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
October, 2017 – Huatulco, Mexico
So you’ve heard about our newest winter getaway destination, Huatulco [wah-tool-co], and you want to know what it’s all about. Well we’ve got you covered with the 5 W’s of Huatulco!
Huatulco is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, and is the most southern tourist destination in the country. Its remote location makes Huatulco the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and spend your time relaxing and unwinding.
WestJet’s new non-stop service between Edmonton and Huatulco will start November 2, 2017.
Weekly flights depart Edmonton every Thursday at 10:30 am and land in Huatulco at 4:22 pm. On return, weekly flights also depart from Huatulco at 5:45 pm every Thursday and land in Edmonton at 11:40 pm.
Plus, Grande Prairie, Yellowknife, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Regina and Kelowna have awesome connecting flights to get you there.
What is Huatulco you ask? It’s a beautiful paradise with 330 days of sunshine each year and an average daily temperature of 28 degrees Celsius! Huatulco is made up of a series of nine scenic bays and 36 beaches, with foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains surrounding the area.
If you’re interested in learning about Huatulco’s heritage, visit the communities and villages in the area, such as La Crucecita, Santa Cruz or old Santa Maria Huatulco. You can try the local restaurants and shop for hand-crafted goods.
For history dating back over 2,000 years, make sure to stop by the Copalita Eco-Archeological Park. Copalita Park provides an interesting glimpse into the region’s pre-Hispanic heritage and is the site of the ancient city of Copatitlan.
There are many reasons why you should choose Huatulco as your winter escape this year.
It’s an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. You can explore the area’s lush jungle on hiking excursions, visit secluded beaches by boat and admire the tropical fish while scuba diving or snorkeling.
It’s also the perfect destination for relaxation. If you’d prefer to sit back and soak up the sun with no interruptions, the remote environment makes Huatulco a great choice. You can easily find a spot on the beach without fighting crowds along the way.
Huatulco also received the Green Globe award for being the first sustainable tourism destination in the Americas. So you can take in the natural scenery knowing the area is protected.
September, 2017 – Amsterdam
In September, we’re giving one lucky rewards member a trip for two to Amsterdam with KLM.
The fall and winter seasons are a great time to visit Amsterdam! With world-class museums, delicious restaurants and fun festivals, you’ll find there’s no shortage of things to see and do on your trip. An extra bonus is that there will be fewer tourists to share the beautiful sights with.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Cruise through the canals of Amsterdam and take in the stunning views of the city along the way. Whether you choose a daytime trip with the kids, a romantic dinner cruise at night, or the hop-on-hop-off services, you won’t be disappointed.
Heineken Experience Tour
Take a backstage tour of Heineken, one of the largest beer producers in the world. You’ll get a chance to walk through the brewery, taste Heineken beer and even try brewing your own beer.
If you’re a beer connoisseur, extend your trip to Munich, Germany for the world-famous Oktoberfest taking place September 16 – October 3, 2017.
Van Gogh Museum
Step into the world of Van Gogh and explore his largest collection of work at the Van Gogh Museum. The museum is also home to research facilities that show an inside look at art conservation.
Kinderdijk Windmill Museum
Just a hop, skip and jump from Amsterdam is the famous Kinderdijk Windmill Museum. You’ll be blown away by the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Step inside a real windmill, take a bicycle tour and hike below sea level on your day trip.
Cheese lovers unite!
Have you ever met an expert cheese master? Well now’s your chance. You’ll learn from the best about the taste and qualities of Amsterdam’s finest cheese at the Reypenaer Cheese Tasting. Enjoy their cheese paired with red wine, white wine and port.
Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam transforms into an outdoor art gallery with magical light installations running from November 30, 2017 to January 31, 2018. You can get the best views of the festival on a walking route or boat route.
Anne Frank House
Visit the Anne Frank House, and learn about Anne’s experience hiding during World War II to escape from the Nazis. It is recommended that you buy your tickets online, as it often sells out in advance.
For more great things to see and do in Amsterdam, visit www.iamsterdam.com/en/see-and-do.
August, 2017 – Los Angeles
In August, we’re giving one lucky rewards member a trip for two to Los Angeles with WestJet.
Whether you’re a sports fan, movie buff, shopaholic or outdoor enthusiast, you’ll find there’s plenty of activities to fill your itinerary. WestJet has daily flights out of Edmonton arriving in Los Angeles before noon, so you can hit the ground running when you arrive.
View from the Top
Kick off your trip with a 360-degree panoramic view of Los Angeles at California’s tallest open-air observation deck. At almost 1,000 feet above the city, the OUE Skyspace LA will give you the best vantage point of Hollywood.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Have you ever wondered how your favourite movies were created? Take a behind the scenes studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood to see how Hollywood movies are made. The tour includes Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM, The Walking Dead and more.
Calling all Baseball Fans!
Catch a baseball game at the iconic Dodger Stadium to cheer on the Dodgers! Since opening, the ballpark has hosted eight World Series and the Dodgers have won four World Championships.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
While you’re in Los Angeles, you can’t miss the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where you’ll see the stars of Marilyn Monroe, Ryan Reynolds, Tina Turner and many more.
Shop ‘til you Drop
If you’re a shopaholic, then Los Angeles is the place for you! Pack your running shoes to explore local boutiques in Highland Park, hit the bargains at the Citadel Outlets and stroll down the world-famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Sun and Sand
Los Angeles is known for its beautiful beaches! Here is a list of some of the best beaches to visit during your trip. Top contenders include Santa Monica Beach for its stunning mountain backdrop and Venice Beach for its great people watching.
July 2017 - Kelowna
This month, we’re giving one lucky rewards member a trip for two anywhere in Canada that WestJet flies to from Edmonton, including Kelowna, in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
The flight to Kelowna is less than an hour and a half from Edmonton, so you'll be in great shape to hit the links as soon as you land! The Kelowna golf season in the Okanagan Valley is the envy of Canada. Over 2,000 hours of sun every year makes it one of the longest, and driest, golf seasons in the country. Several of the tee boxes offer incredible views of the lake, mountains, vineyards and orchards, rolling hills and the cityscapes below. Check out all 19 golf courses in the area here.
The beautiful Okanagan Lake is perfect for thrill seekers and leisure lovers alike. Embark on a relaxing cruise or rent a jet ski or hydropboard and let your inner thrill seekers thrive!
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.