Find Value on European-Style Vacations in Canada

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With rising currencies, it's getting tougher to find an affordable vacation, particularly when looking for the excitement and sights of Europe. With new packages showcasing cities, ski resorts, wildlife tours, and more, Fresh Tracks Travel has shown that Canada provides the best value on European-style vacations this winter and spring.

While Europe has become prohibitively expensive for international travelers because of the rising Euro, the cities and resorts of Canada beckon as affordable and appealing alternatives to traditional Euro destinations. Entering the winter and spring, Canada's accommodation, transportation, and attractions are especially cost-effective, and Fresh Tracks has capitalized on this to offer a selection of the best value on vacations for international travelers.

Since the Euro was introduced in January of 2002, the dollar has dropped from a high of 1.17 Euros to a low of 0.68. What does this mean for travelers? In the last five years, travel costs to Europe have risen by 41% - for every $1,000 you spent then, you would have to spend $1,410 now! In comparison, while the Canadian Dollar has also experienced an increase in value, travel costs remain low for Americans because of the relatively lower costs of transportation, accommodation, and tours.

"We wanted to showcase an array of adventurous Canada vacations just as appealing as their European counterparts, and much more affordable," says John Parker, CEO Fresh Tracks Travel. "Why waste the money when you can discover the exotic sightseeing and cultural flavor of Europe with a better-value trip to Canada?"

Hankering for a ski getaway to the Alps? Why not consider the close and affordable Canadian Rockies? When you stay in lively Banff, nestled in the heart of the Rockies, you have access to three ski areas, and with a week-long Banff vacation ( starting at just $600US, this is the best deal on skiing around.

Avid skiers should also consider vacations to the lesser-known Canadian ski resort of snowy and sunny Sun Peaks, with Sun Peaks Resort vacations ( starting at only $508US.

Travelers craving a romantic weekend in London or Paris, taking in the bright lights of a lively city with dinner and a show, should consider Canada's finest cities. Toronto is only 4 hours from Detroit while Vancouver is 3 hours from Seattle, and both offer great deals throughout the winter and spring. Learn more with Fresh Tracks City Packages ( priced from $389US.

For history buffs, the history and culture of France comes alive in historic Quebec City, and with a variety of rail, hotel, and tour Quebec City packages (, it's easy to capture that European flavor closer to home.

Looking for the adventure in remote regions of Northern and Eastern Europe? Canada's vast and relatively unpopulated geography lend for great adventures in the Yukon or the Maritimes. In the Yukon travelers can discover nature's most incredible spectacle with a $595 Northern Lights vacation (, while the Maritimes offer never-ending vistas of quiet coastal towns and fields.

Discover the best value on vacations this winter and spring in Canada! Learn more about these great and affordable Canada vacations online at


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