Testimonials

Listen to what our clients have to say about their Best Days Ever!

Send us your testimonial plus three photos (and videos if you have any) from your Best Days Ever! along with a signed Release Form giving us permission to use your testimonial for your chance to be entered into our our yearly draw for a CA$500 travel credit.

 

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Todd and Rachelle MacNeil

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Winnipeg, MB

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Ancestral Scotland (Clan MacNeil) Self-Drive

We’ve been meaning to connect with you, Lois. Jumped right back into reality when we got home.

Our trip exceeded our expectations! We thought this trip to Scotland would be a once in a lifetime visit, however this is far from the truth. There is so much more to explore and see.

We appreciated your experience with Scotland and your choice of BnB, based on our travel path and plan, worked out perfectly.

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Shannon Breckman & Andy Jowett

HOMETOWN

Winnipeg, MB

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South America Explorer, personalized by Lois

Patagonia Trip – It all started with the penguins!  But as we read up on Patagonia/Chile and Argentina, we found more and more amazing sights and adventures we wanted to include on our trip.  The logistics were overwhelming!  We took our wish list to Great Canadian Travel where Lois Farley arranged the trip of a lifetime.

Lois managed to find the perfect balance on every front.  We enjoyed so many adventures “off the beaten track” (things we wouldn’t have found on our own) but always felt safe.  We had a very well-organized itinerary but it left flexibility for us to explore with curiosity and be in the moment.  We were a bit intimidated by the Torres del Paine W Trek but Lois researched and found a plan that suited our abilities and we had a fabulous experience. Read More >

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Our Wonderful Clients

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Anywhere

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Everywhere

We always love to receive feedback and client testimonials! And during these challenging times we continue to receive very heartfelt and warm letters of gratitude for the work that we’ve done (and continue to do) to assist our clients. And somehow, knowing we’re getting through hard times together makes it even more meaningful. Here are some of the messages we’ve received:

  • The dedication and charity that you and your staff are showing is astounding, Ian. I will never forget it and will retell it many times.
  • I would like to commend Martha Banias for the amazing assistance she provided me in getting my son Kevin home from France just before the flights ended. She went above and beyond the call of duty and was a real angel of mercy. (This client’s son had booked his flights “online” and couldn’t receive any assistance from the online company)
  • Hi Sanda, I’m sooo sorry I haven’t reached out sooner but I just wanted to let you know that my dad made it home safely with the second set of flights you booked. Thank you sooo soooo sooo much for all of your efforts in trying to make everything work out as best as possible! It is soo appreciated beyond words! Thank you for all you did to help will never be enough! Hope you are doing well and staying safe, Thank you again!
  • Just finished reading all of your article and it was so well done and interesting reading! Congratulations on a very professionally run travel business! I have always booked with Martha Banias and will again as soon as we are safe to go. She is a top notch consultant and have always been pleased with her assistance and her humor!  Let’s all stay safe and patient for the world to return to truly living and travel!
  • I got it all. Thank You Sandra. I am looking forward to book my vacation with You again next time. Very professional.
  • While I’m sad to have cancelled what would have been an amazing European adventure this summer, I can’t thank Allison at Great Canadian Travel enough for her support and efforts to recover a good portion of what I had already booked – refunds and not credits. I am so happy I used a travel agent for this trip. Thank you to her and all the travel agents who are working overtime to provide excellent customer service during a very stressful time. Once this surreal time is over the first thing I’ll be doing is booking a new trip. So much of this big beautiful world still to explore.
  • Early this year Yvonne booked KLM tickets for us to go to Europe, returning back to Edmonton on April 01. The Covid-19 epidemic derailed all travel plans and we were stuck at our destination, unable to fly back. We contacted Yvonne via email, explained our situation and within hours we had our KLM tickets rescheduled. Escalation of Covid worldwide forced KLM to cancel our tickets three times. Each time Yvonne patiently re-booked the tickets.

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Susan & Noel Holmes

HOMETOWN

Lennox Head, Australia

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Hudson Bay Odyssey, personalized by Allison

Hi Allison arrived home Monday. We absolutely loved Nanuk it was amazing!  Saw so many polar bears and wolves. Staff, lodgings, food were great. We meet a lot of wonderful people too, mainly Aussies! Our time in Churchill was easily filled , we were taken on the bus to the sights etc. Read More >

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Monte Romohr

HOMETOWN

Gresham, NE, USA

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Goldsand Lake Fishing, Manitoba, personalized by Oksana

Having fished at Goldsand Lake for several years, I was concerned when I discovered that commercial airlines were no longer scheduling flights to the Lynn Lake airport.  If we still wanted to fish that great Walleye and Northern Pike fishery, my party of eight would have to endure two grueling days on the road and forfeit valuable fishing time.

So, I contacted Okswana Szwaluk of the Great Canadian Travel Company in Winnipeg.  I have used her services several times in arranging commercial flights and trips to northern Canadian lakes.  She found two charter carriers as options to the driving alternative.  I chose “Wings Over Kississing” and couldn’t be happier.  They booked our flights at a reasonable cost and adjusted the flight times to meet our needs.  Their staff was very friendly, helpful and accommodating.  The flights were piloted by experienced, friendly, and professional pilots who made sure that our trip was safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

We caught and released lots of Walleye, five master angler Northern Pike, and were treated royally by Tom Kenton and the staff at Goldsand Lake Lodge.  Our four and a half days of fishing were punctuated with gorgeous scenery, wildlife sightings, delicious meals and shore lunches, and beautiful weather.  As seasoned veterans of Northern Manitoba fishing, several of us concluded that it ranked among the best fishing trips we had ever taken.

Thank you, Okswana, for, once again, coming through for us when we needed a professional travel agent.

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Karen DeMello

HOMETOWN

Mountain View, CA

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The Aurora Escape, personalized by Allison

My recent trip to Yellowknife and Blachford Lake Lodge was beyond incredible.  I am so thankful to Allison for suggesting this trip!  The 3 nights that I spent at Blachford Lake Lodge were magical.  Fabulous scenery, wonderful people, scrumptious food, and amazing auroras.   The last night in Yellowknife with the Northern Lights was a perfect finale!   Read More >

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Barbara & Ted Mazza

HOMETOWN

Windber, PA

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Rocky Mountaineer, personalized by Allison

We had a great trip!  All the details worked and we were very pleased.  The Rocky Mountaineer was everything as advertised.  The accommodations in Kamloops were just wonderful. The Listel Hotel staff provided absolutely first class service.  They were helpful with our tours, gave us complimentary tickets to the Bill Reid Museum, provided a french press coffee for us when we had to get up early to go to the airport.  All the staff we met were focused on customer service.  It was a joy to stay there. Very nice selection! Read More >

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Kim Chipman

HOMETOWN

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Ireland Family Tour, personalized by Karen

Thank you Karen Pearson and The Great Canadian Travel Group for the trip of a life-time!

My adult kids and I were planning a trip to Ireland and at first I was looking up guided tours, where to go, what to do, where to stay….… phew! How do you choose? And with so much information on the internet, how do you know what is accurate? I gave up. This is when I found Karen and the Great Canadian Travel Group!

What a relief. And what a wonderful job Karen did for us. Read More >

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Lucie & Perry Foreman

HOMETOWN

Edmonton, AB

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Wales & England - personalized by Sandra

Hi, Sandra. Our trip was wonderful!!!  Tenby (Wales) is so picturesque, with warm weather and palm trees. I couldn’t believe England had palm trees! It seemed that everyone there had a dog and the dogs were allowed everywhere, into stores, restaurants and on tours  (apparently the British are crazy about their dogs). I did have a hard time sitting in the passenger seat without a steering wheel on that side and driving on the wrong side of the road. The scenery was beautiful, but the roads were no more than wide bike paths.

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Meredith Faires

HOMETOWN

Regina, Saskatchewan

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Fins and Fiddles, personalized by Shauna

The combination of caring, knowledgeable, and experienced staff, visiting extraordinary sites, and having the opportunity to participate in various activities (hiking, kayaking, SUP, biking) provided a foundation for a spectacular trip. Read More >

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John Goodger

HOMETOWN

Welland, ON

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Across The Wilderness, personalized by Allison

Our trip to Iceland was fantastic! Better than expected.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the bus driver excellent on the narrow roads. The hotels were European style and very new. The meals on the most part were gourmet . The weather was above normal with one day of 75 F.Sunshine for 8 of the 11 days. Read More >

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Leslie & Benjamin Patch

HOMETOWN

Vestal, NY

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Iceland on a Budget, personalized by Shauna

Shauna at the Great Canadian Travel Company did an outstanding job arranging our 2-week trip to Iceland! We had a wonderful time and the whole trip went like clockwork, including the car rental. We will absolutely be arranging our future travel through GCTC. Read More >

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Kathy K

HOMETOWN

Winnipeg, MB

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Hiking in Iceland, personalized by Lois

Often listed as a “Top Ten Hike in the World”, I was interested in hiking the Laugavegur Trail.  At 55 km, (if you don’t do the additional 23 km day down to the sea) this is a hike done in either three or four days, though the uber fit run it in a day (yeah, that is not me – I did it in three days).  Read More >

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Nancy Allen & Knut Zitzke

HOMETOWN

St. Sebastien, QC

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Footsteps of the Vikings, personalized by Allison

Our Iceland and Faroe Island Trip has been a Bucket List Trip of ours and we soon realized the complexities of coordinating travel, lodging, side excursions and were extremely lucky to find Allison and The Great Canadian Travel Group.  We had numerous calls and emails with Allison to create  this trip just the way we wanted and Allisons advice and suggestions were excellent.  We feel we could not have done this on our own due to coordination and lack of connections.

The entire trip worked out perfectly.  All vouchers were honoured without problems.  All accommodations were as described and our custom excursions, horseback riding and hiking, were exceptional. Read More >

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Joan & Philip McLeod

HOMETOWN

West Vancouver, BC

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Custom India Tiger Safari, personalized by Shauna

Incredible India

This title may be a cliché, but we have just returned from back-to-back trips to India with Kensington Tours and Exodus, organized by Shauna Cook, and it really was incredible. Read More >