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Visit Nova Scotia With a Fantastic Bike + Hike Tour

The Nova Scotia province of Canada boasts endless natural beauty on the East Coast of this North American country. To visit Nova Scotia is a chance to explore this beautiful part of the world. From whale watching to spending time on its many lakes and long coastline, there are countless activities available. Make the most and enjoy all this beautiful area offers.

Ciclismo Classico specializes in developing and offering innovative, travel cycling itineraries. They have created a new travel program that will appeal to people you love the outdoors and fitness. The cycling and hiking tour is a great way to visit Nova Scotia and see the country. For cycling enthusiasts, it’s a dream come true. Per the company, the program is categorized as an intermediate cycling tour. Participants will average about 29 miles per day.

The new one-week “Nova Scotia Bike + Hike Tour” is filled with scenic bike rides and hiking. You’ll cycle and walk among marshland, gorgeous beaches, vineyards and small villages. You’ll have the experience of visiting many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and their rich history. Lauren Hefferon is founder of Ciclismo Classico and was quoted, “Quiet coastal roads, delicious local food, colorful fishing villages and fertile farmland combine to make Nova Scotia a hidden gem for cyclists. There’s no bonding experience like hitting the pavement or a well-maintained trail and digging into scallops, fresh lobster and other fresh seafood at the end of the day.”

Nova Scotia town

Below is a day by day itinerary of the new “Nova Scotia Bike + Hike Tour” by Ciclismo Classico:

Day 1 – Halifax to Lunenburg
Fly into Halifax airport and be picked up for a direct van transfer to charming Lunenburg, just an hour’s ride away from the Nova Scotia capital.

Day 2 – Lunenburg
Start off the day with a great loop ride. Golf, hiking, and kayaking all have a strong presence in this UNESCO World Heritage town. Nautical types will get a kick out of the maritime museum or a cruise on the famous Bluenose schooner.

Day 3 – Lunenburg
Delve deeper into more of the Lunenberg countryside on today’s exhilarating yet peaceful rolling loop ride. With stunning countryside and seaside views, Lunenburg is often lauded as the prettiest small town in Canada.

Day 4 – Wolfville
This Acadia university town is home to some of the region’s finest hiking, so we’d be remiss not to hop off the bike for a bit and stretch our legs on a short, easily manageable group hike. The vineyards and farms near Wolfville make for stunning scenery, whether you’re cycling or walking.

Day 5 – Wolfville/Grand Pre
Make sure you’ve put away a hearty breakfast, because our longest ride is here. You’ll pedal along flats, hills, and stunning coastal views as we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Grand Pre.

Day 6 – Lunenburg
After we warm up on our way back to Lunenberg, you’ll have the chance to enjoy even more stunning scenery on a brief hike from Hirtles Beach to Gaff Point. The well-maintained, ocean-weathered trail will take you through forest before opening up to the pounding surf. We’ll ride back to Lunenberg, or a shuttle will be available for those who prefer to zip back to town.

Day 7 – Farewell
After breakfast, it’s time to bid adieu to the charming villages you’ve called home for the past six days and to all your new friends. Shuttle service to Halifax is available, or you can stay behind and explore Nova Scotia independently.

Nova Scotia is well known for its diverse wildlife from seals, whales and adorable puffins. You will enjoy terrific tasting food. Enjoy dining on local area cuisine and fabulous fresh seafood.

The trip is scheduled from September 19th to the 26th, 2016. Tour pricing begins at only $2,795 per person. If you would like to know more about this incredible VIP experience, please contact us today.

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Photo: Ciclismo Classico




Enjoy North America’s #1 Ski Resort – Whistler Blackcomb from The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel

The popular winter ski season will be here before you know it. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the perfect place to stay to fully enjoy North America’s #1 ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb in Canada.

This luxurious Canadian hotel is now offering a variety of hotel packages, all designed to make a ski holiday easy and affordable. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Experience fabulous skiing at one of the top ski resorts in the world.

The luxury hotel features chateau-style hotel with luxurious rooms, a wide array of fine dining restaurant options, a full-service spa and ski-in/ski-out mountain access to world famous Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. Whistler Blackcomb receives approximately 39 feet of snow each year. The result is a chance to experience some of the best skiing in the world.

Guests at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler will receive a minimum of two nights’ luxury hotel accommodation and two adult Whistler Blackcomb ski lift passes. Enjoy access to over 200 hundred ski runs and 8,100 acres of ski terrain for all skill levels. Rates for the Ultimate Ski Experience Package begin at $440 per night – based on double occupancy. This rate package is valid for hotel stays from November 22, 2012 and April 30, 2013.

For those who would like to enjoy a much longer stay, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is also offering several Season Pass options. The luxury property is Whistler’s leading ski-in/ski-out hotel and offers blocks to stay either 8, 16 or 24 room nights. The more nights you purchase, the savings increase.

Consider the 24 night Season’s Pass starts at only $175 per night. Season’s Passes are available now until November 30th, 2012 for stays between December 1st to April 30th, 2013, subject to availability and blackout dates.

Skiing can get quite expensive for families, but for the 2012/2013 ski season, kids can ski and rent for free in partnership with Whistler Blackcomb when you book a family ski getaway by November 15, 2012. The Family Ski Vacation Package provides lift tickets for two adults and two children with a minimum four night stay at the resort. Prices for this ideal family ski getaway begin at $443 per night for a family of four in a Fairmont room.

To receive additional information on all the winter ski packages at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, please visit www.fairmont.com/whistler or call 1-800 606-8244.

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    The Rare Kermode Sea Bear of British Columbia – Canada

    The Rare Kermode Sea Bear of British Columbia - Canada
    Photo: King Pacific Lodge

    The only place on earth to find the rare, Kermode sea bear is in the ancient Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada. The Kermode sea bear has long been renowned as an omen of peace and harmony; a rare flash of pure white in a vast blanket of lush green terrain.

    You may recognize the Kermode sea bear as the official mascot of the recent 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. A rare Kermode sea Bear lives within the 25,000-square-mile Great Bear Rainforest.

    The Gitgaâ™at First Nations community lives along the beautiful British Columbia’s Northwest coast. To them, the Kermode or more commonly known as the Spirit Bear, serves as a reminder from the creator of the universe of the harsh conditions of the previous ice age.

    The Kermode bear is reported to be one of the rarest animals in the world. Sadly it’s estimated that only approximately 100 Kermode bears may be alive today.

    For the opportunity to see rare Kermode bear and everything that B.C. (British Columbia) has to offer, consider a visit to this magnificent place.

    Whale of an Experience: King Pacific Lodge will again offer its Whale of an Experience program next summer season. The unique activity provides guests the opportunity to participate first-hand in the whale research being professionally conducted in Barnard Harbor and the surrounding waters by lodge partner, Cetacealab.

    Princess Package: This package makes it easy to put the queen of your castle on a pedestal and pamper her in one of the world’s most exclusive destinations: the Great Bear Rainforest. Guests will stay in the Princess Royal Suite which boasts two floors of luxury accommodations and panoramic views of the ocean, rainforest and nearby waterfall.

    Suite Deal for Families: You and your family will experience life away from the electronic world and introduce your children to multiple expeditions of fun, education, adventure as well as imbue respect for the natural world and other cultures. The customized expeditions are intended to maximize time together as well as to share in the excitement that each day brings.

    Renew & Reconnect: Recognizing the importance of family and of reconnecting with loved ones, King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort is offering guests the opportunity to reconnect & renew with family on a trip of a lifetime and a rare chance to create shared memories to be treasured for years.

    The lodge’s all-inclusive family vacation packages are tailored to provide more value, more authenticity, more opportunity to learn and more quality time to renew relationships with friends and family.

    The King Pacific Lodge was the first private tourism operator to sign a working protocol with a First Nation in British Columbia thereby recognizing their rights and title to their traditional territory. Since then, the Gitgaâ™ at Nation and King Pacific Lodge have worked together on a wide variety of programs including a student mentoring program, joint educational initiatives and hospitality training.




    Golf Prince Edward Island’s Fall Fore Golf Packages

    Crowbush Golf Course - Prince Edward Island
    Crowbush Golf Course

    By avoiding the busy summer season, you can enjoy the cooler weather and some great golf in scenic Prince Edward Island, Canada.

    Enjoy Prince Edward Island’s world-class golf courses by deciding between four packages, each featuring three full days of golf at a number of top-rated courses, along with wonderful accommodations in the majestic Prince Edward Island.

    Golfers who try one of the Fall Fore Golf Packages will experience cool, crisp winds plus incredible golf course conditions.

    Each golf course provides the opportunity to partake in a scenic tour of Prince Edward Island. These golf packages offer the ideal blend of challenge and beauty for the ultimate golf fanatic’s getaway.

    The four options as part of the Fall Fore Golf Packages include:

    The North Shore Package Includes:
    * 3 rounds on a choice of one of the following courses: Glasgow Hills, Eagles Glenn, Andersons Creek, Green Gables and Stanhope
    * 2 nights of accommodations in a 2 bedroom cottage in the Cavendish area
    * Based on Quad Occupancy

    Price is $289 per person (September 1-16), and $199 per person
    (September 17- close), including tax. Based on availability. Power carts are not included.

    The City Lights Package Includes:
    * 3 rounds on a choice of one of the following courses: Fox Meadow, Belvedere, Countryview, Clyde River or Glen Afton
    * 2 night of accommodations at a select hotels in Charlottetown
    * Based on Double Occupancy

    Price is $399 per person (September 1-16), and $349 per person
    (September 17- close), including tax. Based on availability. Power carts are not included.

    The 72 Hour Challenge Package Includes:
    * 4 rounds on the following courses: Crowbush Cove, Brudenell (2 rounds), Dundarave
    * 2 nights of accommodations in a standard room at Rodd Brudenell Resort
    * Based on Double Occupancy

    Price is $399 per person (September 1-16), and $299 per person
    (September 17- close), including tax. Based on availability. Power carts are not included.

    The Fall Break Package Includes:
    * 2 rounds on the Mill River golf course
    * 2 nights of accommodations at Rodd Mill River Resort
    * Based on Double Occupancy

    Price is $219 per person (September 1-16), and $199 per person
    (September 17- close), including tax. Based on availability. Power carts are not included.

    Travelers who want to spend time in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada can also enjoy the local island restaurants and culinary festivals, historical guides, plus many other authentic activities perfect for a fall getaway of family or friends.

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      Cape Breton Island Golf Tour Package in Nova Scotia, Canada

      Cape Breton - Dundee Golf Club
      Dundee Golf Club

      Cape Breton Island Golf Tour Package is an incredible deal. Enjoy the natural beauty of Nova Scotia, Canada and play golf at the Dundee Golf Club, Bell Bay Golf Club and Highlands Links.

      This golf package offers three nights plus four rounds of golf at one of North America’s most spectacular golf destinations.

      The weekend getaway features luxurious accommodations at 3 amazing resorts, gourmet dining, plus luxury amenities, outstanding hospitality and beautiful local scenery.

      Nova Scotia is ideal for a getaway not only for avid golfers but also families, friends, and colleagues and want a wonderful Canadian getaway.

      The Ultimate Cape Breton Island Golf Tour Package includes the following:
      * One night accommodations and one round of golf at Dundee
      Resort
      * One night accommodations at Inverary Resort
      * One night accommodations at Glenghorm Beach Resort
      * One round of golf at Dundee Golf Club
      * One round of golf at Bell Bay Golf Club
      * One round of golf at Highlands Links
      * One round of golf at LePortage Golf Club
      * Shared power carts

      Bell Bay Golf Club was named “Best New Course in Canada” by Golf Digest and “40th Best Course in Canada” by
      Score Magazine, This gorgeous golf course provides not only fairway fun but panoramic views of the water.

      This incredible golf package begins at $453, based on double occupancy, not including taxes. You can enjoy this great deal through October 2012.

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        Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort – Heli-Fishing Odyssey

        Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort - Heli-Fishing Odyssey
        Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort – Heli-Fishing Odyssey

        If you love to fish and ride in a helicopter, then we have the perfect suggestion for you! Try an unforgettable heli-fishing odyssey with Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, which has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 eco-resorts in the world.

        Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is located in British Columbia, Canada and is a luxurious fly-fishing and wilderness adventure destination, nestled at the foothills of Mount Stevens along the Great Bear Rainforest coastline of British Columbia.

        This angling odyssey is a must for angling a-fish-ionados and owner Craig Murray plus his long time friend and helicopter pilot Peter Barratt make your trip one t remember as are your expert guides. Barratt is the co-owner and founder of West Coast Helicopters. Riding along in a helicopter, journey deep into the 50,000-square-miles of wilderness surrounding Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort and try your fishing skills to catch salmon, steelhead, and bull and rainbow trout.

        Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort has become one of the top fishing and wilderness resorts in all the world, offering greater than 30 river systems surrounding this amazing resort. All fishing at NimmoBay Wilderness Resort is catch-and-release using single, barbless hooks.

        Regardless of when you want to visit and fish, the expertise of Murray and Barratt come into play knowing where the fish are. Between August and October are best for Coho salmon, summer steelhead and trout heli-fishing. From mid-April to June, you’ll find it best for winter steelhead heli-fishing.

        Often a sought-after trophy fish, steelhead in the area range in size from 13 to 30 pounds, while Coho salmon commonly referred to as Silvers, tend to be 10 to 25 pounds.

        Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort - Heli-Fishing Odyssey
        Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

        Trip rates begin at $3,995 Cdn per person, per day and include your own helicopter with Murray and Barratt as your personal guides. You can book An Angling Odyssey in groups of two or four anglers for two, three or four days.

        Additional services include: master masseurs; a photo program so each guest receives a memory stick with photos of their trip taken by Nimmo Bay staff; and the provision of all adventure and fishing gear. Taxes, fishing licences, return transportation to Port Hardy and gratuities are not included.

        For more information, please call 1-800-837-4354 or visit www.nimmobay.com




        Mission Hill Family Estate in British Columbia

        The Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
        The Mission Hill Family Estate

        Mission Hill Family Estate is one of the most unexpected and exquisite wine destinations for travelers seeking an escape this spring.

        The Estate, which was recently recognized as the ‘Canadian Wine Producer of the Year’ at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition and was the winner of the InterVin Winery of the Year award, is a true hidden gem.

        The Mission Hill Family Estate is located in British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley, and the luxury estate winery offers its guests a relaxing and cultural experience in a dazzling lakeside mountaintop setting.

        The Mission Hill Family Estate winery experience is second to none, featuring  an extensive exhibition of French sculpture, spectacular architecture from famed architect Tom Kundig, an award-winning restaurant, impressive views and impeccable service.

        The Estate offers visitors a variety of winery tours and tastings, culinary workshops, fine arts, and special events. During the summer months, Mission Hill Family Estate’s natural grass outdoor amphitheater, with a commanding view of Lake Okanagan, is home to concerts and cultural events including plays, productions and readings.

        With sustainable practices that ensure care for the environment, and a timelessness that respects the Estate’s European heritage, guests experience the height of winemaking in an incomparable winery.

        For more information, please visit: www.missionhillwinery.com/




        “Newfoundland & Labrador’s Viking Trail Tour” – The Great Canadian Travel Company

        Newfoundland Labrador's Viking Trail Tour - whale
        Newfoundland Labrador’s Viking Trail Tour – whale

        Viking warrior Leif Erikson discovered an incredible and beautiful place over 1,000 years ago.

        Leif Erikson and his party left Greenland and landed on shores of Newfoundland, Canada and became the first Europeans to settle in North America .

        After all these years, the scenic tablelands and landlocked fjords of Western Newfoundland and Labrador haven’t changed much over the years.

        Leif Erikson and his party built a village, using timbers and sod cut from peat beds, and called it “ Vinland ” (land of grapevines), after the wild grapes found there. A millennium later, wild berries still flourish there.

        In 1961, Norwegian Helge Ingstad and his wife, Anne Stine, discovered the site of this settlement. A decade of archaeological work uncovered the remains of a dozen Viking buildings and such artifacts as a soapstone spindle-whorl, large iron boat nails, and a Viking ring pin. The site now is a National Historic Site of Canada and a World Heritage site.

        Now you can retrace the steps of explorer Leif Erikson and personally discover the New World’s Viking heritage on a new 8-day, 7-night escorted tour package “Newfoundland & Labrador’s Viking Trail Tour” offered this summer by The Great Canadian Travel Company.

        The tour begins in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where you’ll spend the night and meet your fellow travelers and tour director at a welcome reception. Depending on your time of arrival, you may wish to book a Gray Line Tour of Halifax, Peggy’s Cove or Lunenburg. The next day, travel to Cape Breton Island, where you board a ferry for the crossing to Port aux Basques, your port of entry on the island province of Newfoundland .

        During a journey along the western coast of Newfoundland , you’ll see fjords carved by glaciers hundreds of thousands of years ago in a land where countless miles of coastline, seemingly endless forests, and ancient mountains run from Port aux Basques to the top of the Great Northern Peninsula . Its geological history reaches back 1.25 billion years; its human history is 4,500 years old.

        You’ll learn about the Vikings at L’Anse aux Meadows, where a visitor center displays artifacts and a model portraying how the site might have looked in the year 1000. Tour full-scale replicas of sod huts and join latter-day adventurers aboard a replica of a Viking ship, keeping an eye out for whales and icebergs. Re-enactors help you experience the Viking lifestyle, presenting music, crafts, traditional food, boat building and navigation techniques, even a wedding ceremony. There will also be a whale-watching boat tour.

        The itinerary includes a two-day visit to Gros Morne National Park where landlocked fjords are hemmed in by ancient volcanic mountains, creating some of Newfoundland ’s best mountain and ocean vistas. Visit the Broom Point fishing exhibit and Lobster Cove Lighthouse. Enjoy a scenic boat tour (weather permitting) as you learn the geology of the tablelands, see the bald eagles that frequent the deep waters of the fjord, and hear the history of the small fishing villages nestled on the shores.

        You’ll board a ferry across the Strait of Belle Isle to Labrador and Red Bay National Historic Site, where the Basques had a whaling station in the 16th century. If you travel in June or early July, you’ll have a good chance to see huge, Titanic-sized icebergs.

        Value-priced from $1,885 per person, the Viking Trail Tour package includes 7 nights’ accommodation (based on double occupancy), transportation throughout, most meals, a welcome reception, a “screech-in” ceremony, and visits to Gros Morne National Park, Lobster Cove Lighthouse, L’Anse aux Meadows, Port au Choix and Red Bay National Historic Sites, a whale watching boat tour and more. There are 8 departures between June 3 and September 9, 2011.

        To book reservations and get additional tour information, please call 800-661-3830, or visit www.greatcanadiantravel.com or Viking Trail Tour at http://www.greatcanadiantravel.com/tours/canada-usa/newfoundland-labradors-viking-trail-tour.




        King Pacific Lodge – World Travel Awards Winner

        King Pacific Lodge
        King Pacific Lodge

        The luxury King Pacific Lodge is a magnificent 17-room floating, wilderness lodge that can be found in the heart of the mighty Great Bear Rainforest.

        King Pacific Lodge, a Rosewood Resort, was proud to have received the award – North America’s Leading Green Hotel 2010 by the World Travel Awards.

        The World Travel Awards were held in London, England and the awards event is widely recognized worldwide, as the ultimate travel accolade. In fact, the Wall Street Journal, has deemed the World Travel Awards as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry.”

        The King Pacific Lodge is anchored off Princess Royal Island and located approximately 380 kilometers north of Vancouver, Canada.

        The luxury lodge is open from June to September. King Pacific Lodge offers its guests a one-of-a-kind experience, including: guided hikes, fly fishing, wildlife watching and sea kayaking.

        King Pacific Lodge resides in the Great Bear Rainforest, which is the world’s largest remaining tract of temperate rainforest.

        The recent award from the World Travel Awards, follows another prestigious award received by King Pacific Lodge. As part of the 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards, readers of Condé Nast Traveler’s magazine once again voted King Pacific Lodge the No. 1 resort in Canada for the third consecutive year.

        President of King Pacific Lodge, Michael Uehara was quoted, “King Pacific Lodge has long been noted for its luxury and quality, but it is in equal measure our commitment to sustainability and conservation that has generated a loyal following for the lodge. We know that today’s travellers are looking for more authentic experiences and a deep connection to the destinations they visit. A visit to the lodge provides an opportunity to see a world they could easily have missed.”

        For the upcoming 2011 travel season, King Pacific Lodge will be open from June 3rd to September 23rd. To learn more, visit: http://www.kingpacificlodge.com/




        The Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria Canada

        Hotel Grand Pacific - Victoria Canada

        This luxury Victoria, Canada hotel will blow you away with a breathtaking view of the city by the water. Located in the heart of Victoria’s Inner Harbor, you’ll be able to view the most beautiful garden city in Canada.

        Condé Nast Traveler readers named Victoria, British Columbia’s Hotel Grand Pacific the top hotel in the country in the magazine‘s 21st Annual Readers‘ Choice Awards.

        This luxury hotel is situated on Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour and within strolling distance of Old Town’s unique shops, galleries and cafés.

        Guest rooms and public areas command wonderful views of the harbor, the city’s Old Town, the Gorge Waterway and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. Hotel amenities include an award-winning restaurant, the Grand Pacific Athletic Club and the Spa at the Grand.

        The hotel’s Grand Pacific Athletic Club offers a 25-meter pool, hot tub, sauna, and comprehensive training facilities. Spa at the Grand provides full spa services and beauty treatments.

        The hotel offers several choices for on-site dining, including the elegant Pacific Restaurant, Pacific Lounge, and The Mark. Casual snacks and light meals are also available at Courtyard Cafe.

        Getting a room in this hotel includes another luxury amenity. A “Pillow Menu” is available for those that need the perfect pillow to sleep on.

        The Hotel Grand Pacific will cost you from $139-$400 (Depending on the season, and promotional considerations)

        Hotel Grand Pacific
        463 Belleville Street
        Victoria, Canada