JOIN BBC’S MONTY HALLS
ON HIS EPIC CANADIAN ADVENTURE
Monty Halls is a well-known TV broadcaster, explorer and marine biologist, and now First Class Holidays’ Travel Ambassador
Whilst First Class Holidays have been creating memorable, award-winning holidays for all their clients, Monty Halls has gone one step further and brought the world’s most incredible landscapes, wildlife and marine life into our living rooms, with a series of inspirational TV programmes exploring incredible natural experiences both on land and in the sea.
As well as offering their clients helpful advice on their website and in their brochures, Monty will be escorting a wildlife-themed First Class Holiday to Canada later this year. Only 18 seats are available so contact us on 0161 888 5632 to secure your place. Find out more about the places he’ll be visiting below!
A quick 25-minute train ride from the airport, you’ll be in downtown Vancouver in no time. There’s so much to explore, from its diverse neighbourhoods to the breath-taking Coastal Mountains that surround this fabulous city. Take a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets of Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood and get to know its thriving fashion scene, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in the city. Then there’s Granville Island if you’re looking for that city buzz, this lively neighbourhood is the place to be and you certainly won’t be short of food and drink with its vast choice of restaurants and bars!
Campbell River and Knight Inlet Lodge
There are few places in the world where so much magnificent wildlife, scenery and native culture can be experienced from one location. Knight Inlet is such a place – in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, Knight Inlet Lodge offers guests spectacular scenery and wildlife amidst tree-lined shores and snow-capped mountains.
Located 80 kilometres by air north of Campbell River, British Columbia, is a wild and remote area of the Pacific Northwest known as Knight Inlet. As the longest fjord on the BC coast, Knight Inlet offers visitors spectacular scenery set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain peaks plunging into the Pacific Ocean. Situated 60 kilometres from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge, the floating lodge offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet, and it is here that you will begin each day’s adventure.
The floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, home to one of the largest concentrations of Grizzly bears in British Columbia. There are often up to 50 bears within 10 kilometres of the lodge in the autumn, when the salmon are returning to the river. Although they are abundant in the fall, it is not the only season that Grizzly bears can be found in Glendale Cove.
As well as bear viewing, there are several other tours available from the lodge if you choose an alternative time of the year to travel. In the spring, travel throughout the inlet viewing the seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional Minke whale that may travel though these waters. From July onwards, tours have the added attraction of the Orca (killer) whales and should you journey to the world-famous Johnstone Strait, you are almost assured of spending some great viewing time with these magnificent marine mammals.
Churchill Tundra Buggy® Adventure
As Churchill is one of the few human settlements where Polar bears can be observed in the wild, it’s no wonder that thousands of visitors from around the world flock to visit Churchill and witness the wonder of these magnificent animals – soon Monty will be one of them! You’ll often see Polar bears be referred to as ‘Lords of the Arctic’ and it’s easy to see why – these spectacular animals are huge. Male Polar bears can grow to more than 10 feet tall – but don’t let their size fool you, they can move with surprising speed and agility!
Specially designed for the northern landscape, the Tundra Buggy, all-terrain vehicles enable guests to visit the best locations in the Churchill area to safely experience wildlife and the phenomenal northern lights. Venturing on a network of established trails in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area and the frozen tidal flats of Cape Churchill in Wapusk National Park, the Tundra Buggy takes you to the best locations in Churchill to view and photograph wildlife. During the winter, they are the only company to travel across the frozen Churchill River, far from the lights of town, to the Aurora Lounge to view the incredible northern lights.
The Tundra Buggy Lodge, located in the heart of Polar bear country, offers a unique, immersive experience where you can fall asleep and wake up with Polar bears right outside your window. The lodge consists of two accommodation units that can sleep up to 40 guests, a lounge and a dining hall. Outdoor viewing platforms connect each unit and allow for outdoor photography. Situated far from the lights of town, the Tundra Buggy Lodge is the perfect place to view bears all day long and have optimal northern lights viewing at night (weather permitting). The lodge is also equipped with exterior field lights that enable you to continue watching the bears even after the sun goes down!
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