Canada news : floating hotels, new flights and fishy tales9.11.17 | Clare
IMPORTANT CANADA VISA NEWS
Please note for all 2018 content : avoid last minute disappointment at the airport : british visitors to canada must have electronic travel authority (eta)
To Avoid disappointment at the airport, a reminder that all British visitors to Canada arriving by AIR must as of November 2016 have an Electronic Travel Authority (Eta) to Travel to Canada. Those planning trips for 2018 are advised to apply in advance of booking airline tickets. The ETA costs $7.00 and is valid for 5 years. Purchase is done on line through : http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp . PLEASE NOTE : Any site charging more than $7.00 is not the official government site.
EXPANSION OF ARCTIC CRUISE FLEET
One Ocean Adventures (OEE) has recently announced the expansion of its operations and expedition cruise fleet with the addition of RCGS Resolute. Named after HMS Resolute, a British Royal Navy Arctic Exploration vessel , as well as the Inuit town of Resolute in Canada’s Nunavut Territory, RGCS Resolute will arrive in Canada in November 2018 for its inaugural One Ocean Adventures polar Voyage. RGCS also carries the name of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RGCS) marking the society and OEE’s exclusive education, environmental science and expedition partners in Canada’s North . RGCS Resolute has an unsurpassed ice classification, a proven track record for stability and safety, large indoor and outdoor viewing platforms and exceptional manoeuvrability. It is ideally equipped to guide guests through Canada’s pristine arctic . It will carry 146 passengers in unparalleled comfort with an array of luxury amenities, educational opportunities and activities tailored to guests interests and individual , personalised service.
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER INTRODUCE TWO NEW PACKAGES FOR 2018
Two thrilling new packages that combine the best selling Rocky Mountaineer Holidays with culinary and adventure themes will launch in 2018. First Passage to the West Culinary Exploration includes additional top rated dining experiences and food tours on top of the five star dining onboard the train. With an increased desire for adventurous activities in Vancouver and the Rockies, the company has introduced Journey through the Clouds Outdoor Adventures, creating new ways to explore the destinations with outdoor activities both at sea and in the mountains, from canoeing on Lake Louise to hiking in Jasper. Lake Louise will also be available on every First Passage to the West Journey between Vancouver and Banff.
OPENING 2018: FLOATING OCEAN HOUSE TO OFFER LUXURY INSIGHTS INTO HAIDA GWAII, BRITISH COLUMBIA
A new luxury floating lodge on Canada’s remote west coast of Haida Gwaii promises to give visitors fresh insights into a seldom seen side of this “Galapagos of the North”. Surrounded by calm waters on the quiet shoreline of Haida Gwaii’s Peel Inlet, Ocean House at Stads K’uns GawGa will offer a launching point to explore the natural beauty and culture of the First Nation in this destination. Visits will packaged in stays of 3 or 4 nights , and both offer the opportunity to discover the mystical beauty of towering cedars in old growth forests, ancient village sites, dramatic coastlines, broad beaches and the living culture of the Haida.
BRITISH AIRWAYS TO ADD FIRST ROUTE FROM GATWICK TO CANADA
British Airways is to add another transatlantic route to its summer 2018 schedule from Gatwick. A three times a week Toronto flight will be taking to the air from May 1st 2018. Both flights will depart Gatwick on Tuesdays, Friday and Sundays. The new flight to Toronto will be BA’s first flight to Canada from Gatwick and follows the introduction of new long haul routes to Oakland and Fort Lauderdale in the US. BA customers travelling from Gatwick will benefit from the airlines new facilities at the West Sussex airport’s South Terminal, after it moved in at the start of the year. Those travelling in Club World will have access to the new lounge area at Gatwick which opened in the Spring.
PRIMERA AIR TO START FLYING BIRMINGHAM AND STANSTED TO TORONTO IN MAY 2018
Low cost Airline Primera Air has announced it will start flying from Birmingham and Stansted to Toronto, Ontario in May 2018. This will be the third transatlantic one the Danish airline is operating out of the airport and will complement those to New York and Boston launched in April. Flights to all three destinations will be operated on Primera Air’s new Airbus A312 aircraft with a choice of two cabins – full service premium and low fare economy.
Toronto will be served three times per week on a year round basis from Birmingham.
MAKE TRACKS FOR THE ARCTIC OCEAN
Road trippers , start your engines. As of November 2017 , you will be able to drive to the Arctic Ocean all year. The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway is a 140km road from Inuvik, at the terminus of the Dempster Highway , to the little Inuvialiut town of Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Beaufort Sea. What can you expect? Herds of wild caribou and domestic reindeer, sweeping tundra and “pingo’s” (mini hills) and waters rippling with Arctic fish, fowl and beluga whales.
For more information www.gov.nt.ca
SALUTE TO THE SALMON FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 2018 MARKS PEAK OF 7 YEAR CYCLE
In October 2018 the Salute to the Salmon Festival will take place to celebrate the return of the Sockeye Salmon. The Sockeye returns late September to early November every year and 2018 marks a peak of a 7 year cycle. The festival is put on by the Adams River Salmon Society at Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park. First nation heritage, onsite food vendors, souvenir sales, artisan wares, cultural and salmon and environmental interpretation programmes. The First Nations’ Quaaout Lodge offers Voyageur canoe trips over to view the salmon at the mouth of the river. Alternatively stay on a Shuswap House Boat. A Canadian Signature Experience “Salmon ‘N Wine Discovery” tour is offered by a wine touring company and hotel. The Shuswap region boarders on to the southern edge of the largest inland temperate rainforest in the world, and the fall foliage of the forests rivals any other in Canada.
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