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MY CANADA MEMORIES


Finding Nimmo...


Adam Hanmer, the CTC’s Manager, Travel Trade, has enjoyed some fabulous trips to Canada, packed with adrenalin-producing moments


Snowtime at Panorama


“I’ll never forget the snowmobiling trip I did in Panorama, British Columbia, in December 2014. I took out some of our specialist ski operators and signed up for the snowmobiling option the resort offers through Toby Creek Adventures. "We headed out into the Purcell Mountains


and followed cat tracks as we climbed up to a peak of around 8,000 ft. We stopped at an alpine cabin for hot drinks and biscuits before being taken to a deep-powder bowl, where we really opened the throttles and let the machines rip! “You don’t need to have a licence to drive a


snowmobile – you just need to be 16 or over. “Panorama is a great resort but not particularly well known in the UK. It is located on British Columbia's Powder Highway, about three-and-a-half hours from Calgary, Alberta, and easily pairs with Banff and Lake Louise as a great twin-centre. "You can do a range of things, including heli- skiing and snowshoing. There’s also a mountain hut where you can have cheese and


chocolate fondue.” panoramaresort.com


Into the Breach Nimmo was unforgettable


“The day I spent in Nimmo Bay was equally memorable. Early morning we did a light yoga class before boarding a helicopter for a sightseeing trip. We first landed on one of the peaks and then dropped down to a beautiful fly fishing spot. “We had a picnic lunch and then enjoyed an


afternoon boat ride where we saw some amazing wildlife. This included a whale and around 100 dolphins. We also saw some black bears – a mother and her cub – foraging down by the river. “We learnt about the traditions of the area’s


First Nations peoples and viewed some impressive totem poles. “That evening, back at all-inclusive luxury


property Nimmo Bay Resort, a fly-in lodge in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, we had the most amazing dinner. The cuisine was right out of the top drawer, with fine BC wines, and the lodge even has its own pastry chef. It really was just about the perfect day. “Getting in and out of Nimmo Bay Lodge was fun – we arrived by boat from Port Hardy


and helicoptered out.” nimmobay.com


“My whale-watching experience off Victoria in British Columbia with Orca Spirit Adventures was phenomenal – just an amazing experience. "It was early October, so quite late in the season for the whales, but we got close to around 50 Orcas, and saw a couple of them breach. Some swam right under our boat. “It’s a three-hour trip out from Vancouver and we were on one of the larger boats. The views were great, and there was plenty of space to walk around and we didn't feel at all cramped. “The trips are led by a marine naturalist,


who points out gray and minke whales, porpoises, seals, sealions and bald eagles. “We caught a sea plane up to Victoria,


which was an experience in itself and a pretty cool thing to add to any west coast itinerary. And your clients' return journey to London can also start with a seaplane flight, as the service from Victoria back to Vancouver drops you back next to the international airport. “I was really impressed with Victoria: it’s a


pleasant town with a lively pub scene.” orcaspirit.com


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