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Time to start thinking of your next summer holiday…

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Vicki Tester

 

USA and Canada

Everyone’s situation is different as to what they need to think about when booking a holiday. Do you have children at school, are you in a job that restricts you from taking time off when you like?

Early planning is a must to avoid disappointment in these situations. Booking early also means you can take advantage any early booking discounts, which can save significantly sums for your holiday.

We are here to assist you make those plans and to help take the stress out of organising your trip. Once booked you can simply sit back and look forward to a wonderful holiday!

We are experts in the USA and Canada priding ourselves on the fact we have stayed in and visited many of the places we send our clients, helping you to make the best choices. The USA and Canada are well worth booking early in high season and they both offer something for everyone, from big city glamour to small town charm but can have limited availability.

 

USA – first thoughts

For the USA ‘big city glamour’ try the city of Chicago in Midwestern USA, a metropolitan hub for dining, shopping and entertainment. The Magnificent Mile is one of Chicago’s most famous shopping districts, and you’ll find flagship stores — from high street favourites to high fashion stores — along the stretch of shops. Nearby, wander along State Street, where you can visit the original Marshall Field’s, now Macy’s. For boutique shopping, head to Chicago’s 77 neighbourhood, where you’ll find unique, one-of-a-kind items you simply won’t want to leave without.

Chicago is bursting at the seams with theatrical talent. Broadway in Chicago and many Tony Award winning companies bring in big names and blockbuster shows, while more than 200 storefront, experimental and neighbourhood theatres bring you pioneering contemporary performances. Chicago is also a city that loves to laugh —after all Chicago invented improvisation comedy. See where Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell performed at world-famous ‘The Second City’. If stand-up comedy is your thing, grab your tickets for The Laugh Factory or Zanies. It is also a hub for all kinds of music and well worth experiencing.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For small town charm, we would recommend Jackson in Wyoming USA, sitting 15 miles from the Idaho border and approximately 12 miles from the entrance of Grand Teton National Park and 60 miles from the famous Yellowstone National Park. Offering you an adventure holiday exploring the wildlife and immersing in the local culture. You can explore on skis (in winter), mountain bikes, rafts, horse drawn stagecoaches. Add in exquisite cuisine, world-renowned art, and unique shopping to make a holiday to remember.

 

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Canada some places to consider

For ‘big city glamour’ consider a visit to the vibrant city of Vancouver, British Columbia with its skyline of glass buildings and the surrounding ocean and coastal mountains. Here you can swim from the beach and then go off to explore a mountain all in one day.  This is such a versatile city with so much to do. The city is the largest in British Columba, but manages to hold on to its rustic charm and natural beauty nonetheless. Visitors can enjoy bike riding, shopping, visiting a local museum or just relaxing in Stanley Park. Take the free shuttle service out to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Originally built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. Cliffwalk is the park’s newest attraction – a cantilevered walkway clinging to the granite cliff high above Capilano Canyon. Treetops Adventure, seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor, offers a unique squirrel’s eye perspective of the forest. See the jaw-dropping majestic nature of British Columbia unfold as you ascend via aerial tram to the summit of Grouse Mountain. Rising 4,100 feet (1,250 metres) above Vancouver and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown.

You can dine at a world class restaurant or join a Vancouver foodie tour which allows you to visit a wide variety of highly recommended restaurants trying varied cuisine and enjoying the nightlife. A visit to Granville Island is a must for true foodies looking to sample the best of this coastal city. This gastronomic-focused district offers everything from elegant waterfront restaurants to small ethnic eateries. The Granville Island Public Market is a must see, an indoor market featuring a fascinating assortment of food and produce, displaying handcrafted products and unique gifts.

 

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For small town charm in Canada, we suggest Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – an attractive town with an underground network of bootlegging tunnels connecting buildings. The tunnels were created in 1908 for a steam system that never happened, but it is rumoured that Al Capone gambled and made deals in them. You can get around this historic town on trolley buses and guided tours, stopping to visit one of the many attractions and museums, or you can simply relax in one of the many spas around the town. Summer in Moose Jaw is always bustling with activities such as Sidewalk Days, Park Art, the Motif Multicultural Festival, Farmers’ Markets, events in Crescent Park and much more.

 

Picture courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan Greg Huszar Photography

Picture courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan Greg Huszar Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and help with organising and booking your holiday please contact us.

Canoeing Canada’s more Remote Waterways

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Vicki Tester

 

For those of you that like to be on the water but well away from the crowds, then Canada has so much to offer. And if you have white water canoeing experience then the following may well be for you.

The adventure is based around Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan which ensures you will have left all but the most intrepid travellers. The southern edge of this fascinating and colourful lake is home to the most northerly major giant dune field which can be 100 feet high. As these dunes slowly move, they swallow the forest while also uncovering ghostly stands of previously covered forests.

The region around the lake offers you two exciting and challenging canoe trips. The William River experience takes you through white water challenges and then through Athabasca’s largest dune field. Finally the river broadens in to a colourful estuary – shades of bronze and copper – before it empties in to the lake.

The second challenge is the MacFarlane River which empties in to the eastern end of the lake. This has longer stretches of white water and a canyon with three dramatic waterfalls before it cuts through the dunes and ends at the Lake.

This will definitely be a trip of big horizons, few people and amazing canoeing. Give us a call to start planning this bespoke, tailor made trip of a lifetime.

Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

Picture courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan Hans-Gerhard Pfaff

Picture courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan Hans-Gerhard Pfaff

Saskatchewan

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Amanda Skingle

 

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Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Mention a holiday to Canada and most people think of a trip around the Rocky Mountains or visiting one of the many cities such as Toronto, Quebec or Montreal. But one of the lesser known areas to be explored is Saskatchewan and there is so much to see and do. If you like being in the great outdoors and experiencing the best nature has to offer this is the perfect place for you.

Here is a taste of what you can experience during your holiday to Saskatchewan:

Live like a cowboy with a stay on a working ranch. The southwest is steeped in history of ranching and western culture, you’ll learn how this plays an important part in the local economy.

Canoe the Clearwater – unspoiled wilderness, stunning scenery, thrilling white water, and great fishing opportunities, this CanadianHeritageRiver has something for everyone.

Trail the Mounties. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are some of the most recognisable law enforcement agencies in the world. Learn the history of the Mounties with a visit to Regina followed by Fort Battleford National Heritage site.

With half of Canada’s cultivated land being Saskatchewan there is an abundance of home grown produce on offer. Why not join a wine and cheese tasting, pick your own from the many varieties of fruit and vegetables on offer including cherries, raspberries and blue honeysuckle.

This is just a taste of what this great state has to offer, so contact us today on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk to discuss your bespoke, tailormade holiday to Saskatchewan.

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