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‘Bachelor’ Sean brings the ladies to Banff National Park

- January 31st, 2013

Bachelor Sean Lowe on a dream date in Banff, Alberta. (Source: twitter.com/BachelorSean)

Alberta’s Banff National Park will be the romantic setting for a dream date between Bachelor Sean Lowe and the lovely ladies vying for his affection on the 17th season of ABC’s The Bachelor.

The episode, airing Feb. 5, sees Sean and the girls getting active in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, rock climbing on Tunnel Mountain, canoeing on the unmistakably lovely Lake Louise and taking a trek on the Columbia Icefield. The rose ceremony for the episode was also held in a special location: the iconic Victoria Ballroom at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

“It was a fun-filled privilege to have the cast and crew of The Bachelor come to Banff National Park and showcase the destination on such a grand scale,” Julie Canning, president and CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism, said in a press release. “The park’s setting, with its awe-inspiring surroundings, seems to naturally inspire romance so it will be exciting to see how Sean’s romantic escapades in beautiful Banff and Lake Louise unravel.”

Cast and crew on The Bachelor have visted some of Earth’s most exotic — and romantic — destinations over the 17 seasons the show has aired on ABC. Notable locales featured include Tahiti, Switzerland and St. Lucia.

For more top Bachelor/Bachelorette Dream Date destinations click here

All travellers now have the opportunity to enjoy Banff and Lake Louise like Sean and the ladies did, thanks to the Lake Louise Bachelor package. Including luxury accommodation at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, romantic treats upon arrival and complimentary in-room breakfast, this decadent package is perfect for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s. Rates start at $339 per night. Visit banfflakelouise.com/bachelor for more information.

 

SeaWorld penguins arrive in Toronto for big announcement

- January 30th, 2013

 

SeaWorld Orlando penguins in Toronto with caretakers Julie and T.J. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Orlando is visiting Toronto this week and the team didn’t arrive alone. A couple of too-cute penguins came with the gang — joining their caretakers in coach for the plane ride – to help launch SeaWorld Orlando’s biggest expansion ever in the new Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin attraction.

Opening in spring, Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin takes guests on an interactive journey that offers a different experience with each ride. Visitors will see the icy continent of Antarctica through the eyes of a penguin as they travel in a special trackless vehicle that mimics the movements of a young penguin exploring his surroundings for the first time. Guests can choose from two different levels of adventure.

“When our little hero penguin learns to waddle and slide, we’ll feel what it’s like as the car moves and reacts to the storyline. When he takes his first swim or barely escapes danger, our guests will feel as if they’re right there with him,” Brian Morrow, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment creative director, said in a press release.

There will also be opportunities to visit with a colony of adorable penguins in their massive, chilly habitat.

Deals just for Canadians

If a visit to SeaWorld is in your travel plans this spring, these two travel deals will help you stay on budget, while enjoying a fun, family getaway.

The SeaWorld or Busch Gardens Free All Day Dining Deal includes one all-day dining voucher with the purchase of a single-day admission ticket. The voucher includes an entree, drink and dessert at participating restaurants throughout the day. This offer is available only to Canadians through April 30, 2013.  

The Discovery Cove Free Ultimate Upgrade is available for reservations through Feb. 28, 2013. The free upgrade, offering savings of $80 for a party of four,  includes a day at Discovery Cove, plus unlimited visits to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens for a 14 day period. This offer, too, is only available to Canadians.

Visit seaworldparks.com for more information.

Most Canadian families will travel in 2013: Survey

- January 10th, 2013
Ready for a family vacation? (Shutterstock)

Ready for a family vacation? (Shutterstock)

A new survey from Thomas Cook Travel has found that 77% of Canadian families plan to hit the road and vacation in 2013, even if it means cutting back on dining out and entertainment at home in order to afford the trip.

The survey reveals that 61% of Canadian families would spend less on eating out in favour of saving for a family vacation. Residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are most likely to forego a meal at a restaurant in order to save cash for a trip (70%), while Atlantic Canadians are least likely to give up eating out, with only 44% saying they would eat in to save for their vacation fund.

The majority of residents in each province — 57%, on average — are also willing to give up entertainment, such as visits to the movie theatre, in order to save money for a vacation. Atlantic Canadians were most likely to give up entertainment (62%) and British Columbians were least likely (51%).

The Thomas Cook survey found that children are also getting more involved with planning the family vacation, with 59% of Canadians saying they encourage their kids to help choose the destination for their family trip.

When it comes to finding the perfect family destination, 69% of survey respondents say they consider the size of available rooms, 82% look at food selection on resort or at the hotel, 41% look for properties that offer supervised child care programs and 92% consider the overall safety of the resort or destination.

The survey of 1,009 Canadians was conducted for Thomas Cook by Harris/Decima.

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