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December 12, 2023
Embark on an Unforgettable Journey: The Maritime Explorer Adventure
The Maritime Explorer Adventure Nestled along Canada's East Coast lies a realm of boundless beauty and cultural richness - the Maritime provinces. As you venture through Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, prepare to be captivated by the distinct charm and diverse offerings of Atlantic Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador: Tales of Timeless Wonder Begin your odyssey in Newfoundland and Labrador, where rugged landscapes meet tales of seafaring legends. Explore Gros Morne National Park's dramatic fjords, stroll along the vibrant streets of St. John's, and stand in awe at the magnificence of ancient icebergs. The scenic beauty intertwined with cultural heritage creates an unforgettable tapestry. Nova Scotia: A Melting Pot of Heritage and Natural Splendor Continue your expedition to Nova Scotia, a province steeped in history and natural grandeur. Wander through the historic streets of Halifax, savor the fresh catch along the iconic Cabot Trail, and feel the rhythm of Maritime music echoing through the streets of Cape Breton. Nova Scotia's fusion of heritage and landscapes will leave an indelible mark on your journey. New Brunswick: Where Adventure Meets Tranquility As your road trip winds through New Brunswick, be prepared for a blend of adventure and tranquility. Discover the magnetic Reversing Falls in Saint John, revel in the tranquility of the Fundy National Park, and witness the world's highest tides at the Bay of Fundy. From coastal wonders to serene landscapes, New Brunswick offers a serene escape. The Maritime Explorer Experience: Embrace the Journey The Maritime Explorer: Atlantic Canada Road Trip isn't just a journey; it's an immersion into the heart and soul of Canada's East Coast. Unearth hidden gems, forge connections with friendly locals, and relish every moment as you traverse these extraordinary provinces. This road trip isn't just about the destinations; it's about the stories you collect along the way.   Join us on the Maritime Explorer Adventure and set forth on an expedition that promises to etch memories that last a lifetime.
October 4, 2023
Top 10 Activities To Do In Calgary In Winter
Calgary, with its stunning landscapes and vibrant community spirit, transforms into a winter wonderland when the snow begins to fall. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or someone who prefers cozy winter outings, there's something for everyone in this beautiful city during the colder months. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through some of Calgary's top winter activities, both indoor and outdoor! Chinook Blast - A Winter Arts Festival: Chinook Blast is an annual event that transforms downtown Calgary into a magical winter playground. The festival showcases dazzling light installations, captivating art displays, and interactive performances that take place throughout the city. You can wander through Stephen Avenue and discover larger-than-life art installations, participate in winter-themed workshops, and enjoy live music and dance performances. Don't miss the opportunity to witness Calgary's artistic community coming to life amid the winter chill. Ice Skating at City Rinks: Calgary boasts an array of outdoor skating rinks that provide a perfect backdrop for winter fun. Whether you're a seasoned skater or just learning, you'll find rinks scattered across the city, including Olympic Plaza and Bowness Park. Skating on these well-maintained frozen ponds, surrounded by snow-covered trees and the crisp winter air, is an experience that captures the essence of Canadian winters. Grab your skates and twirl your way into the heart of Calgary's winter traditions. Winsport Olympic Park: Beyond SkiingWhile Winsport Olympic Park is renowned for its skiing and snowboarding slopes, there is more than just your standard downhill tracks to explore. Get your adrenaline pumping by taking a freestyle skiing lesson with their seasoned coaches. Grab a tube and head up to the top of the tube park for a more leisurely adventure, providing stunning views of Calgary's winter beauty. Plus, the Olympic Park is a living testament to Calgary's role as host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, making it a must-visit destination for sports enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Hot Chocolate Festival - Warmth for the Soul: Calgary Hot Chocolate Festival is an annual charity fundraiser event that will warm your heart during the chilly winter days. Calgary's top cafes and chocolatiers participate by crafting unique and delectable hot chocolate creations. From classic rich and creamy cups to inventive concoctions that feature exotic spices and toppings, there's a hot chocolate for every palate. Each participating establishment supports a local charity, so you can indulge in deliciousness while contributing to a good cause. Plan a hot chocolate tasting tour and discover your favorite winter beverage. Cross Country Skiing Across The City: Instead of just sticking to the slopes, why not try cross-country skiing? Calgary offers an extensive network of groomed cross-country ski trails that wind through parks and natural areas. Whether you're a seasoned skier or new to the sport, this activity allows you to discover the serene winter beauty of Calgary. Glide along the trails at your own pace, enjoying the crisp winter air and the tranquility of the snow-covered landscapes. It's a fantastic way to stay active and connect with nature during the winter months. Gasoline Alley at Heritage Park: A Step Back in Time:Heritage Park's Gasoline Alley is a unique attraction that transports you back in time. During the winter months, this exhibit is a perfect place to enjoy vintage automobiles while staying warm indoors. See memorabilia, interactive displays, and historic artifacts that provide a glimpse into Calgary's automotive history. It's a fascinating journey for history enthusiasts and families looking for an educational yet entertaining winter outing. Studio Bell: Music and Winter Magic:Studio Bell is a cultural gem nestled in the heart of Calgary. During the winter months, it offers a unique escape for music enthusiasts. Explore five floors of exhibitions, interactive displays, and music-related artifacts that showcase Canada's rich musical history. Studio Bell's winter programming often includes special events, workshops, and live performances, allowing you to immerse yourself in the world of music and creativity. It's a warm and inviting destination for those seeking a harmonious winter experience. Calgary Tower: A Bird's-Eye View of Winter:Calgary Tower, an iconic city landmark, offers a remarkable winter experience. Ride the elevator to the observation deck, where you'll be treated to panoramic views of the snow-covered city and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. As the sun sets, the city's twinkling lights create a magical winter wonderland. It's an ideal spot for capturing breathtaking photos and experiencing the charm of Calgary's winter nights. Calgary Zoo: A Winter Safari:The Calgary Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland during the colder months. Explore the zoo's winter exhibits, where you can encounter animals adapted to snowy climates, such as the playful penguins and majestic Siberian tigers. Starting in January, guests can see the Emperor Penguins march through the snowy grounds. Bundle up and witness the waddle through the zoo's pathways. It's a unique and memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Savor Alberta's Winter Flavours on a Food Tour:While winter in Calgary offers a plethora of outdoor adventures, don't miss the chance to embark on a culinary exploration of Alberta's winter harvest. Join an Alberta Food Tour in Calgary to discover the city's vibrant food scene. Taste seasonal delights like locally sourced root vegetables, hearty stews, and savory pies that warm the soul during the colder months. Calgary's culinary artisans take pride in showcasing the province's winter bounty, and this food tour promises a delectable journey through the flavors of Alberta's frosty season. It's a delightful way to experience the city's gastronomic treasures while staying cozy and satisfied. Calgary's winter activities offer a diverse range of experiences, from artistic celebrations to outdoor adventures, historical journeys, and cultural explorations. Whether you're skating beneath the open sky, sipping hot chocolate for a cause, or ascending to new heights at the Calgary Tower, the city invites you to embrace the season's magic. So, bundle up, step outside, and discover the warmth of winter in this vibrant and dynamic city.
October 3, 2023
Why You Should Book a Tailor-made Group Tour with Anderson Vacations
Are you a seasoned traveler with a passion for exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations? Do you yearn for unique experiences that resonate with your well-educated and adventurous spirit? Look no further! We take pride in curating custom group tours that cater to the cultural explorer seeking unforgettable journeys through the hidden wonders of Canada. Join us as we reveal five compelling reasons why our personalized tours are the perfect choice for you.         1. Flexibility and Tailor-Made Adventures At Anderson Vacations, we understand that each traveller is unique, and so are their travel preferences. As seasoned specialists in Canada, we offer unmatched flexibility to create custom group tours that perfectly align with your interests, regardless of your group size. Whether you're seeking photography tours to capture the mesmerizing Aurora in Yellowknife, fishing adventures in remote lodges, or thrilling bear-viewing experiences in Bella Coola, we've got you covered. The itinerary is in your hands, ensuring you embark on a journey tailored just for your group's needs.                                               Yellowknife Aurora Viewing                                                    Ice Fishing in Yellowknife     2. Unearth Canada's Hidden Gems Canada is a vast and diverse country, boasting hidden gems that remain undiscovered by many. Our off-the-beaten-path experiences in Canada take you beyond the tourist hotspots, immersing you in the heart of authentic Canadian culture and breathtaking landscapes. From cruising through the legendary Northwest Passage to witnessing the majestic Rocky Mountains in the comfort of the Rocky Mountaineer train, our tours offer unforgettable encounters with Canada's true essence.                          Rocky Mountaineer Train         Rocky Mountaineer Train Through Canadian Rocky's       3. Specialists in Canada - Unparalleled Knowledge  As specialists in Canada, our team of passionate experts is well-versed in the country's history, culture, and hidden treasures. We pride ourselves on sharing our in-depth knowledge with curious travellers like you, enriching your journey with fascinating insights and stories that will deepen your appreciation for this remarkable nation. With in-house tour leaders and a supportive operations team, we are ready to support you through your journey wherever it be.                                                                                                          Polar Bear Viewing Churchill, Manitoba                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Yellowknife Cultural Group experience        4. Niche Tours for Discerning Tastes  For the well-educated and worldly traveller like you, we understand that your interests may extend beyond traditional sightseeing. That's why we offer niche tours that cater to specific passions, from photography enthusiasts seeking the perfect shot of the Aurora in Yellowknife to small ship excursions to the Northwest Passage and fishing aficionados seeking tranquil wilderness lodges. Whatever your interests, we can build a custom tour that aligns perfectly with your discerning tastes.                       Adventure Canada Iceberg Viewing              Adventure Canada Northwest Passage       5. Personalized Support Every Step of the Way  We prioritize your satisfaction and peace of mind. When you book a custom group tour with us, you gain access to our live team, available to address any questions or concerns you may have. From the moment you start planning until the last day of your journey, our team will be with you, ensuring your experience exceeds your expectations. As specialists in Canada, our knowledgeable team will be there every step of the way to plan your once-in-a-lifetime journey with your group whether it be corporate cultural retreats to getaways with your close friend group.
July 31, 2023
Calgary's Culinary Charm - A Foodie's Paradise
When you think of Calgary, Canada, the first images that come to mind might include its stunning landscapes and cowboy culture. But there's more to this vibrant city than meets the eye, especially for food enthusiasts. Calgary has quietly emerged as a hidden gem, offering a diverse array of dining experiences that cater to every palate. In this blog post, we will delve into why Calgary has become a must-visit culinary destination for foodies, showcasing its craft beer and cider scene, the influence of celebrity chefs, and the rich tapestry of international cuisines available.   A Multicultural Culinary Melting Pot Calgary's diverse population has undeniably contributed to its flourishing culinary scene. The city is a melting pot of cultures, each offering unique gastronomic traditions. From savouring mouthwatering tacos at authentic Mexican taquerias to relishing the aromatic spices of Indian curries, Calgary's restaurants whisk you away on a global culinary adventure. We recommend going down 17th Ave SW if you would like to go on an international adventure. Some of our personal favourites on 17th are El Chefe - a Mexican restaurant with some of the best Birria Tacos you may ever have or the Calcutta Cricket Club for flavourful Indian food. Whether you're in the mood for traditional Japanese sushi or exploring contemporary European fare, Calgary's food choices are as diverse as its residents. If you are looking for a higher-end experience with a view - try Major Tom Bar on the 40th floor featuring a rooftop patio and delicious cocktails with global fare.      Craft Beer and Cider Heaven Craft beer and cider enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise when visiting Calgary. The city boasts a thriving craft beverage scene, with numerous breweries and cideries offering a wide selection of locally brewed libations. From hoppy IPAs to smooth stouts and refreshing ciders, there's a perfect beverage to accompany every meal. If you are looking for a cider-tasting experience that will change your view on ciders completely, we recommend going to Uncommon Cidery. The owner Brodie spent a good portion of his young adult life overseas in England where he fell in love with the dry, flavourful ciders that they produce using traditional methods, rather than the sweet ones we know in Canada. If beer is more your thing, Calgary is home to over 40 craft breweries with Manchester being the biggest brewery district with 8 popular stops. Some of our personal favourites are the Cabin Brewing Company or The Establishment Brewery but with so many around - we suggest putting on your walking shoes and going on a pub crawl. If walking isn't your thing, why not try the Pedal Pub experience where you and your friend can drink beer and pedal all while seeing the city on this one-of-a-kind experience? There's something to drink for everybody in Calgary.                                                                 Uncommon Dry Cider    High-Quality Restaurants and Celebrity Chefs Calgary's culinary landscape is punctuated by high-quality restaurants that are the pride of the city. A haven for foodies, Calgary hosts a variety of eateries led by celebrated chefs such as Darren Maclean from Top Chef Canada or owner of the restaurant Rouge and TV show host Paul Rogalski who are passionate about their craft. As an example, renowned Calgary chef, Paul Rogalski has teamed up with a famed tv show host from Survivorman - Les Stroud where they work together to forage and create delicious dishes from the land in this incredible tv series. These culinary artists push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, elevating classic dishes to new heights and crafting delightful culinary experiences. With a focus on using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, these restaurants offer a farm-to-table experience that tantalizes both the palate and the conscience.                                      Chef Rogalski and Les Stroud (Survivorman)    Local Ingredients: The Essence of Calgary's Culinary Delights Calgary's thriving food scene owes much of its success to the region's abundant local ingredients. Nestled in the heart of Alberta, this vibrant city has access to an incredible variety of fresh and seasonal produce sourced from nearby farms and ranches. From the world-renowned Alberta beef, celebrated for its exceptional quality and tenderness, to the luscious fruits and vegetables harvested from the fertile prairies, Calgary's chefs have an unrivalled playground of flavours at their disposal. Heritage Park - a historical park in Calgary features a restaurant called The Selkirk that incorporates freshly picked produce, grown just steps away in Heritage Park Historical Village’s heirloom gardens. The commitment to locally-sourced ingredients not only supports the community and reduces the environmental impact but also ensures that every dish served in Calgary is infused with the true essence of the region's bountiful lands. A fantastic example of another restaurant that is showcasing these practices is Forage Foods - offering farm-to-table meals to go with each day featuring a new dish. Whether you're savouring a juicy steak or indulging in a mouthwatering vegetarian creation, you can be certain that the ingredients are lovingly handpicked, creating an authentic and unforgettable culinary experience                                                               Farm-to-Table Dinner  Food Festivals: A Feast for the Senses Calgary's food festivals are a celebration of the city's dynamic culinary culture, enticing both locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in a gastronomic wonderland. Throughout the year, the city comes alive with a variety of food events that showcase the diverse flavours and talents of Calgary's chefs and food vendors. One of the most anticipated events is the Calgary Stampede's Food Truck Rally, where an array of food trucks gather to present their unique and flavorful creations. The festival's vibrant atmosphere, live music, and mouthwatering aromas make it an unforgettable experience for food enthusiasts of all ages. Additionally, the annual Taste of Calgary event takes center stage, offering a culinary adventure like no other. Here, attendees can explore the city's top restaurants and indulge in their signature dishes, all in one location. These festivals not only cater to the foodies' delight but also foster a sense of community, bringing together people from different walks of life to bond over their shared love for food. Whether you're a connoisseur seeking new tastes or a casual food lover, Calgary's food festivals are a true feast for the senses, leaving you with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the city's vibrant food culture.                                                  Calgary Stampede Food Truck Rally  Calgary is a city that has managed to cultivate a thriving culinary scene, attracting food enthusiasts from all walks of life. From the multicultural influences that bring diverse flavours to the table to the craft beer and cider movement that quenches the thirst of discerning palates, Calgary has something to offer every foodie. The city's high-quality restaurants and celebrity chefs further elevate the dining experience, making every meal an unforgettable adventure. So, the next time you're considering a culinary journey, don't overlook Calgary - a true foodie's paradise ready to satiate your hunger for exceptional cuisine.
July 20, 2023
Anderson Vacations Chosen As Favourite Tour Operator for Canada!
Anderson Vacations Chosen As Favourite Tour Operator for Domestic Canada! Every year, Baxter Media, publishers of Canadian Travel Press, Travel Courier, and OFFSHORE travel Magazine, sends out a survey to travel consultants for the Agent's Choice Awards. This year over 6500 advisors responded and picked their favourites from hundreds of Canadian and International travel trade companies.  Anderson Vacations is honoured to have been chosen as the Favourite Tour Operator for Domestic Canada. We received over 1500 points while being up against behemoths like Westjet Vacations, Air Canada Vacations and Rocky Mountaineer. We were also chosen as favourite tour operator in Western Canada, towering over the competition by over 150 points. In every category nominated, Anderson Vacations made it into the top 10 choices.  This award is a testament to the hard work our staff have been putting in in the last year. Countless late nights, early mornings, and meticulous attention to detail have allowed us to build the bridges towards this recognition. Without our dedicated staff sharing their passion for travel, we wouldn't be where we are today. To top it off, our own Darcie Guarderas was chosen as Favourite Supplier Representative! Darcie's commitment to the travel industry shines through her passion for making genuine connections with travel advisors. Through the Happy Hour Series, she showcases lesser known Canadian and South Pacific destinations and provides tips, tricks and the best possible advice for getting clients out travelling.  We would like to take a moment to thank every travel advisor who made this award possible. We would be nothing without their devotion to getting their clients their dream trip. We've got so many more adventures to plan and cannot wait to work with you!
May 10, 2023
Unique Expeditions you can go on WITHOUT a Canadian Passport
Unique Expeditions (within Canada) you can go on  WITHOUT a Canadian Passport    With many of the Canadian Government workers on strike, that has led to a mass wait for those who are looking to renew or even acquire a passport...If you are one of the many folks who are dealing with this issue, here is a list of really awesome places you can still go WITHOUT a Canadian Passport that will feel almost as if you are not in Canada!    1. Bella Coola, BC Located in the Great Bear Rainforest, it is a quaint community known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history and vibrant culture. Home to the Nuxalk Nation, an indigenous community that has lived in the region for thousands of years. Discover the ancient Indigenous petroglyphs of the Nuxalk Nation that are on top of valleys that were once massive lakes or see wild Grizzly Bears in either spring or fall fishing for salmon in the Tweedsmuir River. As you fly into the valley on a small 9-person plane, it truly feels like you are in a movie going into a place that very few have encountered. You will see winding rivers and massive glaciers on tops of mountains and valley ways - that alone is a reason to go to Bella Coola in my opinion.                                      2. Yellowknife, NWT Yellowknife is arguably the best place in the world to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), which can be seen up to 240 nights of the year! With opportunities to go dogsledding over frozen lakes or sit in geometric skydome tents, it feels like you are in a completely different country at times. The Aurora is also one of the main reasons to go, with the ability to go Aurora Hunting, or sit in a charming cozy cabin with fish chowder and a wood-stoked fire white peaking out at the dancing Aurora! It is truly a magical experience.                      3. Churchill, MB Considered the Polar Bear Capital of the World Polar bears are everywhere - on signs, murals souvenirs, and sculptures - and the live version occasionally wanders into the town as well. Located on the edge to the Arctic, Churchill has the feel of a remote town with the amenities of an international tourist destination. Indulge in incredible culinary ventures like Dans’ Diner, where they drive you out in a Tundra Buggy and host a multiple-course meal in the middle of the Tundra. Peak out the window and see the vibrant green Aurora stretch across the northern skies. If the cold isn’t your thing, go in the summer and see the beluga whales or as some refer to them the “canaries of the sea”.                         4. Haida Gwaii, BC  Haida Gwaii is known as an archipelago that is located on the edge of the world. From quaint coastal villages and beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see to some of the oldest and richest cultural history in the world - Haida Gwaii is a place that will capture your eyes and your heart. Home to the Haida People, an Indigenous group with a rich and complex history - the Haida have lived on these lands for thousands of years and their culture is deeply intertwined with the natural world surrounding them. It is a destination that if you are respectfully curious and adventurous you will learn a lot about a unique place like no other.                    5. Newfoundland  From towering inland fjords and lush walking trails in the Gros Morne National Park - a UNESCO world heritage site, to massive 10,000-year-old icebergs, Newfoundland is a destination that feels as if you are in a fairy tale world. A place filled with deep history, scenery and eclectic characters that will all play a role in your endeavours through this mesmerizing island.        If you are looking to book any of these destinations, please don't hesitate to call Anderson Vacations at  1-866-814-7378 to chat with any of our destination sales specialists or click on the headers to see which packages we offer.     
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The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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These travel experiences are fully customizable to better fit your needs. Every itinerary is created based on your comfort level, accommodation choices, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for a rail adventure, self drive holiday, unique experiences, or a short city stay our team will work with you on combining accommodation, transportation, and activities based on your preferences to create the perfect itinerary for you.

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These travel experiences are fully customizable to better fit your needs. Every itinerary is created based on your comfort level, accommodation choices, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for a rail adventure, self drive holiday, unique experiences, or a short city stay our team will work with you on combining accommodation, transportation, and activities based on your preferences to create the perfect itinerary for you.

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