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Oksana Szwaluk


Who is Oksana:
Oksana was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She came to The Great Canadian Travel Company as a Travel Consultant in 2007 and works with a variety of clients, both leisure travellers and corporate clients. She enjoys building a relationships with clients that she has gotten to know better over the years, and though they may not all fly to exotic locations, each travel flight/destination is equally important.

Top 5 Travel Experiences

  • Travelling to Iceland, a company speciality and an always exciting place to visit.
  • Staying in a mobile lodge right on the tundra just outside of Churchill. Seeing the polar bears from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep is an experience like none other.
  • Another northern experience – Alaska! The landscapes and the beauty of this part of the world is truly something to see.
  • Escaping the cold Winnipeg winters and to sip margaritas and lay on the beaches in Mexico and Cuba.
  • Hanging around with Goofy at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

What is Oksana’s closing comment:
Corporate travel, family travel, honeymoon travel, retreats and individual travel, each one has a purpose and a meaning, big or small. Oksana is an experienced agent and can book it all, she takes your travel needs seriously and will always do her best to help you plan and organize a trip to suit your individual needs.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

River Cruising

Have you ever wondered about the hype surrounding river cruises?

The relaxed pace of river cruising is one of the major benefits of this type of travel. Picture yourself enjoying a European coffee while sailing serenely down a scenic river. As you are travelling with only 100 – 200 other guests, you may experience the comforts of a luxurious ship without feeling crowded. Take in the view from the outdoor sun deck, the comfortable lounge, or perhaps even your own stateroom’s panoramic window or balcony. Staterooms are well designed to maximize space. Motion discomfort is rarely an issue, as the ship’s movement is extremely smooth.

Cruises are synonymous with food, and river cruises are no exception. Cuisine is prepared by skilled chefs with fresh local ingredients, often featuring regional specialties. River ship dining rooms offer fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. An open seating policy allows guests to eat when and with whom they choose. Dress on board is casual so there is no need to bring special clothing. Many cruise lines offer complimentary wine and beer with meals, as well as specialty coffees and other drinks. Some cruises are all-inclusive, which means alcoholic beverages are also included.

The relaxed approach extends to onboard entertainment. Local singers, dancers, or musicians may be featured, who introduce guests to the sights and sounds of the area. Evening entertainment generally consists of a lounge pianist or small band. Culinary demonstrations, craft displays, or wine tastings are popular events, as are informative presentations about the region. Stateroom televisions offer movies and other programming, and wifi is widely available onboard.

Perhaps the main reason to consider this mode of travel is the ports. Do you dream of visiting exotic locations or sites of historical significance? River cruising allows passengers to truly immerse themselves in each stop on their journey. Because ships dock in a central location of cities and towns, you can simply walk off and explore on your own, or take the ship’s organized tours for must-see attractions. Most tours are included in your cruise fare. You may even choose to borrow a bicycle for your adventure; ships often carry a number for guest use. Stops may extend overnight, giving you the opportunity to experience the romance of cities by night. River cruising is a unique way to travel some of the world’s major rivers such as the Rhine, Danube, Volga, Nile, Yangtze, and Mekong. Ports range from major centres to small villages, and offer a myriad of historic and cultural sites and events.

When all the inclusions are considered, the value of a river cruise is outstanding. The opportunity to experience breathtaking scenery and explore famous locales is unequalled. From luxurious accommodation to top-of-the line cuisine to intimate on-shore experiences, river cruising encompasses the best of travel.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Where can I see Polar Bears in the wild?

Now that’s a great question! Polar bears are an enigma of the great north, a symbol of raw power, unbearably cute, and now the poster-child of climate change. Experiencing the rush of seeing a polar bear in the wild is one of life’s greatest thrills, and it may not be something our descendants get to do. And there are several places where you can go and experience the world’s largest land predator for yourself! Read More >

Friday, August 19, 2016

Alaska, Northern Lights and More

Alaska’s tourism slogan is “Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach” and my trip there was definitely both of those things! Alaska was a place I’d always had on my “wish list” to visit and I had the chance to go there on a Northern Lights tour.

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The tour I did was our Northern Lights, Alaskan Nights with Anchorage added on at the beginning.  We did a lot of interesting, fun things in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, like visiting the Anchorage zoo and the Anchorage Museum. The zoo was really different from what people think of as a zoo – it is set amongst a forest with paths lined with wood chips and the wildlife is housed amongst the trees. We were also very lucky to be in Anchorage at the same time as the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race – 56 teams racing over 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. That’s a lot of mushing (and barking)! Cool to see them race through the city on the start day.

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