LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Canada -

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.

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