GREAT CANADA ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Canada - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

NORTH BY NORTH­WEST: Best-selling Cana­dian nov­el­ist and keen con­ser­va­tion­ist and birder Mar­garet At­wood is the fea­tured guest lec­turer on Ad­ven­ture Canada’s Out of the North­west Pas­sage cruise itin­er­ary aboard the 198pas­sen­ger ex­pe­di­tionary ves­sel Ocean En­deav­our from Septem­ber 5-21; high­lights in­clude UNESCO sites and a visit to Canada’s north­ern­most com­mu­nity. From $C8995 ($9516) a per­son twin-share. More: ad­ven­ture­canada.com.

FLY FREE: Book APT’s 22-day Rock­ies Odyssey and Alaska Cruise for an April, 2016 de­par­ture and fly free to Canada, just pay­ing air taxes from $780 a per­son; the hol­i­day starts at $12,495 a per­son twin-share, with luxe in­clu­sions, such as Gold Leaf car­riage seat­ing on the award-win­ning Rocky Moun­taineer train and a veran- dah state­room aboard a Hol­land Amer­ica Line sail­ing of the In­side Pas­sage. The fly-free deal is valid for book­ings to Novem­ber 30 this year. More: ap­tour­ing.com.au.

NEW DI­REC­TION: Air Canada has added Bris­bane to its global net­work; the air­line will op­er­ate Boe­ing 787-8 Dream­lin­ers thrice-weekly be­tween Van­cou­ver and the Queens­land cap­i­tal from June. More: aircanada.com.

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE: Five se­ries of the orig­i­nal The X-Files TV hit were filmed in Van­cou­ver and the city will again be the back­drop for a six-episode re­vival, due to air from Jan­uary. Van­cou­ver, known by lo­cals as Hol­ly­wood North, claims the crown as the fourth-largest for­eign film and pro­duc­tion cen­tre in North Amer­ica. More: touris­m­van­cou­ver.com. WHITE NIGHTS: Scenic has two new Yule­tide tours; Christ­mas in the Rock­ies fea­tures a host of fes­tive in­clu­sions, such as a night aboard the so-called Snow Train from Van­cou­ver to Jasper, a sleigh ride be­side Lake Louise, and Christ­mas Day brunch and din­ner with all the trim­mings at Fair­mont Banff Springs or Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge. Avail­able for 12 or 14 days from De­cem­ber 17 or 19; from $7795 a per­son, twin-share, or for 13 or 11 days from De­cem­ber 15 or 17; from $7245. More: scenic.com.au.

GET IN EARLY: Globus has re­leased its 2016 US and Canada brochure with a range of ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing ice walks, from four to 15 days. Early­bird deals ap­ply for book­ings made by Septem­ber 15. More: globus.com.au.

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