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Victoria Island and Butchart Gardens

By: Sally & Lyman

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2016

We finished up our cruise by spending two days in Vancouver with a trip out to Victoria and Butchart Gardens. What a way to cap off a fabulous cruise. Butchart Gardens has been on our bucket list for a while and it didn't disappoint - truly some of the most beautiful gardens and flowers we have ever seen. Got to take advantage of great restaurants in Vancouver and stayed at The Rosewood Georgia Hotel - fantastic. We want to go back to Vancouver just to stay at the Georgia again....
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer

Fun in Vancouver

By: JB and LB

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2016

Punctual - clean cars - knowledgeable drivers
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson

Great info!

By: Claire

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2016

Would use this again.
Travel Advisor:  Marisa L. Cole

short stay in B.C.

By: *

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Arrangements for hotel, ferry and other transportation, done right
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson

Banff and Lake Louise

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

Yes they were fantastic. Guides were engaging and knowledgeable and fun to be with.
Travel Advisor:  Frances Boyce


By: Constant traveler

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2017

They were very responsible and there was never a problem with their arrangements. The communicated well including a detailed description of pickups etc.
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer


By: Mtravel

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2017

They were very reliable. Got us exactly the tour with the time we needed

Gray Line Tour to Victoria

By: Rex

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

The tour to Victoria was exactly what we hoped for.
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien

Dive into Mintreal

By: Deborah

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2017

Great tour guide, very knowledgeable and thoughtful. There was a hitch with the service providing the car- had a long wait. Don’t know where the error occurred.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias


By: Ann

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

It was good. The first day tour of Vancouver was not that complete and we really did not need a guide. The second day day going to Stanley park, the countryside was informative, complete, and beneficial to all ages involved. David was our driver and he was excellent, professional, and very informative.
Travel Advisor:  Ann Harrison

DH Review

By: Cotton

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

not applicable as the tour was not taken due to a mix up on our part

Silent Partner

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

Totally unaware, which I suppose is the whole idea with a tour operator. Great trips with no hiccups- cannot do better than that!
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Great Tours

By: Thompson Fam

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2018

Walking Tour of Historical Montreal and the Food/Aromas Tour were great. Both guides were friendly, informative, and flexible. They connected well with the family. We had a location/meeting place miscommunication for the Food Tour, but it was resolved quickly and without issue.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas
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Eastern Canada

By: Belinda

Reviewed on: 31 May 2018

Discover Holidays provided a lot of good information and maps. I appreciated the Lonely Planet guide on arrival to my hotel in Montreal. The only criticism was they were difficult to get a hold of out of hours when they had double booked rooms for me in Halifax. My travel advisor, however, was able to get in touch with them to sort it out.
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By: Cathy

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

Everything was correct
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great Tour


Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018

We had a great tour of Victoria. Our tour guide tailored the trip to our interests and was very informative. We were very pleased.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein
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Too many buses


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2018

A few too many bus tours for my taste. How long can you sit? The drivers were fine. MIKE, in particular (Brewster tours) was excellent. He is a treasure. The content of his talks was intelligent, creative, and entertaining. We were lucky enough to have him as our driver for two days. WE MISS YOU, MIKE!
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Tour Operator

By: j

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Discover Holidays Inc. arranged everything perfectly.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Buck
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By: Julie

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

Didn’t work directly with them, but the plans they did for Amy were fabulous.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald
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wonderful vacation

By: Kate Long

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

We had a wonderful vacation in Alaska through Discover Holidays. The tours, trains and hotels were all first class. We saw everything we wanted to and fit everything in along with a fishing trip. they did a great job of scheduling right down to drivers and schedules.
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer
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By: Travel

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Great tours, would definitely recommend!
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By: Bob

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2018

Tours were what we were looking. Very informative and not too long. We got a good look at each city without too much time wasted on tourist attractions.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Wallace
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By: Frank

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2018

Everything went off like clockwork. Quality arrangements. Great fun
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson
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Some Mix Up

By: Fred

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

The hotel, tours, and activities included in our visit were first rate. There was, however, a bit of mix up with what we needed to obtain our passes to some attractions. Vouchers were not provided before our trip. Not sure if it was Discover Holidays or our travel agent. I think because Discover Holidays is so well known, the situation was quickly rectified at our destination and we had a great experience.
Travel Advisor:  Peter Rubin
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Glad We Did It

By: Elizabeth

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2018

Our private tour guide, Linda, was very pleasant, knowledgeable and accommodating. She took us to some wonderful places we would not have been able to see otherwise. We appreciated the experience.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires
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Toronto to Vancouver October 2018

By: Yoda

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2018

These folks have obviously worked on designing a quality experience for the train traveler. Canada by Design has stream lined travel by rail by taking into account a lot of potentialities that could potential happen. They are prepared with contingency plans to make the traveler feel safe and taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy
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Whistler Ski Trip

By: Tyson C.

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2019

I had less exposure to the operator as most was with Advisor.
Travel Advisor:  Meredith Price
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Moraine Lake Lodge was the gem

By: Nellie

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2019

Good advice on rental car, and hotels. Rocky Mountaineer also booked through them I think. Prices of hotels were steep but in some cases (see title) there were so many (unadvertised) free extras like lunch and guided hikes it was good value. Loved L’Hermitage in Vancouver for the friendly service and upgrade! Very glad we didn’t stay at Lake Louise it was a zoo.
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Discover Holidays


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2019

Discover Holidays is one of the largest operators in the Western Canada region and it is very difficult to not use their company. Our experience except for one mishap with Discover Holidays worked well, especially if there was something wrong, we notified our Trip Advisor and she got it corrected. When working with the large Tour Companies, our group found that our travel advisor was essential.
Travel Advisor:  Kristina Miller
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montreal and quebec city

By: Elyse

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2019

both our guides were excellent and thorough. our quebec city guide Raymond Lemieux might have been the best, most knowledgable and warm guide we have had yet.
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Canadian Rockies Honeymoon


Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2019

Our trip was fantastic! We loved the Glacier tour, heli-hiking, and all of our drives. The only tour we didn't love was the Evening Wildlife Safari in Banff. We just stayed on a bus the whole time where the windows were tinted so it wasn't even very easy to spot wildlife, and we just went on main roads surrounding Banff. However, all the hotels were fantastic. That said, the hot tub was under renovation at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, so that was kind of a bummer. Overall, it was a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Hart
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Rocky Mountaineer & VIA

By: Anaclète

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2019

The service on both trains could not have been better.
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Canada by Design

By: Debbie

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2019

We really enjoyed our tours!! The timing was good and had great people working there.
Travel Advisor:  Monika Dysart
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Alaska trip

By: Satisfied customer

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2019

*****very good*****
Travel Advisor:  Monika Dysart
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train to Seward


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2019

All reservations were as promised. Train to Seward was fun and educational.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman
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Amazing in every single way!

By: Mel

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2019

From start to finish our trip was just about seamless. In Alaska, we encountered mudslides & wildfires which caused us to spend an unplanned night in a random hotel away from our luggage. Using Discovery Holidays gave us peace of mind that no matter what was to become of our trip the next day, we were well taken care of. They were responsive, empathetic and communicative with us during the entire ordeal. Thankfully, the remainder of our trip went uninterrupted. I would use them again 100%!
Travel Advisor:  Shane Paquette
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Fall Cruise

By: Tommy

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2019

A very good service.
Travel Advisor:  Peter Herff
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Via Rail Canadian

By: Carl

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2019

Good food. Excellent staff. Everything worked. Enjoyable time in the round end observation car. Top rating
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Vieux Québec City


Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2019

We had a lovely tour of Québec City and Île d’Orleans. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and left us eager to return.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein
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Fun time

By: Mark

Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2021

Our great agent used these people and we had a wonderful time. They get a good score but Mallory our agent knows who’s good so she gets a great score.
Travel Advisor:  Mallory Tolbert


By: brendon cook

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2022

I think they had tremendous tours ,and most worked as planned .the agent helps to make sure they connect of the tours they should have been clearer that 2 nights was needed to achieve guided walks


By: Carol

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2022

Saw everything we wanted. Everything fit together nicely
Travel Advisor:  Stephenie Updegraff


By: Fun

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2022

Everything was perfect and we appreciate your help in setting everything up… thank you
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Cushing

Canada rockies

By: Carla

Reviewed on: 03 Sep 2022

Good …we enjoyed this part of our trip more than the Taulck part of it. The planning was good, as was attention to detail. They made it very easy to do this part of the trip
Travel Advisor:  Randie Rosenberg

Trans Canadian Trip

By: Tina

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2022

My experience was very good. They were very responsive to any questions or concerns. Everything went as planned, the guides were excellent and the the timing of tours were great and punctual.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy


By: Sara F

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2022

Overall we really enjoyed our trip! We had fun on everything they lined up for us and got safely around Alaska! My only critique is I really wish we were more prepared for our heli ice climbing excursion. We didn’t have a list of things to bring and showed up unprepared.
Travel Advisor:  Sarah Johnson

Well coordinated trip across Canada

By: Crystal

Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2023

Our trip was well coordinated. Our transfers and guides were always on time. Most of the private tours were as described and well worth the time. A couple of the Sundog tors fell somewhat short of expectations particularly the one in Banff. The hotels and restaurants were all first class with excellent service. The one complaint would be the Fairmount Pacific Rim in Vancouver. The noise from the lobby bar was so loud we could hear it before we arrived. The front desk clerk had to come around the desk so that we could hear her over the noise. She said it was that way every night. Doesn't Canada have labor laws concerning the level of noise to which employee can be subjected?
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Alaska & Canada

By: NC Traveler

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2023

The tours and events included in our trip were informative, interesting, and on point with our trip goals. All arrangements were properly carried out so that we had no issues as we traveled
Travel Advisor:  April Swales

Canadian Rockies

By: Lilnan

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2023

The trip was wonderful! They provided excellent service, transportation, cuisine, and accommodations! I have recommended this trip to several friends who are interested in seeing the Canadian Rockies by train and helicopter!!
Travel Advisor:  Dianna Hetzel

Communication and logistics

By: Lorraine

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2023

Angela Walker was on board with both logistics and communication. She was available to us any time to sort things out “on the ground” so to speak. Angela’s availability was much appreciated.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Great Adventure!

By: Bryn

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2023

We were very pleased with the experiences provided by Canada by Design/Discover Holidays! The variety and quality of our excursions were outstanding and we all had a fantastic trip.
Travel Advisor:  Meredith Riley

Tour Operator

By: Blue Eyes

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2023

Excursions were everything that we were told about and expected. Guides were wonderful and very friendly. They were very knowledgeable. Were a joy to be around.
Travel Advisor:  Ann Caraway


By: Hugh

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2023

Unfortunately, we missed one of the tours, but the "foodie" tour of Granville Public Market was great. Tour guide was excellent and the combination of food and history of the businesses and market were superb.
Travel Advisor:  Marci Oakley

little extra touches make a big difference in a trip

By: Gram

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2024

We enjoyed our experiences staying at some of Canada's most iconic hotels. And where the first choice was not available, the recommended choice turned out to be better, in our estimation, than the more famous one.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Musgrove

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