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Carl Saulnier-Gagnon

Proud of our country in all his beauties and specificities.
From our languages to our landscapes, you'll get the best experiences possible while you in Canada.
Always trying to support the local entrepreneurs, our network of partners will definitely fit your needs from coast to coast.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Canada is an amazing country with so much nature wonders. From the Rockies out west to the cliff on the Atlantic Coast, there is so many amazing places where you feel so small beside those natural wonders.
BUT being from Montreal, I do LOVE our amazing cities and the communities that lives in all of them. Food, nightlife, markets... I can share some great spots with pleasure :)
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How did you get involved in travel?

"Luckily, my mom sent me to France with the school for my first travel experience.
As soon as I got there I felt something I've never experienced before and knew that it would be part of my life.
I was lucky enough to travel around the world at a young age and decided to make it a career. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"For me there is nothing like connecting with local communities and to meet amazing people. Growing up my grand father was always talking about Moscow and Russia and I had imagine the city just by all the stories he shared with me.
I was so intrigued by Russia growing up...
As soon as I was able to visit, I went and will always remember the first sight of the Red Square and the feeling I had at that time. I ended up sipping vodka with a local and talking about my grandfather stories. "

Carl is part of the following groups: British Columbia Travel Agents, Canada Travel Agents
Snow-capped mountains in Yukon
Spot Canada's Northern Lights in the Wild Yukon – 5 Days

Experience Canada's natural wonders, from iconic wildlife to the northern lights, on this compact five-day tour. Touchdown in Vancouver, where you'll explore the magnetic city’s history, parks, and Chinatown before escaping north to the wild Yukon region. Using Whitehorse as a base, you'll whiz through the snow on a dogsledding adventure and spot everything from arctic foxes to moose on a tour of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. By night, head out to search for the magical northern lights.

Ottawa's Parliament Hill
Explore Eastern Canada's Food & Culture by Train: Toronto, Ottawa, Québec City & Montréal - 7 Days

Travel by train through eastern Canada's iconic cities on this seven-day tour. Along the way, you'll delve into the country's food and culture, tasting poutine on a Montréal food tour, wandering the UNESCO-listed walls of Old Québec, and exploring world-class museums. Other highlights include a cruise on Ottawa's famous Rideau Canal, visiting Toronto's iconic CN Tower, and a trip to mighty Niagara Falls.

Take in the many spires of Québec City's iconic Château Frontenac
Explore Québec's Food & Culture: Québec City & Montréal – 5 Days

Get a taste of Québec's food and culture on this compact five-day tour. Touchdown in Québec City, where you'll explore its UNESCO-listed Old Town and art galleries before day-tripping to the Ile d'Orléans, a mecca for history fans and food lovers. Enjoy a scenic train journey to Montréal to feast on Canadian cuisine, soak up some fine art, and admire panoramic city views from Montréal's observation wheel.

Banff National Park  is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with hundreds of glaciars
Explore Canada's National Parks: Banff & Jasper - 5 Days

Welcome to western Canada, chock-full of spectacular national parks and diverse wildlife. This five-day road trip starts in Calgary, as you set off for Banff National Park through the Canadian Rockies. Immerse yourself in nature as you explore the park and its glacially-fed lakes before visiting the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Then it's on to Jasper National Park, where you'll base yourself in the charming mountain town of Jasper for hiking, wildlife spotting, and a boat trip to the famous Spirit Island.

Rails in the Canadian Rockies
Explore the Canadian Rockies by Train: Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff & Jasper - 7 Days

See some of the most beautiful mountains and lakes in the Canadian Rockies by train on this superb week-long trip. Explore Vancouver's key sights before riding the rails past Cascade Mountain to the shores of Lake Kamloops. Cross the Rockies to the mountain town of Banff and spend some time discovering the wilds of Banff National Park. Follow the Icefields Parkway to the old-world charm of Jasper, then settle into your cabin and travel back to Vancouver in style by overnight train.

Harmony Lake, Whistler, British Columbia
Western Canada Mountain Road Trip: Vancouver to Whistler - 5 Days

Spend five days in western Canada, starting in Vancouver, where you'll visit museums, historic landmarks, and trendy neighborhoods. Then, take the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to the picturesque village of Whistler. Hike, bike, ski, or take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to enjoy the outdoors before returning to Vancouver and touring Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

Recent trip reviews for Carl

Excellent vacation and Carl was very helpful ...
Canada | Sep 27 - Oct 3, 2022

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Aaron G.
Port Haywood, VA | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Excellent vacation and Carl was very helpful in trip planning in advance as well as help during the trip. Will definitely continue to use KimKim for our next vacation.

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Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Local specialist in Québec | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Thank you !
Really glad that you enjoyed your time in Canada.
It will be a pleasure to help you for another trip maybe one day.

Merci

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Canada | Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2022

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Tom S.
Poughkeepsie, NY | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

We have used kimkim in the past and like that it advertises specialists in the country in which you want to travel. The service provided for this trip was disappointing. Granted, we were a large group (initially 12 people), but there were many significant details that were missed creating complications and producing unneeded anxiety. The kimkim platform seemed to overly complicate communication and our travel specialist frequently did not check in on the platform for days at a time - so it... read more

We have used kimkim in the past and like that it advertises specialists in the country in which you want to travel. The service provided for this trip was disappointing. Granted, we were a large group (initially 12 people), but there were many significant details that were missed creating complications and producing unneeded anxiety. The kimkim platform seemed to overly complicate communication and our travel specialist frequently did not check in on the platform for days at a time - so it was difficult to communicate and to remind him of all of the details about our trip (which we should not have had to do in the first place); we finally had to connect on WhatsApp. I will not go into the details that were missed, but suffice it to say that there were complications before the trip and at every stop that required reaching out to the travel coordinator to intervene. I was the primary contact for our group and kept much of this detail from all so that they could experience a restful and anxiety-free vacation. Ultimately, we paid quite a bit for this trip and the kimkim fees were significant, but I do not believe of value in this instance since this was a stressful experience for at least this traveler.

Hotel Reviews
Railroad to book the hotel

The Palace Hotel in Kamloops was a dump! The staff was great, but the hotel has seen its better days. Loud "club" in the bar area that kept many awake into the very early hours.

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Very friendly and helpful
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Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Vancouver

Hotel was fine. Basic corporate hotel - well located in downtown area.

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The Rimrock Resort
Banff

Beautiful hotel and location - marred only by disorganized staff in dining areas.

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Staff was very friendly and helpful, but disorganized in dining areas.
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Sawridge Inn Jasper
Jasper

Fine motel - kind of far from downtown area and train station.

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Local specialist: Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
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Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Local specialist in Québec | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Hi Tom,
We are sorry about the stress that you were put on into but at least we were able to make everything happen even with so many out of our controls things happening.

Sorry for some delay with our messages over the weekend, it can happen during high season.
Thank you

Great City/Outdoor Adventure
British Columbia | Jul 26 - Aug 2, 2022

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Desiree K.
Bakersfield, CA | Reviewed on Aug 06, 2022

Carl did a great job of balancing out city sightseeing opportunities with outdoor adventures around Vancouver. The best part was trying out things like cycling around the sea wall and city, something I wouldn’t normally think about doing. The accommodations were in fantastic locations. I appreciate the thoughtfulness into my itinerary since it was so last minute.
I will definitely use this company again. Thank you! read more

Carl did a great job of balancing out city sightseeing opportunities with outdoor adventures around Vancouver. The best part was trying out things like cycling around the sea wall and city, something I wouldn’t normally think about doing. The accommodations were in fantastic locations. I appreciate the thoughtfulness into my itinerary since it was so last minute.
I will definitely use this company again. Thank you!

Hotel Reviews
Sunset Inn and Suites
Vancouver

The location was close to so many places like the ferry to Granville or Kipsilano and the beach. They did a great job letting guests know about the fireworks shows and other activities going on around the area. The staff were so nice. The bag to go option for breakfast is nice, but having a hot breakfast was a wait.

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Every staff member I encountered were helpful and nice with a greeting.
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Embassy Inn
Victoria

The hotel was close to downtown Victoria, and I block from the harbor. It was a good location to everything. The breakfast buffet was good since it lasted until 10:30 and there was plenty of room for sitting.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Vancouver

The bridge was busy, but the walk after the bridge was quiet and worth the trip.

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It was a free courtesy bus from Vancouver to the Bridge.
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Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Local specialist in Québec | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Hi Desiree,
So happy that you enjoyed your vacation.
Thank you for your review and let us know it will be a pleasure anytime :)

Merci

Enjoyed the people of Montréal
Canada | Jul 7 - Jul 12, 2022

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Lynda B.
Broad Ripple, IN | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Both the historic tour and the foodie tours were fun and meeting people from all over the country (USA) made it enjoyable. I don’t remember our guide’s names. But the daily interactions with the people of the city, the Uber drivers, people we met on the tours was probably the most fascinating. read more

Both the historic tour and the foodie tours were fun and meeting people from all over the country (USA) made it enjoyable. I don’t remember our guide’s names. But the daily interactions with the people of the city, the Uber drivers, people we met on the tours was probably the most fascinating.

Hotel Review
Hôtel Alt Montréal
Montreal

Hotel Alt provided everything we needed while we stayed in Montréal. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Fresh croissants every morning spoiled us!

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Everything - the room and the entire hotel was spotless.
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Old Montreal VIP
Montréal

Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much about Montréal!

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Our guide - he was very kind and very Canadian French. His family roots were established there so the tour went deeper…
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It’s a walking tour so you’re constantly moving except to stop to talk about specific points and spots.
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Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Local specialist in Québec | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Thank you Lynda,
Montreal is always full of suprise :)