HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:00

HF Holiday...

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sale

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sa…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:00

Flybe has put more early release routes on sale as part of its preliminary summer 2017 schedule.

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Super Hostel’

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Su…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:00

A planning application has been submitted by YHA (England and Wales) to open its first Super Hostel in London.

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade pla…

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following a major overhaul of the security search area for departing passengers, Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to address congestion in arrivals.

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen …

Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits …

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from Jetcost.co.uk has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

It was a massive surprise. I thought I’d seen every kind of destination...

The crowded, beautiful beaches of Spain, France, the Caribbean, and the less crowded ones in Cape Verde; I’ve walked through the magnificent glens in Scotland (and fought off the midges!); I’ve camped in Cornwall and Wales; driven thousands of miles across America; I’ve cruised around the Middle East and around the Indian Ocean and gasped at the giant tortoises; but nothing prepared me for Atlantic Canada.

To be honest I didn’t know much about the destination. I’d read ‘Anne of Green Gables’ decades ago but that was about it so I wasn’t expecting much when I was invited to join Dame Esther Rantzen on a trip to Atlantic Canada last October.

The Air Canada flight was direct from Heathrow to Halifax and took about the same time it used to take me to drive to Cornwall in the summer – six and a half hours – and it was a lot nicer than being stuck in traffic on the A30.

We drove from Halifax to New Brunswick and began to get a sense of the scale of the country as we started our quest for the fireworks of the autumn colours. Every now and then we caught a glimpse of a single spectacular maple blazing red, alone in the acres and acres of rolling forest. Staring out as the miles and miles of trees flashed past I suddenly caught sight of a huge dark haired animal standing on the edge of the forest – it was a moose. Apparently they are quite shy and so it was a rare sighting. I wasn’t prepared for how enormous it was.

Another first for me was Hopewell Rocks, which has astonishing 46ft. tides - I thought the 12ft. spring tides in Cornwall were dramatic but this was something else.

The government has placed some beautifully designed, large red chairs in scenes of particular beauty. We saw them at Cape Enrage with its restored red and white lighthouse, where another first for me is a local delicacy called ‘Fiddleheads’ which are the tasty fresh spring leaves of bracken. From there we drove on to the Funday Trail which is for the more adventurous traveller who can spend four days walking through its beautiful wilderness.

I could go on and on, about the picturesque town of St Andrews; the fantastic food at Savour at the Kingsbrae Gardens; the most sophisticated bed-and-breakfast in Frederickton that I have ever stayed in; the safe, welcoming atmosphere everywhere we went.

We left New Brunswick and crossed to Prince Edward Island, the home of ‘Anne of Green Gables’, and drove along their charming Heritage Roads – red soiled routes through the countryside - and began to see more and more of the promised autumn colours with bright red and gold foliage. The island is ringed with soft white sand beaches, completely unspoiled and great for beachcombing. Charlottetown – the birthplace of Canada’s Confederation – is lined with pretty historic houses, manicured lawns, well-kept flowerbeds and has some great restaurants and hotels.

We then took the ferry to Nova Scotia, arriving in Cape Breton for the Celtic Colours Festival (running this year between October 7 -15) for its delightful mixture of Celtic music and the glory of the sight of mile after mile of hills covered with a riot of gold, red and orange leaves; natures' Autumn fireworks.

Atlantic Canada has a lot to offer British travellers. With just four-and-a-half hours’ time difference they won’t get jet lag. There is something for everyone – sun worshippers, foodies, adventurers, all with the sophistication one expects from North America. Canada feels safe and the people are welcoming and friendly.

One last thing. I love lobster. In Canada they are half the price we would normally pay and you can eat lobster for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

As an example of itineraries Audley is offering a 19-night 'Maritime Treasures Self-Drive' package from £2,930 per person. Highlights include whale-watching in the Bay of Fundy, a Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island and the UNESCO heritage village of Lunenburg, and the price includes flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

For more information visit audleytravel.com/canada/itinerary-ideas/maritime-treasures and atlanticcanadaholiday.co.uk

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