Top 10 Winter Driving Tips To Share

Top 10 Winter Driving Tips To Share

Snow is in the forecast across the country, from a chance of snow in Vancouver, to snow on top of more snow in Alberta and the Maritimes. Winter driving is an important skill in our country, and with the holidays coming up the roads will be busier than ever. Share these winter driving tips with your insurance clients and help keep everyone safe on the road.

1. Avoid the winter slip ‘n’ slide: To ensure your vehicle is ready for Canada’s changing winter weather, switch your all-season tires to winter ones before the temperature drops below 7°C. Winter tires optimize the performance and safety of winter driving. Not convinced you need them? Consider that the braking distance of a winter tire could be up to two vehicle lengths shorter than the braking distance of an all-season tire rolling at 24 km/h.

2. Defrost your windows well: Neglecting to defrost your windows might get you to your destination faster, but it’s a dangerous habit. Plan for a few extra minutes to clean all your car’s windows well. And don’t forget to clear off the top of your vehicle—snow could slide down the windshield and obstruct your view while the vehicle is in motion.

3. Winterize your trunk: Keeping a roadside safety kit in your trunk year-round is a good idea, but winter driving conditions require extra safety equipment. Make sure you’re carrying a scraper for the windshield, a small shovel, a sandbag, candles, and warm clothing like gloves and a hat.

4. Replace worn tires:  It’s important to check your tires each winter season because worn or bald tires can be dangerous. Tires have tread wear indicator bars molded into them. A solid bar of rubber across the width of the tread means it’s time to replace the tire.

5. Don’t mix and match:  Mixing tires with different tread patterns, different internal constructions and/or different sizes compromises the stability of the vehicle. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with four identical winter tires.

6. Top up your fluids: Always keep your gas tank at least half full. On very cold days, the condensation in the tank can freeze and cause problems. Also, don’t forget about your windshield-washer fluid – this is also extremely important on those sunny day!

7. Pump up your tires: For every 5°C drop in temperature, tires lose one pound of air pressure. To ensure optimum fuel efficiency and prevent irregular or premature wear, tire inflation should be checked monthly.

8. See and be seen: It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow impairs visibility. Always drive with your headlights on.

9. Take a cellphone: For long trips, don’t forget to take a cellphone in case you need to call for help. Pull over to the side of the road and stop your vehicle before making the call.

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Drop your speed to match road conditions: The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted speed. No matter how much experience you have, the way your car will move on snow or ice always has an element of unpredictability.

Stay safe over the holiday season! Are you an insurance agent looking for a greater understanding of vehicle insurance in your province? ILScorp has online courses for ICBC Autoplan Agents in BC and an Ontario Auto Expert continuing education course. Visit ILScorp.com to learn more about our online continuing education courses for insurance agents.

WestJet offers Christmas travel tips

The upcoming Christmas travel season is among the busiest times of the year at airports worldwide. Here are a few quick reminders to make travel easier this festive season.

Check your I.D.

Ensure you have proper identification and documentation for all travellers, including children and infants. Transport Canada has changed identification requirements for domestic travel, meaning expired identification can no longer be used for any flight.

For international travel, travel documents must be presented at check-in. Each country on your itinerary may have different entry requirements, including the physical condition of a passport or extended validity of a passport beyond your intended departure date. Check national entry requirements with WestJet well before departure date.

Plan to arrive early.

Because it’s such a busy time of year for travel, prepare for large crowds at the airport. WestJet suggests arriving at the airport no less than two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Travellers should complete security, immigration and customs and be at their departure gate one hour before departure. Those who do not meet check-in, baggage drop or boarding cut-off times may be denied travel.

It’s also never a bad idea to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. Bad weather and traffic snarls can make for a longer drive to the airport than normal this time of year.

Make sure you can carry on with your carry-on.

Carry-on baggage must meet WestJet’s size requirements as listed on the website. Each guest is permitted one piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item. Excess and oversized carry-on baggage may be checked in and subject to applicable baggage fees.

In addition, be sure to pack special items like identification, wallets, purses, medication, mobile devices, keys and valuable items such as cash, jewelry and electronics into carry-on baggage.

Inflight entertainment? There’s an app for that.

WestJet’s inflight entertainment system, WestJet Connect, is available on your own laptop or through the WestJet app on your smartphone or tablet. Download the latest version of the airline’s iPhone or Android app for free access to more than 500 hours of movies and TV programs, and five live TV channels. WestJet Connect also offers pay-per-use Internet access. Almost 75 per cent of WestJet’s Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.

Don’t have your own device? If your flight is over three hours, WestJet has tablet rentals with early-release content available for flights not yet equipped with Connect.

It’s best to keep gifts unwrapped.

WestJet suggests that you do not wrap gifts before heading to the airport. Airport security screeners may unwrap items in checked or carry-on baggage, causing delays at security. Pack wrapping paper in your checked luggage, and have a wrapping party on arrival at your destination.

Make sure your pet is ok to fly.

WestJet does not accept kennels as checked baggage between December 15 and January 6 inclusive, although certain small animals may be able to travel in the aircraft cabin; visit WestJet’s website for details.

Check-in 24 hours before you go.

WestJet offers three convenient self-serve check-in options: web, mobile and kiosk. The airline suggests checking in 24 hours before scheduled departure.

  • Web check-in is available at westjet.com.
  • Check-in on your mobile device using WestJet’s app or mobile-optimized website.
  • Self-serve check-in kiosks are available at most of WestJet’s airports, and may also offer self-serve baggage-tagging.

Speed up your airport experience by paying baggage fees with a credit card when you use self-serve check-in.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

From all 12,000 of us at WestJet, thank you for your support. Have a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you on board.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada’s most trusted airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country’s top employers. WestJet, and our regional airline, WestJet Encore, offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet’s extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

SOURCE WestJet

Top 20 Worst Mistakes To Make in an Airport

By Yuki Hayashi for readersdigest.ca

Mistake #1: Leaving your bag(s) behind: “My husband and I were taking a family vacation to Orlando with our three sons, and one of us left one of our bags on the ground, right by the door of our minivan, in the airport parking lot in Buffalo. We left it behind as we rushed to catch the airport shuttle bus, and didn’t realize the bag was missing until we were checking our baggage,” says Sonja Babic, of Toronto.

Fortunately, this didn’t ruin their vacation – but it could have been worse, had medication or valuables had been in the bag.

Upshot: Note how many bags your party has and conduct regular bag counts before you leave the parking lot, check-in counter, airport Tim Horton’s, baggage claim, etc.

Mistake #2: Being stuck barefoot: Wear socks with your shoes, or pack ankle socks in your carry-on and slip into them in the security line, so you don’t have to hobble across dirty floors barefoot.

Mistake #3: Not packing snacks: Always pack snacks in your carry-on. If you’re stuck in a long security line and run out of time to buy food in the departure lounge, or if your plane doesn’t sell anything you actually want to eat, you’re covered.

Mistake #4: Not scouting the arrival airport: If you’ve got a connecting flight, plan your route to the second gate, before you get off your first flight. If your stopover is under an hour, it could make the difference between making or missing your next flight. Refer to a map of the arrival airport on your mobile device, or rip out the map page of the in-flight magazine.

Mistake #5: Arriving late: True story: a few years ago, my family drove nine hours from Toronto to Newark, NJ – after wasting three hours in a futile attempt to fly standby – because we missed the first leg of a three-plane journey to the volcano island of Montserrat, West Indies. We desperately needed not to miss the second leg of this trip, a twice-weekly fight from Newark to Antigua. If we missed that flight the following morning, it would effectively cancel a bucket-list trip we’d spent over one year orchestrating and pre-paying for.

We made it to our destination – a day late – and with $700 in additional fees, all because we got to the airport with under an hour to spare on a CDA-US flight during peak-travel March Break.

Lesson learned: on busy travel days, arrive at the airport 3 ½ hours before an international flight, 3 hours before a US flight, and 2 hours before a domestic flight. Paranoid? Maybe. Better that than the alternative!

Mistake #6: Parking in the most-expensive lot: You’ll pay a premium to park in the lot closest to the airport terminal. Discount lots save you big-time, but they require a short shuttle drive. Savvy park-and-flyers arrive early so they can be choosy about parking.

Mistake #7: Over-packing: Overweight baggage results in steep penalties. Cumbersome carry-on bags make travelling uncomfortable, particularly if you have young children with you. Solution: edit, edit, edit! Pack less and you’ll stress less.

Mistake #8: Waiting in the loooooooong security lineups: If you travel to the US more than once a year, apply for the joint US-Canada NEXUS program. Cardholders sail through dedicated border clearance lines, making the $50 program fee (free for kids) a bargain in time and aggravation saved.

Mistake #9: Bearing an about-to-expire passport: Some countries won’t let you in if your passport expires within three or even six months of your planned date of entry. Check the entry requirements for the country you plan to visit, and renew your passport in advance, so you don’t get turned back at the airport.

Mistake #10: Not bringing a “permission slip” for your daughter or son: Travel consent letters aren’t just for divorced parents, as Toronto mom Ceri Marsh discovered a couple years back when she tried to fly from Toronto to New York City with her then 2-1/2-year-old.

“We were meeting my husband in New York. I had been told by the Canadian passport office and the airline that I didn’t require a notarized letter from my husband to fly with her on my own. They both said since we’re not divorced, it wasn’t necessary. Of course, in retrospect that’s ridiculous: you can’t tell someone’s marital status from a passport or airline ticket,” says Marsh.

Upshot: Marsh and her daughter were detained by US Customs agents, missed their flight, and had to wait hours for the next available flight. Airline and customs agents are trained to spot possible child abductions, so if there’s a second custodial parent, always carry a notarized permission letter on cross-border, solo-parent trips. “This was about the least pleasant travel experience of my life. Throwing a 2 year old off her schedule is never a good idea,” says Marsh.

Mistake #11: Losing your cool with airport personnel: From callous gate agents to creep-tastic transportation security personnel, everyone has a complaint about airport personnel. But, the fact remains, there are more good apples than bad, so chill.

Also: venting is more likely to get you delayed or arrested than en route to your vacation.

Mistake #12: Not gate-checking your bags: Why pay to check your bags, when you can gate-check them for free? (Provided they are carry-on size, of course).

Mistake #13: Slowing down the security line: Do your bit to keep the security checkpoint moving. Wear easy-on, easy-off shoes. Take your jacket off in line so it’s ready for the bin. Empty your pockets and get that laptop out of your briefcase. Done and done.

Mistake #14: Crowding the baggage claim carousel: Unless you have catlike reflexes and are in great shape, don’t join the scrum right where the bags first drop onto the carousel. Ditto if you have a common-looking bag: a black nylon soft case, for instance:

“Ooops. That wasn’t mine. Can I just squeeze past you to put it back…Oh, sorry for hitting you with that. Hey: is that my bag—excuse me, I need to squeeze past again…”

If you need to use both hands and some swinging action to get the bag off the carousel, pick a spot where you’re less likely to have a neighbour within hitting distance.

Mistake #15: Not IDing your bag properly: For your personal security, check bags with a discrete tag marked with your name, cell phone, and email address – or your business card – never your home address.

Mistake #16: Not IDing your bag flamboyantly: To quickly identify your bag on a luggage carousel and prevent baggage theft, tie a ribbon, use a decorative luggage strap, or decorate the bag with stickers or colourful duct tape.

Mistake #17: Packing valuables into your checked baggage: Just one word: don’t.

Mistake #18: Sketchy airport transportation: Planning ahead saves you money and headaches when it comes to transportation from your destination airport to your accommodations, so don’t even get on your flight without having done your advance recogiscence. In big cities, grab a marked taxi from the official lineup (don’t try to save money on a “gypsy cab”), but if you’re headed to a resort destination in an unfamiliar country, pre-book transportation with your resort.

Mistake #19: Not knowing when to cut your losses: Sometimes you’ll slip up and pack a liquid that’s over 100mL, or forget your Swiss Army keychain is, technically speaking, a knife. Upon being faced with confiscation, you may want to rush back and check the item within a bag. But if it’s a particularly busy travel day, doing so may cause you to lose your flight. Smart travellers know when to cut their losses.

Mistake #20: Not spending when necessary: Yes, the noise-cancelling headphones at the gift shop cost nearly double what they did at Best Buy. But… if you forgot to pack yours, consider that you’ll be spending the next six hours packed like a sardine next to potentially snoring/humming/crying/muttering/mouth-breathing strangers… Sometimes, paying that airport-retail premium may just salvage one airport mistake, preventing it from morphing into something worse: a plane ride from hell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three In Five Canadians Not Confident They Will Travel This Winter

According to the inaugural Allianz Global Assistance 2016 Canadian Winter Vacation Confidence survey, 58% of Canadians are not confident they will be taking a winter vacation1 this year.

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The survey, conducted by Ipsos, also revealed that among the 42% of Canadians who are confident they will be taking a vacation this winter, the average anticipated spend per household will remain fairly flat (58%) or higher than the previous year’s winter vacation (16%).

“It is an unfortunate reality that more than half of Canadians have a low level of confidence that they will be taking vacation this winter,” said Dan Keon, Director, Marketing and Communications, Allianz Global Assistance. “One concern for Canadians considering travel in winter could be the costs of cancellation, especially when you look at the average cost Canadians say they will spend on a winter vacation: $2,593.20 per household.”

“This is a significant budget for families which can be easily threatened by unexpected circumstances such as inclement weather,” continued Keon. “In those cases, unprotected cancellations could place the entire vacation budget at risk. Travel insurance can typically recover up to 100% of eligible prepaid travel-related expenses lost due to covered reasons for cancellations, such as an unforeseen illness or government advisory restricting travel to your planned destination.”

A popular travel choice for many Canadians is to travel south to the United States. However the survey, conducted in early November, revealed that the current value of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar could prevent Canadians (56%) from travelling to the United States. With that in mind, the survey even showed that in the most extreme cases, a portion of Canadians have actually already changed their travel plans to bypass the United States in the short term. “While the U.S. remains the top outbound destination for Canadians, the current value of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar is clearly coming into play for potential vacationers,” added Keon.

“As Canadians, we highly value and look forward to our vacation plans as an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and unwind from our day-to-day stresses,” continued Keon. “The survey allowed us to quantify the existing ‘Vacation Confidence Deficit,’ but also showed that 36% of Canadians haven’t had a vacation for more than two years. Clearly many Canadians all across the country are in need of a well-deserved break.”

Looking ahead, the picture brightens as a larger majority of Canadians (68%) do expect to take a vacation within the next 12 months. However, the survey does note a persistent lack of confidence: of the 70% of Canadians who identified that an annual vacation is important to them, only 83% are confident they will be travelling in the next 12 months – creating a Vacation Confidence Deficit of 17%.

Additional Survey Results

  • Men (47%) are more confident than women (37%) that they will take a winter vacation.
  • While men (69%) and women (70%) find annual vacations almost equally important, men (40%) are more likely than women (31%) to take an annual winter vacation.
  • Canadian households with kids (49%) are more confident than those without kids (40%) that they will take a winter vacation.
  • Nearly half of Canadians took their most recent vacation within the past 12 months, while one in three Canadians have not been on vacation in more than two years.
  • Canadian households with an income above $100,000 are the most likely (59%) to take an annual winter vacation, with percentages steadily increasing as disposable income increases: Less than $40,000 (24%), $40,000-59,999 (34%) and $60,000-99,999 (46%).
  • Households with children expect to spend just over the national average on their vacation’s travel, accommodation and entertainment costs: $2,759.00.
  • At $3,394.50, Canadians aged 55+ anticipate spending much more than the national average per household on their vacation.
  • When compared to the United States, Europe, Great Britain and Mexico, China is the destination that across the board all demographics are the least likely to visit regardless of how the Canadian dollar compares to the local currency.
  • When looking at vacation plans in the past 12 months, Canadians aged 55+ (68%) allow the value of the Canadian dollar to influence their travel plans the least.

Regional Highlights

British Columbia

  • Least likely (37%) to take a winter vacation this year.
  • Expect to spend more than the national average per household on vacation: $3,342.70.
  • For 53% of BC residents, this is about the same amount as they spent on last year’s vacation.
  • The value of the Canadian dollar is more likely to deter travel to Europe (22%) than the United States (18%).

Alberta

  • Most likely (41%) to take an annual winter vacation just ahead of Quebec (40%).
  • Expect to spend more than the national average per household: $3,214.90.
  • Least likely to have gone more than two years (28%) without a vacation.
  • Consider taking an annual vacation important the most (75%) compared to other provinces.
  • Along with Quebec, the most confident they will take a vacation in the next 12 months (71%).

Prairies

  • Along with British Columbia, the most likely to spend more than last year (21%) on this year’s winter vacation.
  • Expect to spend more than the national average per household: $3,359.30.
  • Most likely to not consider annual vacations important (37%) compared to other provinces.
  • Least confident they will take a vacation in the next 12 months (63%).
  • Most likely (26%) to say that comparing the Canadian dollar’s value with the Euro would prevent travel.

Ontario

  • Expect to spend more than the national average per household: $2,617.90.
  • The second least likely (37%) just behind British Columbia (38%) to not have the current value of the Canadian dollar affect possible travel to the United States.
  • Also the second least likely (66%) behind British Columbia (69%) to not allow the current value of the Canadian dollar to affect travel plans over the past 12 months.
  • The most likely (11%) along with Alberta to change planned travel dates due to the value of the Canadian dollar.

Quebec

  • Anticipate spending the least on their winter vacation per household: $1,861.40.
  • The most confident (46%) that they will take a winter vacation this year just ahead of Alberta and the Atlantic (45%).
  • Second most likely (40%) behind Alberta (41%) to take an annual winter vacation.
  • The value of the Canadian dollar is more likely to deter travel to Europe (20%) than the United States (18%).
  • The highest percentage (41%) that have not taken a vacation in more than two years.

Atlantic Canada

  • Least likely (26%) to take an annual winter vacation.
  • The least likely (9%) to spend more than last year on this year’s winter vacation.
  • Expect to spend near the national average per household: $2,291.90.
  • The second highest vacation cancellation rate in the past 12 months (19%) due to the value of the Canadian dollar.

About the Allianz Global Assistance 2016 Canadian Winter Vacation Confidence Survey

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 1st and November 3rd, 2016, on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance. For this survey, a sample of 2,000 Canadians from Ipsos’ online panel was interviewed online. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

Allianz Global Assistance (Canada)

For more than 50 years, Allianz Global Assistance has supported travelling Canadians when they need it most with value-added travel insurance and assistance services. More than 700 employees support long-term partnerships with some of the best known brands in the travel and financial services markets. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call centre services and claims administration for health insurers, property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. Allianz Global Assistance is a specialist brand of Allianz Worldwide Partners for assistance and travel insurance, and is the registered business name for AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd. For more information, visit www.allianz-assistance.ca.

Allianz Worldwide Partners

Dedicated to bringing worldwide protection and care, Allianz Worldwide Partners is the B2B2C leader in assistance and insurance solutions in the following areas of expertise: global assistance, international health & life, global automotive and travel insurance. These solutions, which are a unique combination of insurance, service and technology, are available to business partners or via direct and digital channels under three internationally renowned brands: Allianz Global Assistance, Allianz Worldwide Care and Allianz Global Automotive. This global family of over 16,000 employees is present in 75 countries, speaks 70 languages and handles 40 million cases per year*, protecting customers and employees on all continents. For more information, please visit https://www.allianz.com/en/products_solutions/service-assistance/allianz-worldwide-partners/

*for 2015, excluding Global Automotive

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1 A vacation is defined as a leisure trip of at least one week outside of your home province between and including December and March

SOURCE Allianz Global Assistance

Flying with your kids, this winter? Checklist for Air Travel

Flying with your kids, this winter? Checklist for Air Travel

  • Double-check your itinerary before your trip
  • Bring the proper photo Identification. Get passports or check ID expiry dates before your trip
  • Inform your airline of any special needs, including diet restrictions
  • Be aware of any rules or regulations that apply to travelling with children
  • Be aware of any rules or regulations that apply to travelling with pets
  • Be aware of customs regulations if you plan to fly outside of Canada
  • Pack valuables or necessities in your carry-on baggage, not your checked bags.
  • Check with airline for any rules, regulations (including size limitations) or fees that apply to carry-on or checked bags.
  • Put tags on all of your bags to help you quickly find your bags at the baggage claim or if they get lost but be sure to safeguard personal information from wandering eyes.
  • Check in 24 hours before your flight, print boarding passes at home or at self-service kiosk.
  • Arrive at the airport on time: 60 minutes ahead of time for a domestic flight and 90 minutes ahead of time for an international flight.
  • Check flight status – be aware of any delays or changes to your flight schedule

Travelling with Children Checklist

The general rule is to pack light for a flight, that is, unless you are travelling with children! It is not easy for a child to sit quietly for hours at a time. As their parent or guardian, it is up to you to provide them with enough entertainment to make it to the end of flight.

Here are some items you may need or want to bring with you on the plane:

  • A car seat
  • A stroller (check with your airline for related policies)
  • Diapers (enough for the flight and a few extra)
  • Wipes
  • Changing pad
  • Change of clothes
  • Bottles (enough for flight plus 2-3 extra)
  • Powdered formula (in premeasured container)
  • Snacks
  • Sippy cup
  • Bib
  • Fork/spoon
  • Any medications
  • Favourite soft toy
  • New small toys
  • 1-2 favourite books
  • 1-2 new books
  • Movie player and movies
  • Child friendly headphones

Source: Transport Canada

Banff, Alberta recognized as Best of the World destination in 2017

Banff, Alberta recognized as Best of the World destination in 2017

Banff, Alberta has been named to National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Best of the World list which highlights 21 must-see places to visit in 2017. Announced Thursday, Nov. 17, Banff is the only Canadian destination named to the list and is on the magazine’s cover with a photo of the iconic glacial-fed Moraine Lake situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks within Banff National Park.

The 21 destinations were chosen by Traveler editors. The full list can be found in the December/January 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, available on newsstands starting November 29, and online now at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/best-trips-2017/.

“It’s no secret that 2017 marks Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration of cool. But we love Canada for little reasons as much as landmarks and milestones. So our story is about how an outward journey to Banff leads to an inner sense of happiness. The magic comes from person-to-person interactions with big-hearted Canadians, from First Nations community leaders to horse-packing cowboy guides to park rangers to some of the country’s newer citizens, who hail from foreign lands but find a happy home in Canada. We aimed to honor the inclusive feeling of Canada, a warm embrace that brings a human-scale equivalent to those majestic landscapes,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor-in-chief.

“I am thrilled Banff, Alberta has been named to National Geographic Traveler’s Best of the World list,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism. “This is a prestigious honour and we could not be more thrilled with the recognition of our province. Alberta is a place of incredible scenery, people and spirit. We wholeheartedly agree that Banff is one of the world’s must see destinations. It is one of many locations in the Rocky Mountains and Alberta that offers visitors a great vacation experience. Congratulations and well done, Banff and Alberta!”

“This is amazing recognition for Banff, Alberta and Canada. The Canadian Rockies are an iconic, breathtaking destination that offers travellers truly spectacular moments,” says Royce Chwin, CEO of Travel Alberta. “We couldn’t be more proud to be part of National Geographic Traveler’s prestigious list, especially heading into Canada’s 150th anniversary.”

“We are excited to share our destination with the world and are proud to be recognized by National Geographic Traveler as a place you need to visit in 2017,” said Leslie Bruce, President and CEO of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism. “We hope that visitors will come and enjoy the array of incredible experiences in Banff National Park all year long. Each season brings a unique range of activities and breathtaking scenes.”

“Parks Canada is a leader in natural and cultural tourism and we are all very proud of this recognition. Banff National Park is the birthplace of Canada’s national park system and an exciting four season destination. In 2017, for Canada’s 150th anniversary, admission to all national parks will be free and I encourage all visitors to discover what makes each of Canada’s 46 national parks unique and among some of the best destinations to visit in the world,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 16 international editions. The National Geographic Travel Digital Group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content, such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of over 20 million. To learn more about each destination visit:  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/best-trips-2017/.

About Banff National Park
Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park, founded in 1885, and is renowned for its Rocky Mountain beauty, wildlife and recreational activities. To ensure this is a place where nature flourishes and evolves for all time, Parks Canada strives to protect the region’s wildlife and environment for the enjoyment of future generations. The mountain town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise are revered by skiers, snowboarders, campers, hikers and nature lovers around the world. Authentic Canadian cuisine is met with mountain inspired wellness and accessible adventure, making it an attractive destination all year round. Much like its neighbouring destinations in Canada, Banff and Lake Louise are diverse, accepting, and awe-inspiring in their own right. No matter what season, skill level, or age, Banff National Park is a place that can be enjoyed by all. For more information about Banff and Lake Louise and Banff National Park visit www.banfflakelouise.com and find us on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

About Alberta Canada
Located in the heart of Western Canada, bordered by the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the west and prairies to the east, the province of Alberta is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth. The picturesque mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise, Canmoreand Jasper are revered by skiers, snowboarders, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts for their awe-inspiring terrain, jaw dropping vistas and abundant wildlife. From exploring Calgary and Edmonton, lively cities brimming with music, culture and nightlife, to discovering dinosaur fossils in the mysterious Canadian Badlands, visiting Alberta promises to be an experience unlike any other. For more information visit www.travelalberta.com and find us on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Cascade Mountain over Banff Avenue in Banff National Park, Alberta. Credit: Paul Zizka

SOURCE Travel Alberta

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