Meet the Team
Let our team help you discover the delights that Canada has to offer. Their knowledge has been gained through intensive and wide – ranging training, and because they have first-hand knowledge of Canada, having travelled there extensively themselves, their expertise will help you make the most of your Canadian trip.
Let us introduce you to some of our team, who are here to help you plan your unforgettable Canadian journey.
25 Years Experience
With 25 years of experience in arranging Canadian travel, Anne Marie has a wealth of knowledge which she uses to help her clients plan their ideal trip. She says that the diversity and natural beauty of Canada is something that she never gets tired of, and she’s just as enthusiastic about the destination today as she was at the start of her career.
Anne Marie lived in Vancouver for 6 months, and has travelled the length and breadth of this huge country, as well as having visited other destinations across the globe, such as the USA, meaning that she is well-placed to advise travellers on combining a visit to both countries in one trip.
From motorhome holidays in the Rockies to the delights of Toronto and Montreal, Anne Marie’s personal travel experiences help her clients get the most out of their holiday, allowing her to craft their itineraries to suit their interests and specific requirements.
Craig McAllister - Canada Travel Specialist
9 Years Experience
9 years ago, Craig joined Canada Travel Specialists as a trainee travel consultant. Today, he is an expert on Canada who still loves helping his clients to explore all that this magnificent destination has to offer.
Craig has visited both the East and West of Canada, including the Rockies, Toronto and Niagara, and has taken part in winter sports in Banff. His favourite experience on his Canadian travels was travelling in Gold Leaf class on the Rocky Mountaineer, which he says was truly the travel experience of a lifetime.
Craig enjoys tailoring trips according to his customers’ requirements and especially likes putting together itineraries which combine cruises with land-based holiday elements so that they get the best of both worlds.
Michelle Holt - Senior Canada & Worldwide Travel Specialist
Having gained an HND in Travel & Tourism, Michelle started out in travel as a trainee package holiday consultant 25 years ago. Over her career, she has specialised in niche travel markets, including Australia, but for the last 9 years has been a Canada Travel Specialist.
Michelle has visited a variety of places in Canada, and has fond memories of them all, but says that Jasper is her No.1 place to visit, thanks to its gorgeous landscapes and wildlife-spotting opportunities. A keen foodie, Michelle recommends Vancouver as the place to go to sample Canadian ice wine and succulent seafood.
She loves the challenge of finding the perfect holiday for travellers to Canada, using her expertise to make sure that they enjoy a trip that they’ll remember for years to come.
Adla Toal - Senior Canada & Worldwide Travel Specialist
12 Years Experience
Adla began her travel career by working for a concierge company, tailor-making luxury and VIP holidays to the Balearics. Fast –forward 12 years, and she’s now an extremely knowledgeable Canadian travel expert, having gained vital experience along the way as a worldwide and longhaul travel consultant for 7 years.
Her favourite place in Canada is the Rockies, thanks to its awe-inspiring scenery and captivating wildlife, and there’s nothing she likes more than to advise her clients on how to get the most out of their visit to this, the world’s second-largest country.
Adla believes that Canada offers something to suit travellers of all ages. From self-drive holidays to escorted tours, and from Alaskan cruises to rail travel, putting together a trip that ticks all the required boxes for each client is a challenge that she relishes.
Natalie Stewart - Canada, Cruise & Longhaul Specialist
4 Years Experience
With 4 years at Canada Travel Specialists under her belt, Natalie has gathered a wide range of knowledge which helps her to source the best holiday for travellers to this increasingly-popular destination.
Her Canadian travels have taken her to Calgary, Banff and Vancouver, and she has also experienced both Silver and Gold Leaf classes onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Having visited Victoria on Vancouver Island and enjoyed a seaplane trip on the return to Vancouver, she is ideally placed to advise her clients on how to get the most out of their Canadian trip.
Natalie describes the most enjoyable aspect of her role as being its diversity – each customer’s journey is unique to them and so no two days are the same, from organising fly-drive itineraries to trips taking in Canada, Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean.
Anne MacAldowie - Canada Travel Specialist
Anne has been in the travel business for almost 20 years and has travelled extensively. Her experience in areas such as cruise and luxury holidays has stood her in good stead in her Canada Travel Specialists role, providing her with the knowledge to be able to source the perfect Alaskan cruise for her clients, which she frequently combines with the Rocky Mountaineer train and stays in the stunning city of Vancouver.
Having been on many cruises herself, Anne’s ideally placed to advise travellers on which options suit them best. She says that her aim each day is to put together their dream trip, and she loves providing suggestions which would make their Canadian holiday experience extra special.
Laura Thompson - Travel Creator