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Journeys : Aug Sep 2010
with RACT Travelworld Kingston Shop 49A Channel Court Phone 6242 3211 Glenorchy Corner Terry Street and Main Road Phone 6212 9500 Launceston Cor ner York and George Streets Phone 6335 5655 Devonport 119 Rooke Street Mall Phone 6421 1977 Ulverstone RACT Travelworld 38 Reibey Street Phone 6425 8050 Burnie 24 North Ter race Phone 6434 2955 Been there, done that Althea explores Canada Althea Harrison "I've worked in the travel industry for many years, far too many to remember! I enjoy helping clients plan their holidays, whether they're travelling overseas or closer to home -- and I love hearing of their experiences on their return. "My favourite city is London, because there's just so much to see and do. I also love Saltzburg, with all its memories of Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music. "Canada is another special destination -- wonderful scenery and friendly people. "Contact me at R ACT Travelworld's Launceston branch -- or call me on 6335 5653." In April of this year I was privileged to be able to travel to Canada with Australia Pacific Touring Group. It was wonderful to see for myself the touring my clients have been experiencing in Canada and Ala ska. We flew with Air New Zealand to Vancouver and their ser vice was excellent from check-in to meals and in-flight entertainment. From Vancouver we flew to Calgary over the snow-capped Rocky Mountains and then across the vast plains of the prairies -- a complete contrast! On our arrival in Calgary we met our guide, Trent and boarded the coach and travelled on to Banff, a 1½ hour drive away -- as we approached Banff, the pine- clad mountains rose ahead. We stayed at the world-famous and wonderful Banff Springs Hotel. The hotel is full of history and has some stories to tell! While in Banff, we took a spectacular ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain and enjoyed the views of the Rocky Mountains and over Banff itself. Next we travelled to Jasper, stopping for lunch at the Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise. The huge lake was frozen over, but as it was beginning to thaw, the skating rink had just closed. We were lucky to be the first in the season to take the Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier -- a must-do for everyone! In Jasper we stayed at the Fair mont Jasper Park Lodge, situated on scenic Lake Beauvert. The landscape between Lake Louise and Jasper was breathtaking, with snow-capped mountains all the way. We also stayed at the ski resorts of Sun Peaks and Whistler, which still had the Winter Olympics atmosphere. The drive from Sun Peak to Whistler was steep and winding as we travelled through the mountain pass but the scenery was spectacular, with snow still covering the mountain s. From Whistler we travelled by coach and fer ry to Victoria where we stayed at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, right on the harbour and a short walk into the tow n. Breakfast at the Butchart Gardens is a must -- on an APT tour, this is included and you avoid the crowds as you look around these wonderful garden s. Our week's tour came to an end in Vancouver, a beautiful city with wonderful shopping -- and luckily for us, the sales were on! APT Canada and Alaska tours begin at the end of April, with departures through to September. July and August are the peak times. The coach touring days are a comfortable length -- most days don't start until 10am and there are plenty of stops along the way. As it is a long flight from Australia, I would suggest a night at the Fair mont Hotel at Vancouver Airport before beginning the tour. 53 August / September 2010
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