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With multicultural cities, wildlife, the great outdoors and a range of touring and adventure opportunities, Canada is on people’s must-see list, says Amy Watkins

countryside of Québec, to the mountainous wilds of British Columbia to the glaciers of the Yukon. Add abundant wildlife – from bears to moose and whales – fantastic food and local wine, plus intriguing transport from kayaks and float planes to railways and motor-homes and it’s clear to see Canada’s popular appeal. The challenge is to convince clients to


travel now rather than keeping it on their ‘will do one day’ list. There is plenty to choose from: hot summers in cities such as Toronto are perfect for al fresco festivals, a fresh spring brings bear-spotting opportunities in British Columbia and winter festivals in Montréal and Ottawa are great draws, along with Québec’s family-friendly ski resort of Tremblant and BC’s Whistler. Traditionally, Canada appealed to older

travellers but with plenty of soft adventure, wildlife experiences, outdoors adventures, iconic train journeys and family-friendly holidays available, there’s been a rise in younger visitors. Toronto is still popular as a city break destination, boosted by a rush of new luxury hotels opening such as The Trump Tower. A new Edgewalk at the CN Tower is attracting adventurous visitors while the city’s annual Film Festival will again be held in September, Calgary will be celebrating 100 years of

the famous Stampede in July and this month (April) sees the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic commemorated with events and exhibitions in Atlantic Canada, especially Nova Scotia’s Halifax

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tunning scenery is what Canada does best: from the lakes and falls of Ontario to the maple-dappled

and Newfoundland’s St John’s, which both played a large part in the rescue mission. Wildlife trips are

growing in popularity, from spotting salmon and

spirit bears in BC to kayaking with whales and calling moose in Québec to tracking polar bears and beluga whales in Churchill, Manitoba.

The French-speaking province of

Québec is full of gastronomical delights amongst the cobbled streets of Québec City and Montréal is a haven for boutique shoppers. Come spring Québec is home to stunning gardens, including the Botanical Gardens of Montréal. Titan has launched a 10-day Flora, Fauna and French Flair of Québec tour that takes in several gardens and whale-watching.

What’s New Virgin Atlantic launches its inaugural flights from Heathrow to Vancouver on May 24, departing four times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) until October 27 2012, increasing capacity from the UK to the city by 10%. Air Canada will be reintroducing

seven flights a week between Dublin and Toronto from June 8 to September 30, while from June 2 the airline will be increasing Heathrow to Toronto flights to five times a day. Winnipeg’s International Airport has

been completely rebuilt following a $595m overhaul project. Rocky Mountaineer’s new

SilverLeaf service will grow across its fleet and there will be a full season

launch of Coastal Passage, the first three-day rail service between Seattle and the Rockies to/from Jasper or Banff, which will link up with cruise



Regional Manager Core Markets, Canadian Tourism Commission

“Last year ended on a positive note with an increase in December of visitors to Canada, which was no doubt boosted by the great snow conditions that our ski resorts out west enjoyed. “We continue to invest considerably in

our agents’ training programme (www. believing that those agents who have experienced Canada first hand, and taken the time to delve into the country a bit deeper, will reap the benefits in sales. “With Virgin Atlantic starting a May to October direct flight to Vancouver this year, Calgary celebrating the 100th year of the Stampede and the CTC launching the new Signature Experiences Collection ( to highlight the varied holiday experiences the country has to offer, Canada will be on the radar for agents.”

From The Front Line MANDY MCGLADE

Product Manager USA and Canada Tailor Made Travel

“The Rockies and Vancouver Island self-

Selling Tip Thanks to Sir David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet there’s a renewed interest in Arctic wildlife-spotting




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