What’s new (and hot) in Canada

Sea wall at Stanley Park, Vancouver

Sea wall at Stanley Park, Vancouver

What’s new (and hot) in Canada

2018 is off and running in Canada with a range of new properties, events and immersive experiences for Aussie travellers. From new air services to a globally acclaimed Broadway show, and an experiential culinary program, it’s little wonder more Aussies are exploring Canada than ever before.

New Air Canada service
Air Canada will commence year-round direct flights from Melbourne to Vancouver from 3 June 2018 three times per week, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Additionally, Air Canada has just announced it will increase this frequency to four times per week, starting 5 November 2018, in response to strong early demand.

Currently, Air Canada offers daily direct flights to Vancouver from Sydney and Brisbane.

New boutique hotel in Toronto
The Anndore House has officially opened in Toronto, Ontario, harking back to its 1950s origins, when it was an apartment building for many of Toronto’s most eccentric personalities and famous faces. It offers a distinctly creative vibe with retro décor, an extensive vinyl collection, and a record player in every room. This new boutique hotel includes 113 rooms, Constantine Restaurant and Bar, a café, and even a barber shop.

Come From Away
Come From Away, winner of The  2017 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards Best Musical in North America, will play its Australian premiere in July 2019 at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. Join the waitlist now for ticket news. The show is set during the September 11 attacks when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the remote town of Gander in Newfoundland and Labrador. This remarkable musical tells the true story of what followed, with its unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie, and uncommon generosity.

Dine the Line
Metro Vancouver and TransLink (public transport system) has launched Dine the Line, offering visitors the chance to experience Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene with seven themed itineraries packed with local foodie hot spots, all accessible by SkyTrain, the longest rapid transit system in Canada. From funky craft breweries to the nondescript hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving up some of the best steamed dumplings this side of Asia, Dine the Line is a great way for travellers to immerse themselves in local culture and cuisine.

Strøm Nordic Spa, Old Quebec
One of the most beautiful spas in North America is set to open its doors this summer in romantic Old Quebec. The Strøm Nordic Spa is being constructed to take advantage of breathtaking views of the St Lawrence River, as well as the imposing Cap Diamant cliff. The Scandinavian inspired pavilions will service up to 350 people per day and include a dining room, Finnish saunas, indoor and outdoor pools, and three waterfalls.

SKOOKUM Music Festival, Vancouver
The inaugural SKOOKUM Festival, a brand-new music, art, and food festival, is set hit Vancouver’s world-famous 1000-acre Stanley Park from September 7-9, 2018.  Set to be one of the hottest events of the year, SKOOKUM will bring over 50 stage performances on three stages, including The Killers and Florence + The Machine. This celebration of the senses will feature gourmet culinary experiences, including the best BC wines, and original brews from local craft distilleries.

GETTING THERE

Air Canada offers daily direct flights to Vancouver from Sydney and Brisbane. Additionally, Air Canada will commence year-round direct flights from Melbourne to Vancouver from June 2018. Direct flights from Sydney to Vancouver are also available on Qantas.

Source = Destination Canada GSA
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