Discovering Canada through expert eyes

Planning a trip to Canada? VIVID Travel Designer and Canada expert Sarah shares her favourite spots in the country.

By VIVID Travel
Published 17 Jul 2019, 11:05 BST
Vancouver skyline
Vancouver: It's the city's natural setting that makes it stand out.
Photograph by Getty Images

What’s your favourite destination in Canada? 
I lived in Ottawa for a few years so that will always have a place in my heart, but my absolute favourite place has got to be Vancouver. I’ve never been to a city more geographically unique, with its beautiful coastline set against the stunning mountainous backdrop. There’s also an incredible food scene with fantastic Asian influences — don’t miss the sushi!

Where’s a good place to start for a first-time visitor? 
The wild eastern provinces of Nova Scotia or Newfoundland are picture-perfect, authentic Canada, with remote fishing villages, whale-watching, delicious seafood (especially the salmon and shellfish) and an abundance of Celtic history, thanks to the Scottish and Irish. 

How did you get into travel?
I’ve moved with my parents all over the world, and when I graduated from university, I knew travel was my passion and so applied for the job at VIVID Travel. I knew it was right for me, with an emphasis on creating genuine travel experiences using our own expertise, as well as offering clients exceptional service.

How has travelling shaped your role at VIVID Travel?
Having lived and travelled in Canada means that I’m lucky enough to have a unique insight into this vast country. In turn, this allows me to provide our clients with sound information, and insights in order to design their dream Canada adventure. My personal experience means I can suggest with absolute confidence alternatives clients may not have considered. 

What makes an adventure with VIVID Travel so special?
We work with our clients from the moment they enquire right through to when they’re back from their trip. All Travel Designers have lived or worked in the countries they specialise in, meaning that we can create truly bespoke itineraries. It’s so rewarding when clients say they loved their trip and can’t wait to go back!

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