Month July 2019

Month July 2019

Vacations Away Exclusive!

July 8, 2019 Deals
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SOUTH AMERICA & ANTARCTICA CRUISE
JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 22, 2020
ABOARD HOLLAND AMERICA’S “ZAANDAM”

Vacations Away welcomes you to climb aboard this spectacular 22 day cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile
South America, with its ice-blue glaciers and red-hot tango; and Antarctica, utterly stunning in white!

We are pleased to offer exclusive group rates on this unique itinerary aboard the intimate Zaandam, carrying only 1,432 guests.  Their gracious and warmly attentive service instantly make you feel at home.

Cruise Itinerary

31JAN20  DAY 1  BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
01FEB20  DAY 2  BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
02FEB20  DAY 3  MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
03FEB20  DAY 4  DAY AT SEA
04FEB20  DAY 5  PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA
05FEB20  DAY 6  DAY AT SEA
06FEB20  DAY 7  PORT STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS
07FEB20  DAY 8  DAY AT SEA
08FEB20  DAY 9  ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE  (CRUISING)
09FEB20  DAY 10  ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE  (CRUISING)
10FEB20 DAY 11  ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE  (CRUISING)
11FEB20  DAY 12  ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE  (CRUISING)
12FEB20  DAY 13  DAY AT SEA
13FEB20  DAY 14  DRAKE PASSAGE AND CAPE HORN  (CRUISING)
14FEB20  DAY 15  USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
14FEB20  DAY 15  DAYLIGHT CRUISING GLACIER ALLEY,  BEAGLE CHANNEL (CRUISING)
15FEB20  DAY 16  PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE
15FEB20  DAY 16  STRAIT OF MAGELLAN  (CRUISING)
16FEB20  DAY 17  SAMIENTO CANAL AND AMALIA GLACIER, CHILE (CRUISING)
17FEB20  DAY 18  CHILEAN FJORDS (CRUISING)
18FEB20  DAY 19  PUERTO CHACABUCO, CHILE
19FEB20  DAY 20  CASTRO, CHILE
20FEB20  DAY 21  PUERTO MONTT, CHILE
21FEB20  DAY 22  DAY AT SEA
22FEB20  DAY 23  SANTIAGO (SAN ANTONIO), CHILE

Prices start at only $4,998.00CAD per person plus taxes & port fees of $737.50CAD  (based on double occupancy).  Airfare and insurance are additional.

**Optional extensions:
3 night pre cruise excursion to Iguazu Falls
or
1 night pre cruise stay in Buenos Aires plus  1 night post cruise stay in Santiago

For complete details, please contact Michelle Nogier at [email protected] or (306) 477-7460 / (800) 689-8747

Space is limited!  Call to reserve your room today!!

Prince Albert National Park

July 8, 2019 Deals
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Ah, P.A.N.P – so much to do, see, taste, explore.

In our office, both Desta and Becky are avid campers. Becky’s family just hopped on the camping bandwagon in summer of 2018, while Desta has been camping her whole life but has had the pleasure of travelling with her own kids over the past 10 years. Desta often frequents Prince Albert National Park, and Becky just spent her first holiday there for Canada Day long weekend in 2019!

If you’re like Becky and just beginning, it’s probably best to stay closer to town. Camping in Beaver Glen campground just outside the townsite of Waskesiu is great – fires allowed, water and power sites, sites suitable for tenting, elk walking through, birds and wild flowers to explore. The streets are well cared for and are great for bike rides. Plus, take a walk or bike ride past the oTentik’s for the access route to the Beaver Glen beach. Also available is the Red Deer campground which is in town, full service but fires are not allowed. Either campground is a short distance to the townsite. The huge main beach of Waskesiu is across the street from the Waskesiu Trading Company (home of the best cinnamon buns), and a short walk from Pete’s Terrace for an unreal lunch or night time pint.

If you’re a seasoned camper, you can certainly tackle back country camping on a hike or paddle up the river to discover Grey Owl’s Cabin on Ajawaan Lake. Desta did this with her family in 2018 over 3 days and 33 kms. With a canoe packed with tent, food, and supplies, they paddled from Waskesiu, along Kingsmere Lake to the last back country campsite called North End, then hiked into the cabin to see the homestead, the beaver dam inside the house, and the graves of Grey Owl, his wife and their daughter in the secluded Ajawaan Lake wilderness.

If you’re not as brave, try any of the other short and beautiful hikes closer to Waskesiu townsite. Becky did the 2km round trip Mud Creek hike with her husband and 4 year old in about 1.5 hours (slow going with a little guy) but it can typically be done in about 45 minutes. Stop by the visitor centre to grab a map showing all the hikes available and their routes.

While Waskesiu beach is beautiful, there are plenty of quieter, smaller, lesser known spots a short drive away down the narrows road. Becky and Desta both spend time with their families at Paignton Beach down the Narrows road. Grab a picnic table with a fire pit, set up your chairs and roast hot dogs while the kids play in the water. Fire wood is free, and there’s a shelter for groups who like the cover – you’ll find fish filleting stations nearby. Becky’s spot was fronted by tall birch trees that were home to 3 baby Red-headed Woodpeckers calling for their mama to feed them.

If you’re travelling with little ones – be sure to check out the PANP Nature Centre on the edge of the Waskesiu Beach. A fully immerive (and FREE!) play centre for kids to learn all about the complete and traditional use of the plains bison, the many birds found in Saskatchewan, the types of trees found, wolves and their diets, wigwam construction, puppet shows and a dress up corner. Plus make sure to pick up your activity booklet, finish the activities and return it for your own National Park medallion.

Grey Owl’s centre to rent the popular quadricycles, and the Waskesiu Museum are must visit’s as well!

If your travels are keeping you home this summer, take a day trip to Waskesiu, and make sure to pencil in Emma Lake for another visit!