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Shani Laplume

Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent

Oh Canada!

I grew up in Winnipeg, a place we would say could be colder than the moon. It’s in the prairies and very flat, but it has some wonderful summer music and cultural festivals. Winnipeg is also in the middle of the country, so my family explored the country from coast to coast.

One of my favorite areas is the province of Quebec. I lived in Toronto for a year, so I know it well. The Montreal food scene is world class, and there are a lot of chef competitions which helps keep it on the cutting edge. The French food is authentic, but there are also Québécois specialties like poutine (French fries and cheese curds with gravy) and tortière (a scrumptious meat pie). The architecture is also interesting. Old Montreal was my intro to café culture, and it’s cool to know that Celine Dion got married at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica.

Quebec City is about as close in feeling to medieval France as you can get, with the Chateau Frontenac and walled Old Quebec. It is lovely in summer, but equally lively in winter, especially during the Quebec Winter Carnival, when there are parades at night, huge snow sculptures, sleigh rides (with warm blankets) and ice canoe races.  

I also love Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s worth going for the fresh lobster alone. It’s a small town, and it feels quite remote.  

City lovers will enjoy Toronto. It is a cosmopolitan city, with a nice surprise—a beach just a few minutes from downtown. Its ethnic neighborhoods are great for foodies like me, and there is every kind of museum you can imagine. Niagara Falls isn’t far away, and it’s easy to explore both the U.S. and Canadian sides. Also nearby is the Niagara on the Lake wine region, known for its ice wines.  

For a taste of Britain, I always suggest Ottawa, the capital of Canada. The Parliament Building and surroundings are very stately and full of history, and there’s even a changing of the guard ceremony. Plus, in winter you can go ice skating on the Rideau River just outside the Fairmont Ottawa. 

On the West Coast, Victoria is beautiful, and it is small and easy to explore. Vancouver is also wonderful, with the variety and quality of cuisines you would expect from a major city. In nearby Whistler, a great ski town, I have just discovered Scandinave, a day spa that offers hot and cold plunges and a wide variety of treatments in an indoor/outdoor natural setting. 

For wildlife and nature lovers, the Rocky Mountains are not to be missed. At Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper, you’ll see elk, moose, bears and incredible scenery. There are rivers for canoeing and kayaking, and natural hot springs where you can swim and soak in the naturally heated waters, even when the mountain is covered in snow. 

That’s just a sampling of all my homeland has to offer! Wherever you go, Canadians are very friendly. We are proud to be Canadian, and to present and share all our country has to offer. 

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Fantastic family vacation!

Reviewed By Jen - Hancock, Michigan | Traveled to San Diego ~ California ~ USA
Shani is so friendly, helpful and professional! She’s already planning another trip for me!
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France and Italy are amazing!

Reviewed By Jen Lewis - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to Europe
In planning a very special trip, we used a travel agent for the first time, and Shani was outstanding. She helped plan, organize, schedule and book an amazing 3 week trip through France and Italy, land and a river cruise. For us having never been to either country, we relied on Shani to guide us with the best hotels, transfers, tours and tickets. She did an amazing job which made our trip even more special! Can't wait to book the next trip with her help.
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Grand Canyon or bust!

Reviewed By Deanna - San Francisco | Traveled to Grand Canyon ~ Arizona ~ USA
Shani was great! I found her on the internet so had no personal connection to her or her office. From day one she treated me like a long time customer. Very thorough, responsive and very nice to boot. I highly recommend working with Shani!
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Summer Memories...Fun, Adventure & Education

Reviewed By Marlee Mauvis - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to California ~ USA
I contacted Shani with some specific requirements; busy family, only 4 days, traveling by car, child with special needs, so whatever we do needs to be accessible and full of adventure. She sent us an itinerary from the moment we drove out of the driveway. This kept us all accountable, and the kiddos busy and excited for every moment.

We traveled to Disney for 2-days to visit the new Star Wars exhibit with a stop at Joshua Tree National Park for some education and a sunset tour. It was amazing! The scenery was beautiful, even the kiddos were taking pictures we'll look back on with a big smile.

Shani sent an itinerary that included hotel and event confirmation #'s, addresses, a contact at each location. Not to mention, she made herself available for anything we needed while traveling.

Thank you Shani for turning wonderful moments into forever memories. Excited about our next adventure with you!!!
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Dealing with cancellations and strikes

Reviewed By Mary - Phoenix | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Finest travel agent ever
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Family Cruise vacation

Reviewed By Mark - Scottsdale | Traveled to Caribbean
Shani was wonderful. She organized our cruise with six staterooms for our family cruise. She will be part of all our future vacation plans.
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Hawai’i Vacation

Reviewed By RSalz - Louisville, Colorado | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Engaging, informative, attention to details, follow up
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Amazing trip from start to finish!

Reviewed By Stephanie - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to Thailand ~ East and Southeast Asia
Shani was great from start to finish! She took the time to get to know our wants and needs and kept those in mind throughout every step of the process. The hotels and activities she booked for us were exactly what we wanted and had personal touches along the way making it feel extra special!
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Looking for the ideal location to stay

Reviewed By Heather - Mount Pleasant | Traveled to Arizona ~ USA
Fast, efficient and found what we were looking for
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