Canada is a nation of snow pros and they’re not about to let winter get them down. In fact, throughout the country are tours, packages and prizes for top-selling agents, all just waiting to be booked and won.
To get your gears going, Rocky Mountaineer is offering agents a trip for two on a train journey through the Canadian Rockies.
Through Jan. 8, travel agents will receive one contest entry for each guest booked in SilverLeaf Service. Weekly drawings will reveal five winners, and any weekly winner who books six or more guests during the contest period will also receive roundtrip airfare for two within North America as part of their Rocky Mountaineer prize.
On the tour, agents will receive SilverLeaf Service, which is a step up from the standard RedLeaf Service, boasting a dome coach to experience panoramic views, hot meal service to guests’ seats, commentary by knowledgeable attendants and more. For more information, call (800) 665-7245 or visit rockymountaineer.com/slcontest.
As part of a package deal, Maxxim Vacations is offering a Both Sides of the Bay package, available from May 18 to Oct. 8. The package centers on the sights and experiences surrounding the Bay of Fundy and travels through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The bay, which is expected to receive more visitors next year than ever before, was carved out by wind and sea millions of years ago and features biodiversity comparable to that of the Amazon rainforest.
Guests on the tour will take trips to the Joggins Fossil Center & Cliffs, which houses the world’s most complete fossil record of life in the Coal Age; the Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, home to more than 10,000 acres of majestic coastal trails; Hopewell Rocks, which are flowerpot-shaped rock formations that are covered and exposed daily by the tides; and Fundy Trail, a costal wilderness area that features riverside footpaths for afternoon hikes.
Rates start from $1,479 pp dbl, and include roundtrip airfare from Boston, New York or Philadelphia, 6-night accommodations, a rental car with unlimited miles, admission for two to Hopewell Rocks, Fundy Trail Parkway, Joggins Fossil Center and Cape Chignecto. For more information, visit maxximvacations.com.
Montreal, on the other hand, will be host to a variety of events in the coming months. From Jan. 6 to March 31, your clients can visit the Snow Village, featuring an ice hotel, a 100-seat ice restaurant, an ice bar accommodating at least 300 guests, and an ice chapel where couples can exchange vows. For more information, call (855) 788-2181 or visit snowvillagecanada.com.
The 2012 Montreal En Lumiere festival will be held from Feb. 16 to Feb. 26, showcasing light and warmth. The festival traditionally celebrates the food and drink of a different city or area of the world each year and for the 2012 festival, guests will be able to meet 20 chefs and chocolate makers from the Wallonia-Brussels region. For more information, call (855) 864-3737 or visit montrealenlumiere.com.
Clients looking for a place to rest after their daily excursions in Montreal can stay at Hotel le Crystal, a five-star property in the downtown area featuring 131 suites, French brasserie restaurant, cafe, spa, indoor pool and sauna. With the Warm Up Your Senses package starting at $199 pp dbl nightly, guests receive accommodations in a Superior or Deluxe Suite, two bathrobes, breakfast in bed for two, bottle of apple cider and sweets, plus a $25 gift certificate to Izba Spa at Le Crystal. Another money-saving option for visitors is the Winter Sweet Deal starting at $225 per night dbl, which includes a 50 percent discount on the second night, a 15 percent discount on the purchase of a Montreal Museum Card, a discount booklet for city attractions and many other discounts and gifts from various city attractions. For more information, visit hotellecrystal.com.