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Beautiful Kelowna and the Okanagan Wine Valley

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today we will depart with Air Canada from Ottawa via Calgary to Kelowna. On arrival we will check into our hotel.

Day 2

This morning we will meet our local guide and motorcoach for a 4-hour tour of Kelowna and its surroundings along with our first wine tastings. Free time for lunch on your own ($). This afternoon we will walk from the hotel to the harbour (10-15min walk) to board a two-hour harbour cruise. After cruise free time to experience downtown Kelowna’s great restaurants and shops.

Day 3

Today we head north of Kelowna through the picturesque areas of Lake Country and Vernon. Our first stop will be Vernon at the Planet Bee Honey Farm to see, taste, browse and sip the experience! We will have some time for lunch ($) the onto the Alpca Farm to learn and purchase (if you wish) Alpaca items. On our way home will stop at a vineyard for a wine tasting then back to Kelowna. Evening is free to explore the many great restaurants and shops.

Day 4

This morning we drive to the far south of BC’s border to Canada’s only desert –Osoyoos. Native culture prevails in the town of Osoyoos – We will visit first the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre for a guided tour with some free time there to explore on your own. You will then have some free time in downtown Osoyoos to shop and have lunch ($). On our way home we will stop and do a wine tasting.

Evening is free time.

Day 5

Free day to explore more of Kelowna. Your Tour Director will have a few optional ($) activities today.

Day 6

Today we will head south to Summerland a vista of scenery. We will do a very scenic ride on the steam train then after lunch we will visit the 6-hectare Ornamental Gardens, created in 1916 by Agriculture Canada, while there you will have amazing views of Okanagan Lake, Giant’s Head Mountain and the Trout Creek Trestle railroad bridge, an outstanding engineering feat constructed for the Kettle Valley Railway. Evening is free to explore.

Day 7

We will depart this morning with Air Canada via Calgary. We trust you enjoyed your time in beautiful Kelowna! You will probably want to go back…

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Hotel Information


Royal Anne Hotel

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Hotel Address
348 Bernard Ave
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 6N5
(250) 763-2277



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All The Yukon Sights

 

Discover what makes the Yukon unlike any other place in the world!

This ancient territory has been home to Indigenous peoples for approximately 12,000 years as well as being home to some of the great adventures and adventurers that became building blocks in our nation’s history.

With a permanent population of only 40,000 people (and 70,000 moose), the Yukon is very sparse, but it is its natural beauty that is so appealing and acts as a magnet for thousands of tourists every year.

Join us on our unforgettable Yukon adventure!

As of March 10, approximately 40,000 residents of the Yukon have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Welcome to the Yukon!

Upon arrival at the Whitehorse International Airport you will be greeted by your new best friend and local Tour Director. Professional, knowledgeable, and friendly, your Tour Director will be with you from arrival to departure to answer any questions you have and to help ensure your Yukon visit is smooth, fun, and full of Yukon nuggets!

You will receive assistance with your luggage onto the private motor coach that features large viewing windows, comfy seating, and a washroom on board. Once the group is on board your Tour Director will point out the lay of the city and surrounding wilderness landscape on your way to your downtown accommodations.

You will be pre-registered and checked in at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn centrally located on historic Main Street, Whitehorse. On arrival you will pick up your room key and directions to your upgraded accommodations where you will find a special welcome package full of goodies, local contact and emergency numbers. Your hotel features an elevator, 24hr front desk, onsite restaurant-lounge, free Wi-Fi, on site spa and laundry facilities.

Depending on your arrival time you will have some time to unpack, freshen-up, and get acquainted with your room, before joining your group and tour director for an orientation, answer questions, and give a run-through of the experiences and adventures in the coming days. (For late evening arrivals, the orientation will occur the morning of Day 2).

Day 2

Start your day off with a Gold Rush Breakfast included with your hotel stay, to fuel up for the exciting activities ahead.

After breakfast you will enjoy a private guided tour of Yukon’s Capital City. Some leisure walking from site to site and transport on board your private motor coach for longer distances. With approximately thirty-thousand friendly and adventurous residents, the population of Whitehorse continues to grow, supported by the multi-levels of Government and robust industries of mining and tourism. There remain many preserved sites and evidence of the Gold Rush reminding us of the small-town charm, nestled in the middle of a vast wilderness. Nicknamed ‘The Wilderness City’ you will quickly see why on this tour as you get acquainted with our historic city flanking the Yukon River on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. On your tour you will stop by some famous sites like a restored sternwheeler, the S.S. Klondike, now a National Historic Site and a ‘Skyscraper’ completely made of logs!

In the afternoon you will journey up the Alaska Highway before turning off to your next stop – the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. This large naturally landscaped wildlife Preserve hosts many of the Yukon’s birds and animals such as bison, elk, moose, Dall sheep, mountain goats, arctic foxes, caribou, lynx and muskox! On your fully guided private tour you will hear interesting fun facts about all the animals and visit each enclosure for closer viewing opportunities.

After enjoying your visit at the Preserve you will journey a bit further into the wilderness to the newly rebuilt Takhini Hot Springs where you can relax in the hot springs’ mineral water while soaking in the beauty of the mountains around you. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and a towel!

Once back at your hotel you can freshen up and perhaps take a stroll down to Main Street, enjoy the local shops and restaurants where it is not uncommon to stumble upon live, local music. Be sure to visit the Millennium Trail along the Yukon River for a beautiful summer walk. Perhaps visit Lumel’s Glassblowing Studio dubbed the “Happy Factory” and try your hand at glass blowing.

Overnight stay at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse, upgraded room.

Day 3

Enjoy your Gold Rush Breakfast and prepare for your adventure ahead.

Today you will head out west on the famous Alaska Highway for a full day trip to Kluane National Park and the village of Haines Junction. Kluane is the largest National Park in Canada and a World UNESCO Heritage site, home to Mount Logan, the tallest mountain in Canada, and the largest non-polar ice fields on Earth.

*flightseeing may be available at an additional cost. You will stop at the village of Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction) and visit the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre and the Da Kų Cultural Centre where you will learn more about the First Nations of this precious region. You will also visit Kathleen Lake in the Park itself where you will be immersed by stunning views and majestic mountains. You can stretch your legs along the lakeshore and take in the views at the picnic site, or if you are feeling active, you can take a short hike for some elevated scenery. Your tour director will be with you at all times and provide opportunities for some unforgettable pictures and possible wildlife viewing.

After your amazing day visiting Kluane National Park you will enjoy the scenic wilderness drive back to Whitehorse to your hotel.

Perhaps grab dinner at ‘The Gold Pan Lounge’ in your hotel which features a curated blend of carefully sourced menu that is ‘Yukon’ and ‘Social’ in theme.

Overnight stay at Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse, upgraded room.

Day 4

Carcross, Nares River

You are welcome to enjoy another Gold Rush Breakfast before departing on today’s adventure. You will join your private group and Tour Director on a scenic, relaxing drive south on the Alaska Highway, and then join the South Klondike Highway enroute to the traditional territory of the Carcross Tagish First Nation and the iconic village of Carcross situated on the shores of historic Lake Bennett. A photographer’s paradise of diverse landscapes where you will hear about local history, the majestic coastal mountain ranges, and the vast southern lake river systems.

You will stop at Emerald Lake with its famous turquoise waters, as well as visit the Carcross Desert, known as the world’s smallest desert. You are also in for a real treat as you visit Caribou Crossing Trading Post and try your luck Panning for Gold! No trip to the Yukon is complete without having a chance to try your luck panning for the elusive gold nugget! BBQ lunch is provided as you enjoy the beautiful mountain vistas and crisp clean air.

On to the village of Carcross, where you will stop by the Visitors Centre, tour the turn of the century White Pass & Yukon Rail Station, and view the historic buildings and shops along the shores of Lake Bennett. The Carcross Commons is the centre of it all and host to a seasonal local artist’s market and food stalls. No visit is complete without a stop for an ice cream or coffee.

You will be dropped off at your hotel in the early evening. With summer providing extra-long daylight hours you’ll find locals out and about enjoying the long days taking in arts, cultural and music events.

Overnight stay at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse, upgraded room.

Day 5

After your Gold Rush Breakfast get your camera ready for a full day of experiencing Klondike Gold Rush history.

Today’s journey takes you to Atlin, a small gold-digging isolated settlement situated in the northwest corner of BC dubbed as “Little Switzerland of the North”. You will make your way on the Alaska Highway moving southeast and turning onto the no thru Atlin road. You will ride alongside Marsh Lake, the source of the Yukon River, which is four kilometers in width, and the river having lent its name to the whole territory. You will make a short stop at Marsh Lake for a stretch and enjoy the fabulous view from its sandy beach.

You will continue your trip to Jakes Corner, the turnoff point, to access Atlin road. The Atlin road only recently became hard-topped and widened, but it has always been a beautiful scenic drive. Little Atlin Lake is a popular fishing and camping spot and just beyond, on the left, is White Mountain. Looking up at the green patches in the white rock you will often see mountain goat families with the naked eye. Atlin road passes many impressive peaks such at Minto and Black Mountain, and many small lakes along the way. Hall Lake is a common spot to find swan families nesting and swimming. Porcupine and bear sightings along the highway add to the excitement of the drive. The view along the way is just breathtaking and, as you will be able to attest to, Atlin gained the nickname for good reason.

Once we arrive in Atlin, we will have a closer look at the historic gold mining village and the ‘MV Tarahne’ proudly parked on the shores in front of the Inn, reminding us of the great heritage and history of this small town. Your Tour Director will be an invaluable resource as you learn the village’s captivating history and take in the turn of the century buildings, many of which are still functioning to serve the village. A highlight will be your visit to the small but plentiful museum in the heart of town, before walking on the fine sand of Atlin Lake’s shore. The lake itself is 85 miles long and up to 4 miles wide, is glacier fed and very cold. If visibility is right, you may even be able to catch site of Llewellyn Glacier across the lake. You will also visit a beautiful waterfall and many abandoned mining relics now home to flora and wildlife.

On the way back to Whitehorse your Tour Director and driver will keep a sharp eye out to point out any wildlife crossing on the way as the Atlin road is known for an abundance of sightings.

To celebrate your visit with us in the Yukon we invite you to join us for a special Yukon sourced farewell dinner. The local chef is a real pro at pulling together Yukon ingredients and ensuring your menu is something you’ll want more of.

Overnight stay at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse, upgraded room.

Day 6

Sadly, your Yukon adventure has come to an end.

You will be escorted back to the Whitehorse Airport by your tour director with your private group transfer and luggage assistance.

We hope you had a fantastic time and that you will visit again!

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Best Western Gold Rush Inn Whitehorse

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Hotel Address
411 Main St
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 2B6
(867) 668-4500



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Prince Edward Island and Beaches- Summer 2021

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Your flight will leave early morning for Prince Edward Island.  Upon your arrival into Charlottetown, you will be free to explore and have lunch before being transferred to The Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort.

Overnight – Rodd Crowbush

Day 2

Your day is free to explore the area, if you are a golfer you may want to play a round or relax at the beach, the choice is yours.

Overnight-Rodd Crowbush (B)

Day 3

After breakfast, your motorcoach will be waiting with a step on guide for a full day tour of PEI’s spectacular attractions. Your tour will include historic Charlottetown.  Visit the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company where you can sample the many jams and jellies made on site and browse the beautifully decorated gift shop.  A visit to Anne of Green Gables Museum the house in which L.M. Montgomery married Rev. Ewan Macdonald.  Your tour will take you to Green Gables Heritage Place, explore the farmhouse and homestead, take a stroll through the surrounding wooded trails and visit Anne’s Boutique. The tour will take you through PEI National Park, where you will have an opportunity to take beautiful photos of the pink sandy beaches, red sandstone cliffs, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Visit the harbour in North Rustico where you will learn about the lobster fishing industry of PEI.  Your tour will also include a visit to Matos Winery where you can take in some wine sampling.

Overnight-Rodd Charlottetown (B)

Day 4

Free day to explore on your own.  You may want to visit Lieutenant Governor’s Mansion. For the history buff you may want to visit Province House to walk the halls our forefathers once did and see where our country was born.

Overnight-Rodd Charlottetown (B)

Day 5

Another free day to explore and shop.  Today is market day in Charlottetown.

Overnight-Rodd Charlottetown (B)

Day 6

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Charlottetown airport for your flight back to Ottawa.

Itinerary and attractions subject to change due to Covid.

On your free days your Travac Tours Director will have ideas and optional tours ($).

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Hotel Information


Rodd Crowbush

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Hotel Address
6323 Lakeside Road
Morell, PEI
C0A 1S0
902-961-5600


Rodd Hotel Charlottetown

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
75 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 7K4
902-894-7311



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Iles de la Madeleine & Prince Edward Island- Fall 2021

Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a green archipelago surrounded by white-sand beaches and red cliffs wields a magnetic attraction on everyone that steps on its shores. Iles de la Madeleine offers a perfect summer escape. Renowned for their warm hospitality, the islanders here have created a perfect summer getaway with exquisite seafood, fabulous attractions including wonderful galleries and shops.

While on PEI you will experience Charlottetown as well as landscapes filled with rolling hills and green forests. You also have a chance to stroll along the beckoning sandy beaches with their dunes and red sandstone cliffs. Imagine walking in the footsteps of Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of Anne of Green Gables. During the tour of this island you will be charmed by the yarns of our local host as he guides you through some of the most beautiful and colourful villages in Canada.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Edmundston

This morning you will depart Ottawa and travel east along the south shore of the St Lawrence River. Expect to arrive in Edmundston in the late afternoon.

Overnight – Edmundston

Day 2

Edmundston to Brudenell River

Leaving Edmundston we will continue our journey along the Trans-Canada highway making your way east through New Brunswick to the sea, where you will cross Confederation Bridge. Confederation Bridge spans the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick. Your home for the evening will be alongside the Brudenell River. (B)

Overnight – Brudenell River

Day 3

Summerside to Iles De La Madeleine

After a leisurely breakfast and a bit more time in Summerside, you’re off to Souris for the ferry crossing to Iles De La Madeleine. Our route to the ferry will take us along the north coast of PEI. (B, D)

Overnight – Iles de la Madeline

Day 4

Iles De La Madeleine

The Îles de la Madeleine is an isolated archipelago made up of seven inhabited islands in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Six of these islands are linked by the main road, Route 199, while the seventh, Entry Island, is only accessible by boat. The total population of the islands is under 15,000. While on the islands you enjoy a complete change of pace. Today we tour the western part of the archipelago. In the morning we will visit the villages of Cap-aux-Meules, L’Etang-du-Nord and La Cote. In the afternoon we have the opportunity to explore the island of Havre-Aubert. Dinner is included tonight.

Overnight – Iles de la Madeline (B, D)

Day 5

Iles De La Madeleine

Today we visit the eastern part of the islands. In the morning, we explore the village of Havre-aux Maisons and make a stop at the Pointe-Basse Harbour to visit the herring smokehouse economuseum. We will then make our way to the Echourie lighthouse before stopping at Dune-du-Sud for a walk on the beach and a look at the brilliant cliffs carved by the sea. In the afternoon we will visit the villages of Grosse-Isle and Grand-Entrée. Dinner is included tonight. (B, D)

Overnight – Iles de la Madeline

Day 6

Iles De La Madeleine- Charlottetown

After an early breakfast we will journey to PEI. Upon our arrival the remainder of the day will be at leisure. (B)

Overnight – Charlottetown

Day 7

Charlottetown

This morning, we will be met by our local guide for a tour of this appealing island. We will start off with a tour of Historic Charlottetown. Next, we will be off to Anne’s Land. Your journey will take you to Cavendish, one of the prettiest towns on the island. The fictional redheaded Anne of Green Gables is everywhere in this area. When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting. Your visit will take you to Green Gables heritage place. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, is famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale of fiction. We will also visit PEI Preserve Company, North Rustico, PEI National Park, and a stop at a winery. (B)

Overnight – Charlottetown

Day 8

Charlottetown to Edmundston

After a hearty breakfast you will begin your homeward journey stopping again in Edmundston. (B)

Overnight – Edmundston

Day 9

Edmundston to Ottawa

It will be an early start back to Ottawa. Expect to be back in the city for dinner. (B)

 

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Four Points by Sheraton Edmundston, or similar

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
100 rue Rice Street
Edmunston, NB
E3V 1T4
(506) 739-7321


Rodd Brudenell River Resort

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Hotel Address
86 Dewars Ln
Brudenell River, PEI
C0A 1G0
(902) 652-2332


Auberge Madeli (Iles de la Madeleine), or similar

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
485 chemin Principal
Cap aux Meules, QC
G4T 1E4
1 866-332-3590


Rodd Charlottetown, or similar

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
75 Kent St
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 7K4
1-800-565-7633



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Quebec City by VIA Train (Independent)

Join Travac Tours and ride the rails with VIA to Quebec City. Train travel is nostalgic and even romantic, like a mode of transportation from a bygone era. Relax in either economy or business class leaving the traffic behind. You will arrive in Quebec refreshed and ready to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your pace. Enjoy the many cafes and restaurants within the walled city or venture out to the many attractions in the surrounding area. It’s up to you.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you make your way to the Tremblay Rd. VIA rail station for your trip to Old Quebec City. For many, train trips stir up nostalgia and romance of a bygone era. Enjoy this lovely way of travel where you can relax with a lovely lunch or a cocktail and leave the traffic behind. A coach transfer will meet you at the station to go to your hotel and check in on arrival. The remainder of the day is free time.

Day 2

Start your day with an included 2 hour walking tour from your hotel. You’ll have your chance to get your bearings as the rest of your day is free to enjoy this great city. Today you can concentrate on Old Quebec. Stroll along the streets of the oldest walled city in North America. At over 400 years old there is a lot of history to explore. Visit Quebec’s famous landmark and the most photographed hotel in the world: the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. You can visit the lobby or join in a guided tour.

Take in the four gates and ramparts that surround Vieux (Old) Quebec. For a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River and the Chateau Frontenac visit Dufferin Terrace. It is so popular that it has been expanded twice since the original build. The ruins of the Saint-Louis Forts and the Châteaux lie beneath the promenade.

There is also the Plains of Abraham, Place Royale and Basilica Cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec to explore. Save time at the end of your day for a walk to the pedestrian street area of Petit-Champlain. This enchanting area has a concentration of local shops, art galleries and fine bistros. A sure way to relax after your day of exploration.

Day 3

Today you may like to venture out of the city and visit Montmorency Falls. Only 15 minutes outside the city, the falls are 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls. The remarkable views can be taken in by riding the gondola, climbing the scenic stairway, or crossing the suspension bridge. For the more adventurous you can view the falls from a double zipline.

Perhaps take a full day trip to Iles d’Orleans. It is the birthplace of French North America and the first port of check in for our ancestors arriving from France. The islanders are friendly and authentic boasting Iles d’Orleans home to five of the prettiest towns in Quebec. It is a great place to shop with farm stands and plenty of local artisans.

Another attraction outside the city is the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine where you can visit the oldest pilgrimage site north of Mexico. St Anne was a popular saint for the sick and handicapped. You can admire the glorious stained glass, paintings, mosaics, and the stone and wooden sculptures that adorn the basilica. The Vault is also a favourite among the shrine’s visitors.

Day 4

Today you say au revoir to Old Quebec. Embark on your transfer to the rail station and board the train back to Ottawa.

Itinerary subject to change.

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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 28, 2020, there were only 8 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!

Reassurance from Travac: If the Provincial borders between Ontario and BC close prior to your departure for the duration of your holiday, Travac has you covered.  We will procure from the airline a future travel credit and from the hotel a refund (less $100 per person).  This will give you the ease of mind to travel to Victoria.  Call us for more details.

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site

 

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

 

Hotel Information


Parkside Hotel & Spa


Hotel Rating

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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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.

Reassurance from Travac: If the Provincial borders between Ontario and BC close prior to your departure for the duration of your holiday, Travac has you covered.  We will procure from the airline a future travel credit and from the hotel a refund (less $100 per person).  This will give you the ease of mind to travel to Victoria.  Call us for more details.

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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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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Hotel Information


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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