with Southern Cross Travel
Whether travelling with family, as a couple or on your own, Canada is a diverse destination that offers something for everyone. With plentiful wildlife, friendly natives, opportunities to view the Northern Lights, adventure activities, gourmet food and wine, and stunning scenery around every corner, a Canadian adventure is a must for your next holiday with Southern Cross Travel.
Our Canada Specialist, Anneka, talks through her ultimate Canada holiday itinerary, incorporating city life and the Rockies with a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Canadian experience – observing Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat.
“Fly from London Gatwick or Heathrow to Calgary, pick up your hire car and drive onto Banff and Lake Louise to explore the beautiful surroundings. Whilst here, let Southern Cross Travel book an evening wildlife safari for your chance to observe native animals in their natural habitat. How about a horse ride over the Rocky Mountains? Visit the Columbia Icefield and ride on the Icefield Explorer to view the Athabasca Glacier, before continuing along the scenic road for a 2 night stay in Jasper.
2. All Aboard
Embark on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer – the most luxurious way to travel through the Rockies. For that ‘Once in a Lifetime’ holiday, Southern Cross Travel recommend an upgrade to Gold Leaf Service for panoramic views and 5* dining en route. After your overnight stop in Kamloops, re-board your train, arriving into cosmopolitan Vancouver. Spend a few days exploring this cosmopolitan city set on the water with the wonderful backdrop of Grouse Mountain.
3. Vancouver Island
Next, collect your hire car downtown and drive to Horseshoe Bay to board the ferry to Vancouver Island, then head north to Campbell River. After an overnight stay here, take a scenic float plane to rustic, floating Knight Inlet Lodge, set in Glendale Cove amidst steep cliffs that plummet into deep glacial-fed waters – home to a large concentration of grizzly bears.
4. Back to the wild
After a welcome orientation, take a boat cruise to view the bears feeding within 50m of the shore. Stay for 2 or 3 nights at this incredible Lodge, which offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet, and it is here that you will begin each day’s adventure. As well as bear viewing, you can enjoy a number of other tours, depending on the season, including a marine wildlife tour, whale watching, photography opportunities and kayaking tours.
5. Take your first step
Canada is a spectacular country, full of exciting and unique experiences which will make you want to return again and again. So, what are you waiting for? Get that suitcase out from under the bed and make 2024 the year that Southern Cross Travel turn your holiday dream into a reality!”