GREAT CANADA ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION CANADA -

STEP ABOARD: Book by Au­gust 31 for an ac­com­mo­da­tion cat­e­gory up­grade or a $1000 on-board credit aboard ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous 382-pas­sen­ger Sil­ver Whis­per’s Mon­treal to New York bal­let-themed cruise fea­tur­ing soloists from Opera de Paris. The 10-day voy­age de­parts Oc­to­ber 23; from $7400 a per­son twin­share, with sin­gle sup­ple­ments from 25 per cent. More: 1300 306 872; sil­versea.com.

TOP OF THE WORLD: Scenic has launched its 2018 Canada, Alaska and US pro­gram of five-star tour­ing, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in top Fair­mont prop­er­ties. New for next year is a 21-day Breath­tak­ing Alaska & Canadian Rock­ies jour­ney, in­clud­ing cruis­ing on the 450-pas­sen­ger Se­abourn So­journ and the Rocky Moun­taineer rail ser­vice (pic­tured). Book by Oc­to­ber 31 for sav­ings. More: 138 128; scenic.com.au.

A WIN­TER’S TALE: Col­lette’s Canada’s Win­ter Won­der­land seven-day tour fo­cuses on Al­berta prov­ince in the west and stays at the Fair­mont Chateau Lake Louise and Fair­mont Banff Springs; ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude snow­shoe walks and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Book by July 31 to save $250 a per­son; de­par­tures in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber. More: go­col­lette.com. BE PRE­PARED: Book and pay 10 months in ad­vance for a 2018 Canada hol­i­day with Trav­el­mar­vel and re­ceive a dis­count of up to $600 a cou­ple; for a limited time and avail­abil­ity, the op­er­a­tor also has part­ner-flies-free deals and dis­counts on pre­mium econ­omy air­fares. More: 1300 196 420; trav­el­mar­vel.com.au.

OUT AND ABOUT: Rail Plus re­ports steady growth for its Canada prod­ucts, up 18 per cent for rail book­ings and 14 per cent for tour pack­ages over the past 12 months; there’s now a ded­i­cated port­fo­lio of Canada Wildlife and Ad­ven­ture Pack­ages, in­clud­ing view­ings of the likes of moose, bi­son and bears plus whale-watch­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bri­tish Columbia and Al­berta. More: railplus.com.au. ROOMS TO MOVE: Van­cou­ver’s most an­tic­i­pated ho­tel openings, slated for the end of Septem­ber, are The Dou­glas, a Mar­riott Autograph Col­lec­tion ho­tel with 188 gue­strooms and suites, and the 24-storey, 329-room JW Mar­riott Parq Van­cou­ver, the ac­com­mo­da­tion group’s first in west­ern Canada. The sis­ter prop­er­ties are part of the mas­sive Parq Van­cou­ver casino and en­ter­tain­ment com­plex near False Creek in the south­east cor­ner of down­town Van­cou­ver, with di­rect ac­cess to BC Place Sta­dium and Rogers Arena, two prime sports and leisure venues. The Dou­glas’s name pays homage to the fir tree so cru­cial to the early days of the city’s econ­omy; book­ing are open for both ho­tels. More: par­q­van­cou­ver.com; mar­riott.com.au; the­do­u­glas­van­cou­ver.com.

STAY IN STYLE: The pres­ti­gious Re­lais & Chateaux group has lodges, ho­tels and restau­rants across Canada; for the best in lodge and camp stays on Van­cou­ver Is­land, con­sider Clay­oquot Wilder­ness Re­sort and Wick­anin­nish Inn, while Sonora Re­sort, also in Bri­tish Columbia, of­fers first-class wildlife watch­ing. In the east, there are six R&C prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing Lang­don Hall Coun­try House Ho­tel and Spa at Cam­bridge, On­tario. More: re­lais­chateaux.com.

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