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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.
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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!
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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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April 25, 2023
A Taste of Haida Gwaii - 5 Things to Know Before You Go
"A Taste of Haida Gwaii"   We would like to highly recommend that if you are planning on visiting Haida Gwaii, to read and sign the Haida Pledge to ensure you are respecting the land, people and wildlife. Please use the following link to take the Pledge: https://haidagwaiipledge.ca/    From quaint coastal villages and beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see to quirky famous authors and some of the friendliest people you may ever encounter - Haida Gwaii is a place that will capture your eyes and your heart. Here is a "Taste of Haida Gwaii" as coined by Susan Musgraves, an accomplished poet, author and long-time Haida Gwaii ambassador.     1. People of the Island   First and foremost, Haida Gwaii is 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. From the moment you land, you will feel a warm sense of welcome and friendliness from the Island People - whether it be a quick smile and hello or a wave from oncoming traffic to being welcome into their homes for a meal. We encourage travellers to embrace the community and really immerse themselves in conversations with the locals as that is one of the best parts of Haida Gwaii.     2. Natural Beauty     Haida Gwaii is known as an archipelago that is located on the edge of the world, with an abundance of unique wildlife, including black bears, wolves, and Sitka deer. You will journey down winding roads through lush forests, past rugged coastlines and rock beaches that stretch on as far as the eye can see. There will be times when you are the only person in sight for kilometres on end, adding to the remoteness of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. There are several National and Provincial Park reserves located on the islands, the most notable being Gwaii Haanas, which is often compared to the Galapagos Islands for its encompassing range of ecosystems and wildlife habits. Haida Gwaii’s climate produces lush vegetation making it an absolute dream for those who don’t have a green thumb in the gardening department.     3. Culture   As mentioned above, Haida Gwaii is the ancestral territory of the Haida Nation with some of the world’s richest and oldest heritage. The Haida Nation are the original land keepers and have traditionally occupied the region for over 14,000 to 19,000 years ago. All Haida belong to one of two social groups - the Eagle or the Raven which can be sometimes referred to as moieties or clans. Embrace yourself into the land and go out searching for towering totem poles carved from trees that are over 600 years old that tell the stories of the ancestors that came before them. Take a must-do stop at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum located near the ancient village site of HiGaagilda where you can explore the stunning site, with options to participate in canoe tours, carving tours and totem pole tours. We do highly recommend taking the Haida Pledge (link above) as it will provide you with guidelines on how to respectfully explore the island, and engage with the local people, culture and natural world.    4. Wildlife     Known as Canada’s Galapagos, Haida Gwaii is a nature lovers' paradise with rugged landscapes, ancient forests and diverse marine life. One of the most iconic animals on Haida Gwaii is the black bear. These majestic creatures can be found throughout the forest and along the shoreline. Another animal commonly spotted on the islands is the bald eagle which is a symbol of strength and freedom and are highly revered by the Haida People for thousands of years. A unique animal to Haida Gwaii is the black-tailed deer, which is slightly smaller than its mainland counterparts. Although they are shy and elusive, you may get the chance to encounter one of these beautiful animals. As for marine life, commonly spotted are Humpback whales and Orcas which typically can be spotted during the summer months when they migrate to the area to feed. It is believed by the Haida, that if an Orca makes its way into the inlet, someone in the village is going to pass as these animals are very connected to the spiritual world.     5. Culinary   You may be surprised to hear that a remote island with very little access to fresh produce has some absolutely delicious places to dine and is also one of the best places to forage in the world. With a strong, thriving ecosystem, there is what seems to be an endless supply of mushrooms and fungi, alongside some of the freshest seafood. Stop for a fresh cup of coffee at JAGS Beanstalk in HlGaagilda (Skidegate) or if you’re looking for a traditional Haida meal, we highly recommend trying Keenawai's Kitchen (Make sure to call in advance). Or as you are driving up towards Port Clements, keep your eye out for Fork in Port - an adorable trailer on the side of the highway that serves fresh baked goods and delicious hand-held meals to go. If you are looking for a finer dining experience in Haida Gwaii, either take your shot at Blacktail in Daajing Giids or have a hearty lunch at Gather. We do recommend bringing snacks with you for the long drives as there are not too many grocery stores on the island.
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April 19, 2023
5 Places To Learn From Indigenous Peoples in Alberta
Alberta is a land of great beauty, with a rich cultural heritage that extends back thousands of years. For those interested in learning about the Indigenous peoples who have lived here for millennia, there are many places guests can visit that offer insights into their customs, traditions, and ways of life. Here are just five of the many places in Alberta that offer visitors the chance to learn from Indigenous peoples and gain a deeper appreciation of the rich storied history and culture. 1. Warrior Women, located on the traditional territories of the Danezaa (Beaver), Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Secwépemc (Shuswap), Stoney Nakoda, and Métis NationWarrior Women is a cultural experience that offers immersive experiences led by Indigenous guides in Jasper. Visitors can experience traditional drumming, medicine walks, and storytelling, as well as learn about the history and traditions of the Indigenous peoples of the area, including the Stoney Nakoda, who have lived there for thousands of years. 2. Metis Crossing, located on the traditional territories of the Metis NationMetis Crossing is a cultural gathering place that offers visitors a chance to learn about the Metis people of Alberta. The site includes a museum, a traditional village, and a river crossing that was used by fur traders and Indigenous peoples for centuries. Visitors can participate in workshops on traditional crafts, storytelling, and dancing, and learn about the rich history and culture of the Metis Nation. 3. Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, located on the traditional territories of the Nitawahsin (Blackfoot Confederacy)Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site that features unique rock formations and carvings created by Indigenous peoples over 2,000 years ago. Visitors can participate in guided tours led by Indigenous interpreters and learn about the history and culture of the area's Blackfoot people, who have lived on this land for thousands of years. 4. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, located on the traditional territories of the Nitawahsin (Blackfoot Confederacy)Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is another UNESCO World Heritage site that is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Alberta's Indigenous peoples. The site includes a museum and interpretive center that features exhibits on the area's Indigenous history, as well as guided tours led by knowledgeable Indigenous guides who share the rich traditions and stories of the Blackfoot Confederacy. 5. Heritage Park, located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina, Îyârhe Nakoda, and Metis NationAt Heritage Park, guests can participate in a range of activities that showcase the rich diversity of Indigenous cultures in the region, including traditional teepees and demonstrations of hunting and fishing techniques. With guided tours led by knowledgeable Indigenous guides, visitors can learn about the histories and traditions of the Tsuut'ina people, who have called this area home for thousands of years. By visiting these sites and engaging with Indigenous guides and communities, visitors can gain a deeper appreciation of the rich and enduring legacy of Alberta's Indigenous peoples.
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April 19, 2023
5 Can Not Miss Stops In The Yukon
The Yukon is a vast and rugged territory known for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. At Anderson Vacations, we offer escorted tours to take in the incredible landscapes and culture with like-minded travelers. If you're feeling more adventurous, you will be happy to learn we offer both self-drive and RV rental packages. Explore what piques your interest at your own pace! Regardless of your method of travel, if you're planning a trip to the Yukon there are five can't-miss stops you should add to your itinerary: 1. Carcross:This charming community, located at the northern tip of Bennett Lake, is a must-visit destination in the Yukon. The town is home to the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, and you can explore the town's cultural heritage at the Carcross Commons and the Matthew Watson General Store. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. 2. Dawson City: Located in the heart of the Klondike, Dawson City is a historic gold rush town that's full of charm and character. Explore the town's many museums and heritage sites, including the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and the Dawson City Museum. Don't miss the chance to catch a show at the famous Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall. 3. Kluane National Park: Located in southwest Yukon, Kluane National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in Canada. Take a drive along the scenic Haines Road and stop at the many viewpoints and trailheads along the way. Don't miss the chance to see the Kluane Icefields, some of the largest non-polar icefields in the world. 4. Tombstone Territorial Park: Located north of Dawson City, Tombstone Territorial Park is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the Yukon's backcountry. The park is home to some of the most dramatic peaks and stunning alpine tundra in the territory. Take a hike on the Grizzly Lake Trail or the Tombstone Mountain Trail for some of the most breathtaking views in the Yukon. 5. Kwanlin Dunn Cultural Center: Located in downtown Whitehorse, the Kwanlin Dunn Cultural Center is a celebration of the culture and heritage of the Kwanlin Dunn First Nation. The center features a variety of exhibits, workshops, and performances, including traditional dances and drumming circles. Don't miss the chance to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Yukon's First Nations. The Yukon is full of amazing destinations to explore, from charming communities to stunning wilderness areas. Whether you're interested in history, culture, or nature, there's something for everyone in this spectacular territory. So pack your bags and get ready to discover the beauty of the Yukon for yourself!
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