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December 14, 2017
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Travel deals of the week

Raptors tickets marked down

We’re not sure if it’s because the Toronto Raptors have had such a lousy season -- they’re behind even the lowly New York Knicks -- but the team has announced a slam dunk of a new deal on tickets to the six remaining home games this season.
Announced this week on the Canadian edition of the Travelzoo.com website http://ca.deals.travelzoo.com/Shows-Events/558414?utm_source=top20_ca&utm_medium=email_top20, the deal gives fans the opportunity to snatch some cheap tickets for some reasonably decent seating in the Air Canada Centre (not the inexpensive but unbearably obnoxious Sprite Zone).
With this offer, balcony corner seats (regular price $27) drop to $22, while regular balcony seats drop to $28 and balcony prime seats also come down in price to $52.
Those aren’t bad rates to watch a fairly exciting basketball team. They might not win many of their remaining home games, but Chris Bosh et al are sure to put up a good fight.
The Raps’ six remaining home games are on March 27 and 29, and April 5, 7, 10, and 12. (Check the schedule here http://www.nba.com/raptors/schedule/ to see whom they’re facing.)
Buy your tickets online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/group_corp_start.htmI?l=EN&team=raptors&owner=8130435&group=84&err=&event=&customerID= using the promo code TRAVEL or contact Rob Cowan at (416) 815-5636 or rcowan@mapleleafsports.com.

Celebrating spring in Canmore

The Banff-Canmore area of Alberta is a great place year-round, but what could be better than a discounted off-season stay there while the ski resorts are still open but the weather has already warmed up?
That’s what you can get through April and May at the new Copperstone Resort, just down the highway in a place called Dead Man’s Flats.
With several excellent deals on hotel suites now available, you can stay at the Copperstone and enjoy a last few days of skiing before the snow melts, go for a walk in the stunning national park, tour around Lake Louise, go shopping in Banff -- or all of the above.
Through the end of May you can book a room for $109/night for stays of two nights or longer, with a new deal offered via Travelzoo.com http://ca.deals.travelzoo.com/canada-hotels/558055?utm_source=top20_ca&utm_medium=email_top20. Book online using the promo code SPRING at https://www.welcometorsi.org/east/reslinxII/resultlist2.asp?url=Copperstone&inn_alias=0000009202&start=Y&ta_logname=&ta_agency=&sid=276260133 or call (866) 571-0303 and ask for the deal advertised on Travelzoo.
But that’s not the only deal Copperstone’s got. If you can make it there before May 1, you can pick up one of the following deals:
  • Bed & Breakfast: $119 (Sun. to Wed.) or $169 (Thu. to Sat.) for a room plus a $20 voucher towards breakfast in Canmore. (This deal is not bad if you stay between Sunday night and Wednesday night because the regular rate is $119 then, so you’re getting the breakfast thrown in gratis. It amounts to zero dollars in savings Thursday through Saturday nights, however.)
  • Comfy Couch: $129 (Sun. to Wed.) or $179 (Thu. to Sat.) for a room plus a movie rental, two pizzas delivered from Rocky Mountain Flatbread, popcorn and two litres of pop.
  • Dine Out on Us!: $149 (Sun. to Wed.) or $189 (Thu. to Sat.) for a room plus a $50 voucher towards dinner at a selection of restaurants in Canmore.
  • Even more packages are available on Copperstone’s website, at http://www.copperstoneresorthotel.com/packages.html. (866) 571-0303.

Spring skiing deals across Canada

Some Canadians complain that even in April it sometimes seems we’re still living in a perpetual groundhog’s shadow, with temperatures that dip below zero, occasional snowstorms and no end in sight to winter. But others relish the extended ski season that we have. While ski resorts in other countries are packing up their grooming machines and their magic carpets, many Canadian mountains often remain vibrant and viable all the way into April, and some even later.
Not only that: Canadian resorts often offer excellent deals in April and May to entice visitors to do some spring skiing. Here are just a few of the best deals around this spring:

Feds cut museum prices for tourists

The National Capital Commission is offering a nice deal on Ottawa/Gatineau museums. The new Capital Museums Passport costs just $75 per family (a value of $130) or $30 per person (a value of $55) and gets you for nine of the city’s top museums, including the National Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Royal Canadian Mint.
Ottawa residents should be aware that this deal is really for tourists. The passes expire after seven days, so don’t buy one and expect to use it throughout the year.
(800) 465-1867; http://www.passeportmusees.ca/museum_passport/index.asp?lang=1
 

 

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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