Looking back into your family history, you probably knew someone who left Ireland and set sail for Canada. That may be why we are so comfortable in Canada. It’s a bit like home. They know how to pour a proper pint of Guinness and they understand the importance of spending time with family and friends. But the similarities don’t stop there. Canada’s most easterly province, Newfoundland looks a lot like some places in Ireland. Rocky cliffs overlooking a roaring sea, coastlines dotted with pretty fishing villages and friendly locals are reminders that the links between Canada and Ireland are plentiful and strong.
Canada is a gorgeous country that has a harmonious balance between wide open spaces and lively cities. Montreal has a wonderful Old World French flare, while Toronto is known around the world as being a great multi-cultural city, with one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America. And if you’re in Toronto, a side trip to Niagara Falls, even for non-honeymooners is a must. Further west, you have the flat prairie lands where you can see the sun sink into the horizon without anything blocking your view. Then a bit farther west, the majestic Rocky Mountains are a playground for Canadians and international visitors with world-class resorts, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and downhill skiing. It’s one of Canada’s most photographed attractions. We understand why. Snow-capped peaks and pine forests are ruggedly beautiful and unspoiled. On the Pacific coast, Vancouver will host the winter Olympic Games in 2010 and is set to become a global hot spot once its stunning natural surroundings and urban sophistication is discovered.
We know, we know. You keep intending to book that trip to Canada to visit your family, but you just haven’t got around to it. Let Travel Counsellors take care of all the arrangements so you can be with your loved ones faster. And while we’re at it, why not plan a family reunion and bring all of the clans together in one place. Group rates make these events more affordable and we can help you make them happen.
Why you should go:
Direct summer charters from Dublin to Toronto make getting there easy and hassle-free.
Canada is the second largest nation in the world, so there will always be something to do and see.
Canadians are among the world’s friendliest people. You’re likely to come home having made many new friends.
The Amazing Rockies
Wednesday 9th September 2009
Travel Counsellor: Douglas Hastings
I travelled to Calgary with a friend in September 2009 flying via London to Calgary with Air Canada who from the moment we boarded until we disembarked were fantastic. When we arrived at the airport we took a taxi to the Holiday Inn where we had booked a twin room for two nights. The hotel was in a great location as it was in walking distance of restaurants, bars and shops.
On our first day we set off on foot and visited the TELLUS World of Science, The Glenbow Museum and then onto the Pengrowth Saddle Dome which is the home of the Calgary Flames NHL ice hockey team. We had pre booked a tour of the Saddledome which took around one hour and at the end we got to watch the team practice which made it all the walking round the vast dome worthwhile.
On the second day we visited the Calgary tower and took the lift 525 feet up to the top which is great if you like heights! The next day we travelled back to the airport to pick up our car hire and set of west along the trans-Canadian highway... view full story
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