Canada - (Tour Canada with us!) - Website Update August 2005
The genuine way to experience classic Canadian attractions! Your best
way to tour Canada!
Exploring Canada Tours Inc. (Tour Canada with us!) was established in
2003 to offer soft adventure “experiential tourism” opportunities
to intrepid visitors to Canada, and to provide great ways to tour Canada.
The company founders have more than 45 years experience working in Canada’s
National Park and Historic Parks System, touring Canada, from coast
to coast. We are eager to take you to our favorite places, tour Canada,
to share with you authentic Canadian culture, cuisine, aboriginal stories
and experiences, and to explore our wonderful and wild nature!
As our guest, you expect a more casual and independent approach to your
holiday travel. You look forward to learning about the people and places
you visit, and you value the security of a worry-free and safe traveling
environment. Above all, you seek a genuine experience when you tour
Canada. We guarantee exciting travel!
Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada with us!) is initially using Calgary
and its world-class international airport as the hub for our tour operations.
We will expand our offering in subsequent years to hubs in other regions
of Canada, applying our concept to classic Canadian attractions around
the country. We guarantee exciting travel!
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About the Founders - Tour Canada with Us!
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Mitsuko.) We guarantee exciting travel!
Bob Weaver President, Exploring Canada Tours Inc. (Tour Canada with
us!) Inc. email@example.com
Bob, a geographer and tourism market research specialist, spent his
career with Parks Canada working with dedicated managers and staff in
the delivery of the world’s best natural and cultural heritage
tourism experience. With a passion for world travel and interests that
include photography, sailing, hiking and skiing, Bob is keen on sharing
these experiences and his knowledge of Canada’s history, culture
and natural environment with visitors from far and near.
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Alex.) We guarantee exciting travel!
Bill Overend Vice-President, Exploring Canada Tours Inc. (Tour Canada
with us!) Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill is a Certified Management Consultant and runs his own consulting
firm (Overview Business Consulting Inc.). He has spent more than a
decade involved in natural and human history conservation, primarily
with Parks Canada in Whitehorse, Jasper and Calgary. He is an avid
traveler, having traversed the globe with a backpack, bicycle-toured
around Europe, visited every Canadian province, and undertaken a number
of more “traditional” holidays with his wife Patti and
their children Sam and Alex. Bill holds an abiding appreciation for
Canada’s natural and human history and is eager to share his
enthusiasm at every opportunity!
Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada with us!) is not just a tour company
– we also have a growing passenger transportation service.
Currently we operate the seasonal shuttle bus service to Lake O’Hara
in the Canadian Rockies, on contract with Parks Canada. For details
on booking a seat to the lake, please click to http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/activ15a_e.asp
Should you require passenger transportation services in the near future,
please contact us for an estimate. Here are a few pictures of us in
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What We’re Hearing From You
In 2003 Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada with us!) polled its riders
to take stock of overall satisfaction levels, as well as to identify
ways we can continue to improve. In total 695 riders recorded their
feedback. Overall results are depicted here:
We are pleased with the results – and more than ever determined
to continue to improve our operations!
We have worked with Parks Canada and area stakeholders to adjust the
bus schedule for 2004 to better meet the needs of the majority of
our riders. For information on the new schedule, please visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/activ15a_e.asp.
The new schedule will allow our drivers more exposure to the Lake
O’Hara region, thus make them a better source of information
and stories for our riders.
We have a number of other ideas in the works to make our O’Hara
Transit service “more than just a bus ride.” Come and
check us out! Between June and October, you’ll find our buses
stationed at the Lake O’Hara parking lot along the Trans-Canada
Highway, on the B.C side of the Continental Divide.
A few written comments from our riders:
Excellent bus service loved Lake O'Hara.
Very helpful and courteous!
Excellent keep on trekking!
Friendly kind, prompt service. Couldn't be better.
Very accommodating (but a bit bumpy!)
Our Lake O'Hara experience was awesome. Please keep the conservation
going -- you guys are doing a great job. Thank you.
Wonderful experience – magnificent landscape.
Very confident driver -- thank you!
April 2004: Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada with us!) to commence
its second season at O’Hara
In 2004, Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada with us!) Inc. commences
its second season as operator of shuttle buses to Lake O’Hara.
Building on a successful inaugural season in the Lake
O’Hara area, the company is responding to rider feedback and
has introduced a number of minor improvements for 2004. The biggest
change will be to the bus schedule. Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada
with us!) has introduced extra capacity for the afternoon shuttle
down from the Lake, which should alleviate waits that some hikers
were experiencing on peak volume days.
“We worked with Parks Canada and the O’Hara community
to come up with adjustments that we believe will streamline departure
from the Lake area,” says Bill Overend, company vice-president.
“The change doesn’t expand Parks Canada use quotas for
O’Hara, but it does better align transportation capacity with
the times users want to come out. A secondary benefit of the schedule
changes is that our drivers will gain greater exposure to the O’Hara
area,” adds Overend, “so their knowledge and experience
will also be enriched.”
The company’s focus will be to continue to provide safe, efficient,
prompt, and courteous transportation services to and from the Lake,
as part of an agreement reached with Parks Canada in 2003. Exploring
Canada Tours (Tour Canada with us!) managers and staff are members
of the Lake O’Hara Trails Club and the company is proud to be
a donor to the club for the second year.
This summer the bus service to O’Hara operates from Friday June
18 to Sunday Oct. 3 between the Trans-Canada Highway and the lake.
All reservations for the service, which costs $15 for adults and $7.50
for youths 6-16, will continue to go through Parks Canada (the number
is 250-343-6433). The full bus schedule is available on the web at
More information on Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada
with us!) (Tour Canada with us!)can be found at www.exploringcanada.com.
May 2003: O’Hara hikers to ride new shuttle service this summer
Exploring Canada Tours Inc. is the new operator of shuttle
buses to Lake O’Hara this summer. The company won a three-year
contract for provision of the service through a tendering process
held earlier this year by Parks Canada.
Based in Calgary, Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada
with us!) was formed to provide contract transportation services as
well as authentic soft adventure tours. In the summer of 2003, its
central focus will be the safe, courteous, on-time transportation
of park visitors to and from the O’Hara area. Behind the scenes,
the company will be pursuing plans for all-inclusive tour products,
to be offered beginning summer 2004.
“Lake O’Hara is a very special place in
the Rockies … it’s a great jumping-off point for us,”
said Bill Overend, company director. “It’s an honour to
be contributing to the overall experience of visitors to the area.”
Overend, who has worked with Parks Canada in Calgary, Jasper and Whitehorse
and now resides in Calgary, said his drivers will work closely with
the Lake O’Hara Trails Club, Lake O’Hara Lodge, the Alpine
Club of Canada and Parks Canada to ensure that needs are being met.
The bus service to O’Hara operates from June 19
to October 6 between the Trans-Canada Highway and the lake. All reservations
for the service, which costs $12 for adults and $5 for youths 6-16,
will continue to go through Parks Canada (the number is 250-343-6433).
The bus schedule is available on the web at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/yoho.
More information on Exploring Canada Tours (Tour Canada
with us!) can be found at www.exploringcanada.com.
Exploring Canada Tours Inc.
2713 10 Street S.W.
Calgary AB T2T 3H3
Here are links and contacts to organizations we’re involved with:
Parks Canada Yoho National Park www.parkscanada.gc.ca/yohoLake O’Hara
Trails Club Box 98, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0
Lake O’Hara Lodge www.lakeohara.com/Alpine Club of Canada Calgary