable long pants (hiking pants, jeans, etc.)

  • Warm socks (hiking or wool socks)

  • Raincoat, raingear and windbreaker

  • A hat or some type of head protection from the wind to keep your ears warm

  • A light scarf for cooler days

  • Hiking shoes or hiking boots (recommended if you have some) that you are not afraid to get dirty or wet

  • Plastic dry bag to keep your video and camera equipment from getting wet
  • Swimsuit and sandals

  • Water bottle

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Whale, Moose and Northern Gannet
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Theme: Wildlife observation (whales, moose, and Northern gannet), national parks (Gaspésie, Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé et Forillon), lighthouses and hiking.

The Gaspésie Tour is a legendary scenic drive that loops around the huge Gaspé Peninsula. In 2013, National Geographic Traveler included this region on its list of Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime, while the renowned Michelin Green Guide has given it three stars. Enjoy contrasting landscapes and fresh sea air all along this itinerary, including the majestic Percé Rock, sculpted by the sea and wind. You will also have the opportunity to visit Bonaventure Island and its unique Northern gannet colony of over 120,000 birds, the most accessible colony in the world. While you are here, you can also enjoy outstanding and succulent seafood, go on a whale-watching tour looking for a blue whale from Forillon National Park and observe moose, the king of our forests, in Gaspésie National Park. Fall under the spell of wild and enchanting Gaspésie!


Preferred markets: : Canada, France, USA, Germany


Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited internet access on certain parts of the tour: Internet access will be limited at certain moments of the tour, especially around the Gîte du Mont-Albert

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour: Be aware that some cellphone companies do not have coverage in the area visited. The hotel rooms are usually equipped with phones. Long distance charges may apply

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness e.g.: must be able to walk on uneven terrain, endure outdoor conditions. You must also be comfortable on boats to go on the whale watching excursion

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one alcoholic beverage at evening meals

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

  • The five travel days from Gaspé to Mont-Joli will be done in a 15-passenger vehicle or a mini van, depending upon the number of participants. Participants will fly out of Mont-Joli
  • Certain activities depend upon the weather and could be cancelled in case of heavy rain or winds. Delays are also possible in these situations and participants must be comfortable in these conditions and able to adapt to the circumstances

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • Hat or baseball cap or any other type of protection against the wind for the head and ears

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen

  • Day pack for excursions

  • Insect repellent

  • Short-sleeved shirts and tank tops, wool sweater, polar fleece sweater or vest; avoid cotton

  • Comfortable long pants (hiking pants, jeans, etc.)

  • Raincoat, raingear and windbreaker

  • Hiking shoes or hiking boots (recommended if you have some) that you are not afraid to get dirty or wet

  • Warm socks (hiking or wool socks)

  • Dry bag for your camera

  • Bathing suit and comfortable sandals

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Enjoy Eastern Townships' nature and cuisine and NEW Montréal!
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017


Tour theme: Discover the colourful landscapes, the food and wines of the Eastern Townships and Montreal’s 375th anniversary bequests… and great food of course!


In the fall, the Eastern Townships is a land of astonishing and colourful beauty – a kingdom of mountains, lakes, farms and picturesque villages. Our region is the premier wine-producing region in Québec. Since the 1980s, innovative, daring viticulturists have tamed the soil and adapted their growing methods to the climate, creating quality wines, as well as delicious ice wines. Throughout this media tour, you’ll have the opportunity to meet some wine and cider makers. To get a real taste of the Townships, you’ll enjoy a midday snack at a Café de village. Relax at one of our most beautiful spas, BALNEA. When the evening rolls around, you'll savour a flavourful dinner at a restaurant run by one of the region’s Chef créateurs (creative chefs). Then, what better way to round out such a "tasty" day than by spending the night in a cozy country-style inn?

After a great visit in the Eastern Townships, it’s time to be one of the first to experience a transformed Montreal! Driven by the energy behind the festivities and a concern for sustainability, the 375th anniversary (2017) is firmly focused on the future. Bequests are small – and large-scale urban projects that will transform the way Montrealers and tourists experience the city. Learn more about the city’s new legs, including a $39.5 million plan to illuminate the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, and a $78 million new cruise port – Alexandra Pier and Iberville Passenger terminal. Visit the impressive new Pavilions: Pavilion for Peace at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Pavilion Fort Ville-Marie at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum and the Pavilion at Saint-Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. The group will also enjoy plenty of great local cuisine, a pillar on which the city's history and culture is based on. You don't want to miss this unique historical moment in Montreal!



Preferred markets: Canada (especially Ontario), USA, France, UK/Mexico/China


Special notes or considerations:
  • Some road travel: About 1-2 hours of car/van travel

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness e.g.: must be able to walk on uneven terrain, endure outdoor conditions

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: two meals

  • Tour will include one alcoholic beverage at evening meals

  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
  • No special clothing required

  • Walking shoes

  • Fleece / raincoat

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Saskatchewan
 
The Great Southern Saskatchewan Road Trip
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017



Theme: Discover the beauty of southern Saskatchewan. Explore the southern landscape from grasslands to forest and learn about the history of the RCMP and First Nations with some delicious food and drink to top it off.

Discover the natural beauty of the prairie grasslands and the majestic Cypress Hills. Learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Try something adventurous by zip lining through the lodge pole pines and then relaxing with some goats while attempting yoga. Taste the local food and drink on the great Southern Saskatchewan road trip.

Preferred markets: UK, Germany, Canada, USA

Special notes or considerations:
  • Limited Internet access on certain legs of the tour. When we are on the road, some places will be spotty for service

  • Extensive road travel. The number of hours per day one can expect to be travelling on highways is: One day has 5+ hours, but in two parts and another day has 4.5 hours. The rest are minimal drives of an hour or less

  • Limited cellular phone service in parts of the tour. When we are on the road, some places will be spotty for service

  • Physical restrictions: While this adventure is not overly strenuous, participants must be of “fair” physical fitness. Hiking, horseback riding, zip lining (which requires some climbing) and yoga

  • Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies

  • Single accommodation is included at each hotel

  • Three meals per day are included

  • Travel days (day of arrival) includes: one meal

  • Travel days (day of departure) includes: one meal

  • Tour will include one complimentary alcoholic beverage with each evening meal
  • Non-alcoholic beverages are included with every meal

Recommended clothing and activity-gear needed:
We will have a kit with sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks, beverages and other comfort items. You may wish to consider bringing along the following articles:
  • Sunscreen – if you have a preference to a certain variety

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Comfortable walking shoes and closed toe shoes for horseback riding

  • Comfortable clothes for daily activity and touring – layering is a good idea

  • Separate pair of jeans or long pants for horseback riding (you may wish to keep these in a plastic bag in your luggage as they can take on a horsey smell)

  • Hooded jacket/hoodie (may come in handy for outdoor portions if windy, rainy or cool)

  • Nice, casual clothing and shoes for evening dinners/outings

  • Proper jacket that would be suitable if it was to start raining while we’re outdoors

  • Small umbrella, if you have one

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