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2018 Hot-List: Intrepid’s New North American Program Is Canadian And Cool

August 2, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Intrepid Travel is launching new trips to Canada for 2018 in response to growing demand for the Great White North, which has seen sales on popular trips increase by more than 150% in the past year.

Winter trips are also on Intrepid’s 2018 hot-list, with three brand new trips into the North American winter added to the new range, including the new 12-day US and Canada Discovery Winter trip which includes the magic of a white Christmas in New York, ice skating in Ottawa and a snowshoe hike in Vermont.

“With its pristine wilderness and friendly people, Canada has always been popular, but the ‘Justin Trudeau effect’ has made Canada even cooler this year. These new trips let travellers experience the magic of a North American winter like a true local, ” said Brett Mitchell, Intrepid Travel’s Regional Director Asia Pacific.

Canada may be increasingly cool, but Intrepid has seen a 20% decrease in bookings to the United States since January 2017, with the country sliding down the hot list almost immediately after Trump’s inauguration.

“North America has a huge diversity of landscapes, people and opinions. Intrepid travellers want to rediscover different sides of Canada and the States. We believe it’s more important than ever for tourism to play its part in conserving the environment for future generations,” said Mitchell.

Intrepid’s new North America program now offers more than 34 unique itineraries from Chicago to Calgary including the first dedicated tour of Victoria Island.

Intrepid Travel recently announced that it would double its carbon offsetting on all trips to the United States, in response to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. This increased commitment to supporting sustainable tourism in the United States includes the new range of 2018 trips.

Highlights of Intrepid’s 2018 North American program include:

A new six-day Highlights of Vancouver Island trip which combines with the popular Canadian Rockies for the ultimate Canadian adventure. Priced from $1,320 AUD per person twin share, the new tour takes guests to Victoria, Tofino – a mecca for surfing and whale watching – and bustling harbour town and foodie haven Nanaimo.

To take advantage of the lack of crowds and the beauty of the North in the winter, Intrepid has added new departures in the off season including December and January departures for its Canadian Rockies and Northern Lights tour. Encompassing the best of Canada from Lake Louise to Calgary, Jasper and Banff, the 11-day trip starts from $4,760 AUD per person twin share.

Meanwhile travellers on the new 12-day US and Canada Discovery Winter trip will experience the magic of a white Christmas with New York’s skyscrapers dusted in snow, ice skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, a snowshoe hike in Vermont and depending on the departure, the chance to experience a Christmas market in Chicago, ice hockey in Toronto, Winterlude in Ottawa or Montreal en Lumiere. The 12 day comfort trip starts at $4,649 AUD per person twin share.

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