London was grand! An amazing city full of the sights and sounds of an era gone by. We wandered its streets in the warm sun taking in wide boulevards, spring flowers and grand buildings. Our stay included a visit to Buckingham Palace; a stint called Canada Shared at Canada House, our Canadian Embassy, with Destination Canada promoting travel products to UK, French and German travel operators; and last but not least a fine visit with our Irish cousins and friend Fraser Macdonald. Canada Shared was spectacular!
We joined 30 other Canadian travel companies who share the coveted Canadian Signature Experiences designation. Our unified purpose was to blow the top off Brits coming to Canada for their vacations! We have turned some of our attention to the British Isles after a hugely successful 2015 Coppermine River trip with the students from Malvern College, an English independent school. Canoe North Adventures specifically aimed to connect with a few UK operators who would showcase our canoe trips to UK travellers. It was hugely successful for us! Congratulations to Destination Canada for representing us so well and for supporting such a positive and enthusiastic event. The Northwest Territories and Canoe North Adventures will be a feature article this week in a magazine published by TTG Media and we hope to be included in a travel book called Lodestars Anthology of Canada that will be published this fall. But more importantly, we have met a number of travel agencies who would like to feature our product in their promotions for 2017. We’ll keep you posted on news from this front!
On March 1, Al Pace and Lin Ward and Guide Maja Zimmerman joined the Malvern College UK Coppermine River Team for an epic trip reunion party hosted by HRH The Duke of York at Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Al canoed the Coppermine River together in 1977 with Lakefield College School, so the reunion at The Palace was both boisterous and at times, quite emotional. The Duke regaled the student group with tall tales from his five Canadian canoeing adventures from 1977 to 2011 and the students bragged about monstrous arctic char, squadrons of killer mosquitoes, grizzly bears and an extremely close encounter with a wandering wolverine!
On March 3, Al road the rails to Greater Malvern and visited the expansive Malvern School campus. The students gave him a grand tour including attending a piano concert and field hockey house tournament! Half the Malvern team have graduated and are attending various universities across Europe. Malvern College celebrated its 150 anniversary in 2016 and The Coppermine River Expedition was the exclamation point of the school celebrations. Malvern is now looking out to 2018 for a return trip to northern Canada with Canoe North Adventures.
This news was featured on CBC North!
Meet River Guide Al Pace and other Canoe North Adventures guide staff at the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show March 19 -20, 2016. Click through for a $2 discount voucher from your admission pass. Check the event website for times when Al is presenting a multi-media slide-show titled,”Favourite Rivers of the Northwest Territories”.
Join Adventure Guides Al Pace and Lin Ward in Toronto at Propeller Coffee as they present a multi-media slide show featuring their favourite arctic rivers: The Nahanni, Keele, Mountain, Horton, Snake, Coppermine and Yukon Rivers. If you have ever dreamed of paddling the pristine waters of a remote arctic river, please join Al & Lin for an inspired evening of adventure. Complimentary fresh-roasted coffee, teas and dessert will be served.
Register Here; or call 1-888-941-6654 to book your spot!
Propeller Coffee Co., 50 Wade Avenue (Bloorwest at Lansdowne)
NEW! Nahanni River Gold
In collaboration with Nahanni Wilderness Adventures, we are offering this iconic river trip for those who have been caught up in the romance, legend and lore of all things Nahanni. A hike to the top of Sunblood Mountain, feeling the cold mist from the tumbling waters at Virginia Falls, gliding under the shadow of fabled Pulpit Rock and relaxing your shoulders in Krause Hot Springs make this an unforgettable river adventure. We can accommodate four more paddlers! Contact us soon as these spots won’t last long! 519-941-6654