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Find freedom in the wilds of Canada and Alaska. Salute the epic mountain peaks, take a deep breath, of pure fresh air, and the soul is immediately rejuvenated. Bald eagles, beluga whales and national parks larger than nations await in Alaska. Canada calls with bears and bison, the majestic Rockies and the glittering emerald jewel of Lake Louise. Travel the iconic Inside Passage on a Cosmos Alaska cruise, have a once-in-a-lifetime ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train on a Canada rail Tour, and explore the quirky settlements on Vancouver Island. Heed the call of the wild and be drawn to the road less travelled.

Snapshot: Canada and Alaska
Capital
Canada: Ottawa // Alaska: Juneau
Official Language
Canada: English, French // Alaska: English, Alaska Native Languages, Tagalog, Spanish
Population
Canada: 36 million // Alaska: 740k
Currency
Canada: Canadian Dollar // Alaska: US Dollar
Time Zone
Canada: 6 different time zones! // Alaska: GMT-8
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THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
VANCOUVER   VANCOUVER
13 days, 1 Countries
Tour 8900
THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
From British Columbia to Alberta with overnights on Vancouver Island, this 13-day holiday is surely an experience to remember. Sightsee in Vancouver and Victoria, and enjoy scenic highlights such as...
NEW YORK, NIAGARA FALLS & WASHINGTON DC
NEW YORK   WASHINGTON D.C.
8 days, 2 Countries
Tour 8000
NEW YORK, NIAGARA FALLS & WASHINGTON DC
Arrive in "The Big Apple" and venture northwest through the Pocono Mountains to upstate New York. Cross the border to the Canadian side of the Niagara River and spend two nights in beautiful Niagara...
EASTERN U.S. & CANADA GRAND VACATION
NEW YORK   NEW YORK
15 days, 2 Countries
Tour 8200
EASTERN U.S. & CANADA GRAND VACATION
This grand 15-day holiday travels through northeastern parts of the U.S. and Canada. Meet in New York City for an exciting sightseeing tour. Travel north to Boston, a city known for its colonial...
ONTARIO & FRENCH CANADA
TORONTO   MONTREAL
8 days, 1 Countries
Tour 8330
ONTARIO & FRENCH CANADA
Welcome to cosmopolitan Toronto, Canada's largest city. See major landmarks such as the CN Tower and Roger's Center on a city tour. Board the Niagara Falls sightseeing boat for up-close views of...
Canada and Alaska
Best time to visit
Summer! Despite its’ allure for skiing and other icy adventures, Canada’s Summers are when life is dialed up. July and August are the best times to visit, with September a close runner up. Sure, things get busier in the popular months. However, ‘busy’ is not a word used often in Canada, it’s a place to refresh and rejuvenate any time of year. 

Winter (Dec –Feb)
This is an epic time to indulge in every snowy fantasy. For all else (excluding the milder West Coast), Winter can be a sub-zero ordeal. Luckily Canada is set up with indoor malls and covered walkways. But if you’re up for the thrill of exploring the challenge of daytime temperatures under minus five degrees (and far below), rug up and be prepared to wear thermal underwear – constantly. 

Spring (Mar – May)
In Spring the entire country re-awakens, and the thrill is contagious.  Gradual snowmelt reveals forests and wildflowers and wildlife re-emerges from the long Winter hibernation. 

Summer (June  - Aug)
Bingo! This is the Canada you’ve dreamed of, with access to all areas. Make a beeline for British Columbia. Those wet Pacific Depressions are over, with long sunlight days and warm temperatures ideal for exploring. 

Autumn (Sept – Nov)
Areas around Cape Breton and Quebec are for leaf-lovers, a storm of burnt hues during autumn. Catch the tail end of Indian Summers when nature is in full splendour before shutting up shop for Winter. September is still a busy month in the south, while from October the northern tourist areas are starting to settle into the long Winter hibernation. 
 
Culture & customs
The culture is as diverse as the country is big. But you’ll find the Quebecois, lovers of superstition and folktales, have the most endearing of quirks. Their slang includes an entire list of religious-oriented swear words; the highly offensive tabarnak (tabernacle) is a favourite. To the French, the Quebecois patois is adorable, if slightly 17th century. Elsewhere in Canada the common religion involves The Puck. Ice hockey is sacred.
Language & useful phrases
Canadian, eh? That little, often used ‘eh’ is the thing that will help you identify a Canadian from an American. But things really get interesting when heading East. French and English are both Canada’s official languages – in Quebec dive headfirst into the culture with a little “Bonjour”, an attempt at French flair goes a long way with the locals.
Health & safety
Canada has excellent healthcare, but foreigners drop a few gold bars if having to access it. Make sure your travel insurance covers any medical emergencies, or else that play money all becomes hospital-stay money. Consult your local doctor for general immunisations and visit http://smartraveller.gov.au for current safety and travel information.
Electronics & devices
Unlike Australia, Canada uses 110-120 volt power, so you may need a voltage converter, usually for appliances that heat up such as hair dryers and straighteners, However, you’ll definitely need a plug adaptor. Canada uses the same adaptors as the USA, which is a flat 2 or 3 prong plug. It’s better to have a two-prong adaptor which will fit either.
 
A universal adaptor, that converts Australian plugs to fit any outlet globally, will make your life easier. Or you can carry individual adaptors for each country. Country specific adaptors can be bought individually or in set, which is great if you’re going to more than one place, and don’t want to travel with a universal adaptor.  

It can be difficult to find adaptors for Australian appliances once you leave Australia, so make sure you have what you need before you leave home. Adaptors are easy to find at here. Department stores, electronic stores, luggage stores, large chemists and many stores at Australian airports carry them.
 
Money & costs
Canada has the same tipping system as the USA. It seems confusing, but a general rule is between 15 - 20% for bartenders or waiters ($1 - $2 a bag for porters). If in doubt, your in-the-know Tour Director will clue you in. 

Visas & insurance
Visas aren’t required for citizens of 46 countries. You will, however, need to fill out an Electronic TravelAuthorization (except Americans). It’s easy – apply online before travelling. Check www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp.
Top tips
To really be immersed in Canada’s vastness, get “oot and aboot”, feel urban energy on foot or head into the wilderness to cycle or take a hike. Up close and personal is the way to feel the thrill of Canada’s slowly beating heart.  

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Why Cosmos is Different

At Cosmos, we’re experts in ‘thrillology’ - the art of bringing you an experience, time and time again. With over 50 years of ‘wow’ under our belts and no sign of slowing down. We know how to make tours that you’ll never forget; creating the experience you’ve always dreamed of, and showing you the ones you never even thought of. Our job is to take the planning and logistics off your hands, so you can live your dreams.

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