Be part of Canada’s momentous 150th Anniversary celebrations in 2017 with Collette
The world’s second largest country is celebrating its sesquicentennial with a year-long party so it’s the perfect time to visit our Canadian friends. Rated number 1 in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017, Top Countries – 10 Destinations You Cannot Afford to Miss”, Canada has it all – diverse culture, unique art, amazing food and an awe-inspiring landscape that ranges from breathtaking mountains, shimmering glaciers, lush rainforests and remote beaches, spread across six time zones. Add to that polar bears, grizzly bears, whales and, the all-time favourite, moose and it’s easy to understand this stellar rating!
Leading global tour operator Collette offers a choice of adventures to explore Canada and the chance to participate in some spectacular and inspiring 150th Anniversary festivities. Collette’s current North American tour sale offers a lead-in price of $2,299pp which includes savings of $200pp on bookings made by 28 February 2017 for the following tours, which could be selected to coincide with events marking the 150th Anniversary of Confederation:
- Maritime Coastal Wonders
- Canadian Rockies by Train
- Newfoundland & Labrador Discovery
- Charming French Canada
- The Best of Eastern Canada
- Canada’s Winter Wonderland
- Canada’s Winter Wonderland featuring Ice Magic Festival
Collette has an impressive and diverse suite of tours so the traveller can discover Canada’s unique attractions and be part of this history-making occurrence. From local and community events to national celebrations, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Celebrations incorporate cultural, musical, culinary and sporting events in every province and territory. The biggest Canada Day celebrations the country has ever seen will take place on 1 July and will feature a full weekend of events in Canada’s Capital Region.
Other powerful and moving ceremonies will be held on Aboriginal Day on 21 June, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day with the colourful Fête Nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie Canadienne being held on 24 June, followed by Canadian Multiculturalism Day on 27 June. And in addition to all of this, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all national parks, national marine conservation areas and 168 national historic sites for the entire year.
Canada is experiencing strong growth in visitor numbers, particularly from Australia with arrivals increasing by 42% in 2016 over the previous year, making us Canada’s sixth largest market globally. This surge was aided by increased frequency of air services and very competitive airfares.
“Collette’s outstanding range of Canadian tours, which includes three exciting newly introduced tours, offers the perfect way to experience this incredible country while taking advantage of sale prices. We are also fortunate that our Senior Vice President of Global Business, Christian Leibl-Cote, is a Canadian whose local knowledge of products and attractions has been invaluable,” said Alison Mead, Australian General Manager, Collette.
Canada is an all year round destination which appeals to Australians’ sense of adventure, offering a plethora of outdoor activities from skiing or snowboarding Whistler’s mountains, surfing Nova Scotia’s swells or kayaking the white-frothed South Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories. There are gentler options too, such as strolling Vancouver’s Stanley Park or swimming off Prince Edward Island’s pink-sand beaches.
Highlights of Collette tours include the spectacular lighthouse route in Nova Scotia, a timeless rail journey past coastal forests, roaring rivers, and the glorious snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, the eclectic street art of Montreal, the wide-open urban spaces of Vancouver, the international vibe of Montreal and Quebec City with their European-influenced charm, and the Hopewell Rocks of New Brunswick.
For details of the full tours or to book a trip:
Contact your local travel agent
Private Chauffeur Service
Collette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers within 40km of an Australian international airport. as are tips for the land portion of each tour. For more information visit gocollette.com/chauffeur
Established in 1918, Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s recently- opened Sydney office adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.
On offer is an extensive collection of four-star escorted tours, river and ocean cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family tours and garden holidays. Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners. Knowledgeable tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience. Just sit back, relax and be guided on your Collette adventure!