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2018: What’s New in Luxury for Canada

October 24, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

From coast to coast in Canada, the year ahead will see new luxury hotels, gastronomy, and exclusive adventure experiences entice Australians who appreciate bespoke travelling and life’s little luxuries. Read on for some of the highlights.

  1. Ocean House at Stads K’uns GawGa, is a new, 12-room fly-in lodge anchored off the rugged, unprotected and naturally spectacular coast of Haida Gwaii in Stads K’uns GawGa [Peel Inlet], British Columbia. Ocean House is an eco-retreat offering guests the chance to connect with the Haida people and their culture. Highlights include scenic float plane rides enroute to ancient village sites; a chance to observe the craft of in-residence Haida artists; private forest and nature treks with cultural interpreters and exploring the Haida culture through storytelling.
  2. The upscale Le Germain Ottawa will open in Canada’s capital city in early 2018. Elegance, authenticity and attentive service will create a unique complex that features a hotel, residential units, a theatre and the completely refurbished Ottawa Art Gallery.
  3. The JW Marriott parq Vancouver is set against a backdrop of majestic coastal mountains on Canada’s pristine Pacific coast, in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s vibrant entertainment district. Over 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor urban event space is complemented by authentic experiences like Chef on Show culinary presentations, flexible event lounges and grand spaces. The property includes two hotels, parq and DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection hotel.
  4. In 2018, Aussie visitors to Ontario can cruise the Rideau Canal by houseboat, as Le Boat launches a fleet of 16 state-of-the-art Horizon cruisers on this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. Glide effortlessly through the charming downtown precinct by day, enjoying tranquil views of Parliament Hill the rolling green banks. Get cosy in the evening and relax under the stars as the twinkling lights of the city lull you to sleep.  The boating season officially starts May 2018.
  5. Visitors to Yukon Territory will have the chance to view the northern lights from 36,000 feet in the air, taking off from Whitehorse with Aurora 360 in November 2018. Soar within the auroral oval for eye-level viewing of the lights on a private chartered flight, the only experience of its kind in North America.
  6. Rocky Mountaineer will launch of a new set of Gold Leaf carriages in 2018, set to be THE most luxurious way to experience the Rocky Mountains. Additionally, new culinary and adventure themed packages will create unique new holiday options for guests wanting to explore and enjoy local cuisine, or participate in outdoor activities on the water and on the mountains.
  7. RAW:almond, an annual pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, will hit the ice in January 2018. During this one-of-a-kind dining adventure, you’ll feast on multi-course meals, prepared by some of North America’s finest chefs, all served in an elaborate tent on the frozen river. Fancy getting off the beaten track? RAW:Churchill is an adventure travel experience like no other. At 58° North latitude near Churchill, Manitoba, you’ll dine inside the walls of a 300-year-old fort under the dancing northern lights and enjoy a world-class meal created by one of Canada’s top chefs. Raw:Churchill takes place 2 – 10 March, 2018.
  8. The Four Seasons Resort Whistler has redesigned après-ski with its gourmet heli-dining experience. Transfer by helicopter to a glistening mountain-top glacier for an open-air meal you’ll never forget. Sip on cocktails and savour tailor-made cuisine as you marvel at the infinite snow-covered backcountry that surrounds you.
  9. During 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on two new itineraries between New York and Quebec City, including stops in several Canadian ports brimming with picturesque scenery and Canadian heritage. Experience the maritime charm of quaint fishing villages and rugged coastlines against a backdrop of brilliant autumn colours. The cruise is set to anchor in sites rich in history and art including Quebec City, Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, St John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the harbour city of Halifax in Nova Scotia. Click HERE to see full details of the cruise.

Getting there

Air Canada flies daily direct to Vancouver from Brisbane and Sydney. Additionally, direct Air Canada flights from Melbourne to Vancouver will commence in June 2018. The non-stop services on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will operate three times per week and will start with an initial seasonal service running from December 2017 – February 2018.


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