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    News bites – 13 November 2020

    Plan your post-COVID-19 hiking holiday in Yukon


    Black Bear in Kluane National Park. Photo courtesy Yukon Tourism and TravMedia

    There’s plenty of time to train for these hikes although some require less energy than others. In Canada’s Yukon territory, there’s no such thing as ‘going down the wrong path where there’s a trail for every ability and fitness level, with vistas of expansive rivers, glaciers and pristine alpine wilderness.

    Prime hiking season in Yukon is mid-May to mid-September, when the days are long and the weather is mild. Keep in mind, many national and territorial parks require a permit. It’s always a good idea to hike with an experienced guide who can keep you ‘on track’ and fill you in on the region’s history, topography and wildlife.

    Learn about some of our favourite routes so that, when it’s safe to travel once more, you can hit the trails with confidence.

    Kluane National Park
    The Auriol Trail in Kluane National Park is a moderate loop that takes in pristine boreal forest, sub-alpine terrain and epic mountain slopes. The park is teeming with wildlife, including Dall sheep, caribou, moose, grizzlies and black bears, as well as smaller mammals and plenty of birdlife. Hike the loop in four hours or take your time and spend the day enjoying the vistas over Haines Junction and the distant Ruby Ranges. Serious hikers can use this route to access the more challenging Quill Peak and Mt. Martha Black.

    As the name suggests, Sheep Creek Trail is ideal for viewing Dall sheep in the spring. The trail incorporates several beautiful viewpoints of the Slims River Valley, and even the famous Kaskawulsh Glacier. Feeling energetic? Continue along the Thechàl Dhâl Ridge route to the top of Thechàl Dhâl (Sheep Mountain). You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Kluane Lake, Outpost Mountain, Red Castle Ridge, the Ruby Range and the Sheep-Bullion Plateau.

    Tombstone Territorial Park
    With its dramatic wind-carved mountains, including the craggy granite peak of Tombstone Mountain, alpine lakes and dazzling tundra, Tombstone Territorial Park is often referred to as the ‘Patagonia of the North’. Located just 112 kilometres from Dawson City, it’s one of the easiest places to hike in Yukon, with wildlife viewing and tundra walks accessible to even the most novice explorer.

    The sub-arctic landscape offers outstanding wildlife viewing, birding and hiking. The park lies within the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nations people who have camped and traded here for centuries.

    Grizzly Ridge is one of the most popular trails in Tombstone Territorial Park, offering spectacular views of breathtaking rocky peaks and the vast Grizzly Valley. Make it a day trip or hike on through the alpine meadows of Glissade Pass to Divide Lake where you can set up camp below the imposing face of Mount Monolith.

    Talus Lake, with its stellar views of Tombstone Mountain, is a moderate day hike from Divide Lake. Enjoy a gradual climb above Divide Lake and over Tombstone Pass where you’ll be presented with magnificent views of the Tombstone and Cloudy ranges. The trail continues through a dazzling landscape of alpine cirques and small alpine lakes, with the views of Tombstone Mountain becoming ever more impressive as you approach Talus Lake.

    Whitehorse
    The five-kilometre paved Whitehorse Millennium Trail is an ideal family hike, following the path of the mighty Yukon River from the Robert Campbell Bridge, taking in the historic S.S. Klondike sternwheeler and Whitehorse Fishladder and Hatchery along the way. This urban walking trail connects to the Yukon River Loop Trail, which leads to Miles Canyon and the historic gold rush town of Canyon City. The adventure never ends!

    Spirit Canyon, about an hour from Whitehorse, provides multiple walking tracks, each one taking in expansive views of the Takhini River Valley, Ibex Valley and the Sifton Range. Explore the huge rock walls of the canyon and, if you visit mid-summer, try your hand at foraging for delicious cranberries, currants and raspberries.

    Hidden Lakes Trail, near Grey Mountain on the edge of Whitehorse, offers a network of trails to the shores of the glittering lakes, perfect for fishing and birdwatching. The main Hidden Lakes Trail is a 1.8 kilometre loop with exquisite views of the ‘kettle lakes’, created by the glacial melt at the end of the ice age.

    From hundreds of kilometres of trail near Whitehorse to the most beautiful, remote backcountry you’ll ever see, Yukon is a hiker’s dream come true.

    Accor expands the Sebel in Australia and New Zealand


    The Sebel Yarrawonga. Photo courtesy Accor Hotels

    Three new hotels from Accor’s premium brand, The Sebel are set to open in Australia and New Zealand in the next year.

    The new hotels include The Sebel Yarrawonga (2020), The Sebel Melbourne Ringwood (2021), and The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt (2021).

    The Sebel Yarrawonga VIC – opened November, 2020
    Much anticipated, The Sebel Yarrawonga located in the Murray River region adjacent to Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort, opened its doors to guests in early November 2020. The multi-million-dollar development sets a new benchmark in accommodation, dining, conference and events facilities for the Murray River region. Situated an hours’ drive from Albury town centre, a three hour drive from Melbourne and five hours from Sydney, The Sebel Yarrawonga, offers 63 stylishly appointed studios rooms and apartments, with a further 54 rooms expected in stage two of the development later in 2022/2023. It will initially open two of its three food and beverage venues – Stock & Barrel bar and casual dining and Sunset Pool Bar – with Elizabeth’s fine dining restaurant and functions set to open in December.

    The Sebel Melbourne Ringwood VIC – opening 22 February, 2021
    The Sebel Melbourne in Melbourne’s Eastern suburb of Ringwood will open in mid-February 2021, with 103 rooms, including full apartment-style rooms. Spanning six floors, the property will feature 48 studio apartments, 48 one-bedroom suites and seven two-bedroom suites, with guest access to impressive onsite amenities including, an ultra-modern fitness centre, four sophisticated and well-appointed meeting spaces, two practical function rooms, a restaurant, and bar and an open-air terrace. Located 23 kilometres east of Melbourne’s city centre and two minutes from retail shopping mecca Eastland, Ringwood is the gateway to the Yarra Valley and a rapidly growing commercial corridor. 

    The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt NZ – opening June, 2021
    The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt will open in mid-2021. The property will overlook the Hutt River on the eastern shores of Wellington Harbour, a short distance from Wellington International Airport. This apartment-style hotel will offer 60 fully serviced studios and one-bedroom apartments. Complete with a restaurant and bar, ‘Biscotti’, this new hotel embraces The Sebel brand standards, with warm, stylish and homely furnishings to make guests feel welcome as soon as they arrive.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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