GREAT CANADA ESCAPES
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.