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As the world’s second biggest country, Canada offers a plethora of staggering backdrops, from the glacial-fed lakes and ice-capped mountains of the West to the rugged cliffs of the Atlantic coast.

Welcome to Canada! Our Canada division was formerly known as Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays or Canada & Alaska Travel Connection, then in 2019 we amalgamated all of our brands under Entire Travel Group. We have been operating for more than 50 years, you can learn more on our About Us page.

A life without a visit to Canada & Alaska  is a life that remains unfulfilled. Whilst Canada seems faraway, direct flights from Australia have brought  our two countries closer together than ever before. A visit to Canada in winter is a completely different experience than seeing Canada in summer and regardless of when you travel we have the experience and know-how to guide you through the many travel options to ensure your holiday ticks every box you've always dreamt about.

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When to visit

Canada is a vast country, and the weather can be quite different in the East and in the West.

When to visit in summer. Mid-May to late June is a great time to visit Canada! The summer tourist season has officially begun. There are new leaves in the trees; nature is in full bloom.  July-August is peak tourist season right across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver. Cities and national parks are full of tourists from around the world. September-October is what is called the Indian summer, when the forests don their brilliant hues of red and gold and nature is in full splendour. The weather is still very pleasant, especially in September, although evenings can be quite chilly. This is generally the lower season.

When to visit in winter.  The Canadian winter lasts from mid-December to mid-March. It is a great time to enjoy exciting winter activities like snowmobiling and dog sledding and skiing. Mid-December to early January is a very busy time of year because of all the Christmas and New Year's festivities along with the ski resorts enjoying their peak time. The weather is pleasant and snow conditions are at their best. January and February are the coldest months of the year. In March the weather starts to warm and can be almost spring-like. Winter sports can still be enjoyed in early March. 

 

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Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars
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Flights and getting to Canada

The main International Airports in Canada are

Toronto Pearson International Airport Trains run downtown every 15 minutes from 5:30am to 1am; private car transfers takes around  45 minutes to the city.

Montréal Trudeau International Airport A 24-hour airport shuttle bus runs downtown. Private transfers take 30 to 60 minutes.

Vancouver International Airport Trains run downtown every six to 20 minutes; private transfers take around 30 minutes.

Getting Around

Canadians definitely love the open road. Travelling by motorbike, car, truck or RV is an amazing way to see the country. With vast open roads and incredible scenery a self-drive experience provides freedom and flexibility to appreciate the small things on the way. You’ll be able to explore areas that often large coaches can’t access as well as enjoy as much time as you wish at each destination. Our diverse self-drive itineraries have been thoughtfully designed to offer you the road trip of a lifetime. Explore one of the world’s most scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway winding its way through the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Our packages can be combined with rail on either Rocky Mountaineer or VIA Rail to offer you the best experience of both worlds.

The Canadian Pacific Railway has over 22,500 km of track across Canada. From East Coast to West Coast, Canada is bursting with a wide variety of rail tours. The Alaskan Railroads carries both freight and passengers throughout its system, including Denali National Park. The railroad has a mainline over 760 km long. Enjoy incredible scenery as you travel across Canada’s vast countryside from the temperate Pacific Coast, to the majestic Canadian Rockies, the prairies of the mid-west to the metropolises of Ontario and Québec all the way to the Atlantic Coast – rail travel enables you to relax and enjoy the scenery rolling by in your comfortable seating options.

The two major operators in Canada are Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail. Rocky Mountaineer offers daylight travel options on 2 or 3 day itineraries operating from mid April to early October between the Pacific Coast and the Canadian Rockies, whereas VIA Rail operates year round with a variety of routes, seating and cabins from coast to coast.

Things to Do in Canada

Explore the many wonders of the Great White North with our Canada holiday packages.

Drumheller has two must-visit places: the Royal Tyrrell Museum, which boasts gallery displays of dinosaurs and fossils and the Atlas Coal Mine, one of Canada’s many historical sites. You shouldn’t pass up the chance to witness the grand display of the breathtaking northern lights in Whitehorse. The city has less light pollution, giving you the best view of the aurora borealis.

If you love to see different wildlife, try booking a safari adventure in Churchill and see polar bears up close in their natural habitat. Some may even come near your Tundra Buggy and peep into your windows.
 

Must-visit Attractions in Canada

You can also visit Old Quebec, one of the most famous historic sites in Canada. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site to see and experience the birthplace of French North America. You can also go to a resort destination in Whistler, which is only two hours off of Vancouver. This place is perfect for outdoor lovers looking for heart-pounding adventures. Try skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking in summer in this world-class ski resort that was also one of the venues for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Revel in the Neo-Gothic architectural styles of Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. The tour de Victoire et de Paix or Peace Tower stands at its central axis.
 

Known Destinations in Canada

Canada has no shortage of stunning landscapes and awe-inspiring sights for travellers to enjoy. The country is home to numerous natural wonders and culturally-rich cities.

Topping the list is Niagara Falls which draws millions of visitors every year. Hear the roar of the water and see the captivating skyline view of Canada’s finest.

Banff National Park & the Rocky Mountains exhibits Canada’s most breathtaking sceneries of snow-capped peaks, mountainsides, lush greeneries and turquoise-coloured lakes. You can also go to Icefields Parkway and see the breathtaking glaciers and Peyto Lake as you drive to the little town of Banff.

CN Tower is an architectural masterpiece on the shores of Lake Ontario. It is the tallest free-standing structure in Canada and the western hemisphere, with an impressive height of 553 metres.
 

Best Hotels in Canada

Our Canada holiday deals let you check in the most luxurious hotels all around Canada. The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is located in the Pacific Rim National Park. It has a 21st-century, safari-style enclave of white canvas suite tents, antique furnishings and opulent rugs. 

If you prefer to be nearer the city and its finest attractions, book a stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower. This 65-story building has an immaculate colour contrast inspired by champagne and caviar.
 

Post Lockdown in Canada

There will be a series of adjustments to the current border measures effective April 1, 2022. Fully vaccinated tourists do not need to complete a pre-entry test and are not required to quarantine. On the other hand, non-vaccinated individuals must accomplish an on-arrival and Day 8 test and quarantine for two weeks. Wearing of masks has been lifted in most cities but is still mandatory in public transport, healthcare facilities and other select places.
 

Flying to Canada

Our Canada holiday deals let you book direct flights from Australia to Canada. There are three main international airports here: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Montréal Trudeau International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

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Flying to Canada

Flying to Canada

Air Canada and Qantas operate flights from Australia to Canada. Once in Canada, visitors can also fly domestically with Air Canada Rouge (Air Canada’s budget subsidiary) or with WestJet, who fly to around 25 destinations in Canada. Air North, Calm Air and Canadian North are all airlines that serve destinations in the country’s north.

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

For more information please visit - Contact us | Entire Travel Group