What is your definition of adventure?

For some it is an opportunity to experience the unusual, to venture beyond your comfort zone and embrace the extraordinary. For others, adventure is all about the journey and finding excitement in exploring the unknown. Regardless of what adventure means to you, these thrilling experiences promise to get your adrenaline running and your heart racing.

Explore our list of 5 unforgettable adventures everyone should experience.

Inspiring. Breathtaking. Unforgettable. These are some of the ways guests describe their experience on a Rocky Mountaineer train as it travels through the Pacific Northwest and majestic Canadian Rockies. The extraordinary journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer is just as remarkable as the destinations themselves. Guests from around the world travel in luxury, revelling in the endless views of old growth forests, glacier-capped mountain peaks, and shimmering lakes and rivers.

The glass-domed, bi-level coaches and outdoor vestibules, offered in GoldLeaf Service, provide stunning views of epic scenery and wildlife. The one-of-a-kind luxury train travels only by daylight to offer plenty of opportunities to view black bears, elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and much more. The voyage comes alive as onboard hosts entertain guests with the history and stories of passing towns and landscapes. In the evenings, guests dream about the inspiring views from the comfort of fine hotels in iconic destinations.

Enjoy gourmet meals made with local ingredients, created by internationally-acclaimed chefs to reflect the regions the train travels through. Three-course meals are served in a separate dining area in GoldLeaf Service, so guests can truly enjoy their exquisite made-to-order creations. The menus feature selections of Pacific salmon, prime Alberta beef, and locally sourced fruits and vegetables, which are accompanied by award-winning wines from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Guests can choose from more than 65 vacation packages that highlight the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies, including itineraries that combine a luxurious rail vacation with a remarkable Alaska cruise. There are four rail routes, each featuring unique elements, where guests can connect with fellow travellers to share memorable, life-changing experiences.

With impeccable onboard service, gourmet cuisine, and luxurious surroundings, a Rocky Mountaineer vacation is considered by many to be one of the world’s ultimate travel experiences.
Visit rockymountaineer.com to plan an amazing journey through the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies.

Home to the world’s biggest rainforest, largest river and tallest waterfall, South America is a continent of dizzying natural splendour. Trafalgar’s 2015 South America collection offers 19 itineraries and over 75 Insider Experiences that will allow you to discover the vibrant cultures and spectacular landscapes of this intriguing and exotic continent.

Uncover South America your way with a range of travel styles that will suit your travel style and with our itineraries, you can choose to explore 11 countries from Mexico, Costa Rica & Panama, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and more. From seeing Machu Picchu at sunrise to the famous buzz of Brazil to the remarkable Galapagos Islands, which families love to visit, each new destination brings its own personality and with Trafalgar, we’ll help you make the most of every moment.

Taking you deep inside South America, Trafalgar offers Be My Guest dining experiences like dinner at an eco-friendly hacienda in Costa Rica or staying at Authentic Accommodations like the Hacienda Uxmal in Mexico where past guests include Queen Elizabeth and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. With almost 70 years of expertise in travel, Trafalgar is your local friend in the destination and our in-depth knowledge ensures that you discover experiences, places and people you might never find on your own.

For more information, visit www.trafalgar.com

A Whistler summer vacation starts with some simple ingredients — magnificent mountains, pristine lakes and a vibrant village — but turns into something spectacular when you add the unexpected. We suggest a helping of big adventure paired with perfect little moments designed to delight. There is so much to do that you’ll need more that a weekend to take it all in.

1. Whistler Village
The pedestrian-only village of Whistler is located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. This picturesque destination is a hub for interaction and celebration where visitors can access to all the resort has to offer. Stroll along the stone streets and do some shopping, enjoy alfresco dining on a sunny patio, or just take in the lively atmosphere at an outdoor market or open air concert.

2. Alpine Sightseeing
The ancient, rugged, volcanic landscape of Whistler’s high alpine on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains combines with a world-record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola to create an otherworldly destination. From this bird’s-eye view you are guaranteed to experience unsurpassed panoramic views! Bring your camera and snap photos of wildlife — if you’re lucky you may even see a bear or two.

3. Hiking
Adventure seekers get ready to experience some awe-inspiring coastal wilderness with incredible geological and biodiversity. Whistler boasts one of the best designed trail networks in the world just waiting for you to explore. Choose from short, family friendly strolls on wide paths to more advanced hikes to lakes, glaciers and alpine meadows. There is something for everyone!

4. Whistler’s Valley Trail
Life is all about the journey right? Well, what if you could enjoy an attraction that was a destination and a journey all in one? Luckily this is exactly what Whistler’s Valley Trail provides. This entirely self-guided network of paved trails winds through a coastal rainforest linking Whistler’s waterways and revealing hidden beaches, tempting rope swings, quiet picnic spots and surprising views around every corner. Whether you set off on bike, skate or foot, Whistler’s Valley Trail is a perfect place to spend the day.

5. Outdoor activities
Whistler offers incredible accessibility to wilderness! This means that every outdoor activity has the potential to turn into an once-in-a-lifetime adventure. A round of golf becomes an interaction with a black bear and a glacier-fed lake, a zipline is an eco-education in the canopy of a coastal temperate rainforest with 300 year old cedars. Each experience is just a little more special in Whistler.

Savour a fusion of big adventures and perfect little moments just two hours north of Vancouver. For more information visit whistler.com/summer/vid/.

There is a place in the northern region of Manitoba that will make you feel like you’re on another planet.

Exploring the foreign tundra brings you face to face with this area’s most famous attraction, the mighty polar bear. Known as the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill is located 1,100 km from Winnipeg. Watch Manitoba’s landscape shift from prairie, to parkland, to boreal forest to tundra on a train ride north. Or take in incredible arial views of Manitoba’s coastline along the Hudson Bay on descent after a short flight to Churchill.

Dubbed “Lords of the Arctic,” polar bears are the world’s largest land carnivores. They have no natural enemies. Consequently, they have no fear. There is nothing like feeling your heart pounding in your chest as a polar bear strides silently along the snow mere metres away. Churchill is one of the few human settlements where polar bears can be observed in the wild, and often very close. Unique tundra vehicles, designed to move easily over snow and ice, provide protection while getting you in the perfect position to watch and photograph these majestic bears. Or, you can walk amongst polar bears – an adventure fueled by adreneline.

Prime viewing times are October and November, when the bears move from their summer habitat on the tundra to the shores of Hudson Bay. There they wait for the ice to form, giving them access to their  winter hunting grounds, stocked with seals.

As summer rolls around, bears and their cubs can be seen frolicking on the tundra, against a backdrop of colourful wildflowers. But bears aren’t the only animals who come out to play during the summer months. In July and August, as many as 3,000 beluga whales bring their young to splash in the Churchill River estuary. They break the surface to fill their lungs with air, and at the same time, fill you with wonder. Curious by nature, they circle your kayak and swim alongside – a welcoming party you will never forget.

High above it all, the northern lights dance amid the stars as Churchill is known as one of the top three places in the world to see this dazzling lightshow. And be on the lookout for an endless supply of wildlife, including woodland caribou, arctic fox and hundreds of species of birds.

The people here are as welcoming as the wildlife. The locals love sharing their culture and stories. To them, each traveller is another welcome guest. And, in the authentic northern logdes, the food and friends are a hearty as home.

Here is a world far from yours, and one that you’ll never want to leave. Welcome to Churchill.

Discover a paradise of timeless elegance on Hawaii’s most serene and natural island. Kauai is a haven of spectacular sights of nature’s own creation, with something new and incredible to discover around every turn.

Kauai’s beauty is stunning on a grand scale, from the towering and colorful cliffs of the Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon — the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” to the rushing waters of Wailua Falls. Visitors can also see nature’s wonders in a more intimate way with a leisurely kayak along the meandering Wailua River to the magnificent Fern Grotto.

Beyond its dramatic beauty, Kauai offers adventure and excitement for the whole family. From December to May, venture out on the ocean for a glimpse of Hawaii’s favorite seasonal visitors — the humpback whales. The mountainous island has a multitude of trails for hikers of all abilities, and snorkelers and divers alike will appreciate the undersea encounters this island has in store.

Quaint towns and villages abound, with unique shopping and dining experiences as well as immersion into the local culture.

Your Kauai experience is made complete by the array of services and activities available at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, whose ambiance and beauty match those of Kauai itself. A saltwater swimming lagoon offers an ideal spot for leisurely afternoons at Poipu Beach, cultural experiences enhance your connection with the islands and their people, and a spa, fitness center and championship golf course help guests unwind.

Its location on Shipwreck’s Beach on Kauai’s south shore offers guests the chance to take advantage of many of the island’s highlights without venturing far.

Spacious accommodations include inviting amenities such as iHome stereo with iPod® dock, beverage chillers, Hawaiian Kona coffee, a large work area, wireless Internet access and a seating area. Private lanais offer views of the spectacular Pacific Ocean, tropical gardens or pools.

Dining at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is a uniquely elegant affair, with seven restaurants serving locally sourced ingredients prepared with care and precision. Tidepools specializes in fine cuisine with Pacific-island inspired flavors. Dondero’s, with its Tuscan villa-like setting, elevates Italian comfort food with local ingredients and artisanal touches.

For a quintessentially Pacific experience, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau, held every Sunday and Thursday, is high-energy tour of Hawaii, Polynesia and the South Pacific. It begins with a traditional lei greeting, with equally traditional open bar and all-you-can-eat buffet featuring island cuisine, followed by cultural demonstrations, energetic entertainment and even Hula lessons for the adventurous.
Save time to melt the stress away at Anara Spa, offering massages, body treatments and facials in a private room or a thatched-roof hale surrounded by a serene garden setting.

Adventure, relaxation, sumptuous food and drink — you’ll leave Kauai with great memories and a yearning to return very soon.

Book your vacation today at PleasantHolidays.com