Prestige Boosts Canada Holiday Options

With more ranch stays and new bear watching cruises in British Columbia plus greater choice in the Atlantic Martimes and the Yukon

Hot on the heels of receiving the accolade of UK tour operator of the year to Canada, Prestige Holidays has launched its most ambitious Canada offering to date. New additions for 2019 are three ranch-stay riding breaks and a bear watching ‘Adventure Cruise’ along the Khutzeymateen Inlet in British Columbia. The specialist operator has also increased its holiday options in the Atlantic Maritimes and the Yukon.

Guest Ranches

Making the most of the destination’s wide open spaces and tranquil wilderness setting, a ranch holiday usually features full board lodge-style accommodation on family-run working ranches, with daily riding, ‘hand-on’ horsemanship and a range of activities.

Perfect for holidaymakers looking of an authentic western adventure, they’re best experienced as a two or three-night stay paired with a city break in Vancouver, or as part of a wider self-drive trip through interior British Columbia. Most ranches are located in areas like Clinton, Clearwater, Kamloops and Ashcroft, which can be easily accessed from other popular destinations such as Jasper in the Rockies, Prince George to the north or the Okanagan Valley to the south.

As well as horse riding, some ranches enable guests to assist with daily running of the place, with the chance of mucking out, catching, grooming and feeding of the horses. There are often other outdoor activities available too, such as gold-panning, kayaking and fishing.

Prestige offers three Guest Ranches:

Campbell Hills near Kamloops (four-hours from Vancouver), a small family friendly ranch, which offers a genuine old West experience and hands-on involvement with the horses’ plus daily activities. The lakeside lodge accommodation is for a maximum of 16 guests and comprises two main lodge suites and two deluxe cabins. Prices start at £228 per person per night including full board accommodation, two rides daily as well as horse-related welfare activities, kayaking, hiking tours, outdoor games such as archery and lasso classes, plus the loan of riding boots, helmet and rain jacket.

Sundance in Ashcroft (four-hours from Vancouver) with 22 rooms, daily morning and afternoon rides; an outdoor pool, tennis courts, hiking trails, volleyball and game room. Based on two people, sharing a room, full board prices, including riding, start from £226 per person per night.

Echo Valley Guest Ranch and Spa located near Jesmond (five and a half hours from Vancouver, four-hours from Whistler, two-hours from Kamloops or four-hours from Clearwater). There are 20 room and suites spread over two lodges and private cabins. Full board prices from £343 per person per night. The package includes: self-guided hiking programme, daily Thai Yoga, fly fishing, weekly evening entertainment programme and cooking demonstrations, use of all ranch facilities including: swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, disk golf course and games room.

New bear watching ‘Adventure Cruise’ along the Khutzeymateen Inlet

One of British Columbia’s most northern glacial fjords, Khutzeymateen Inlet is also one of the world’s most remote grizzly bear viewing areas. Prestige is offering a six-night full-board cruise aboard the intimate ‘small ship’ Island Roamer ketch. Accommodating just 16 people, it sails the Inlet’s winding shores offering superb wildlife viewing – not just of the bears, but also sea lions as well as the occasional orca and humpback whale. And, guests have the opportunity to explore outer islands, with rugged beach walks and sea-kayaking expeditions. Departing 15, 22 and 29 May 2019, the cost is £3362 per person for six nights’ full board with wine at dinner, park sustainability fees and permits and the full use of all onboard facilities. Flights from the UK and transfers are extra.

Great alternative to the Rockies: Atlantic Maritimes – just six hours from London

Canada’s Atlantic scenery may be very different from the Rockies – with no soaring mountain peaks or glaciers – but its rugged coastline (including the magnificent Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia) wonderful wildlife viewing (whales, moose, black bears and seals) sandy beaches, small fishing villages, mixed forests and fresh water lakes – it is equally as spectacular.

The area is also full of history from Viking settlements to a fascinating maritime heritage. Plus, there is a great range of accommodation with a focus on attractive country inns and quaint B&Bs as well as larger resort-style properties. New for 2019, Prestige is featuring more ‘special places to stay’ options in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.

And then there’s the local cuisine – with seafood options from scallops to lobster to die for! In fact, Digby in Nova Scotia is home to the world’s largest scallop fleet and the salmon fishing on the Mirimichi River in New Brunswick is world class.

Yukon calling

While the Northern Lights have long been a draw for visitors, the Yukon’s gold rush history, its proximity to the Arctic Circle and trips on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad are other great reasons to visit the destination. New for 2019, Prestige has introduced three hotels in Yukon which are ideally located to make the most of the areas attractions, plus two new city tours of Whitehorse.

For more information contact: Prestige Holidays, ( 01502 567 222)