We are actively monitoring the discussions in Congress over federal funding, and the potential impact on our tours visiting Federal Sites & National Parks across the United States.

Without an agreement between the House, Senate and White House, the government will shut down on Saturday September 30, 2023 at midnight. The impact to our Tours will be limited to those visiting some Federal Sites & National Parks across the country. Some states including Utah, Arizona and Colorado have indicated that they will provide the necessary funding to keep the National Parks operating. Other states are considering similar measures.

If we are unable to operate or your tour is altered due to the government shutdown, we will contact you directly prior to departure.


Our Favourite Treasures of the Pacific Northwest

by Kristen Gilbert

September 16, 2016

2 minute read

Our Favourite Treasures of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most picturesque areas in the United States. Home to the serene natural beauty of glacier capped mountains, rugged coastline and even a temperate rain forest, this region has something to offer any nature lover.

Butchart Gardens


Celebrated by National Geographic as one of the “top ten magnificent gardens in the world,” Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. is an absolute must see. Roam its 55 acres of diverse gardens where each year over a million bedding plants in 900 varieties provide uninterrupted bloom from March through October. On summer nights, the gardens become a magical wonderland of light and shadows as thousands of lights makes everything come alive.

Hoh Rain Forest


Located on the west side of Olympic National Park, the Hoh is one of the best examples of a temperate rainforest in the United States. Describing this enchanting place as “lush” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Everything is literally covered in a green canopy of coniferous and deciduous plant species. Mosses and ferns add another layer to the already unbelievably verdant forest. Animal lovers enjoy the wide variety of wildlife there, including some endemic species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world.

Pike Place Market


This is one of America’s oldest and most famous farmer’s markets where you can find just about anything from antiques to fresh fruits and vegetables. Visitors can grab a coffee at the original Starbucks or spend some time enjoying the talented street performers, but everyone should make a stop at the world-famous fish market. Keep an eye out for fish flying through the air! The fishmongers enjoy serving up their catch by tossing it over the counter! It’s relaxing to hang out at one of the many restaurants and cafés before shopping the local speciality foods and browsing the colourful creations of local artisans.

San Juan Islands


The San Juan Islands are an archipelago consisting of 172 unspoiled islands. They’re known for rural landscapes and a great variety of wildlife. Visitors mainly flock to the area to enjoy sea kayaking and orca whale-watching, but one can also spot harbour seals, river otters, minke whales and a large variety of other beautiful creatures great and small.

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