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Fifteen trips for Canada's 150th birthday

This year Canada will mark its 150th birthday and what better way to celebrate the diversity of our beautiful country by taking a trip or two! Here are some unique Canadian adventures, yours to take, from sea to sea to sea. Starting off in Newfoundland, our Circumnavigation Cruise takes travellers to the islands and remote ports of Canada's Atlantic coast. The region has a rich and diverse culture, found in small fishing communities. It also offers an incredible abundance of wildlife - think rich bird life, numerous seal and whale species. Lagoons and beaches are home to countless shorebirds and we hope to see humpback, minke and blue whale. One of the original provinces to join confederation, tiny Prince Edward Island may be small in size but it packs lots of character. With its friendly locals, rolling rural back roads and red sand beaches PEI is a cyclist's dream. Explore small artisan shops, sample local restaurants, relax on beautiful beaches, and visit little museums and interesting sites, or attend a traditional kitchen party.

Think New Brunswick and you will think Bay of Fundy, where the World's highest tides roll in. Our fully-supported hiking trip takes you along the Fundy Footpath, through one of the last remaining stretches of wilderness in the Maritimes. Enjoy a lobster or scallop dinner on the beach before you fall asleep to the sound of the tides and dream of the ups and downs, roots and rocks, creeks and crossings this fabulous trail has to offer.

Staying in the Maritimes, this 13-day trip explores the highlights of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, including the Bay of Fundy and Cape Breton.

One of National Geographic Traveller’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime, our adventure cruise along the mighty Saint Lawrence takes in spectacular parts of Quebec and beyond. Witness countless whales as they swim in the Saguenay Fjord and watch numerous migrating seabirds in Forillon National Park and Île-Bonaventure Provincial Park. Experience the Magdalen Islands’ mix of Acadian and English heritage and visit Cape Breton, PEI and the French outpost of Saint Pierre. Only 2½ hours drive from Toronto, Owen Sound is the gateway to Ontario's spectacular Bruce Peninsula. Imagine steep limestone cliffs rising from the deep turquoise waters of Georgian Bay with you following a well-defined trail along the top or the rocky beaches below. This is some of the best hiking anywhere in the world.

High in the north of Manitoba, on the shores of Hudson Bay, lies the town of Churchill. Home to 60,000 beluga whales and numerous polar bears, summer is the perfect time to visit. Unforgettable wildlife viewing combined with the cozy, comfort of the Lazy Bear Lodge makes for a great one-week trip. High in the Arctic wilderness of Canada's Nunavut, an entire expedition counting 129 men and 2 ships was lost sometime after it was last seen in 1845. Tantalizing clues of what may have happened to the men have surfaced over time but it was not until September of 2014 that the Victoria Strait Expedition located one of the two ships, HMS Erebus. Sail back into the area with the company that played a crucial role in this discovery. Follow the routes of these early explorers, visit one of the largest migratory bird reserves in the world, and enjoy seeing seals and beluga whale. Even the mythical narwhal lives here and with its years of experience, our team of expedition leaders will take you to locations unknown to others where polar bears can be seen. It was the building of the railroad that shaped our country and a voyage along its tracks is one of Canada's classic journeys. Tailor your trip to your need, but be sure to see the mountains of BC and Alberta, the prairies of Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the deep dark forests of Northern Ontario, Be sure to visit world class cities like Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal - heck, you may even find yourself in our nation's capital for Canada Day celebrations! This is your land and you get to set the pace and extent of your trip - call us to design it for you. Alberta is home to the spectacular Canadian Rockies, a wilderness inhabited by Woodland Caribou, wolves, mountain lions, and grizzly bears. Hike the stunning trails in the Kootenays and Kanaskis and enjoy some day hikes along the popular Columbia Icefields Parkway. Cloaked in mystery, the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia's coast is a land of fjords, islands and great river estuaries. Bears and wolves thrive in this, the largest intact temperate rainforest on our planet. View grizzly bears, spirit bears, and black bears with some of the province's most experienced guides, learn about Native culture, sail through steep-sided fjords and walk through rainforests and wildflower meadows, accompanied by naturalists. Get to experience the rhythm of the ocean and forests by cruising by yacht and anchoring in remote places each night.

Further up the coast, sail into Haida Gwaii, the archipelago formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Haida culture abounds amidst a wilderness so rich in marine wildlife, the islands have been dubbed Canada's Galapagos. You will visit ancient village sites and see the remains of big houses and memorial poles, looked after by Haida Guardian Watchmen who will share their stories with you. Explore remote beaches and old growth temperate rainforest, land on little-visited islands and see black bears forage and humpbacks feed. This is one destination high on the list of many travellers.

For avid hikers, the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island is one of the world's epic hikes. You trek along a remote and wild coastline, pulling cable cars, fording rivers and traversing rainforest.

The Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories has taken on a reputation of almost mythical proportions ever since former PM Pierre Trudeau's journey along it almost four decades ago. Our rafting trip has you journey through Canada's deepest river canyons, past hot springs and unique geological features, exploring what was one of the first World Heritage Sites to be declared by the United Nations in 1978.

Between 1897 and 1899 thousands of people trekked across the Chilkoot Pass and down the Yukon River in the fabled gold rush to the Klondike Goldfields. Start your journey with a historic train ride over the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad to Skagway, Alaska. From there it is a 6-day trek through the wilderness to Lake Bennett where a float plane will pick you up for a spectacular flight back to Whitehorse.


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