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January 19, 2022 | Lois Farley

When you think of Northern Lights something mysterious and wondrous comes to mind. Have you ever wondered how those bright dancing lights are created? They are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. In the northern hemisphere, they are called Aurora Borealis; in …

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January 4, 2022 | Pearl McCallum

Coming to the end of 2021, another difficult year for travel, I think back over my time in the industry.  More than 20 years ago I went to college to become a travel agent because, well, I loved to travel.  The job was presented as hard work for little pay; …

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December 10, 2021 | Lois Farley

Republishing this blog from 2020 with the revision to include that 2021 was similar to 2020 but was more of a “Stink, Stank, Stuck” kind of year! It seemed like a lot of the year we were spinning our wheels, stuck in a rut of continuing restrictions, lifting of restrictions, …

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November 10, 2021 | Lois Farley

This Remembrance Day we’d like to honour members of our own families and friends who have served during war time and in regular military service.

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Naujaat -A Part of the Community

July 04, 2017 | Oksana Szwaluk

Naujaat (ᓇᐅᔮᑦ – ‘seagulls nesting place’). Where’s that? What are you doing there? Questions when I advised family and friends of my trip. It took 3 flights to get there, but it was worth every minute.

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River Cruising

April 19, 2017 | Oksana Szwaluk

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.

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Where can I see Polar Bears in the wild?

February 24, 2017 | Oksana Szwaluk

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 >

Alaska, Northern Lights and More

August 19, 2016 | Oksana Szwaluk

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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Duty Free – what you can bring back to Canada

March 01, 2016 | Oksana Szwaluk

It can be a minefield to know what you are allowed to bring back into Canada without paying duty (extra taxes) on your goods.  And if you knew in 2015, you may be surprised now in 2016 as some of the allowances have changed!  So, here’s a rundown of the basics so you can make the most of your duty free allowance on your next trip out of Canada Read More >

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