GREAT CANADA ESCAPES
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.