OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW/ - For Normand and Kirsten Schafer, owners of a
Victoria travel agency, this year's summer vacation won't find them at the
usual exotic destinations. Instead of jetting off to Paris, exploring the
ruins of Machu Picchu or kicking back on the beaches of Tahiti, their family
of eight has embarked on a two-month cross-country tour of their home country.
"This is the year our family is supporting tourism in Canada," Normand
says of their 17,000-km voyage in a 31-foot RV which, since setting off in
late May, has been home to the couple and their six children ages one to 14.
Since posting a request for travel tips on the company website in April,
comments have poured in. Understandably, suggestions include such well-known
tourist attractions as West Edmonton Mall, the Calgary Stampede and the coast
of Cape Breton, but also more obscure places and events including the
Whiteshell region of Northwestern Ontario or Saskatchewan's annual John Arcand
"Of course, we can't see every place recommended by our readers," Normand
says, "but we're trying our best -- especially when it comes to attractions of
interest to children. It's heartwarming to see how many people have taken an
interest in our trip. Hopefully, their suggestions will also inspire others to
explore this beautiful country of ours."
Not only are visitors to the web site coming up with ideas for places to
see, they have also responded to an online survey that asks, "Are you
travelling within Canada this summer?" As of last weekend, 1265 votes were
cast, with 27 percent of visitors saying they are planning on going to BC or
Alberta while 20 percent were heading to the Maritime provinces, followed by
16 percent to Ontario. Twenty-five percent said they are going to another
country while 19 percent are "staying in my own province."
To vote for your destination of choice this summer, go to
For further information:
For further information: Normand Schafer, CheapTicketsCanada.com, Ph:
(250) 386-5555 Ext. 133