The Four Great Journeys of Canada

A series of travel articles written by the Travel and Tourism Students, May 2015

1. Fly Away into Whistler

By: Samantha Sawchuck and Amy Oostyen

Departing from Vancouver’s beautiful waterfront, hop on the Harbour Air Float Plane for a journey of a life time heading to the countryside of Whistler. Fly high above the Sea to Sky highway enjoying the breath taking views of British Columbia’s snow-capped mountains, temperate rainforest and exotic wildlife. Descending close to the Stawamus Chief, a popular hiking destination in the Squamish region, you will experience scenic views of Howe Sound.  Continuing on your journey through Garibaldi Provincial Park, you will experience the dark jagged edges of the Black Tusk; an extinct composite volcanic rock formation which erupted over one hundred and seventy thousand years ago. Arriving into scenic Whistler, landing on the aqua marine coloured water of Green Lake where you will be provided with a canoe or kayak of your choice.  Enjoy a one hour paddle down the River of Golden Dreams to the Edgewater Lodge where you will reside for the next three nights. Enjoy your journey!

 

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Photo: Take off

 

2.  Tracks Across Canada

By: Ann Marie De Asis, Mary Ann Boyer and Natsumi Morie

Experience amazement all around. A unique journey linking Toronto to Vancouver will take you on the trip of a lifetime. Delicious meals are freshly prepared by skilled chefs including regional specialties and selected Canadian wines. Enjoy the refined experience with completely revamped care and accommodations. Witness the breathtaking scenery every second of the journey between Canada’s largest city and the Pacific coast aboard the Canadian. Be in-tune with nature because in the space of four days and three nights, you will see the lakes in Northern Ontario, the lush boreal forest, the western Prairies, and the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The Panorama car is a must, if you want to feast your eyes on the scenery up close and appreciate the beauty of the mountains and lakes from the comfort of your seat.

 

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Photo: Via Rail Across Canada

 

3. Ride and Dance Into The Boreallis

By: Laurie Chou

A family can rent an RV from Vancouver and drive a 3 day trip to the Yukon. In between the drives, you can stop by Burns Lake, which is 950 km from Vancouver. At Burns Lake you will enjoy a beautiful view, bring your fishing rods as this lake is known for its treasure for fishers. There endless hiking routes to loosen up those stiff legs from sitting. Next you can make another stop at Dease Lake just a few more hours before you reach Whitehorse, stay at one of their motels for the night, enjoy the quiet wilderness and start driving again the next day.

When you reach Whitehorse, check into Northern Lights Resort and Spa. For $990.00 you’ll stay 3 nights/ 4 days, includes food, dog sledding adventure, snowmobiling tour, and 30 min massage treatment. Remember to step out at night and capture the Boreallis lights dance

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Photo: Fishing in Burns Lake

4. Destination Rockies

By: Edelyn De La Rosa, Jobelle Gazman and Ukyo Ishito

A 2 day trip from Vancouver to Banff – lies in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta and showcases some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery. This is the best Canada has to offer on Rail. Rocky Mountaineer will accommodate your needs, by serving up delicious meals and entertainment with interpretive storytelling.

On day 1, the expedition will start via Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Kamloops. Highlighting sightseeing and adventure includes the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. With an extra breakfast and lunch package.

In Day 2, your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. That includes Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends on arrival in the resort town of Banff.

This is just the beginning of your journey into true discovery. BON VOYAGE!

 

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Photo: Glacier Adventure Tickets