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CHEF and award-winning restaurateur Serge Dansereau grew up in Montreal, Canada, and moved to Australia in 1983. He is the owner of Sydney’s Bathers’ Pavilion at Balmoral Beach. More: batherspavilion.com.au. Desperate to get back to: The beauty of the Canadian forests viewed from our holiday rental, Chalet Refugio, on a lake near Mont Tremblant, north of Montreal. Must visit: Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology in the University of British Columbia for its amazing First Nations collection. Ultimate eco-adventure: A week of canoeing with DEALS OF THE WEEK Break by the lake: Book by September 30 for a Canadian ski package with seven nights’ accommodation and a six-day lift pass (one night’s accommodation and a lift ticket free) at Baker Creek Chalets, Lake Louise; from $895 a person twin-share. Valid December 1-18, and January 3-February 9, 2012. More: skimax.com.au. adventurous friends in the Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Stand-out afternoon tea: The elegant Empress Hotel in Victoria on Vancouver Island for traditional teas with fine china, silverware and old-school service. Track of beyond: Rail Plus’s new series of Canada and Alaska cruise-rail deals combines Holland America’s Zuiderdam with the Rocky Mountaineer; from $3106 a person twin-share for 11 nights, with two-day rail journey, seven-night Glacier Bay cruise and land arrangements. Tours up to 16 nights are on offer. More: railplus.com.au. Inviting culinary destination: The Fromagerie Au Gre Des Champs, Saint-Jean-SurRichelieu, Quebec, a small artisanal factory with superb cheese. Most memorable splurge: A charter boat from Beaver Cove, Vancouver Island, for fishing salmon and halibut; look for seals, bald eagles, orca and bears. Distinctive hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the Rocky Mountains for a luxury experience in a superb setting. Best-spent travel dollars : Membership of the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, for its extra service, amazing lounge and excellent food. Clever combo: Get in before October 15 for free airfares plus $3000 discount per couple on a 28-day Canada-Alaska tour departing May 22, 2012; from $14,495 a person twin-share including Rocky Mountaineer rail touring, Inside Passage cruising, accommodation, guided excursions and most meals. More: aptouring.com.au.