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Victoria Independent Stay Put Vacation: February and March 2021 dates

 

February 1- March 1, 2021

March 1- March 31, 2021

The coastal serenity that awaits you in British Columbia’s capital city is unlike any other. Victoria’s mild climate and walkable city limits make this island oasis an ideal winter getaway. Nicknamed “the garden city” for good reason, Victoria’s radiant west-coast terrain is home to some of Canada’s most acclaimed gardens and parks. While the rest of the country is covered in snow, spring in Victoria begins in January, making this a fantastic time to experience all the city has to offer. Whether exploring Victoria’s quaint downtown core, taking an historical walking tour, spotting a whale, or indulging in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding beaches and rainforests, there is no shortage of adventure to experience at your own pace.

Travac’s marvelous winter escape to Victoria includes 4 weeks accommodation at the Parkside Hotel and Spa located in the heart of the city and within walking distance to Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ogden Point, and several neighbourhood amenities. Each one-bedroom suite has been upgraded to the hotel’s luxury units and comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen.

Refresh and recharge this winter with Travac in the city of wide-open spaces. Whether you’d like to experience the vibrant offerings of a cultural centre within a safe and physically-distanced environment, indulge in the beauty of Victoria’s acclaimed gardens and natural surroundings, or simply relax in the blissful tranquility of the Pacific coast, this holiday has it all. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Please note: As of October 5, 2020, there were only 4 active cases of Covid-19 on the entirety of Vancouver Island, making it one of the safest locations in Canada (source: BC Centre for Disease Control).

Only 15 rooms available. Book early!

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site

 

Hotel images (luxury suite, Parkside Hotel and Spa):

 

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Parkside Hotel & Spa


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Hotel Address
810 Humboldt St
Victoria, BC
V8V 5B1
(250) 940-1200



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Fall Harvest & Colour Cruise:  Kingston to Montreal and Return

Fall Harvest & Colour Cruise:  Kingston to Montreal and Return with St Lawrence River Cruises

October 13-20, 2021

As autumn unfolds on the St. Lawrence River, the shore and islands ignite with a blaze of colour and travelers come from far and wide to experience this parade of colour as our ship cruises the quiet and peaceful shores. The sights and sounds of fall make for a breathtaking holiday river cruise. As the Canadian Empress continues its journey down river, the trees that line the riverbanks of Quebec show the true beauty of the changing seasons. This breathtaking cruise features shore excursions which compliment the turning of the leaves and that time known to many as harvest. Come and explore the passages and channels of the 1000 Islands, and the wonder of the St. Lawrence Seaway and its lock system, and the quaint and intimate port towns of the St. Lawrence River. During this cruise from Kingston to Montreal and returning back to Kingston, learn about the storied history of the relationship between English and French Canada.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa in the afternoon for Kingston.

Passenger boarding commences at 5:30pm and is followed by Captain’s Punch and Cheese Reception.

Your ship sails at 6:50pm starting with a Kingston Harbor tour.

Overnight 1000 Islands Anchorage.

Day 2

Ship sails at 7:30am to wander the 1000 Islands on its way to Gananoque.

Disembark Gananoque later in the morning for a guided tour of the 1000 Islands Heritage Museum. After museum tour ship will depart Gananoque for Brockville.

Arrive Brockville later in the afternoon, “City of the 1000 Islands”. Depart by bus for a guided tour Brockville Museum.

Return to the ship for departure to Upper Canada Village.

Overnight Crysler Park Marina.

Day 3

After breakfast, your miniature train departs to meet horse-drawn wagon to tour Upper Canada Village.

Return to your ship from the village tour at noon.

Ship departs Crysler for Coteau Landing, Quebec. Evening arrival in Coteau Landing.

Free time to relax or stroll along the old canal system.

Overnight Coteau Landing.

Day 4

Morning departure from Coteau Landing bound for Lachine (near Montreal).

Cruise Lac St. Louis and view the approach to Montreal. Arrive early afternoon at Lachine and enjoy Parc St. Louis.

Shortly after we will depart by bus for a guided tour of downtown Montreal and a guided tour of the Montreal Biodome.

Overnight in Lachine.

Day 5

Morning departure by bus to visit the Fur Trade Museum (National Historic Site).

Noon departure from Lachine bound for Cornwall.

Afternoon passage though Beauharnois Locks (2) Upper and Lower.

Overnight Cornwall.

Day 6

Morning transfer tour- Reception Centre at the Moses Saunders Power Dame.

After your tour you will return to the ship for departure to Morrisburg.

Arrive in Morrisburg late afternoon.

Overnight in Morrisburg.

Day 7

Transfer early morning for a guided tour of Smyth’s Apple Orchard, home of the original Macintosh Apple.

Return to the ship after the tour for departure to Prescott. Disembark at Prescott for a tour of historic Fort Wellington.

Early evening departure from Prescott to the Ivy Lea.

Overnight in Ivy Lea.

Day 8

Morning bus transfer to 1000 Island Tower on Hill Island.

Late morning departure from Ivy Lea for Kingston. View Kingston’s waterfront and arrive Kingston early afternoon.

Disembarkation and farewells Brock St. Dock Kingston.

Itinerary Subject to Change without notice or incurring obligation.  Currents, weather and seaway traffic may be modifying factors.

 

The Canadian Empress is a grand ship with a warm and friendly personality, and the size and design of the vessel serves to enhance the intimacy of river cruising. The exterior of the ship emulates the classic steamboats of the Victorian era, while the interior is a mix of charming early heritage style, with brass handrails and ornate metal ceilings, and contemporary fashion. This classic riverboat style is combined with modern technology to provide all of the safety, comfort, and amenities expected by today’s travelers. All staterooms are above the waterline and include daily maid service.

Note: The Canadian Empress is only equipped with stairs between decks. Persons with mobility issues should inquire with reservations staff about stateroom accessibility and potential accommodations.

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Canadian Connection Cruise: Kingston to Québec City with St Lawrence River Cruises

Canadian Connection Cruise:  Kingston to Québec City with St Lawrence River Cruises

June 12-18, 2021

“What river is this?” asked Jacques Cartier of his Indigenous guide as he looked on the St. Lawrence River. “A river without end,” his guide replied. And so it seems, as this cruise explores the staggering breadth of one of the world’s great rivers. Along its course you’ll experience magnificent scenery and numerous historic attractions that tie together the historic of French and English North America. En route you will discover the magic of the Thousand Islands, the deep historical roots of “Loyalist Brockville” and the unique living community of Upper Canada Village. Between Montreal and Québec City there are the “grassy Battures”, rich mudflat home to myriad species of birds. Québec City provides the venue for the end of your cruise. Here you can experience the world charm and grace of “Old” Europe. You will encounter Québec City’s unparalleled joie de vivre (love of life) found nowhere else in North America. Enjoy Old Québec with its massive ramparts still bolstering the Plains of Abraham and behold the imperial green-roofed towers of the legendary Chateau Frontenac.

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa in the afternoon for Kingston.

Passenger boarding commences at 5:30pm and is followed by Captain’s Punch and Cheese Reception.

Your ship sails at 6:50pm starting with a Kingston Harbor tour.

Overnight 1000 Islands Anchorage.

Day 2

Ship sails at 7:30am to wander the 1000 Islands on its way to Gananoque. Disembark Gananoque later in the morning for a guided museum tour. After museum tour ship will depart Gananoque for Brockville.

Arrive in Brockville “City of the 1000 Islands” late afternoon and depart by bus for a guided tour of Fulford Mansion. Return to the ship after the tour.

There will be free time to relax or stroll along the park walkways.

Overnight Brockville.

Day 3

Depart by bus later in the morning for a tour of Aquatarium. Return to the ship after the tour for departure to Prescott.

Dock in Prescott for the afternoon for a guided tour of Fort Wellington National Historic Site. After the tour you will return to the ship.

Ship departs 4:00pm for Upper Canada Village and arrives early evening Crysler Park Marina (Upper Canada Village).

There will be free time to relax and stroll the marina and grounds.

Overnight Crysler Park Marina.

Day 4

After breakfast, your miniature train departs to meet horse-drawn wagon to tour Upper Canada Village.

Return to your ship from the village tour at noon.

Ship departs Crysler for Coteau Landing, Quebec. Early evening arrival in Coteau Landing.

Free time to relax or stroll along the park and old canal.

Overnight Coteau Landing.

Day 5

Depart early morning Coteau Landing for the Port of Montreal. Arrive late afternoon in Montreal.

Disembark Port of Montreal for a guided motor coach tour of Montreal. Return to your ship after the tour.

Free time after dinner to enjoy the unique character of Montreal.

Overnight Port of Montreal.

Day 6

Depart early morning from Montreal for Trois Rivieres Quebec. Afternoon arrival in Trois Rivieres.

Disembark the ship for a brief bus tour en route to visit the Shrine a Cap de la Madeleine or choose to visit the Borealis Industrial Museum for a self-guided tour.

Overnight Trois Rivieres.

Day 7

Depart early morning from Trois Rivieres to Quebec City. Witness the scenic approach to romantic Quebec City.

Sail past Montmorency Falls and view the city’s easterly approach from down the river (depending on tides and currents).

Disembarkation and farewells-Quebec City Louise Basin.

Itinerary Subject to Change without notice or incurring obligation.  Currents, weather and seaway traffic may be modifying factors.

 

The Canadian Empress is a grand ship with a warm and friendly personality, and the size and design of the vessel serves to enhance the intimacy of river cruising. The exterior of the ship emulates the classic steamboats of the Victorian era, while the interior is a mix of charming early heritage style, with brass handrails and ornate metal ceilings, and contemporary fashion. This classic riverboat style is combined with modern technology to provide all of the safety, comfort, and amenities expected by today’s travellers. All staterooms are above the waterline and include daily maid service.

Note: The Canadian Empress is only equipped with stairs between decks. Persons with mobility issues should inquire with reservations staff about stateroom accessibility and potential accommodations.

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Victoria Independent Stay Put Vacation: January 18- February 15, 2021

January 18 – February 15, 2021

The coastal serenity that awaits you in British Columbia’s capital city is unlike any other. Victoria’s mild climate and walkable city limits make this island oasis an ideal winter getaway. Nicknamed “the garden city” for good reason, Victoria’s radiant west-coast terrain is home to some of Canada’s most acclaimed gardens and parks. While the rest of the country is covered in snow, spring in Victoria begins in January, making this a fantastic time to experience all the city has to offer. Whether exploring Victoria’s quaint downtown core, taking an historical walking tour, spotting a whale, or indulging in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding beaches and rainforests, there is no shortage of adventure to experience at your own pace.

Travac’s marvelous winter escape to Victoria includes 4 weeks accommodation at the Royal Scot, located in the heart of the city just steps from the Inner Harbour and within walking distance to Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ogden Point, and several neighbourhood amenities. Each suite comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry is available on-site.

Refresh and recharge this winter with Travac in the city of wide-open spaces. Whether you’d like to experience the vibrant offerings of a cultural centre within a safe and physically-distanced environment, indulge in the beauty of Victoria’s acclaimed gardens and natural surroundings, or simply relax in the blissful tranquility of the Pacific coast, this holiday has it all. Book early to avoid disappointment!

All bookings must be received by November 1, 2020.

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site

Hotel Information


Royal Scot Hotel & Suites


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC
V8V 1W7
1-800-663-7515



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Vancouver Independent Stay Put Vacation

February 1- February 22, 2021

Nestled between a breathtaking vista of mountains, forest, and ocean, the seaport city of Vancouver is the vibrant gem of the Pacific Northwest. With its mild year-round climate and perpetually sunny disposition, Vancouver offers an almost endless plethora of things to see and do. Travac wants to send you on the ultimate winter vacation to experience the very best of Vancouver: staying in the west end of downtown at the foot of Stanley Park, your home base will border Vancouver’s 400-hectare urban oasis where you can enjoy gorgeous daily walks amidst its world-renowned cultural landmarks and magnificent scenery overlooking English Bay.

This welcoming and accessible city is yours to enjoy: discover world-class shopping, gourmet meals, awe-inspiring public art, and live outdoor entertainment; or walk the seawall, take a harbour cruise, and indulge in the natural beauty of the Pacific coast. Your hotel is the Times Square Suites Hotel.  All suites come complete with full kitchenettes, in-suite washer and dryer, as well as high-speed Wi-Fi and cable T.V. so you can enjoy the comforts of home while on holiday. Vancouver’s safe and spectacular surroundings offer an unforgettable winter escape and this holiday is sure to sell out quickly- book now to avoid disappointment!

All bookings must be processed by November 15, 2020.

Only 10 rooms left on this holiday.

The Vancouver Seawall in Stanley Park

Hotel Information


Times Square Suites Hotel

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
1821 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC
V6G 3E4
1-877-684-2223



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Shaw Festival

Gypsy. Pictured: Kate Hennig. Photo by Peter Andrew Lusztyk. Design by Key Gordon Communications.

Travac Tours is pleased to announce its program to the Shaw Festival for 2020. This year we will be offering two exciting plays, “The Devil’s Disciple” and “Gypsy”.

“The Devil’s Disciple” is classic Shaw. This, Shaw’s first major “hit”, has some of his best scenes and his sharpest comedy. It is the story of Revolution-era New England and a Presbyterian minister who is sentenced to the gallows for helping “rebels”. The play unfolds with many twists and turns that are so common to Shaw and his social conscience.

“Gypsy” is an American musical fable about Gypsy Rose Lee, America’s most famous striptease artist of here time. You’ll be able to follow her story in Stephen Sondheim’s timeless musical that features legendary songs including “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”.

Travac’s Shaw Festival holiday is affordably priced at only $689 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $89.57. Total cost per person with HST is $778.57 (May departure).

Your holiday includes round trip transportation, 2 night’s accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express in Niagara on the Lake, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, orchestra seating for both plays and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you depart Westgate Shopping Centre for Toronto. A rest stop will be made enroute. Expect to arrive in Niagara on the Lake in the late afternoon. Your guide will advise you of your departure time for your performance of “The Devil’s Disciple”.

 

Day 2

After breakfast you will have some free time before we depart for Niagara on the Lake and your backstage tour of the Shaw Festival. You will be free for lunch in Niagara on the Lake before the afternoon performance of “Gypsy”. After your show you will be heading to Niagara Falls for dinner and some free time to enjoy all that Niagara Falls has to offer. (B, D)

Day 3

We depart in the morning for Ottawa. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon. (B)

Itinerary and hotel are subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Holiday Inn Express

Hotel website



Hotel Address
524 York Rd
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
(289) 362-2400



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A “Come From Away Christmas” and the Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls

The winter season in Niagara kicks off in early December with the spectacular and brilliant Festival of Lights celebrations. This, the 37th annual version of the event, has become one of North America’s leading winter attractions bringing in visitors from all over the world.

To enhance your visit to the Festival of Lights, Travac has booked seats for the hottest play in Canada, “Come From Away” as well as the Shaw Festival production of “A Christmas Carol”.

Your Niagara experience includes round trip transportation via private chartered coach, two nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Niagara on the Lake, two breakfasts, orchestra seating for both “Come from Away” and “A Christmas Carol”, a driving tour of the Niagara Festival route at night, as well as the services of a Travac Tours Director.

This tour is affordably priced at only $665.57 including all taxes based on double occupancy ($589 per person based on double occupancy + HST).  Tickets will sell out quickly. Book early!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you will depart Westgate Shopping Centre on your journey to Niagara. A lunch stop will be made on your journey to Niagara Falls. Expect to arrive in the late afternoon. Your hotel is the Holiday Inn Express in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for your drive through Niagara Falls for the Festival of Lights.

Day 2

Your morning will be free in Niagara-on-the-Lake. After lunch, you will depart for Niagara Falls to enjoy all the splendours of the Christmas season. This evening you will have a chance to enjoy the spectacular show at the Shaw Festival “A Christmas Carol”.

Day 3

Before heading back to Ottawa, we will stop in Toronto for the afternoon performance of “Come From Away”.

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Holiday Inn Express, Niagara on the Lake

Hotel website



Hotel Address
524 York Rd
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
(289) 362-2400



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Hamilton the Musical

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Travac Tours will be offering special departures to Toronto on March 10th and April 9th so you can enjoy Hamilton. Your Toronto excursion includes: round trip transportation by deluxe motor coach, 1-night accommodation at the first-class Toronto Hilton near the Eaton Centre, orchestra seating for Hamilton as well as the services of a Travac Tours director.  Space is limited- contact us today!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

9:30 A.M. This morning you will depart for Toronto. Upon your arrival you will check into the Toronto Hilton located at 145 Richmond Street West. This 4-star hotel is only a short walk to the Eaton Centre. Your afternoon will be free.

7:20 P.M. We will depart for the Ed Mirvish Theatre and your performance of Hamilton at 8pm. All seating is in the orchestra section of the theatre.

Day 2

Your morning will be free. Again, the Eaton Centre is a short walk from the hotel as is the CN Tower, City Hall and Yonge Street. Our bus will depart for Ottawa at 1:00P.M.

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Hotel Information


Hilton Toronto

Hotel website



Hotel Address
145 Richmond St West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2L2
(416) 869-3456



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Shaw Festival & Come From Away (September Departure)

 

Travac Tours is pleased to announce that it will be offering a special program to see “Come From Away” the award winning musical about Newfoundland’s generosity during the 9/11 crisis along with Lerner and Lowe’s “Brigadoon.”

“Come from Away” is a Canadian story that literally moved the world. It is opening to the biggest advance ticket sales in Canadian theatre history. In fact, most spring and summer dates are sold.

Kelly Nestruck of The Globe and Mail wrote of “Come From Away” that “the heartwarming musical lives up to the hype” and that “the accessible story, strong emotional core and gorgeous songwriting should not distract from how original and smart this gem of a musical is.” Robert Cushman of the National Post called the production “outstanding.” Liz Braun of the Toronto Sun gave the show a perfect 5-star review.

“Brigadoon” is a musical by Lerner and Lowe. Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? This feast of song and dance from Lerner and Loewe (the team behind My Fair Lady) has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades.

Travac’s Shaw Festival and Come From Away holiday is affordably priced at only $679 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $88.27. Total cost per person with HST is $767.27.

Your holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, 2 nights’ accommodation in St. Catharine’s at the Best Western, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, orchestra seating for both plays, and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you depart Westgate Shopping Centre for Toronto. A rest stop will be made enroute. Expect to arrive in Toronto in time for lunch ($) before your matinee performance of “Come from Away”. After the play we will depart for your hotel in St. Catharine’s. This evening the bus will transfer us to Niagara Falls for our included dinner. After dinner we will return to the hotel. (D)

Day 2

After breakfast we will depart for Niagara Falls with free time for shopping and dinner. Your performance this evening will be the hit musical “Brigadoon”.

The coach will transfer us to the Shaw Festival theatre for this evenings show.

After the show the bus will return us to the hotel. (B)

Day 3

We depart in the morning for Ottawa. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon. (B)

**Itinerary and hotel are subject to change**

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Agawa Canyon and the Route of the “Group of Seven”

AN ARTISTIC TRIP ON THE RAILS THEY RODE

See what they saw and capture your own moment in Algoma.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Sault Ste. Marie

This morning you will depart for Sault Ste. Marie. You will arrive in time for dinner. There are several options for dinner close to the hotel.

Day 2

The Agawa Canyon Train and the “Group of Seven”

After breakfast we depart your hotel for the Algoma Central Railway Terminal where we board the train for the Agawa Canyon. Your lunch is included on board. Your rail trip takes you 114 miles north into the forests and hills of the Canadian Shield. Upon reaching the observation point you will have a chance to get off the train and enjoy the spectacular views. Along the way you will pass areas where the “Group of Seven” painted. Our local guide, a “Group of Seven” specialist, will be on board the train to enhance your experience. The train will have you back to Sault Ste. Marie in time for dinner.

Day 3

The Path of the “Group of Seven”

Our journey today covers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of the Great Lakes. From secluded bays on the shoreline of Lake Superior to sandy beaches, campgrounds and ancient aboriginal paintings, the drive from Sault Ste. Marie north will follow the route that the Group of Seven followed in 1918. Several stops will be made where the Group of Seven stopped themselves and created some of the most iconic images in Canadian art. This may be the most picturesque of all driving tours in Ontario. Indeed, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

Day 4

Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury

Leaving Sault Ste. Marie, we head to Sudbury. One of the great attractions in Sudbury is the Big Nickel where a stop is included. We will also venture to Science North. Science North is an internationally renowned science centre offering hands on exhibits encouraging visitors to play and explore. It tells the story of northern Ontario like no other museum in its class. Your evening will be free. (B)

Day 5

Sudbury to Ottawa

Regrettably, you will begin your journey back to Ottawa today. Our route takes us into Huntsville for a brief stop. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon.

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