Words by Carlie Tucker
Have you been thinking of the remote reaches and cosmopolitan cities of Canada but don't want to sacrifice the creature comforts of 5-star service and amenities to see it all? APT has the answer to all your travel dreams, offering deluxe expeditions through the Great White North that perfectly balance Mother Nature's majesty with the finer things in life.
Of course the incredible beauty of Canada's landscapes are the focal point of any journey with APT, but doing it all in style plays a close second. Expect your expedition to be accentuated by handpicked 5-star hotels and exclusive experiences available only to APT guests.
Expectations are sure to be exceeded with inclusions like GoldLeaf carriages aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, rooms at the likes of the picturesque Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or a Verandah Stateroom aboard Holland America's luxury cruise ships. You'll also be treated to the Freedom to Choose with APTs Freedom concept that allows you to customise your holiday to suit your exact interests and tastes.
The Canadian Rockies
Perhaps the most famous mountain range in North America, the Rocky Mountains rightly inspire visions of untamed wilderness with incredible mountain panoramas, thick pine forests and iconic wildlife. It's the stuff picture perfect postcards are made of and it's all at your disposal.
Feel the immensity of the landscape as you're whisked from the lofty heights of Mount Robson in Jasper National Park to the turquoise waters of Lake Louise. There's the glaciers, mountain lakes, rivers and waterfalls, not to mention the wildlife. Glimpse bears, moose, eagles and more in their natural habitat as you travel along the unbeaten trail of these incredible mountains.
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Straddling the eastern coast of Canada and the USA, Niagara Falls is the world's largest waterfall in terms of flow rate and the most powerful waterfall in North America. It is made up of three separate waterfalls – Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls – with a vertical drop of more than 50 metres. It's certainly a sight to behold!
See it from above on a helicopter tour, or embark on a cruise around the base of the falls. You can walk along the scenic outlook for panoramic views; you can even dine overlooking the falls. See it by day and light it up at night as APT provides you with an exclusive visit to the Illumination Tower where you can create your light display on the water.
Though remote, Canada is not without its cityscapes. The likes of Vancouver and Victoria call from the west coast with laidback sophistication amongst the Canadian Rockies. To the east, Montreal charms with its European flair, while capital city Ottawa immerses visitors in Canada's heritage.
Big, small or somewhere in between, Canada's cities welcome visitors with open arms and a sweep of things to see and do. It doesn't matter how you prefer to spend your time, you'll find something to pique your interests, from shopping and dining to art and architecture.
The wild beauty of the Great White North isn't restricted to Canada's boarders. In fact, Alaska is counted by many to be among the last of the untamed landscapes left on earth.
Let APT open up untouched expanses of this frontier land in Denali National Park. The heights of mountains disappear into the clouds; glassy lakes stretch out undisturbed save for the slight ripple of a passing breeze and flowering meadows offer a colourful carpet that seems to run as far as the eyes can see. Explore the native flora and fauna on a wilderness tour, including Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears.
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