Sep 30, 2016

Oh Canada


A country of breathtaking natural beauty, unique tradition and incomparable wildlife encounters, Canada is a treasure trove of undiscovered wonder. Unveil your inner adventurer on one of Scenic’s exciting new itineraries through this country of rugged charm. From canoeing on glistening Lake Louise to spotting Polar bears on the icy tundra, you’ll never cease to be amazed.

New this year to Scenic’s list of amazing itineraries is our 13 Day Canadian Castles & Alaskan Cruise from Calgary to Vancouver. This journey is ideal for guests who want a comprehensive Canadian and Alaskan experience in a shorter amount of time. Guests will admire the staggering peaks of Banff National Park before witnessing the pristine beauty of Lake Louise. Both of these locations feature stays at the opulent Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, luxurious castle hotels located in the heart of each stunning site.

Next, guests will take the iconic Rocky Mountaineer rail journey through the impressive expanse of Canada’s wilderness, before boarding ms Nieuw Amsterdam for an Alaskan cruising experience. Guests will keep watch for orcas, humpback whales or bald eagles as they sail on towards charmingly quirky Juneau and other Alaskan highlights.

This breathtaking itinerary finishes in Vancouver, where guests will say goodbye to a magnificent North American journey.

For those wanting to spend a few extra days exploring the region, the new 18 Day Rockies to the Coast and Alaskan Cruise includes longer two night stays in Jasper National Park at the charming and rustic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, as well as a in Banff and beautiful Lake Louise, before delving deep into the wonders of Alaska on a seven night cruise.

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Guests looking for the pinnacle luxury experience have the opportunity to spend 11 or 14 nights aboard the sumptuous Seabourn Sojourn on the Breathtaking Alaska and Canadian Rockies tour from Calgary to Anchorage or the Hidden Gems of Alaska tour from Fairbanks to Vancouver. This world-class ship is a haven of ultimate sophistication, with a number of wonderful amenities at every guest’s fingertips. There is simply no comparison when it comes to luxury Canadian and Alaskan cruising.

Canada is full of splendour in every season, but winter brings out some of the loveliest traditions and natural attractions this amazing country has to offer. Western Canada in the winter months is particularly stunning, with sparkling snow and dramatic scenery spreading out for miles in every direction.

There are countless wonders to be enjoyed here - one trip is simply not enough. Yukon offers a number of exhilarating excursions and activities. Encourage a team of sled dogs on a snowy trail, or sift for gold as the pioneers once did. Western Canada also affords the chance to witness the spectacular Northern Lights.

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These shimmering curtains of colourful light grace clear skies untarnished by city life almost every night. Locals and scientists alike debate on whether the Northern Lights emit an audible sound, but everyone agrees that the extraordinary natural wonder is best viewed in silence - it’s just that incredible.

There is no better way to live the dream of a ‘White Christmas’ than our 12 Day Christmas in the Rockies from Vancouver to Banff, or 14 Day Christmas in the Rockies from Victoria to Banff. Both itineraries feature visits to majestic Whistler and crystalline Lake Louise, as well as a number of other Canadian highlights. Whether guests opt to spend Christmas in Banff or for the first time, in Lake Louise, it will be one of cheery warmth surrounded by snowy delight.

For guests who want to spend the holidays at home but still want to experience the silvery wonder of a Canadian winter, our 17 Day Winter Wonders itinerary from Calgary to Vancouver offers the best of both worlds. This extensive experience covers everything from jingling on a sleigh ride in Lake Louise to sipping hot chocolate while admiring the Northern Lights.

The 19 Day Canada’s Wildlife and Wilderness tour shows off the great wild wonders of this fascinating region. Discover the very best of western Canada’s national parks, dramatic landscapes and glacial lakes on this journey from Vancouver to Calgary including an exclusive two night stay at Knight Inlet Lodge for a spot of bear viewing.

Astounding wilderness encounters, dramatic peaks rising in the sky, unique cultural charm—this is what Canada has to offer. As member of the Canadian House of Commons Bob Rae once said, ‘We have it all. We have great diversity of people, we have a wonderful land, and we have great possibilities. So with all those things combined, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.’ Spend time with Scenic in Canada and you’re sure to agree.