Every month, we give a lucky EIA rewards member a flight for two to an amazing destination.
Join us as we explore some of the
exciting things to do in those cities
June 2017 - Explore your own backyard
Summer’s fast approaching, and where better to spend these long days than exploring your own backyard? This month, we’re giving one lucky rewards member a trip for two anywhere in Canada that Air Canada flies to from Edmonton.
With ten destinations out of Edmonton to choose from, there’s a perfect trip waiting for you, no matter whatever you’re into. Book your flight to explore Canada at aircanada.com.
Have you ever spent a weekend catching whitefish on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife? People often think only of ice fishing when they think of Northern Canada, but during the long summer days, there’s nothing better than enjoying ever last ray of sunshine on a boat.
Maybe a trip to Montreal is more your style. Spend the days exploring the history of Old Montreal, and the nights out on the town in the vibrant nightclub scene.
Looking for a family vacation that the kids won’t soon forget? Take a short flight up to Grande Prairie and explore the magic of the Phillip J Currie Dinosaur Museum. Did you know that the museum was built near a mass grave where hundreds of dinosaurs of all ages died, creating one of the densest sites in the world?
Summer is the perfect time to go whale watching in Vancouver, when the orcas appear more consistently due to the salmon moving inshore to return to their spawning rivers. Many companies offer whale watching tours off the coast.
What could be more Canadian to do in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday than to visit the nation’s capital? Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn how to make the most of your Canada 150.
May, 2017 - London Gatwick
EIA employee, Gillian, travelled to London in 2016. With three days to explore, here is a collection of the unique places she discovered.
Mind the Gap
The London Underground (‘the Underground’ or simply ‘the Tube’) is the world’s first underground railway dating back to 1863. With 270 stations it is a convenient and cost effective way to get anywhere in London. Don’t be intimidated getting around, the tube maps are easy to follow. As you travel through the stations you will see stunning architecture that makes you feel like you are travelling back in time. Grab yourself an Oyster Card, travel like a Londoner and remember to mind the gap!
Eating in the Loo
As you drink your tea and devour a freshly baked pastry, you might realize that there is something unique about The Attendant. This café was formerly a 19th century Victorian men’s public washroom (don’t worry, they scrubbed it clean). Tucked away underground, the average tourist might not even notice the entrance, but this hidden gem is only a 5 minute walk from Oxford Street and will provide the perfect place for a unique and delicious lunch.
Picnic in the Park
Sprawling over 350 acres and containing over 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, Hyde Park it is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of London. Visitors can explore the park on foot or even rent a bike for as little as £2.
Around Big Ben
As a prominent symbol of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth Tower, home to the iconic bell, Big Ben, is a must see in London. After you grab your selfie in front of this icon, take a seven minute walk to the London Eye. With 360 views of London, you can plot your next adventure as you tower over the city. Or, head to Piccadilly Circus to take in the world famous lights and signs in the vibrant hub of London’s West End.
An Eclectic Shopping Experience
Camden Market is the perfect place to find a unique and memorable souvenir of your trip to London. After spending hours exploring the eclectic mix of stores and stalls, you can grab a snack at the Cereal Killer Cafe. This Cafe takes you on a nostalgic trip back into the 1990s where you get to eat all of the sugary cereals your mother never let you have.
Seasonal non-stop flights to London Gatwick with WestJet take off June 24 – August 28, 2017 on Mondays and Saturdays.* Don't miss London in the summer; book your flights now at westjet.com.
March and April, 2017 - Paris
March's flight prize is a trip for two to Paris, France with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines! Here are some hot spots to see and cool activities to do in la ville d'amour. Fly non-stop from Edmonton to Amsterdam, and make one quick connection with KLM en route to your final destination. The timing of KLM's service is great for regional connections, especially for travellers from Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Kelowna, Yellowknife, Saskatoon and Regina.
There are dozens of world-renowned landmarks and activities in Paris that draw millions of tourists from everywhere in the world. More info on some of our favourites can be found online:
Here are a few personalized tips and tricks from EIA employees:
- If you’re going to the Louvre, look around for a side entrance. There are many, and they’re usually not as busy as the main entrance.
- Watch the sunset from atop the Arc de Triomphe and see the Eiffel Tower glisten at dusk.
- Each neighbourhood (or arrondissement) has its own personality. Spend at least a day wandering around the city and getting to know it.
- There is so much delicious food to eat in Paris, you'll never get your fill, but be adventurous and try a little of everything!
Check out this TripAdvisor page for some great deals on attractions in Paris.