The Jakarta Post
Aurora borealis seen from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. (Shutterstock/Ken Phung)
Those planning a vacation may want to consider a trip to Canada.
Roy Chou, managing director of Canada-based travel company Maple Fun & Luxe Tours, said during a presentation in Jakarta on Wednesday that travelers could visit Canada all year round, as each destination in the country offered different charms in every season.
“You can see the cherry blossom in spring, [in] March and April. In May, there is a Tulip Festival,” Chou said.
Among the popular attractions of Canada, the Niagara Falls and the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) are also highly recommended.
Maple Fun & Luxe Tours sales & operations director Shirley Mao explained that the Niagara Falls had an American and a Canadian side.
“There’s no comparison,” said Mao, saying that Indonesian travelers who had visited both sides were greatly impressed with the Canadian side.
Chou said travelers who wished to see the aurora could come in late August or September.
“Of course, seeing [the aurora] during winter is much better. I’d say it's more affordable,” added Chou.
Meanwhile, Mao said the aurora-viewing experience in Canada was cheaper than in European destinations.
She told The Jakarta Post that a four-day package, which included airport transfer, accommodation and aurora-viewing activities, costs around US$1,000 to 1,300 per person for individual travelers.
Mao explained that Whitehorse and Yellowknife were the two most popular spots to watch the aurora, adding that they could cater to travelers of all ages.
“You don’t need to buy winter gear, you can always rent [it],” she said.
For Indonesian travelers, EVA Air currently offered daily flights to Vancouver and Toronto, with the latter including an overnight stay in Taiwan.
With regard to Muslim travelers, Mao said they could accommodate any dietary requirements.
“For food, we understand that there are multiple restrictions, especially for Muslim guests. We’re able to accommodate that for sure,” ensured Mao. (wng)