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January 13, 2021 | Lois Farley

Contest rules: Beginning at 9:00AM (CT), January 13 to 11:59PM (CT), February 09, 2021 you can enter the Great Canadian Travel Group Inc.’s 40th Birthday Prize Trip Contest (the “Contest”). Just complete and submit our Contest Survey linked in our newsletters, for 4 weeks beginning on January 13, 2021. If …

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January 4, 2021 | Lois Farley

We’ve said “goodbye, au revoir, tavvauvutit, farvel, adiós, γειά σας, bless, slán leat, farvel, до побачення, do widzenia, arrivederci” and “don’t let the door hit you on your way out” to 2020! I think most of us are happy to see it go and look forward to the New Year of 2021 …

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December 9, 2020 | Ian Kalinowsky

2020 is nearly done! Like us, we’re pretty sure you won’t be sorry to see this year go! It’s been a tough year for a lot of people, for small businesses and entire industries. We would never have dreamed when we welcomed in 2020, that the year would so dramatically …

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It’s Electrifying – Voltage Around the World

March 22, 2019 | Archived Blogs

Are you travelling outside your home country? Would you like to be able to charge your phone, laptop or plug in your crimper? Here is a list of countries, their voltage, and the type of plug you require.
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The More You Know

February 21, 2019 | Archived Blogs

So, you’re going on an adventure. Good for you! If you’re travelling out of your country, there are some things you should do before you go, so if you get into trouble (whether it be a flight cancellation, a medical emergency or a lost passport) you’ll know what to do. If you’ve booked with a travel consultant, they will always help you out as best as they can from home.

Here are some things you can do just to prepare yourself for the unexpected.

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Travelling with Cannabis – what Canadians need to know

August 23, 2018 | Archived Blogs

October 17, 2018 may not be a special day for you for any particular reason, but for those in Canada, it marks the day that allows adults (18+, depending on which province a person lives) to legally possess cannabis, share it, buy it, grow it, and make cannabis products from it. And whether or not you agree with this law, it will be there and those who wish to participate in such activities should know what they need to do if they decide to travel outside of Canada. Read More >

Take A Closer Look – Polar Bears in Churchill

July 19, 2018 | Archived Blogs

Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, is a town located on the edge of the Arctic that has a distinctive frontier town feel. It comes alive every time a new group of tourists comes to visit. The people are friendly, and the scenery is spectacular. The northern point of the Canadian Shield as the boreal forest ends and the Taiga begins is where this magical place resides, complete with snowshoe hares, ptarmigans, arctic foxes, snowy owls, and the majestic polar bear. Read More >

Happy Feet – A Blog about Penguins

July 11, 2018 | Archived Blogs

What do Antarctica, South Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand have in common? You’d think there’s not much linking these countries to one another. They aren’t similar in size, the people who live there don’t all speak English as their first language, they don’t even have the same climates. There is, however a small, unassuming, mostly black and white commonality that lives on the shores of these landmasses, marching to the beat of their own drum. Read More >

A Travel Blog – By a Travel Agent

June 13, 2018 | Archived Blogs

My glamorous life as a travel agent you say?  “Oh Nat can I fit in your suitcase”? And “oh please take me with you”?  And the famous; “ I want your job”.  Truth be told, you should be jealous!

Yes, I obviously love to travel and I have mastered the way to do it.  I only need a carry on for a 7 day trek (includes at least 1 pair of high heels), I know exactly how long it will take me to drive into the city to catch my 6am flight and I could probably do it with my eyes closed.  The Park n’ Fly staff all know me very well and I am always running into clients at the airport.  My suitcase remains packed other than taking the dirty clothes out, washing them and putting them back in.  Read More >

Why I Travel

May 08, 2018 | Archived Blogs

New Zealand changed my life. It was my first adventure all on my own, I was 20 and wasn’t necessarily heading in the right direction, or really in any direction for that matter. Not a shining moment in my life, but one that made me pick myself up, dust myself off and journey on. New Zealand was the beginning of that journey. One that would, unbeknownst to me at the time, change my outlook on life and help me create lasting friendships that are still going strong some 16 years later. Read More >

Family Friendly Travel

April 19, 2018 | Archived Blogs

So, you want to take your family on a trip, but don’t really want to take them back to Disney World or land or where ever else Mickey Mouse has lent his ears. It’s not that Disney is a bad place, in fact, it’s the happiest place on earth! It’s just those lines and that heat, and maybe you’ve already done it and don’t want to elbow your way through the crowds just so your child can get Minnie’s autograph. Maybe it’s peak season and the thought of pushing your way to find the end of the line of It’s A Small World is making you sweat. There is another way! We’ve canvassed our consultants for their best family-friendly travel options and have come up with the following list to help you start planning your next family adventure. Read More >

Taking the Road Less Travelled

April 10, 2018 | Archived Blogs

Over-tourism is a concept that not many people realize is an epidemic to certain areas. Travel trends are changing – destinations, activities, even how one gets to and from the destination is changing. There is a lot of focus on studying the economic and ecological pros and cons surrounding certain areas, but we all still have so much to learn. What is attractive to adventurers one season (or even a few years), may be a forgotten place in the next season. And with offsetting our carbon footprint being ever-present in at least the backs of our minds, travelling anywhere is a little hard to swallow sometimes. And you may be thinking, why is a travel agency writing about over-tourism? Well, because tourism is our life. Travel is our life. And if the places we love are destroyed by over-tourism, that hurts our business, our love.

To bring home this point, the Philippines just announced that they are closing the popular tourist destination of Boracay for six-months because they are concerned about the sustained environmental damage to the beaches and clear blue water over the last 40 years, according to CNN. Last year alone, the island was visited by over 1.5 million tourists. Boracay is home to about 17,000 people, many of whom rely on these tourists for their livelihood. The island will be closed to tourists on April 26, 2018.

We are not saying that visiting these popular destinations needs to cease and desist, but maybe an exploration of the lesser travelled road will provide you with the quiet solitude you require to rejuvenate your body and soul and let you experience a different place than your fellow travellers.

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This is What a 104 Year Old Pipe Organ Sounds Like

March 21, 2018 | Archived Blogs

Imagine yourself sitting amongst strangers on metal benches, that were surprisingly comfortable, waiting in anticipation for someone to come to the stage that is laid out before you in an open-air pavilion. The architecture that surrounds you is pristine, built in 1914, and looks like someone has taken great care in preserving the history of this beautiful venue. That’s because they have.

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