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A WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY


intimate settings, including many pubs. This year’s ‘Harvest’, the 25th anniversary edition, takes place September 15-20. Catch the music and then enjoy a


late-night lobster roll on the walk back to the hotel. harvestjazzandblues.com BOOK IT The Independent Traveller sells packages to New Brunswick and can arrange tickets to the


Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. independenttraveller.com


IF YOUR CLIENTS LOVED... THE SCENERY IN NEW ZEALAND THEN SUGGEST THEY DRIVE THROUGH THE CANADIAN ROCKIES


Clients who have marvelled at the empty roads and spectacular scenery in New Zealand are prime candidates for a self-drive along one of Canada's most-driven routes between Jasper and Lake Louise. Highway 93 is better known as the Icefields Parkway and is a three-hour drive in either direction – but not spending the best part of a day soaking in the soaring peaks, waterfalls and glaciers is almost a crime! Glaciers line the roadside and nature's cast includes turquoise- coloured lakes and thundering waterfalls. Look for wildlife such as grizzly bears and elk along the Icefields Parkway. You can also walk on a glacier and stop at the new Glacier Skywalk, where a glass platform is all that separates you from the


Sunwapta Valley floor 918 feet below. BOOK IT Bales Worldwide’s 11-day Summer in the Rockies tour includes three nights in Banff, three nights in Lake Louise, three nights in Jasper and


a night in Edmonton. It is priced from £2145pp. balesworldwide.com


IF YOUR CLIENTS LOVED... WINE-TASTING IN AUSTRALIA BUILD IN A VISIT TO NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE


Have your clients enjoyed the fruits of the vine in Australia's Hunter, Barossa or Yarra Valleys? If so, suggest they combine a visit to the world’s best- known waterfall with a trip out to one of Canada’s top wine-growing regions: Niagara-on-the-Lake. Twenty-six wineries are nestled below the Niagara Escarpment in a landscape of vineyards and orchards. Most welcome visitors and have wine-tasting areas and ‘cellar doors' where you can taste and buy the wines. Some, like Jackson-Triggs, pair wine with artisanal cheeses and chocolates, while others, such as Inniskillen, produce the region’s famous ice wine.


IF YOUR CLIENTS LOVED...


A BREWERY TOUR (IN GERMANY) THEN BOOK THEM THE ALEXANDER KEITH’S EXPERIENCE IN HALIFAX


Canada is known for its excellent locally-produced beers and brewery tours are available in several cities. Tthe Alexander Keith’s Brewery in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, is housed in a massive ironstone and granite building that dates from 1820. 'Period characters' transport you back to the 1860s. Guests learn all about the beer-making process, sample glasses of Keith’s beer at the ‘tavern’ and are treated to


nineteenth century shanties and dances. BOOK IT Wexas has a 15-day self-drive Unique Properties of the Maritimes tour that takes drivers from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. Priced from £2,140pp. wexas.com


BOOK IT North America Travel Service offers a two-hour tasting tour at Chateau des


Charmes, a family-run vineyard, from £29pp. northamericatravelservice.co.uk IF YOUR CLIENTS LOVED...


THE GARDEN ROUTE IN SOUTH AFRICA ON AN ESCORTED TOUR THEY WILL ENJOY THE COUNTRY ROADS AND VILLAGES OF ATLANTIC CANADA


Clients who sat back and let the coach take the strain as they marvelled at the cliff-hugging roads and ocean views in South Africa’s Western Cape are prime candidates for an escorted tour around the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. See scenic sites like Peggy’s Cove and the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island in Halifax and stop for a lobster lunch in the pretty town of St. Andrews in New Brunswick after viewing the four- storey-high flowerpot-shaped Hopewell Rocks. Stops can also include the highest tides in the


world at the Bay of Fundy, walking the Fundy Trail, and North Rustico’s celebrated wharf, with its fishing


boats and lobster traps, on Prince Edward Island. BOOK IT Collette’s 12-day Maritimes Coastal Wonders starts from £2,939pp. It includes flights from London and 17 meals. Gocollette.com


IF YOUR CLIENTS LOVED...


THE RIO CARNIVAL THEY WILL LOVE THE QUÉBEC WINTER FESTIVAL


Everyone loves a carnival and Québec has one for every season. The star of Carnaval de Québec is the oversized Bonhomme, the rotund mascot who leads the parades that wend their way through an upper city decked out in lights and ice sculptures. There’s also a sculpture contest on the Plains of Abraham, the carnival's main venue. Next year’s carnival takes


Vine time in Niagara-on-the-Lake


place January 30-February 15. BOOK IT Thomas Cook has a week next February at the Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac. From £1351pp, flights are with British Airways. thomascook.com


Lighthouse in Atlantic Canada


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